West End: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Lapwing, 24 Mandarin Duck, 1M Tufted Duck, 39 Mallard, 75 GC Grebe, 79 Greylag Geese, 7 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, also 2 Purple Hairstreak butterflies around hide Car Park.
West End: Greenshank flew over calling.
West End: 10 Common Terns + 7 chicks on rafts, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 34 Mandarin, 2 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 33 Mallard, 2 Kingfisher, 72 GC Grebe, 74 Greylag Geese, 3 BH Gull, 3 Moorhen, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 2 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel,
Whillets: 13 Grass Snakes, 2 Slow Worms, 1 White-legged Damselfly, 2 male Black Tailed Skimmer, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Four Spot Chaser, 1 Broad Bodied Chaser, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Common Darter.
West End: Carrion Crow 3,Common Tern 4, Great Crested Grebe 45+, Grey Wagtail 1, Little Egret 2, Mallard 17, Chiffchaff 1, Cormorant 12 + 4 on nests, Grey Heron 14, Greylag Goose 50+, Magpie 2.
North Shore:- 4 Little Egrets.
South Bank:- 2 Kingfishers flying.
West End Car Park:- 66 Greylag Geese, 44 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 12 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 16 Mallard, 8 Mandarin, 6 Common Terns, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Swallows, 4 Lapwing, 3 Carrion Crows, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1m Blackcap, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Blue Tit. 1 Chiffchaff, numerous Woodpigeons and 1 Reed Warbler at Whillet’s Pond.
West End :- 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 6 Common Terns+ 4 Chicks, 8 Mandarins, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Pied Wagtail + 2 young, 1 Grey Wagtail carrying food to nest, 57 Great Crested Grebes + 4 on nests, 4 Cormorants nest +2 young, 60 Greylag Geese, 2 Bullfinch, Reed Warbler, 4 Swallows, 1 Fox, 1 Fallow Deer.
Whillet’s:- 1 Kingfisher, 3+ Reed Warblers, 56 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral, 12 Large Skipper, 1 Ringlet, 1 Four-Spotted Chaser, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Emperor Dragonflies.
I put out a moth box at Whillet’s meadows on Thursday night, the moth list for the night was 45 moths from 21 species. My highlights were 2 new species for the reserve. A rather plain looking moth called Grass Rivulet (see pic) which is actually a day-flyer normally late afternoon, although not rare it is rather local as the food plant for the larvae is Yellow Rattle. Another new species to us was a night flyer called Small Clouded Brindle (see pic) which is fairly common, one of its larval food plants being Reed Canary Grass which grows at Whillet’s Pool. A Pale Prominent & Sallow Kitten moth (see pics) which are common, their larval food plants including Willows.
The following night, Friday 16/6, I put out the moth box in the study area, by coincidence there were 45 moths but slightly more species 23. No new species but a rather fresh Buff Arches (see pic) was seen. It is also common its larval food plant being Bramble.
On the 18/6 I popped over to Whillet’s for a butterfly count – 32 Meadow Brown, 3 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Burnet Companion moths. On checking Meadow Pond an Emperor Dragonfly was seen (see pic). A quick look at Whillet’s Pool gave an even more impressive view of Orange Foxtail (see pic).
A look at the West End confirmed that all 3 Common Tern pairs on the rafts had at least one chick. Also seen were 1 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 1 Pied Wagtail. One Cormorant nest still has a growing chick. I also saw in the distance what looked like a Mink swimming close to Pintail Bank. It swam into Plaw Hatch Stream.
I did a flower survey at the Dam End meadows; among the plants found were: 80+ Common Spotted flower spikes, skullcap & dyers greenweed.
A Curlew was flying around.
15-06-17 at Whillet’s there were 2 Kingfishers.