Sunday 14th April. Common Sandpiper 1
Little Gull adult with circa 400 Black-headed Gulls most of which were immature birds also: Goosander 1 Sand Martin 200 Willow Warbler 2 Chiffchaff 1 White Wagtail 2 Pied Wagtail 1. Green Veined White Butterfly 1. The base for the swift tower is making good progress the tower is due to be installed during the first week in May.
Lots of butterflies here today Peacock 10 Comma 4 Brimstone 1 several Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing.
Wheatear 2 males Sand Martin 4 Chiffchaff singing Cetti’s Warbler 2 Great Crested Grebe 18 Greenfinch 10 Goldfinch 12 Raven 2 lots of gulls feeding.
A pale looking Lesser Redpoll taken on 22nd Feb unfortunately it decided to take off as I pressed the button.
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.