Out on the reserve today

Images below were taken on Wednesday of the tagged female marsh harrier which has been regularly seen at WWT Welney, including today.  The Hawk & Owl Trust ringed this female last year on 10 June at Sculthorpe Moor as a nestling, as one of 6 in her brood!  This bird has also been seen at RSPB Lakenheath Fen this winter. 

Marsh harrier by Simon Stirrup Marsh harrier by Simon Stirrup

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Today’s sightings

Wader Lake

Avocet – 8 (including at least two eggs)

Black Tailed Godwit – 1

Redshank – 27

Common Snipe – 5

Lapwing – 22

Oystercatcher – 4

Grey Heron – 40 (three chicks in nests)

Gadwall – 4

Wigeon – 5

Shoveler – 4

Teal – 22

Shelduck – 21

Mallard – 29

Tufted Duck – 11

Coot – 3

Mute Swan - 1

Hawthorn Wood 

Bullfinch – 9

Chaffinch – 8

Coal Tit – 4

Great Tit – 10

Blue Tit  – 7

Treecreeper – 7

Other Birds

Mute Swan (River Wear)

Mammals

Otter tracks on Window on the Wear

Amphibian Pond

Common Frog & Tapoles

Common Toad & Spawn

Invertebrates

Orange Tip Beefly

Flora

Primrose & Bluebell (flowering in Spring Gill)

Redcampion (South Wood)

Cuckoo Flower & Marsh Marigold (Forgotten Wood)

 

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Todays sightings

South lake

Black Tailed Godwit 109
Ruff 11
Redshank 2
Oystercatcher 4
Shoveler 21
Sand Martin 8
Swallow 1
Willow Warbler 1 (singing)

Tack Piece (Robbie Garnett Hide)

Snow Goose 7
Barnacle Goose 2
Egyptian Goose 1
Greylag 34
Tufted duck 21
Lesser scaup 1
Shoveler 18
Wigean 180
Buzzard 1

Holden Tower

Lapwing 38
Canada flock on salt marsh watch for Cackling Canada.

Zeiss Hide

Oystercatcher 2
Redshank 1
Teal 123
Little Egret 3
Cettis warbler 1
Lapwing on territory

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Some counts

No surprises to see that recent counts put waterfowl numbers at the lowest since the beginning of the autumn migration. Thirty six Whooper Swan, 132 Teal, 128 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, 10 Tufted, 8 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, 200+ Mallard and 100+ Shelduck. No counts of Pink-footed Geese but numbers will be around through April.

Waders on the reserve included 68 Avocet, 8 Ringed Plover, 10 Redshank, 30+ Ruff, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 150+ Lapwing and 10+ Common Snipe.

Three Marsh Harrier on and off throughout the day. At least 4 Common Buzzard.

Corn Buntings singing, heard from the Red Bed Walk. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in song too.

Linnets are more obvious as we move into April and are seen regularly from the Ron Barker Hide.

AB

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Wildlife sightings for 31st March 2012

1 Shelduck – wader scrape

7 Redshank – wader scrape, main lake

8 Snipe – main lake, grazing marsh

4 Chiffchaff – world wetlands, wildside, sheltered lagoon

1 Blackcap – sheltered lagoon

 

Recent bird highlights: Bittern, Peregrine, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Redshank, Dunlin, Sandwich Tern and Bearded Tit.

The grazing marsh is currently in flood and attracting good numbers of Teal, Shoveler, Snipe, Pintail and Wigeon. Look out for possible Jack Snipe along with Stonechat, Skylark and occasional Pipit species.

Small flocks of Siskin, Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll and Mealy Redpoll are feeding amongst the Alder and Birch trees. Redwing and Fieldfare are feeding on the remaining Hawthorn and Holly berries, particularly in the entrance area.

The first Bitterns arrived mid-October and now 1-2 can still be found anywhere on the reed fringes of the main lake, sheltered lagoon, reservoir lagoon or main reedbed.

With spring in the air the Cetti’s Warbler are becoming more vocal with at least 8 birds to be found across the reserve. Several Chiffchaffs have arrived and started singing, and the first Blackcap was seen during the second week of March. Lapwing are already beginning to scrape out nests on the main lake shingle islands while performing territorial flight displays. Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe are displaying regularly on the sheltered lagoon. The first few Sand Martins have also arrived (mid-March).

Moths: Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Chestnut, Acleris literana, Ypsolopha ustella, Torticodes anternella, Agonopterix heracliana, Clouded Drab, Dotted Border, March Moth, Acleris cristana, Caloptilia semifascia, Mompha epilobiella, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Acleris hastiana, Calybites phasianipennella.

Flowering plants: Alpine, White Butterbur, Butterbur, Grey Willow, Goat Willow, Osier, Blackthorn, Cherry, Plum, Hazel, Alder, Lesser Celandine, Daisy, Common Whitlowgrass, Marsh Marigold, Snake’s Head Fritillary, Hairy Bittercress, Common Lungwort, White Dead-nettle, Common Field Speedwell, Green Alkanet, Primrose, Colt’s-foot, Ragwort, Groundsel, Dandelion, Petty Spurge.

Water Voles: There’s a particularly active individual in the ‘reed swamp’ exhibit in World Wetlands.

Butterflies: Orange-tip, Red Admiral, Comma, Brimstone.

