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A lovely autumn day, light winds and bright sunshine early on. A roosting count of Pink-footed Geese produced just under 7000 birds. A single Barnacle Goose was picked up with Pinks from the Ron Barker Hide this afternoon.

In among the geese in the past couple of days we have had leucistic Pink-footed Goose and Greylag, the later being the first leucistic bird of that species that has been recorded on the reserve for some time.

Leucistic Pink-footed Goose

Leucistic Greylag

See previous days for a fuller picture

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Goshawk from the Kingfisher Kitchen. Photo: Nigel Williams

British Steel Hide

The highest number of Greenshank at the site has recently been recorded at 79, there have also been 579 Knot, 965 Black-tailed Godwit, 504 Redshank, 31 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, and 4 Spotted Redshank. A Peregrine falcon has been spotted hunting over the salt marshes, as well as 160 Wigeon, and 212 Greylag geese.

Millennium Wetlands

Recently spotted on the wetlands have been 79 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 14 Teal, Little Grebe, and regular sightings of the Kingfisher continue. Waders such as Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit can be regularly seen on deep water lake, and a Snipe was been spotted on the western scrapes. Birds of prey have also made appearances over the last few days, including Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier so keep your eyes peeled. Water rail have been heard all around the millennium wetlands, so keep an ear out for their distinctive call.

Otters have been seen on numerous occasions recently, on Saturday 3 were spotted together on deep water lake. On Monday there were multiple sightings of a single Otter around deep water lake, one of these sightings was from the heron’s wing hide.

Butterflies can still be seen around the Millennium wetlands, large numbers of Speckled wood and small copper, as well as some Red admiral, Common blue and Comma.

In the grounds on Monday, a Tawny owl was seen, and a Goshawk joined us for most of the day – clearly visible from the café windows!

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Mute swan
Whooper swan (x58)
Greylag
Shoveler
Mallard
Gadwall
Wigeon
Garganey
Teal
Cormorant
Moorhen
Crane (x31) – Lady fen/reserve
Curlew
Black-tailed godwit
Snipe
Jack snipe – Main observatory
Golden plover
Ringed plover
Starling
House martin
Swallow
Pied wagtail
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Wood pigeon
Jackdaw
Rook
Barn owl
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Buzzard

Butterflies
Small copper

 

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Wildlife sightings – 25/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-25-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-25-09-18/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:49:13 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82380 Wader Lake (AM, low tide):

Avocet (juvenile) 1

Teal 17

Lapwing 230

Common snipe 1

Black-headed gull 165

Lesser black-backed gull (juveniles) 2

Herring gull 1

 

Hawthorn Wood feeding station:

Great-spotted woodpecker 2

Coal tit 2

Blue tit 4

Robin 1

Chaffinch 5

Great tit 4

Willow tit 2

Goldfinch 1

Dunnock 1

 

Other birds on site:

Teal on the Saline Lagoon 3

Curlew on Saline Lagoon meadow 2

Tufted duck 19 and northern shoveler 1 on the reservoir

Grey heron on the River Wear 2

Blackbird 1 and long-tailed tit 2 in Millennium Wood

Comma and speckled wood butterflies

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Wildlife sightings for 25th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-25th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-25th-september-2018/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:06:47 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82377 1 Common Sandpiper – wader scrape

5 Snipe – wader scrape, grazing marsh, main lake

2 Meadow Pipit – grazing marsh

1 Kingfisher – middle reedbed channel

2 Willow Warbler – South route

5 Chiffchaff – South route, sheltered lagoon, wildside

2 Swallow – reservoir lagoon

1 Peregrine – perched on hospital

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

 

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Latest Sightings – Tuesday 25th September – no sign of the Bittern so far https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-tuesday-25th-september-no-sign-of-the-bittern-so-far/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-tuesday-25th-september-no-sign-of-the-bittern-so-far/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:04:16 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82376 There are plenty of geese around the reserve this morning. Pink-footed Geese flying everywhere, some still out on the mud. Barnacle Geese can be seen from the Saltcot Merse Observatory around the trig point.

No sign of the Bittern as yet this morning, and there don’t appear to be any Whooper Swans around, maybe they have moved further south?

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Mute Swan 2 adults 6 cygnets
Mallard 148
Tufted Duck 5
Teal 3
Wigeon 1
Canada Geese 9
Greylag Geese 1
Little Grebe 1
Cormorant 1
Moorhen 3

Folly Pond
Mallard 5
Teal 1158
Wigeon 40
Shoveler 10
Lapwing 51
Snipe 2
Moorhen 2
Greylag Goose 1

Teal Pond
Gadwall 18
Mallard 1
Moorhen 3

Avenue Tower
Mallard 17
Teal 100+
Shoveler 2
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Pink-footed Geese 3,100
Barnacle Geese 214
Greylag Geese 30
Canada Geese 100
Kestrel
Peregrine 2
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

Webcam

Unfortunately we have been experiencing problems with our Osprey camera this year. We hope to fix the problems before next summer. At the moment, the two Osprey chicks are still around the area but they will be heading south soon.
We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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Go-Plo’s https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/go-plos/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/go-plos/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:03:23 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82370 Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide

Two Golden Plover (Go-Plo’s) with the Lapwing flock, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, up to 19 Ruff, Greenshank, 9 Snipe, 18 Wigeon, 24 Pintail, 700+ Teal, 2 Grey Heron and a Reed Warbler. Yellow Wagtail heard.

South Lake

Two Avocet, c70 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redshank, 3 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 70 Teal, 30 Shoveler, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe.

Martin Smith Hide/Tack Piece

Work party here today as there was no sign of the Garganey in the first four hours of the day. A small flock of Lapwing, Teal and a juvenile Ruff present on the scrape despite the work. 6 Swallow over early morning.

Holden Tower

Blackcap, Linnets, Meadow Pipit and Skylarks as well as 350+ Greylag and 180+ Barnacle Geese.

Kingfisher Hide

Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Treecreeper as well as Blue and Great Tits, Dunnock and Wren. 2 Cetti’s Warbler calling.

No sightings or reports of the Spoonbills today.

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Sand martin swarm hunting insects https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-arundel-sightings/sand-martin-swarm-hunting-insects/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-arundel-sightings/sand-martin-swarm-hunting-insects/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:04:35 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82363

Kingfisher scolds another! Photo by Romney Turner

Recent wildlife sightings (does not include common species like coots, mute swans, black-headed gulls and mallard ducks):

Sun 23 Sept:

Scrape hide: marsh harrier, 26 teal, 2 mandarin,  blackcap, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 2 swallows

Ramsar/Sand Martin hide: 12 sand martins, 5 shoveler, 30 house martins, 1 hobby.

 

Sat 22 Sept:

Car park: Marsh tit, sand & house martin swarm hunting insects

Ramsar/Sand Martin hide: reed warbler, sedge warbler, willow warbler, whinchat, 2 stone chat.

Lapwing hide: 6 snipe, 1 green sandpiper, 1 water rail.

Offham Hangar: buzzard.

Scrape hide: marsh harrier.

 

Fri 21 Sept:

Car park: Sand & house martin swarm hunting insects

Arun Riverlife: Tufted Ducks.

Lapwing hide: kingfisher

Ramsar hide: 5 gadwall, great egret, teal, little egret, common gull, gadwall.

 

Thurs 19 Sept:

Arun Riverlife: tufted ducks, gadwall.

Wetlands Discovery: kingfisher

Offham hangar: buzzards.

Reedbed hide: grey heron

Scrape hide: 9 gadwall, shoveler

Ramsar/Sand martin hides: little egret, grey heron, teal, tufted duck.

Wildlife Garden: Cetti’s Warbler

 

Wed 18 Sept:

Arun Riverlife: tufted ducks

Wetland Discovery: kingfisher

Ramsar/Sand Martin hide: teal, shoveler, gadwall

Scrape hide: gadwall

 

Tues 17 Sept:

Wetlands Discovery: kingfisher

Ramsar hide: gadwall, shoveler, Cetti’s warbler

Sand Martin hide: water rail.

Scrape hide: pochard, gadwall, Cetti’s warbler

Reedbed: water rail

 

Mon 16 Sept:

Wetlands Discovery: Kingfisher

Ramsar hide: kingfisher, shoveler, gadwall, tufted duck

Sand Martin hide: snipe, teal, sand & house martins

Scrape hide: gadwall.

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Pallid harrier – 1 from Lyle hide at 11.40am
Whooper swan – 22 new arrival on pool in front of Lyle hide
Crane – 4
Hobby – 2
Red kite – 1
Marsh harrier – 3
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Merlin
Barn owl – 2
Tree sparrow
Curlew
Goldfinch
Swallow
Ringed plover

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Reserve update, Monday Sept 24th https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-monday-sept-24th/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-monday-sept-24th/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:04:22 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82355 Things happening today, with 4 Whooper Swans on the main feed pond along with a Scaup among the few Tufted Duck. (A further 15 or so Whoopers just off reserve on nearby Newmains). Barnacles slowly arriving – 36 yesterday, up to 214 today so far, mixed in with 3000+ Pink-footed Geese. Star bird of the day (so far!) has to be the Bittern, out in the open from The Peter Scott Observatory for a while, but headed into cover down near The Teal Pond

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 4
Mute Swan 11 plus the family group
Mallard 49
Tufted Duck 7
Scaup 1
Canada Geese 20
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 4
Moorhen 5
Teal 1
Bittern 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 5
Teal 1158
Wigeon 40
Shoveler 10
Lapwing 51
Snipe 2
Moorhen 2
Greylag Goose 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard 17
Teal 100+
Shoveler 2
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Pink-footed Geese 3,100
Barnacle Geese 214
Greylag Geese 30
Canada Geese 100
Kestrel
Peregrine 2
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

Webcam

Unfortunately we have been experiencing problems with our Osprey camera this year. We hope to fix the problems before next summer. At the moment, the two Osprey chicks are still around the area but they will be heading south soon.
We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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Recent Sightings €- 24th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-24th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-24th-september-2018/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:59:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82352 The following sightings were recorded today at Low tide from the reserve at Castle Espie.

Another large influx of Brent Geese have arrived on the Lough from Iceland, many thousands can now be heard calling across the Lough to Castle Espie. A lovely little Grey Wagtail has been moving between all the habitats during the weeks; usual wagging it’s tail as it searches for insects on the edge of the Freshwater lagoon and in the Brickworks. Finally, amazingly there is still plenty of Butterflies on the reserve! Plenty of Common Blues still in the grassland and one spectacular painted Lady was seen just this morning. The hot summer has certainly allowed plenty of adults to emerge this year.

Grey Wagtail with it’s distinctive bright yellow tail base.  Photo Credit: T. Disley.

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Brent Goose c.1000,  Little Egret 1, Black-headed Gull 24

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 128, Tufted duck 20, Greylag 1,Teal 16, Goldeneye 1, Grey Heron 1, Moorhen 2, Little Grebe 1

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

Mallard 6, Black-headed Gull 1, Teal 3, Moorhen 3, Oystercatcher 1

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Black-headed gull 1, Moorhen 1

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 20, Coot 3, Moorhen 4

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 5

Limestone Lake

Mallard 1, Moorhen 2

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Black-headed Gull 1

Brickworks

Grey Wagtail, Painted Lady Butterfly, Common Blue Butterfly

Woodland

Blackbird, Wren, Wood pigeon, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Hooded Crow

Butterflies and Moths on the reserve

Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Silver Y

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Wildlife sightings for 24th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-24th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-24th-september-2018/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:21:56 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82350 1 Whinchat – grazing marsh

2 Stonechat – grazing marsh

1 Green Sandpiper – main lake

3 Yellow Wagtail – grazing marsh

5 Snipe – grazing marsh, main lake, wader scrape

12 Meadow Pipit – grazing marsh and over S and W

2 Water Rail – calling from main reedbed

8 Wigeon – main lake

30+ House Martin – reservoir lagoon, grazing marsh

4 Swallow – reservoir lagoon, grazing marsh

2 Peregrine – perched on the hospital

1 Grey Wagtail – otter enclosure

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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First Whooper Swans https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/first-whooper-swans/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/first-whooper-swans/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:42:49 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82341 Coming on the back of the influx of Pink-footed Geese, which continued today, a group of 11 Whooper Swan that flew in at the Ron Barker Hide this morning were first for the autumn. Fairly early for Whooper Swan, generally we wouldn’t expect big numbers of these until mid October onward.

