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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly

What to Look For

October

This can be a stormy month and it may be good time to look along the shore for unfortunate marine life washed up: seaweed, starfish, Sea Mouse, crabs and much more.

Along the Beach Reserve there are large flocks of seed eating birds feeding on the seeds of plants such as Yellow-horned Poppy, Sea Pea and Sea Kale. These flocks are mostly of Linnets or Greenfinches with smaller numbers of Goldfinch, Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings.

Sea Kale seeds

Most summer migrants have left by mid month, but usually a few Swallows, House Martins and Wheatears linger on and this is the best month to see Ring Ouzel. Other migrant passerines passing through may include Firecrest, Black Redstart and quite possibly the odd rarity such as Yellow-browed Warbler.

Winter visitors arriving may include Short-eared Owls, Hen Harrier, Merlin and Jack Snipe. Stonechats will also be passing through, with others settling down to winter. Rock Pipits will be present around the saltmarsh and river mouth, whilst Brent Geese will be passing by offshore. Duck numbers will continue to increase on the shingle pits, with a variety of species including Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal and Gadwall. This is often the best month to look for the Bearded Tit in reedbeds at Castle Water.

Gadwall pair

If the weather has remained mild there may still be a few insects on the wing. Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell may be the most frequently encountered butterflies whereas Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters will be the only dragonflies likely to be seen.

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