Wednesday, 9 August 2017

1st to 7th August 2017

August 1st: Brown argus, (AH)
                   3 Kingfishers, hobby (Jane Goode)

August 2nd: Grass snake and goldfinch at Hayden Hide. (Abi and Emily Blaxill)
                     "Funnel spider" by the hide. (Noel Wright)
                     Great crested grebe from hide. (CB)

August 5th:  Otters (mum and two cubs) Heronry South. (J.L.)
August 6th:  Clouded yellow butterfly near dragonfly pond. (D.M.)
August 7th:  Great white egret. (P.C.) Musk Beetle.

Grass snake moulting.


July 22nd to 31st 2017

Wasp spider (from beneath).

Saturday July 22nd: 2 Fox cubs opposite sailing lake (Joyce Stones)
                                  Great White Egret, hobby, little egret, buzzard. Lots of dragonflies. (GFF)

July 23rd: Kingfisher, little egret, 10 house martins, willow warbler, chiff-chaff,
                 sedge warbler (Terry Brown)

July 25th: Great tits, song thrush, grey wagtail, blackbird, blue tit. (Ben)
                 Wasp spiders, grass snake, baby toads and frogs, buzzard,
                  great white egret and hobby. (GFF)

July 30th: Adult grass snake Cloudy Pit. Baby frogs.

July 31st: Great tit and wren.

Little egret.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monday 17th July 2017

Great White Egret on Heronry South, also little egrets and a young family of tufted ducks, incubating grebes, buzzard, sparrowhawk. Kingfisher at the Kingfisher Hide and the River Viewpoint.
Many butterflies and dragonflies today but it looks like Fatso the puss-moth caterpillar had gone to make a chrysalis. Song thrush on River Trail.

Friday, 14 July 2017

10th to the 14th July

11th July: 2 adult otters at the Cobham Hide: (KP & PS)
                 Juv great crested grebe Hayling Lake (Viv & Chris)
                 Fox (Far side of Heronry Lake)
                 Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Ringlet, Meadow Brown,
                 Gatekeeper and Large White Butterflies.

13th July: Turtle Dove on tree by Education Centre.

14th July: Great White Egret, 4 Little Egrets, heronry North (Ann Thomas)
                 Butterflies as on the 11th plus Essex Skipper and small copper.
                 Buzzard hovering over hay cut in meadow, plus stock doves, crows, magpie.
                 River Trail: Bullfinches and whitethroat family. Song thrush,
                 chiff chaff and black-cap singing. Green woodpecker and kingfisher.
                 Hobby at Sailing Lake
Painted Lady by Grainne Farrington

Monday, 10 July 2017

July 2nd to 9th 2017

There are not many sightings in our sightings book this week, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to see.

Please put all your sightings in the book. We are looking towards collecting sightings by e-mail too. Watch out for details soon.

July is a bad month for bird watching unless you can pick up some wader passage. The bushes and meadows are full of secretive young birds and there is very little by way of birdsong.

Reed buntings, yellowhammers and turtle doves are almost the only birds still singing. (Yes, we still have turtle doves!) We seem to have two pairs of barn owls breeding in the main reserve, which is brilliant. Go to Dodder Fen or the Great Meadow at dusk. But it['s not just about birds. This is a great time for butterflies and dragonflies.
Barn owl by Mike Anderson-Brown.

Sunday July 2nd: Barn owl.

Monday July 3rd: Marbled white butterflies near car park

Wednesday July 5th: River Walk; 12 species of dragonfly and damselfly.
                             Many gatekeeper butterflies. Clouded yellow in car park.
                             Essex skipper in garden.
                             Puss moth caterpillar in garden and six barred clearwing found in car-park
                             while photographing six spot burnets.

