West End:- 8 pairs of Common Terns have 18 young; 2 others still sitting on nests, 14 Lapwings, 3 Mandarins, 78 Great Crested Grebes.
Whillet’s:- 1 Red Kite, 3 Reed Buntings, 1 singing male Yellowhammer, 2 singing Chiffchaffs.
11 species of butterfly recorded included ; Small Heath, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown & Ringlet. 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Blue-Tail Damselfly and 3 White-legged Damselflies.
West End:- 11 Mandarin.
Whillet’s: Butterfly count – 16 Meadow Brown, 9 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 100+ Azure Damselfly at Meadow Pond, 1 White Legged Damselfly, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle.
West End:- 10 pairs of Common Terns nesting, 9 pairs on rafts and a pair on Martin’s Island. 16 chicks were seen on rafts, 2 birds are still sitting as is the bird on Martin’s Island.
Whillet’s:- 2 male Reed Buntings, 10+ Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers collecting food, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mandarin, 4 singing Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler.
Painted Lady Butterfly, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four Spotted Chaser, 2 White-legged Damselflies, 3 Blue Tail Damselflies, 200 Azure Damselfly, 2 Large Red Damselfly.
On Dam:- Little Egret frightened off by 2 people who went swimming, House Martin, 4 Common Terns.
West End:- Kingfisher perched on tern raft.
West End:- Hobby seen over Pintail Bank.
All reservoir:- 47 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Grey Heron, 8+2y Mandarin, 56 Mallard + 1 Feral Mallard hybrid, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Moorhen, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Swift, 2 Kingfisher, 3+ Reed Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting.
Dam End:- 3 Little Grebe in lagoon, 1 Skylark, 6 House Martin, 2+2y Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Raven, 1 juv Starling, 8 Goldfinch, 1m Yellowhammer.
West End:- 41 Cormorant, 79 Greylag, 1 White Feral Greylag hybrid, 12 Lapwing,
24 Common Tern (10 pairs are either successfully sitting on nests or already have chicks on rafts – 15 chicks seen on rafts so far), the 11th pair seem to have decided to try and nest on Martins Island amongst the Cormorants. The 12th pair are trying to settle on a raft; but the pair already there have chicks and they do not seem to want to share and keep chasing them off.
Song Thrush heard, 2 Nuthatch.
Whillet’s:- 1 Beautiful & 1 Banded Demoiselle, 3 White legged, 3 Large Red & 25+ Azure Damselflies, 2 Emperor & 3 Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonflies.
West End:- At least 14 Common Tern chicks seen others probably hiding; still 3 adults on eggs. A 10th pair of Common Terns were seen mating so maybe another nest to come. Moorhens nesting in bush on tern raft, 6 Gadwall; 3 juvenile Grey Wagtails on hide roof.
A satellite tagged female Osprey from Kielder Ospreys in Northumberland has returned to the UK as a 2 year old from wintering grounds in N Mauritania. She’s spent time in Sussex, and on 4 June she was over Weir Wood West End at 18.37 BST. She arrived from the West and left to the NW, fixes were every 5 minutes so she can’t have been over the reservoir for long. An image is attached, she was about 60m above the terrain when the fix was taken.
I was reminded about your work party sighting on that date.
She has a blue ring marked 7L in white on her right leg, a BTO ring on her left.
Maybe the time will enable confirmation that it was – or wasn’t – her.
Kielder Ospreys Project
KOP Osprey Tracking 04-06-19
West End:- 9 Common Terns now nesting and first chick seen this morning.
WEST END: 1 Osprey flew over.