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Birds, Moths & Other Wildlife sightings for 2021 Qtr 4 up to 31 Dec (April 19, 2022, 04:41:56 AM) quote  
2021 Bird List - first reported date.
Great Crested Grebe (1st Jan 2021), Little Grebe (1st Jan 2021), Cormorant (1st Jan 2021), Bittern (Not recorded in 2021), Grey Heron (1st Jan 2021), White Stork (Not recorded in 2021), Little Egret (28th Jan 2021), Great White Egret (3rd Jun 2021), Mute Swan (26th Feb 2021), Black Swan (Not recorded in 2021), Greylag Goose (1st Jan 2021), Canada Goose (1st Jan 2021), Barnacle Goose (28th Jan 2021), Egyptian Goose (1st Jan 2021), Shelduck (28th Feb 2021), Mandarin (Not recorded in 2021), Wigeon (1st Jan 2021), Goosander (Not recorded in 2021), Pintail (Not recorded in 2021), Teal (1st Jan 2021), Gadwall (1st Jan 2021), Garganey (Not recorded in 2021), Mallard (1st Jan 2021), Shoveler (1st Jan 2021), Pochard (1st Jan 2021), Red-crested Pochard (1st Jan 2021), Tufted Duck (1st Jan 2021), Goldeneye (25th Apr 2021), Red Kite (1st Jan 2021), Sparrowhawk (5th Jan 2021), Buzzard (1st Jan 2021), Kestrel (29th Mar 2021), Hobby (4th May 2021), Peregrine Falcon (Not recorded in 2021), Osprey (Not recorded in 2021), Pheasant (4th Jan 2021), Water Rail (1st Jan 2021), Moorhen (1st Jan 2021), Coot (1st Jan 2021), Oystercatcher (27th Jan 2021), Little Ringed Plover (Not recorded in 2021), Golden Plover (Not recorded in 2021), Lapwing (1st Jan 2021), Ruff (Not recorded in 2021), Snipe (14th Jan 2021), Jack Snipe (30 Nov 2021), Redshank (Not recorded in 2021), Greenshank (Not recorded in 2021), Green Sandpiper (18th Mar 2021), Common Sandpiper (Not recorded in 2021), Mediterranean Gull (Not recorded in 2021), Common Gull (5th Jan 2021), Black-headed Gull (1st Jan 2021), Herring Gull (1st Jan 2021), Lesser Black-backed Gull (23rd Apr 2021), Greater Black-backed Gull (Not recorded in 2021), Common Tern (6th May 2021), Arctic Tern (Not recorded in 2021), Stock Dove (1st Jan 2021), Collared Dove (27th Apr 2021), Woodpigeon (1st Jan 2021), Feral Pigeon (Feral Rock Dove) (1st Jan 2021), Ring-necked Parakeet (1st Jan 2021), Cuckoo (18th May 2021), Barn Owl (Not recorded in 2021), Tawny Owl (29th May 2021), Swift (21st Apr 2021), Kingfisher (1st Jan 2021), Green Woodpecker (1st Jan 2021), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1st Jan 2021), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Not recorded in 2021), Swallow (29th Apr 2021), House Martin (4th May 2021), Sand Martin (21st Mar 2021), Meadow Pipit (6th Oct 2021), Yellow Wagtail (27th Apr 2021), Grey Wagtail (4th Jul 2021), Pied Wagtail (29th Jan 2021), Wren (17th May 2021), Dunnock (1st Jan 2021), Robin (1st Jan 2021), Blackbird (1st Jan 2021), Fieldfare (10th Jan 2021), Song Thrush (17th May 2021), Redwing (1st Jan 2021), Mistle Thrush (19th Jan 2021), Cetti's Warbler (6th Feb 2021), Sedge Warbler (10th May 2021), Reed Warbler (27th Apr 2021), Garden Warbler (6th May 2021), Whitethroat (Not recorded in 2021), Lesser Whitethroat (Not recorded in 2021), Blackcap (1st Apr 2021), Chiffchaff (21st Jan 2021), Willow Warbler (17th May 2021), Goldcrest (17th May 2021), Firecrest (10th Jan 2021), Spotted Flycatcher (Not recorded in 2021), Stonechat (Not recorded in 2021), Long-tailed Tit (1st Jan 2021), Coal Tit (1st Nov 2021), Blue Tit (1st Jan 2021), Great Tit (1st Jan 2021), Nuthatch (1st Jan 2021), Treecreeper (14th Jan 2021), Magpie (1st Jan 2021), Jackdaw (1st Jan 2021), Rook (4th Oct 2021), Carrion Crow (1st Jan 2021), Raven (1st Jan 2021), Jay (1st Jan 2021), Starling (1st Jan 2021), House Sparrow (Not recorded in 2021), Chaffinch (17th May 2021), Brambling (Not recorded in 2021), Greenfinch (6th Feb 2021), Goldfinch (1st Jan 2021), Siskin (1st Jan 2021), Lesser Redpoll (5th Dec 2021), Bullfinch (2nd Mar 2021), Hawfinch (Not recorded in 2021) and Reed Bunting (22nd May 2021).