Raptors included 2 Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier, 10+ Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

A Spotted Redshank was new in spending most of the afternoon on the Mere. At least 400 Lapwing, 10+ Ruff, 20+ Snipe.

Whooper Swan close up from last winter (Andy Bunting)

Good numbers of Skylark passing over in the last couple of days.

It should be possible to see over 60 species in a full days bird watching at Martin Mere. If you would like to know the best spots, up to date info or to report any sightings then please call in at the in focus shop next to the Discovery Hide.

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Sightings for Sunday September 23rd https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/sightings-for-sunday-september-23rd/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/sightings-for-sunday-september-23rd/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:49:52 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82333 Damp start to the day here at Welney, but now starting to brighten up and promises to be a dry afternoon.

All hides and Summer walk are open.

Sightings so far today:

Mute swan
Whooper swan
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Mallard
Wigeon
Moorhen
Crane
Little egret
Kingfisher
Golden plover
Cetti’s warbler
Chiffchaff
Goldfinch
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail
Skylark
Starling
Swallow
Tree sparrow
Yellow wagtail
Green woodpecker
Buzzard
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Pallid harrier (good sightings at Lyle hide)
Sparrowhawk

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Wildlife sightings for 23rd September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-23rd-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-23rd-september-2018/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:33:17 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82327 2 Whinchat – grazing marsh

1 Common Sandpiper – main lake

2 Shelduck – main lake

4 Yellow Wagtail – grazing marsh

1 Kingfisher – main lake

4 Snipe – grazing marsh, main lake

6 Meadow Pipit – wader scrape

1 Water Rail – calling from main reedbed

6 Wigeon – main lake, wader scrape

40+ House Martin – main lake, sheltered lagoon

10 Swallow – main lake

3 Sand Martin – main lake

1 Grey Wagtail – South route

1 Common Gull – main lake

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Wildlife sightings – 23/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-23-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-23-09-18/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:58:54 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82324 a.m. Tide Level: Low

Wader Lake

Peregrine falcon (immature hunting over the lake) 1

Wigeon 2

Avocet (immature) 1

Teal 19

Lapwing 20

Black-headed gull 13

Saline Lagoon

Stock dove 1 (river reedbed)

Curlew 1

Teal 3

Hawthorn Wood

Willow tit 1

Great spotted woodpecker 1

Blue tit 4

Coal tit 2

Magpie 1

Chaffinch 6

Other birds

Song thrush – 2 – Pen 1

Shoveler – 6 – Reservoir

Tufted duck – 12 – Reservoir

Teal – 2 – Reservoir

Great black-backed gull – 1 – River Wear

Cormorant – 2 – River Wear

Jay – 1 – River Wear

 

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Sunday’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/sundays-sightings-5/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/sundays-sightings-5/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:54:11 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82322 It’s been a wet start to the day but things are forecast to dry up as the day goes on.  The Spoonbill family flew in from the river early this morning and spent a few hours on the South Lake before heading back to the river.

 

South Lake Hides

Along with the Spoonbill family, this morning saw 3 Spotted Redshank, 43 Redshank, 78 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff and 5 Avocet on the scrape along with several hundred duck.  A Little-ringed Plover was present at lunchtime.
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Rushy Hide

A few Snipe were showing well on the causeway between the upper and lower ponds, feeding amongst the Teal who were loving the wet conditions.  A Little Grebe was on the upper pond along with a single Redshank and several Lapwing on the islands.  At least two of the Spotted Redshank were seen here this morning before heading to the South Lake.
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Zeiss Hide

A Greenshank was on the near shoreline at the north end of the scrape amongst the Teal, which over the whole area numbered 569.  A single Black-tailed Godwit was on one of the islands whilst on the shoreline around the main part of the scrape were 4 Golden Plover, 91 Lapwing and 21 Ruff.  Duck also included 44 Wigeon.  At least 4 Snipe were on the islands at the north end.

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There’s more than just foster chicks going on https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-diaries/wwt-slimbridge-diaries-flamingo-diary/theres-more-than-just-foster-chicks-going-on/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-diaries/wwt-slimbridge-diaries-flamingo-diary/theres-more-than-just-foster-chicks-going-on/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:58:54 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82301 Autumn is generally a quieter time in the WWT flamingo flocks. Chicks are becoming well-grown and adults can “relax” as the breeding season winds down. The Andean-fostered Chilean flamingo chicks are still relatively fluffy, but chicks in the other flocks on well on their way to looking proper flamingo-shaped. They are also starting to develop more adult-like behaviours… The clip below shows one of the chicks in the Chilean flamingo flock practising filter feeding. Not as elegant as an adult but the idea is certainly there!

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You can watch the chicks grow into adults by observing the changes in their feathers- pink ones appear first on their wings and appear as small pink smudges against their grey background. Also look at their bill shape too- this gets more and more curved as their filtering apparatus develops and grows.

Spot the first pink feather…

So visitors to WWT Slimbridge and other centres that hold these wonderful birds can have a go at working out how old a flamingo is from the colours of its plumage. If you want to keep track of the developing foster chicks, for example, here’s a handy guide in the photo below.

On the far right is a flamingo chick that hatched earlier this year and wearing its first set of grey/brown “proper” feathers. By proper feathers I mean those that are the ones that replace the fluffy down they wear at hatching. On the far left is a “teenager”, a bird bigger than the grey yearling but not quite wearing correct adult dress, so around 18 months to two years old. Legs, beaks, heads and necks are the last to change colour and this bird still shows lots of darker “baby feathers” on its wings. Compare this bird to the adult, who is in the middle, and both have the same body shape but the adult is pink in all the right places. It will take up to five years for a young flamingo to achieve the complete pink makeover. And even then, flamingo colour can keep getting brighter as they age and mature.

In a sea of pink… one of the class of 2018 will take several years to have the right amount of pink and red in the right places.

Chicks in the other flocks are growing up big and strong too. In the photo below, a seemingly worn-out greater flamingo dad stands over a well-grown chick. The parents put a lot of effort into their chick-rearing responsibilities and it is not unusual to them not looking at their best when the breeding season comes to a close. But as their youngsters learn to feed itself and can filter flamingo pellet from the water, the adults will start to regain their more flamboyant streak and be back brightly in the pink after their next moult. Phil and Sparky are also expert in knowing how much food to provide- upping the amount of flamingo pellet so that adults can meet their own needs as well as those their chick.

Such a long way to grow up requires a lot of hard work and attention from mum and dad.

The care given by mum and dad is especially important in autumn when the weather can turn more stormy. Flamingos, like all birds, are not a fan of strong winds. They would rather not have their feathers ruffled, and wind up their tails makes them edgy. You will often seen flocks of flamingos standing facing the same way, into the wind and hunched down to reduce the chance of being blown over. Wind-swept plumage is less good at insulation, so a bird saves energy by facing into the wind and keeping its feathers sleek.

See this in action in the clip below:

https://youtu.be/SnqFOyqMQXo

For smaller species, like the delicate lesser flamingos in the photo below, crowding together and reducing squabbling means birds can remain more comfortable in blowy conditions.

When it comes to the younger chicks, it is easier to sit down and remain squat on the floor. And if you snuggle up next to your parent, then that is even better… (see the clip below) 🙂

https://youtu.be/WOrdyhnp1aE

Cuddly and snuggly. How to sit out the storm when you’re still small.

Of course, if it’s too windy, the birds can go inside and be kept safe and warm until the storm passes. And during this week, the flamingos could have gone inside if they had wanted, but they all chose to remain out in the elements. Perhaps their ways of coping with the wind meant they all felt fine?

I will leave you with this last image of the huddled together Chilean flock (some good photo opportunities this week of getting to see birds all rammed together whilst sheltering from the wind) because it will link to the story I will tell in my next Flamingo Diary post. Lots of different colours… a parent bird in the middle (and the head and neck of one on the right) compared to birds moulting through new feathers that are much pinker (bird on the left with the pale head), and birds that remained bright pink so were not parents this year (the head and neck of the bird at the front right). The care of flamingo feathers is a full time job- something that one of my MSc students investigated this year. What did she find out? More next time!

 

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Pink-footed Geese https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/pink-footed-geese-4/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/pink-footed-geese-4/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:44:38 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82310 As predicted on Tuesday the weather charts held firm and an influx of Pink-footed Geese started to arrive. No counts as such although some massed airborne skeins had over 3000 birds as they moved locally and countless small groups were dropping in from high into the local area.

New Pinks dropping in.

Looking ahead there should be many more birds arriving including the possibility of a early Whooper Swan or two as birds have turned up at Caerlaverock and also further North.

Saturday’s Metoffice chart shows the airflow continuing from Iceland.

 

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Saturday’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/saturdays-sightings-21/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/saturdays-sightings-21/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:48:00 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82292 A family group of five Spoonbills (2 adults and 3 juveniles) were seen this morning, first seen in flight over the Rushy heading towards the river before circling back and landing on the back of the lower pond.  The family then flew off and dropped on the South Lake where they still were late morning.

Juvenile Spoonbill, one of the family that arrived today

South Lake Hides

The family of five Spoonbill spent a little time feeding this morning, had a brief fly around the perimeter of the area before landing and going to roost.  Also on the scrape were 94 Lapwing, 36 Shoveler, 154 Teal, 2 Ruff, 36 Redshank, 3 Common Gull, 4 Snipe, 97 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Avocet.  The three Spotted Redshank dropped in mid-morning after leaving the Top New Piece.  A Kingfisher was heard along the back rhine and a drake Pintail and juvenile Great Crested Grebe were on the deep lake.
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Zeiss Hide

Out on the Top New Piece were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 676 Teal, 27 Ruff (including 3 juveniles), 2 Shoveler, 55 Wigeon and 72 Lapwing.  Three Spotted Redshank were present first thing but were seen to drop in on the South Lake later.  A Cetti’s Warbler was calling from the reedbed near the seawall.
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Kingfisher Hide

A single Teal and Moorhen were the only birds on the pond, but out in the Bottom New Piece field were 120 Lapwing and 9 Ruff.  A reasonable flock of 100+ Starling were also present.  A Cetti’s Warbler was also heard in the reedbed near the hide.
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Rushy Hide

A stunning male Grey Wagtail was on the island this morning near the Scott House.  The lower pond held 57 Teal, 6 Lapwing, 6 Shoveler and Grey Heron.  The Spoonbill family made a brief appearance here too.
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Holden Tower

A Peregrine was sat out on a fence post watching the tide drop and to see what breakfast options were on offer today.  A flock of 21 terns were sat on the mud towards Purton, but too far away in poor light to put down to Common or Arctic.  Also on the river were several Curlew, a group of small waders (probably Dunlin), 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron and 67 Shelduck.  Two Whinchat and 2 Wheatear were seen at Mid Point.  Several Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Whitethroat were seen in the copse in front of the hide.
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Martin Smith Hide

The Garganey was again showing well on the pool in front of the hide along with a few Teal, Gadwall and Mallard.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2423/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2423/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:48:27 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82286 Pallid harrier
Mute swan
Whooper swan
Greylag
Barnacle goose
Canada goose
Shelduck
Shoveler
Mallard
Teal
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Crane (x12)
Bittern
Little egret
Black-tailed godwit
Greenshank
Avocet
Snipe
Golden plover (x2)
Dunlin (x2)
Little-ringed plover (x2)
Lesser black-backed gull
Black-headed gull
Starling
House martin
Sand martin
Swallow
Kingfisher
Pied wagtail
Meadow pipit
Chiff chaff
Cetti’s warbler
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Whinchat
Wood pigeon
Pheasant
Green woodpecker
Magpie
Carrion crow
Rook
Merlin
Kestrel (x5)
Peregrine (x2)
Marsh harrier (x5)
Buzzard
Osprey

Roe deer

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Reserve Update Saturday 22nd September – Otter https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-saturday-22nd-september-otter/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-saturday-22nd-september-otter/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:45:26 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82285 Well our Whooper Swan count has doubled today with two now on Whooper Pond!  Also there this morning was a fishing otter, a second sighting in two days.  It was an interesting day on this pond yesterday with a Red Crested Pochard making a brief appearance as well.  It flew off to the South and has not been seen since.  Folly Pond is worth a look this morning with Teal numbers having jumped up to over 1000, a few Wigeon, Shoveler, Lapwing and Snipe.  There are a good number of Pink-footed Geese having a kip on the Merse to the West of Saltcot.

