Friday, 15 September 2006

Bird news

Wednesday, 13th September
  • Migrant Hawker trying to catch Comma but failing plus a few Common Darters perching on prominent fronds of bracken (Jack's Pond). Several Mistle Thrushes moving south through the reserve. (Nigel Willits)
  • Buzzard and hobby flying together over car park and then eastwards over gardens at 2pm from web team window (Ellen Collier, Katie Fuller)
  • Grass Snake in the swimming pool (per Hannah Daniels)
  • Grass Snake (or maybe two different) crossing lawn on two separate occasions in afternoon (Rob Hume)
  • 1.30pm: Grass snake, c. 1 metre long, slithering into the island at the east end of the swimming pool (Ian Dickie)
  • One adult and one juvenile hobby hunting over the Quarry at 1300hrs. (Katie Fuller & Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Hobby over quarry @1250 (IKD, DFD)
  • Eight lapwings flew east over the carpark at 1230hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • A single, fresh looking red kite drifted east over The Lodge at 1050hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Green Sandpiper on the swimming pool steps @0920, flew off west. (Ian Dickie, Phil Burfield)
Tuesday, 12th September
  • Single hobby flying northwards in pm (Ellen Collier, Katie Fuller)
  • Sandy Heath Quarry (RSPB managed area). An impressive flock of at least 35 mistle thrushes and six song thrushes to the north end of the old quarry area. A tree pipit flew over calling twice. (Richard Bashford & Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Up to 19 Mistle Thrushes at the eastern end of the heath. (Ben Stafford)
  • 14 Commas, 8 Red Admirals, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, sev Small Whites, Hummingbird Hawk-moth in gardens, plus a Grass Snake in main border. (IKD, DFD)
  • 2 male Southern Hawkers still patrolling the fish pond, but no damsels anymore. Pair of Common Darters ovipositing in tandem at hide pool. Male Kestrel bathing in pool north of hide. Red Admirals & Commas on buddleia. Brimstone moth on Snipe north wall. (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 11th September
  • Canary-shouldered Thorn on Osprey west wall. (Nigel Willits)
  • Darren and I saw what was probably Richard's kingfisher at 3 pm yesterday afternoon. We were walking towards the pool to take some photos (it was for work, honest!) when it flew past us and settled on the edge at the far [eastern] end. It sat there for a couple of minutes before flying to the branch in the middle of the water for another minute or so. Flew off in the direction of the hide shortly after. (Katie Fuller)
  • I saw the Kingfisher too reported by Richard Bashford! I was in a very (very) dull teleconference in the main house and saw it fly across the lawn toward the Yew Tree car park…(Sally Webber)
  • Buzzard, 1 being mobbed by corvids on the southern part of the heath, 8.30 am; one brown argus and quite a number of small coppers also around. Hobby, 1 hawking for dragonflies over the meadow at 5.30 pm (Katie Fuller).
  • Hummingbird Hawk-moth again on Verbena in Memorial Garden. Still a lingering male Common Blue Damselfly on swimming pool (IKD, DFD)

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