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Wednesday 24th July 2024

A juvenile Whinchat was seen on the fence post between Cells 'A' & 'C' in the late morning,
The Wood sandpiper was seen on both the Island & Crossland's lake during the day,
With lower water levels, the Island lake attracted a Black-tailed godwit & Green sandpiper,
2 more Green sandpipers were on Cell 'A', with 2 Little ringed plovers & the 4 Avocet chicks on Cell 1a,
Also seen was the Bittern (over the Village lake), Little owl & singing Corn bunting (Maize field),
Butterflies today - Gatekeeper, Meadow brown, Peacock, Ringlet, lus Large, Small & Green-veined whites,
Dragonflies today - Southern hawker, Black-tailed skimmer, Blue-tailed, Common blue & Willow emerald damselflies,
Bumblebees today - Garden bumblebee

Avocet over the New workings

Posted By: BJNcw on 7/24/2024 5:44:57 PM

Tuesday 23rd July 2024

In the early morning, there was a Peregrine that flew west over the Village lake, with a Barn owl perched on the Island lake viewing platform,
On the Island lake, there were 2 Green sandpipers that eventually flew west, with the Wood sandpiper being seen in the afternoon on Crossland's lake,
The Corn bunting was singing on the North path,
A total of 41 Little egrets were counted this morning,
The 4 Avocet chicks, 2 each of Common sandpiper & Little ringed plover, plus 6 plus juvenile Common terns were on Cell 1a,
Emperor dragonfly, Ruddy darter & Common carder bumblebees were seen flying

Common tern feeding juvenile

Posted By: BJNcw on 7/23/2024 4:48:14 PM

Monday 22nd July 2024

The Wood sandpiper was seen on Cell 1a in the morning, with a Common sandpiper on Crossland's lake,
he Mute swan family in the New workings, is now down to just a single well grown cygnet,
Also seen was Garden warbler (East path), Yellow wagtail (over the North field), Red kite & Marsh harrier (West End),
Butterflies - Gatekeeper, Meadow brown, Peacock, Large & Small whites
Dragonflies today - Brown hawker, Common darter, Blue-tailed, Common blue & 2 Willow emerald damselflies


Juvenile Moorhen on the Dragonfly ponds

Posted By: BJNcw on 7/22/2024 5:18:31 PM

Sunday 21st July 2024

On Cell 1a, 2 Greenshanks flew in from the east in the morning, to join the 4 Avocet chicks,
A Green sandpiper was on Cell 'A', with Common & Wood sandpipers (both Crossland's lake), plus 3 Little ringed plovers,
Also seen was Red kite (reserve entrance), Bearded tit (heard in Cell 'C'), Corn bunting (West End), Red kite, Little owl & Garden warbler (East path),
Butterfly count - 29 Gatekeepers, 13 Meadow brown, 3 each of Large & Small whites, 2 Red admirals & single Ringlet, Purple hairstreak, Small tortoiseshell, Peacock & Essex skipper,
Dragonflies - Southern hawker, Black-tailed skimmer, Common & Ruddy darters, Blue-tailed, Common blue, Small red-eyed & Willow emerald damselflies,
Bumblebees - Common carder & Garden bumblebees


Posted By: BJNcw on 7/21/2024 5:28:07 PM

Saturday 20th July 2024

A Wood sandpiper was on Cell 1a, 
Also there was 2 Greenshanks, 2 Common & a Green sandpiper, plus at least 6 Little ringed plovers (including a juvenile),
There are now 4 Avocet chicks on the same lake,
Another Common sandpiper was seen on Crossland's lake, along with an early morning Great white egret (that flew east),
On Cell 'A', there was the 2 Eygptian geese, a Green sandpiper & the Bearded tits were heard,
Also seen was Barn & Little owls & Marsh harrier (at the West End), plus singing Garden warbler on the East path,
Butterfly count - 24 Gatekeepers, 13 Meadow browns, 6 Large white, 3 Small skipper, 2 Green-veined whites & Peacocks, plus single Small white, Small tortoiseshell, White-letter hairstreak & Comma,
Dragonflies today - Brown & Southern hawker, Black-tailed skimmer, Common & Ruddy darter, Banded demoiselle, Blue-tailed, Common blue, Small red-eyed & Red-eyed damselflies,
Bumblebees today - Common carder & Garden bumblebees


Distant Wood sandpiper on Cell 1a

Posted By: BJNcw on 7/20/2024 5:09:26 PM

Friday 19th July 2024

In the afternoon, a Wood sandpiper was on the Island lake,
A Green sandpiper & Eygptian goose was on Cell 'A', with the Bearded tits being heard in Cell 'C',
On Cell 1a, there was 2 Little ringed plovers, plus the 2 Avocet chicks,
Also seen was the singing Garden warbler on the East path,
Butterfly count - 27 Gatekeepers, 13 Meadow pipits, 7 Large white, 3 Ringlets, 2 Red admirals, plus single Essex & Small skipper, Small copper, Purple hairstreak, Speckled wood & Marbled white,
Dragonflies - Emperor dragonfly, Brown & Southern hawkers, Common & Ruddy darter, Blue-tailed, Common blue, Small red-eyed & 3 Willow emerald damselflies,
Bumblebees today - Common carder & Garden bumblebees


Posted By: BJNcw on 7/19/2024 5:16:52 PM

Thursday 18th July 2024

The re was a Green sandpiper & the pair of Eygptian geese on Cell 2a,
On Cell 1a, there was 3 Little ringed plovers (including a juvenile), a Common sandpiper, with the 2 Avocet chicks still present,
A Great white egret flew east over Crossland's lake in the early morning,
Also seen was Barn owls (West End), singing Garden warbler (East path), 20 Pochards (Main lake),  & Bearded tits heard in Cell 'C',
Butterflies today - Meadow brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Small & Essex skipper, Comma, Small copper, Red admiral, Marbled, Large & Green-veined whites,
Dragonflies today - Black-tailed skimmer, Common darter, Blue-tailed & Common blue damselflies
Bumblebees today - Common carder & Garden bumblebees


Red-legged partridge by the Silt pond

Posted By: BJNcw on 7/18/2024 5:34:34 PM

Wednesday 17th July 2024

On Cell 1a this morning, there was 2 each of Redshanks, Little ringed plovers & Common sandpipers. Also seen here was a Grey wagtail, plus 2 recently hatched Avocet chicks,
3 juvenile Yellow wagtails were seen in the New workings,
Also seen was Green sandpiper, Curlew (Village lake), Little owl, Bearded tits (heard in Cell 'C'), Marsh harrier & Corn bunting (Maize field),
Butterfly count - 23 Meadow brown, 16 Gatekeepers, 3 Ringlets & large whites, 2 Small skippers & Green-veined whites, plus single Purple hairstreak, Red admiral, Essex skipper, Small tortoiseshell & Brimstone,
Dragonflies - Emperor dragonfly, 4 Spot chaser, Brown & Southern hawker, Black-tailed skimmer, Common & Ruddy darter, Blue-tailed, Common blue, Small red-eyed & Willow emerald damselflies,
Bumblebees - Buff-tailed, Common carder & Garden bumblebees


Juvenile yellow wagtail in the New workings

Posted By: BJNcw on 7/17/2024 6:50:42 PM