Today’s high tide is at 11:06, 7.8m

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 2
Mute Swan 5 plus the family group
Mallard 49
Tufted Duck 1
Canada Geese 8
Little Grebe 1
Cormorant 4
Moorhen 5
Teal 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 5
Teal 1158
Wigeon 113
Shoveler 10
Lapwing 51
Snipe 2
Moorhen 1
Greylag Goose 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard 17
Teal 100+
Shoveller 2
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Pink-footed Geese 337
Barnacle Geese 12
Greylag Geese 2
Canada Geese 12
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

Webcam

Unfortunately we have been experiencing problems with our Osprey camera this year. We hope to fix the problems before next summer. At the moment, the two Osprey chicks are still around the area but they will be heading south soon.
We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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Wildlife sightings for 22nd September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-22nd-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-22nd-september-2018/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:53:26 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82280 10 Wigeon – main lake

1 Common Sandpiper – reservoir lagoon

4 Snipe – grazing marsh, main lake

2 Water Rail – calling from the reedbeds

70 House Martin – reservoir lagoon

5 Chiffchaff – South route, sheltered lagoon

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

 

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Skuas https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/skuas/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/skuas/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:31:00 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82276 A very windy few days with very few people out looking and therefore very few reports received, but two juvenile Arctic Skuas flying past the Ron Barker hide today were exceptionally good records. All the “usual suspects” are still around, with a very obliging Peregrine showing particularly well today.

Hopefully the winds will die down (and change direction) soon, as the first favorable winds should bring in the first big numbers of Pink-footed Geese.

 

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Recent sightings 19th-21st September https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-19th-21st-september/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-19th-21st-september/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:12:22 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82270

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British Steel Hide

After a stormy week we still have a wide variety of waders out on the lagoons, though in smaller numbers, making it easier to identify. Redshank, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Dunlin have been seen recently. We have also had a high number of Wigeon seen out on the salt marsh with 73 being counted on the 21st. Little ringed plover and Common Sandpiper have also been seen on the Dafen scrapes. The stormy rain has helped the Dafen scrapes to fill up, hoping for more wading diversity in the weeks to come.

 

Millennium Wetlands

Our waterfowl have still been present on the wetlands weathering the storm, with Gadwall, Teal, and Tufted ducks being seen regularly. There are also some waders using the site after some recent habitat management, including 40 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit and a lone Redshank. Little egrets are frequently seen roosting in the trees in the afternoons so keep an eye out.

 

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Whinchat (c) Roger Byng

Zeiss Hide

A Crane was on the southern island of the flood amongst the 109 Barnacle Geese.  Also on the Top New Piece were 2 Ruff, 570 Teal, 45 Wigeon, Greenshank, 4 Redshank and 4 Grey Heron.  A Buzzard was sat in the trees near the old pillbox.  Two groups of Cranes also dropped in on the Dumbles, our family of Oakie Sherbert and their juvenile along with new arrivals Cookie and Pepe.  The family chased off the newbies, with the juvenile being particularly feisty!
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Mid Point

Three Whinchat were perched on the fence this morning and a small group of Swallow moved through heading south.  Out on the river at high tide were 8 Sanderling and a single Dunlin, along with a Little Egret.  Later around mid-morning on the river were at least 59 Dunlin, a single Knot and Turnstone and another flock of a dozen waders too quick to identify before they dropped out of sight.
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South Lake Hides

The three Spotted Redshank were on the wader scrape this morning along with 39 Redshank, 11 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 45 Shoveler, 125 Teal, 75 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, an Avocet and 92 Black-tailed Godwit.  A total of 9 Cormorant were on the deep lake perches with only Tufted Duck of note on the water.  Our Guide in the Hide Nigel reported the three Spotted Redshank flew towards the Zeiss Hide late morning.
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Martin Smith Hide

Our Guide in the Hide Dot found a Garganey asleep on the island and saw a Water Rail.
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Today’s Highlights https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-highlights-523/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-highlights-523/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:47:26 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82261 Pallid harrier-juv at Nelson/Lyle hide  9am and 2pm
Cranes x 12
Tree sparrows
House sparrows
Goldfinch
Great tit
Chiff chaff
Pied wagtail
Yellow wagtail
Swallow
Green woodpecker
Greater spotted woodpecker
Mallard
Teal
Wigeon
Shoveler
Moorhen
Ruff
Avocet
Redshank
Black-tailed godwit
Snipe at Lyle hide
Grey heron
Whooper swan
Mute swan
Greylag geese
Marsh harriers x 3
Kestrels
Hobby x 2
Merlin

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Reserve Update Friday 21st September – Whooper! https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-friday-21st-september-whooper/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-friday-21st-september-whooper/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:53:54 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82257 Our first Whooper Swan has turned up on the Reserve this morning.  Back on Whooper Pond and ready for some food!  It has been an interesting week with the storms causing a degree of havoc on Wednesday.  It did however push in a Little Gull for a brief spell that day.  Teal numbers continue to increase and Corner field is looking good with over 300 of them along with Mallard, Starling and Lapwing.  Curlew are starting to utilise the fields behind Newfield hide so Autumn must be here!

Today’s high tide is at 11:06, 7.8m

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mallard 32
Tufted Duck 1
Canada Geese 12
Little Grebe 1
Cormorant 2
Moorhen 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 38
Teal 332
Wigeon 10+
Shoveler 7
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Moorhen 1

Teal Pond
Mute Swan family
Mallard 1
Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard 17
Teal 14
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Osprey
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

Webcam

Unfortunately we have been experiencing problems with our Osprey camera this year. We hope to fix the problems before next summer. At the moment, the two Osprey chicks are still around the area but they will be heading south soon.
We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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Wildlife sightings for 21st September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-21st-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-21st-september-2018/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:32:48 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82255 1 Kingfisher – main lake

3 Snipe – main lake

52 House Martin – reservoir lagoon, grazing marsh, main lake

1 Peregrine – perched on hospital ledge

1 Water Rail – calling from the reedbeds

1 Garganey – wader scrape

1 Common Sandpiper – main lake

1 Marsh Harrier – flew over heading East @ 14.30hrs

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Thursday highlights https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/thursday-highlights/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/thursday-highlights/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:18:28 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82244 Rushy Hide

Avocet, 40 Teal, 2 Lapwing and 2 Pintail.

Middle Point

Three Whinchat, Wheatear, 2 Reed Bunting and 20 Meadow Pipit + 20 Swallow over the fields.

South Lake

37 Redshank, 81 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, Avocet, 3 Snipe, 70 Teal and 30 Shoveler.

Top New Piece/Zeiss Hide

Avocet, 29 Ruff, 53 Wigeon, 4 Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 400 Teal, 9 Pintail and 5 Snipe.

Bottom New Piece

12+ Yellow Wagtail, 180 Lapwing, 12 Ruff (mobile), 2 Buzzard and 10 Swallows. The Crane family (Oakie and Sherbert + one) flew over.

Kingfisher Hide

Goldcrest, two Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff until the winds became strong.

 

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2422/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2422/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:12:10 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82248 Mute  swan
Whooper swan
Greylag
Shoveler
Mallard
Gadwall
Wigeon
Garganey
Teal
Cormorant
Moorhen
Crane (x6)
Grey heron
Bittern
Black-tailed godwit
Redshank
Avocet
Snipe
Starling
House martin
Swallow
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Whinchat
Stock dove
Wood pigeon
Red-legged partridge
Jackdaw
Rook
Kestrel
Pallid harrier
Marsh harrier
Buzzard

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Wildlife Sightings – 20/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-20-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-20-09-18/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:33:59 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82245 Wader Lake     Time/AM     Tide/Mid

Teal – 16

Common Snipe – 2

Redshank – 12

Black-headed Gull – 85

 

Saline Lagoon     Time/AM

Redshank – 1

Black-headed Gulls – 8

Common Sandpiper – 1

Curlew – 1

Grey Heron – 3

 

Hawthorn Wood

Blue Tit – 5

Coal Tit – 2

Great Tit – 2

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 1

Robin – 1

Chaffinch – 4

Nuthatch – 1

 

Other Birds Noted Around Site

Cormorant (River Wear) – 4

Lesser Black-backed Gull (River Wear) – 3

Robin (slick gill wood) – 1

Tufted Duck (reservoir) – 37

 

Other Wildlife Species

Invertebrates:

Speckled Wood

 

Flora:

Gelder Rose

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Wildlife sightings for 20th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-20th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-20th-september-2018/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:45:40 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82242 1 Yellow Wagtail – over SE

46 House Martin (30 feeding over main lake, the rest flying S)

2 Swallow – over S

2 Meadow Pipit – over SW

4 Snipe – main lake, marsh

7 Chiffchaff – south route, sheltered lagoon

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2421/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2421/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:49:50 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82236 Mute swan
Whooper swan + cygnets
Greylag
Shelduck
Shoveler
Mallard
Gadwall
Wigeon
Garganey
Teal
Cormorant
Moorhen
Crane (x9)
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff
Redshank
Avocet
Snipe
Ringed-plover
Lesser black-backed gull
Starling
House martin
Swallow
Kingfisher
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Wood pigeon
Great spotted woodpecker
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby
Pallid harrier
Marsh harrier
Buzzard

Butterflies
Wall brown

Mammals
Roe deer

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Wednesday’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wednesdays-sightings-4/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wednesdays-sightings-4/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:43:17 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82234 We’ve got a few blustery days in store this week so who knows what may happen!

Zeiss Hide

Garganey, 25 Wigeon, Ruff, 300+ Teal, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Little Egret
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South Lake Hides

89 Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Redshank, 9 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 61 Shoveler, Avocet, 17 Lapwing, 75 Teal
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Rushy Hide

Avocet, 83 Teal, 2 Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe
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Robbie Garnett Hide

2 juvenile Ruff, Avocet, Grey Heron and 96 Teal
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Mid Point

2 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear on fence line plus a few Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit
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Holden Tower

Marsh Harrier over spartina island then moved off to Bottom New Piece, Peregrine and Kestrel out hunting too. Crane pair with juvenile on mudflats on river, 43 Curlew and 521 Greylag on Dumbles.

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Wildlife sightings – 19/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-19-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-19-09-18/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:29:19 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82232 Wader Lake (AM, high tide):

Black-tailed godwit 2

Teal 24

Snipe 3

Redshank 18

Jackdaw 22

Black-headed gull 185

Mallard 3

Shoveler 1

Lapwing 1

 

Saline lagoon (AM, high tide):

Grey heron 1

Snipe 1

Curlew 1

Teal 8

 

Plus:

A juvenile great-spotted woodpecker at Hawthorn Wood feeding station

Four goldfinch and two chaffinch on the centre feeders

Calder bee

Common inkcap mushroom

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Wildlife sightings for 19th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-19th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-19th-september-2018/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:36:14 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82228 1 Spotted Flycatcher – wildside

1 Green Sandpiper – scrape

1 Garganey – main lake

3 Snipe – wader scrape

5 Chiffchaff – South route, sheltered lagoon, wildside

1 Peregrine – Charing Cross hospital

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Wildlife sightings – 18/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-18-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-18-09-18/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:04:17 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82218 a.m. Tide Level: High

Wader Lake

Teal 13

Avocet 1

Mute swan 1

Redshank 18

Common snipe 6

Black-headed gull 115

Saline Lagoon

Teal 15

Redshank 2

Curlew 1

Hawthorn Wood

Coal tit 3

Chaffinch 11

Blue tit 4

Great tit 6

Robin 1

Great-spotted woodpecker 2

Other birds

Blackbird – 2 – North Wood

Wren – 1 – Spring Gill Wood

Cormorant – 5 – River Wear

Tufted Duck – 21 – Reservoir

Invertebrates

Southern Hawker (River reed bed)

Speckled wood butterfly

Cross back orb spider

 

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Little Stint https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/little-stint-6/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/little-stint-6/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:37:41 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82212 Rain moved through early on followed by a brisk wind and sunshine. A Little Stint (same bird from Sunday?) was on the Mere briefly before being flushed by geese. It was later at the back of Sunley’s Marsh.

Little Stint late morning on the Mere

Other waders included Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Ruff, 30+ Snipe and 500+ Lapwing.

A few thousand Pink-footed Geese came in mid afternoon onto Sumley’s Marsh including an orange legged individual.

