I've been unable to update the blog for the past few weeks. I hope to catch up over the next few days with a week at a time.
Wednesday June 24th
Richard Horton reported a Little Egret, Green Sandpiper and 14 Lapwing present in the Workings.
Thursday June 25th
John Hunt reported a Redshank, 4+ Little Ringed Plover and 8+ Lapwing present this morning, plus a Hobby hunting hirundines over the Workings, Kestrel and Red Kite.
At least 6 Common Tern chicks and 1 Black-headed Gull chick were seen on the tern rafts in the Workings. Lots of Marbled White butterflies were seen in the Meadow.
|(c) John Hunt, Beautiful Demoiselle|
|(c) John Hunt, Common Blue Damselfly|
|(c) John Hunt, Large Skipper Butterfly|
|(c) John Hunt, Marbled White Butterfly|
|(c) John Hunt, Red Admiral Butterfly|
|(c) John Hunt, Ringlet Butterfly|
|(c) John Hunt, Small Heath Butterfly|
|(c) John Hunt, Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly|
Friday June 26th
Andy Little reported a Hobby, 7 Little Ringed Plover and a Redshank present in the Workings.
Richard Horton reported a Woodcock flying over late in the evening. This is only the third recorded sighting for the site.
|(c) Grim Styles, Fasciated Thistle|
|(c) Grim Styles, Yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata)|
Saturday June 27th
Kevin Duncan reported that a Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Redshank were present first thing. The first brood of Peacock Butterfly caterpillars was also noted today.
|(c) Grim Styles, White Melilot (Melilotus albus)|
Sunday June 28th
John Hunt reported 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 14 Lapwing and 2 Red Kite were present first thing. 5 Common Tern chicks were counted.
Richard Horton reported a Common Sandpiper in the Workings.
|(c) John Hunt, Chiffchaff|
|(c) John Hunt, Lapwing|
|(c) John Hunt, Redshank|
|(c) John Hunt, Whitethroat|
Mark Elsoffer & Steve Minhinnick visited in the afternoon and reported 3 Nightingale, 1 Hobby, 1 Redshank, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret & 2 Ringed Plover.
The following broods of young were counted:
- Greenfinch: a single juvenile in the Woods.
- Chiffchaff: one brood of 2 in the Woods.
- Blackbird: one brood of 3 in the Woods.
- Song Thrush: a single juvenile in the Woods.
- Pied Wagtail: one brood of 3 on the margins of the Workings.
- Black Cap: one brood of 2 in the Woods.
- Starling: a mixed flock of 100 on the margins of the Workings.
- Coot: three broods of 2, 2 & 1 on the Workings.
- Common Tern: 4 chicks on a tern raft in the Workings.
- Black-headed Gull: 3 chicks on a tern raft in the Workings. 2 single older chicks on the margins of the Workings.
A butterfly count around Horton's Mound produced: 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Cabbage White, 1 Marbled White, 3 Ringlet, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Painted Lady, 5 Small Skipper and 2 broods of Peacock caterpillars.
3 Roe Deer were seen in the Meadow. 2 Slow Worms were seen on Horton's Mound.
|(c) Mark Elsoffer, Little Ringed Plover|
|(c) Mark Elsoffer, Tufted Ducks|
|(c) Mark Elsoffer, Grey Herons|
|(c) Mark Elsoffer, Slow Worms|
|(c) Steve Minhinnick, Ladybird Eating Aphids|
|(c) Steve Minhinnick, Common Blue Damselfly|
|(c) Steve Minhinnick, Ringlet Butterfly|
Monday June 29th
Kevin Duncan reported that 2 Ringed Plovers were still present that evening. Another pair of Common Terns have hatched chicks, this time on a gravel island in the Workings. The remaining 4 pairs will hopefully hatch soon.
Grim Styles watched this hot air balloon briefly land in the Meadow this evening.
|(c) Grim Styles, Hot Air Balloon|
Tuesday June 30th
Wednesday July 1st
Carey Lodge reported a Green Sandpiper on the A31 bank on the far side of the Workings.
Thursday July 2nd
Friday July 3rd
Kevin Duncan reported 3 Green Sandpipers in the Workings this morning. Another pair of Common Terns have hatched chicks on the gravel island in the Workings.
Dave Baker reported 2 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper in the Workings this evening. 2 Painted Lady butterflies were seen along the River Blackwater.
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