18th August 2018

The Ringers
 

This morning in the study area we ringed a number of Chiffchaff and Blackcap – as would be expected at this time of year. A couple of juvenile Goldcrests showed different stages of juvenile moult. One had only the very beginning of a crest; the other had sufficient crest to be able to sex (photo).  Other species included: Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Wren and Dunnock. All were juveniles.
A fly-over by a single cronking Raven was nice first thing. A Kingfisher flew along the edge of the reservoir several times.

Goldcrest

17th August 2018

Alastair Gray
 

West End:- 1 Coot + 2 well grown Juveniles, 2 Ravens, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Lapwing, 105 Greylag Geese, 66 Canada Geese, 92 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Willow Warblers, 14 Chiffchaffs, 1 Sand Martin, 22 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 3 Buzzards.

15th August 2018

Andrew Smith
 

West End, Car Park, 10.09-11.38:- 153 Greylag Geese. 92 Canada Geese. 2 Feral Geese. 81 Great Crested Grebe. 24 Mallard. 3 Mandarin. 4 Grey Heron.1 Little Egret. 2 Moorhen. 25 Black-headed Gulls. 27 Cormorant.  3 Lapwing. 10 House Martin. 1 Swallow. 1 Sand Martin. 1 Stock Dove. 1 Kingfisher. 1 Blue Tit. 1 Terrapin basking on tree.

14th August 2018

Work Parties
 

Our work parties replaced the picnic bench in the car park area and improved the dipping pond in Whillet’s Meadow.

Work at Pond 14-08-18

New Picnic Table 14-08-18

14th August 2018

Brendan Lanigan
 

3 Ospreys – adult plus 2 young – at The Dam.

13th August 2018

Alastair Gray
 

West End:- 72 Mallard, 1 Great Egret, 3 Teal, 158 Greylag Geese, 8 Lapwing.
Dam End:- 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Swift, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 35 Goldfinch, 1 Goldcrest.
Whillets:- 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap, 2 Reed Buntings, 65 Goldfinch, 1 Kingfisher, 70 House Martins, 1 Kestrel.

12th August 2018

Bob Johnson & Alastair Gray
 

Dam End:- 1 Mute Swan, 66 Canada Geese + 1 Canada/Greylag hybrid, 1 Mandarin, 4 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron,  16 Mallard, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Moorhen, 3 Common Sandpiper, 110 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker,  2 Grey Wagtail.
West End:-  99 Great Crested Grebe, 130 Greylag + 2 Feral White/Greylag hybrids, 21 Mandarin,  7 Grey Heron, 18 Cormorant, 3 Teal,  47 Mallard, 2 Moorhen,  8 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, c50 House Martin, c60 Jackdaw flyover. Also adult+young Fallow Deer.
Whillet’s:- 5 Mallard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch. Also 4 Common Lizards and 3 Grass Snakes.
Butterfly highlights:- 1 Painted Lady (pic),  8 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper.
Dragonfly highlights:– 2 Emerald damselfly at the pond, 1 Southern Hawker (pic), 1 Brown Hawker, 2 Migrant hawkers. Also 1 Squash Bug & 1 Leafhopper  (pics).

Painted Lady 12-08-18

Southern Hawker immature male 12-08-18

Leafhopper Evacanthus interruptus 12-08-18

Red & Black Squash Bug Corizus hyoscyami 12-08-18

11th August 2018

Peter Erridge
 

Whillet’s Pool:– Brown Hawker, Green Sandpiper.
Meadow Pond:– Common Darter – at least 3 pairs ovipositing plus 4 males and 1 female. Photo of pair. Blue-tailed Damselfly.
Meadow:- Common Blue and Meadow Brown butterflies.

Pair of Common Darters 11-08-18

9th August 2018

Alastair Gray
 

This evening the Great Egret was still at the West End with a Little Egret.
At the Dam 1 Common Sandpiper and the Mute Swan.

7th August 2018

Mark Roberts
 

West End:- 21 Greylag, Cormorant, 15 Mallard, 8 Grey Heron, 84 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Black-headed Gulls, Little Egret, Great White Egret, 2 Lapwing, 2 Moorhen & Woodpigeon .