Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Species list stands at 151 so far for 2017

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August 11th

At Stodmarsh this morning i could only see one of the Great Crested Grebe chick's being fed by both parents,both chick's were on the lake on monday. There were 3 Kingfisher's ( 1 at reedbed hide and 2 along the river ) 2 Water Rail, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Tern, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Comma and 1 Hornet. Also on monday ( 7th Aug ) i saw 1 adult Cuckoo and 5 Willow Warbler's along the river near the oxbow .
(Bryan East)
Kingfisher - Bryan East

Great-crested Grebe and young - Bryan East

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Species list stands at 151 so far for 2017

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August 6th

After many weekends without much to report, just the usual common and regular species! This weekend, although much the same, had a lot more on offer. Warblers were everywhere with plenty of activity from Reed and Sedge Warblers, many Whitethroats and at least 3 Lesser Whitethroats (a scarcity this summer) plus, a dozen or more migrant Chiffchaffs and upwards of 20 fresh lemon yellow Willow Warblers that seemed to have arrived overnight. At least  Turtle Doves purring away in the Paddock and a very good breeding season for Goldfinch with at a flock of 20+ juveniles feeding along the entrance path. Also 1 or 2 juvenile Bullfinches along the entrance. New for the year on the small amount of mud at the Ramp was a summer plumaged Dunlin along with a single Black-tailed Godwit and 60 Lapwings. Highlight of the day and another new bird for the year was a stunning adult male Common Redstart between Harrison's Drove and the 'Metal Bridge'. A Raven flew behind and then in front of Harrison's hide, chased by a pair of Carrion Crows, flushing 2 Green Sandpipers with another at Marsh hide and one at Feast hide. A single Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk and 3 Kestrels seen along with 10 Marsh Harriers including 5 juveniles (2 from the Ramp and 3 behind Marsh hide). A female type Garganey was on Feast pool on Saturday and it or another was from the Ramp this morning. One Common Tern was seen and 2 of the juvenile Shelducks flew from Grove towards Stodmarsh. A count of 66 species noted today but, could have been more as we didn't see House or Sand Martin or Chaffinch and Greenfinch and many other common birds. Butterflies today included Comma, Red Admiral, Gate Keeper, Meadow Brown, Common and Holly Blue while the Odonata were represented by Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Ruddy and Common Darter and 3 Willow Emerald Damselflies. Thank you Marc Heath for the Hawker ID.

Green Sandpiper (1 of 4)

Southern Hawker

Willlow Emerald

Distant phone scoped record shot of male Redstart

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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August 4th

At marsh hide this morning,8.30 am,a Bittern flew from the reeds near the cattle crush and headed past the left side of the hide.There were around 20 Sand martin's,1 House martin and 7 Swift feeding over the fields.5 Whitethroat were in the shrubs near the ramp. 
(Bryan East)

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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August 4th

Not much to report during the last week or so ,but did see 1 Turtle Dove on the 28th July and on the 29th while standing by the gate near the white house a Bittern flew out from the reeds near the house and landed near Savi's pool. Today at Stodmarsh there were approx 70 Grey lags on the fields just outside the village. Over the lake were 2 Common Tern and 11 Swift, no sign today of the large flocks of Sandmartins that were here earlier this week, also seen were 3 adult Marsh Harrier and while sitting on the bench by the water meadow saw 7 Kestrel's hovering over the fields between the river and middle drove. The 6 juvenile Shelduck's that were released ( without permission ) are flying about the lake so should be off soon. The only butterflies seen were 2 Speckled Wood and 3 Large White
(Bryan East)

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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July 29th

These six shelduck chicks were released at the reedbed hide today!!!!!
(Robin Blyth)
Shelducks - Robin Blyth

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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July 22nd

Dropped into the Grove Ferry end of the reserve this morning and from the gate to the ramp saw approx 30 Gatekeepers, 1 Turtle Dove, a pair of Bullfinch, a pair of Linnet, 1 Greenfinch ,5 Goldfinch, 7 Whitethroat, 2 with beaks full of insects, 3 Reed Bunting and 2 Dunnock. Not much at the ramp and not much at Feast hide. More luck at Marsh hide with 1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Kestrel and while chatting to John who had been there since 6.45 am a Water Rail ran across the edge of the pool, 3 Turtle Dove flew in to land and a Bittern flew from the left side of the hide to the reeds next to the cattle crush.I could only see 1 Lapwing chick but John saw 2 earlier on and a Bittern. Fairly quiet at the reserve during the week but i did see a Great crested Grebe with 2 chicks on the Stodmarsh lake mid week. As i left today 15 Grey lags flew in to the ramp and 1 Snipe
(Bryan East)
Great-crested Grebe and young - Bryan East

Monday, 17 July 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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July 16th

Another weekend with very little to report. Still at least 3 Turtle Doves on site but little in the way of waders, just 2 Green Sandpipers and a few Lapwings. A single Lapwing chick is still surviving at Harrison's and 2 Lapwing chicks still at Marsh hide with one of these taking to the water when a Brown Hare came to the waters edge on Sunday. The highlight of Saturday was a Bittern that flew in at Marsh hide, circled the pool before landing in the small patch of reeds in front of the hide. Out of 7 Marsh Harriers seen on Sunday only one! was a juvenile, just 2 Hobbies seen and 1 Common Tern. The highlight for Sunday was on returning to the Ramp there was a single Pintail and an eclipse drake Garganey among the 31 'moulding' Mallards. The Brown Hare was a very welcome sight as was our first Marbled White butterfly of the year.
Brown Hare
Brown Hare
Lapwing chick escaping the presence of a Brown Hare
Marbled White