June 2017

Please note: 
Please report your sightings to Neil Randon at neil.randon@googlemail.com.

Fri, 30 June 2017: 2 COMMON TERN, 1 POCHARD
Also: Butterflies: Purple Hairstreak (Spynes), Gatekeeper (railway line embankment), Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet. 
Dragonflies: Banded Damselfly, Beautiful Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer. Gordon Hay

Wild flowers by railway line (Gordon Hay)
Thurs, 29 June 2017: 1 LITTLE EGRET. Gordon Hay 

COMMON BLUE (Gordon Hay)
Sun, 25 June 2017-Wed, 28 June 2017: no reported sightings

Sat, 24 June 2017: 10.15hrs-14.30hrs: 1 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake), 3 MUTE SWAN, c62 GREYLAG GOOSE, 46 CANADA GOOSE, 19 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 3 GADWALL, 9 TUFTED DUCK, 5 CORMORANT, 2 GREY HERON, 9 LITTLE GREBE (plus 2 young), 2 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 KESTREL, 2 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c100 HERRING GULL, 3 COLLARED DOVE, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 1 SKYLARK, 2 SAND MARTIN, c15 HOUSE MARTIN, 8 CHIFFCHAFF, 5 BLACKCAP, 6 COMMON WHITETHROAT, c8 REED WARBLER, 1 TREECREEPER, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 3 REED BUNTING. Also: Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Ringlet. Richard Perry

05.30hrs-08.45hrs: 1 LITTLE EGRET (flew into middle pool, Moors), 2 COMMON TERN (on pontoon M.Lake), c83 GREYLAG GOOSE, c18 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (WC), c8 GADWALL (3 Moors pools, c5 WC), c6 GREAT CRESTED GREBE (incl. 2 adults & 1 large juv, M.West), 1 PEREGRINE (probable male, low over Middle Pit, 6.05am), c75 COOT (incl. adult with 2 chicks Spynes, another adult with 2 chicks WC1, and 15+ juvs), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (WC1), c2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c8 COMMON SWIFT, c10 SAND MARTIN (Spynes), c1 SWALLOW (M.Farm), c12 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (singing male in old conveyor belt area, M.Park), c3 GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes/Middle Pit area), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (singing male M.Farm hedgerow), c6 REED WARBLER, 1 PIED WGTAIL (juv. WC2 island), 2 YELLOWHAMMER (singing males, M.Farm). Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

PINTAILxMALLARD hybrid in total eclipse (Gordon Hay)
COMMON WHITETHROAT juvenile (Gordon Hay)
GATEKEEPER (Gordon Hay)
RINGLET (Gordon Hay)
COMMON BLUE - just hanging on! (Gordon Hay)
Fri, 23 June 2017: 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC2 island, then flew off SW), 2 COMMON TERN (sitting on eggs, pontoon, M.Lake), 19 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 11 GADWALL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (male hybrid in total eclipse, Moors pools), 4 BLACK-HEADED GULL. Also: Butterflies: 1 Marbled White, 6 Comma, 45 Ringlet, 30 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Skipper, 1 Common Blue, 3 Red Admiral. Dragonflies: 3 Emperor, 1 Brown Hawker, c30 Black-tailed Skimmer. Gordon Hay

Thurs, 22 June 2017: 04.30hrs-08.30hrs: 2 COMMON TERN, 1 GREYLAG GOOSE, 43 CANADA GOOSE, 16 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 10 GADWALL, 20 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 3 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 7 LITTLE GREBE (incl. c3 on dew pond on Nutfield Ridge), 2 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 LAPWING, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 55 HERRING GULL, 12 FERAL PIGEON, 6 STOCK DOVE, 12 COMMON SWIFT, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 10 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 21 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, c450 JACKDAW, 1 ROOK, 13 CARRION CROW, 5 GOLDCREST, 2 COAL TIT, 8 SKYLARK, 4 SAND MARTIN, 30 HOUSE MARTIN, 20 LONG-TAILED TIT, 15 CHIFFCHAFF, 20 BLACKCAP, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 13 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 10 REED WARBLER, 3 NUTHATCH, 5 TREECREEPER, 43 WREN, 40 STARLING, 36 BLACKBIRD, 22 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 6 CHAFFINCH, 4 GREENFINCH, 21 GOLDFINCH, 4 BULLFINCH, 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 6 REED BUNTING. 62 species counted. Ray Baker

2 COMMON TERN (on pontoon, M.Lake), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 240 HERRING GULL, 1 LITTLE OWL (called behind Spynes overflow pond). Butterflies: Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Marbled White, Speckled Wood. Dragonflies: Emperor, Brown Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer. Damselflies: Beautiful, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Azure. Gordon Hay


