Wildfowl numbers are increasing day by day in the harbour as we are consistently seeing large numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Pink-Footed Geese, Greylag and Brent Geese. The view across the marsh now is quite spectacular as you can see hundreds of wildfowl feeding on the mudflats.
|Looking across the marsh to middle point from the boardwalk (Daniel Wynn|
It’s hard to put an exact date on the birth although it was likely sometime this week. Unfortunately the ‘whitecoat’ (name given to grey seal pups on account of their fluffy white fur) was found dead on Far Point on the 8th October. This isn’t unusual as this birth was very premature. Likely it was a young and inexperienced mother so unfortunately the pup was simply not strong enough to survive.Strong winds have prohibited us from using the moth trap this week. Moths being fairly delicate will not fly in strong winds as they have increased risk of exhaustion, death or getting blown off course. Sept and October yield new species in the moth calendar so we will get the trap out this coming week and see what we can find.
The sad news for the week is that we bid a fond farewell to Wynona Legg, one of our Assistant Rangers. She has been a real asset to the team with her strong plant knowledge enhancing our current understanding of plant distribution and germination times across the reserve. She now moves onto work as an Apprentice Tutor for the Field Studies Council. From everyone on the NT North Norfolk team we wish her the best in her future endeavors and thank you for your hard work and dedication this season!
|Wynona looking out her window from the Lifeboat House (Daniel Wynn)|
To end on a happy note, we have had our first drawing competition entrants for this week and the winner goes to Andy, aged 4 3/4 years old for this lovely picture of rabbits found on Blakeney Point.
|Andy's drawing of two rabbits seen on Blakeney Point (Daniel Wynn)|