Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings

2015-08-31

Ruff from the John Morgan hide.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-30

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), No3 Bed.

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-30

Robin (Erithacus rubecula), No3 Bed.

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-30

Four-banded Longhorn Beetle (Strangalia quadrifasciata, No3 Bed.

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-30

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus, No3 Bed.

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-30

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), No3 Bed.

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

2015-08-29

Highlight of the morning was a northern Willow Warbler trapped by Kieran Foster who also ringed two Green Sandpipers and a Teal. The 5 Ruff were still present as was the Great White Egret and female Pintail. An adult Kestrel also provide good views from the Frank Linley hide and early morning a Hobby was perched on the east bank.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2015-08-28

The low water level on No.3 bed continues to attract waders with at least 5 Ruff present this morning, the 4 in the photo were viewed from the tower hide. Other waders included 31 Black-tailed Godwit,9 Snipe,1 Little Ringed Plover and several Common and Green Sandpipers. A female Pintail was also a new arrival. Only one Great White Egret was seen, still feeding along the north bank. Yesterday evening 6 Swift and a calling Green Woodpecker were of note.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Dave Hackett

2015-08-26

Today’s walk began with 2 Common Gulls at the Locks. The eastern end of the reserve was quiet although a Peregrine was on the viaduct. A Small Copper was on the north bank of No.2 bed together with a few Gatekeepers which seem to be surviving later in the year than normal. On No.3 bed were the Ruff and Reeve, nearly 300 Lapwing, about 20 Black-tailed Godwits, Common and Green Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover. I saw only one Great White Egret although 2 or possibly 3 had been reported earlier. A single Painted Lady was on the Buddleia next to the Sybil Hogg Hide. On the Loop of No.4 bed were 120 Gadwall and 40 Coot. Photo; Sunflowers on the north meadow of No.3 bed

Submitted by: Dave Hackett

 

2015-08-25

Two Great White Egrets were feeding along the north bank this evening. They flew off west at c20:15. On my way home a single bird was roosting along the east bank; possibly a third bird but it is difficult to be sure. The 2 Ruff were still present together with 16 Snipe and a Hobby hunting over the bed.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2015-08-25

Male and female Ruff this morning feeding amongst the Lapwing flock. Also 1 Great White Egret, 5+ Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank. On the south bank a Green Woodpecker was heard calling but was not seen.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2015-08-23

No.3 bed: Great White Egret showing well perched on one of the rafts on the north west pool.22 Black tailed Godwits,5 Green Sandpipers,3 Common Sandpipers,1 Little Ringed Plover. Total of 11 Little Grebes including 9 on north west pool and 1 feeding a chick near Tower hide.At footbridge an adult Hobby noisily chased a male Sparrowhawk for about 3 minutes before finally the hawk left to the east. Loop of No.4: 62 Gadwall,31 Coot,3 adult Little Grebes making 14 in all for Loop and No3. One male Sparrowhawk and 2 juvenile Buzzards calling noisily in centre of bed

Submitted by: Brian Martin

 

David Bowman

2015-08-24

A dawn visit to No.3 bed this morning produced a nice variety of waders and water-birds. The Great White Egret was feeding actively despite competition from 14 Grey Herons. 2 Greenshanks, 4 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 16 Snipe, 24 Black-tailed Godwits and 230 Lapwings also gave great views, with many of them on the scrape in front of the Morgan Hide.

Photo of a Kingfisher from in front of the Morgan Hide

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

2015-08-21

The Great White Egret was still present today, favouring it’s usual area of reeds along the north bank. Other sightings included Garganey (see photo), 4 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, 7 Snipe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, c20 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Common Terns. John Langley also saw a Hobby along the east bank.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

David Bowman

2015-08-18

Before and between a couple of meetings today, I managed a couple of hours in the Morgan Hide. The Great White Egret showed well, a Kingfisher used the perch in front of the hide for a spot of fishing and waders included: 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe and 18 Black-tailed Godwits.

Photo of a Greenshank

Cheers David (with David Spencer)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

2015-08-18

Great White Egret this morning together with 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe. In the last few days the Kingfisher has been regularly feeding in the channel below the John Morgan hide.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2015-08-17

The Great White Egret showed well from the Frank Linley hide this morning. Also present were 2+ Green Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, 13 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Snipe.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-16

Snipe (Gallingo gallingo) from The John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-16

Great White Egret (Ardea alba)from John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-16

Great White Egret (Ardea alba)from John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-15

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)from the John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

2015-08-15

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)from the John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

2015-08-15

A really productive morning on No.3 bed, spent mainly viewing from the Morgan Hide. The Great White Egret was present all morning, along with 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Snipe and 1 Common Tern. For the second time this week a Lesser Black-backed Gull was watched catching and eating a young Little Grebe. Evidence of migration was mainly in the form of aerial feeders, with 175 Swifts, 60 House Martins, 11 Swallows and 10 Sand Martins dropping in to feed before moving on. The final sighting of note was of 2 adult Hobbies, which spent a while hawking and perching over the east bank of the bed. Cheers David- (with David Spencer, Alan Warford, Paul Hazlehurst, Brian Baird, Helen Allan and George Dunbar)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

Brian Baird

2015-08-14

Ruddy Darter on No.1 bed, photographed by Brian Baird.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Dave Hackett

2015-08-13

On Wednesday evening (12th August) the warm and still conditions were ideal for Purple Hairstreaks. After some fruitless searching along the canal track I eventually found 6 on the south bank of No.3 bed. Interestingly four of these were flying in Sycamores rather than their usual Oaks. This morning the Great White Egret was still in front of the John Morgan Hide with about 80 Lapwing, and 12 Black-tailed Godwits were at the Tower Hide. Photo; Broad-leaved Helleborines on No.3 bed

