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Polecat? Ferret? (definitely not a squirrel) climbing the poplar tree in Foxglove Meadow. (Also reported by Brinny Lister in June in Sparrowhawk Wood.)
A kingfisher preening on a branch over the Mill Stream. Small toads everywhere.
Brown Hairstreak laying eggs on young blackthorn around the site. Also a Migrant Hawker flying around.
Half a dozen bats (Noctule?) flying around the big pond. Willow Warbler perched in the overhanging willow.
Roesel's Bush-cricket (photo available) on School Meadow today. First record of this species on the TG.
I sat on the log beside Swan Pool this evening watching a kingfisher perform six dives -- the first with an extremely loud splash!
Last week, just after the artists had finished their lovely Frenchay Road bridge wildlife murals, a Red Admiral butterfly flew to the top petals of the painted Ragged Robin and rested there, wings folded.
A Silver-Washed Fritillary butterfly, photographed on the TG for the third year running. And a Water Shrew, apparently pregnant.
Red-belted Clearwing moth enjoying the wild marjoram (yesterday 25th July 2017). Also present the Red-tipped Clearwing. 2 Small Copper Butterflies also enjoying the flowers around the various meadows as were quite a few Common Blues and a Brown Argus.
Juvenile Water Rail preening itself among the reeds on the edge of Tim's Pond. Wild Parsnip, Tansy, and Red Bartsia coming into flower.
Red-tipped Clearwing Moth (rare), photographed for the third year running, feasting on wild Marjoram on Foxglove Meadow.
Painted Lady Butterfly around School Meadow
Great Diving Beetle, Dytiscus marginalis - mating pair photographed by Nicola Devine in Dragonfly Pond, identified by Linda Losito.
Emperor dragonfly and a Four-Spotted Chaser (the latter never before recorded on the TG).
Straw Dot moth (not previously recorded on the TG) and Common Heath moth (previously recorded but making a welcome return).
Jack-Go-To-Bed-At-Noon (Tragopogon pratensis)in flower on the meadows. Not rare, but never before recorded on the TG.
A Clubtail dragonfly (rare) devouring an Azure damselfly. And a female Hairy Hawker laying eggs in Tim's Pond.
A Water Vole swimming across the canal, close to the Trap Grounds entrance. Third sighting in two weeks in the same spot.
All 6 cygnets on the Swan Pond with both parents at 6.45pm
Only 5 cygnets seen this morning with their parents in the TG. Has anyone seen No 6?
Following my previous sighting, I've just checked the water beetle species found by Jeremy Biggs, when he sampled the central ditch in 1987.
It seems that these three species have been present on the Trap Grounds for at least 30 years.
How nice that they didn't disappear under a housing development!
Three small water beetle species (Helophorus brevipalpis, Hydroporus planus, and Haliplus lineolatus) found during water-dipping at Springwatch event.
There were three H.lineolatus, two of which began mating in the capture jar, which is a good sign. These were returned to the pond to continue their colonisation. The same species was found at last year's Springwatch event.
Both swans and their signets on the canal just now!
A mallard with 12 tiny ducklings in Heron Pond. Is this a record?
A deer - bigger than a Muntjac - beside the big hawthorn on Foxglove Meadow; 6 pm yesterday.
6 cygnets with parents on the main pond. Yesterday morning she was on her nest, but 10 minutes later when I returned she had disappeared with a good result.
Main sighting this evening: a lake! ...where yesterday there were narrow channels, mud banks, a small pond: now all one single lake. The trees and rushes ringing and cawing with birdsong after the rain - moorhen, song thrush, dunnock, blackbird, reed warbler, robin, magpie, crow and more... A dunnock singing heartily with no tail, looking like a juvenile but behaving like an adult. One swan on the nest, which is now again on an island.