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13 Aug 2018

Recent Sightings €- 13th August 2018

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The following sightings were recorded today at Low tide from the reserve at Castle Espie. The woodland is alive this morning with the sound of the newly fledged sparrowhawks and a small Long-tailed Tits flock! Our sparrowhawk pair have fledged three youngsters which are continuing to remain in vocal contact with their mother. Listen out for their squeaky squawks in the secret swamp area!

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Black-headed Gull 26, Little egret 20, Grey heron 4, Oystercatcher 89, Herring gull 1, Greylag goose 1, Lesser black-backed gull 2

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 125, Tufted duck 5,  Black-headed gull 3, Shoveler 1, Lesser black-backed gull 1, Gadwall 1, Teal 1, Moorhen 1

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

Black-headed gull 1, Moorhen 1, Coot 1, Mallard 20

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Black-headed gull 1, Moorhen 1,

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Moorhen 1, Coot 3, Mallard 9, Teal 1, Grey heron 1, Lesser Black backed gull 1

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 3 , Common Sandpiper 1, Blacked-headed gull 1

Limestone Lake

Mallard 9, Tufted duck 3, Little Grebe 3, kingfisher 1

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Black-headed Gull


Goldfinch, Linnet, Collared dove, Sparrowhawk


Blackbird, Wren, Wood pigeon, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Tit

Butterflies on the reserve

Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Copper, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver Y, Six-Spot Burnet Moth, Shaded Broad Bar


Sparrowhawk: Keep an eye and ear out for these beautiful raptors in our secret swamp. Photo credit: Russ Myners.