Great White Egret image by Carol Leather

Sightings are recorded and compiled by Ranger Jim Stevenson, and then published on the blog which contains the most up-to-date reports.

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From Ranger Jim’s blog..

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!We kicked off on January 1st with our usual "Ice-Breaker" walk with 42 guests but only 37 species by lunchtime. Meanwhile Neal Parkin and the regular bird counters were in the quarry (with permission).I noted 72 species seen today (not all seen by me) all at the north end apart from raven. Missing species you would expect to see include little grebe, […]
  • There is a new Bird Checklist on the way. It should be on the counter on January 1st for our New Year's Day Ice Breaker event.Heronry Lakes are back to normal winter levels or perhaps deeper with all the small islands submerged and most of the wildfowl have left.December 4th: Otter on Heronry South. Robin, bullfinch, redwings, blackbirds, goldcrest, g-s woodpecker, chaffinch, sparrow hawk, […]
  • The month began with mild conditions, but with some windy days followed by a lot of rain. The lakes and river rose noticeably.The Heronry South Lake after rain.November 3rd: Mink near the Offord Pumphouse intake,November 5th: Blue tits, wood pigeon, house sparrows, magpie, great tit, robin, squirrels and a cat in the VC garden.November 6th: Heronry Lakes: Green sandpiper, goldeneye drake. Kite attempting t […]
  • Heronry South lake.2nd October: It rained a lot on the previous days so not much doing and not many visitors, that is, until today!Distant shot of wigeon, gadwall, black-tailedgodwit and green sandpiper.Heronry South lake was the place to be with rafts of wigeon mixed with gadwall and shoveler ducks. Around the edges the stars were seven (Yes SEVEN!) green sandpipers, a black tailed godwit, […]
  • The month began with fine weather suitable for early autumn bird migration. Waders on the Heronry Lakes included lapwings, common and green sandpipers while wildfowl numbers started to climb as the first wigeon dropped in from Iceland to be accompanied by shoveler, teal and a lot of gadwall.Common darterOn the invertebrate front dragonflies were abundant, including southern, migrant and brown hawkers, ruddy and common […]