Dec 1st – Dec 31st 2021 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
Jack Snipe (1st – 2nd (1), 10th , 12th & 18th Dec), Snipe (1st (2), 2nd (1), 5th (2), 10th (2), 12th (2), 18th (2), 19th, 21st – 23rd (1) & 28th Dec), Water Rail (1st (1), 5th – 6th (1), 10th (calling), 21st , 23rd , 26th –27th, 28th (2) & 29th – 31st Dec), Cetti’s Warbler (1st – 2nd , 6th & 11th ,18th , 23rd (calling) & 28th (heard) Dec), Shoveler (2nd (9), 11th (m) & 18th (m) Dec), Gadwall (2nd (4) & 11th (4) Dec), Tufted Duck (2nd (4), 10th , 11th (m), 18th (3m) & 23rd (4m & 2f) Dec), Moorhen (2nd (4), 11th (10), 18th (8) & 23rd (10) Dec), Blue Tit (2nd , 4th , 8th , 10th – 11th ,18th (14+), 22nd – 23rd & 26th Dec), Great Tit (2nd , 5th , 8th , 11th ,18th (7+), 22nd – 23rd & 26th – 27th Dec), Robin (2nd , 11th (2), 18th (4), 22nd – 23rd, 27th & 31st Dec), Buzzard (2nd (2), 10th (3) & 18th (1) Dec), Magpie (2nd , 11th (2), 16th (2), 18th (3), 21st & 23rd Dec), Chaffinch (2nd , 4th – 5th , 10th (m), 11th (2) & 23rd (2f) Dec), Pochard (2nd ,18th (m) & 23rd (pair) Dec), Teal (2nd (f), 20th ,22nd (m), 23rd (m&f) & 31st (f) Dec), Mallard (2nd , 11th (5), 18th (8+), 23rd (10+) & 31st (pair) Dec), Kingfisher (2nd , 9th , 12th & 18th Dec), Long-tailed Tit (2nd , 18th (5) & 23rd (2) Dec), Jackdaw (2nd & 11th Dec), Mute Swan (2nd (2), 4th (1), 10th – 11th (2), 16th , 18th (2), 21st & 23rd (3) Dec), Ring-necked Parakeet (2nd , 4th ,18th (2), 22nd & 23rd (4) Dec), Robin (2nd , 4th , 8th , 10th , 16th ,21st , 26th & 31st Dec), Nuthatch (2nd , 10th ,12th & 22nd Dec), Firecrest (4th – 5th Dec), Goldfinch (4th Dec), Siskin (5th (30+), 11th (15-20), 12th (22), 18th (c60), 19th (20+), 23rd (c50), 26th (50+), 27th (60+), 28th (20+) & 31st (20+) Dec), Lesser Redpoll (5th Dec), Great Spotted Woodpecker (5th (m), 8th , 10th (m), 16th ,18th (3), 22nd (f), 23rd (2) & 31st (f) Dec), Redwing (5th (12) & 18th – 19th (3) Dec), Kestrel (6th (in tree behind cricket pitch), 9th & 11th Dec), Jay (8th , 10th – 11th (1), 18th , 23rd (4) & 31st Dec), Coot (8th , 11th (2), 18th (7) & 23rd Dec), Little Grebe (8th , 10th , 22nd , 23rd & 29th – 31st Dec), Green Woodpecker (9th Dec), Sparrowhawk (10th , 28th (m), 29th & 31st Dec), Grey Heron (11th , 23rd (1), 27th & 29th Dec), Teal (11th (f) Dec), Cormorant (11th (1) Dec), Goldcrest (11th (1) Dec), Treecreeper (12th ,18th – 19th & 31st Dec), Canada Goose (18th (1) Dec), Crow (18th Dec), Wren (18th ,20th & 31st Dec), Chiffchaff (19th, 26th – 28th & 31st Dec), Rook (20th (8 heading east over reserve) Dec), Black-headed Gull (21st (40+) & 23rd (c50 on cricket pitch) Dec), Blackbird (23rd (2m) Dec), Tawny Owl (26th (m calling) Dec) and Lapwing (26th (4) Dec).

