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Wildlife in July 2015

Posted: Monday 3rd August 2015 by WhisbyWarden

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Wildlife in July 2015


The monthly WeBS count over all the lakes on 18th revealed; 37 Canada Goose; 1 Common Sandpiper; 11 Common Tern; 175 Coot;16 Cormorant; 1 Dunlin; 140 Gadwall; 16 Great Crested Grebe; 5 Grey Heron; 39 Greylag Goose; 83 Lapwing; 10 Little Egret; 1 Little Grebe; 58 Mallard; 17 Moorhen; 11 Mute Swan; 1 Oystercatcher; 4 Pochard; 1 Ringed Plover; 7 Teal; 94 Tufted Duck.

Black-tailed Godwits made a series of welcome visits in the first half of the month. Up to 4 were seen on 4 dates. One bird had a coloured leg ring and we are trying to establish its origin from that.
Six Bullfinches were counted at Thorpe Lake on 2nd.
Buzzards were reported in ones and twos during the month.
A Caspian Gull was photographed by Ben Ward at Teal Lake on 21st and identified by Dean Nicholson.
Small numbers (up to 8) of Common Gulls started to re-appear at Teal Lake in the second half of the month.
Individual Common Sandpipers visited Teal Lake on 8th and 18-19th.
Despite a disastrously unsuccessful breeding season, up to 24 adult Common Terns could be counted at Grebe Lake and Teal Lake.
Crossbills flew over the reserve on 7th (4), and 25th (2).
Migrating Curlews continued to pass over with 2 each on 8-9th.
1-2 migrating Dunlin were at Teal Lake 18-28th
Only up to 5 Great Black-backed Gulls have yet returned to Teal Lake.
Single Green Sandpipers were at Teal Lake on 14th and 22nd.
A single Green Woodpecker was reported at Magpie Walk on 15th.
A Greenshank visited Teal Lake on 17th.
A good total of 6 Grey Herons was present at Teal Lake and Grebe Lake on 17th.
10 Herring Gulls were at Teal Lake on 21st.
Hobbys were seen at Teal Lake on 2nd and 17th.
25 House Martins gathered at Teal lake on 28th.
The lack of multiple records of Kestrel suggests that breeding in the nestbox was not successful this year.
Kingfisher reports picked up very well from a general paucity in the first half of the year with 12 records from Dragonfly Lakes (2), Teal Lake (6), Willow Lake (3) and Coot Lake (1). This may suggest successful breeding although all records were on single birds.
The maximum count of Lapwings resting at Teal Lake was 165 on 14th.
Increasing numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls reached 50+ at Teal Lake on 21st.
A Lesser Whitethroat was still singing on 2nd at Thorpe Lake.
Ones and twos of Linnets were recorded at Redland’s old yard and Teal Lake late in the month.
Several Little Egrets were ever-present and a maximum of 15 was reached on 6th , with more than 10 on 6 other dates involving Grebe Lake and Teal Lake. 1-2 were occasional at Thorpe Lake.
Little Grebes have declined pretty catastrophically at Whisby over the years and the only record was of 1 at Willow Lake on 18th.
1-2 Little Ringed Plovers fed at Teal Lake on 4 dates through the month.
1-2 Mediterranean Gulls were noted at Teal Lake in the first half of the month.
The last couple of Nightingale records were on 2nd and 14th.
8 Oystercatchers were counted at Teal Lake 14th. 1-2 were recorded on 7 other occasions.
A Peregrine was at Teal Lake on 9th.
Three Redshank at Teal Lake were followed by 3 other singletons during mid-month.
Up to 3 Ringed Plovers were recorded at Teal Lake on 9 occasions up to 19th.
A small group of 10+ Sand Martins fed over Thorpe Lake on 27th.
Three Shovelers were at Teal Lake on 2nd.
A lone Siskin flew over on 23rd.
The first Snipe of the declining year was at Teal Lake on 4th.
Single Sparrowhawks hunted over Teal Lake throughout the month.
Up to 9 Stock Doves drank at Teal Lake during the month.
20+ Swifts passed through Thorpe Lake on 27th.
3 Turnstones were found at Teal Lake on 24th.
The first returning Wigeon was at Willow Lake on 3rd and another was there on 18th.
The first Wood Sandpiper for over 10 years at Whisby was found at Teal Lake on 24th.
Up to 3 Yellow-legged Gulls were identified at Teal Lake from 10th-28th.


Brimstone, Brown Argus, Comma, Common Blue, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell were recorded.


Severely under-recorded but Banded Demoiselle (including 5 on 10th), Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Emperor, Ruddy Darter and Southern Hawker were reported.


Fox, Muntjac and Roe Deer were reported.


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