Sunday, 23 August 2009
A fair selection of species around the reserve with good numbers of godwits and early on a large flock of Golden Plover, lots still in breeding plumage. There was a small roose of Little Egrets (c20) on the west flood. Other waders included 3 Greenshank, Ruff, Snipe, 5 Curlew Sandpipers, a few Avocets, 2 Knot. I missed out on the Wood Sandpipers that were seen briefly early on and then again in the afternoon, however, I did see a distant Peregrine over the Isle of Sheppey.
Bird of the day must go down to the adult male Hen Harrier seen flying over the fields to the south of the reserve.
Other good species included several Yellow Wagtails but nearly all were seen in flight, 2 Turtle Doves (one showing reasonably well from the West Hide) and in the afternoon 2 Hobbies.
The best of the butterflies was a Clouded Yellow.
Dragonflies/damselflies included: lots of Ruddy Darters, Common Darter, Common Hawker, Blue-tailed Damselfly.
1 or 2 late White-legged Damselflies
2 Small Red Damselflies
Brown Hawker (ovipositing)
1 Four-spotted Chaser
Lots Keeled Skimmers
2 Black Darters
I also saw a Raft Spider.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Started off at Woolhampton GP's but there was little bird life - yet again no Turtle Dove. It was better with the dragonflies/damselflies with Common Blue Damselfly, 2x Black-tailed Skimmer, 6 or 7 Common Darters and best of all a Migrant Hawker (see left)
Next onto Padworth Lane to see if the Cattle Egret had returned - it hadn't. There was a Brown Hawker here.
Next was Burnthouse Lane but it was so overgrown and the water so restricted that it was difficult to see any interesting birds. A Red Kite did fly fairly low over the area.
Lastly onto Moor Green Lakes where there was a nice little selection of waders including Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin and best of all a Little Stint.