Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Species list stands at 148 so far for 2017

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June 23rd

I did the circuit again this morning 7am-9.15 am starting from the Stodmarsh end and there was 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper at reedbed hide. The Common Terns seem to be doing ok on the rafts, i have not seen any Carrion Crows pestering them this week which maybe due to there being more breeding pairs this year ,safety in numbers. Not a lot happening on the river path and only 5 visible juvenile Lapwing on the island at Dave Feast hide and 1 Green Sandpiper. There were 25 juvenile and 7 adult Grey lag's at marsh hide with just 3 juvenile Lapwing. 1 Marsh Harrier seen but no other raptors. The " terrapin " that someone saw a few weeks ago was in the ditch this morning and i am 90 percent certain it is a River or Pond Cooter, a Turtle native to the southern states of North America.
(Bryan East)
Wood Sandpiper - Brayn East

River/Pond Cooter - Bryan East


Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Species list stands at 148 so far for 2017

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June 19th-22nd

Monday 19th June 7.30 am-9.30am.I did the circuit this morning from the Stodmarsh end and there were 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Teal and 1 Lapwing at reedbed hide. Not much on the lake but 1 Cuckoo and 1 Marsh Harrier overhead.Near the oxbow was a hen Pheasant with 4 chick's and a Slow worm was catching the sun on the track.After navigating the cattle near the metal bridge i came across a pair of Mute Swan's with 8 recently hatched cygnets and the cob was not going to let me by so  i crossed the bridge going into the field and was surrounded by at least 60 Meadow Brown's. At marsh hide were 6 adult and 11 juvenile Grey Lag's, 3 Lapwing, 1 Snipe and 1 Brown Hare. Tuesday 20th the circuit again 7am - 9.30 am,and seen today were 3 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff, a pair of Linnet's, 2 Corn Bunting,1 adult female and 1 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Blackheaded gull, 5 Small white, 3 Comma, 4 Red Admiral and 2 Peacock. At marsh hide were 6 juvenile Lapwing and 1 Barn Owl hunting over by the oxbow.Thursday 22nd 6.45 am- 9.45 am ( the circuit ) and 2 Green Sandpiper, 26 Grey lag and 2 Lapwing at reedbed hide, 4 Greenfinch and 1 Bee-eater near the marsh hide. The hen Pheasant and 4 chicks were in the same place as monday allowing me to get within 2 feet of them and the Barn Owl was again hunting near the oxbow. No Hobby or Marsh Harrier's which is strange. 
(Bryan East)

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Species list stands at 147 so far for 2017

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June 17th   

Very hot at the reserve this morning,17th June, and at the begining of this month a Great Crested Grebe began nest building on a floating patch of reed yards from the reed bed and they seem to be doing ok. Lots of butterflies about with approx 30 Meadow Brown on the thistles near the metal bridge. There was a male Large Skipper near the cattle crush. Others seen were Small Tortoiseshell ,Red Admiral, Small White, Common Blue and Painted Lady. Not a lot of activity birdwise but did see 1 Kingfisher, 3 Cuckoo's, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Kestrel and the usual warblers. Not one Hobby though despite plenty of dragonflies
(Bryan East)

Very little to report on the avian side of things in the valley today, there was at least 3 Turtle Doves purring away nicely, 3 Green Sandpipers on the Ramp pool among many moulting Mallards, the 3 juvenile Lapwings at Marsh hide looking almost adult and a dozen or so Bearded Tits flitting around. Highlight however were the dragonflies with the most common species seen was absent in the south east just a few years ago. Bill Gawler found the first Green-eyed Hawker here at Stodmarsh only 5 years ago with the second just a few weeks later at Worth. Today at least seven were seen with one by the pines on the roadside next to the Grove Ferry Inn public house, 1 along the entrance track, 1 around the Ramp and the other 4+ between Harrison's Drove kissing gate and Marsh Hide. Two Emperor Dragonflies, 4 Black-tailed Skimmers and 2 Migrant Hawkers were the others seen. Plenty of Butterflies on the wing and a few Damselflies including Red-eyed Damsel and Banded Demoiselle.
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Very friendly Blackbird at the Ramp, partial to a few Mealworms!

