Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Species list stands at 143 so far for 2017

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May 14th     Updates

May 13th
On the 8th Mark Chiddwick had yet another Red-rumped Swallow in the valley, I believe his third or fourth self found, which is new for the year and today Chris Gibbard had an Osprey, also new
May 11th
May 9th at Grove Ferry, there were 5 Common terns at the ramp but still none at Feast hide, i may be wrong but perhaps the new island is not flat enough for them, also at the hide was a male Pochard. 2 Turtle Doves were near the river and also a singing Nightingale.                               May 10th Stodmarsh, still 10 Common Terns on the rafts and i saw 1 Common Sandpiper at the Lampen stream. High up over the tower hide were 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Sparrow Hawk all soaring within yards of each other. I noticed that predation of Coot and Moorhen chicks seems higher this year than the last couple of years with 3 seperate Coot families with 1 chick each and 4 Moorhen families also with 1 chick each. Mallard and Greylags seem to be doing ok.  (Bryan East)
May 6th
The 2 Avocets were at the ramp this morning and i saw a pair of Water Rails with 1 chick at David Feast hide also 5 Whitethroat near the river end of the path that goes from near the ramp to the river, otherwise it was fairly quiet.  
(Bryan East)
You probably have  already seen them  there were four swifts over grove lake today.
(Robin Blyth)
May 5th Heard my first Grasshopper Warbler reeling this morning from Harrisons Drove, just SE from hide.
(Ben Ring)
There were 10 Common Terns on both rafts at Stodmarsh this morning and around 30 Swift over the lake with a few Swallows.                                                                                                              4th May a male Marsh Harrier with nesting material dropped down in the reeds at Feast hide. Also seen were 1 Turtle dove, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Hobby and a Nightingale was calling up by the river. Earlier in the week i saw a Water Rail with 2 chicks opposite the tower hide. There have been 2 Common Terns at the ramp most of this week but i have not seen any on the new island at Feast hide yet. 
(Bryan East)

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