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Blog Post: Sightings - July 2017

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 14:40
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

Blog Post: Sightings - June 2017

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 17:13
We had some very exciting visitors to the reserve in June. We started the month with a visit from a peregrine falcon .             Peregrine falcon Although native to Scotland, peregrines are not a common sight here at Lochwinnoch. In addition to this, we recorded our first ever sighting of a pale prominent moth . You can read more about this moth and the moth-trapping technique we use to capture an amazing variety of species in our blog .             Pale prominent moth As summer got into full swing, sightings of our summer visitors continued to come in, with grasshopper warbler , garden warbler and common sandpiper all seen on the reserve. You can hear why the grasshopper warbler gets its name by listening to its distinctive call on the RSPB bird ID page .             Grasshopper warbler             Garden warbler             Common sandpiper   Other birds recorded in June: Little grebe Great crested grebe Cormorant Grey heron Mute swan Greylag goose Canada goose Teal Mallard Pochard Tufted duck Goldeneye Sparrowhawk Buzzard Osprey Peregrine Water rail Moorhen Coot Oystercatcher Lapwing Snipe Common sandpiper Black-headed gull Common gull Lesser black-backed gull Herring gull Wood pigeon Collared dove Swift Kingfisher Great spotted woodpecker Sand martin Swallow House martin Grey wagtail Pied wagtail Wren Dunnock Robin Blackbird Song thrush Grasshopper warbler Sedge warbler Whitethroat Garden warbler Blackcap Chiffchaff Willow warbler Long-tailed tit Coal tit Blue tit Great tit Nuthatch Treecreeper Magpie Jackdaw Rook Carrion crow Starling House sparrow Chaffinch Greenfinch Goldfinch Siskin Lesser redpoll Reed bunting

Blog Post: Recent sightings - May 2017

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 17:13
May was a fantastic month, not just weather-wise, but also with a number of interesting visitors that arrived on the reserve. The distinctive call of a cuckoo was heard and a scaup and a flock of 40 whimbrel were also seen at the beginning of the month.             Cuckoo             Scaup             Whimbrel Towards the end of May, a Marsh Harrier and Black-tailed Godwit were spotted.             Marsh harrier             Black-tailed godwit We've also had encouraging sightings of the osprey , (first seen in April), with staff, volunteers and visitors keeping their fingers firmly crossed that we'll have a breeding pair in years to come.             Osprey Other birds recorded in May: Little grebe Great crested grebe Cormorant Grey heron Mute swan Greylag goose Canada goose Teal Mallard Shoveler Pochard Tufted duck Scaup Goldeneye Goosander Marsh harrier Sparrowhawk Buzzard Osprey Kestrel Pheasant Water rail Moorhen Coot Oystercatcher Lapwing Snipe Black-tailed godwit Whimbrel Curlew Common sandpiper Black-headed gull Lesser black-backed gull Herring gull Wood pigeon Collared dove Cuckoo Swift Kingfisher Great spotted woodpecker Sand martin Swallow House martin Grey wagtail Pied wagtail Dipper Wren Dunnock Robin Blackbird Song thrush Grasshopper warbler Sedge warbler Whitethroat Garden warbler Blackcap Chiffchaff Willow warbler Goldcrest Spotted flycatcher Long-tailed tit Coal tit Blue tit Great tit Nuthatch Treecreeper Magpie Jackdaw Rook Carrion crow Raven Starling House sparrow Chaffinch Greenfinch Goldfinch Siskin Lesser redpoll Bullfinch Reed bunting