Once a very rare Dragon, now the commonest-Green-eyed Hawker

A very vocal Wren at the Ramp

Large Skipper - Bryan East

Meadow Brown - Bryan East


Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Species list stands at 147 so far for 2017

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June 14th   

A later start to todays birding, 0530. A Turtle dove was calling as I entered the Grove end, a few warbles were in song including Lesser whitethroat, while the only bird of note on the pool from the ramp was a single Redshank, a second Heron was quickly seen off by the Heron already feeding there. The Feast hide held very little, a dozen or so Mallards, 2 Common Terns while the pair of Mute Swans now only have one cygnet down from 6. The highlight of the visit for me was the sight of 5 Green-eyed Hawkers, 4 were seen in the stream between the Harrisons drove kissing gate and the bridge and another from the Feast hide which also produced a single Banded Demoiselle.
(Dave Sutton)

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Species list stands at 147 so far for 2017

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June 11th   

Just got back from Stodmarsh nothing out of the ordinary bird wise but on way back to car park found this in dyke running back into the reserve by fishing lakes. Probably size of large dinner plate. Not showing any red on head. I know terrapins have been seen in stour valley for some time now but this is first I have seen at Stodmarsh.
(Nick Keem)



Monday, 5 June 2017

The Species list stands at 147 so far for 2017

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June 4th   

Starting the morning again at Stodmarsh we were privileged to see and hear up to 5 Cuckoo's, 3 Plus Bittern including 2 Boomers and one in flight (Russ and Brian Blackman also seeing a bird in flight a little later), 5+ Turtle Doves and plenty of Warbler song. There were at least 30 Swifts over Collard's with probably more during the day, a Barn Owl hunting over the Oxbow mid morning a flyby Kingfisher while on the Lampen Wall and 14 Gadwall, 6 Great-crested Grebes and 3 Tufted Duck on the lake. While chatting with Neil Burt and family a flock of 28 Black-tailed Godwits flew over and up the valley while 7 or so Marsh Harriers were using the warm air. Later while on the Ramp at Grove Neil messaged that he had an Oystercatcher in front of Reed bed hide and by chance a few minutes later I picked it up in flight scanning the sky for raptors! Neil also had a Red Kite west then Sue and I had 2 close Red Kites over the Ramp heading up valley and after Sue left and I was joined by Chris Gibbard we had another Red Kite west. Only 3 Hobbies seen (where are they this year!!), but at least 6 Common Buzzards. There were 12 Common Terns, 2 Bullfinches, 1 Jay, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 Stock Doves, 3 Kestrels, 1 Water Rail and several failed breeding?? Sand Martins over the reed bed. On the way to Grove from Stodmarsh Sue and I stopped at Preston and were fortunate enough to see the Spotted Flycatcher.
One of at least 3 Bitterns today

Red Kite with the sun behind it

Red Kite over the Ramp at Grove

Monday, 29 May 2017

The Species list stands at 146 so far for 2017

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May 29th    

This morning the bird we must adduce was still lets say, present, a male Bittern was in fine voice booming while another two Bitterns were seen in flight. Only 3 Turtle Doves noted but, the Grove end wasn't covered, also 3 Cuckoo's and 7 Marsh Harriers. Chiddy and I had cracking views of the Beaver as it swan down the dyke adjacent to the Lampen Wall while two Little Egrets flew over south with another on the main pool. Strangely only 1 Hobby was seen as well as 2 Kingfishers, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl and 20 odd Swifts. Just 2 Swallows and 4 Sand Martins noted plus Tawny Owl and Greenshank were heard. Nice to catch up with Richard Collins this morning as well.