6 Dec 2021 – Simon Buckingham received a couple of identification confirmations from the county moth recorder. Ancylis mitterbacheriana - Red Roller and Bryotropha domestica - House Neb were trapped on 24th June 2021 and are both new for the ML Species List.

Winter Moth (28th Dec) and Mottled Umber (28th Dec).

Grey Squirrel (2nd (1 at Rotunda), 4th – 5th, 8th, 10th, 11th (5), 16th, 17th (8), 18th (3), 21st , 23rd (3), 26th – 27th & 31st Dec), Brown Rat (2nd (1 at Rotunda, 1 at Clubhouse), 8th – 9th, 11th (3), 16th, 17th (12), 18th (4), 21st – 22nd , 23rd (3), & 26th – 27th Dec), Red Fox (6th , 15th (caught on night Trail camera) & 19th – 20th (caught on night Trail camera) Dec), Muntjac (17th (caught on night Trail camera) & 20th (caught on night Trail camera) Dec), Badger (17th (caught on night Trail camera) & 25th (on Night Cam) & 29th (on Night Cam) Dec) and Rabbit (21st , 25th (2 on Night Cam) & 31st Dec).

Oyster Mushroom (15 & 18th (Still a good flush on fallen Poplar) Dec) and Glistening Inkcaps (Coprinellus micaceus) (17th Dec).

