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Water Birds and Wagtails

Monday, April 29th 2019

Many of the water birds are either on nests or have young now. The first Mallard ducklings were seen this morning on the main wetland. On the lake, the ducks were enjoying the sunshine on the 'Tony Robinson' log!

The Greylag Geese appeared to be a little jealous of this prime basking spot!

Grey Wagtail are often seen along Risedale Beck at this time of year. This one was spotted in a quiet area of the reserve.

Pied Wagtail have also been observed regularly feeding around the pool margins on the main wetland and Spigot Mere.

Where the conifer was thinned, Primroses are beginning to show and ferns are beginning to unfold now that the sunlight can reach the ground.

Elsewhere, Early Purple Orchids are starting to flower adding a welcome splash of colour.


Everywhere you turn, butterflies are on the wing. This Green-veined White was photographed by Elizabeth this afternoon.


Finally, Lark and Taurus continue to make the most of the warm weather and seem to be enjoying the rushes in the middle of Plover's pool!


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