Langford Lowfields

Langford Lowfields

Langford Lowfields
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  • A quick sightings update....

    Just a quick one for this afternoon to update you all on our sightings for this week....

    Greenshank are vocal and active across the site this week, with two birds around. They can be seen from the visitor trails as well as heard from further afield on site.

    3 green sandpipers were around yesterday - look out for these feeding along the water's edge on Phase 1 and listen for their distinctive whistling calls.

    2 juvenile ringed plover were on site, also yesterday. Nice to see these moving through.

    Green woodpecker and jay were vocal around the woodland yesterday afternoon.

    Wigeon, teal and shoveler are now back on site - expect increasing numbers in the next few weeks.

    Hobby's are still around, viewable from the visitor trails and to the south of the southern fenceline. There are still masses of Odonata on the wing for them to feed on.

    Yellow wagtails and hirundines are still on the move in good numbers over the site and chiffchaffs are very obvious in the hedgerows and scrub in the last couple of days, presumably good numbers of these moving through too.

    It's a good time of year to see kingfisher on site and there have been several sightings in the last couple of weeks, including birds on the silt lagoons seen from the public footpath and from the visitor trails.

    A new brood of great crested grebe was found today by Beach Hut volunteer, Dave Roberts. Incredibly late for such a young brood.

    Clouded yellows are still flying, with one seen by the Beach Hut today, also Dave Roberts. Red admirals, small tortoiseshell, common blue, whites and speckled wood are all still on the wing too.

    I had a lovely red underwing moth on the information board by the car park yesterday. A sure sign of autumn!

    A stunning hornet was on the public footpath yesterday - I love these insects.

    A stoat was on the southern part of the Cromwell trail this afternoon. More on Langford's mammals later in the week.

    And finally, do keep looking out for migrants in the next few weeks. It's that time of year where anything can turn up and it often does at Langford. Look out for passerines including spotted flycatcher, redstart, whinchat and wheatear, waders such as little stint, curlew sandpiper and sanderling and other species including black tern and osprey. All are species on our site list, so keep an eye open and please do let us know of any sightings.

     

  • Godwit double whammy

    Just a quick update on recent sightings....

    Greenshank and dunlin have been on site today, visible from either the public footpath or near the Beach Hut.

    Loads of yellow wagtails have been moving over the site in the last few days - this has included a group of 10 juveniles feeding and drinking on Phase 1 visible from the Cromwell Trail on Tuesday.

    There are still good numbers of hirundines and swifts moving over. Numbers of house martins are higher than I have ever seen at Langford.

    The marsh harrier has been seen again twice in the last week.

    We were very pleased with the excellent news of a willow tit on site on Sunday. Heard by Warden, Paul from the public footpath near silt lagoon 6, this is the first willow tit record on site since 2010.

    And finally - a double whammy of godwits in the past week. 2 black-tails were on site on Wednesday, seen by volunteer Graham Gamage and earlier on in the week, a bar-tail was on Phase 1, seen by Beach Hut volunteer Chris Stothard. Black-tails are annual here at Langford, but bar-tails are not - the last record being in May 2012.

    Insect numbers are still good on warm, sunny days, with clouded yellows still on the wing and plenty of commoner species including red admiral, common blue, peacock and speckled wood. Odonata numbers are impressive, with banded demoiselle still on the wing, migrant and brown hawkers and common darters.  

  • A busy bank holiday Sunday

    Today's 'calm before the storm' saw the most visitors recorded in one day on site, ahead of the heavy rain predicted for tomorrow. Nearly 70 people walked the trails with many visiting for the first time. Other visitors included hobbies, sparrowhawks, kestrels, a wheatear, a willow tit, a young fox and the odd clouded yellow butterfly.