Friday July 7th: Turtle dove singing in the dead trees opposite the Hayden Hide. (JAS)
                           Kingfishers on the river and at the Heronry Pits. Black-caps singing
                           Great crested grebes nesting on 2 new nests on Heronry South. Little Egret x 3
                           Essex skipper in garden, also possible (but unlikely) small blue in Education garden.
                           Puss moth caterpillar in Visitor Centre garden still there.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Return wader passage already underway

3rd July: Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and a Curlew around the northern pits on Monday evening, as well as 3 Redshank and a Little Ringed Plover. Also Grasshopper Warbler singing and a Yellow-legged Gull.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

24th to 26th June 2017

June 24th  Pyramidal and bee orchids at several locations.
June 26th  Hummingbird hawkmoth on viper's bugloss near Hayden Hide.
                 Kingfisher at Kingfisher Hide. (Anastacia)
June 26th  Marbled white butterflies and Essex skipper on path from car park, parallel to Haul Road
                 Young common whitethroats at same location.
Common whitethroat (juv.)

Monday, 26 June 2017

June 13th to 19th 2017

June 13th  Mistle Thrush (car park) 2x bullfinch, goldcrest. (DP)

June 15th Cobham Hide, Norfolk hawker, hairy and emperor dragonflies.
                 Plus Scarce chaser on the Haul Road. (SH & RH)
                 Third Thursday Walk, 40 spp, including goldcrest and caol tiot on the Meadow Trail.

June 17th Kingfisher, OTTER. (S&R Wall.)

June 19th No sign of great dodder yet.

Hummer, by Anastacia.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Meadow Trail: family of Cetti's Warblers (at least 3 fledglings) at Hayling Pit.

Heronry South: 4 Little Egrets; female Tufted Duck with 6 ducklings.
Little egret, Heronry South Pit.

Monday, 12 June 2017

June 6th to June 12th 2017.

June 6th:    Black squirrel at Kingfisher Hide, 2 Muntjac deer, reed warbler near
                   Kingfisher Hide.

June 11th:  Banded demoiselle, European Hornet (queen).

June 12th:  4 otters seen and photographed on Heronry South Lake
                   Turtle Dove on wore by Dragonfly Pond.
                   Common whitethroat on OVW at farm.
                   Chiff-chaffs singing widely
                   Buzzard. Great Crested grebes building new nest across from the
                   Hayden Hide.(JAS)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

May 31st to June 4th

Turtle dove by Grainne Farrington

May 31st        34 common terns on rafts (Martin Runchman)

June 1st          5 Otters seen playing  on the Hayling Pit ? (Ian Langdon)
                       Cuckoo, Turtle dove at the Hayling Lake, Water Rail calling on Cloudy Pit,
                       Young reed bunting (Steve May)

June 3rd         Norfolk Hawkers on the Hayling, Rudd and Cloudy Pits as well as
                       along the meadow trail. Hobby seen catching one. (JAS)

June 4th         Turtle dove and nightingales heard during Breeding Bird Survey.
                       Painted lady, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Cinnabar Moth, Speckled Wood,
                       Hairy dragonfly, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Red Admiral,
                       Scarce Chaser, 4 Spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Norfolk Hawker
                       and Variable Damselfly.
                       Weasel by the River.

Monday, 5 June 2017

May 16th to 28th

May 18th          53 species seen on the Third Thursday Walk. No nightingales heard.
May 20th          55 species including nightingale, hobby, cuckoo, kingfisher and Cetti's warbler.
                          (Marylebone BW Society.)
May 21st          Weasel (near Kingfisher hide.) Kingfisher at river viewpoint. (Sophie and Craig)
                          Two kingfishers at the Kingfisher Hide. (RSPB Oxford Members' Group.)
May 22nd         3 cuckoos chasing at river viewpoint (Anastacia A).
May 23rd          Great crested grebes displaying.
May  24th         Otter and hobby at Kinfisher Hide. (DW)
May 25th          Barn owl (poss 2) River viewpoint. (Trevor Gunton)
May 26th          Nightingale pair of cuckoos at Moorings, (R & B)
                         Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly, Nightingale (T and V Gunton)
May 28th          Norfolk Hawker (10), Four spotted chaser (8), Scarce chaser (3), Hairy dragonfly (3),
                          grass snake and small copper butterfly.  (IW)


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

May 7th to15th 2017

May 7th: Water Rail near Washout Pit, Nightingale also nearby. (Mike Hodgson)
Nightingale (Phil Smith).

