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26 Jun 2018

Reserve Update Tuesday 26th June

Nice views of snipe and lapwing feeding along the muddy edges of the Folly Pond this morning. There is plenty of mud for them to chose from with the continuing hot weather and this could also draw in some other waders for a visit.  The Swallows in the Teal pond hide have chicks showing in the nest.  For the best Dragonfly, Damselfly and Butterfly watching locations, try the Paddock and Meadow areas.  Meadow Brown and Ringlet are both on the wing in good numbers.

Today’s high tide is at 12:06, 8.5m

Around the reserve:

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

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Green-veined White Butterfly
Ringlet Butterfly
Meadow Brown Butterfly
Common Blue 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 20
Mute Swan 2 plus 6 cygnets (often on Back Pond)
Grey Heron 1
Oystercatcher 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 8
Teal 14
Lapwing 4
Oystercatcher 2 – with 1 large chick
Moorhen 1 and a chick
Grey Heron 2
Black-headed Gull 1
Snipe 3

Teal Pond
Moorhen 1
Mallard 1 with ducklings
Swallow – nest with chicks in

Avenue Tower
Black-headed Gull 11
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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