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A Charm of Goldfinches

Posted on 07 Aug 2019

With the Thistles now going to seed there are large flocks of Goldfinches around the reserve making use of this bounty. Up to twenty were seen down the Saltcot Loaning this morning. Another good spot to keep an eye out is along the Meadow and River Walk. This area will only be open for another month so make the most of it before it closes prior to the Whooper Swans returning! The season is changing with the sound of geese already to be heard flying over the site in the form of the local population of Greylags.

High Tide: 18:04, 8.5m

Opening times:
10am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day

Around the reserve:

Wildflowers
Cuckoo Flower
Lesser Trefoil
Yellow Rattle
Red Campion
Greater Stitchwort
Dog Rose
Guelder Rose
Bugle
Creeping Buttercup
Meadow Buttercup
Woody Nightshade
Tufted Vetch
Common Vetch
Selfheal
White Clover
Red Clover
Bird's-foot Trefoil

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Red Admiral Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Green-veined White Butterfly
Large White Butterfly
Small White Butterfly
Common Blue Butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly
Ringlet Butterfly
Meadow Brown Butterfly
Hawthorn Shieldbug
Buff tailed Bumblebee
White tailed Bumblebee
Common Carder Bumblebee
Tree Bumblebee
7-spot Ladybird
11-spot Ladybird
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Azure Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly
Common Darter Dragonfly
Emerald Dragonfly
Common Hawker Dragonfly
Leaf-cutter Bee

Mammals
Badger
Fox
Otter
Brown Hare
Rabbit
Mole
Wood Mouse
Roe Deer
Bank Vole
Field Vole
Weasel
Stoat
Pipistrelle Bat

Whooper Pond
Mallard 7
Moorhen 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 9
Teal 3
Snipe 1
Moorhen 2
Grey Heron 1
Curlew 6

Teal Pond
Mallard 3
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard 103
Gadwall 6
Wigeon
Teal 30
Grey Heron 1
Little Grebe 1
Mute Swan with cygnets
Black-headed Gulls 1
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Marsh Harrier
Buzzard
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Little Egret
Linnet
Hebridean Sheep 12

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)
Reed Warbler
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Sedge Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Robin
Blackbird
Chaffinch
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Song Thrush
Great-spotted Woodpecker

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