Monday, 29 December 2008
Bullfinch (2) calling in the trees, Reed Bunting (1f)
Willow Tit (3), GS Woodpecker (1m), Pheasant (1m 2f), Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin (4), Blackbird, Dunnock (2), Chaffinch, Reed Bunting (1m)
Little Grebe (1), Bullfinch (1m 1f), Grey Heron
Meadow Pipit (2), Canada Goose (12), Corvids
Great, Blue and Willow tits
Great spotted woodpecker
and best of all a Nuthatch so it looks as though they are back after the loss of one of the pair last year. Unfortunately the light was really poor and even with the camera set to ISO800 I couldn't get a really sharp photo but I'll be back.
One good thing about the cool damp weather, there's some nice fungi around at the moment
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Woods: Bullfinch (2), Redwind/Fieldfare (c.15 over), Sparrowhawk (1 over)
Main Pool: frozen
The scrape: Shoveler (2m 1f), Mallard (2)
Nyger feeder (on route to river pool): Willow Tit (1), Goldfinch (3), Bullfinch (2)
Saturday, 22 November 2008
The Scrape: Shoveler (5 male 1 female), Little Grebe (1), Water Rail (calling), Bullfinch
Main Pool: Little Grebe (3), Tufted Duck, Bullfinch
River Pool: Siskin (2 along path), Kestrel, Bullfinch (2), Shoveler (2)
The Flashes: Canada Geese, Buzzard (1)
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Sunday, 2 November 2008
Feeding Station: GS Woodpecker (1f), Goldcrest (1), Willow Tit (2), Chaffinch (6), Jay (1), Treecreeper (2), Pheasant (1m 1f)
The Scrape: Teal (2m 1f)
Main Pool: Buzzard (1), Little Grebe (1), Tufted Duck (3), Kingfisher (1)
Also Goldfinch (4), Redwing (6), Fieldfare (2)
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
Woods: Willow Tit (2), Goldfinch (4), Green Woodpecker (2), GS Woodpecker (1 m)
Main Pool: Tufted Duck (5), Little Grebe (2), Water Rail (1 in the channel)
River Pool: Shoveler (4), Teal, Little Grebe (1)
The Scrape: Grey Wagtail (1), Buzzard (1)
Red Admiral (1)
Sunday, 12 October 2008
The scrape: Little Grebe (2), Buzzard (1), Grey Heron (1), Water Rail (1 calling), Grey Wagtail (along river)
River Pool: Little Grebe (2), Shoveler (2), Teal, Water Rail (1 calling)
Main Pool: Water Rail (1 calling), Little Grebe (2), Tufted Duck (3)
Feeding Station: Bullfinch (1m), Willow Tit (2), Goldfinch (1)
Woods: Goldcrest (4, at least 1 juv. still being fed by adult bird), Jay (3)
Friday, 10 October 2008
87% usage is the best year we have had.
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Flashes: Teal (130), Wigeon (7), Curlew (calling, but grass too long to see), LBB Gull (1), Meadow Pipit (5), Grey Wagtail (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Buzzard (1), Kestrel (1) , Common Snipe (1)
Car Park: Meadow Pipit (7 in the field), Bullfinch (2)
Woods: GS Woodpecker (1 f), Goldfinch (2), LT Tit (12), Willow Tit (2)
Railway Bridge: Mute Swan (6), Lapwing (13), Canada Goose (69), Wigeon (5), House Martin (1)
Friday, 3 October 2008
Migrant Hawker (2), Southern Hawker (1), Common Darter (4), Ruddy Darter (1)
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Main Pool: Little Grebe (4), Tufted Duck (1), Bullfinch (2), Kingfisher (1), Gadwall (1)
The Flashes: Kestrel (1), Brimstone (1)
Rest of reserve: Comma (5), Speckled Wood (1), Peacock (1), Small Toirtoiseshell (1), Grass Snake (1 shedding skin), Meadow Pipit (1), Linnet (1), GS Woodpecker (2), Long tailed tit (8), Jay (collecting acorns)
Railway Bridge: Canada Goose (60), Buzzard (on fence post), Mute Swan, Wigeon (5)
Friday, 26 September 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
The scrape: Willow Tit (1), Grey Wagtail (2), Goldfinch (6), Long-tailed tit (8), Goldcrest (1)
Feeding station hide: Chaffinch, Great tit, Blue tit, Robin, Jay
Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Grass Snake (2)
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Any way, tried to go to the Scrape Hide but the paths were flooded and it looks as though it was a lot worse yesterday. Heard Goldcrest singing but no sighting ( mind you it was raining heavy) so headed over to the flashes hide to be greeted a lake and 2 Wheatear
They were still there when we left ... oohhh for a longer lens!