Nov 1st – Nov 30th 2021 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
Robin (1st, 4th , 8th, 9th (2), 11th – 17th , 19th , 25th (6+), 26th & 27th (1) Nov), Blue Tit (1st , 5th, 8th , 11th , 19th & 27th (5+) Nov), Sparrowhawk (1st (with caught Blue Tit) Nov), Little Grebe (1st , 9th , 20th , 23rd & 27th (1) Nov), Coal Tit (1st Nov), Long-tailed Tit (1st, 9th (1), 16th , 20th & 27th Nov), Teal (1st, 4th (m&f), 7th (m), 9th (m), 17th (m), 21st (2) & 27th Nov), Coot (1st (2 fighting) , 4th – 5th , 13th , 25th (12) & 27th Nov), Snipe (3rd, 5th, 19th (1), 20th – 21st (2), 25th (2), 27th (2) & 29th (1) Nov), Water Rail (3rd, 5th, 13th & 21st Nov), Cetti’s Warbler (4th (heard), 11th , 17th , 22nd , 25th (2) & 29th (1) Nov), Chaffinch (4th (1), 8th, 9th (3), 16th (2), 20th , 25th (3), 26th & 27th (3) Nov), Mute Swan (4th (1), 8th (1), 9th , 14th – 16th (1), 25th (2), 26th (1) & 27th (2) Nov), Red Kite (4th (2), 9th & 22nd (1) Nov), Green Woodpecker (4th – 5th & 7th Nov), Kingfisher (5th, 13th , 15th (Adult & juv), 17th (3), 20th , 21st (2), 25th & 27th (2) Nov), Egyptian Goose (8th (2 prospecting Nest Box R2 opp Teal Hide), 9th (2), 19th (pair), 21st (2 pair fighting), 25th (2 pairs) & 26th – 27th (pair) Nov), Magpie (6th , 9th , 15th – 16th , 25th & 27th (3) Nov), Ring-necked Parakeet (6th, 8th - 9th (2), 11th , 13th , 15th – 16th & 25th – 26th (1) Nov), Shoveler (7th (m), 21st (2), 26th (m) & 27th (2m) Nov), Grey Heron (7th – 9th , 13th , 19th & 26th - 27th Nov), Goldfinch (8th , 9th (2), 20th & 27th (4) Nov), Jay (8th - 9th , 13th , 16th & 19th Nov), Great Tit (8th , 23rd & 27th (3) Nov), Great Spotted Woodpecker (8th (f), 13th – 14th (f), 19th (f), 25th (f) & 27th (f) Nov), Moorhen (9th, 13th , 15th , 23rd, 25th (10), 26th & 27th (6) Nov), Gadwall (9th (5), 25th & 27th (2) Nov), Black-headed Gull (9th , 17th , 26th & 27th (2) Nov), Mallard (9th (4), 9th (3), 15th , 19th (1 domestic type), 20th , 22nd , 25th (1), & 27th (6+) Nov), Crow (9th (4) Nov), Nuthatch (11th – 13th , 16th , 19th & 25th (1) Nov), Goldcrest (11th Nov), Siskin (13th – 14th (at least 25), 20th (50-60), 27th (3) & 29th (flock) Nov), Dunnock (14th & 27th (1) Nov), Wren (15th , 19th , 25th & 29th (1) Nov), Treecreeper (17th & 19th Nov), Tufted Duck (25th (4) & 27th (m) Nov), Buzzard (25th (1) Nov), Jackdaw (27th (200+ at back of Reserve, from Teal Hide), Blackbird (27th Nov), Wigeon (27th (f) Nov) and Jack Snipe (30th (1) Nov).

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 13 Nov 2021. Just 8 moths of 7 species from the reserve. Grey Pine Carpet (Thera obeliscata) was a new moth for the reserve, whilst December Moth, Feathered Thorn and Ypsolopha ustella were all new for the year. Also noted we’re good numbers of finches, with at least 25 Siskin in the area between the Clubhouse and the Everglades.

Grey Squirrel (1st, 4th (1 on feeder), 6th, 8th – 9th, 13th, 15th – 17th , 19th , 26th & 27th (3 near CH feeders & 1 from Rotunda) Nov), Red Fox (3rd Nov), Brown Rat (4th (3), 6th (2) & 8th – 9th, 11th, 14th – 15th , 20th , 25th (1) & 27th (4) Nov), Badger (Mid Nov (Adult caught on night Trail camera), Muntjac (Mid Nov (2 caught on night Trail camera) & 19th (1) Nov) and Rabbit (27th (1 on footpath towards Sluice Hide) Nov).

Spindle Tree (17th Nov).

Oyster Mushroom (27th (a good flush on fallen Poplar) Nov) and a selection of fungi found during November at the reserve by Barry Webb - Eyelash fungi (probably Scutellinia scutellata), Mycena acicula. Saffron-drop Bonnets (Mycena crocata), Hymenoscyphus herbarum (new to the ML Species List) - thousands of these on plant stems in the heap of vegetation near comma corner and possibly Dewdrop Bonnets(Hemimycena tortuosa) which would also be new to the ML Species List.
Also some Slime Moulds (Myxomycetes) found by Barry Webb during November at the reserve - A new and exciting find for Barry, Comatricha tenerrima (new to the ML Species List) - Found on a small pile of old nettles down the woodland walk, Comatricha nigra, an immature group of Stemonitipsios typhina, Arcyria stipata (new to the ML Species List) and a mature bunch of Stemonitis.