BLUE-TAILED DAMSELFLY (Gordon Hay)
EMPEROR DRAGONFLY (possibly female) Gordon Hay)
BANDED DEMOISELLE (Gordon Hay)
Tues 20 June 2017-Wed, 21 June 2017: no reported sightings

Mon, 19 June 2017: 04.20hrs-12.00hrs: 2 COMMON TERN, 5 MUTE SWAN, 25 GREYLAG GOOSE, 36 CANADA GOOSE, 17 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 8 GADWALL, 21 MALLARD, 2 MALLARD (domestic), 25 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 3 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 15 LITTLE GREBE, 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 8 MOORHEN, 28 COOT, 1 LAPWING, 2 COMMON GULL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 70 HERRING GULL, 13 FERAL PIGEON, 11 STOCK DOVE, 30 WOODPIGEON, 4 COLLARED DOVE, 6 COMMON SWIFT, 1 KINGFISHER, 3 GREEN WOODPECKER, 6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 4 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 28 MAGPIE, c225 JACKDAW, 5 ROOK, 56 CARRION CROW, 4 GOLDCREST, 34 BLUE TIT, 21 GREAT TIT, 3 COAL TIT, 6 SKYLARK, 2 SAND MARTIN, 3 SWALLOW, 15 HOUSE MARTIN, 40 LONG-TAILED TIT, 22 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 21 BLACKCAP, 4 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 19 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 17 REED WARBLER, 4 NUTHATCH, 2 TREECREEPER, 47 WREN, 60 STARLING, 25 BLACKBIRD, 14 SONG THRUSH, 19 ROBIN, 18 DUNNOCK, 8 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 5 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 33 GOLDFINCH, 9 BULLFINCH, 3 YELLOWHAMMER, 9 REED BUNTING. 66 species counted. Also: Butterflies: Small Skipper, Ringlet, 165 Meadow Brown. Ray Baker
JACKDAW feeding young (Ray Baker)

BROWN HAWKER (Ray Baker)
MARBLED WHITE (Ray Baker)
Sun, 18 June 2017: 2 COMMON TERN (on pontoon, M.Lake), 1 LAPWING, 1 WILLOW WARBLER (singing by conveyor belt, M.Park), c5 GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes/Middle Pit), c2 LESSER WHITETHROAT (around Spynes). Also: butterflies: Essex Skipper, Brown Hawker, 5 Marbled White. Ray Baker
 

Sat, 17 June 2017: 10.15hrs-13.45hrs: 2 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake), 3 MUTE SWAN, c60 GREYLAG GOOSE, 38 CANADA GOOSE, 21 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 6 GADWALL, 5 TUFTED DUCK, 12 CORMORANT, 1 GREY HERON, 7 LITTLE GREBE (plus 1 young), 4 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c130 HERRING GULL, 1 COMMON SWIFT, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 1 GOLDCREST, 2 SAND MARTIN, c20 HOUSE MARTIN, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 5 BLACKCAP, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 6 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 6 REED WARBLER (incl. 1 carrying food), 2 HOUSE SPARROW, 3 GREENFINCH, 2 REED BUNTING. Richard Perry

05.45hrs-09.10hrs: 2 COMMON TERN (on pontoon M.Lake, showing courtship behaviour, incl. male flying in to join female on pontoon and presenting with a fish), c20 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (WC), c10 GADWALL (Moors pools), 1 PHEASANT (male M.Farm), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (Chilmead Farm), 1 KESTREL (M.Farm), c50 COOT (incl. family party with c5 chicks, Moors pools), 2 LAPWING (M.West), c3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c3 STOCK DOVE, c10 COMMON SWIFT, c6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (incl. c2 juv.), c20 MAGPIE (incl. at least 1 juv, Nutfield Marsh), c6 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW (Chilmead Farm), c6 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (singing male in old conveyor belt area, M.Park), c2 GARDEN WARBLER (incl. probable juv. cycle path Middle Pit), c6 REED WARBLER (incl. singing male Spynes overflow pool), c8 CHIFFCHAFF (incl. c2 juv. M23 end Spynes),1 NUTHATCH (M23 end Spynes), c2 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm). Butterflies: Dozens of Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 1 Small White, 1 Large White, several Large Skipper, several Common Blue. Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Fri, 16 June 2017: no reported sightings

