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21 Apr 2017

Wildlife sightings for 21st April 2017

1 Glaucous Gull – marsh/scrape bund

3 Shelduck – wader scrape, reservoir lagoon

4 Little Ringed Plover – wader scrape

7 Redshank – grazing marsh, main lake, wader scrape

1 Kingfisher – sheltered lagoon

1 Ring Ouzel – reservoir lagoon bank NE corner

2 Yellow Wagtail – 1 grazing marsh, 1 flew over NW

11 Swallow – mostly flying over heading N+NW

7 Reed Warbler – reedbed, sheltered lagoon, South route

6 Blackcap – sheltered lagoon, wildside, entrance lake

4 Willow Warbler – West route, south route

April bird highlights: Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull, Buzzard, Shelduck, Jack Snipe, Little Egret, Peregrine, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Greenshank, Kingfisher, Bearded Tit, Wheatear, Firecrest, Redstart, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, House Martin, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Ring Ouzel, Linnet, Whitethroat.

Spring birds have arrived with Chiffchaff, Sand Martin, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, House Martin, Wheatear and Little Ringed Plover all recorded during March. Lapwing and Redshank have territories across the marsh, which is still drawing in large numbers of Gull including a few regular Caspian and Yellow-legged. Migrant Chats, Pipits and possible Ring Ouzel can be searched for along the fence lines and short-grazed grass on the marsh and wader scrape bank. Sand Martin numbers have reached 20+ at the end of the month, already going in and out of the nesting holes on the south shore of the scrape. At least one pair of Shelduck continue to inspect some of the nest boxes on the main lake and reservoir lagoon. Expect the first Yellow Wagtails and Reed, Sedge and Garden Warblers in early April.

Butterlies and other insects: Red Admiral (24th Feb), Brimstone (7th March), Holly Blue (27th March), Speckled Wood, Small White, Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoishell (all 15th March); Buff-tailed Bumblebees on the wing early March, Red Mason Bees collecting mud, plus many other Bumblebee species late March into April.

Reptiles: Grass Snake juvenile seen in wildside 5th March; 2 Common Lizards seen along south route 7th March.

Water Voles: Most activity early March in wildside ponds.

Flowering plants: Primrose, Sweet Violet, Chickweed, Lungwort, Coltsfoot, Butcher’s Broom, Wild Daffodil, Blackthorn, Wild Plum, Hazel, Marsh Marigold, Silver Birch, Red Dead-nettle.