Tuesday, 4 June 2019

June 2019

June 1st: Lesser whitethroat on the mound, g-s woodpecker at the Hayden Hide (AP)

Breeding Bird Survey:  June 2nd 

Neal Parkin Reports:
The highlights from this weekend surveys were:
Cuckoo – a male & female were seen flying together at both south and north end of the Pits.
Barn owl – few reports of barn owls this year but one was seen during the survey
Mistle thrush – an uncommon bird at Paxton so good to see some records
Kingfisher – pair seen on the river
Turtle dove – a bird heard purring in the Sanctuary by the ringers at 6:00
Jay – an uncommon bird caught by the ringers on Sunday
Red-crested pochard – these birds are usually absent over the summer months!
Avocet – pair at north end
Otter – caused the lesser black-backed gulls to become very agitated
Nightingales – 2 may be 3 birds singing. And better still another bird seen carrying food.

Ringing Report from Derek Gruar: June 2nd.

The fourth Paxton CES ringing session of the season was on an overcast and humid morning. Statistically the 4th CES session of the season is the quietest of the year. Since 2007 there have only been two catches of over 30 new birds. Our total of 24 new birds was about par for this visit and was dominated by recently fledged Blue Tits. Warblers were at a premium with singles of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler, we expect to see fledged warblers appear over the next few sessions. Other notable species included the 3rd ever jay ringed on a CES ringing session and the first Bullfinch and Song Thrushes of the year.
Spotted orchid

June 2nd: Cuckoo, little egret, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck, mute swan, swallow, sand martin, jackdaw, coot, dunnock, cormorant, collared dove, wood pigeon, crow, magpie, moorhen, b-h gull, common tern, goldcrest, blackcap, wren, chaffinch, jay, g-c-grebe, l-b-b-gull, l-t tit, willow warbler, Canada Goose, reed bunting, yellowhammer, linnet, red kite, rat, blue tit.

Four spotted chaser
June 3rd: Common tern, tree creeper, green woodpecker, great tit, blue tit, blackbird, cormorant, gadwall, mallard, tufted duck, b-h gull, g-c grebe, heron, crow, rook, jackdaw, magpie, kingfisher, white throat and cuckoo. 
Dragonflies etc: Norfolk hawker, hairy hawker, 4-spot chaser, variable damsel, common blue damsel, azure damsel, blue-tailed damsel, red-eyed damsel, banded demoiselle and cinnabar moth.
Cinnabar moth
June 4th: 54 spp seen by Terry Brown, including:
House martin x 25, blackcap x 17, reed warbler x 8, treecreeper x 2, common tern x 74 oystercatcher x 2, red-crested pochard fm, cuckoo x 2, reed bunting x 7, g-c grebe x 12, tufted duck x 35, gadwall x 12, garden warbler, chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, yellowhammer, sedge warbler, Cetti's warbler.
Hairy hawker
June 5th: Bullfinch (Robin West)

June 9th: R-c pochard by Kingfisher Hde. Cettis warbler x 3-4.2 bee orchids near quarry,

June 11th: Fox, cuckoo, yellowhammer, blackcap, Cetti's warbler.

June 14th: Blue tit, great tit, woodpigeon, stock dove, blackbird, moorhen,  mallard, gadwall, mute swan, crow, magpie, jackdaw, cormorant, swallow, house martin, dunnock, common tern, b-h gull, robin, tufted duck, grey heron, blackcap, chiffchaff, wren. (BM)

Broad bodies chaser, four spotted and black tailed skimmers, grass snake swimming.

Linnet, reed bunting, willow warbler, green woodpecker, song-thrush, Cetti's warbler, cuckoo, greenfinch, chiffchaff, blackcap, gardeb warbler. G-c grebe with young on Cloudy Pit, g-s woodpecker and hobby. 

June 16th: Little egret x 2, Grey heron x 2, grey squirrel, swans, mallards cormorants and terns.

June 20th: Just to mention that today I saw the following dragonflies on the Meadow Walk:

Blue-tailed Damselfly
Black-tailed Skimmer
Common Darter
Common Blue Damselfly
Azure Damselfly
Variable Damselfly
Norfolk Hawker
Also probably a China Mark moth: which type I cannot tell from the poor pictures.
There are more details on IRecord. 

Norfolk Hawker

Variable damselfly 
You have a wonderful place! Thank you for a great break from work!

