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19 May 2017

Wildlife sightings for 19th May 2017

1 Whimbrel – main lake

2 Little Ringed Plover – wader scrape

1 Common Tern – fishing along South route

4 Shelduck – wader scrape, reservoir lagoon

80 Swift – reserve and river

5 Swallow – grazing marsh

1 Whitethroat – singing beside entrance bridge

May bird highlights: Wood Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Whinchat, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Shelduck, Jack Snipe, Peregrine, Barnacle Goose, Wheatear, Kingfisher, Swallow, Ringed Plover, Ring Ouzel, Caspian Gull.

Spring birds have arrived on site with Chiffchaff, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, and Wheatear just some of the Spring arrivals recorded so far.  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 using the artificial nest bank of the wader scrape have already reached over 60 occupied nest holes, containing 160 eggs and 65 chicks at the beginning of May.

Spring insects: Red Admiral, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small White, Comma, Peacock, Large White, Small Tortoishell, Buff-tailed Bumble Bees, Red Mason Bees, White-tailed Bumble Bee, Common Carder Bee, Early Mining Bee, Tawny Mining bee, Chocolate Mining Bee, Hairy-footed Flower Bee, Large Red-tailed Bumble Bee, Dark-edged Beefly, Common Flower Bug, Rove Beetle, Pale Brindled Beauty, Spring Usher, The Herald, Lunar Marbled Brown.

Spring plants: Sweet Violet, Coltsfoot, Wild Daffodil, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Wild Plum, Hazel, Marsh Marigold, Red Dead-nettle, Neat Feather-moss, Lesser Celandine, Bulbous Buttercup, Cowslip, Cuckooflower, Yellow Iris, Forget-me-not, Cow Parsley.

Bats: Soprano Pipistrelle>Nathusius’ Pipistrelle>Common Pipistrelle>Daubentons>Noctule.

  • Zoe Hoskins

    At 7.25am this morning over Roding Valley Tube station I saw a kite – it could well have been a Red Kite, but the tail didn’t looked forked enough and it was a big bird and could well have been a Black Kite, it was flying slowly and laboured (no lift) towards the Walthamstow – either way I have only seen Red Kite in this area twice before. I have no idea where to report this to, so if this is wrong site apologies. Zoe Hoskins