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26 Aug 2017

Latest Sightings – 26th August

A sunny start to the day on the reserve. The Black-tailed Godwits are again showing well in front of our new hide overlooking the Folly Pond along with at least 6 Snipe very close to the hide.

Snipe in front of the new hide
Photo by Reserve Manager Joe Bilous

The House Martins are still busy around the Farmhouse Tower and it looks like some are rearing a second brood of young. They will need to get a move on if they are to fledge before winter arrives!

A Kingfisher has been a regular sight over the past week, mostly along the Back Pond and Lochar Water.

Todays high tide is at 16:07, 8.9m

Around the reserve today:

Wildflowers
Elder flower
Dog Rose
Red Campion
Herb Robert
Common Vetch
Tufted Vetch
Forget-me-not
Mousear
Red Clover
Yellow Rattle

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Large White Butterfly
Meadow Brown Butterfly
Ringlet Butterfly
Common Blue 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 – family with 4 young
Roe Deer – with fawns
Fox
Badger
Otter
Soprano Pipistrelle Bat – evening
Wood Mouse

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mallard 49
Pintail 1 ♂ in eclipse plumage
Cormorant 3

Folly Pond

Mallard 19
Teal 200
Grey Heron 1
Black-tailed Godwit 60+
Snipe 6
Moorhen 6
House Martins – 39 nests on Farmhouse Tower (youngsters now flying)

Teal Pond

Swallows nesting in hide
Mallard 14
Gadwall 4
Moorhen 3 + chick

Avenue Tower
Mallard 18
Teal 125
Mute Swan 2 & cygnet
Little Grebe 1
Grey Heron 1
Brown Hare 1
Roe Deer 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Peregrine
Kestrel
Osprey
Buzzard

Swallows
Skylarks
Whooper Swan 1
Linnets – flocks of up to 60
Canada Geese 100+
Greylag Geese 50+
Roe Deer 5
Hebridean Sheep 10
Longhorn Cattle 3

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

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joe.bilous@wwt.org.uk