Witches Oak Water sighting by Rod Key

As to be expected at this time of year the Reserve was very quiet.

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.