Sunday, August 08, 2010

Saturday 7th August 2010

A fairly quiet morning with very few Warblers seen/heard, but at least it wasn't raining this week. No Canada Geese on the main lake but Mute Swan numbers remain a similar levels with ~99 + the 3 cygnets, although they were difficult to count this week with a large number tightly grouped together by the island. There was also a single Tufted Duck on the main lake. There seems to have been a die off of Bream with at least 3 dead fish noted at the beach end of the main lake and another spotted rolling about on the surface, seemingly in distress.

On Fingers the Mute Swan family were in the usual position on one of the islands in front of Kramer hide, in fact I'm not sure they have moved in 3 weeks! On west fingers at least 5 Gadwall were spotted in amongst the Mallards. It's a bit more challenging this time of year, with all the males in eclipse plumage, identifying individuals but good fun all the same. Kingfisher was also heard and seen from Kramer hide and later at the Canoe Slalom.

At the Canoe Slalom, as well as the Kingfisher, at least 5 Grey Wagtails were seen, along with a large cloud of, less welcome, midges.

Just a family of Common Whitethroats between the Woodland Walk and Fingers, our only Warbler count of the morning. We also had a single Common Blue butterfly by the south entrance to the Woodland Walk.
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