Saturday, 8 June 2013

Maple Lodge Nature Reserve

A sunny but windy afternoon provided the following species of note:-
Little Grebe (single juvenile from Teal Hide), Great-crested Grebe (male from Shell Hide), Mute Swan (pair with 5 cygnets on Clubhouse Lake), Canada Goose (adult with 2 goslings from Long Hedge Hide), Red Kite (2), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1), Common Teal (drake from Teal Hide), Northern Shoveler (drake from Shell Hide), Black-headed Gull (pair at nest on tern raft), Common Tern (5 pairs on nests including pair with 2 small young on centre raft), Sand Martin (1), Common Whitethroat (singing male opposite clubhouse), Garden Warbler (adult with faecal sac at Long Hedge), Reed Bunting (singing male from Phragmites).
                                      Mallard (female with ducklings) at the flooded plantation.
Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly.
Small White, Brimstone, Holly Blue.

                                                   Broad-bodied Chaser (mature male).

                                           Brimstone feeding on Red Campion at the Paddock.

                                              Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii) on Buttercup.

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