Oct 1st – Oct 31st 2021 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
Kingfisher (1st (2), 4th (m&f), 6th – 11th (1), 14th (3 sightings at Barge Pond & Long Hedge), 15th (1), 16th (2), 17th – 18th (1), 20th , 21st (2), 22nd (1), 23rd (m), 24th (1), 28th (2) & 30th Oct), Cormorant (3rd , 5th , 22nd (2) & 24th Oct), Great Crested Grebe (3rd - 4th (1), 6th (1), 11th (1) & 22nd (Pair doing head-wagging display) Oct), Coot (3rd , 4th (23), 6th (17), 11th , 16th , 21st & 22nd (17) Oct), Mute Swan (3rd (1), 4th (2), 6th (1), 10th (2), 11th , 15th (1), 17th (1 with fishing braid hanging from bill), 18th (1), 20th (1 healthy bird), 22nd (1), 24th & 30th Oct), Robin (3rd , 4th (7), 6th (10), 8th , 10th , 14th , 21st , 22nd (6) & 23rd Oct), Mallard (3rd , 4th (7), 6th (14), 10th (f), 11th (m&f), 13th , 20th – 21st , 22nd (29 plus 1 domestic type) & 24th Oct), Shoveler (4th (15), 5th , 6th (10), 11th , 15th (1), 17th (3m&2f), 18th (5m&3f) 22nd (15) & 24th (2) Oct), Gadwall (4th (5) & 6th (3) Oct), Teal (4th (2), 6th (2), 11th , 15th (3), 17th (2), 18th (2f), 21st, 22nd (7) & 24th (6) Oct), Pochard (4th (3) , 6th (1) & 22nd (7) Oct), Little Grebe (4th (3), 5th (adult & juv), 6th (7), 9th – 11th , 14th , 16th , 18th (3), 19th – 21st , 22nd (3) & 23rd – 24th Oct), Woodpigeon (4th (2), 6th (20), 8th & 22nd (9) Oct), Moorhen (4th (11), 6th (17), 10th , 14th , 21st & 22nd (24) Oct), Black-headed Gull (4th (14), 6th (11), 10th , 18th (35) & 22nd (8) Oct), Grey Heron (4th (1), 6th (2), 11th , 16th , 18th (1), 21st - 22nd (1), 24th & 30th Oct), Ring-necked Parakeet (4th – 5th (2), 6th (1), 10th – 11th , 13th – 15th , 22nd (1), 25th & 30th (2) Oct), Jay (4th (3), 5th , 6th (2), 8th , 10th - 11th , 16th , 22nd (2) & 23rd Oct), Magpie (4th (3), 10th , 22nd (4) & 25th Oct), Jackdaw (4th (2) & 22nd (15) Oct), Rook (4th (2 flyovers) Oct), Crow (4th (4), 6th (1), 10th & 22nd (3) Oct), Blue Tit (4th – 5th (1), 6th (3), 14th , 20th , 22nd (1 seen, others heard) & 23rd Oct), Great Tit (4th – 5th (1), 6th (6), 10th (3), 11th , 14th , 16th & 30th Oct), Chiffchaff (4th (2), 5th - 6th (1), 10th (2) & 24th (singing) Oct), Cetti’s Warbler (4th (heard), 6th (1), 11th (1 seen and heard), 15th (1) - 16th (1), 20th – 21st (heard), 22nd (seen), 24th (heard) & 28th (seen and heard) Oct), Long-tailed Tit (4th (1), 6th (3) & 10th (6+) Oct), Wren (4th (3), 6th (3) & 22nd (6) Oct), Blackbird (4th (5), 6th (3), 10th & 22nd (6) Oct), Dunnock (4th (1), 6th (1), 8th & 22nd (4) Oct), Grey Wagtail (5th Oct), Goldfinch (5th , 11th , 20th & 22nd – 23rd Oct), Greylag Goose (6th (10) Oct), Canada Goose (6th (2) Oct), Egyptian Goose (6th (7), 11th (2), 22nd (pair mating) , 24th (pair prospecting nest boxes seen from Teal Hide, with one seen emerging from the highest of these boxes (Nest Box R)) & 31st (2) Oct), Tufted Duck (6th (1), 19th & 22nd (2) Oct), Green Woodpecker (6th (1) & 22nd (1) Oct), House Martin (6th (2) Oct), Redwing (6th (2) & 22nd (6) Oct), Chaffinch (6th (3) & 22nd (f) Oct), Meadow Pipit (6th (1 on LF) Oct), Great White Egret (9th (possibly 7 – a record number for the Reserve (and for Herts)) Oct), Sparrowhawk (10th Oct), Snipe (14th (at least 2), 15th (1), 16th (2), 18th – 19th, 21st, 22nd (2), 23rd - 24th (1), 28th (1, possibly 2) & 31st Oct), Nuthatch (17th – 18th, 22nd & 30th Oct), Water Rail (15th (1 seen) - 16th , 20th , 21st , 28th (seen) & 31st Oct), Duck nest (16th (abandoned with 3 eggs – in Reeds) Oct), Green Sandpiper (18th Oct), Great Spotted Woodpecker (20th (f), 22nd (2) & 30th (f) Oct), Treecreeper (21st & 30th Oct), Lesser Black-backed Gull (22nd (1) Oct) and Song Thrush (22nd (1) Oct).

