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Friday, July 22, 2011

22nd July

There is still not much going on at the moment, but it won’t be long now. It is always good to be an optimist, it tends to make you look that bit harder.

Great crested Grebe: the pair that nested earlier in the year opposite the Bandstand have laid their third clutch. Clutch nos 2 didn’t last long, probably destroyed or deserted due to the pressure from the rowing boats. I do not hold up much hope for this attempt.

Little Grebe: the pair in the reed bed in area 2 have produced one chick.

Red crested Pochard: there have been a couple of late broods, though the majority of the ducklings have been picked off by gulls and Herons.

Common Tern: the juveniles haven’t been seen again, but up to 4 adults are sometimes present.

Swift: late evening and early morning see’s as many as 40 over trees bordering the lake, particularly area 2.

Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff: birds are still present in area 31 and 32.

Reed Warbler: there seems to be at least 6 birds in the Wetland Pen, others are in areas 2 and 5.

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one of they owlets came to see who had turned up in his area, it was a bit to close and dark under the trees.

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adult female Little Owl above and below

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The juvenile Kestrels can be found hunting for insects in the rough grassland in areas 34, 36 and 41.

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Common Tern

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Grey Heron on a park bench

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