Saturday, 21 October 2017

19th October 2017

Third Thursday Walk: The Heronry Lakes

Mute swan, greylag, Canada goose, wigeon, gadwall, teal, mallard, shoveller, tufted duck, great crested grebe, cormorant, little egret,  grey heron, pheasant, moorhen, coot, lapwing, buzzard, b.h.gull, woodpigeon, collared dove, kingfisher, dunnock, robin, blackbird, redwing, goldcrest, l-t tit, great tit, blue tit, magpie, jackdaw, crow, house sparrow, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, linnet.
(David Wilson)

Also, after the walk, reed buntings in Peter's Field, stock doves, sparrow hawk and a red admiral butterfly.  (Jim Stevenson)

Some of  the Third Thursday Walkers.

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 7th to 15th 2017

Golden Plovers
October 7th:    Sparrow hawk on bird table at the Visitor Centre.
October 9th:    Chiff chaff near Rudd Pit, 3 goldcrests at River Viewpoint,
                        Buzzard over Cobham hide. (AH) Great Egret.
                        Red admiral and muntjac buck at Kingfisher Hide (JS)
October 12th:  Redwings near Hayden Hide.
October 13th:  Flock of c. 15 Golden Plovers over Heronry North. (JS)
                        Kingfisher and grey wagtail at Bills Bench
October 15th:  Great white egret, 2 little egrets, chiff chaff, Cetti's warbler, redpoll,
                        52 mute swans, 160 b.h. gulls, 120 gadwall, 12 teal, 8 shoveller,
                        89 wigeon, yellowhammer, 8 linnets, 2 little grebes.

Notes:             Great White Egrets. It seems we have two on the site,
                       one with a dark bill and one with a yellow bill.
                       A drake Scaup was in the quarry this week. Look out for more of them please.

Monday, 2 October 2017

23rd September to October 2nd 2017

23rd September: Hobby over Visitor Centre.

27th September: 3 Buzzards, hornet, carder bees, ivy bees, speckled wood,
                            common darter, grass snake at Cobham Hide.
                            Juv Marsh Harrier, 10 mistle thrushes, Cetti's warbler,
                            3 kingfishers, common sandpiper. (Quarry)

30th September: Buzzard, little egret, great egret, greylags and Canada geese,
                            mallard, gadwall, wigeon,  shoveller, teal. (Hayden Hide)
                           Water rail, moorhen, coot. (Kingfsher Hide)
                            Stock doves, kingfisher, bh gulls, green woodpecker, wren, goldcrest,
                            blue tits, great tit, l-t tits, black bird.  (Ian Langdon) Robin

31st September: Water rail heard, peregrine.

2nd October:      2 hobbies over Rudd Pit, plus another over Cloudy Pit,
                           2 swallows, 2 jays, song thrush, buzzard, shoveller, wigeon, gadwall,
                           mallard, teal, gc grebes, little egret, great egret, wren, small copper,
                           red admiral, common hawker ovipositing in the Hayling Pit, common darters, fox,
                           terrapin (Riverbank). Badger latrine at the beach.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday 22nd September 2017

Hobby over the Cobham Hide

Today was an absolute treat. Autumn colours starting to show, water levels just right and still some insects on the wing. Work on the Kingfisher Hide bridge completed. It is now open for use. 

Cobham Hide: Otter sighting at lunchtime. Hobby overhead (it flew behind a tree hence the poor photo.)

Heronry South: Great white egret, little egret x 2, little grebe x 4, great crested grebes, moorhens, coots, shovellers, widgeon, pochard, gadwall, mallard, tufted duck, greylag, Canada geese, mute swans,  b.h.gulls, grey herons, cormorants, stock doves.

Hayden Hide: Ivy bee colony in gravel, common darter, migrant hawker and brown hawker, speckled wood, small white, red admiral. Brown rat and grey squirrel. Wood pigeon and collared dove, great tit and blue tit, robin, dunnock, blackbird, long-tailed tit.  Buzzard x 2.

Brown rat at the Hayden Hide.
Car park: Adult male peregrine at 19:30, hunting edge of Weedy pit. Great views, but no camera handy.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

9th to 20th September

Water levels on the heronry lakes have remained low, but not as low as in previous weeks. All the same, there are still exposed islands and shallows that suit egrets and dabbling ducks while the deeper parts are easy to access for the grebes and diving ducks such as pochards that are arriving right now.