Bats: Soprano Pipistrelle (around main buildings), Daubenton's (resr lagoon)

 

 

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Todays Sightings

Record shot of the drake Green-winged Teal on the Flood Ground, taken Thursday 29th, M.Youdale © Copyright 2012 WWT

Whooper Pond

Whooper Swan 10
Wigeon 10
Tufted Duck 30
Pintail 1
Oystercatcher 2
Black-headed Gull 1

Teal Pond

Gadwall 2
Teal 3
Black-headed Gull 3
Little Grebe 2
Mute Swan 2

Avenue Tower

GREEN-WINGED TEAL 1
Teal 50
Wigeon 20
Tufted Duck 1
Mute Swan 10
Snipe 1
Peregrine 1
Merlin 1
Sparrowahwk 1
Buzzard 2
Lapwing 10

Folly Pond

Black-tailed Godwit 30
Redshank 5
Shelduck 2
Shoveler 1
Teal 20
Wigeon 4

Farmhouse Tower

Barnacle Goose 4100

Badger Cam

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A few new migrants

The Tack Piece

LITTLE-RINGED PLOVER 1

Snow Goose 7

The South Lake

SAND MARTIN 17

Ruff 2

The Zeiss Hide

CONTINENTAL BLACK-TAILED GODWIT 2
Iclandic Black-tailed Godwit 118
Ruff 7
Redshank 6
Lapwing 20

The South Finger

WILLOW WARBLER 2

Migrants

Fieldfare 70
Meadow Pipit 150
Chaffinch 40
Blackcap 15
Chiffchaff 25
Willow Warbler 2
Little-ringed Plover 1

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Wheatears

Firstly, a belated report from yesterday, when 2 Wheatears were reported from the United Utilities hide. Todays highlight was a Short-eared Owl, which was seen from the Ron Barker hide along with at least 3 Marsh Harriers and over 50 Avocets. 40+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the Mere, with similar numbers of Ruff, 60+ Oystercatchers, and a few Redshanks . 40 Whooper Swans were still present today, although they were very active, flying around the reserve frequently, and perhaps 'warming up' for their return flight to Iceland.

BS

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Wildlife sightings for 30th March 2012

1 Shelduck – wader scrape

4 Redshank – wader scrape, main lake

4 Mandarin – main lake

6 Cetti's Warbler – wildside, reedbed, waterlife, main lake, sheltered lagoon

1 Blackcap – singing in wildside

 

Recent bird highlights: Bittern, Peregrine, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Redshank, Dunlin, Sandwich Tern and Bearded Tit.

The grazing marsh is currently in flood and attracting good numbers of Teal, Shoveler, Snipe, Pintail and Wigeon. Look out for possible Jack Snipe along with Stonechat, Skylark and occasional Pipit species.

Small flocks of Siskin, Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll and Mealy Redpoll are feeding amongst the Alder and Birch trees. Redwing and Fieldfare are feeding on the remaining Hawthorn and Holly berries, particularly in the entrance area.

The first Bitterns arrived mid-October and now 1-2 can still be found anywhere on the reed fringes of the main lake, sheltered lagoon, reservoir lagoon or main reedbed.

With spring in the air the Cetti’s Warbler are becoming more vocal with at least 8 birds to be found across the reserve. Several Chiffchaffs have arrived and started singing, and the first Blackcap was seen during the second week of March. Lapwing are already beginning to scrape out nests on the main lake shingle islands while performing territorial flight displays. Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe are displaying regularly on the sheltered lagoon. The first few Sand Martins have also arrived (mid-March).

Moths: Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Chestnut, Acleris literana, Ypsolopha ustella, Torticodes anternella, Agonopterix heracliana, Clouded Drab, Dotted Border, March Moth, Acleris cristana, Caloptilia semifascia, Mompha epilobiella, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Acleris hastiana, Calybites phasianipennella.

Flowering plants: Alpine, White Butterbur, Butterbur, Grey Willow, Goat Willow, Osier, Blackthorn, Cherry, Plum, Hazel, Alder, Lesser Celandine, Daisy, Common Whitlowgrass, Marsh Marigold, Snake’s Head Fritillary, Hairy Bittercress, Common Lungwort, White Dead-nettle, Common Field Speedwell, Green Alkanet, Primrose, Colt’s-foot, Ragwort, Groundsel, Dandelion, Petty Spurge.

Water Voles: There’s a particularly active individual in the ‘reed swamp’ exhibit in World Wetlands.

Butterflies: Orange-tip, Red Admiral, Comma, Brimstone.

Bats: Soprano Pipistrelle (around main buildings), Daubenton's (resr lagoon)  

 

 

 

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Today’s sightings

A white fronted goose mixed company with the greylag flock on the NRA scrapes and is best viewed from the British steel hide. Other sightings today include mediterranean gull, 85 black tailed godwit, 20 knot, spotted redshank, 4 greenshank, 20 lapwing, 2 snipe, 4 little egret, 42 greylag goose, 50 shelduck, 9 wigeon, 50 gadwall, 8 teal, 160 mallard, 12 pochard, 70 tufted duck, 2 little grebe, peregrine, 2 buzzard and a tawny owl calling during daylight hours.

 

Butterfly sightings include orange tip, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell, comma, red admiral and brimstone. 

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