Sculthorpe, July 2016

SCULTHORPE MOOR – JULY 2016

A full complement of 12 arrived at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve which is run by the Hawk and Owl trust. The weather was perfect as we set off along the excellent boardwalks. We managed to see a total of 27 bird species and heard 3 others. There was so much else to see in the way of flowers, amphibians and insects though, that it made up for the relatively low number of birds seen.

Birds seen :-

  • Robin
  • Great Tit
  • Collared Dove
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Bullfinch (Male and Female)
  • Marsh Tit
  • Blackcap
  • Blue Tit
  • Yellowhammer
  • Mallard
  • Kingfisher
  • Common Buzzard
  • Blackbird
  • Coot
  • Little Grebe
  • Chaffinch
  • Swift
  • Greenfinch
  • Nuthatch
  • Dunnock
  • Coal Tit
  • Wren
  • Reed Warbler
  • Reed Bunting
  • Kestrel
  • House Martin
  • Goldfinch

Flowers seen :-

  • Great Willowherb
  • Water Chickweed
  • Square stemmed St Johns wort
  • Marsh birds foot trefoil
  • Tufted Vetch
  • Marsh Bedstraw
  • Enchanters Nightshade
  • Woody Nightshade
  • Marsh Valerian
  • Hemp Agrimony
  • Wood Avens
  • Oxford Ragwort
  • Southern Marsh Orchid

Birds heard:-

  • Song Thrush
  • Chiffchaff
  • Whitethroat

Insects seen:-

  • Blue tailed demoiselle
  • Banded demoiselle
  • Speckled Wood
  • Ringlet
  • Meadow Brown
  • Red Admiral
  • Cabbage White
  • Cinnabar Moth (caterpillar)
  • Comma

Other Wildlife:-

  • Baby Toads and frogs
  • Harvest mice (captive)

10 of the group went on to have a meal at the Sculthorpe Mill restaurant which straddles the River Wensum.

Dave Shearing