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Recent Sightings - 5th August 2019

Posted on 05 Aug 2019

The following sightings were recorded today from the reserve at Castle Espie at Low Tide. There is a nice mix of summer and autumn activity on the reserve with the birds like the tern and swallow still active on the nest while at the same time we are seeing the start of the wintering birds such as Curlew and Teal arriving.

Estuary - visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Oystercatcher 1, Curlew 1, Black-headed gull 14, Lesser black-backed gull 1, Little egret 1, Black-tailed godwit 2, Herring gull 1

Main lake - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 147, Graylag goose 5, Tufted 9, Black-headed gull 2, Coot 2, Little grebe 2, Swallow 1, House martin 1

Shingle Bank - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 45, Black-headed gull 2

Wadermarsh - visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Teal 1, Mallard 4, Black-headed gull 8, Coot 1, Graylag goose 2, Oystercatcher 2, Swallow 4

Freshwater Lagoon - visible from Brent Hide and Crannog

Teal 5, Lesser black-backed gull 1, Black-tailed godwit 1, Mallard 5

Saline Lagoon - visible from Limekiln observatory

Little grebe 2, Common tern 3 (chick on raft)


Goldfinch 30

Limestone Lake

Swallow 1,


Blackbird, Wren, Magpie, Robin, Chaffinch, Great tit, Wood pigeon, Goldfinch


We have also had a few spot of common darter and common hawker, particularly in the Swamp area.