Saturday, 8 September 2012

07-09-12 Maple Lodge Nature Reserve

A late morning visit bathed in glorious sunshine provided the following species:-
Little Grebe (8 plus 3 immature), Little Egret (1), Mute Swan (2), Greylag Goose (1 plus 6 over), Gadwall (13), Common Teal (5), Mallard (7), Northern Shoveler (3), Tufted Duck (9 plus duck with young), Common Moorhen (4 plus pair with young), Eurasian Coot (18 inc 3 pairs with young), Black-headed Gull (5), Stock Dove (1), Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker (1), Common Kingfisher (1), European Robin, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blackcap (2), Chiffchaff (2), Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Jay (2), Common Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook (3 over), Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch (1).
Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.
Dragonflies & Damselflies:-
Common Darter (30+ above clubhouse lake), Migrant Hawker.

A message to anyone visiting the reserve over the weekend and the early part of next week.
Tree Surgeons will be present lopping off a few of the hybrid Black Poplars near the Sluice Hide.
The reserve will be open as usual with limited access in certain areas.   

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