Tuesday, 23 August 2016


Highlight this morning comprised 2 fem/imm Common Redstarts in the long W paddock hedgerow, by the second 'plateau' behind the dragonfly pond. Also 2 Green 'Peckers, 2 ad Little Grebes in W lake 'bay', and a 'kettle' of 3 Buzzards.

Monday, 22 August 2016


1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 6+ Chiffchaff, 10 Goldfinch, mostly juvs, 10 Long-t tit, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 juv Green ‘Pecker, mixed flock of c.30 hirundines, GC Grebe young x 3 as big as the ads now, 1 ad Little Grebe [2 yesterday], 6 Tufted Duck.

Sunday, 14 August 2016


Pretty quiet during a quick circuit. The GC Grebe young are now 2/3 the size of the ads and diving independently. 6 Tufted Ducks. A Peregrine flew over W lake.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


A common Darter ... but

Mainly leps of interest this morning.
Brimstone - a very pale one

Common Blue

Common Blue fem

Common Blue m


Holly Blue

Holly Blue

Meadow Brown m

Monday, 8 August 2016


The three GCG chicks are obviously feeding well - see a couple of the pix where one is trying to swallow a Rudd which it has juts been given! Also a pic of a Common Darter near the dragonfly pond. Click on the pix for bigger ones.

Sunday, 7 August 2016


The Grebe chicks are OK after all. Seen mid W lake this morning being fed by the adults. Also lots of juv Crows around, mint of some sort by the Snipe paddock & dragonfly pond.

Friday, 5 August 2016


I have concerns for the GC Grebe pair. Could only see 2 ads on E lake and 1 on W lake and no sign of young. Last time I saw them they were almost half the size of the ads so it would be a huge shame if they have been predated, esp as it was third time lucky to get beyond the egg stage. Last time they were swimming but still resorting to parent's back on occasion.
Other than that, these were the only interest:
6-Spot Burnet moths

Common Blue [at least I think it's Common]