Migrant Hawker male Cosmeston 12th October.
There were at least ten Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest 1 Green Woodpecker 1 Swallow 3 on the lakes Tufted Duck 30 . At the Dragonfly Ponds a bird seen briefly diving in to the reeds we thought was a Reed Warbler Other: Common Darter 8 Southern Hawker 3 Migrant Hawker 10 Red Admiral 2 Large White 1
An amazing 208 Coot Mute Swan 73 Tufted Duck 13 Teal 4 Moorhen 10. Two colour ringed L/B/B/ Gull and one Black-headed Gull. Also a pair of Coot with four recently hatched chicks.
A buddleia bush near the dragonfly pools was loaded with butterflies two of which were High Brown Fritillaries we saw another later. The other butterflies were Red Admiral 8 Peacock 10 Painted lady 1 Gate Keeper 1. There was a general coming and going and therefore the number of individuals could have been higher. Could not get a pic of the Frit.
on the bird front Red Kite Buzzard 2 Raven 1 Green WP 1 Great Spotted WP 1 Chiffchaff 2
Dragonflies: Southern Hawker 3 Common Darter 8 Emerald Damselfly 6 and a Blue-tailed Damselfly
A recently fledge Wheatear lots of Sand Martins
Dipper 1 Grey Wagtail 8 birds of which two were juveniles Stock Dove 5 flew in front of the new hide Reed Warbler 2 Whitethroat 1 Chiffchaff 1 Long-tailed Tit 8. Also Ringlet 4 and Meadow Brown 6 and a visit to the pool produced 6 Azure Blue damselflies. It was good to see Cliff Woodhead at the reserve.
Goosander 2 drakes near the jetty Great Crested Grebe 24 Mute Swan 35 a Mute Swan and GCG nesting close proximity. Lots of ‘hirundines’ over the bay difficult to estimate numbers, mostly Swifts. Others: Kingfisher 1 Reed Warbler 7 Cetti’s 4 Whitethroat 2 Blackcap 1 Chiffchaff 1 Reed Bunting 2.
Goosander 9 one male House Martin circa 50 Grey wagtail 2 Coot 4 nests two with chicks Shelduck 1
On a cold windy day: Sand Martin 20 Swallow 1 first of the year for us. Goosander 13 (two drakes) Also Lesser Black-backed Gull colour ringed F:458
Mediterranean Gull adult transitional winter to breeding plumage Goosander 1 female Lesser B?B Gull 40 Herring Gull 10 Black-headed Gull 40.
Water Rail an immature bird, Goosander 8 three of which were drakes, also good numbers of gulls none of which were ringed.
Goosander 15 three of which were drakes, Kingfisher 1 Moorhen 6 Cormorant 2
Blackcap 1 male feeding in mahonia Tufted Duck 51 Teal 6 and colour ringed Black-headed and Lesser B/B Gulls.
Jackdaw with single white feather.
Tuesday 13th October: Redwing 6 Mistle Thrush 10 Great Tit 8 Blue Tit 6 Goshawk 1 Song Thrush 2
Red Kite 2 Peregrine 1 Buzzard 2 Chiffchaff 6 Jay 2 Swallow 5 Stonechat 1 Linnet 5. Also, Southern Hawker 4 ( one female ovipositing) Common Darter lots, Emerald Damselfly 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly 1 Comma Butterfly 1 Signal Crayfish 4
Goshawk 1 Red Kite 2 Buzzard 2 Tree Creeper 1 there were lots of Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters also Southern Hawker 3 and Blue-tailed Damselfly 1
Chiffchaff Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Dragonflies: Emperor, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Blue-tailed and Emerald Damselflies.
Mediterranean Gull 2nd year with Black-headed Gulls the bird was ringed PY8 red