Trip reports

Whisby Nature Park

Whisby Nature Park
Mediterranean Gull - Dennis Atherton

Sunday, 10 June 2018

On the lake next to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's visitor's centre were a variety of waterfowl birds. Gadwall, mallard, and tufted duck were to be found out on the water with a few mute swans and a family of great crested grebe.

Canada goose and greylag goose were further out in separate groups, and a couple of cormorants were seen fishing.

On the islands could be found pied wagtail, coot, moorhen, oystercatcher, and lapwing. A few swallows fed over the water.

A couple of Mediterranean gulls were to be found among the breeding colony of black-headed gulls. Most concerning/amusing was the apparent escape of 2 of the black-headed gull chicks from the island that were merrily swimming off, despite the attempts of a number of adult gulls to drive them back to the sanctuary of the island.

A walk round the wooded areas produced little, with only wren, robin, dunnock,
goldcrest, long-tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, blackbird, and song thrush.

There was an excellent view of a garden warbler, but the only other warblers were blackcap and chiffchaff which were more vocal than visual.

A linnet was seen on the grassy areas north of the railway.

The hope of seeing nightingale didn't really materialise. There were a couple of fleeting glimpses of what was probably the adult and then a short, restricted view of what was probably a fledgling.

It was a good day for moths and damselflies, with plenty of unfamiliar species showing well.

7 attended, 38 species seen