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Take a look at our webcam at Langford Lakes nature reserve. Installed as part of our Wild Connections project. 

Spring

At the bird table – the usual suspects will be here! Robin; wren; blue and great tits, dunnock and blackbird should be the main visitors alongside chaffinch and goldfinch. There is also the chance of seeing some of our summer visitors which begin arriving at the end of March, often needing to stock up on their depleted energy supplies. So watch out for chiffchaff, willow warblers and blackcap which may occasionally visit the table in early spring before insect numbers have reached their peak.

On the lakes – our winter visitors will have departed but watch out for common tern from mid-April onwards especially on or near the Tern rafts. Our resident great crested grebe will be in full breeding plumage and there is always a chance you may catch a glimpse of their amazing courtship rituals. Others to watch out for are little grebe, coot and moorhen which will be beginning to nest build and lay eggs.

Summer

At the bird table – summer is often the quietest season on the table with birds taking advantage of the natural insect food in plentiful supply and later in the season the natural seeds of plants around our reserve. However, still, a good time to watch out for juvenile birds visiting the table. See if you can tell the difference between juveniles and adults. There is also a chance of sparrowhawk taking the less wary juveniles off the table.

On the lakes – there should be lots of ducklings, juvenile coots and moorhen by now and hopefully, the terns will be nesting on the rafts built especially for them. Watch out for hobby gliding across the lakes in pursuit of the many dragonflies we have at Langford Lakes. There should also be large numbers of swallows, swifts and sand and house martins hawking for insects over the water. If you are really lucky you may get a flash of vivid blue as a kingfisher flies across or even see one perched on the branches along the edge of the lake.

Autumn and winter

At the bird table – the peak season for use of the table. Our summer visitors, the warblers in particular, will have returned to their winter haunts abroad, and if the weather is particularly cold we should have good numbers of winter visitors from the north of England and Scandinavia.

Our resident birds will visit the table more often, especially in very cold snaps and frosty conditions.

Watch out for: long-tailed; blue, great and coal tits and goldcrests.  Finches especially, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, siskin and even redpoll and brambling visit on occasion. We have also seen reed bunting at the table occasionally. Wren, dunnock, Robin and members of the thrush family will visit regularly and great spotted woodpecker also visits more often at this time of year.

Autumn and winter on the lakes – this time of year sees growing numbers of waterfowl and winter ducks often include wigeon; shoveler and pintail alongside our resident mallard; gadwall and tufted ducks. You can never be sure what will turn up so keep your eyes open.

Also, throughout the winter we get large numbers of roosting gulls on the lakes, especially just before dusk. Rarities amongst the gulls do occasionally turn up in the flocks of lesser black-backed, herring; common and black-headed gulls.

This camera is intended for wildlife use only.