Today the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve held their annual work party on the islands in the sailing lake. 20 hardy volunteers turned out on a cold, unpromising morning, which is a good turn-out on any day. It was really pleasing to see a few new people coming along. Some of our regulars were involved in the monthly waterbird count on the other lakes.
Last year's high rainfall had turned both islands into chest-high jungles and then the autumn rains raised the water levels to the point where clearing vegetation from around the waterline was impossible. We will need to go back.
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The crown of the bigger island held about a dozen blackbirds and a couple of song thrushes but we also stirred up a wren, some dunnocks, a robin and two wintering chiff-chaffs. After working on the island all morning, Ray Matthews put up a snipe that had sat tight through all the din and smoke.
A few snowflakes fell early on, but by 11 am we were treated to glorious sunshine that lasted through the rest of the day. We expect snow on Monday though.