24th June 2019

Bob Johnson

West End:- 11 Mandarin.
Whillet’s: Butterfly count – 16 Meadow Brown, 9 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 100+ Azure Damselfly at Meadow Pond, 1 White Legged Damselfly, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle.

22nd June 2019

Alastair Gray

West End:- 10 pairs of Common Terns nesting, 9 pairs on rafts and a pair on Martin’s Island. 16 chicks were seen on rafts, 2 birds are still sitting as is the bird on Martin’s Island.
Whillet’s:- 2 male Reed Buntings, 10+ Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers collecting food, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mandarin, 4 singing Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler.
Painted Lady Butterfly, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four Spotted Chaser, 2 White-legged Damselflies, 3 Blue Tail Damselflies, 200 Azure Damselfly, 2 Large Red Damselfly.

19th June 2019

Phil Holland

On Dam:- Little Egret frightened off by 2 people who went swimming, House Martin, 4 Common Terns.
West End:- Kingfisher perched on tern raft.

18th June 2019

Work Party

West End:- Hobby seen over Pintail Bank.

17th June 2019

Alastair Gray and Bob Johnson

All reservoir:- 47 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Grey Heron, 8+2y Mandarin, 56 Mallard + 1 Feral Mallard hybrid, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Moorhen, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Swift, 2 Kingfisher, 3+ Reed Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting.
Dam End:- 3 Little Grebe in lagoon, 1 Skylark, 6 House Martin, 2+2y Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Raven, 1 juv Starling, 8 Goldfinch, 1m Yellowhammer.
West End:-  41 Cormorant, 79 Greylag, 1 White Feral Greylag hybrid, 12 Lapwing,
24 Common Tern (10 pairs are either successfully sitting on nests or already have chicks on rafts – 15 chicks seen on rafts so far), the 11th pair seem to have decided to try and nest on Martins Island amongst the Cormorants. The 12th pair are trying to settle on a raft; but the pair already there have chicks and they do not seem to want to share and keep chasing them off.
Song Thrush heard, 2 Nuthatch.
Whillet’s:- 1 Beautiful & 1 Banded Demoiselle, 3 White legged, 3 Large Red & 25+ Azure Damselflies, 2 Emperor & 3 Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonflies.

13th June 2019

Alastair Gray

West End:- At least 14 Common Tern chicks seen others probably hiding; still 3 adults on eggs. A 10th pair of Common Terns were seen mating so maybe another nest to come. Moorhens nesting in bush on tern raft, 6 Gadwall; 3 juvenile Grey Wagtails on hide roof.

11th June 2019

Kielder Osprey Project

A satellite tagged female Osprey from Kielder Ospreys in Northumberland has returned to the UK as a 2 year old from wintering grounds in N Mauritania. She’s spent time in Sussex, and on 4 June she was over Weir Wood West End at 18.37 BST. She arrived from the West and left to the NW, fixes were every 5 minutes so she can’t have been over the reservoir for long. An image is attached, she was about 60m above the terrain when the fix was taken.
I was reminded about your work party sighting on that date.
She has a blue ring marked 7L in white on her right leg, a BTO ring on her left.
Maybe the time will enable confirmation that it was – or wasn’t – her.
Joanna Dailey
Kielder Ospreys Project

KOP Osprey Tracking 04-06-19

9th June 2019

Alastair Gray

West End:- 9 Common Terns now nesting and first chick seen this morning.

4th June 2019

Tuesday Work Party

WEST END: 1 Osprey flew over.

3rd June 2019

Alastair Gray

DAM END: Breeding Little Grebe in waterworks lagoon, 2 Hobby, 1 Red Kite,Kestrel, 13 Common Tern, LBB Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 BH Gull,  50 Greylag,Canada Geese, 4 Egyptian Geese, 1m Grey Wagtail, 1f Reed Bunting, 1f Yellowhammer, 38 Swift, 10 House Martin.  WEST END: 1 Lapwing,Common Tern sitting on nests giving probable 21 reservoir total, 1 immature GBB Gull flew over Tern rafts.