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Drakelow Sightings by Tom Cockburn

Posted: Sunday 29th October 2017 by Drakelow

DRAKELOW NATURE RESERVE: Friday 27th October 0930 – 1830. The object of the visit was to assess any reaction by the Cormorants to the clearance of the Strip earlier in the week. The Cormorant count went very well with 331 the tally. Other bird counts included an aggregate of 44 Mute Swans between the river and the reserve with a Black Swan accompanying a small group of Mutes. As expected the duck count on the ML was very low although the Tufted Duck count remained up. A Common Gull joined the 120 or so Black-headed Gulls and a Water Rail was seen on several occasions below the GFH. Raptors were three soaring Buzzards, a Kestrel and a male and female Sparrowhawk. Two Green Sandpipers and a Snipe were on the Strip and a high flying Lapwing made it a trio of waders. There was a flock of some 350 Fieldfares that moved through the site SE to NW but Redwings were far fewer. A ‘ball’ of some 200 Starlings flew due south and the Jackdaw roost was estimated at 600. INSECTS: Two Migrant Hawkers and three Common Darters were the only dragonfly species and three Red Admirals and three Small Coppers represented the butterflies. Three Hornets and a species of Wasp were noted. REPTILE: The Yellow-bellied Pond Slider was reported. With thanks to RW, AB and DH.

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