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Saturday 2nd July 2022

13 Black-tailed godwits dropped onto the Village lake in the late morning,
A Great white egret was on the Reed-bed, early in the morning,
Waders included, 3 adults & 2 juvenile Little ringed plovers (Reed-bed), Green sandpipers (3 on Island lake & 2 on Reed-bed), plus 2 new Avocet chicks on Cell 2a,
Also seen was Barn owl (early in the morning), Hobby (New workings), Kingfisher (Main lake) & Mediterranean gull,
Butterflies today, Meadow brown, Ringlet, Small tortoiseshell & large whites,
Dragonflies included, Common darter & Blue-tailed damselflies,
Also Common carder bumblebee was also flying

Kingfisher from the South hide

Posted By: Barry on 7/2/2022 5:24:45 PM

Friday 1st July 2022

There were 3 juvenile Little ringed plovers on the Reed-bed this morning, indicating successful breeding for at least one of the New workings pairs,
There were 7 Green sandpipers on site (Island lake, Reed-bed & New workings),
Also on the Reed-bed was the Red-crested pochard, with a Hobby & Peregrine seen also
Butterflies today, Meadow brown, Ringlet, Small tortoiseshell, Small skipper, Large & Marbled whites,
Dragonflies today, Emperor dragonfly, Black-tailed skimmer, 4 Spot chaser, Common darter, Blue-tailed, Common blue & Small red damselflies,
Bumblebees today, Common carder, Garden & Red-tailed bumblebees

Juvenile Little ringed plover on the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 7/1/2022 5:40:25 PM

Thursday 30th June 2022

A Grasshopper warbler was heard in Cell 'C',
2 Barn owls was hunting the reserve until at least 8am this morning,
At least 7 Green sandpipers were seen between the Village, Island lakes & Reed-bed, with a Black-tailed godwit on Crossland's/Island lake,
On the Reed-bed, there was a juvenile Water rail, Little ringed plover, Redshank, Curlew & the Red-crested pochard,
Also seen was Bullfinch (male West path), Corn bunting (New workings), single Avocet chick & Mediterranean gulls (both New workings),
Butterflies today, Meadow brown, Red admiral, Small tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Small skipper, Green-veined, Large & Marbled whites,
Dragonflies today, Emperor dragonfly, Black-tailed skimmer, 4 Spot chaser, Ruddy darter, Blue-tailed, Common blue, Emerald & Small red-eyed damselflies,
Bumblebees today, Common carder, Garden & Red-tailed bumblebees,

Eyed hawk moth on Dryham lane

Posted By: Barry on 6/30/2022 5:33:41 PM

Wednesday 29th June 2022

The Red-crested pochard was still on the Reed-bed,
There were 3 Green sandpipers on the Island lake, with 5 Curlew flying over Dryham lane, Snipe (Island lake) & Little ringed plover (Reed-bed),
There is still a single Avocet chick on Cell 2a,  2 Tufted duck ducklings (Crossland's lake), 10 Black-tailed godwits (Crossland's lake), female Marsh harrier (New workings) with 2 juvenile Mediterranean gulls also seen
Butterflies this morning. Meadow brown, Green-veined white & Small tortoiseshell,
Dragonflies this morning, Ruddy darter, Blue-tailed Common blue & Small red-eyed damselflies,
Lastly Common carder bumblebees were also flying

Green sandpipers on the Island lake

Posted By: Barry on 6/29/2022 6:54:25 PM

Tuesday 28th June 2022

The pair of Black-necked grebes were in the New workings on Cell 2a,
On the Reed-bed, the Red-crested pochard was there for it's third day,
Also seen was Red kite, 2 Barn owls (morning), 8  Green sandpipers (7 on Island lake), Kingfisher (Main lake), male Marsh harrier (New workings), Corn bunting (New workings) & Mediterranean gulls,
Butterflies today, 36 meadow brown, 12 Ringlet, 7 Small tortoiseshell, 2 Red admiral & single Speckled wood & Comma,
Dragonflies today, Emperor dragonfly, Black-tailed skimmer, Common darter, Azure, Blue-tailed, Common blue & Small red-eyed damselflies,
Bumblebees today, Common carder, Early, Garden, Red & White-tailed bumblebees

Swift over the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 6/28/2022 5:15:19 PM

Monday 27th June 2022

The pair of Black-necked grebes re-located themselves to the New workings on Cell 2a,
The eclipse drake Red-crested pochard was still on the Reed-bed,
Also seen was 4 Green sandpipers (Island lake), a small influx of Teal (at least 30 seen), Little owl, Corn bunting (New workings), Kingfisher (Main lake) & Mediterranean gull
Butterflies today, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow brown, Comma, Speckled wood & Red admiral,
Dragonflies today, Blue-tailed, Common blue & Small red-eyed damselflies,
Bumblebees today, Garden bumblebee

Eclipse drake Red-crested pochard on the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 6/27/2022 3:17:41 PM

Sunday 26th June 2022

A pair of Black-necked grebes were on the Main lake from mid-morning onwards,
Also there was an eclipse drake Red-crested pochard on the Reed-bed,
In the early morning, a male & female Cuckoo & Barn owl were seen from the Turret hide,
Also seen was 4 Green sandpipers (Island lake), Kingfisher, Corn bunting, Little owl, pair of Marsh harrier (New workings), 3+ Snipe (Island lake), Red kite, Redshank (Reed-bed) & Mediterranean gull,
Butterflies today, Red admiral, Marbled white, Small skipper, Painted lady, Gatekeeper, Meadow brown, Small tortoiseshell & Ringlet
Dragonflies today, Black-tailed skimmer, 4 Spot chaser, Common darter, Blue-tailed , Small red-eyed & Common blue damselflies

Green sandpiper on the Island lake

Posted By: Barry on 6/26/2022 9:15:54 PM