Evening WeBs report for July: 6:30pm - 8:05pm
Light Breeze to Windy with setting sun.
38 Coot including 12 chicks from several broods.
3 adult Great Crested Grebes and 4 chicks from 2 broods
16 (6) Mallard
16 adult Black-headed Gulls and 5 juveniles
1 Grey Heron
2 adult Mute Swans and 1 cygnet
Morning Report: 4:28am – 6:00am // 7:10am – 8:54am
11.0°C > 15.0°C. clear and almost cloudless with a few high clouds increasing. Light W wind dropped away at times. Excellent visibility.
Best bird of the day was my first Hobby of the year in Shropshire. It was seen flying fast to the N of The Flash. Strangely the Swifts in the area seemed to ignore it.
An intriguing record from one of the Priorslee residents. He tells me that one of his neighbours was cycling along the newly constructed route around the site work for the new school when he saw two snakes move away in to the undergrowth. He was unable to specifically identify them without falling off his bike! This was in the area where the children’s play area used to be and close to where, apparently, a local dog was bitten by a snake, presumed an Adder, some years ago. I would love to find a snake around the lake.
(75th visit of the year)
Today’s gulls arriving from the Ricoh fields were almost all Black-headed Gulls, with most of the large gulls flying over SW singly or in small groups.
Some of the well-grown Coots are now hard to separate from adults: the first figure in my counts should be thought of as ‘(near) adult’. As usual here the later broods seem to be faring much better with a much higher percentage of juveniles looking likely to fledge.
Count of corvids probably incomplete: there were teenagers in tents around a camp-fire in a copse at the lake. I spent a while talking to them and trying to ensure they tidied up when they left – and they did, putting all their bottles, cans and packets in carrier bags. They left the carrier bags behind: hey ho!
There did seem to be rather few corvids anyway.
No bats this clear, bright morning: gone before I arrived?
Managed to see the large hawker-type well-enough to confirm it as an Emperor Dragonfly: my first of the year. There was another hawker-type on the wing which seemed smaller but that eluded me.
A female Common Darter dragonfly was also my first this year.
c.25 skipper butterflies were by far the most abundant butterfly this morning. I checked most of them and these were all Small Skippers: strange as in Gloucestershire late last week I could only find Large Skippers.
There are almost no ‘white’ butterflies around this year.
The dead Elephant Hawk-moth still hanging in the foot-tunnel: perhaps in the absence of moths around the lake I am searching harder but the tunnel also produced 2 Riband Wave, 2 Willow Beauty, 1 Engrailed and 1 Snout moths.
2 + 3 (2 broods) Great Crested Grebes
2 + 1 Swans
22 (?) Mallard
3 + 3 (2 broods) Moorhens
35 + 18 (5 broods) Coots
c.55 Black-headed Gulls
15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
c.15 Common Swifts
4 (4) Song Thrushes
8 (4) Reed Warblers
2 (0) Common Whitethroat
9 (9) Blackcaps
5 (3) Chiffchaffs
Corvid roost dispersal: just 36 Jackdaws and exactly 100 Rooks
2 (1) Reed Buntings
A bright clear start this morning.
Another ‘oil-painting’ effect on the water surrounding the Great Crested Grebe.
Priorslee Flash: 6:10am – 6:55am
The geese had been disturbed before I arrived: some / many had already disappeared inside the island so nothing too much can be read in to today’s lower counts. There is no sign that the geese are able to fly at the moment.
Again a further increase in number of Tufted Ducks.
A new brood of Coots although only a one juvenile seen.
Willow Beauty and Swallow-tailed Moth on lamps.
2 + 1 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
71 Greylag Geese
169 + 1 Canada Geese
The all-white feral goose
12 (11) + 5 (1 brood) Mallard
34 (?) Tufted Ducks
2 + 1 (1 brood) Moorhens
10 + 11 (? broods) Coots
12 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull over
3 House Martins
1 (1) Blackcap
3 (2) Chiffchaffs
A Swallow-tailed Moth on one of the lamps at The Flash.
A Harvestman spider sp. also on one of the lamps at The Flash.