Anyway we stayed for about an hour or so and added Sparrowhawk (2), Hobby (2), Lapwing (30+), Snipe (2), Cormorant, Gadwall, Mallard, Carrion Crow, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard & Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Then back to the car and saw a Migrant Hawker in the car park ( I think it was trying to work out when the new pond had appeared in the car park !!)
Sunday, 31 August 2008
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Railway Bridge: Lapwing (8), Greylag Goose (3), Mute Swan (1)
Main Pool: Teal (6), Buzzard (3), Grass Snake (1)
River Pool: Little Grebe (2), Green Sandpiper (1 calling from other river pool)
The Scrape: Gadwall (2), Mallard (7), Grey Heron (1), Goldcrest (1)
Woods: Green Woodpecker (2), Chiffchaff (4)
Common Darter (3+), Meadow Brown (15), Speckled Wood (2)
Sunday, 3 August 2008
Main Pool: Little Grebe (1), Grey Heron, Bullfinch (2), Reed Warblers
The Scrape: Sparrowhawk (1)
The wood: Great spotted woodpecker (1), Green Woodpecker (3), Goldfinch (2)
Brown Hawker (1), Southern Hawker (2), Emperor Dragonfly (1 ovipositing on scrape), Common Darter (2), Common Blue Damselflies
Meadow Brown, Small Toirtoiseshell (1), Peacock (4), Gatekeeper, GV White, Speckled Wood (4)
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Brown Hawker (5, 1 ovipositioning on the scrape), Common hawker (1), Black-tailed skimmer (2), Common Blue damselfly
Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Green-veined white, Large White, Comma butterflies
Friday, 18 July 2008
We were pleased to reach the field hide before heavy rain. Swifts and Swallows were about in abundance, 3 Oyster Catchers flew from Ladywalk and landed on the scrape, we also had Heron, Reed bunting, White Throat.
Little more so we moved to the Lake Hide and there are at least 5 Little Grebe in adult plumage with 3 young, 2 families of Coot, Mallard, Teal and a Green Sandpiper which was reluctant to leave a coot nest site until the coot said go away, a Heron landed for a time.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Sulphur Cinquefoil, Small Toirtoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large White, Common Hawker (2), Common Blue Damselflies
Common Spotted Orchid © P.Satch
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Saw one dragonfly, too quick for me to see what it was, but good numbers of common blue, azure and blue-tailed damselflies around the reserve.
Woods and Open Area
Grass snake (2), Swallow (2), Swift (1), Buzzard (1), Green Woodpecker (1 feeding a youngster), GS Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting
Kingfisher (1), Little Grebe (3), Mute Swan (2), Gadwall (2)
Coot + 4 young, Mallard + 4 young
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Common Blue Damselflies
Somewhere between the River pool hide and the Scrape Hide there was a cuckoo calling but I didn't see it and the Greater spotted was calling as well.
First stop was the River pool hide - The Coots now have 5 chicks and were defending them against all comers including Grey Herons and Mallards. The one highlight for me was a pair of Bullfinches seemed to be nesting close by as the kept appearing carrying small twigs and lining material.
The only other bit of colour was provided by the Kingfisher.
The only other sightings were:-
2 coots, 2 Mallards and a pair of mating Gadwall.
Oystercatcher flying towards Coton Lakes
Kestrel (a single one and then two others chasing one another)
Friday, 16 May 2008
Little in the field other than Canada with young and pair of lapwing.
The scrape had pair of Canada with 6 young and pair of Swan, a kingfisher was about for quite a time using the reeds for a perch. 1 Heron.
At the lake hide 3 heron, 2 little grebe and a pair of Swan. Mallard and Gadwall.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Shoveler (1 m), Gadwall (1m), Coot (+6 young), Little Grebe, Buzzard, Common Tern (3), LBB Gull (2), BH Gull (1), Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, GS Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat
Small White (15+), Large White (4), Peacock (4), Speckled Wood (1)
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Meadow: Linnet (2 m, 1f), Kestrel (1), Swallow (2)
Scrape: Little Grebe (2), Pied wagtail (1), Gadwall, Canada Goose (2)
Main Pool: Little Grebe (5), Coot (+ 1 young), Reed Warblers (n)
River Pool: Spotted flycatcher (1), Little Grebe (2), Swift (30+), Sand Martin (1)
All over: Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat
Saturday, 3 May 2008
After a lot of s searching I finally nailed this little git ...
Then a bit further round from the Scrape Hide I saw this Whitethroat singing his head off for ages till I pressed the shutter ...
