Wildlife sightings for 19th June 2022


3 Garganey - reservoir lagoon (one eclipse)

4 Common Tern - main lake

2 Oystercatcher - main lake (one on a tern raft)

2 Shoveller - main lake

2 Peregrine

1 Hobby - hunting Swifts and Martins over grazing marsh

1 Curlew - reservoir lagoon

1 Little Ringed Plover - main lake

1 Little Grebe - main lake

1 Kingfisher - main lake

1 Teal - main lake

1 Kestrel - south route

Pochard brood (new) - reservoir lagoon

6 Sedge Warbler territories - scrape, sheltered lagoon, marsh, main lake

New Great Crested Grebe nest on the reservoir lagoon. Great viewing from the bridge near wildside hide.

Reed Warbler (70 singing birds), Cetti's Warbler (23), Reed Bunting (7), Sedge Warbler (4), Chiffchaff (3) and Blackcap (20+) all singing around the reserve.

Flowering plants: Great Burnet, Salad Burnet, Agrimony, Bee Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Cut-leaved Crane's-bill, Dove's-foot Crane's-bill, Goat's Beard, Yellow Flag Iris, Yellow Rattle, Common Bistort, Bugle, Herb Robert, Ox Eye Daisy, Rowan, Bramble, Common Vetch, Tufted Vetch, Grass Vetchling, Dog Rose, Elder, Common Mallow, Birds-foot Trefoil, Deptford Pink, Beaked Hawksbeard, Smooth Hawksbeard, Creeping Cinquefoil, Red Campion, White Water Lily, Flowering Rush, Aster, Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Yellow Bartsia, Meadow-rue, Purple-Loosestrife.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Marbled White, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral.

Dragonflies/Damselflies: Four-spotted Chaser, Norfolk Hawker, Broad-Bodied Chaser, Black-Tailed Skimmer, Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfly.

Other insects: Alder Leaf Beetle, Willow Leaf Beetle, Poplar Leaf Beetle, Wasp Beetle, Thick-Legged Flower Beetle, Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Ruby-Tailed Wasp, Green Lacewing, Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Cinnabar Moth, Yellow Underwing, Mother Shipton, Yellow-barred Longhorn, Silver Y.