Otter – Russ Myners. Seen on 30th Jan.
British Steel Hide
A count carried out on 29th showed a good number of birds using the estuary mudflats and saltmarsh including 346 Brent Geese, including 2 using the saline lagoons on the reserve, c.400 Oystercatchers and 42 Curlew. Further inland towards the hide 13 Shelduck, 2 Canada Geese, 105 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall and 53 Tufted Duck, as well as 1 Pochard were spotted. Furthermore, 100 Lapwing, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, Greenshank and Redshank were also in the area. Two Buzzards and 1 Sparrowhawk were seen from the British Steel Hide, as well as a Peregrine Falcon and a Green Woodpecker.
A range of wildlife has been seen on the reserve including 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Lapwing, 35 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 4 Little Grebe and 4 Water Rail. A good count of 23 Shoveler as well as 40 Tufted Duck, 4 Snipe and 6 Redwing have been recorded. The count includes 10 long-tailed tit, 1 Bullfinch, 9 Song Thrush, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Jay, 3 Goldcrest, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Goldfinch.
An otter sighting has been submitted (photo credit, Russ Myners) on the morning of 30th on Deep Water Lake. Another sighting on the reserve, near the Welsh Water Hide includes a Water Vole. A Red Admiral butterfly was seen warming its wings in the sun on 29th Jan.