11th September: 2x little egret, 70x gadwall, 3x little grebe, 2x teal, 15x widgeon. Heronry South.(Trevor Gunton)

13th: Hobby, great white egret, kingfisher, swallows, sand martins and house martins, speckled wood, red admiral, common darter. Heronry Lakes (JAS) Plus kingfisher x 2 widgeon x 8 common gull x 2. (DR)

14th: Pochard x 8 (ES)

15th: Red crested pochard (fm), kingfisher x 2, Little grebe x 2+, buzzard, sparrowhawk, kestrel. (Jo Thomas)

Mink crossed the haul road by the visitor centre. (CETT)
At Cobham Hide: Kingfisher, robin, long-tailed tit, pied wagtail. (Jeff Davison).

16th: Two newts, a frog and 3 toads. (AM and L Nevard)

20th: Passage of swallows (c 50) over the visitor centre at dusk.

Friday, 8 September 2017

August 31st to September 8th 2017

August 31st:      Marsh harrier and osprey over. (Russell Leavett)

September 2nd: 3 buzzards on River Trail (ES)

September 3rd: Black necked grebe at PHP (MD)

September 4th: Blue tit 7, robin, wood pigeon, house sparrow. (Lucy Thomson)
                         3 + Little Egrets, buzzard, Shield bugs, common carder bee. (GFS)
                         2 little grebes on Heronry South (JAS)

September 5th; Water rail on shore of Heronry North. (JAS) Common darters, emperor
                          and migrant hawkers on the wing. Report of Death's Head
                          Hawk Moth (unconfirmed).
                          Jays on Haul Road and car park, 2 barnacle geese on Heronry South. (GF)
                          4 widgeon (TG)

Friday, 25 August 2017

20th to 25th August 2017


Wasp spider
(By Dawn Earl)
20th: Blue tit, woodpigeon, robin, goldfinch, greenfinch, great tit, mute swan, song thrush, house sparrow. (Lucy Thomson)

22nd: Brown rat dark bush cricket, Conopid fly, hover fly (Volucolla inznis) plus two unidentified Ichneumon flies. Little egret.

23rd: Wasp spider, migrant hawker, meadow brown, common blue, brown argus, speckled wood, small white, kingfisher, little egret, bullfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch. (JAS)
Yellowhapmmer (2) reed warbler, painted lady and speckled wood.

24th: Wheatear (Lafarge Yard) hobby, kingfisher, lesser whitethroat, buzzard.
Small heath, brown argus and common blue, plus yellow-wort (Redlands field)

25th: Comma, brown argus, speckled wood, red admiral, peacock, green-veined white, brimstone, small tortoiseshell, wasp spider, common and ruddy darters, migrant hawker, brown hawker, emperor.


11th to 18th August 2017

11th: Brimstone, peacock, sm. tortoiseshell, speckled wood, holly blue, small white, migrant hawker, brown hawker, emperor, common darter, red admiral, small copper.
Hobby, kingfisher, c 70 sand martins, house martins, swallows and swift. Little egeret,  (JAS)
Brown Argus
Buzzard 2 hobbies, green woodpecker, GS woodpecker, gatekeeper and ruddy darter. (SA)

13th: Eleven (11) little egrets from Bill's bench.

15th: Water rail calling, brown argus, ringlet, gatekeeper and meadow brown, southern hawker and common darter.

17th: Widgeon, sparrow hawk (Hayden Hide), (R Marchant) 5 Egyptian geese.

18th:  Third Thursday Walk: Mute swan, greylag, Canada goose, widgeon, gadwall, mallard, gt. crested grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, buzzard, moorhen, coot, black headed gull, stock dove, woodpigeon, collared dove, green woodpecker, dunnock, robin, chiff chaff, l.t tit, blue tit, great tit, common crow,
Large white, small white, meadow brown, speckled wood, wasp spider, froglet, grey squirrel, Rat with snake at the Hayden Hide.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

1st to 7th August 2017

August 1st: Brown argus, (AH)
                   3 Kingfishers, hobby (Jane Goode)

August 2nd: Grass snake and goldfinch at Hayden Hide. (Abi and Emily Blaxill)
                     "Funnel spider" by the hide. (Noel Wright)
                     Great crested grebe from hide. (CB)

August 5th:  Otters (mum and two cubs) Heronry South. (J.L.)
August 6th:  Clouded yellow butterfly near dragonfly pond. (D.M.)
August 7th:  Great white egret. (P.C.) Musk Beetle.