Raptors; 2 Peregrine (ad male and juv male), 3 juv Marsh Harrier, 3+ Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk.

See previous days sightings for a fuller picture.

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Pallid Harrier https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-news/pallid-harrier/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-news/pallid-harrier/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:14:34 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82210

Pallid harrier by Paul Nobbs

A juvenile pallid harrier has been giving great views to visitors on the reserve since the weekend.  This particularly showy individual has been watched travelling the length of the reserve, coming past all of the hides, at times right in front of them.

Thanks to the many photographers sharing their images of this super bird on social media.  These particular images are by Paul Nobbs.

Pallid harrier hunting by Paul Nobbs

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Recent Sightings €- 17th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-17th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-17th-september-2018/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:45:06 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82189 The following sightings were recorded today at High-Mid tide from the reserve at Castle Espie.

The winter migration is in full swing now. Brent geese seen in large number everyday from the Brent hide and large flocks of waders using the wadermarsh at high tide. In particular the highlight being a lone Ruff amongst a flock of godwit. Keep an eye out for the Kingfisher as well! it’s dazzling plumage is still being seen all over the reserve.

Ruff are starting to show well from the Discovery Hide

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Curlew 156, Oystercatcher 220, Black-tailed Godwit 35, Redshank 25, Brent Goose 950, Teal 20, Wigeon 5, Grey Heron 1, Little Egret 1

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 197, Tufted duck 13, Gadwall 4, Greylag 1, Coot 2, Goldeneye 1

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

Coot 2, Mallard 16, Black-headed Gull 1, Teal 1

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Black-headed gull 8, Teal 5, Black-tailed Godwit 267, Mallard 5, Ruff 1, Grey Heron 1,

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 92, Shoveler 1, Coot 3, Gadwall 2, Grey Heron 1

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 6 , Kingfisher 1

Limestone Lake

Mallard 1

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Black-headed Gull 1

Brickworks

Goldfinch

Woodland

Blackbird,Wren, Wood pigeon, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit,  Chaffinch, Goldfinch,

Butterflies and Moths on the reserve

Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Silver Y,

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Recent sightings 15th-18th September https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-15th-18th-september/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-15th-18th-september/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:23:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82186

Dunnock in the Millennium Wetlands cr. Russ Myners

British Steel Hide

Large numbers of waders can be seen from the British Steel Hide with Black-Tailed Godwit, Knot and Redshank numbering in the hundreds. Some Spotted Redshank, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Snipe and Dunlin are also seen in small numbers so keep on the look out. Marsh Harriers are still making an appearance over the salt marsh.

On the Dafen Scrapes Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper have been spotted. While over on the Lagoon a Pectoral Sandpiper has been seen a several times in recent days, a species that hasn’t been seen on site since 2015.

Millennium Wetlands

We are still getting a wide variety of waterfowl over on Deep water lake, with Tufted ducks, Teal, and large numbers of Gadwall. As well as Little Egret roosting in the area, a Cattle Egret has also been spotted over the weekend. Our resident pair of Kingfisher continue to make daily appearances. Buzzard and Sparrowhawk continue to make appearances around the treeline. Small numbers of waders are also starting to use Deep Water Lake, including Black-Tailed Godwit and Greenshank.

Common Lizard and Grass Snake can still be seen on warmer days basking or rocks and log piles so keep on the look out. Small amphibians have been seen around the Lilly pond, including Common Toad and Common Frog.

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Today’s Sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2420/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2420/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:10:13 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82185 Pallid harrier – Lots of views this morning in front of the main observatory. Last reported sighting:  flying past main observatory towards reed-bed hide  (14.35 pm).

Mute swan
Whooper swan
Greylag
Canada goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Wigeon
Garganey (x2)
Teal
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Crane (x3, main observatory)
Curlew (Lady fen)
Ruff
Redshank
Avocet
Snipe
Golden plover
Dunlin
Mediterranean gull
Black-headed gull
House martin
Swallow
Kingfisher
Reed bunting
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Great tit
Blue tit
Stock dove
Wood pigeon
Great spotted woodpecker
Jackdaw
Rook
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel (x2)
Peregrine (x2)
Pallid harrier
Marsh harrier

Butterflies
Wall
Red admiral

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Wildlife sightings for 18th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-18th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-18th-september-2018/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:06:24 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82183 1 Garganey – main lake

1 Yellow Wagtail – grazing marsh

30 House Martin – grazing marsh, reservoir lagoon

9 Wigeon – main lake

3 Snipe – main lake

12 House Martin – reservoir lagoon

1 Peregrine – Charing Cross hospital

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Breezy day https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/breezy-day/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/breezy-day/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:32:59 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82181

South Lake

The juvenile Little-ringed Plover remains, 2 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 30 Redshank, 75 Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet and 1 Lapwing representing the waders on the scrape. 50 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall and 30 Tufted Duck and 8 Cormorant.

Tack Piece

Two Spotted Redshank, 2 juvenile Ruff, 2 Redshank, 45 Teal and a few Yellow Wagtails with the cattle.

Zeiss Hide/ Top New Piece

A Garganey, 40 Wigeon, 16 Pintail, 500 Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and a mobile flock of 20 Ruff and 180 Lapwing. Single Little Egret and 2 Grey Heron.

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Pinks https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/pinks-2/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/pinks-2/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:32:42 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82171 A brief update. Around 3000 Pink-footed Geese have been on the reserve today, with groups coming and going. We’ll give you a roost count when available. It’s looking interesting after ex hurricane Helene departs the UK on Wednesday setting up an airflow from Iceland which could result in a big influx at the weekend.

A few Pink-footed Geese on the Mere this morning

Waders: 400+ Lapwing, 30+ Snipe, 10+ Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit and Green Sandpiper.

Great to see a few more Pintail coming in from high, presumed new arrivals.

See previous days for a fuller picture.

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Endangered beetle hides out at WWT Welney https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-news/endangered-beetle-hides-out-at-wwt-welney/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-news/endangered-beetle-hides-out-at-wwt-welney/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:17:31 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82382

Tansy beetle by Andy Brown     .

The Tansy beetle was thought to exist at just two sites in the UK, but has now been recorded for the first time in Norfolk, at the Welney Wetland Centre.

It may be one of the smallest species on the reserve, but as far as beetles go it is one of the chunkiest around.  Tansy beetles are a protected species in the UK due to their restricted distribution.  Threats such as loss of their food plant, summer flooding and mowing of riverbanks have contributed to the decline of this insect.

Hetty Grant, Warden, said:

‘This beautiful beetle is about 10mm long, iridescent green with stripes of red and gold, it is lovely to see. It was thought to be restricted to just two sites in the UK, Woodwalton Fen and the River Ouse in York, so it was astonishing to have it found on our reserve by Steve Lane and Andy Brown.  It is only found here in the whole of Norfolk, I’m really proud to have this species at WWT Welney’.   

Steve Lane, Local Ecologist, said:

‘We could never have expected to find this natural jewel in Norfolk. Its discovery here is unprecedented and puts The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Welney specifically, at the forefront of invertebrate conservation in the UK. We now need to ensure that its future is secure at the site through considered research, management and monitoring of the population and its habitat.’

Several stages of the lifecycle have been recorded on the site, in the form of adult beetles and larva. It is hoped that this fragile population will gain a foothold along the Ouse Washes.

Wetlands are incredible habitats for hundreds of thousands of species and summer is a great time of year to get closer to the diverse range of insects we can admire right here in the UK.

Tansy beetle by Andy Brown    .

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Today’s Hightlights https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-hightlights/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-hightlights/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:04:05 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82166 Goldfinch
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Great tit
Swallow
House martin
Starlings
Meadow pipit
Yellow wagtail
Pied wagtail
Wheatear
Pallid harrier-juv at Main Observatory
Marsh harrier
Hobby
Buzzard
Kestrel
Cranes – 3 at Lyle hide
Moorhen
Coot
Avocet
Black-tailed godwit
Snipe
Golden plover
Curlew
Grey heron
Cormorant
Mallard
Garganey
Shoveler
Gadwall
Teal
Shelduck
Wigeon
Greylag geese
Mute swan
Whooper swan
Wall butterfly
Small copper
Willow emerald damselfly

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Wildlife sightings – 17/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-17-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-17-09-18/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:21:42 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82163 a.m. Tide Level: High

Wader Lake

Black-tailed godwit 18

Avocet 1

Redshank 36

Snipe 5

Teal 10

Gadwall 1

Curlew 3

Kestrel 1

Greenshank 2

Stock dove 3

Black-headed gull 85

Saline Lagoon

Teal 31

Curlew 1

Snipe 1

Heron 1

Hawthorn Wood

Nuthatch 1

Great spotted woodpecker 2 (1 juv)

Willow tit 2

Coal tit 1

Blue tit 2

Great tit 3

Sparrowhawk 1

Robin 1

Greenfinch 3

Other birds

Jay – 1 – Spring Gill

Jay – 1 – Orchard

Mute swans – 2 – River Wear

Chiffchaff – 1 – Wader Lake footpath

Invertebrates

Migrant hawker dragonfly

Flora

Sulphur tuft

Rosy brittlegill

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Monday sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/monday-sightings-3/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/monday-sightings-3/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:34:29 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82157 Rushy Hide

Early morning sightings included 2 Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 2 Snipe, a Redshank and the Little Grebe.

Tack Piece

15 Yellow Wagtail were among the cattle but flew off toward the TNP. Two juvenile Ruff, two Avocet and three Spotted Redshank were also present but the latter also moved to the TNP.

Holden Tower

Reed Buntings and Blackcaps in the hedge.

Middle Point

A flock of c60 Curlew commuting between the Dumbles to feed and the estuary to roost. A juvenile Turnstone was on the rocks off the point. A flock of over 100 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and 19 Ringed Plover included a leucistic individual, probably the same that was here last autumn.

South Lake

Avocet, Five Ruff, 28 Redshank, 83 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 juvenile Little-ringed Plover, 12 Gadwall, 53 Tufted Duck, 30 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 27 Pied Wagtail, 2 Jay in the oaks, drake Mandarin on deep lake with two Great Crested Grebe.

Zeiss Hide/Top (TNP) and Bottom New Piece

Garganey, 55 Wigeon, 20 Pintail, 585 Teal, 34 Gadeall, 20 Shoveler, 210 Lapwing, 21 Ruff, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler and Buzzard.

 

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Wildlife sightings for 17th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-17th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-17th-september-2018/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:12:52 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82154 3 Spotted Flycatcher – wildside (by field lab and wet woodland)

1 Whinchat – wader scrape

1 Stonechat – wader scrape

1 Garganey – wader scrape

1 Wheatear (female) – East bank

2 Meadow Pipit – flew over heading South

1 Hobby – wildside

4 Snipe – wader scrape, main lake

7 Chiffchaff – South route, wildside

2 Water Rail – calling in main reedbed

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Wader Festival Weekend Sunday https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wader-festival-weekend-sunday/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wader-festival-weekend-sunday/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:57:31 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82152 Middle Point

On the fences and tussocks were three Wheatear, 2 Whinchat and a few Meadow Pipits. A party of 11 Arctic Tern (9 juveniles) spent much of the morning resting on sands out from the point. A roosting flock of Curlew.

Rushy Hide

Green Sandpiper, Avocet, three Snipe, Little Grebe and a flock of Teal as well as a variety of commoner species.

Tack Piece

The Spotted Redshanks visited during the day, 2 juvenile Ruff, Avocet, flock of Teal.

South Lake

Juvenile Little-ringed Plover, 82 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Redshank, 18 Ruff, 9 Snipe, 40 Teal, 4 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe.

Top New Piece/Zeiss Hide

Cattle Egret, 14 Pintail, 5 Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 32 Lapwing, 15 Ruff (from South Lake). The three Spotted Redshank were present early morning.

Wild Wader Safari 10.30am-1.00pm

6 Cranes, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, Great Crested Grebe, 140 Curlew, 70 Shelduck, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 3 Red Knot, Pintail, three Wigeon, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, four Little Egrets, Grey Heron.

Wild Safari 2.00-3.45pm

6 Cranes, 2 Whinchat, male Stonechat, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, 6 Cormorant, 8 Little Grebe, Grass Snake, Small Copper, Ruddy Darters and Migrant Hawkers.

