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18 Jun 2018

Recent Sightings €- 18th June 2018

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The following sightings were recorded today at Mid-tide from the reserve at Castle Espie.

A couple of Common Terns are being sighted on a daily basis; using the rafts in the Main lake and the Saline Lagoon. Keep an eye out for the spectacular dives into the water to catch fish!

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Black-headed Gull 6, Lesser black-backed gull 2, Shelduck 2, Grey Heron 1

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 16, Tufted duck 6, Black-headed gull 19, Moorhen 1, Common Tern 1, Gadwall 1 + 3 chicks

Shingle bank – visible from Sensory garden, Wadermarsh and Visitor Centre

Black-headed gull 3, Mallard 6, Greylag 3 + chicks 6

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Black-headed gull 4, Shelduck 6, Moorhen 3, Tufted duck 2

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Shelduck 2 + young 7, Mallard 9, Coot 2 + chicks 2,  Black-headed gull c.100 + many chicks!, Tufted duck 7, Moorhen 3, Mute Swan 2

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Gadwall 2, Common Tern 1

Common Tern by Seamus Griffin

Limestone Lake

Mallard 3, Little Egret 1

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Black-headed Gull 1


Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Starling


Blackbird, Wren, Wood pigeon, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Black-Cap

Butterflies on the reserve

Green-veined white, Small White, Cryptic Wood White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Six-Spot Burnet Moth