Stats – Day 15
Activity: Walking round Fen Drayton Lakes and River Great Ouze to find some species to identify
Wild Location: Fen Drayton RSPB Reserve
Time of Day: Afternoon
Length of Activity: 5 hours
Weather: Sunny with some patchy cloud, very warm and pleasant
Today I went for a lovely walk around Fen Drayton RSPB reserve with the intention of finding some species of a variety of fauna to come home and identify. I had a very successful day. I’ve not managed to get photos of everything but I’ve also listed everything that I saw.
I didn’t see many mammals on my walk today, however, I did see the following.
I didn’t take many photos of the birds I saw as many of them are ones I see on a regular basis and so have already identified them.
- Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
- Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
- Coot – Fulica atra
- Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
- Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
- Black-headed gulls – Larus ribibundus
- Cormorant – Phalacrocotax carbo
- Cuckoo – Cuculus canorus
- Tufted duck – Aythya fuligula
- Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
- Young Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
- Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
- Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
- Magpie – Pica pica
- Crow – Corvus corone
- Jay – Garrulus glandarius
- Greylag goose – Anser anser
Dragonflies and Damselflies
I saw a wide variety of these but I wasn’t able to identify most of them because I didn’t see them for long enough or take a photo. However, here are two that I did manage!
- Female common blue damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
- Common club-tailed dragonfly – Gomphus vulgatissimus
Insects and Butterflies
Again, I saw a wide variety of these, so I’ve not identified all of them. Here some that were particularly splendid today!
- Dark bush-cricket – Pholidoptera griseoaptera
- Harlequin ladybird larva – Harmonia axyridis
- Tree bumblebee – Bombus hypnorum
- Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae
- Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta
How It Made Me Feel
I love looking for new things to photograph. I was particularly annoyed with myself for missing the opportunity to photograph a cuckoo, a new species for me, I just wasn’t ready for it to fly off! Never-the-less I’m pleased to have seen one now (much bigger than I expected) and have had a lovely day looking for wildlife!