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05 May 2018

Recent Sightings (2nd-5th May)

Reed Bunting. Russ Myners


Millennium Wetlands

The Reedbeds are alive with noise from singing Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting and a calling Water Rail. On Deep Water Lake Island look out for the nesting Lapwing and a Wheatear, along with Greylag Geese and Sedge Warblers. There was a sighting of 2 Oystercatchers and a Common Sandpiper on the morning of 3rd. The Lake is also accommodating over 200 Black-tailed Godwit and the Black Headed Gull Colony. Two Little Grebe, 3 Canada Geese, 7 Gadwall, and 3 Tufted Duck were counted on 5th, along with 2 Mute Swans and 2 Moorhens. There have also been 2 Sand Martins and 5 Swallows in the area.

Look out for the newly created giant willow sculpture that was made my the Reserve Warden Volunteer team this week! Can you guess what it is!?

British Steel Hide

With the Godwits making themselves comfortable on the Milennium Wetlands, few waders were seen from the British Steel Hide. There have been counts of 6 Greenshank and 7 Redshank, along with the 2 Spoonbill and 5 Cormorant. Thirty-seven Shelduck, 8 Greylag Geese, 1 Mute Swan and 4 Canada Geese were noted.

Other Wildlife

Many butterflies including Brimstone, Green-Veined White, Peacock and Orange tip can be seen around the reserve. Flowers are starting to bloom such as common vetch and the bird cherry trees are starting to blossom.