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Greenland White-front https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/greenland-white-front-2/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/greenland-white-front-2/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 12:02:34 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82136 Starting the day with fairly murky conditions with rain showers and a westerly wind. A Greenland White-fronted Goose was found with Pink-footed Geese on Sunley’s Marsh this morning. It’s likely that this is the same bird seen yesterday at Marshside RSPB.

The passing showers are, of course, excellent for dropping birds and after yesterday’s Curlew Sandpiper in similar conditions, a Little Stint on Sunley’s Marsh was also welcome.

Buzzard drying out

The usual raptors with 4+ Buzzard, 2+ Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

Other sightings include Water Rail on Vinson’s Marsh.

Greenland Whitefront from the Ron Barker Hide (BOC Philip Johnson)

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2419/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2419/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:21:44 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82133 Mute swan
Whooper swan
Greylag goose
Egyptian goose
Canada goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Gadwall
Teal
Wigeon
Coot
Moorhen
Cormorant
Crane x3 (Lyle)
Grey heron
Avocet
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff
Snipe
Black-headed gull
Swallow
House martin
Great tit
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Wren
Kestrel
Hobby
Marsh harrier
Montagu’s harrier
Peregrine

Roe deer x3

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Wildlife sightings for 16th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-16th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-16th-september-2018/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:32:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82130 3 Spotted Flycatcher – wildside

1 Garganey – main lake

2 Yellow Wagtail – grazing marsh

6 Wigeon – main lake

1 Willow Warbler – sheltered lagoon

1 Whitethroat – sheltered lagoon

3 Snipe – wader scrape, main lake

1 Grey Wagtail – otter enclosure

1 Peregrine – perched on the hospital

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2418/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2418/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 12:41:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82111 Mute swan
Whooper swan + cygnets
Greylag
Canada goose
Egyptian goose (x9)
Shoveler
Mallard
Gadwall
Wigeon
Teal
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff (x2)
Redshank
Avocet
Black-headed gull
Starling
House martin
Swallow
Kingfisher
Meadow pipit
Skylark
Yellow wagtail
Pied wagtail
Cetti’s warbler
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Great tit
Blue tit
Wren
Blackbird
Wood pigeon
Red-legged partridge (x4)
Pheasant
Great spotted woodpecker
Barn owl
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby (x2)
Montagu’s harrier
Marsh harrier (x2)
Buzzard

Butterflies
Speckled wood
Comma
Small copper
Small white
Green veined white
Large white

Dragonflies
Migrant hawker
Common darter
Ruddy darter
Willow emerald damselfly

Mammals
Brown hare

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Pink-foot Arrivals https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/pink-foot-arrivals/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/pink-foot-arrivals/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 12:36:04 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82113 After yesterday’s small influx the numbers of Pink-footed Geese has increased again with numerous small parties dropping in on the reserve throughout the morning. At least 900 birds were present mid afternoon.

The first large conglomerate flocks of Pink-footed Geese dropping onto Sunley’s Marsh.

A Curlew Sandpiper (juv) was associating with Ruff (31), seen from the Ron Barker Hide. This is the first record for 2018 on the reserve.

Raptors included 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

A Spotted Flycatcher was found from the Janet Kear Hide. A declining species and the first record for the year on the reserve.

Spotted Flycatcher (Sheelagh Halsey)

Also seen today, Raven and Kingfisher.

See previous days for a fuller picture.

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Wildlife sightings – 15/09/2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-15-09-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-15-09-2018/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 10:00:22 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82110 Tide level a.m.: high

Wader Lake

Avocet 1

Lapwing 14

Redshank 43

Greenshank 4

Black tailed godwit 6

Common snipe 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Black headed gull 93

Saline Lagoon

Common snipe 1

Teal 62

Black headed gull 16

Hawthorn Wood

Great spotted woodpecker 3

Nuthatch 1

Willow tit 2

Long tailed tit 4

Coal tit 7

Bullfinch 6

Greenfinch 8

Other birds noted around site

Grey heron – River Wear: 1

Cormorant – River Wear: 1

Redshank – River Wear: 2

Tufted duck – reservoir: 36

Pink-footed goose – passing over site: 12

Chiffchaff – Wader Lake path: 2

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Latest Sightings – Saturday 15th September https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-saturday-15th-september/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-saturday-15th-september/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 09:45:14 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82104 A clear morning with great views across to the Lake District.

Folly Pond is busy with plenty of duck, some waders and geese.

Today’s high tide is at 16:49, 8.5m

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Mute Swan 2 plus 6 cygnets
Mallard 75
Tufted Duck 2
Teal 4
Canada Geese 6
Little Grebe 2
Cormorant 1
Moorhen 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 15
Teal 200+
Wigeon 10+
Shoveler 7
Black-tailed Godwit 5
Canada Geese 50
Greylag Geese 10
Canada X Greylag hybrid 2
Moorhen 1

Teal Pond
Mallard 1
Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard 17
Gadwall 2
Teal 14
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Osprey
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

Webcam

Unfortunately we have been experiencing problems with our Osprey camera this year. We hope to fix the problems before next summer. At the moment, the two Osprey chicks are still around the area but they will be heading south soon.
We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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Wildlife sightings for 15th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-15th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-15th-september-2018/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 09:35:27 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82103 6 Wigeon – main lake

4 Snipe – wader scrape

3 Little Grebe – main lake

3 Reed Warbler – wildside, sheltered lagoon

2 Blackcap – sheltered lagoon

8 House Martin – reservoir lagoon

1 Swallow – reservoir lagoon

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Wader fest is here and so are the birds https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wader-fest-is-here-and-so-are-the-birds/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wader-fest-is-here-and-so-are-the-birds/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:56:48 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82099 Zeiss Hide

Great start to Wader Fest with the 3 Spotted Redshank feeding frantically and a very mobile flock of 26 Ruff and a handful of Black Tailed Godwit. Lapwing as ever scattered across the fields and the odd Snipe flitting around.
Influx of Teal overnight, 645 counted this morning with one Garganey among them and 38 Wigeon. A juvenile Marsh Harrier caused havoc as it passed through, 2 Herons were around, a Water Rail was calling in the reedbed but as yet no sign of yesterdays Bittern.

South Finger

If you thought wader management was all about birds and water think again! our heard of English Longhorns are an essential part of our management system. There were 3 Yellow Wagtail among them this afternoon.

Rushy

Last of the Green Sandpiper passage here with a single bird. Lone, Snipe 1 and Redshank. Teal increasing all round this morning, 26 in the Rushy. Grey Wagtail came into the overflow in front of the hide. Watch out for the odd yellow Wagtail that have been seen here fro midday on wards the past few days.

Tack Piece and Holden Tower

Two each of Ruff, Redshank and Avocet  on the halfway scrape with 26 more Teal. There was a cracking Southward movement of Goldfinches early on small groups of 20, 200 in total moving northwards. The Curlew (61), 1 Bar Tailed Godwit and a Redshank were on the edge of the Dumbles. The Greylag flock numbered 448 with 20 Barnacle Goose. The flock of Ruff (26) were probably the same group as seen from South Finger. Single Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel were all seen. There was 1 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat and perhaps most surprisingly a great Spotted Woodpecker on the northern cross fence (best viewed from new platform on summer walk). There were 2 Little Egret on the estuary and a pair of Cranes flew over.

South Lake

Fantastic wader watching here, Black Tailed Godwit 73, Redshank 13, Ruff 5, Snipe 5 a juvenile Little Ringed Plover single Avocet and 17 Lapwing.

Morning Wader Safari

Good views of 8 Cranes and a dozen Reed Buntings in the wild bird headland. Distant scattering of Curlew and Shelduck gradually moving to high tide roost.  Flock of 25 small waders distantly and a lone Golden Plover. A Wheatear and two Whinchats were seen well at midpoint and stunning close up of hovering Kestrel. Two Peregrines were on a kill far out on the estuary. A flock of 26 Ruff and 4 Black Tailed Godwit were feeding across the Dumbles  with lapwing and around 40 Linnet. A total of 8 Little Egret gathered on the high tide with lots of Curlew, Shelduck and a flock of 13 Knot with two Dunlin among them.

Afternoon Safari

Cranes showed well again and the dropping tide concentrated 200 Curlew and a similar number of Shelduck on the northern mudflats with a very distant flock of 40 small waders.. At least 6 Heron and two Little Egret, Kestrel, a very pale buzzard was seen well and good views of a single Hobby on numerous occasions. A juvenile Marsh Harrier was see distantly and one fly over Raven and a second distantly on a kill. A Water Rail was calling loudly in the reed bed, a Frog several Grass Snake some Ruddy Darters a Robins Pin Cushion and of course an Otter spraint made for a very entertaining safari.

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Trickle of Pink-feet https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/trickle-of-pink-feet/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/trickle-of-pink-feet/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:28:47 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82082 Rain showers moving through and fairly breezy westerly. Small numbers of newly arrived Pink-footed Geese were dropping in this morning with 150+ on the reserve, up from a count of 80 yesterday. By the end of the afternoon the flock was around 300.

Pink-footed Geese joining feral Canada Geese on the Mere

Good numbers of Teal coming in with 600+ scattered over the site. At least 60 Shoveler mostly on the Mere. Small numbers of Pintail returning and 20+ Gadwall present with a few Shelduck (juv), Pochard and Tufted Duck. A count of 620 Canada Geese was notable.

Marsh Harrier hunting around the Mere

Raptor action over the past two days have included 8+ Buzzard, 3+ Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin, 2+ Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk.

Kestrel can show well on the reserve.

Waders; 500+ Lapwing, 50+ Snipe, 30+ Ruff, 6 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and a few Black-tailed Godwit.

Great to hear Skylark moving this morning after an absence of breeding birds for 6 weeks. Wagtails and Meadow Pipits also heading south.

Two Kingfisher on the Canoe Safari. Also 10+ Mistle Thrush.

It should be possible to see over 60 species in a full days bird watching at Martin Mere. If you would like to know the best spots, up to date info or to report any sightings then please call in at the in focus shop next to the Discovery Hide.

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Recent sightings 12 – 14th September https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-12-14th-september/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-12-14th-september/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:53:23 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82072 Millennium Wetlands

Kingfisher again continue to be spotted on deep water lake daily, keep an eye out for them hunting in front of the Peter Scott Hide or on top of the water depth gauge in the lake. Also seen on deep water lake have been 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 19 Tufted Duck, 31 Lapwing, and 6 Teal. Keep your eyes peeled for Snipe on the island in deep water lake, as 4 have been spotted recently.

 

British Steel Hide

On the 13th there were large numbers of waders spotted on the salt marshes, 783 Black-tailed Godwit, 360 Knot, 229 Redshank, 369 Curlew, 42 Greenshank, and there were 5 Bar-tailed Godwit also spotted on the 13th. Also spotted on the marshes were 36 Little Egret, 19 Cormorant, Shoveler, and a Kingfisher hunting in front of the hide. Spotted on the NRA scrapes were Teal, Shoveler, Grey Heron, Black Headed Gull, and a Fox unsuccessful in it’s hunt.

 

On the Fresh Water Lagoon Spotted from the boardwalk hide was a lone Green Sandpiper, and from the observatory 12 Black-Tailed Godwit, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, and a Kingfisher.

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Wildlife Sightings – 14/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-14-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-14-09-18/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:07:09 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82076 Wader Lake     Time/AM     Tide/High

Avocet – 1 (juvenile)

Black-tailed Godwit – 14

Redshank – 32

Lapwing – 12

Common Snipe – 8

Kingfisher – 1 (male)

Teal – 56

Sparrowhawk – 1

 

Saline Lagoon     Time/AM     Tide/High

Curlew – 1

Redshank – 7

Teal – 14

 

Hawthorn Wood

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 3 (1 juvenile, 1 female, 1 male)

Nuthatch – 2

Willow Tit – 2

Long-tailed Tit – 4

Coal Tit – 4

Chiffchaff – 1

Bullfinch – 6

Greenfinch – 6

Robin – 3

 

Other Birds Noted Around Site

Coromorant (flew over site) – 8

Greylag (flew over site) – 24

Kestrel (corner meadow) – 1

Meadow Pipit (flew over corner meadow) – 8

 

Other Wildlife Species

Invertebrates:

Speckled Wood

Garden Spider

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Sightings Friday 14th September https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/sightings-friday-14th-september/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/sightings-friday-14th-september/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:15:24 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82070 A dry and warmer start to the day here at Welney, all hides and Summer walk are open.

