Lochwinnoch

Lochwinnoch

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  • Sightings - 17 July 2018

    Highlights:

    3 fieldfare
    14 great crested grebe
    7 whooper swans
    1 pochard
    1 goldeneye
    10 snipe
    4 shoveler
    1 kingfisher

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  • Recent sightings – summer 2018

    Today seems a little colder, there’s a breeze in the air, the sky is overcast and dare I say it, it feels a little like autumn. The birds have noticed too – we have seen increasing numbers of wintering wildfowl on the reserve this week.

    Today, our warden Dan counted 240 tufted duck out on the Barr Loch, along with 28 mute swan, 8 greylag geese and 25 great-crested grebes – some of the latter in family groups of twos and threes.

    Great-crested grebe.

    As the nights start to draw in we expect to see an additional influx of wintering wildfowl – autumn will be well and truly here when the sky is punctuated with long, waggly lines of honking geese.

    For the moment, however, there is still time to see a lot of the wildlife you’d expect to see in the summer months across the reserve. Also on and around the Barr Loch today were: a kingfisher; a pochard; a grey heron; a nuthatch; and a willow warbler.

    Ospreys are still out and about and fishing on the Barr Loch – one even performed a theatrical dive in front of the visitor centre last week! It’s likely they’ll be here for a few weeks yet, before they – like the willow warblers, house martins, swifts and our other summer visitors – start their incredible migration to Africa where they spend our winter.

    Osprey.

    This week we also had the pleasure of seeing a charm of 35 goldfinch, a Mandarin duck and a raven, which was a particular highlight!

    Away from the birds, visitors this week reported seeing an otter playing in front of the Aird Meadow hide – what a sight that must have been!

    A great selection of wildlife was also recorded on the reserve during the Chris Packham bioblitz on 15th July. Chris was particularly pleased to hear about our sneezewort, and we (and our visitors) were delighted that he choose Lochwinnoch as one of his UK bioblitz reserves: view the full list of species.

    Chris Packham visited the reserve on Sunday 15 July.

     

    Other species seen on the reserve today (19 Aug)

    Greenfinch
    Lesser redpoll
    House martin
    Lapwing (12)
    Sparrowhawk
    Rook
    House sparrow
    Jackdaw
    Mallard
    Starling
    Great tit
    Blue tit
    Coal tit
    Chaffinch
    Collared dove
    Moorhen
    Robin
    Woodpigeon
    Bullfinch

     

    Other summer 2018 highlights

    It’s been fantastic to see snipe breeding successfully on the reserve and it’s always great to point out these beautifully camouflaged birds out to our visitors – often with the help of a telescope!

    Great spotted woodpecker (18 Aug)
    Sedge warbler (18 Aug) - 91 recorded over the summer!
    Common tern (7) (14 Aug)
    Little grebe (7) (12 Aug)
    Osprey (11 Aug)
    Raven (2) (4 Aug)
    Cuckoo (31 Jul)
    Tree pipit (15 Jul) – only the third time seen on the reserve!
    Marsh harrier (13 Jul)
    Black-tailed godwit (40) (3 Jul)
    Common scoter (pair) (8 Jul) – only the second time seen on the reserve!

    Common scoter (male).

     

    Common scoter (female).

  • Sightings - July 2017

    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