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

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.

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

The Friends of the River Medway are holding their launch event on Tuesday 22 June 2021, 6pm to 8pm at Shaleshurst Gardens, Shalesbrook Lane, Forest Row RH18 5LS.
Contact hello@formedway.org
Information www.formedway.org

OPEN DAY Sunday 4th July 2021 09:30 to 16:00; free entry; all welcome.
Entry at car park in Legsheath Lane.
Bird spotting; ringing; meadow walks; pond dipping; butterflies; dragonflies; moths and more.
Poster HERE