Sightings so far today:

Whooper swan
Barnacle goose
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Shoveler
Teal
Wigeon
Little egret
Cormorant
Moorhen
Avocet
Bar-tailed godwit
Ruff
Blue tit
Goldfinch
Great tit
House sparrow
Pied wagtail
Tree sparrow
Yellow wagtail
House martin
Swallow
Great-spotted woodpecker
Carrion crow
Collared dove
Jackdaw
Pheasant
Stock dove
Wood pigeon
Buzzard
Kestrel
Marsh harrier

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Latest Sightings – Friday 14th September – Saltcot Loaning open as normal https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-friday-14th-september-saltcot-loaning-open-as-normal/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-friday-14th-september-saltcot-loaning-open-as-normal/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:42:41 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82067 The Saltcot Loaning has now reopened after essential hedge management work. This should prolong the life of the Hawthorns, they will now bush out to provide better habitat for breeding birds, allow more light in & keep the track drier during wet periods.

A small flock of Pink-footed Geese arrived yesterday and we could see more arriving over the next few weeks.

Today’s high tide is at 16:12, 9m

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Mute Swan 2 plus 6 cygnets
Mallard 75
Tufted Duck 1
Teal 4
Little Grebe 2
Moorhen 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 15
Teal 400+
Wigeon 100+
Shoveler 7
Black-tailed Godwit 6
Moorhen 1

Teal Pond
Mallard 1
Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard 17
Gadwall 2
Teal 14
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Osprey
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
Lesser Whitethroat

Webcam

Unfortunately we have been experiencing problems with our Osprey camera this year. We hope to fix the problems before next summer. At the moment, the two Osprey chicks are still around the area but they will be heading south soon.
We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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Wildlife sightings for 14th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-14th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-14th-september-2018/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:34:29 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82065 2 Yellow Wagtail – grazing marsh

1 Whinchat – wader scrape

1 Garganey – main lake

8 Wigeon – main lake

5 Snipe – main lake, wader scrape

8 Little Grebe – main lake

5 Blackcap – wildside, South route, sheltered lagoon

1 Chiffchaff – sheltered lagoon

20+ House Martin – reservoir lagoon, main lake

1 Grey Wagtail – otter enclosure

 

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2417/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2417/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:44:01 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82054 Mute swan
Whooper swan
Barnacle goose
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Teal
Coot
Moorhen
Cormorant
Avocet
Green sandpiper
Ruff x6
Starling
Swallow
House martin
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Great tit
Goldfinch
Wood pigeon
Kestrel
Marsh harrier

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Thursday’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/thursdays-sightings-5/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/thursdays-sightings-5/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:06:43 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82052 A very foggy start with poor visibility has quickly turned into a glorious blue sky.  Despite the fog several Yellow Wagtail were heard in flight over the site, and the hedgerows are filled with Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

 

South Lake Hides

Birds on the scrape included an Avocet, 96 Teal, 20 Redshank, 4 Ruff, 73 Black-tailed Godwit, 41 Lapwing and 3 Snipe.  An adult Great Crested Grebe and 31 Shoveler on were on the deep lake, with more birds hidden further back in the fog.
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Zeiss Hide

Just over the fence on the Bottom New Piece were a Ruff, 91 Teal, 2 Snipe, a Pintail and a Wigeon.  On the Top New Piece were at least 421 Teal along with 5 Pintail, a Wigeon, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and an Avocet.  A Buzzard was sat in the field feeding on a carcass.
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Robbie Garnett Hide

A flock of 15 Ruff were on the scrape in front of the hide along with 3 Spotted Redshank and 2 Redshank.  A flock of 64 Teal were on the island with a single Avocet.
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Mid Point

This morning’s Photo Safari tour saw a Peregrine catch a Pintail in the fog but dropped it in an early morning error.  Also seen were 2 Whinchat, a Wheatear, 3 Reed Bunting and 10 Meadow Pipit.

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Wildlife sightings – 13/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-13-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-13-09-18/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:07:08 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82050 a.m. Tide Level: High

Wader Lake

Redshank 36

Greenshank 3

Black-tailed godwit 2

Avocet (juv) 1

Common snipe 5

Lapwing 22

Curlew 4

Teal 36

Grey heron 3

Saline Lagoon

Curlew 3

Black-headed gull 60

Linnet 2

Hawthorn Wood

Great spotted woodpecker 2

Nuthatch 1

Greenfinch 4

Bullfinch 2

Willow tit 2

Other birds

Jay – 2 – River Wear

Cormorant – 6 – River Wear

Grey heron – 3 – River Wear

Black-headed gull – 210 – River Wear

Stock dove – 1- Wader Meadow

Blackcap – 1 – Lagoon scrub

 

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A Day in the Life of Megan – Practical Reserve Volunteer https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-steart-news/a-day-in-the-life-of-megan-practical-reserve-volunteer/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-steart-news/a-day-in-the-life-of-megan-practical-reserve-volunteer/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:22:49 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82040 Deer at Steart Marshes

The trill of the alarm clock at 8am on a Sunday morning may not appeal to everyone, however not everyone gets to spend their free time volunteering at Steart Marshes (unless you decide to after reading this of course!). The excitement of the days challenges and the escape from everyday life are enough to get […]]]>
Deer at Steart Marshes

The trill of the alarm clock at 8am on a Sunday morning may not appeal to everyone, however not everyone gets to spend their free time volunteering at Steart Marshes (unless you decide to after reading this of course!). The excitement of the days challenges and the escape from everyday life are enough to get me out of bed, that’s for sure.

Each day is different on the reserve, but they always start with warm friendly hello’s and a catch up on any exiting news from the marsh that week. In summer this is usually which young have hatched on the marsh or new sightings, never failing to raise a stir of excitement within the team! Depending on the task at hand different modes of transport to carry the kit (and us!) are available. This includes the staff truck, an adventure in itself as you get a free off roading experience or the Gator which is another thing all together.

Reserve volunteers working at Steart Marshes

Once the jobs of the day get underway it is easy to get carried away, who ever knew de-strangling young trees could be so much fun?! Especially when you discover young newts tucked away in the grass, spot the startled deer leaping through the meadow and with so many interesting people to chat with and learn from.  Cliché as it sounds, no two days are the same as there is always something new to do, from erecting fencing, withy bed management, pond clearance or maybe even assisting with the otter surveys.

And the best bit?! There is even a tea kit! After some satisfying work on the reserve, a flask of tea and coffee is passed around and they never skimp on the biscuits, even the chocolate ones…today there were Maltesers! So, this morning I spent my time laughing with a group of lovely ladies, working to enhance visitor enjoyment on the reserve and as we enjoyed our coffee, a Cormorant put on a show gallantly trying to control numerous eels he was attempting to feed on. How did you spend your Sunday?

To find out more about volunteering opportunities look at the ‘visiting’ section on our website https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/steart-marshes/visiting/ and follow the links to our volunteering pages.

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Wildlife sightings for 13th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-13th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-13th-september-2018/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:20:24 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82044 8 Wigeon – main lake

3 Snipe – main lake, wader scrape

48 Teal – wader scrape

3 Little Grebe – main lake

1 Yellow Wagtail – reservoir lagoon

1 Grey Wagtail – entrance lake

1 Stonechat – entrance lake

18 Blackcap – wildside, South route, sheltered lagoon

4 Reed Warbler – sheltered lagoon

1 Willow Warbler – sheltered lagoon

7 Chiffchaff – wildside, South route, sheltered lagoon

7 Meadow Pipit – grazing marsh and flying West

1 Wheatear – grazing marsh

1 Whinchat – wader scrape

1 Kingfisher – wildside

14 House Martin – reservoir lagoon

2 Sand Martin – wader scrape

6 Swallow – wader scrape

2 Hobby – flying West

1 Buzzard – reservoir lagoon

 

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Emperor Geese. https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-diaries/wwt-slimbridge-diaries-duck-diary/emperor-geese/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-diaries/wwt-slimbridge-diaries-duck-diary/emperor-geese/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:26:34 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82031 There’s nothing quite as fluffy as an Emperor Goose gosling; but you need that dense down (baby feathers) when you hatch in the wilds of arctic Alaska where zero degrees is considered to be like summer! Here at WWT our Emperor geese are the plumpest geese in our collection but who can blame them – they are considered to be one of the world’s heaviest geese!

A handsome male Emperor Goose.

Surviving in the Alaskan arctic

Emperor geese can weigh up to 3kg and exhibit great strength. All of this makes sense when you realise that this Alaskan species rarely comes south, both breeding and overwintering where possible in the Yukon delta and the Aleutian Islands (Alaska and the islands off the west coast of Alaska). The geese feed and breed in iron rich coastal waters and wetlands, and can often exhibit orange staining on their beautiful white heads.

A lovely clutch of Emperor goslings.

Living a solitary life

In the wild the Emperor is almost a recluse – living a solitary life. The species may migrate in flocks but are usually found in loose family groups, camouflaging into shallow brush vegetation along the west Alaskan coastline. This barren environment will spring to life over a brief period for the artic summer, but even so that Emperor goose has to work hard to survive.

Cheeky juvenile Emperor goslings.

Couples stay faithful

Youngsters pair up during their first adult migration, arriving at the breeding grounds already prepared to lay eggs and not wasting time with flirtation! The female lays 5-6 large creamy eggs and performs the whole incubation, but both parents help rear the young and remain faithful to one another. The female can lose anything up to 20% of her body weight during incubation; the reality of nesting in temperatures where zero degrees is considered to be like summer. Their lifespan is a maximum of 12 years, with first breeding at 3 or 4. Productivity is linked to weather conditions. The sea ice melting is all important for the breeding season to begin.

Juvenile Emperor goslings with their heads starting to turn white!

Defending themselves from predators

Emperor parents have to cope with a lot of threats, from snowy owls, to big gulls and arctic foxes. They’re brave and work as a team to protect their youngsters. Thankfully an Emperor gosling can fledge in just 60 days! There’s nothing quite as impressive as an angry goose defending its nest!

Emperor geese are threatened by hunting and climate change

The reality is however that the Emperor goose is steadily declining due to a combination of hunting and climate change. Their numbers have dropped from 139,000 to 42,000 in recent years, and at the last count were at 85,000 in 2001.

There is currently a 20 year study in the Yukon delta, to better understand their breeding and migration patterns. It remains a constant surprise that there is still so much to learn about species that we are lucky enough to see here at WWT every day.

We hope that in learning to love the Emperor goose, we can inspire you to take action to help save this goose. The species can be seen in the “Geese of the World” exhibit at WWT Slimbridge.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2416/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2416/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:50:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82026 Mute swan
Whooper swan
Barnacle goose
Greylag
Shelduck
Shoveler
Mallard
Gadwall
Wigeon
Teal
Little grebe
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Grey heron
Black-tailed godwit (30+)
Ruff (x9)
Avocet
Green sandpiper
Little-ringed plover
Black-headed gull
Kingfisher (x2)
Starling
House martin
Sand martin
Swallow
Pied wagtail
Meadow pipit
Cetti’s warbler
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Great tit
Blue tit
Wren
Collared dove
Wood pigeon
Green woodpecker
Jackdaw
Carrion crow
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hen harrier (ring-tail)
Marsh harrier
Buzzard

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Wednesday’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wednesdays-sightings-3/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/wednesdays-sightings-3/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:19:02 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82011 Its a dull overcast morning with a slight drizzle in the air, but the weather looks set to improve ready for the weekend and our Severn Wader Festival.  Find out more about the event here.  Work will continue on the South Lake today as part of our Autumn management regime so some disturbance to the scrape and deep lake will be inevitable.

Robbie Garnett Hide

Three Spotted Redshank were feeding in the channel this morning along with 11 Ruff, 2 Redshank and 23 Teal.  A further 42 Teal were on the island along with 6 Lapwing, an Avocet and 2 Snipe.
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Rushy Hide

A juvenile Little -ringed Plover was on the lower pond but was later heard flying over the visitor centre towards the South Lake.  Also present were at least 6 Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 2 Redshank and 57 Teal.
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Zeiss Hide

Birds included 8 Pintail, 17 Wigeon, a Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, 230 Lapwing, 350 Teal and a Grey Heron.
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South Lake

The Reserve Team are working here today some disturbance is inevitable.

