Sightings – July 2017

July was a great month to see baby birds. Our camera traps captured some lovely footage of a mute swan with a cygnet and a family of mallards. The woodland feeding station also attracted lots of young garden birds such as chaffinches, blue tits and house sparrows.

We had some fantastic moths turn up in the moth traps too, including the fabulous pink and green elephant hawkmoth, intricately patterned magpie moth and the fluffy drinker moth the highlights.

          Elephant hawkmoth

          Magpie moth

          Drinker moth

We also had our first sighting of a Mandarin duck this year. This ornate bird has occasionally been spotted at the reserve over the years however it is mainly found in the south of England.

    

          Mandarin duck (male, above; female, below)

Finally, we had not one but two ospreys flying over the reserve at the same time!

          Osprey 

Other birds recorded in July:

Little grebe
Great crested grebe
Cormorant
Grey heron
Mute swan
Greylag goose
Canada goose
Mandarin duck
Wigeon
Teal
Mallard
Shoveler
Pochard
Tufted duck
Goldeneye
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Osprey
Pheasant
Water rail
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Snipe
Redshank
Common sandpiper
Black-headed gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Herring gull
Stock dove
Woodpigeon
Collared dove
Cuckoo
Swift
Kingfisher
Great spotted woodpecker
Sand martin
Swallow
House martin
Grey wagtail
Pied wagtail
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Whinchat
Blackbird
Song thrush
Grasshopper warbler
Sedge warbler
Garden warbler
Blackcap
Willow warbler
Goldcrest
Long-tailed tit
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Treecreeper
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion crow
Starling
House sparrow
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Lesser redpoll
Bullfinch
Reed bunting

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