Wednesday, 31 July 2019

August 2019

This month will hopefully see an increase in waders on the reserve. Green sandpipers have already been a feature from mid July onwards. The last of the swifts will be on their way south and other early migrants might include a few passerines.

The last swifts of the year.
It's not only birds that migrate, insects so too. Look for migrant hawker dragonflies, hummingbird hawk-moths and perhaps clouded yellow butterflies.

Great dodder at the river view.
If you have never seen one, leaf emerald damselflies could be a good "tick" as these are relatively scarce and a newcomer to the Pits.

We have not had a lot of records for wasp spider this year, but they are still around if you look carefully. I have had two reports from the meadow.

Wasp spider from underneath.

Wasp spider upper side.

1st August: Green sandpiper and little egret on Heronry South, Chiffchaffs, blackcaps, common whitethroat x 2, reed warbler x 4, kingfisher, yellowhammer, b-h gull x 63, g-c grebe x 21, linnet x 5, buzzard.
Great dodder at river viewpoint.
Common buzzard.
August 1st: Here is an excellent sighting from John McDonough  It's aRed-tipped Clearwing (Synanthedon formicaeformis) photographed on the Meadow Trail.
Red tipped clearwing moth.

This species imitates a small wasp and uses various willows as food plants, of which there are many around the area.


5th August: 25 species on Heronry South including 7 lapwings. (TG)

6th August: Blue tit x 2, great tit x 3, collared dove x 2.
Green-veined white.

7th August: Very quiet on the lakes, b-h gulls, grey heron, cormorant, moorhen. Emperor, ruddy darter, common darter, brown hawker and migrant hawker dragonflies. green-veined white and gatekeeper butterflies. (JAS)

Ruddy darter.
8th August: Young blue tits, coal tit?, great tit x 2, greenfinch, magpie, rook, pied wagtail, wood pigeon, wren. All the Visitor Centre.

11th August: Great spotted woodpecker at the Hayden Hide. Greenfinch x 2, blue tit x3.

Blue tit.
12th August: Grey squirrel x 2, blue tit x 3, great it x 3, wren.

15th August: Third Thursday Walk:
B-h gull, blue tit, crow, chaffinch, cormorant, dunnock, gadwall, goldfinch, g-c grebe, great tit, green sandpiper, grey heron, little egret x 5, magpie, mallard, moorhen, mute swan, robin, stock dove, wood pigeon, wren, Canada goose (22spp.) David Wilson.
Small white butterfly in garden.
Good selection of dragonflies including common and ruddy darters, brown hawker etc.

Goldfinch.
16th August: Little Egret x 2, new baby moorhens, large flock of mixed hirundines, all on Heronry Lakes. (JAS)

August 18th: Otter in the Heronry Lakes 4-5 pm.

August 20th: Flock of long-tailed tits in VC garden, wasp spider in meadow, c25 gadwall on Heronry lake, willow emerald damselfly.
Willow emerald, Cloudy Pit.

22nd August: Flock of long-tailed tits at the Hayden Hide, Buzzard over, green woodpeckers at river view, green sandpiper at Kingfisher Hide.

23rd August: Lots of sightings of willow emeralds this week. Also two otters on Heronry Lakes, wasp spider in the meadow and a skulking young birds in the bushes including blackcap, garden warbler, lesser whitethroat, whitethroat, reed warbler and long-tailed tits. Tawny owls and coal tit calling in Gordon Road. (Mark Brandon). Herons "sunbathing" and panting at the same time.

Grey heron, Heronry South Lake.

27th August: Brown, southern and migrant hawkers, common and ruddy darters. Willow emeralds on the meadow trail and a wasp spider. Water rail at the beach on Cloudy Pit. Water shrew and wood-mouse at the beach. (JAS.)

Mating willow emeralds.
28th August: Little egret x2, green sandpiper x 2, gadwall x 40, wigeon x 5, grey heron x 5, lapwing x 5 all on Heronry South. (TG)

29th August: Mute swan x 36, g-c grebe x 13, cormorant x 18, gadwall x 88, teal x 5, mallard x 27, wigeon x 3, tufted duck x 17. moorhen  x 13, kingfisher, green sandpiper x 2, little egret x 4, heron, blue tit, collared dove, magpie, goldfinch, wren, robin, greenfinch, b-h gull x 94, dunnock, reed bunting, great tit, green woodpecker, jackdaw, l-t tit, stock dove, crow, g-s woodpecker, chiff-chaff x 4, treecreeper. (Terry Brown).

30th August: Green sandpiper x 2, common sandpiper x 2, lapwing, teal, shoveler, widgeon, gadwall, kingfisher. (Heronry Lakes) JAS. Small white, red admiral, painted lady. Collared dove x 11.

31st August: Great white egret on Heronry South. (Stephen May).



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