Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Saturday 25th July 2009

We're into the quiet period as far as the birds are concerned.

Last weekend there was a large Terrapin in Lillypads and the two young Coot, seen the previous weekend were AWOL, a small fluffy Moorhen had taken their place, a little close to the Terrapin for comfort. Green Veined White butterfly along the woodland walk, exactly the same place as the one seen on the last guided walk.

Still a few singers about this weekend, with Blackcaps being particularly loud. Several Treecreepers heard (Spit, Navigation Channel and Dead Seat). Surprised a Muntjac as we came into Fingers at the Sedgewick Seat entrance. Visited EN's stand in the Rough and while there heard a short snatch of Lesser Whitethroat song. Eclipse male Gadwall on Lillypads.

A noticeable increase in Tern numbers the last couple of weeks with ~30 over the main lake this week.

CES v.9 - 25th July

Another CES visit on Saturday - but this time open to the public.
A very good catch of 43 birds, only 6 of which were adults (inc. 3 Blackcaps).
Summary - Wren 7, Dunnock 4, Robin 3, Blackbird 4, Song Thrush 1, Reed Warbler 4, Whitethroat 3, Blackcap 8, Chiffchaff 3, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 2, Goldfinch 3.

A german ringer joined Ed and I for the morning and we were visited by about 10 people, one of whom was a potential recruit.