West End:- 26 Teal, 22 Mandarin, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Terns, 2 Lapwing + 10 flew South, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 40 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 5 Moorhens, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

10 Black-headed Gull; 14 Great Crested Grebe; 6 Grey Heron; 40 Lapwing; 13+ Mallard; Moorhen; 4 Snipe; 2 Tufted Duck; 60+ Canada Goose; 15 Cormorant; Green Sandpiper; 5 Greylag Goose; Little Egret; 10 Mandarin Duck; Pheasant; 5 Teal; 2 Woodpigeon.

West End:- 1 Wigeon, 1m Gadwall, 4m Tufted Duck, 17 Teal, 5 Mandarin, 2 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpipers, 7 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Geese, 156 Canada Geese, 134 Greylag Geese, 2 Grey Wagtail.
Dam End:- 1 Raven, 2 Meadow Pipits, 5 Chiffchaff, 1m Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Jays, 20 Swallows, Bullfinch heard, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Grebes, 12 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, 76 Black-headed Gulls, 9 Lapwings.

Ringing in The Study Area this morning was slow; not much sign of migration apart from a few Chiffchaff. Other birds of note were:- Goldcrest, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail and female first year Kingfisher.

Highlights of birds from West End this morning:-  8 Egyptian Geese, 4 Green Sandpipers,  2 Lapwing, 11 Mandarin, 2 Buzzards, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Little Egret,  2 Tufted Duck, 103 Greylag Geese, 139 Canada Geese, 1 Kingfisher, 100+  mixed flock of Swallows & House Martins, 1 Nuthatch. Also Alan Brunt saw a Common Tern and a Pied Wagtail.

I had a moth box out last night – a new moth for the reserve was a Small Wainscot unfortunately it is rather plain to look at. (see pic). Also in the moth box were a Lunar Underwing and Pink Barred Sallow which are more colourful (see pics).

I found a cocoon attached to the underside of a leaf of Common Hemp Nettle at Whillet’s meadows (see pic). I have not seen this type of cocoon before and am uncertain what insect species made it.

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Unknown cocoon on Hemp Nettle Leaf.

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Lunar Underwing Moth

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Pink Barred Sallow Moth

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Small Wainscot Moth

West End:- 2,100 House Martins heading SE between 15:00-15:42, 100 Swallows, 8 Egyptian Geese, 4 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, 16 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher.