Still singing birds and butterflies aplenty over the bank holiday weekend! All the wonderful weather has been great for all the flying and buzzing insects, which in turn in great for the newly fledged Swallows!
Having left the nest in the roundhouse and still learning how to find food for themselves, they can often be seen begging on the bridges in the freshwater lagoon and brickworks areas. Meanwhile the parents are barely visible as they speedily zoom just above the surface of the lagoons and grasslands, with mouths agape, catching as many insects as they can for themselves and their fledglings.
Count was taken at low- mid tide.
Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory
Black-headed Gull 23, Common gull 6, Little Egret 1, Shelduck 1, Oystercatcher 18
Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre
Mallard 46, Tufted Duck 6 + 3 chicks, Coot 4 + 1 chicks, Black-headed Gull c.25, Little Grebe 1
Shingle bank – visible from Sensory garden, Wadermarsh and Visitor Centre
Black-head Gull c.100, Mallard 13, Oystercatcher 10, Jackdaw 18
Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide
Oystercatcher 14, Moorhen 1, Black-headed Gull 71, Common Gull 2,
Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg
Mallard 7, Tufted Duck 2, Black-headed Gull c.250, Coot 2, Swallow 4, Black-tailed Godwit 4
Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory
Black-headed Gull c.50, Common Tern 2, Little Egret 3
Mallard 4, Black-headed Gull 1
Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh
Meadow pipit 1
Pied Wagtail 2
Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blackcap, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Jay
Speckled wood, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, small White, Green-veined White, Narrow bordered Five-spot Burnett, Six-Spot Burnett Moth