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Wildlife Seen in, on, around and from Bulrush Pond

Bulrush Pond, a purpose-built wildlife breeding, feeding, drinking and bathing pond. is now completed. The first few plants have been introduced but this is not a good time of year for them to establish themselves. So additional planting will probably be required in a more appropriate season. Local wildlife is already showing great signs of interest.

The pond is approximately 16 metres by 8.5 metres. It is hoped that we will be able to keep the pond full of water all year round by topping it up occasionally from a borehole. It if fully lined to prevent leakage so topping up will require the minimum amount of water.

 

Bulrush Pond - A pond designed for breeding Amphibians, Reptiles, Dragonflies and various aquatic water life. Plus drinking, bathing and feeding by Birds and Mammals.

All Photographs were taken by the website author on the reserve unless otherwise stated.

 

 

 

AMPHIBIANS

 

 

Iberian Water Frog

Pelodytes perezi

Rã verde
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPTILES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAMSELFLIES

 

 

Iberian Bluetail or Bluetailed Damselfly

Ischnura graellsii

Iscnura ibero magrebina
 

Female.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRAGONFLIES

 

 

Unidentified Dragonfly seen flying at edge of pond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  BIRDS

 

 

Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Rola turca
Very common resident.

 

 

Common Swift

Apus apus apus

Andorinhão preto
Summer Resident.

 

 

 

Crested Lark

Galerida cristata pallida

Cotovia de poupa
Resident.

 

 

The warm buffy-orange underwing is characteristic of a Crested Lark. The similar-looking Thekla Lark has a greyish underwing).

With crest lowered.

 

 

Preening.

 

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica rustica

Andorinha das chaminés
Common Breeding Summer Resident.

 

 

 

Redrumped Swallow

Cecropis daurica rufula

Andorinha dáurica
Summer Breeding Resident.

 

 

 

Eurasian Stonechat

Saxicola torquatus rubicola

Cartaxo
Common Breeding Resident.

Juvenile.

 

 

Common Blackbird

Turdus merula merula

Melro
Common Breeding Resident.

Male.

Juvenile.

Juvenile.

Zitting Cisticola (Fantailed Warbler)

Cisticola juncidis cisticola

Fuinha dos juncos
Breeding Resident.

 

Blue Tit

Parus caeruleus ogliastrae

Chapim azul
Very Common Breeding Resident.

Juveniles bathing and drinking.

 

 

 

Great Tit

Parus major corsus

Chapim real
Common Breeding Resident.

 

 

Eurasian Nuthatch

Sitta europaea hispaniensis

Trepadeira azul
Common Breeding Resident.

 

 

Eurasian Golden Oriole

Oriolus oriolus

Papa figos
Summer Breeding Visitor. Occasionally seen and heard.

Such a difficult bird to see and photograph !

Iberian Azurewinged Magpie

Cyanopica cooki

Charneco
Very Common Breeding Resident.

Adult (right) and Juvenile (left) drinking.

 

 

Juvenile.

 

 

Spotless Starling

Sturnus unicolor

Estorninho preto
Very Common Breeding Resident.

 

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus domesticus

Pardal

Very Common Breeding Resident.

Male drinking.

Female with prey in bill.

Common Linnet

Carduelis cannabina mediterranea

Pintarroxo
Resident.

Male drinking.

Female.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MAMMALS

 

 

European Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus

Coelho bravo
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  OTHER WILDLIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Bulrush Pond: A Rationale

Many amphibians on the wildlife reserve attempt to breed in temporary pools of water such as puddles, ditches, Winterbourne streams and so on. Frequently these dry out completely before the amphibians can successfully reach adulthood. Even the large Windmill Pond can dry out completely in a dry year if the river does not flow to refill it. The Hide Pond is really just a water trough and is primarily aimed at animals needing to drink or bathe. It is not ideal, nor designed for, breeding of wildlife. As a result it was decided to create a proper Wildlife Pond that would contain water all year round and be a perfect place for many aquatic or amphibious animals to breed. By creating this pond within our house's garden footprint we have been able to provide a reliable supply of water to top it up at dry times of the year. We are hoping that lots of wildlife such as Dragonflies, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals and Insects, such as water beetles, will utilise this precious water resource.

Established June 2019.

For Photos of the Pond Construction see linke below:

Construction of Bulrush Pond

 

    Wildlife Seen and Heard at Bulrush Pond
         
    AMPHIBIANS    
         
1 Iberian Water Frog Pelodytes perezi Rã verde
         
    REPTILES    
         
0      
         
    DAMSELFLIES    
         
1 Iberian Bluetail or Bluetailed Damselfly Ischnura graellsii Iscnura ibero magrebina; Libelinha de Graells
         
    DRAGONFLIES    
         
0      
         
    BIRDS    
         
1 Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Rola turca
2 Common Swift Apus apus apus Andorinhão preto
3 Crested Lark Galerida cristata pallida Cotovia de poupa
4 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica rustica Andorinha das chaminés
5 Redrumped Swallow Cecropis daurica rufula Andorinha dáurica
6 Eurasian Stonechat Saxicola torquatus rubicola Cartaxo
7 Common Blackbird Turdus merula merula Melro
8 Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis cisticola Fuinha dos juncos
9 Blue Tit Parus caeruleus ogliastrae Chapim azul
10 Great Tit Parus major corsus Chapim real
11 Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea hispaniensis Trepadeira azul
12 Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus Papa figos
13 Iberian Azurewinged Magpie Cyanopica cooki Charneco
14 Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor Estorninho preto
15 House Sparrow Passer domesticus domesticus Pardal
16 Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina mediterranea Pintarroxo
         
    MAMMALS    
         
1 European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus Coelho bravo
         
    OTHER WILDLIFE    
         
0      
         
         
19   <--- Total Number of Species Recorded  

 

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