May 11th: Hobby over visitor centre, 2 cuckoos. Barn owl at River Viewpoint.

May 14th:  Muntjac near visitor centre. (Clare Thorpe)
Bullfinch, jay and treecreeper near the Cobham Hide.
3 hobbies, 2 cuckoos. (P Taylor)
Mallard with ducklings (by Bills Bench, Heronry South)

May 15th: Nightingale singing well at the entrance to the sailing club. 2 cuckoos at river viewpoint.
Lesser whitethroat singing from mound by Angler's car park plus another on Heron Trail.  Lots of swallows, martins and swifts plus 30 common terns. (Trevor Gunton)

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Monday 1st to Friday 5th May 2017

Male ring ouzel (jim Stevenson)
Highlights: A pair of ring ouzels arrived on the Bank Holiday Monday and stayed all week! A pair of turtle doves were seen on the 4th, but not since. There was a mass arrival of swifts towards the end of the week, making it possible to easily get a "full set" comprising of swifts, swallows, house and sand martins. Cuckoos were showing brilliantly with up to three at a time feeding on caterpillars at the River Viewpoint. At least one hobby was seen each day, usually on Heronry North, low over the water at dusk. We could watch one catching small insects with its feet. A few scattered sightings of black terns and a little gull.

Sadly nightingale numbers remain very low and the ones that are here are largely silent, whereas garden warblers, whitethroats and lesser whitethroats are in full song despite the cold weather.

On Bank Holiday Monday our official bird counters, Martin Davis and Jamie Wells, totalled 91 species on the Reserve and the northern pits by lunchtime!

Hobby catching midges  (Jim Stevenson 2016)
May 1st: 2 cuckoos, garden warbler, lesser whitethroat, nightingale, robin, blue tit, great tit, wren, tufted duck, mallard, mute swan, Canada goose, greylag, cormorant, gadwall, swallow, magpie, dunnock, bullfinch, goldfinch, common tern, GS woodpecker, moorhen, coot, house sparrow. 2 ring ouzels.

Otter seen at the Cobham Hide (twice) (Anastacia A and Paul Davies)

May 2nd: 2 cuckoos flying over the meadow (Anastacia A).
2 Ring ouzels, 4 black terns, bar tailed godwit, black tailed godwit, 3 dunlin, common sandpiper, whimbrel, 6 oystercatchers and 2 little ringed plovers. (All seen in the quarry by N Parkin who has a permit.)
3 buzzards and a sparrow hawk.

May 3rd: 2 ring ouzels, cuckoo, nightingale red legged partridge (E. Cope)

Cuckoo (Gill Street).
May 4th: Garden warbler, willow warbler, chiffchaff, lesser whitethroat, 2 red kites, swift, hobby, great spotted woodpecker, nightingale, 2 ring ouzels. (CJ Strudwick, BF Fisher and Jim Stevenson)

May 5th: Common sandpiper at the kingfisher hide, osprey over the VC, red kite. Probable little gull.
Our nesting treecreepers near the River Viewpoint lost their chicks to a stoat. (PK Smith)

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sunday 16th to Friday 21st April 2017

April 16th. Cuckoo, nightingale(2), cormorant young calling loudly.  (Aimee Truswell and A.C.)

April 17th.  Cuckoo, garden warbler. (A.C.)

April 18th.  Arctic, common and black terns. Green woodpecker (2) and willow warbler (2), wren, nightingale.

April 19th. Nightingale, cuckoo, kingfisher, swallow (6), buzzard, little gull. Damsel fly and common (holly?) blue butterfly. (GT)

Third Thursday Walk; 4s spp. including swift!

April 21st. 2 arctic terns with 40 + common terns. M. Wilkinson.
Muntjac in the Visitor Centre garden.