21st May 2017

Alastair Gray

West End:- 3 Lapwings, 2m+1f Mandarin, 6 Swallows, 5 Common Terns, 4 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Reed Warbler, 1m Bullfinch, 4 Goldfinch, Nuthatch feeding young.
Whillet’s:- 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings, 5 Whitethroats, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Blue Butterfly, 6 Beautiful Demoiselle, 3 Grass Snakes, 1 Common Lizard.

19th May 2017

Bob Johnson & Richard Woods

West End:- 2 Egyptian Geese, 7 Common Tern, 1m+1f Tufted Duck, 1 Swallow.
Also Richard Woods saw 2 Buzzards and 1 Kingfisher.

19th May 2017

Bird List

The list of bird species reported at Weir Wood for this year is now up to 110. To see the list please click HERE.

17th May 2017

Alastair Gray
Dam End:- 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Egyptian Goose, 12 Canada Geese, 3 Common Terns, 1m Mandarin.
West End:- 1m 1f Tufted Duck, 5 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Kingfisher, Mandarin with 5 young.

17th May 2017

Species List

We keep a list of all birds and their counts for Weir Wood. We thought you might be interested and entertained by a summary of the running list. We include feral and hybrid birds for the purposes of some national data collections. To see the current list please click HERE. The total to date for this year is 107.

16th May 2017

Alastair Gray

Dam End:- 2 Little Ringed Plovers.

13th May 2017

Members Walk

The first part of our members spring walk on Saturday 13 May was enjoyed by 16 people and 3 more joined for the second half. The drizzle had stopped by the time we started and it was warm with sunny spells. We explored the woods, streams and reservoir shores of the study area first. Then we walked to Whillet’s meadows to see the open areas, the ponds and the reed bed. Phil and Alan went ahead to show us nesting birds, including: Mandarin Duck; young Stock Dove; young Jackdaws; Blue Tits and Great Tits. Many other birds were seen and heard. We gathered expectantly to see what was under some of the refuge tins, highlights included: grass snakes; field mice and short-tailed field voles. We identified a number of interesting plants and insects as well. The improvement and maintenance work was appreciated by all the visitors. Thanks to Bob for leading the walk so well and to Phil and Alan for showing us the nesting birds. The report with photos of the walk can be read by clicking HERE.

Birds seen and heard:-
Mandarin Duck, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Common Tern, Barn Swallow, Kingfisher, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mallard, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff.

13th May 2017

Sharon & Richard Rooth

Ringing a young Stock Dove during our Members Walk; photo by Sharon & Richard Rooth.

Stock Dove 13-05-17

14th May 2017

Bob Johnson
WeBS for Weir Wood
Reservoir totals:- 47 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Mallard + 1 feral hybrid, 8 Canada Geese, 28 Grey Heron, 15 Cormorant (3 pairs nesting), 2 Moorhen, 6 Common Tern, (numerous singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff & Whitethroat but numbers not recorded).
Dam End:- 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Jays, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Pied Wagtail, 3 Herring Gull flyover, 1 Green Woodpecker.
West End:- 1 Lapwing, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove, 40 feral pigeon flyover, 4m Mandarin, Garden Warbler heard.
Whillet’s:- 1m Reed Bunting, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers heard. (Also Azure Damselfly, 2 Burnet Companion Moths, Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies noted).

12th May 2017

Richard Woods
West End between 12.10 and 12.40 pm
2 Egyptian Geese on Pintail
Common Tern on raft
Tufted Duck ( m ) still here.