Thursday, 11 August 2016

Red Squirrel at Big Waters

On my last visit to Big Waters on 31 July and after a quiet walk round with Ian, Alan, SedgyWarbler and Keith we all had the first ever Red Squirrel we have seen at Big Waters.  Big thanks to Keith for spotting it.  It was quite confiding and just watched us in the woods for about 20 minutes then headed away.  We then went back to the hide and unbelievably it was feeding quite happily on Black Sunflower Seeds in one of the "Squirrel Proof" cages although suspect they were designed for Greys.  Anyway here are a few pictures and a video with some of the other things we saw including Fledged Common Tern, young Black Headed Gulls, young Great Crested Grebes and several other things.

Note the Willow Tit watching the Red Squirrel

and now the Video

Young Great Crested Grebe
  Young Shelduck
 Young Black Headed Gull

A couple of more pictures of the Grey Wagtails from 2+ weeks ago


Saturday, 16 July 2016

Big Waters Update

Have been a bit tardy recently in doing lots of things as jobs seem to pile up and haven't exactly been at the top of my game due to being off colour a bit so here are a few photos from the past couple of weeks.

Swallows feeding young just outside the Feeding Station 

 Young Moorhen running across the Scrape
 Young Swallow waiting to be fed
 One of 3 Oystercatchers that are commuting back and forth to the island
 There were at least 7 Common Tern young on the island and
5 Black headed Gulls setting up nests
 ....and a one thats been mucked around with
Young Sparrow being fed by parent
Canada Goose family
 Young Great Crested Grebe plus there is a second one much younger on 
one of the parents back been seen for the last few days
3 Grey Wagtails were giving out alarm calls around a largish patch
of our walk and seemed to be following us around.  We only saw 1 young
for definite although they were moving around so frequently a proper 
count could not be established

Possibly a young Warbler waiting for food also

Finally a video of clips of the Swallows being fed on a windy day


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Big Waters 26 June 2016

The long walk at Big Waters was done in great weather (for a change) and the company was great also, Alan J and Ian D, as usual.  Lots of chat about Brexit and the complete and utter debacle that it appears to us all, apart from the politicians, is going on was top of the list of things to discuss.  We normally chat about something then move on but with this we kept coming back to it even when we got to the hide where the Workparty had done a quick repair job on the damage done by the Ar******s last week.  Anyway here are a few pictures from our walk round (not many though, blame the bloody politicians for that).

Quite a few Butterflies were spotted today including the following:
Common Blue
 (no doubt if I am wrong I will be informed by my unofficial proofreader)

Large Skipper

 Speckled Wood

One of my favourite views on the walk
It should be all canopied over soon
 A Mistle Thrush hopping around the horse field
 Several Damselflies cavorting around

A Thunder Cloud forming - fortunately it did not come to its conclusion and broke up

Late getting round so a different view from the Emirates landing

One of two Emperors that were flying around for over an hour at the first hide

Just a few clips of video I put together from the day, none of which have been clipped or edited apart from a couple of text comments.  Personally I like listening to the audio as well because I sometimes miss things that are being said when concentrating on taking pictures or videoing


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Big Water - Sunday 19th June 2016

Did the short walk around Big Waters last Sunday with Alan J and Ian D.  It was quite a good day but it was spoilt by finding the 1st Hide had been vandalised and the side window had all the metal shutters taken off completely and the complete frame had been thrown into the lake.   Here are a few pictures from the wander round.

7.001 Nemophora degeerella
First one I have ever seen at Big Waters

70.054 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata
Saw several of these quite common day flying moths also

The family of Swans have moved permanently from Little Waters

Common Blue Damselfly (Thanks to Alan J for correcting my identification)
Quite a few around especially at the public end of the main pond

Common Tern
4 shots of it diving into the water between the First Hide and the Island

59.027 Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
One of the most worn of the species I have ever seen

The remains of the frame from the side window of the 1st hide just thrown 
into the pond.  Even if the Toerags get caught nothing ever happens to them
just a caution and sometimes not even that

Sedge Warbler commuting back and forward with food for the family

Possibly Tree BumbleBees which have taken over a nest box

Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornis 
Up to about 10 outside the main hide, they are predatory and eat insects

Red-legged Partridge
 Only ever seen on the North Scrape, even more so recently with the cows
now having access to the scrape