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A green woodpecker- it’s ‘laughing’ call as it landed on an ash the ‘Meadow’ & the railway line. Bright green with a red topknot in the golden November sunlight
A water rail hurried to hide in the reeds in the stream by Frog Lane as I noticed it! (Checked with pictures - was definitely a Water Rail. Sad they are so shy!) Three Mallards - a duck and 2 drakes -were about in the Mill Stream by the Boardwalk.
Two 'demoiselle' type dragonflies flirting about on water and reeds and logs on the main lake in the warm bright sunlight – where were they last night in –3° of frost?!? Their slim abdomens were a light brown in colour. Also our first redwing of the season, in the middle, in the willows near the boardwalk and the middle pond. A female blackbird balancing on a twig to eat hawthorn berries. Several moorhens. A troupe of tits of various types – mainly evidenced by their calls and chirrups. A wren; a robin; a big bird of prey high above in the clear blue sky; a woodlouse scurrying into a crack in willow bark; big butterbur leaves mottling into brown crispy ragged plates; a plethora of sycamore leaves rustling at our feet; a mosaic of gold and green and brown willow leaves carpeting Frog Lane; an oak I planted as an acorn in the spring of 2008 now ten feet tall. A perfect sun-filtered morning in the Trap Grounds.
A Dunnock fluttered out of the TG as I was about to enter at lunchtime today, and hopped about feeding, letting me take several photos. I'm recording this as I don't know whether we have them (probably do!) so thought it might be worth recording - first time I have seen one here.
Harlequin ladybird seen on small evergreen, near bird hide.
Yesterday on the TG: a Snipe in the reedbed, a Grey Wagtail along the stream, hundreds of froglets and toadlets in the undergrowth, and a deer (not a Muntjac) wading in the big pond.
Ernie and Ethel back on the Swan Pond this afternoon: where was the lone newbie? First time they've been on that pond in a long while.
Our newbie lone swan was back today, after the scrap with Ethel a few days ago. She was very confident and friendly, feeding on duckweed near the edge of the SwanPond and then preening on the bank, unafraid of the human with camera very nearby.
A small deer, definitely not a muntjac, similar to a Roe deer
A lone swan was on the Swan Pond when we walked by around 1.30pm today. It was not one of 'our' pair, who we saw preening together up near St Edwards. I have 2 photos: it does not look injured but it was keeping very still.
A Nuthatch: the first-ever recorded sighting on the TG.
One grass-snake and a couple of slow-worms.
A Light Emerald moth seen and photographed today. First recorded sighting on the TG. Also another Red-tipped Clearwing Moth.
Clare's Wagtail more likely to have been a Grey Wagtail - recently photographed along the Mill Stream. Yellow Wagtail never recorded here - but there's always a first time!
Possible Yellow Wagtail: a yellow and brown bird flew across the Mill Stream, dipping up & down in flight. It briefly perched on a tree on the reedy, woody bank, but flew before I could photograph it.
Water vole swimming on west side of canal by entrance to TG
Two new plants for the TG list during our reedbed recce yesterday, both on bare reed mulch exposed by last winter's willow control work - Marsh Cudweed Gnaphalium uliginosum and Marsh Yellow-cress Rorippa palustris. Both are quite common in our region.
We saw a group of 4 Jays flapping about in the tree tops in the further woody area to the right of the Mill Stream and Dragonfly Pond. As we watched, and walked towards the meadow, they dispersed and flew off in different directions.
Photographed a Brown Hairstreak butterfly (a Priority Conservation Species) today. This is the fourth successive summer in which they have appeared on the Trap Grounds.
A grass-snake seen swimming in the big pond today.
Red-tipped Clearwing moth (rare) photographed for the third successive year.
A Water Vole seen in or near Heron Pond on three separate days last week.
Midsummer flowers: meadowsweet, marjoram, chicory, tansy, scabious, knapweed, evening primrose, lady's bedstraw, mallow, St John's wort, purple loosestrife, and more besides.
Another Grey Wagtail (poss. juvenile), in the Mill Stream today.
Silver washed fritillary flying around the brambles and feeding yesterday
A Grey Wagtail in Frog Lane yesterday. And another Kingfisher today.
A kingfisher flying along the stream one day last week.
Three new species of Dragons and Damsels this month: Black-tailed Skimmer, Red-Eyed Damselfly, and Emerald Damselfly (photos available). Our TG total is now 19 species. (The total recorded in Oxon is 33.)
My first visit, taken by Julie Dyson and I just loved it. Many many congratulations to those who worked so hard to save this land and who still are to clear it of as much junk as is feasible. I saw three lots of cuckoo spit but no more although I did keep an eye out.
I haven't recorded my sightings for a while – here are some already a bit old
All 2nd May: Moorhen with 2 tiny chicks – Ma & pa feeding them with floating pond weed choosing v carefully, so maybe the adults were actually getting insects from water surface, nr Hide, by mud bank. They were all swimming in out of the reeds, hugging the reeds safely (heron on duty on other part of lake). Earlier, from the Frenchay Rd Bridge, I saw a big auburn-coloured bird flapping on the water of the canal right by the entrance to the TG, thought it was an unusual duck, obviously larger than a mallard, but not goose-shaped. I was very surprised to see it rise out of the water and fly off, and then wheel lazily round in the sky: it was a Red Kite! I didn’t see if it had anything in its beak. I don’t know why it was in / on the water. It was then mobbed immediately by 2 or 3 jackdaws (or possibly they were crows).
Orange tip butterfly; bumblebee; Robins & reed birds catching flies over the lake. 2 swans side by side on nest. 1 f mallard 4 young, a 2nd pair mallards 8 or 9 young. 1 Canada goose, & 2 m mallards roosting in midday sun in mud bank.Chattering from reeds.Moorhens (with 1 very small chick close by) mated on mud by water: she bowed her head, he mounted her. Very quick – 3 secs? Less? The she went on pecking about as usual on the mudbank, he wandered off. 3rd f mallard 1 young. Blue damsel flies in the kgfishr pond.
10th May: Greenfinch chirrrrrrring at south end TG – hadn’t heard or seen on for a long time.
Today 4th June: juvenile robin; lots of yellow rattle flowering. Grasses in full flower.