Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Autumn arrives at Maple Lodge

An early evening visit provided the following species of note:-   
Ring-necked Parakeet (4), Kingfisher (2 from Shell Hide), Water Rail (1 calling from the reed bed).
Earlier in the day Greenshank and Green Sandpipers were reported but this evening the marsh was quiet in their absence. At Lynsters Farm 17 Greylag Geese, 32 Magpie and c30 Jackdaw were all observed from Lynsters Hide.

Below are several autumnal photos taken this evening at the reserve:-

                                          Buckthorn Rhamnus catharticus
                                          Dog-Rose hips Rosa canina
                                                       Elder Sambucus nigra
                                          Guelder Rose Viburnum opulus
                                                        Hawthorn Crategus monogyna
                                           Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
                                                       Lords-And-Ladies Arum maculatum
                                                       Teasel Dipsacus fullonum
                                          Purple-loosestrife Lythrum salicaria

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