Great White Egret image by Carol Leather

Sightings are recorded and compiled by Ranger Jim Stevenson, and then published on the blog which contains the most up-to-date reports. 

Your sightings are important to us!

Whether the sightings are birds, mammals, insects, spiders, fungi or unusual plant life – we would really like to hear from you. Please help us to keep our records up to date by adding your sightings to paxtonpits.blogspot.com or email sightings@paxton-pits.org.uk. You can also add your sightings to the new logbook in the Visitor Centre. Records of common species are just as important as those for rarities. 

 

From Ranger Jim’s blog..

  • Heronry South lake.2nd October: It rained a lot on the previous days so not much doing and not many visitors, that is, until today!Distant shot of wigeon, gadwall, black-tailedgodwit and green sandpiper.Heronry South lake was the place to be with rafts of wigeon mixed with gadwall and shoveler ducks. Around the edges the stars were seven (Yes SEVEN!) green sandpipers, a black tailed godwit, […]
  • The month began with fine weather suitable for early autumn bird migration. Waders on the Heronry Lakes included lapwings, common and green sandpipers while wildfowl numbers started to climb as the first wigeon dropped in from Iceland to be accompanied by shoveler, teal and a lot of gadwall.Common darterOn the invertebrate front dragonflies were abundant, including southern, migrant and brown hawkers, ruddy and common […]
  • This month will hopefully see an increase in waders on the reserve. Green sandpipers have already been a feature from mid July onwards. The last of the swifts will be on their way south and other early migrants might include a few passerines.The last swifts of the year.It's not only birds that migrate, insects so too. Look for migrant hawker dragonflies, hummingbird hawk-moths and […]
  • Please email me your sightings or write them in the log-book at the Visitor Centre.July marks the end of the breeding season for birds but that doesn't mean there is nothing to see. Insect life is abuzz over the lakes and in the meadows and some of our most colourful flowers do not appear until late summer.Comma butterfly.If it's birds you are after, then […]
  • June 1st: Lesser whitethroat on the mound, g-s woodpecker at the Hayden Hide (AP)Breeding Bird Survey:  June 2nd Neal Parkin Reports:The highlights from this weekend surveys were:Cuckoo – a male & female were seen flying together at both south and north end of the Pits.Barn owl – few reports of barn owls this year but one was seen during the surveyMistle thrush – an uncommon […]