8th September 2021

Nigel Driver
 

Dam End:- 2 Common Sandpipers. In the bushes quite a few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs. The Whinchat was still around the far end of the dam and a Spotted Flycatcher was in the paddock.

7th September 2021

Work Parties
 

Meadow Pond was productive.
Dragonflies ~ At least 1 Ruddy Darter, several Common Darter, 2 Brown Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers.
Damselflies ~ Up to 3 pairs of ovipositing Willow Emerald, 1 Emerald, 1 Blue-tailed, 2 Azure, 1 probable White Legged.
Another Willow Emerald Damselfly was seen along the river.
In Meadow 3 a new plant for the reserve was seen Small Balsam. It is related to Himalayan Balsam but is not invasive. Photos by Bob Johnson

Small Balsam 07-09-21

Small Balsam 07-09-21

 

 

6th September 2021

Alastair Gray
 

Dam End:- 2 Common Sandpipers flew E, 3 more on dam. 1 Tufted Duck flew E, 272 Black-headed Gulls, 10 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bullfinch.
West End:- 323 Greylags, 5 Moorhen, 2 Mandarin.
Whillet’s:- 1 Whinchat, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaffs, 30 Jackdaw flyovers, 1 Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch.
1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 6 Small Whites, 2 Common Blues, 1 Brown Argus.

6th September 2021

Bob Johnson
 

Whillet’s:- ~ Butterflies:  1 Brown Hairstreak, 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Peacock +  late caterpillars on stinging nettles, 4 Small White, 1 Large White. Hornets nesting in a bird box.
~ Dragonflies: 2 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 5 pairs of Common Darters egg-laying at meadow pond, 2 Azure Damselflies.
~ Birds: Male Blackcap feeding on berries.

5th September 2021

Alastair Gray
 
Dam End:- 2 Curlews W at 07:24, 3 Common Sandpipers on dam, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sand Martin, 32 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 1 Wigeon, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Reed Bunting, 62 Goldfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 9 Egyptian Geese, 124 Black-headed Gull.
Whillet’s:- 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 6 Chiffchaffs.
2 Brown Hairstreaks, 2 Brimstone, 3 Brown Argus, 9 Willow Emeralds including 3 pairs.

5th September 2021

Nigel Driver
 

Weir Wood from dawn – Whillett’s:- 2 Water Rails were vying for my attention in the reed bed.
West End:- Green Sandpiper, Teal and 3 Shovellers.
Dam End:- 2 Curlew flew over (good bird here), 2 Common Sandpipers. A trio of hirundines and a Yellow Wagtail. Also Wigeon, juvenile Green Woodpecker and 2 Kingfishers.

1st September 2021

Darrin Madgin
 

Ringing this morning in Whillet’s saw a movement of warblers showing migration is underway for them at least. One of the first birds caught was a Lesser Whitethroat along with very bright Willow Warblers. Other species of note: two juvenile Reed Buntings, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Blue Tit.
Other observations included: juvenile Buzzard and juvenile Kestrel, both calling throughout the morning. A Common Lizard was a nice surprise.

29th August 2021

Alastair Gray
 

Dam End:- 1 Whinchat below dam, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Starling, 1 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 60 House Martin, 60 Swallow, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Rook, 1 Jay, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 9 Egyptian Geese, 9 Canada Geese.
West End:- 2 Coot, 2 Mandarin, 248 Greylags, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Moorhen.
Whillet’s:- 2 Water Rail including juvenile, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 30 Goldfinch.
18 Grass Snakes, 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 3 Brown Hawker, 3 Southern Hawker, 4 Migrant Hawker, 8 Common Darter, 1 Willow Emerald on river, 1 Blue Tail Damselfly. Volucella pellucens (large hoverfly). 4 Brown Argus, 4 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath, 4 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 9 Meadow Brown,5 Speckled Wood.

25th August 2021

Bob Johnson
 

West End:- (late afternoon) 26 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 23 Greylag, 1 juvenile Moorhen, Stock Dove heard, 2 Kingfisher.  Also 19 Mandarin, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal and 27 Mallard. All these ducks were spread over the open water furiously pecking at something edible on or near the water surface. As the sun lowered the event stopped and the ducks dispersed.
Whillet’s:-  2 Spotted Flycatchers at meadow pond, one was probably this year’s young as it still had a red gape with first winter plumage.
Dragonflies: Brown and Migrant Hawkers were numerous also several Southern Hawkers
The Branched Bur-reed is now flowering at Whillet’s Pool.

25th August 2021

Darrin Madgin
 

Ringing saw a very slow trickle of birds, mainly Blackcaps, though not the numbers I would have expected at this time of year. Other warblers included Whitethroat and Reed Warblers. There were a few Chiffchaff around calling. Two Kingfishers fishing around the pond were a nice sight as was a Grey Wagtail.