Met Graham Powell who put us on to Willow Tit many thanks and good luck with the LSWP Graham. The Great Grey Shrike was seen off the Cwm Cadlan road, nice views also good numbers of Crossbills and a bonus bird a Woodcock flew over. On the downside the area was covered in litter, much less of it now since Jackie scooped a load of it up.
Seven Goosander three males and four females
Yellow-legged Gull A pair of Gadwall the first we have seen here also Water Rail 1 Kingfisher 1 Black-headed Gull 163
Well, I know at first sight this might look amusing, I thought so, Coot as a referee and I recon they could do a pretty good job, no nonsense and could spot a dive when it saw it. However, this poor creature has had this attached to is beak for a week. The staff today made a brave effort to catch him or her but failed to do so. Lets hope that they have better luck tomorrow.
Yellowhammer 15 Reed Bunting 1 Goldeneye 2
Kingfisher 1 Common Gull 2 lots of Black-headed and Herring Gulls.
A Red-neck Grebe at the north end east side of the lake this morning feeding fairly close to shore.
Great Crested Grebe 28 Little Grebe 2 Gadwall 3 Wigeon 1 Coot ++ Water Rail 2 H Cetti’s Warbler 6 H Stonechat 3 Reed Bunting 1 Raven 2 and lots of gulls usual suspects.
Yellow Wagtail at the Watermill today.
A couple of pics taken today. Green-veined White female and a very smart Hoverfly
Yellow-legged Gull adult Blackcap Singing Sand Martin 20 also; Small Red-eyed Damselfly 6 Common Blue Damselfly lots Emperor female ovipositing.
A nice surprise on a rare summer visit to the lake were three Common Sandpiper on the east side of the island. Mute Swan 82 Lesser B/B Gull 40 one ringed G+X a regular here. Also: Banded Demoiselle 2 Emperor 8 Common Blue Damselfly lots and Black-tailed Skimmer 3 and Holly Blue Butterfly.
A coot has built a nest on floating expanded-polystyrene in the bay
And a Raven has a nest in the gantry of a crane.
Small Garden Warbler 2 Blackcap 3 Willow Warbler 3 Chiffchaff 3 Tree Pipit 1 Orange T Peacock Speckled Wood Large and White.
Wheatear a male on the ramparts.
There were several Sand Martins collecting nesting material. Lesser Black-backed Gull with a deformed beak. White Wagtail 2 Blackcap 1 Willow Warbler 1 The Shelduck surprisingly remains here although it can fly.
Sand Martin 10 House Martin 2 Swallow 3 White Wagtail 2 Willow Warbler 2 Blackcap 1 Greenfinch 3
and Chiffchaff 4 Morgan Jones Park.
Nuthatch collecting mud. Mother and baby doing well.
Three Willow Warblers singing.
Brief view of a Wheatear on rocks near barrage.
Scaup 1 Tufted Duck 230+ Little Grebe 12 Lapwing 42 Goosander 2 Redwing 6 Fieldfare 40 lots of usual gull, One very strange looking bird view from across the bay, probably a lucistic Lesser B/B Gull. A lot of vegetation has recently been cut down which is a pity as it was good for migrants.
Mediterranean Gull 1 but no GND
Herring Gull The Knap Lake