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Wildlife sightings 12/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-12-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-12-09-18/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:30:22 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82019 a.m. mid tide

Wader Lake

Black tailed godwit 4

Avocet

Redshank 4

Sand martin

Black headed gull 110

Lapwing 52

Common snipe

Mute swan 2

Saline lagoon

Black headed gull 40

Redshank

Black tailed godwit

Hawthorn Wood

Great spotted woodpecker 2

Great tit 5

Greenfinch 3

Chaffinch 8

Robin

Blue tit 5

Goldfinch 2

Coal tit

Willow tit 3

Other birds

Grey heron – river

Cormorant 2 – river

Blackbird  2 – saline lagoon path

Kingfisher – gully

Invertebrates

Four spotted orb weaver

Southern hawker

Common darter

Flora

Creeping bert

Elderberries

Lyme grass

 

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Geese events https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-news/geese-events/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-news/geese-events/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:01:32 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82015

Pink Footed Geese swimming on a lake at Martin Mere

Over the next couple of weeks there will soon be the familiar sound of geese passing overhead – yes Autumn has officially begun, and WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre will soon be expecting the arrival of up to 30,000 Pink-footed geese after their journey from Iceland.

Reserve Manager, Louise Clewley, said: ““the geese need perfect weather conditions to make the journey from Iceland but we would expect up to 30,000+ geese using the reserve by late September and throughout October.”

From Wednesday 3 October, Martin Mere will be open until 7pm every Wednesday and Saturday

A large group of pink-footed geese flying together.

to allow visitors to watch the full spectacle of seeing the geese come into roost. Visitors need to have entered the centre before it closes at 6pm but the nature trail and hides will be open until 7pm.  Normal admission charges apply.

On Saturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 October, experience the haunting sound and the thrill of an early morning hide visit with a warden. In past years at this time, the whooper swans have started to arrive back from Iceland and there will be thousands of pink-footed geese on the reserve – you can watch them as they wake and leave the roost. The event starts at 7am and includes a full English breakfast. The cost is £16 and you must book in advance by clicking here

Seeing tens of thousands of geese “murmuring” and “honking” and ultimately taking off together is one of the greatest sights in nature and these events allow the community to take pride in the fact that the geese choose the North West to stop and rest.

WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 6pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6.  The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.  Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.

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Wildlife sightings for 12th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-12th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-12th-september-2018/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:52:25 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82012 1 Garganey – wader scrape

2 Wigeon – main lake

5 Snipe – wader scrape

3 Little Grebe – main lake

50+ House Martin – reservoir lagoon, grazing marsh

2 Blackcap – South route

1 Peregrine – perched on the hospital

1 Buzzard – main lake

3 Yellow wagtail – flying N and E

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Scrapes looking good for the wader festival https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/scrapes-looking-good-for-the-wader-festival/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/scrapes-looking-good-for-the-wader-festival/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:08:34 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82007 Green Sandpiper and a trio of Spotted Redshanks

Rushy Hide

The juvenile Little-ringed Plover remains and at least 7 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Redshank and 12 Lapwing were on the lower pond. The Teal flock fluctuates in number as does the top pond wildfowl numbers. The roofing activities on the Scott House can cause short term disturbance.

Tack Piece

At least 8 Ruff, 1 Avocet, three Spotted Redshank, 60 Teal and the Yellow Wagtail flock present during the day.

Middle Point

Adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Whinchat and c70 Curlew noted.

South Lake

Apologies but seasonal work began here today and will continue tomorrow. The scrape still held birds to mid afternoon with 60 Lapwing, 10 Ruff, an Avocet, 98 Black-tailed Godwit and a Green Sandpiper. The deep lake was unaffected.

Zeiss Hide/Top New Piece

A Garganey, 10 Wigeon, 5 Pintail and 400+ Teal present on the flood. Single Avocet, single Black-tailed Godwit, a few Snipe and a juvenile Ruff.

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Marsh Harriers https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/marsh-harriers-7/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/marsh-harriers-7/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:47:56 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82002 As is usual for this time of year the reserve currently has up to 5 different Marsh Harriers including a sub adult male which has been giving great views at times. Also briefly yesterday was a ringtail Hen Harrier seen from Ron Barker Hide, presumably the same bird from a few days ago. A Merlin was seen from UU Hide late afternoon yesterday while this morning a small male Peregrine has been seen.

Sub adult male Marsh Harrier (T. Disley)

Still at least 60 Pink-footed Geese in the area, also the resident 4 Whooper Swan which stayed with us through the summer, the first returning birds from Iceland should be returning later this month.

Increasing numbers of wildfowl include 550 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 60+ Gadwall and 60+ Shoveler.

On the wader front we have around 30 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 70+ Snipe. Yesterday there was a group of 4 Ringed Plover.

The 3 Yellow Wagtail are still being seen around the reserve but mainly from Ron Barker Hide, also a Wheatear was seen from UU Hide late afternoon yesterday. A Chiffchaff was seen near Janet Kear Hide this afternoon. A single Raven flew low over Plover Field yesterday.

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Recent sightings 8th – 11th September https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-8th-11th-september/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-8th-11th-september/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:22:28 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=82000 British Steel Hide

Our regular wading birds are here in high numbers with Black-tailed godwit, Greenshank and Redshank. Ruff and Knot are also spotted frequently as well as a few Spotted Redshank. 10 Shoveler, 20 Wigeon and 15 Pintail have also been spotted. A Sparrowhawk has also been seen over the salt marshes. High numbers of Little Egret this week with 77 being spotted. 10 Sand Martens have also been seen getting ready for their southern migration. Regular sightings of Common Sandpiper are seen on the Dafen Scrapes.

 

Photo credit Russ Myners

Millennium Wetlands

There is a wide variety of waterfowl to be seen, including 135 Gadwall, as well as numerous Tufted Ducks, Teal and the occasional Wigeon. Water Rail has also been heard around the Deep Water Lake screens and near the Welsh Water Hide. Lapwing are also a common occurrence with 40 being seen from the Herons Wing Hide daily. We are still getting regular signs of Otter in the area so keep on the look out. In the afternoons, 22 Little Egret are seen just before going off to roost. A single Merlin has also been spotted flying over the Bittern reedbed. There are also plenty sightings of our smaller song birds, including 8 Chiffchaff, 14 Long tailed Tits, Goldfinch. Both Great spotted and Green Woodpecker are regularly spotted.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/81994/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/81994/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:06:26 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81994 Marsh Harrier
Kestrel
Ruff
Barnacle Goose
Greylag Goose
Teal
Avocet
Tree Sparrow
Blue Tit
Kingfisher
Green Sandpiper Friends Hide
Mallard
Whooper Swan
Mute Swan
Swallow
Sand Martin
Buzzard
Little Grebe
Pied Wagtail
Coot
Great Tit
Shoveler
Cormorant

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Wildlife sightings 11/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-11-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-11-09-18/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:05:54 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81995 a.m.

Wader Lake

Avocet

Teal 22

Lapwing 5

Black headed gull 80

Grey heron

Saline lagoon

Black headed gull 16

Teal 9

Hawthorn Wood

Great spotted woodpecker 2

Chaffinch 6

Blue tit 5

Bullfinch 3

Great tit 4

Coal tit 2

Greenfinch 2

Goldfinch 3

Willow tit

Other birds

Water rail – river reedbed

Mandarin duck (male) – flooded forest

Ferruginous duck (male) – white head pen

Kestrel (female) – otter exhibit

Tufted duck 26 – reservoir

Cormorant – river

Little egret – river

Blackbird – North Wood

Invertebrates

Speckled wood

 

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Wildlife sightings for 11th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-11th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-11th-september-2018/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:07:11 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81989 7 Snipe – main lake, scrape

1 Green Sandpiper – marsh

100+ Shoveler – main lake, scrape, reservoir lagoon

3 Chiffchaff – sheltered lagoon

2 Kingfisher – reedbed, wildside

6 Meadow Pipit – over W+NW

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

Fungi: (Aug/Sept) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Reserve Update Tuesday 11th September – Saltcot Loaning closed this week https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/81983/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/81983/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:02:05 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81983 The Mute Swan family have now taken up residence on Whooper Pond which is not such good news for the other Mute Swans trying to land there.  So far five interlopers have been seen off.  This will all change once we start to get the Whooper Swans returning.  The Little Grebes remain a feature as well on Whopper Pond.  Yesterday over eighty Pintail were present on Folly Pond first thing but they departed  through the day.  Over 400 Teal and 100 Wigeon were present first thing this morning.

We currently have hedgerow maintenance operations being undertaken down the Saltcot Loaning which means this section of the reserve has been temporarily closed until Saturday this week.

Today’s high tide is at 14:15, 9.9m

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Mute Swan 7 plus 6 cygnets
Mallard 74
Tufted Duck 1
Teal 4
Little Grebe 2
Moorhen 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 15
Teal 400+
Wigeon 100+
Shoveler 7
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Moorhen 1

Teal Pond
Mallard 4
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard 17
Gadwall 2
Teal 14
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Osprey
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
Lesser Whitethroat

Webcam

Unfortunately we have been experiencing problems with our Osprey camera this year. We hope to fix the problems before next summer. At the moment, the two Osprey chicks are still around the area but they will be heading south soon.
We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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Recent Sightings €- 10th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-10th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-10th-september-2018/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:55:13 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81969 The following sightings were recorded today at Low tide from the reserve at Castle Espie.

Duck numbers are still on the increase, with lots of birds arriving to Strangford from their summer breeding grounds. Keep a particular look out for the Shoveler duck, with its superb long bill from which it derives its name. Unusual for Castle Espie, the rasping primeval call of the Jay is being heard in the woodlands currently; one of the more colourful birds in the Crow family, make sure you don’t miss it!

Male Shoveler

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Black-headed Gull 11, Curlew 3, Oystercatcher 1

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 75, Tufted duck 9, Moorhen 2, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 1, Goldeneye 1

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

Moorhen 4, Mallard 4, Black-headed Gull 1 Teal 1

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Black-headed gull 2, Moorhen 9, Coot 1, Grey Heron 1,

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 73, Teal 2, Moorhen 7, Shoveler 5, Coot 2, Tufted duck 1

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 5 ,

Limestone Lake

Mallard 4, Wigeon 2, Little Egret 2

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Lapwing 5

Brickworks

Goldfinch, Swallows

Woodland

Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wren, Wood pigeon, Dunnock, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Hooded Crow, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Jay

Butterflies and Moths on the reserve

Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell,  Painted Lady, Silver Y,

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Wildlife sightings – 10/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-10-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-10-09-18/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:58:26 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81964 a.m. Tide Level: Low

Wader Lake

Teal 24

Black-tailed godwit 2

Mallard 6

Avocet 1 (juvenile)

Lapwing 2

Black-headed gull 32

Linnet 2

Saline Lagoon

Grey heron 1 (river reedbed)

Teal 11

Hawthorn Wood

Willow tit 1

Blue tit 12

Great tit 15

Robin 2

Other birds

Kingfisher – 1 – River viewpoint

Grey heron – 1 – River Wear

Cormorant – 7 – River Wear

Great spotted woodpecker – 1 – Hawthorn Wood

Jay – 1 – North Wood

Other wildlife

Speckled wood butterfly

Giant puffball (flora)

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Today’s Sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2415/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2415/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:39:40 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81962 Tree Sparrow
Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Mallard
Reed Bunting
Marsh Harrier
Avocet
Barnacle Goose
Grey Lag
Shoveler
Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
Gadwall
Black Headed Gull
Kestrel
Pheasant
Swallow
House Martins
Teal
Moorhen
Stock Dove
Great Tit
Starling
Coot
Green Sandpiper
Ruff
Great Spotted Woodpecker

 

 

 

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Swallows, sand and house martins still moving through https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-arundel-sightings/swallows-sand-and-house-martins-still-moving-through/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-arundel-sightings/swallows-sand-and-house-martins-still-moving-through/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:05:57 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81958

Chiifchaff photographed by Ken Turner.

Recent sightings:

Mon 3 Sept:

Wildlife Garden – 30 house martins

Sand martin hide – 5 Sand martins

Common Sandpiper – SMH

Scrape hide – 25 gadwall

Reedbed hide – swallows

 

Tues 4 Sept:

Ramsar – house martins 40.

Scrape hide – 10 house martins, 20 gadwall.

Wildlife Garden – 15 house martins.

Sand Martin Hide – 10 sand martins.

