Monday, 3 July 2017

Sightings at Sculthorpe Moor (1st July 2017)

Although not a great day for bird sightings, Sculthorpe Moor did produce a range of butterfly species across the reserve. The following was seen throughout the day:

Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
Small Skipper
Small White
Large White
Meadow Brown 

A single White Admiral had also been seen close to the Woodland Hide, but despite our best efforts we were unable to find it. 

However, my 4 year-old-son was really excited to see a Stoat for the very first time. It was running towards us on the boardwalk, close to the Water Vole Bridge, before disappearing into the undergrowth.

It did appear to have at least 2-3 young close-by, considering the sounds emanating from the bushes, but there was no clear sighting.

The following was seen since 8.00am:
Reed Warbler x 8
Bullfinch x 6
Chaffinch x 8
Swift x 2
Swallow x 1
Sand Martin x 4
Nuthatch x 1 - It was seen using the feeders close to the entrance of the reserve.
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1 - Seen feeding on the ground directly opposite the Woodland Hide.
Wren x 3
Buzzard x 1
Reed Bunting x 7
Pied Wagtail x 1
Goldfinch x 1
Kingfisher x 1
Kestrel x 1
Jay x 1 

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