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Blog Post: Sightings - July 2017

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 14:40
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