13th June 2021

Alastair Gray and Bob Johnson
 

WeBS
Dam End:- 22 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 4+4 well-grown young Canada Geese, 2 + 7 small young Egyptian Geese, 13 Mandarin, 12+2 y Mallard, 1 Red Kite flyover, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull flyover, 6 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+2 juv Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, nesting pair of Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 3 Jay, 2 Jackdaw flyover, 1 Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1m Bullfinch.  (No sign of Nightingale off North Bank footpath; but noted a couple of Twayblade still in flower along the path).
West End:-  11 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 51 Cormorant,  34 Greylag,  8+3y Mallard, 2 Canada Geese, 8 pairs of Common Tern nesting on rafts, 1 Kingfisher 1 Stock Dove, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat nesting, 1 Goldcrest heard, 2 Nuthatch. Also 2 Speckled Wood butterflies at Car Park.
Whillet’s:- 1f+4 well-grown young Mallard, 5 Buzzards circling high, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 2 juv Stonechat, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Yellowhammer singing. Also at least 6 Smooth Newts in Meadow Pond.
Whillet’s Insects:-
Damselflies:  30+ Azure, 2 Blue-tailed, 8 White-legged damselfly (see pics), 3 Large Red, also 5+ Beautiful Demoiselle (See pic), 1 Banded Demoiselle (See pic).
Dragonflies: 2f Emperor – egg laying, 1f Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Downy Emerald seen at Whillet’s bridge.
Butterflies: Up to 5 Common Blue, 2 Small Copper, 3 Small Heath, 1 Red admiral.
Day-flying Moths:  3 Burnet Companion, 1 Cinnabar, 1 Blood Vein.

Male Banded Demoiselle

Newly emerged White-legged Damselfly

Pair of Beautiful Demoiselle in the wheel position

Pair of White-legged Damselflies in wheel position

9th June 2021

Alastair Gray
 

North Bank:- Mid-afternoon 1 Nightingale singing and showing on path between North Bank and Busses Farm.
Dam End:- 4 House Sparrows in Horse Paddock, 1m Reed Bunting, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Swift, 6 House Martin. 2 Small Heath Butterfly.
West End:- 2 Egyptian Geese with 8 young goslings,1 Redshank on raft, 7 sitting Common Terns, 1 Mandarin, 23 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Kingfisher.

9th June 2021

Nigel Driver
 

Great White Egret and 1 Redshank.

9th June 2021

Martin Jeffree
 

North Bank:- Nightingale singing on path before Hormbeam wood.

8th June 2021

Work Parties
 

West End:- About 9:30 am an Osprey flew over, 1 male Bullfinch, 5 Whitethroats with one carrying food, 4 Canada Geese, 18 Greylag + a pair with 5 young, Mallard pair with 7 chicks, pair of Mandarin, 1 Kingfisher, 7 pairs of Common Terns appear to be nesting on rafts.   Dragonflies: 1 probable Banded Demoiselle.
Whillet’s:- Butterflies – 5 Small Heath, 1 Peacock, 1 Common Blue, 1 Large White.
Dragonflies:-  pair of Broad-bodied Chasers, 1f Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing, 1 probable Four Spotted Chaser reported, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3+ Large Red Damselfly including an ovipositing pair.  20+ Azure Damseflies, several Beautiful Demoiselle.
11 Grass Snakes on refugia survey, 1 Fallow Deer, Hornet.

Photo by Bob Stokes

8th June 2021

Nigel Driver
 

North Bank:- Male Goshawk, 2 Red Kites, 1 Raven and 5 Common Terns chasing a Great White Egret off.

6th June 2021

Nigel Driver
 

Greenshank and Red Kite.

31st May 2021

Bob Johnson
 

West End:- 1 Little Grebe, 17 Great Crested Grebe with 2 pairs starting to nest, 67 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 13 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, Pair of Mandarin, 16 Mallard, 3 Buzzard, 1 immature Herring Gull being mobbed by 14 Common Terns from the rafts, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, Reed Warbler heard in front of viewing area, pair of Whitethroats.
Whillet’s:- Great Spotted Woodpecker heard, 1 Kingfisher, at least 2 Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff all heard. 2 Beautiful Demoiselle. At meadow pond – 1 Large Red Damselfly, 7+ Azure Damselflies, both Palmate and Smooth Newt and a Greater Diving Beetle.
Butterflies – Pair of Orange Tip, 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone, 3 Small Copper, 2 Green-veined White.
Moths – Wood Carpet Moth.
1/6/21 – Work Party – Speckled Wood.

30th May 2021

Doreen Forster
 

West End:- Kingfisher, 10 Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, 6 Heron, Swan, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 9 Cormorants.
Dam End:- Yellowhammer, 3 Buzzards, 2 Whitethroat, Common Tern, Skylark, Magpie, 2 Crows.

30th May 2021

Alastair Gray
 

Whillet’s:- 6 Ravens, 1m Yellowhammer, 2 Garden Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers.
3 Grass Snakes,1 White-legged Damselfly,1 female Beautiful Demoiselle,1 Hairy Dragonfly,1 Small Tortoiseshell,2 Green-Veined White, 2 Brimstone, 2 Orange Tips and 6 Small Coppers.