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08 Jun 2018

Latest Sightings – Friday 8th June

Still plenty of breeding birds around the site at the moment, many of them feeding chicks. If you walk slowly down the Avenues you can hear chicks in the nestboxes calling to their parents to bring them food.

The Oystercatchers on the Folly Pond have sadly lost one of their chicks, but the remaining chick is growing fast!

The numbers of insects around the reserve is fantastic, with Dragonflies and Damselflies in the Meadow and along the Avenues. Plenty of Butterflies on the flowers as well.

Today’s high tide is at 19:14, 7m

Around the reserve:

Wildflowers
Cuckoo Flower
Gorse
Red Campion
Herb Robert
Northern Marsh Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Twayblade Orchid
Hawthorn
Yellow Flag Iris
Yellow Rattle
Buttercup
Bird’s Foot Trefoil
Lesser Trefoil
White Clover
Red Clover

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Orange Tip Butterfly
Tree Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Common Carder Bumblebee
White-tailed Bunblebee
Emerald Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly
Four-spot Chaser Dragonfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Azure Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly

Whooper Pond
Mallard 33
Mute Swan 2 plus 6 cygnets (often on Back Pond)

Folly Pond
Mallard 8 plus 8 ducklings
Shoveler 2
Teal 14
Lapwing 3
Oystercatcher 2 – with 1 chick
Black-tailed Godwit 2

Teal Pond
Moorhen 1
Grey Heron 1
Mallard 1 with ducklings

Avenue Tower
Black-headed Gull 11 – at least 3 chicks hatched
Mute Swan 2 – with 4 cygnets
Mallard 14
Gadwall 1
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 6 +5 chicks
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Buzzard 
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Mallard
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Little Egret
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Hebridean Sheep 9

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)
Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Blackcap

Webcam

The Osprey webcam is currently not working as we are experiencing technical difficulties. We will try to get this fixed as soon as possible.

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