Thurs, 15 June 2017: 04.20hrs-12.15hrs: 2 COMMON TERN, 29 GREYLAG GOOSE, 43 CANADA GOOSE, 19 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 6 GADWALL, 19 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 11 CORMORANT, 5 GREY HERON, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 4 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 KESTREL, 1 LAPWING, 1 COMMON GULL, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 95 HERRING GULL, 15 STOCK DOVE, 1 COLLARED DOVE, 5 COMMON SWIFT, 3 GREEN WOODPECKER, 8 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 6 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 22 MAGPIE, c130 JACKDAW, c85 ROOK, c110 CARRION CROW, 7 GOLDCREST, 3 COAL TIT, 6 SKYLARK, 8 SAND MARTIN, 10 HOUSE MARTIN, 25 LONG-TAILED TIT, 16 CHIFFCHAFF, 19 BLACKCAP, 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 13 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 17 REED WARBLER, 1 NUTHATCH, 8 TREECREEPER, 35 WREN, c70 STARLING, 25 BLACKBIRD, 11 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 4 CHAFFINCH, 6 GREENFINCH, 29 GOLDFINCH, 7 BULLFINCH, 2 YELLOWHAMMER, 2 REED BUNTING. 66 species counted. Ray Baker

Wed, 14 June 2017: no reported sightings

Tues, 13 June 2017: am: 1 LITTLE EGRET, 9 GADWALL, 1 RED KITE, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 1 KINGFISHER, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Also; Butterflies: 2 Red Admiral, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White, 4 Speckled Wood, 7 Common Blue. 
Dragonflies: 5 Emperor, c20 Black-tailed Skimmer, 15 Beautiul Demoiselle, 8 Banded Demoiselle, 4 Large Red, 12 Red-eyed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies. Gordon Hay

RED KITE (Gordon Hay)
SMALL WHITE (Gordon Hay)
LARGE RED DAMSELFLY (Gordon Hay)

Mon, 12 June 2017: 04.45hrs-07.30hrs: 2 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake), 21 GREYLAG GOOSE, 40 CANADA GOOSE, 10 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 7 GADWALL, 2 SHOVELER, 13 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 4 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 10 LITTLE GREBE, 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 55 HERRING GULL, 2 COLLARED DOVE, c20 COMMON SWIFT, 5 GREEN WOODPECKER, 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 16 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 1 COAL TIT, 2 SKYLARK, c25 SAND MARTIN, c10 HOUSE MARTIN, 40 LONG-TAILED TIT, 14 CHIFFCHAFF, 16 BLACKCAP, 5 GARDEN WARBLER, 14 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 9 REED WARBLER, 3 TREECREEPER, 18 SONG THRUSH, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 23 BLACKBIRD, 9 SONG THRUSH, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 2 CHAFFINCH, 7 GREENFINCH, 14 GOLDFINCH, 3 BULLFINCH, 6 REED BUNTING. 56 species counted. Ray Baker

Sun, 11 June 2017: 05.55hrs-09.25hrs: 1 COMMON TERN (vocal bird over M.Lake, then lthen on platform, first thing), c12 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (WC), 9 GADWALL (7 Moors pools, 2 WC), c25 MALLARD (incl. 2 females with 6 ducklings between them, Spynes), c8 GREAT CRESTED GREBE (incl. pair  with 4 chicks, M.Lake), 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (on cricket pitch, Nutfield Marsh), c5 COMMON SWIFT, c3 ROOK (over Moors), c6 BLUE TIT (incl. family party nr Aquasports), c3 GREAT TIT (all juv.), c5 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW (Chilmead Lane), c8 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC), c5 GARDEN WARBLER (incl. 4 Spynes area, 1 singing male WC mound), c5 LESSER WHITETHROAT (incl. singing male in hedgerow M.Farm, plus a party of 4 birds S of Spynes), c6 REED WARBLER (incl. singing male Spynes overflow pool, plus another Cormongers Lane overflow pool), c10 ROBIN (incl. adult feeding 3 juv. by Aquasports). Butterflies: 1 Large Skipper, several Common Blue, 'pristine' Small Tortoiseshell by cycle path nr railway line, Moors. Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

LARGE SKIPPER (Gordon Hay)
SMALL TORTOISESHELL (Gordon Hay)

Sat, 10 June 2017: no reported sightings
 
Fri, 9 June 2017: 10 GADWALL (Moors pools), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (juvenile), 1 PIED WAGTAIL (juvenile). Also: Butterflies: 12 Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 5 Common Blue, 8 Large Skipper. Gordon Hay

HOUSE MARTIN collecting grit from Water Colour footpath (Gordon Hay)
Tues, 6 June 2017-Thurs, 8 June 2017: no reported sightings
 
