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14 Jun 2017

Reserve Update Wednesday 14th June

It is baby bird bonanza down at the Teal Pond this morning.  There is still the one Oystercatcher chick being attentively fed by it’s parents.  Four very noisy Swallow chicks can now be seen in the hide itself, with more chicks heard on a nest outside the hide.  There was the first sighting of a Mute Swan chick on the nest…while the male Mute Swan seems to be busy building another nest to the side (he must think they need an extension added on!)

The second round of breeding bird surveys have kicked off around the reserve.  The highlight yesterday was a flock of 30+ Linnets out on the Merse.

Todays high tide is at 16:00, 8.3m

Around the reserve today:

Wildflowers
Hawthorn
Elder flower
Guelder Rose
Dog Rose
Red Campion
Cuckoo Flower
Herb Robert
Northern March Orchids
Common Spotted Orchid
Lesser Trefoil
Common Vetch
Tufted Vetch
Forget-me-not
Mousear
Red Clover
White Clover

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Large White Butterfly
Green-veined White Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell
Large Red Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
Common Darter Dragonfly
Early Bumblebee
Tree Bumblebee
Common Carder Bumblebee
Red-tailed Bumblebee
Beefly
Drinker Moth caterpillar

Mammals
Brown Hare
Weasel
Roe Deer
Fox
Badger
Otter
Soprano Pipistrelle Bat – evening
Wood Mouse

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mallard 29
Grey Heron 1
Canada Goose 1

Folly Pond

Mallard 8
Moorhen 2 + 2 chicks
Shelduck 6
Oystercatcher 2
Black-headed Gull 1
House Martins collecting mud and nest building on Farmhouse Tower

Teal Pond

Mute Swan 2 & chick
Swallows – with 4 chicks on the left hand side and above entrance – enter slowly and quietly
Oystercatcher 2 & chick
Moorhen 2
Mallard 3

Avenue Tower
Lapwing 8 – nesting
Black-headed Gull 10 – nesting
Shelduck 6
Barnacle Goose 1
Greylag Goose 1
Moorhen 2
Longhorn Cattle 3

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Peregrine
Kestrel
Osprey
Buzzard
Skylarks singing
Hebridean Sheep 10

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)

Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Linnet
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler

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rhiannon.hatfield@wwt.org.uk