Tuesday 30 April 2019

April in The Cotswold Water Park

April has turned out to be full of fine weather enabling us to run several tours around The Cotswold Water Park. 

Several warblers are with us for the summer which have included Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Cettis warbler, Reed warbler, Sedge warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, and Lesser whitethroat.

A good number of Sand martins arrived early in the month along with a few Swallows and House Martins in toe.

Lots of common birds around with Blackbirds, Blue tit, Great tit, Long tailed tit along with song thrush, Mistle thrush, we still had a few winter visitors with us up to 10 Goldeneye still out on the lake and a few Brambling seen in the treetops.

Some of the less common birds seen have included Nightingale, Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier, Hobby along with Green woodpecker and Great spotted woodpeckers.

Several butterflies are now on the wing seen so far are Brimstone, Orange tip, Speckled wood, Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White and Large white, Holy blue and a single Green Hairstreak.

Out in the field large numbers of Snakes head fritillary are in flower along with the yellow Cowslips and a few Orchids are starting to shot up.

A great time to be out looking for wildlife. DT