The following sightings were recorded today from the reserve at Castle Espie. The weather has been good lately and many of the flowers in the meadow are coming into bloom and there is a good show of butterflies and damselflies on the meadow.
Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory
Oystercatcher 4, Black-headed Gull 20, Lesser black-backed gull 1.
Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre
Mallard 58, Greylag 4, Shoveler 3, , Tufted 4, Mute swan 1, Common teal 10, Black-headed gull 90, Moorhen 2, Coot 2, Shelduck 1.
Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide
Oystercatcher 290, Shelduck 1, Black-headed gull 120, Little Egret 1, Redshank 12, Lapwing 4, Hooded crow 2, Moorhen 2, Teal 1, Black-tailed godwit 5
Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannog
Mute swan 1, Coot 2, Tufted duck 8, Swallow 2, Black-headed gull 300+, Shelduck 2
Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory
Little grebe 4, Black-headed gull 4,
Jackdaw 4, Lesser black-backed gull 1, Butterflies – ringlet, red admiral, meadow brown and common blue, Blue-tailed damselfly
Grey heron 1, Little grebe 2
Blackbird, Wren, Great tit, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Woodpigeon, Chiffchaff