Sightings from Bill Truckle: 13th June a Barn Owl flew in front of the hide and over towards Whillet’s; 24th June female Shelduck.
West End:- the partly fledged Common Tern chick seen yesterday was still on the water this morning. Later the wind picked up and it managed to take off and got back onto the right-hand raft. A count of the Tern chicks being fed this morning revealed that there are 4 Common Tern pairs with 3 young, and 1 pair with 2 young making 14 in total. They all looked well with food regularly coming in. When a Herring Gull flew over the rafts it was quite a spectacle to see 10 Terns attacking it and driving it off. There were 4 Black-headed Gulls around the reserve which were left alone by the Terns. But it was noticeable that the Black-headed’s did not risk actually flying over the rafts.
Bill Truckle saw 92 Great Crested Grebes and a Kingfisher this morning.
26 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 44 Greylag, 4 Mandarin included 2 juveniles, 10 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Lapwing, 1 Feral Dove, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Swift, 2 Swallow, Reed Warbler & Blackcap heard.
Whillet’s:- Grey Wagtail was seen by Richard Lowe this morning.
I recorded a Six-spot Burnet Moth on a knapweed flower; our last record of this day flying moth in Whillet’s was back in 2014 (photo).