Grass snake moulting.


July 22nd to 31st 2017

Wasp spider (from beneath).

Saturday July 22nd: 2 Fox cubs opposite sailing lake (Joyce Stones)
                                  Great White Egret, hobby, little egret, buzzard. Lots of dragonflies. (GFF)

July 23rd: Kingfisher, little egret, 10 house martins, willow warbler, chiff-chaff,
                 sedge warbler (Terry Brown)

July 25th: Great tits, song thrush, grey wagtail, blackbird, blue tit. (Ben)
                 Wasp spiders, grass snake, baby toads and frogs, buzzard,
                  great white egret and hobby. (GFF)

July 30th: Adult grass snake Cloudy Pit. Baby frogs.

July 31st: Great tit and wren.

Little egret.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monday 17th July 2017

Great White Egret on Heronry South, also little egrets and a young family of tufted ducks, incubating grebes, buzzard, sparrowhawk. Kingfisher at the Kingfisher Hide and the River Viewpoint.
Many butterflies and dragonflies today but it looks like Fatso the puss-moth caterpillar had gone to make a chrysalis. Song thrush on River Trail.

Friday, 14 July 2017

10th to the 14th July

11th July: 2 adult otters at the Cobham Hide: (KP & PS)
                 Juv great crested grebe Hayling Lake (Viv & Chris)
                 Fox (Far side of Heronry Lake)
                 Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Ringlet, Meadow Brown,
                 Gatekeeper and Large White Butterflies.

13th July: Turtle Dove on tree by Education Centre.

14th July: Great White Egret, 4 Little Egrets, heronry North (Ann Thomas)
                 Butterflies as on the 11th plus Essex Skipper and small copper.
                 Buzzard hovering over hay cut in meadow, plus stock doves, crows, magpie.
                 River Trail: Bullfinches and whitethroat family. Song thrush,
                 chiff chaff and black-cap singing. Green woodpecker and kingfisher.
                 Hobby at Sailing Lake
Painted Lady by Grainne Farrington

Monday, 10 July 2017

July 2nd to 9th 2017

There are not many sightings in our sightings book this week, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to see.

Please put all your sightings in the book. We are looking towards collecting sightings by e-mail too. Watch out for details soon.

July is a bad month for bird watching unless you can pick up some wader passage. The bushes and meadows are full of secretive young birds and there is very little by way of birdsong.

Reed buntings, yellowhammers and turtle doves are almost the only birds still singing. (Yes, we still have turtle doves!) We seem to have two pairs of barn owls breeding in the main reserve, which is brilliant. Go to Dodder Fen or the Great Meadow at dusk. But it['s not just about birds. This is a great time for butterflies and dragonflies.
Barn owl by Mike Anderson-Brown.

Sunday July 2nd: Barn owl.

Monday July 3rd: Marbled white butterflies near car park

Wednesday July 5th: River Walk; 12 species of dragonfly and damselfly.
                             Many gatekeeper butterflies. Clouded yellow in car park.
                             Essex skipper in garden.
                             Puss moth caterpillar in garden and six barred clearwing found in car-park
                             while photographing six spot burnets.

Friday July 7th: Turtle dove singing in the dead trees opposite the Hayden Hide. (JAS)
                           Kingfishers on the river and at the Heronry Pits. Black-caps singing
                           Great crested grebes nesting on 2 new nests on Heronry South. Little Egret x 3
                           Essex skipper in garden, also possible (but unlikely) small blue in Education garden.
                           Puss moth caterpillar in Visitor Centre garden still there.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Return wader passage already underway

3rd July: Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and a Curlew around the northern pits on Monday evening, as well as 3 Redshank and a Little Ringed Plover. Also Grasshopper Warbler singing and a Yellow-legged Gull.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

24th to 26th June 2017

June 24th  Pyramidal and bee orchids at several locations.
June 26th  Hummingbird hawkmoth on viper's bugloss near Hayden Hide.
                 Kingfisher at Kingfisher Hide. (Anastacia)
June 26th  Marbled white butterflies and Essex skipper on path from car park, parallel to Haul Road
                 Young common whitethroats at same location.
Common whitethroat (juv.)