Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Broadwater GP - 28 July 2015

Yet another breezy day but thankfully not too breezy for Broadwater. On arrival at 6.20am there were lots of  House Martins and Swifts overhead, but conditions were just too blustery to have tried for hirundines by the sailing club.

Once the nets were up, MRB, BC, CL & DKL began processing the first birds while Margaret scribed. It wasn't as busy as some of our recent sessions but a total of 49 by the close of nets was pretty good, nonetheless. We noticed that the number of Blackcap and Garden Warbler had dropped right down while Chiffchaffs had a lot of birds lingering on site with 9 of the 21 being retraps. Five Reed Warblers, an infrequent catch on site, appeared to indicate that these birds were on the move through the site.

Totals: 33 (16)

Dunnock - 2 (1)
Robin - 1 (3)         
Blackbird - 1     
Reed Warbler - 5    
Garden Warbler -1
Blackcap - 2
Chiff-chaff - 12 (9)
Goldcrest -3
Blue Tit -3
Great Tit - 3
Long-tailed Tit - 0 (2)
Treecreeper - 0 (1)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Wraysbury GP - 23 July 2015

We met with ESA & RMA at 6.30am and had all 8 nets up pretty quickly. The area seemed rather quiet so we thought, at first, that we'd picked a day with fewer birds about to go out.

We didn't have a particularly busy first round but the catching was steady and we got some species that are not regularly captured at the site. There were no noticeable mixed flocks passing through and there were few Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, so there is still more migration, hopefully, to come. As usual, Blackcap was the most common species in the catch.

 3JP Goldfinch

 3J Starling in main moult

 Adult Garden Warbler

 3JM Reed Bunting

 3JP Lesser Whitethroat

For the third visit in succession there were men in high viz jackets on site. Activity around the imminent Solar panel farm and planned flood relief channel is increasing and when work on the second of these projects begins, in two or three years, we expect to lose access. The proposed channel will run straight down the track visible in the images above.

Total: 100 (20)

Wren -1 (1)
Dunnock -2
Robin - 6 (3)
Blackbird -1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler -2
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat -16 (5)
Garden Warbler -8
Blackcap - 42 (9)
Chiff-chaff - 3
Goldcrest - 2
Blue Tit - 4 (1)
Great Tit - 3
Starling - 1
Linnet -1
Bullfinch - 1 (1)
Reed Bunting - 3

Broadwater GP - 22 July 2015

We were joined byMRB, Margaret and JC for a mornings ringing. We got the nine nets up quickly and started catching straight away. We got a very respectable 66 birds including the first Pied Wagtail for the site.

 3JJ Pied Wagtail

It was noticable how Chiffchaff numbers have increased while numbers of Garden Warbler and Blackcap have tailed off for the moment. There were a couple of Treecreepers and a Willow Warbler.

3JP Willow Warbler
We were especially pleased with the number of birds considering there was no large feeding flock to boost the figures.

Totals: 58 (8)

Pied Wagtail - 1
Wren -3 (1)
Robin - 6 (1)         
Song Thrush - 1     
Reed Warbler - 1    
Garden Warbler - 5
Blackcap - 12 (2)
Chiff-chaff - 21 (2)
Willow Warbler - 1
Goldcrest - 1
Blue Tit - 1
Great Tit - 4 (1)
Treecreeper - 1 (1)


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Black Park - 21 July 2015

A late afternoon visit failed to produce any White Admirals, though eight Silver-washed Fritillaries were seen, together with a number of other commoner butterflies.

Small White

Holly Blue

Silver-washed Fritillary


Monday, 20 July 2015

Wraysbury GP - 20 July 2015

A last minute check of the weather on Sunday night indicated that the forecast for the end of the week was changing, and there had been an about turn so that Monday now seemed to be the calmest day, plus overcast.

We couldn't start early due to a commitment at 7.30am, but after that we headed to Wraysbury. By this time it was drizzling and we only put up four nets. Thankfully we were spared too much running around closing nets as the only time we closed was to clear extracted birds. Not bad all in all, 4 nets (and only two of those were full 60s), 3 and half hours and 92 birds.

Juvenile Lesser Whitethroat

3JM Blackcap 

Total: 87 (5)

Wren - 2
Dunnock -3
Blackbird -1 (1)
Reed Warbler - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat -6 (2)
Garden Warbler -15
Blackcap - 43 (1)
Chiff-chaff -4
Willow Warbler - 0 (1)
Blue Tit - 8
Long-tailed Tit - 2
Linnet -1

Wicken Wood - 19 July 2015

One of our rare butterfly sorties in the UK this year, apart from a unsuccessful Black Hairstreak visit to Bernwood Forest in June, from a photographing perspective.

When we arrived it was drizzling but we sat it out for a few moments and headed down the main track. Mostly it consisted of Green-veined White, Small and Large Whites, Ringlet, with a few Common Blues, Meadow Browns, Peacock, Comma, and Small Tortoiseshell, but was also managed to see a single Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritilliary, four White Admirals and as we left what was initially thought to be a White Admiral flew in over the entrance gate, landed a few feet inside on the main track, turned out to be a Purple Emperor.


Green-veined Whites


 Painted Lady

White Admiral

Purple Emperor

Stanwell GP - 18 July 2015

Another morning with a bit too much wind so we avoided the more open areas and stuck to the sheltered reedbed ride with just one net out on the lake bed that continues to expand as water is drawn from the lake. At this rate there will be virtually no freshwater mussels or fish left. Three Little Egrets and a Grey Heron have been there on the last three times we've visited, taking advantage of the shallow pools and stranded shellfish.

 Grey Wagtail juvenile

We only got 21 birds, but that said, they were of  10 species, including our first Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat of the year, and a juvenile Grey Wagtail.

Totals: 21

Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Grey Wagtail - 1
Wren - 1
Dunnock -  1
Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 5
Whitethroat - 2
Garden Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 4
Blue Tit - 3