 

Wed 5 Sept:

Wetlands Discovery – 50+ House martins, kingfisher.

Ramsar hide – common sand piper

Snadmartin hide – grey heron, 15 sand martins.

Wildlife garden – 10 swallows.

Reedbed hide – 3 swallows.

Scrape hide – 55 gadwall, little egret, 15 house martins, 25 sand martins, 2 wigeom, 4 teal, kingfisher, grey heron, 4 shoveler, 1 marsh harrier.

Ramsar hide: 4 shoveler.

Common Lizard – Next to gate

 

Thurs 6 Sept:

Arun Riverlife – 2 shoveler

Scrape hide – 16 gadwall

Arun Riverlife – 5 swallows, 30 house martins, 25 sand martins.

World Wetlands – massing swallows, house martins and sand martins moving through the reserve 100s.

 

Fri 7 Sept

Ramsar hide – grey heron

Sand martin hide – kingfisher

Sand martin hide – 16 swallows

Scrape hide – 15 gadwall

 

Sat 8 September

Black Rabbit Triangle – Cetti’s Warbler, stoat, marsh harrier.

Offham hangar –  black caps, song thrush.

Ramsar hide – marsh tit, mandarin, 84 teal, 3 shovelers, tufted duck, cormorant, 1 snipe, 2 common sand piper, kingfishers, 12 sand martins,

Scrape hide – snipe, 30 gadwall, 1 wigeon.

Trumpeter exhibit – kingfisher.

Wetlands Discovery – garden warbler.

Sand martin hide – firecrest (entrance),  2 gadwall, 1 shoveler, 1 common sand piper, kingfisher, 1 common gull.

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Wildlife sightings for 10th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-10th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-10th-september-2018/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:36:00 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81955 1 Common Sandpiper – main lake

6 Wigeon – main lake

1 Garganey – reservoir lagoon

5 Snipe – main lake, wader scrape

4 Chiffchaff – South route, wildside

1 Willow Warbler – South route, wildside

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Wintering duck arriving throughout September. Shoveler numbers >100 at the start of the month, plus 70+ Gadwall, 45+ Teal and the first few Wigeon. There are still a few Sand Martins around plus many more Swallow and House Martins passing through. The hedgerows and scrubby blocks are full of migrant Chiffchaff and other warbler species. The marsh is good for migrant Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit and Wheatear. Autumn waders feeding on the main lake and scrape include regular Common Sandpiper and Snipe, plus occasional Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Redshank. Other likely waders this month include Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin and Whimbrel. Keep an eye on the cut patches of reed and sedge for possible Water Rail or even a Spotted Crake!

Dragonflies: (September) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (September) Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow.

Moths: (31st Aug) Maiden’s Blush, Pebble Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, The Sallow.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

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Building tides https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/building-tides/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/building-tides/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:19:59 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81953 Dumbles over high tide

210 Curlew roosted and fed in the grassland over high tide with 198 Barnacle Geese and 180+ Greylag Geese. Along the foreshore as the tide rose were 211 Shelduck (96 juveniles, a good breeding season), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Avocet, 22 Ringed Plover flew past. A Marsh Harrier hunted over the area.

Tack Piece

Flocks of Yellow Wagtails among the cattle + 110 Teal, 2 juvenile Ruff and 2 Spotted Redshank.

Rushy Hide

Juvenile Little-ringed Plover, 5 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 40 Teal and Grey Wagtail.

South Lake

15 Ruff, 34 Redshank, 1 Avocet, 60 Lapwing, 20 Shoveler, 50 Teal.

Top New Piece

3 Snipe, 200 Teal and 40 Lapwing.

Bottom New Piece

150 Teal, 1 Ruff, 110 Lapwing.

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Sunday sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/81948/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/81948/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 15:07:58 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81948

Wild Safaris

Flocks of Canada Geese (see above) flying in from the North and heading to our fields. Six Cranes, two Marsh Harriers, 4+ Hobby, 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine. Great White Egret on the Severn at low tide with, 8 Pintail, 50 Shelduck, a Ruff, c15 small waders and 70 Curlew. Up to four Grass Snakes, a Small Copper plus Ruddy Darters and Migrant Hawkers.

Rushy Hide

Up to three Spotted Redshank, juvenile Little-ringed Plover, 8 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, juvenile Redshank, 14 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 8 Pied Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail, 70 Teal, 90 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 2 Wigeon and the Wigeon species hybrid, , 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 14 Coot, 6 Gadwall, Grey Heron.

Tack Piece

Juvenile Ruff, 58 Teal and 7 Shoveler, Yellow Wagtails and Meadow Pipits among the cattle.

Long Ground Pool (viewed from Holden Tower)

55 Gadwall, 20 Shoveler, 8 Pintail, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 37 Teal, 13 Mlaard, 1 Wigeon and a Great Crested Grebe.

South Lake

10 Ruff, 98 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 75 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 30 Lapwing, 9 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pochard, 3 Cormorant.

Top New Piece/Zeiss Hide

80 Teal, 2 Avocet and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Bottom New Piece

200 Teal and 15 Wigeon on the flood. 100+ Lapwing and 150+ Barnacle Geese on the field.

Holden Tower

Four Little Egret, 90+ Curlew, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and 2 Redshank over the tide. Six Cranes and 200 Greylag on the Dumbles.

 

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Latest Sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/latest-sightings-740/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/latest-sightings-740/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:19:53 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81936 A brief selection of Sunday’s highlights.

A minimum of 4 Marsh Harrier hunting around the reserve, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

More Snipe arriving with 100+ present, 400+ Lapwing, 60 Ruff, 4 Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin.

Pink-footed Geese numbers have sneaked up to 58. There might be a tiny window in the weather at the beginning of the week to bring more birds in otherwise we may have to wait a little longer before the massed thousands arrive.

Four Yellow Wagtail from the Ron Barker Hide again.

 

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2414/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2414/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:16:57 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81933 Mute swan
Whooper swan
Barnacle goose
Greylag goose
Shelduck
Mallard
Teal
Coot
Moorhen
Cormorant
Crane x3 (Friends)
Grey heron
Avocet
Common sandpiper
Green sandpiper
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff
Snipe
Starling
Swallow
House martin
Sand martin
Pied wagtail
House sparrow
Tree sparrow
Reed bunting
Reed warbler
Goldfinch
Great tit
Stock dove
Pheasant
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Sparrowhawk

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Wildlife sightings for 9th September 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-9th-september-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-9th-september-2018/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 11:07:02 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81930 2 Kingfisher – wildside

1 Common Sandpiper – wader scrape

1 Garganey – main lake

4 Wigeon – main lake

1 Shelduck – main lake

5 Little Grebe + 3 chicks – main lake

4 Snipe – main lake, wader scrape, grazing marsh

1 Water Rail – main reedbed

55 Pochard – site count

103 Shoveler – site count

71 Gadwall – site count

357 Canada Goose – site count

 

Please note there will be essential management work on the wader scrape, marsh and main lake September 18th-20th inclusive. This is to control the non-native New Zealand Pygmyweed; improve wader feeding areas; coppice tree blocks and hedgerows on the edges of the lakes. This work coincides with a water vole population survey over the whole site. Apologies for any disturbance this may cause.

 

August bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe, Common Tern, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher, Wheatear.

Sand Martins had occupied 75% of the nest chambers by early August. Pochards raised 2 broods; Gadwall 4 broods on the reservoir lagoon and scrape; Little Grebe 2 broods on the main lake. Common Terns juveniles appeared, having bred elsewhere but settled here for feeding. Post-breeding migration started up in July with wader species like Common Sandpiper dropping in, as well as Teal, Shoveler, Garganey and Yellow Wagtail. Warblers increased in number mid August, using the scrubby Willow tree blocks for feeding.

Dragonflies: (mid-July survey) Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Red-eyed Damselfly, Lesser Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter.

Bees: (end-July survey) Common Mini-miner, Large-headed Resin, Patchwork Leafcutter, Yellow Loosestrife, Wool-carder, Green-eyed Flower, Buff-tailed Bumble, Small Garden Bumble, Early Bumble, Red-tailed Bumble, Common Carder, Honey.

Other insects: (end-July survey) Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle, Green Shield Bug, Dock Bug, Stilt Bug, Roesel’s Bush-cricket, Field Grasshopper, Long-winged Conehead, Lesser Stag Beetle, Summer Chafer, Common Red Soldier Beetle, Swollen-thighed Beetle, False Blister Beetle species, 7-Spot Ladybird, Harlequin Ladybird, 14-Spot Ladybird, Viburnum Leaf Beetle, Willow Leaf Beetle, Garden Spider, Wasp Spider, Nursery Web Spider, Flower Crab Spider.

Reptiles: young Grass Snakes and Slow Worms found 25th August; young and adult Common Lizards in the long grass by wooden benches and bridges, particularly in the wildside.

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Wildlife Sightings – 09/09/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-09-09-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-09-09-18/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 09:24:50 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81924 Wader Lake     Time/AM     Tide/Low

Stock Dove – 4

Common Snipe – 5

Teal – 32

Grey Heron – 2

Moorhen – 15

Lapwing – 1

Pied Wagtail – 1

Curlew (heard)

 

Saline Lagoon

Teal – 7

Mallard – 2

 

Hawthorn Wood

Bullfinch – 2

Great Tit – 5

Blue Tit – 6

Chaffinch – 5

Coal Tit – 1

Blackbird – 2

 

Other Birds Noted Around Site

Cormorant (River Wear) – 2

Great Black-backed Gull (River Wear) – 1

Willow Tit (stream channel) – 1

 

Other Wildlife Species

Invertebrates:

Speckled Wood

Large White

Common Darter

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Short Eared Owl https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/short-eared-owl-5/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/short-eared-owl-5/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 17:22:41 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81918 A fabulous Short-eared Owl graced the reserve late afternoon and was showing well at times from Ron Barker Hide, also visible from most of the other hides at times. At least 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Peregrine were the best of the raptors.

Short-eared Owl. This autumn bird is in fact our first record for 2018 (Tony Disley)

Up to 20 Ruff, 2 Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper were on view from Ron Barker late afternoon, also good numbers of Snipe around today. A Curlew flew over the Mere in the morning.

A Cetti’s Warbler was heard on the Reedbed walk, also another Cetti’s could be heard singing late afternoon from Ron Barker/Kingfisher Hide. Other Warblers seen today included 2 Willow Warbler on the Reedbed Walk.

A Kingfisher was on view from UU Hide mid afternoon and at least 12 Pink-footed Geese were seen from Ron Barker Hide.

 

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Wildlife sightings – 08/09/2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-08-09-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-08-09-2018/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 12:01:29 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81909 Tide level a.m.: low

Wader Lake

Avocet 1 juvenile

Common snipe 4

Lapwing 8

Teal 35

Grey heron 1 juvenile

Saline Lagoon

Curlew 1

Hawthorn Wood

Great spotted woodpecker 2 juvenile 1 female

Nuthatch 2

Willow tit 2

Coal tit 3

Blue tit 5

Great tit 5

Sparrowhawk 1 male

Bullfinch 2

Greenfinch 4 adults 4 juveniles

Goldfinch 10 adults 8 juveniles

Other birds noted around site

Black headed gull – River Wear: 360

Lesser black backed gull – River Wear: 4

Cormorant – River Wear: 5

Grey wagtail – stream channel: 1

Goldcrest – Pen 1: 1

Long tailed tit – Lagoon footpath: 8

Blackcap – Lagoon footpath: 1

Goldfinch – centre feeders: 10

Other wildlife species

Invertebrates:

Speckled wood

Wild orchard

7 spot ladybird –  centre building

Flora:

Marsh marigold – stream channel

Field scabious – stream channel

Devil’s bit scabious – Wader Lake footpath

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2413/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/09/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2413/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 11:13:46 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=81905 Mute swan
Whooper swan + cygnets
Barnacle goose
Greylag
Egyptian goose (x19)
Shoveler
Mallard
Pintail
Teal
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Crane (x3)
Grey heron
Bittern
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff (x8)
Greenshank
Avocet
Snipe
Common sandpiper
Little-ringed plover
Black-headed gull
Starling
House martin
Swallow
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Yellow wagtail
Pied wagtail
Cetti’s warbler
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Great tit
Blue tit
Long-tailed tit
Wren
Robin
Wood pigeon
Jackdaw
Rook
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Montagu’s harrier (reported – not confirmed)

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