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Wildlife in September 2015

Posted: Thursday 8th October 2015 by WhisbyWarden

Hidden Pond, Magpie Walk

Wildlife in September 2015

The monthly wildfowl count on 12th recorded: 22 Canada Goose; 329 Coot; 14 Cormorants; 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck; 224 Gadwall; 15 Great Crested Grebe; 2 Grey Heron; 24 Greylag Goose; 2 Little Egret; 15 Little Grebe; 90 Mallard; 24 Moorhen; 24 Mute Swan; 1 Pochard; 4 Red-crested Pochard; 1 Ringed Plover; 21 Shoveler; 32 Teal; 90 Tufted Duck; 59 Wigeon.

Up to 3 Blackcaps were quite widely reported throughout the month.
A Black-tailed Godwit stayed at Teal Lake 10th-12th.
There were 5 Buzzards at Teal Lake on 28th, with fewer seen on several occasions.
There was an exceptional count of 67 Carrion Crows at Teal Lake on 17th.
Up to 6 Chiffchaffs were frequently reported throughout the month.
1-2 Common Sandpipers passed through Teal Lake during the first two weeks.
The highest count of Cormorants at Teal Lake was 47 on 24th.
An escaped Fulvous Whistling Duck showed itself on and off around Coot Lake throughout the month. This is a widely distributed species in the tropics.
There were only two reports of Goldcrests comprising 3 at Grebe Lake on 1st and 1 at Teal Lake on 22nd.
Goldfinches were very scarce and 3 at Teal Lake on 22nd was the only record.
Single Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen at Grebe Lake, Teal Lake and Willow Lake.
The only Green Woodpecker reports were at Teal Lake at either end of the month.
There were up to 6 Grey Herons on the reserve on 24th.
Single Grey Wagtails were recorded at Teal Lake and Railway Pond.
Sightings of single Hobbys were at Teal Lake up to 28th, Grebe Lake on 11th and Willow Lake on 1st.
50 House Martins gathered at Teal Lake on 13th.
Up to 4 Jays were harvesting acorns throughout the month across the reserve.
There were 18 Kingfisher sightings throughout the month at all of the larger Lakes and particularly Dragonfly Lake.
Lapwings gathered at Teal Lake with 50 early in the month up to 200 by 29th.
The first Lesser Redpolls of the autumn were recorded on 26th.
A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Grebe Lake on 11th, the first for several years.
There was a late Lesser Whitethroat at Teal Lake on 16th.
Up to 6 Linnets were reported at Redland’s old yard in mid-month.
6-7 Little Egrets gathered at Teal Lake on 5th and 17th; apart from these, 2 appeared to be more or less ever-present there, and 1-2 seemed to become regular at Willow Lake. There were also occasional sightings of one each at Grebe and Thorpe Lakes.
At least three late broods of Little Grebes emerged at Willow Lake after the population had appeared to slump to one pair.
Two Meadow Pipits flew south over Redland’s old yard on 26th.
18 Mute Swans gathered at Willow Lake at the end of the month.
An Osprey was photographed over Willow Lake on 1st, and 2 more were reported over Teal Lake on 17th.
The juvenile Peregrine which spent the late summer at Teal Lake was reported again on 10th.
1-2 Pintails appeared at Teal Lake from 13th-28th.
A wing-tagged Red Kite flew over Teal Lake on 3rd.
Four Red-crested Pochards were brief visitors to Teal Lake on 12th.
The only Reed Buntings recorded were 2 at Redland’s old yard on 19th.
Late Reed Warblers were 1 at Grebe Lake during 7th-19th and one at Teal Lake on 21st.
A Ringed Plover stayed at Teal Lake from 5th to 12th.
2 Ruffs were photographed at Teal Lake on 25th.
2 Shelducks briefly visited Teal Lake on 28th.
1-2 Siskins occurred mostly at Grebe Lake or Teal Lake throughout the month but 10 were at Teal Lake on 13th.
1-3 Snipe were visible at Thorpe Lake from mid-month. 2 were at Teal Lake on 29th.
Single Sparrowhawks were reported on 3 occasions.
2 Spotted Flycatchers appeared at Redland’s old yard on 19th.
100+ Starlings gathered behind the workshop area on 8th.
Up to 8 Stock Doves were seen at Teal Lake.
A very few Swallows lingered to the month’s end.
The only Willow Tit reported was one at Maurice’s Meadow at Magpie Walk.

The only butterflies reported were Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was photographed at flowers in front of the Visitor Centre on 30th (and seen again on 1st October).

Blue-tailed damselfly, Brown Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter and Southern Hawker were reported.

An Adonis Ladybird was recorded at the railway bridge area on 17th.

The only mammals reported were Fox, Grey Squirrel, Rabbit and Stoat.

A late Lizard was spotted at Grebe Lake on 18th.
The resident Red-bellied Cooter terrapin at Grebe Lake also appeared on 18th.

Ploughman’s Spikenard emerged in good numbers after it was presumed to have been lost owing to earthworks associated with the new railway bridge construction.

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