Had the associate members summer bird and wildlife walk today. We covered the south mound, had a look at the north and south lagoon, the northern and the southern lakes and went towards Home Mead for the Tree Sparrows.
Map by Helen Cavilla
Two distant fly over adult male Ruffs were one of the highlights. There was also a juvenile Peregrine around chasing the gulls. We estimated at least 30 Grey Herons. Also a couple of Pochard, Little Grebe and 2 Cormorants.
We twitched the Tree Sparrows and found this family party-looks like a juvenile on the bottom right so breeding success confirmed! Four pairs this year- an improvement on two pairs last year.
Small Tortoiseshell- a few of these on the mound, also first Essex Skipper of the year, 10+ Small White, 15+ Meadow Brown, 10+ Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Common Blue and 2 Blue-tailed Damselflies
This migrant Rush Veneer was the first of the year, also Silver Y up there, Garden Grass Veneers and S.Verticalis.
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