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Damsels & dragons emerging

Damselflies are starting to emerge in earnest, with large red (pictured), common blue and blue-tailed damselflies flitting about. Hairy dragonflies are also emerging now.

Warblers are singing all over the place, including sedge, reed, willow and Cetti’s warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff, whitethroat and lesser whitethroat. A nightingale has been singing between wetlands discovery and the scrub outside the perimeter fence for the past two weeks or so, a real treat to hear.

Thousands of toad tadpoles can be seen in the front pond as you approach the building, thank you to everyone who helped the toads across the road during migration season – it was well worth it.

Thurs 12 May

Pelican Cove: a pair of pochard with two ducklings, a pair of oystercatchers sitting on nest on land in front of Coastal Creek aviary.

Ramsar & Sand Martin hide: 1 oystercatcher on mud opposite Ramsar hide, 3 lapwing one contact calling chicks, 1 male pochard

Scrape hide: 1 male lapwing, 1 male pochard

Reedbed: 5 reed warblers, 2 sedge warblers, 36 male mallard and 3 female mallards, 4 Canada geese, 2 greylag geese, 1 mute swan sitting on nest on island opposite Sussex Screen, 1 green-veined white butterfly, 1 goldfinch, 1 wren, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 1 chiffchaff, 2 blackbirds, 1 blue tits, 2 great tits.

Tues 10 May

Arun Riverlife: 1 lapwing

Pelican Cove: pair of pochard and 2 ducklings,

Ramsar and Sand Martin hide: 10 male tufted ducks and 7 female tufted ducks, 2 mandarin, 1 kingfisher, 18 male gadwall, 7 mallards, 8 Canada geese, 2 greylag geese, 1 shelduck, 2 lapwing, 2 cackling geese, 3 shoveler.75 black-headed gull, 7 herring gulls, 20 sand martins, 1 swallow, 2 oystercatchers

Scrape hide: 1 lapwing

Lapwing hide: 3 lapwing, 1 cuckoo at back of reedbed.

Mon 9 May

Lapwing hide: 1 lapwing, 15 Canada geese, 5 tufted ducks, 1 greylag, 1 coot, 2 woodpigeons

Ramsar and Sand martin hide: 1 lapwing, 1 greater black-backed gull, 1 oystercatcher, 3 Egyptian geese, and 5 sand martins

Scrape hide: 1 lapwing, 1 kingfisher, 1 pochard

Pelican Cove: one pair of pochard with 2 ducklings

Sun 8 May

Arun Riverlife: 1 lapwing, 3 pochards, 1 kingfisher

Pelican Cove: 1 oystercatcher, 3 pochard

Sussex Screen: 1 mute swan on nest

Scrape hide: 2 lapwing, 1 pochard

Sand martin hide: 3 Egyptian geese, 1 oystercatcher, 6 sand martin

Wetland Discovery: 4 Canada geese, 2 mallards, 2 sedge warblers

Lapwing hide: 1 lapwing, 2 Canada geese.