And from one of the other windows I got this Dabchick
Then finishing off at the field hide Nothing much was happening till this Kestrel landed with a Mole in it's talons
Friday, 25 April 2008
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Sunday, 13 April 2008
Northern Pastures: Shelduck (1), Teal (6), Coot, Canada Goose (2)
Railway Bridge/Ingram's field: Oystercatcher (2), Lapwing (6), Sky Lark (4), Canada Goose (6)
Main Pool: Little Grebe (3), Blackcap (1 singing male), Coot (2 pr nesting)
The Scrape: Gadwall (pair), Canada Goose (1 pr nesting), Little Grebe (1), Muntjac deer (1 female), Buzzard (2), Willow Tit (1)
Feeding station: Lesser redpoll (1)
Car Park feeder: Willow Tit (1)
Frog Pool Feeder: Lesser redpoll (1), Goldfinch (4)
Flashes: Buzzard (4), Sky Lark (3)
Friday, 11 April 2008
We then moved on to the Feeder hide. The Siskins and Bramblings have long gone as but it still produced a few Redpoll, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Reed Buntings plus the normal Tit families
Walking round the other hides didn't provide much in the way of exotic. But did manage to see a Blackcap but wasn't fast enough on the draw to get a shot off.
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Feeding Station: Willow Tit (2), Lesser Redpoll (6), Siskin (1), Goldfinch (10), Reed Bunting (6), GS Woodpecker (2)
Flashes: Sky lark (2), Meadow Pipit (1), Buzzard (2), Mute Swan (2), Canada Goose (3)
Railway Bridge: Oystercatcher (1), Cormorant (1), Redshank (1)
Thursday, 3 April 2008
Canada Goose (6)
Longtail tit (2)
Coot(5) - 2 on nests
Buzzard being Mobbed
Canada Goose (2)
Reed Bunting (1)
and on the way to the Field Hide I spotted thiss little Beauty
Canada Goose (50+)
Avocet (1) - flying towards Furnace End
Oystercatcher (1) - flying towards Coton
Shelduck (2) - Flying towards Coton
I think thats the best haul from the Field Hide!
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Feeding station: Lesser Redpoll (8), Siskin (4), GS Woodpecker (1), Willow Tit (1), Treecreeper (2), Reed Bunting (8 male 1 female)
The scrape: Shoveler (2), Little Grebe (2), Teal (2), Canada Goose (2), Buzzard (1), Mute Swan (1), Coot (2)
The Wood: Lesser spotted woodpecker (calling, too tired to go looking for it), Treecreeper (2), Redwing (1)
The Flashes: Buzzard (2), Skylark (2), Sparrowhawk (1), Canada Goose (41), Reed Bunting (1 male) , Red fox (1)
Also a comma butterfly along the flood bank
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Monday, 24 March 2008
Brambling (1 female in the afternoon) (Nick.T)
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Main Pool: Little Grebe (1)
The Scrape: Shoveler (4), Teal (2), Mute Swan (2), Canada Goose (2), Chiffchaff (1)
The Flashes: Curlew (5), Oystercatcher (2), Sky Lark (1), Meadow Pipit (1), Canada Goose (9), Sand Martin (1), Buzzard (5), Bullfinch (1), Long-tailed tit (4), Green Woodpecker (1)
The Feeding Station: Brambling (1 female), Siskin (9), Lesser Redpoll (11), Willow Tit (2), Reed Bunting (10+ ), Lesser spotted woodpecker calling
Siskin (32 at the feeding station early morning) (S.Seal/D.Hutton)
Railway Bridge: Little Egret (1), Curlew (3), Shelduck (1), Gadwall (6), Lapwing (6), Wigeon (34), Oystercatcher (2), Chiffchaff (1)
Friday, 21 March 2008
Also a pair of Mute swans were hunkering down out of the wind in the shelter of some bushes.
On to the next pool and it was a lot more sheltered but there still wasn't much around, just a few Tufted duck, Coot and Dabchick. The Coots were particularly feisty.
On the way back to the car park there were Chiffchaff singing but they were well hidden. My List for the day ... well Half day was
Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Brambling, Siskin, Redpoll, Great tit, Blue tit, Willow tit, Long tail tit, Mute swan, Dabchick, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted duck, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Reed bunting Greater spotted woodpecker, Dunnock and the Chiffchaff singing so 22 species in 3 hours, not bad for a beginner ...
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Feeding Station: Brambling (1 male), Siskin (3), Redpoll (6), Willow Tit (2), GS Woodpecker, LT Tit (1), Chaffinch (40+), Reed Bunting (10+), Jay (1), Goldfinch (8+)
Woods: Chiffchaff (1 singing)
Main Pool: Little Grebe (2), Water Rail (1)
Flashes: Along the path, Green Woodpecker (2)
Railway Bridge: Curlew (2), Shelduck (1), small wader couldn't quite make out with bins, prob. common Sandpiper but not 100% sure.