Dickleburgh Moor is just a 5 minute drive from home and is really coming into it's own. Sympathetic management of the reserve and water levels by Ben Potterton of the Otter Trust is proving beneficial with wader passage providing plenty of opportunity to find some local goodies. And it's also a great place to relax and unwind after a day at work!
On Bank Holiday Monday an early morning visit yielded an amazing inland count of 12 juv Curlew Sandpipers all feeding in the near corner and in excellent light. Amongst them were 2 Dunlin, a trap for the unwary. A scattering of waders were present and a Hobby hawked across the sheep meadow.
Yesterday (2 Sept) an after work visit in the early evening saw the Curlew Sandpiper numbers down to 9 plus 2 Dunlin, 13 Ruff (my best count at the site to date), 5 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers and 1 Common Sandpiper as well as 3 Gadwall, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 5 Swifts still hanging on. Teal numbers continue to build as we look forward to winter...
I'd had a late Swift still feeding young under a tiled roof while working in Pulham Market earlier in the day.
Botanically, the umbellifer that grows in the water on the eastern side of the reserve has been confirmed as Tubular Water Dropwort - a new speies for me
Recently, a confiding Red-legged Partridge paid us a visit at Tattlepot!