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Little Egret Making an Appearance

Posted on 17 Jul 2019

We had three Little Egret fishing around Whopper Pond this morning. They were joined there by the Little Ringed Plover, and demonstrating that Autumn migration for waders is truly commencing, a flypast by 16 Curlews. Flocks of Linnet are being seen more regularly from Saltcot Merse Observatory, feeding on the seed heads of plants down there. Keep your eyes peeled for the juvenile Goldfinches hanging around the paddock area.

Photo credit: Alex Hillier

High Tide: 13:37, 8.7m

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

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

Whooper Pond
Little Egret 3
Little Ringed Plover 1
Mallard 5
Moorhen 3
Grey Heron 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 9
Teal 7
Snipe 1
Moorhen 1
Lapwing 13
Black-headed Gull 2

Teal Pond
Mallard 4
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Mallard
Wigeon
Gadwall
Shelduck
Grey Heron
Little Grebe
Shoveler
Mute Swan with cygnets
Black-headed Gulls with chicks
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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