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Wildlife in October 2015

Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2015 by WhisbyWarden

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Wildlife in October 2015

The monthly WeBS count on 17th revealed; 2 Canada Goose; 125 Coot; 17 Cormorant; 116 Gadwall; 3 Great Crested Grebe; 4 Grey Heron; 92 Lapwing; 1 Little Egret; 3 Little Grebe; 49 Mallard; 11 Moorhen; 42 Mute Swan; 5 Pochard; 2 Shoveler; 151 Teal; 107 Tufted Duck; 225 Wigeon.

A Barn Owl flew across the Grazing Marsh on 27th.
235 Black-headed Gulls were counted at Willow Lake on 20th.
The first Brambling of the autumn flew from the south shore of Teal Lake on 24th.
Bullfinch numbers started to increase and 9 were at Teal Lake on 20th.
2-3 Buzzards were observed on 3 occasions.
There were a dozen or so records of Chiffchaffs in ones and twos.
1-2 Coal Tits became more regular at the feeders.
The maximum count of Cormorants was 35 at Teal Lake on 26th.
Incoming Fieldfares appeared from 24th; as many as 270 flew south on 29th, with 60-70 on both 27th and 31st.
Up to 4 Goldcrests were a feature during the first three weeks.
The first Goldeneye of the winter was at Grebe Lake on 31st.
There were more Great Spotted Woodpeckers reported than usual, spread across the reserve.
Green Woodpeckers were less frequently seen, but similarly spread out.
A small pre-roost gathering of 60 Greenfinches occurred on 24th.
Grey Herons were much in evidence with a dozen records of up to 4 birds.
A single Grey Wagtail continued to be frequently seen at Railway Pond.
Up to 4 Jays were also commonly reported at a range of sites.
A male Kestrel was seen atop the nest box on 17th.
There were a dozen Kingfisher reports involving Willow Lake, Thorpe Lake, Grebe Lake, Coot Lake and Teal Lake.
99 Lapwings gathered at Teal Lake on 26th.
Only 1-2 Lesser Redpolls were recorded during the month on 5 occasions.
A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was heard at Orchid Glade on 8th. Another had been reported at Willow Lake on 4th.
1-2 Little Egrets were frequently reported from Willow Lake, Grebe Lake and Teal Lake, where 4 gathered on 13th.
The largest flock of Long-tailed Tits counted was 25 at Grebe Lake on 23rd.
Up to 3 Pied Wagtails were recorded.
Pink-footed Geese were in evidence; 178 flew over Teal Lake on 24th and at least 300 circled the area apparently trying to land on 25th.
8 Pochard visited Thorpe Lake in the last week.
Only up to 6 Redwings were reported during the month, from 15th.
Small groups of up to 8 Siskins appeared from 6th across the reserve.
Up to 100 or so Starlings flocked occasionally in the fading light but
At Thorpe Lake, 1-2 Snipe could occasionally be seen from the Barn, but on 29th when the vegetation was cut down on Dave’s Island, 12 were flushed off by the disturbance. Up to 4 were seen at Teal Lake during the month.
A few Swallows lingered around the Barn area until 3rd.
A Tawny Owl called during the evening of 9th near Round Pond.
Up to 4 Tree Sparrows visited the feeders late in the month.
Single Treecreepers were recorded at the Barn, Grebe Lake and Teal Lake.
Water Rail calls were heard from Grebe Lake on several occasions throughout the month with 2 on 31st. 1 was at the east end of Teal Lake on 5th.
1 Whooper Swan visited Teal Lake on 20th.

The only species recorded were; Comma, Red Admiral, and Speckled Wood.

The Humming-bird Hawk-moth from September was seen for the last time on 1st on flowers outside the Visitor Centre.

Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were the species recorded.

Mammals recorded were; Muntjac, Brown Hare, Grey Squirrel, Roe Deer and Rabbit.


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