Thursday, 12 July 2007

Bird news

Thursday, 12th July
  • 4, maybe 5 moorhen chicks around the pond and lawn and an armful of goldcrests bathing in the long pond and fountain behind personnel. (Ian Hayward)
  • Small Red-eyed Damsel again at east end of swimming pool (IKD, DFD)
Tuesday, 10th July
  • Two grass snakes devouring a frog by the path leading down to Biggleswade Common from the drive - lunchtime, reported by two of my colleagues in Membership. (per Muriel Flack)
  • At least four Small Red-eyed Damselflies are out today in the gardens at the Lodge. They are favouring the lily pads at the eastern end of the swimming pool. (Steve Blain)
  • 2 Small Red-eyes at the fish pool & a Gatekeeper across the lawn. Plenty of Meadow Brown & Speckled Wood along the Plateau path. (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 9th July
  • I have just seen a bat, no idea what species but it looked bigger than a pipistrelle, flying around the stable block by the drive, it kept going up to an open window on the first floor then wheeled round and headed towards the main house. This was at 3.50pm, it was sunny and a storm was approaching (Ian Hayward)
  • Baby vole just off the path on the meadow not far from the hide - approx.1.40pm. (Kirstie Norton, Muriel Flack)
  • Southern Hawker at the Deli bar (after the Italian Tuna Special perhaps); Azure & Large Red damsels on the bog-bean pool; very aggressive male Emperor patrolling the fish pond, having a go at 4-spot Chaser, Brown Hawker & a female Emperor; also Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tail & Red-eye damsels on the fish pond but no sign of Small Red-eye yet (Nigel Willits)
  • 2 Brown Hawkers on bracken above Jack's Pond at 12.30 today (Martin Fowlie)
  • 5 moorhen chicks on the swimming pool at 0915 (Debra Dawson)
Friday, 6th July
  • 4 moorhen chicks on the pond in front of the House, late afternoon (Claire Farrar)

Friday, 6 July 2007

Bird news

Friday, 6th July
  • 4 Common Darter, 6+ Red Admiral, 1 Southern Hawker - east of garden & along bridleway. (Nigel Willits)
  • Small numbers of sand martins outside my window for the last couple of days - post-breeding dispersal time already it would seem! (Mark Ward)
Thursday, 5th July
  • Female Emperor ovipositing on fish pond plus 2 pairs of Red-eyed Damsels in cop. Muntjac hind east of garden. (Nigel Willits)
Wednesday, 4th July
  • Southern Hawker emergence at Jack's Pond - 2 tenerals still drying plus another empty exuvia; also 4 Banded Demoiselles (2m/2f) & a Green-veined White. Several Meadow Browns east of the garden. (Nigel Willits)
  • Moorhen chick scuttling into vegetation on the eastern island of the swimming pool at lunch, adult Spotted Flycatcher again showing well in birches west of the hide, 2 red admirals enjoying a break in the gloom and nectaring on brambles and a male emperor on the swimming pool.(Mark Ward, Lucinda King, Katie Fuller and Elizabeth Allen)
Tuesday, 3rd July
  • Baby muntjac just outside our window (Mark Ward)
  • Hummingbird hawk moth still on the valerian outside the canteen today (Mark Ward)
  • A stoat ran across the drive in front of me between the two felled areas just north of the cattle grid (second one I've seen on the drive in about three weeks). (Gareth Fisher)
Wednesday, 27th June
  • 2 Southern Hawkers & a female Banded Demoiselle at Jack's Pond before the rain set in (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 25th June
  • 8.30 am: A large flock of mistle thrushes in the Sandy Ridge field, probably numbering about 30 birds (they were always on the move so a bit tricky to count). (Katie Fuller)