Mon, 5 June 2017: 04.20hrs-09.30hrs: 1 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake), 117 GREYLAG GOOSE, 20 CANADA GOOSE, 15 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 6 GADWALL, 11 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 5 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 4 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 70 HERRING GULL, 2 COLLARED DOVE, c150 COMMON SWIFT, 5 GREEN WOODPECKER, 6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 5 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 5 ROOK, 6 GOLDCREST, 3 COAL TIT, 9 SKYLARK, c60 SAND MARTIN, 5 SWALLOW, c30 HOUSE MARTIN, 30 LONG-TAILED TIT, 15 CHIFFCHAFF, 19 BLACKCAP, 3 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 18 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 8 REED WARBLER, 2 NUTHATCH, 7 TREECREEPER, 14 SONG THRUSH, 7 HOUSE SPARROW, 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 6 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 8 LINNET, 15 GOLDFINCH, 12 BULLFINCH, 4 YELLOWHAMMER, 5 REED BUNTING. 66 species counted. Ray Baker

Snow in June! (Gordon Hay)

Sun, 4 June 2017: 06.30hrs-09.55hrs: 1 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake, then later flew off towards Gatton Park with a fish), c12 GREYLAG GOOSE (incl. pair with 3 goslings, Spynes), c9 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (WC), 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (male hybrid, Moors pools), 2 RED KITE (over landfill), 2 COMMON BUZZARD (pair, Chilmead Farm), 1 KESTREL (male over M.Farm, carrying prey), c50 COOT (incl. 2 pairs with 12 chicks, Moors pools), 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (M.West), c3 STOCK DOVE (Chilmead Farm), 1 LITTLE OWL (on telegraph wires, Nutfield Marsh), c20 COMMON SWIFT, c15 SAND MARTIN, c2 SWALLOW, c15 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC, and collecting mud from WC2 island), c3 GARDEN WARBLER (incl. 1 N of M.Farm carrying food), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (incl. singing male between M.Farm and M.West), 7 COMMON WHITETHROAT (incl. pair feeding young), c5 REED WARBLER (incl. singing male Cormongers Lane overflow pool), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (Moors pools), 1 YELLOWHAMMER (horse paddocks, M.Farm). Ian Kehl, Gordon Hay, Ray Baker

RED KITE (Gordon Hay)
PINTAIL/MALLARD hybrid (Ray Baker)
LITTLE OWL (Ray Baker)
Sat, 3 June 2017: 10.15hrs-14.00hrs: 2 COMMON TERN (1 over WC 12.12hrs, departed NW, 1 M.Lake 12.30hrs-14.00hrs), 3 MUTE SWAN, c32 GREYLAG GOOSE, c30 CANADA GOOSE, 17 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 GADWALL, 15 TUFTED DUCK, 6 CORMORANT, 1 GREY HERON, 9 LITTLE GREBE, 4 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 4 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 PEREGRINE, 4 MOORHEN, 33 COOT, 2 HERRING GULL, 1 COMMON SWIFT, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c16 SAND MARTIN, c15 HOUSE MARTIN, 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 6 BLACKCAP, 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 7 COMMON WHITETHROAT (incl. pair feeding young), c6 REED WARBLER, 2 SONG THRUSH, c3 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 GREENFINCH, 2 REED BUNTING. Also: Butterflies: Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Red Admiral. Richard Perry, joined by Ray Baker

REED BUNTING (Ray Baker)
16 Common Blue, 4 Large Skipper, Meadow Brown. dragonflies: 4 Four-spotted Chaser, c200 Azure Damselfly (ovipositing Inn on the Pond pond). Ray Baker
FOUR-SPOTTED CHASER (Gordon Hay)
COMMON DARTER (Gordon Hay)
SPECKLED WOOD (Gordon Hay)
Fri, 2 June 2017: 04.45hrs-10.30hrs: 1 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake), 4 GREYLAG GOOSE, 11 CANADA GOOSE, 14 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 GADWALL, 13 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 11 CORMORANT, 6 GREY HERON, 5 LITTLE GREBE, 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 PEREGRINE, 4 MOORHEN, 33 COOT, 5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 38 HERRING GULL, 7 STOCK DOVE, 75 WOODPIGEON, 3 COLLARED DOVE, 21 COMMON SWIFT, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 9 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 30 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 26 MAGPIE, 3 JAY, 25 JACKDAW, 7 ROOK, 5 GOLDCREST, 3 COAL TIT, 8 SKYLARK, 3 SAND MARTIN, c30 HOUSE MARTIN, 15 LONG-TAILED TIT, 17 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 25 BLACKCAP, 5 GARDEN WARBLER, 17 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 9 REED WARBLER, 2 NUTHATCH, 4 TREECREEPER, 18 SONG THRUSH, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 31 ROBIN, 17 DUNNOCK, 7 HOUSE SPARROW, 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 4 CHAFFINCH, 4 GREENFINCH, 28 GOLDFINCH, 5 BULLFINCH, 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 4 REED BUNTING. 64 species counted. Ray Baker

Thurs, 1 June 2017: no reported sightings