During my outing to the various ponds this afternoon, I met a man on the Tarka Trail who was from Gloucestershire who admitted to working at Minsmere, lucky man. He had seen and heard one Chiffchaff by Wrafton Pond, but nought else of note. He had seen an Osprey in Gloucestershire recently, and I commented that the best way to find one here is to listen for all the Gulls shouting!

As I completed my circuit of the reserve along the southern boundary there was just such a commotion over Marstage Farm and on scanning to see what they were complaining about - an Osprey was circling and ignoring them all! Unfortunately it drifted with the wind off towards Saunton, so I was unable to get good views. This was at about 2.40 p.m. Other migrants in the reserve were just 3 Chiffchaffs hawking insects over the pond.

Once again, the rain had me heading home.

Posted April 1st, 2018 at 5:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News