Five new species of birds were seen on the Etton Maxey Reserve during 2019, according to a fascinating survey report completed by Langdyke’s Bob Titman.
They included Great (white) Egret, a Purple Heron, Hen Harrier, Common Stonechat and a Common Raven.
According to Bob’s records none of them have been spotted at the reserve before.
He recorded a total of 122 different species during his visits in the year.
Other notable sightings included:
- A starling murmuration of around 3,000 birds
- 114 mallard spotted on one occasion
- 54 northeren shoveler seen at the same time
Although European turtle doves have not built a nest on the reserves there is evidence that they have been breeding just a few hundred metres away from the reserve.
Operation Turtle Dove was also set up to feed and attract them to the site and this was a big success during the year.
- There were also reports of a 30,000 starling murmuration over the reserve but this does not figure in Bob’s eyewitness report