It was a very pleasant dry morning after the recent rain showers with a SSW wind force 2 blowing and good vis and light. As to be expected at this time of year the Reserve was very quiet with plenty of mud on Pit 9 with plenty of mud but no waders apart from 6 Lapwings. However 16 Gadwall, 5 Teal and 44 Mallard were loafing about on this pit. Highlights were 2 Little Egret, 5 Common Terns and a Raven flew West. Numbers of birds on the Reserve were 8 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 8 Mute Swans, 10 Canada Geese which included 2 broods of 3 goslings each, 16 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 44 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Buzzards, 6 Lapwing, 5 Common Terns, 3 Reed Warblers, 4 Blackcaps and a Raven.. Butterflies were represented by 5 Ringlets, 1 Speckled Wood, 11 Meadow Browns and 2 Common Blues. Common Blue and Blue Tailed Damselflies were much in evidence and a lone Grey Squirrel was playing chicken with the lorries by the site entrance.
Witches Oak Water sighting by Rod Key
As to be expected at this time of year the Reserve was very quiet.