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11 Jun 2018

Wildlife sightings for 11th June 2018

2 Common Tern – fishing on all waterbodies

1 Swallow – marsh

5 Shoveler – scrape, main lake

4 Blackcap – singing from wildside and sheltered lagoon

1 Chiffchaff – south route


May/June bird highlights: Temminck’s Stint, Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Common Tern, Peregrine, Red Kite, Buzzard, Hobby, Redstart, Nightingale, Yellow Wagtail, Little Egret, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Savi’s Warbler.

June bird highlights: Common Terns have returned and are looking for a nesting site. Several pairs of Lapwing are nesting on the marsh and scrape. There have been at least 4 Lapwing broods raised to fledglings so far. The reedbeds are full of singing Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler and Reed Warbler. Look for breeding and passage warblers like Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Blackcap in the woodland and scrub areas. Some migrant waders like Ringed Plover are still dropping in at the start of June.

Flowering plants: (end May-June) Ragged Robin, Marsh Marigold, Cuckoo-flower, Lesser Celandine, Wood Anemone, Bulbous Buttercup, Thale Cress, Hairy Bittercress, Hemlock Water Dropwort, Cow Parsley, Primrose, Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill, Gorse, Petty Spurge, Mediterranean Spurge, Common Field Speedwell, Ivy-leaved Speedwell, Sweet Violet, White and Red Dead-nettle, Dandelion, Groundsel, Colt’s-foot, Butterbur, Fritillary, Field Wood-rush, Annual Meadow-grass, Bee Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Common Spotted Orchid, Yellow Iris, Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Common Vetch.

Amphibians: Marsh Frogs calling most sunny days in May/June – entrance lake, wildside and south route ponds and pools.

Butterflies/Moths: Red Admiral, Small Tortoishell, Peacock, Brimstone, Comma, Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Chocolate Tip, Yellow-barred Long-horn, Lime Hawk-moth, Hebrew Character, March Moth, Oak Beauty, Burnet Companion.

Other insects: Bee-fly, European Orchard Bee (Seen mating April 5th. First record for UK), Early Mining Bee, Clark’s Mining Bee, Red-tailed Bumblebee, Hairy Dragonfly, Hawthorn Mining Bee, Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Common Carder Bee, Early Bumblebee, Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Norfolk Hawker.

Reptiles: 94 Slow Worms (40 juveniles, 34 females, 15 males) recorded on the latest reptile transect.