Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Maple Lodge Nature Reserve, Lynsters Gravel Pit & Farm

An early evening visit produced the following species;
Little Grebe (3 pairs), Great-crested Grebe (pair at Lynsters G.P), Cormorant (2), Grey Heron (2), Mute Swan (pair), Greylag Goose (6 pairs with goslings at Lynsters Farm), Canada Goose (3 on cricket pitch), Gadwall (9 including pair), Mallard (27 plus duck with ducklings), Pochard (8), Tufted Duck (10 including pair), Common Buzzard (1 over briefly), Moorhen (4), Coot (53 including 2 pairs with young), Black-headed Gull (6 over), Lesser Black-backed Gull (4 over), Common Tern (3 pairs), Feral Pigeon (over), Stock Dove (1 Lynsters Farm), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove (pair at Maple Lodge Close), Ring-necked Parakeet, Swift (10 overhead), Great-spotted Woodpecker, Swallow (3 overhead), Pied Wagtail (1 over briefly), Wren, Robin (pair collecting food), Blackbird (collecting food), Song Thrush (collecting food), Reed Warbler (singing male), Garden Warbler (2 singing male), Blackcap (6 singing male), Chiffchaff (2 singing male), Spotted Flycatcher (hunting insects in paddock), Long-tailed Tit (pair collecting food), Blue Tit (several pairs feeding young at nest), Great Tit (2 pairs feeding young at nest), Treecreeper (displaying pair), Jay (pair), Magpie, Jackdaw (over), Carrion Crow (pair), Chaffinch (several singing male), Greenfinch.
Common Blue Damselfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly.
Red Admiral. 
Earlier in the day I visited Cassiobury Park where 3 pairs of Mistle Thrush were noted including 2 pairs collecting food. On returning home I briefly observed a hawking Hobby above the playing field behind Maple Lodge Close.

                                                      Grey Heron at Maple Lodge N.R

                                          Gadwall (duck) at Maple Lodge N.R

                                           Gadwall (drake) at Maple Lodge N.R

                                                       Greylag Geese at Lynsters Farm

                                          Greylag Goose goslings at Lynsters Farm

                                    Blue-tailed Damselfly (immature male) at Maple Lodge N.R

                                    Common Blue Damselfly (male) at Maple Lodge N.R

                                          Red Admiral at Maple Lodge N.R

                                                        Yellow Iris at Maple Lodge N.R

                                                        Red Campion at Maple Lodge N.R

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