Kind regards Alan Holmes

Buzzard x 2, oystercatcher, little egret, common tern x 38, sand martin x 7, yellowhammer x 4, reed bunting x 6. Also garden warbler, blackcap, whitethroat, reed warbler, chiffchaff, willow warbler, skylark, g-s woodpecker, green woodpecker, bullfinch, kestrel, linnet goldfinch, song thrush, G-c grebe x 11, tufted duck x 20, gadwall x 10. (Terry Brown)

Third Thursday Walk:
Blackbird, blackcap,b-h gull, blue tit, crow, chiffchaff, common tern, coot, cormorant, dunnock, gadwall, garden warbler, g-c grebe, great tit, green woodpecker, greenfinch, grey heron, greylag, house martin, jackdaw, kingfisher, l-blb gull, little egret, l-t tit, magpie, mallard, moorhen, mute swan, oystercatcher, pheasant, reed warbler, robin, collared dove, song thrush, starling, stock dove, tufted duck, willow warbler, wood pigeon, wren, Canada goose, Cetti's warbler (43spp + muntjac.)
David Wilson

June 22nd:  Full list will be Birdtracked.
Cuckoo, heard only, Kingfisher, Turtle Dove, 2 flew across the Sailing Lake at 16:45 approx.
Does anyone know what the Bees and Wasps are that are nesting on the banks of Hayling Lake?
Martin Bell, Merthyr Tydfil. 

Norfolk hawker on Garden Pond, brown hawker, emperor dragonflies. Red-eyed, common blue and azure damsels.

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve: Constant Effort Site (CES) Ringing NewsletterVisit Five: 22nd June 2019

The fifth Paxton CES ringing session of the season was on an a very pleasant summers morning. We were interested to see what effect (if any) the recent heavy rains may have had on nesting success. Our catch of 32 birds and 4 recaptures matched the average numbers seen on corresponding visits since 2007. After a successful year in 2018 the low numbers of Blackcaps caught to date this year is a little surprising. We were pleased to catch a newly fledged Whitethroat (a scarce bird around the Sanctuary area at Paxton) as well as young Garden Warblers, Wrens and Chiffchaffs. Five juvenile Treecreepers all caught in the same area throughout the morning was a record catch for this species on a single ringing session. Other notable species included the 18th Green Woodpecker ringed on a CES ringing session and the second Bullfinch and Song Thrushes of the year.
Ringers for this session were: Derek Gruar, Maureen Reeves, Andy Stanbury, Sara Miller and Saskia Wischnewski. Davy Reeves provided great help clearing vegetation from net rides.

The table below gives details of the number of birds ringed and recaptured

June 25th: Wren at Kingfisher Hide, cuckoo calling, red admiral (NS)

June 27th: 9:15-13:15 49 spp. (Anon)
Gc grebe, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck,mute swan, Canada goose, greylag, buzzard, kestrel, hobby, moorhen, coot, b-h gull, common tern, green woodpecker, oystercatcher, lapwing, woodpigeon, stock dove, sand martin, garden warbler, sedge warbler, reed warbler, chiffchaff, willow warbler, Cetti's warbler, blackcap, great tit, blue tit, l-t tit, robin, wren, dunnock, blackbird, song thrush, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, reed bunting, yellowhammer, jackdaw, crow, magpie, starling, linnet, lesser whitethroat, whitethroat, cormorant.

Painted lady, red admiral, large tortoise shell??? , comma, meadow brown. 

B-t skimmer, scarce chaser, banded demoiselle, red-eyed damsel, blue-tailed damsel, common blue and azure damsels.

June 28th: Fox cubs seen playing near the dragonfly pond. Painted lady, comma, small skipper, red admiral, meadow brown, ringlet. Kingfisher, cuckoo, buzzard etc. (JAS)

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve: Constant Effort Site (CES) Ringing Newsletter
Visit Six: 30th June 2019

The sixth Paxton CES ringing session of the season was on sunny morning the day after the hottest the day of the year. Bird activity was low first thing in the morning but picked up as the morning progressed. The catch was dominated by resident species, with the paucity of juvenile warblers again noticeable. After ringing a female Green Woodpecker on visit five, an adult male was ringed on this session. The first fledged Bullfinch of the year was another notable capture.
Ringers for this session were: Maureen Reeves, Andy Stanbury, Viv Ward, Chris Ward and Ken Griffin. 

Recapture information
The two captures were birds ringed earlier in 2019.

Mid-season Review
The sixth session marks the mid-point of the CES ringing season and I was interested in comparing 2019 to other seasons. The table below gives the number of birds ringed and recaptured at the same point in all seasons from 2007.

This season is slightly below the average total of 174 new birds for the mid-point over the past 13 years. It is noticeable that there is a decrease in the number of recaptures. There are a number of potential reasons for this, one may be a result of high mortality of adult birds during recent cold winters and the “beast from the East” storm.

The following table looks at the mid-point totals for nine warbler species we find at Paxton. At the CES mid-point we are 30% down on average since 2007. This may well be due to the poor survival of first broods during the prolonged wet spell in June. As many species are multi-brooded, numbers may well improve during the second half of the season.