Pink-Barred Sallow (Xanthia togata) (7th Oct), Ruby Tiger (10th (caterpillar) Oct), Agonopterix alstromeriana – Brown-spot Flat-body (11th Oct) and Common Marbled Carpet (28th Oct).

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 1 Oct 2021. Just 27 moths of 11 species from the reserve. The highlight was a Pale-lemon Sallow (Cirrhia ocellaris, previously Xanthia ocellaris). This is just the sixth record from Herts and the first this century. This is the first record for the reserve and a milestone in being the 600th species of moth I’ve recorded there. Beaded Chestnut, Pink-barred Sallow and Barred Sallow were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 8 Oct 2021. 53 moths of 16 species from the reserve. Wasps were again a problem with around 300 from a single trap. Thankfully, I emerged unscathed this time. The Mallow was a new moth species for the year and I’ve got an interesting looking macro moth which will require some further study.

Migrant Hawker (10th (plenty) & 14th Oct), Common Darter (10th (plenty) & 24th Oct) and Ruddy Darter (14th Oct).

Red Admiral (14th & 24th Oct) and Common Blue perhaps (20th (caterpillar) Oct).

Ground Beetle sp (Dromius quadrimaculatus) (10th (new to ML Species List) Oct) and Sawfly sp - (Selandria serva) – Small Selandria (11th (new to the ML Species List) Oct).

Wasp Spider (7th Oct).

Brown Rat (3rd, 4th (2), 6th, 10th (4), 13th, 16th (2), 18th (4), 19th , 21st (2), 22nd – 23rd & 25th Oct), Grey Squirrel (4th, 6th , 10th , 13th , 15th , 22nd – 23rd & 30th Oct), Common Shrew (10th Oct), Red Fox (11th Oct) and Rabbit (18th Oct).

Grass Snake (8th Oct).

Coral Slime Mold (Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa var poioides) (9th & 11th Oct), Slime-mold (Tubulifera arachnoidea) formerly Tubifera ferruginosa - Red Raspberry (9th Oct), Parasol (Macrolepiota procera) (13th Dec), Giant Puffball (14th Oct) and Lilac Fibrecap mushroom (Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina).

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