Out and about in the woodlands at the minute there is is lots of activity in the undergrowth and small shrubs. One of our smallest, but nosiest residents has had a very successful breeding year, the Wren!
There are lots of Wrens frantically gathering food for all their demanding fledglings! Although very demure, these small birds are quite distinctive, small brown with a very sharply angled tail, as if also pointed at the sky. The young are most conspicuous at the moment, chasing their parents with a cacophony of noise, impatiently awaiting their next meal.
Count was taken at mid tide.
Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory
Black-headed Gull 23, Common Gull 1, Lesser black-backed gull 1, Oystercatcher 76, Black-tailed Godwit 8, Curlew 4, Edier 3 + 3 chicks
Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre
Mallard 48, Tufted Duck 12, Coot 2, Little Grebe 1 + 1 chick, Little egret 1, House Martin 1
Shingle bank – visible from Sensory garden, Wadermarsh and Visitor Centre
Black-head Gull 19, Mallard 29, Gadwall 2, Shelduck juveniles 2, Greylag goose 2, Moorhen 1, Jackdaw 1, Teal 1, Oystercatcher 34
Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide
Jackdaw 4, Black-headed Gull 7, Mallard 1, Oystercatcher 23, Moorhen 5, Coot 1
Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg
Mallard 5, Black-tailed Godwit 3, Moorhen, Swallow 1
Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory
Common Tern 2 + 1 chick, Mallard 2, Little Grebe 1,
Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh
Swallow 3, Starling 14
Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Wren, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Magpie,
Speckled wood, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Small Tortoise shell, Peacok, Painted Lady, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Six-Spot Burnett Moth