Thursday, 16 June 2016

Spotted Flycatcher becomes pit addition

I undertook two site visits at the weekend with mixed results. Highlight of the weekend was a shy Spotted Flycatcher that was showing on and off on the edge of the plantation. Viewing was very difficult during the afternoon due to the very heavy showers. Another great find by Jon.

More spring broods can be seen around the site including 10 Greylag goslings, a full grown Little Grebe, five Canada Geese and 8 Mallards. In addition our pair of Treecreepers have successfully raised a brood in the plantation. We are really hoping for a brood of Shelduck but it’s very difficult to assess the current situation.

Wader sightings included (over both days) three Little Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Green Sandpiper and two Oystercatcher.

Additional sightings included 17 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron,  13 Mute Swans, 8 Greylags, 66 Canada Geese, 116 Mallard, 2 Shoveller, 56 Tufted Duck, 133 Coot, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, a Common Tern, 80 Swifts, 50 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 15 Swallows, 6 pairs of Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail.

Our two patch fox cubs are growing up fast whilst other mammals including a Roe Deer and eight Brown Hares. The first Bee Orchids were in flower around the pits.

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