Submitted by: Dave Hackett

 

2015-08-13

A fantastic”open” night at Woolston Eyes yesterday,with a good turn out for our get together to watch the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. The wildlife, as ever, delivered the goods, with the Great White Egret still present, a Badger feeding happily in front of the Morgan Hide and our bat survey producing: 1 Daubenton’s, 4 Noctules, 5 Common Pipistrelles and 20 Soprano Pipistrelles. The best was saved for last, however, with the Perseids building up to a spectacular peak between midnight and 2.30 am. We counted 40 satellites, saw the International Space Station and totalled 115 meteors. These included about 20 fireballs, with one so fiery and bright that it left a trail across the sky which remained visible for several seconds after the meteor had burned up. Cheers David (with David Spencer, Joan Bowman, Sue and Norman Haddock, Ste Dodd, George Dunbar, Mustang Sally, Robert Morsley plus other guests whose full names I didn’t get - apologies)

This brief clip is of the Badger from last night.

Click here to watch Dave’s video of the Badger or cut and paste the link below into your browser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zlHC474sB8&feature=youtube_gdata

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

2015-08-12

The Great White Egret again showed well from the John Morgan hide this morning. Until c9:00 a.m. it was roosting on branches in the centre of the water before flying into the reeds along the north bank. Also present were 14+ Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank and 1+ Green Sandpiper. The Green Woodpecker is still present on the bed and was seen today and yesterday along the south bank.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-09

Hoverfly (Epistrophe melanostoma), No3 Bed.

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Ady Weir

2015-08-09

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)from the John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

2015-08-09

Great White Egret again this morning in the reeds along the north bank, viewable from the Frank Linley hide. Also 1 Greenshank and 3 Green Sandpipers from the south screen.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

David Bowman

2015-08-08

A lazy, hot summer morning on No.3 bed produced some good birds. Highlights were a Great White Egret, which seemed to be a different bird (based on plumage and bare part characteristics) than the one which was present ten days ago, plus: 2 Greenshanks, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Common Terns and a Green Woodpecker (seen by Kieran Foster and Jason Atkinson). There was also an interesting “mystery bird” caught and ringed by Kieran and Co, which turned out to be a melanistic Blackcap.

Photo of a Little Grebe

Cheers David (with David Spencer, Sue Haddock, Brian Martin, Alan Warford, Paul Hazlehurst, Brian Baird and Diane Shepherd)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

2015-08-07

A fairly quiet morning with only a single Green Sandpiper and 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. Earlier, Bert Lloyd had seen the 2 Common Terns which were again displaying on the rafts. Photo of a pair of Tufted Duck on the weir basin.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

David Bowman

2015-08-05

After an early morning jaunt to see the Sabine’s Gull at Pennington Flas, a couple of hours in the Morgan Hide produced an adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, the last remaining juvenile Black-necked Grebe, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Terns. Then a productive meeting about the creation of new pools on No.1 bed, then back into the Morgan Hide for lunch and more birding. Very nice!

Photo of a Greenshank from this morning.

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

2015-08-03

Another Greenshank photo!

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2015-08-03

The Little Egret was again present on No.3 bed this morning; initially it was feeding in the pool below the south screen before flying to the north east pool. Also present were 2 Common Terns, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover and 1 Greenshank. (D Spencer, D Bowman, B Lloyd, J Verdon and J Haddock)

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

David Bowman

2015-08-03

A very pleasant morning, with seven species of wader, plus a Little Egret on No.3 bed. Best of all was a chance to catch up with our friends, the two Roy Taylors, who came over from Yorkshire. The waders were: 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe and 46 Lapwings.

Photo of a Green Sandpiper

Cheers David (with Dave Steel and David Spencer)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-02

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), from John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-02

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), from John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-02

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), fromJohn Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-02

Hoverfly (Eristalis pertinax, No3 Bed

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-02

Comma (Polygonia c-album) No3 Bed

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2015-08-02

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) No3 Bed

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

2015-08-02

It was fairly quiet on No.3 bed this morning although a Common Sandpiper was in front of the Frank Linley Hide. About four newly emerged Peacock butterflies were on the south bank and a further seven were on No.1 bed. This is no doubt the start of the emergence of the second brood (very late this year) and hopefully within a few days large numbers will be nectaring on the Buddleias. Two Common Blues were on No.1 bed and this too should be the beginning of a major emergence. Some fine warm weather would give the opportunity to search for them!

Submitted by: Dave Hackett

 

2015-08-01

Photo of one of today’s Green Sandpipers by Paul Hazelhurst

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2015-08-01

Common Sandpiper from the John Morgan hide

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

David Bowman

2015-08-01

Photo of a Greenshank

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2015-08-01

Photo of Black-tailed Godwits

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2015-08-01

Photo of a Common Buzzard

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2015-08-01

A very enjoyable morning, with good birds and sunshine right through from 6.30 almost till we were leaving at 1.00pm, when we were caught in a brief shower. Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover were on the Morgan Hide scrape for most of the morning, with a couple of Common Terns dropping in later on. Black-necked Grebe and Ruddy Duck were other expected sightings on the bed. Walking along the south bank produced a Greenshank, while two juvenile Buzzards were pestering a parent bird overhead on the east bank. A visit to the Loop of No.4 bed saw a small group of Black-tailed Godwits feeding actively. A group of six, which dropped into No.3 bed later on while we were having a relaxed lunch, may have been the same birds.

Cheers David (with Dave Steel, David Spencer, Alan Warford, Paul Hazlehurst, Brian Baird, Sue Haddock, Helen Allan, Diane Shepherd and Les Jones)

Photo of a Common Buzzard

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman