Monday, 19 August 2019

19th Aug - sunny spells am, showers pm, light SW, 18C

Cotesbach Landfill, a quick look early evening, 5 Shoveler, 6 Teal and 6 Little Grebe were of note. Just a single Red Kite.

Stanford Reservoir; two Common Sandpipers and a Juv Common Tern on the dam, 3 Gadwall near the hide.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

18th Aug - sunny spells, 18C, mod breeze SW

Croft hill; a search here this morning produced 8+ Blackcaps, mostly eating Elder berries, a Lesser Whitethroat,  2+ Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 5 Linnet, 8+ Swifts, About 10 House Martins and a single Sand Martin. A Kestrel posed nicely for me on the tall hedge.
Painted Lady and Red Admiral Butterflies were about too.


Eyebrook reservoir; after lunch I decided to take a ride here, not been for ages, as expected the recent heavy rain meant no shoreline to speak of.
A couple of Osprey flew in then off northward, another single was seen a little later.  Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were also seen. No a bad haul of birds of prey.
Not many species of duck, a good number of Gadwall though and quite a few Lapwing in the long grass - no other waders seen though.  A couple of Common Tern, which did not appreciate the visiting Ospreys.

A small number of Linnet were around and a single Yellowhammer was seen. A good number of House and Sand Martins (100+ respectively) were feeding over the water and occasionally a few Swift  appeared.  A couple of Yellow Wagtails were with the cattle in the grass land.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

17th Aug - mostly sunny, mod WSW, 22C

Shawell Lagoons; popped in here after lunch and caught up with Carl, he had already located Caspian and several Yellow-legged Gulls, mostly juveniles. Several colour rings were read, including N;AAR which is a Spanish ringed Lesser-Black Backed Gull.

Stanford Reservoir; a look here next.  The eclipse drake Garganey was still present near the dam. Also a Teal, a Gadwall and a Shoveler.  Several Grey Wagtail around the spillway again. A few Warblers were around, including a Cetti’s. A Kestrel was over the adjacent field, otherwise fairly quite today.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

15th Aug - sunny spells, light - mod WSW breeze, 20C

Stanford Reservoir; a walk along the northern bank from the inlet, rather quite, several Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Blackcap were with the Tit flocks.
5 Pochard, 2+ Gadwall and 2 Common Tern on the reservoir.

Other wildlife included several Dragonfly, Fungi and Grasshoppers.

Fibrous or Orange Waxcap?

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper

 Southern Hawker

Ruddy Darter

14th Aug - cloudy, then rain from 1100hish till 1600h, light S, 17C

Willey; 0700h, before the rain about 60 Swallows sitting on the telegraph wires along the road.

Stanford Reservoir; a quick evening look, not ideal weather for birds to be about.
Garganey still present.  2 Common Sandpipers on the dam.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

13th Aug - sunny spells, light SW, 20C

Cotesbach landfill; a look here did not produce anything new, 5 Red Kites were seen.

Croft Hill; after lunch a look here. 3 Spotted Flycatchers - 2 adults and 1 juv. The juv still occasionally taking food from an adult. presumably bred locally, like in the nearby large gardens. A couple of Kestrels hunting, plus a few Linnet and Goldfinch, 3 Blackcap in the elder bushes after berries.

Spotted Flycatchers (juv lower bird)

Quite a few Butterflies and Grasshoppers were out.

Wood Grasshopper (TBC)

Brown Argus
Common Blue

Small Copper