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Birds, Moths & Other Wildlife sightings for 2021 Qtr 2 up to 30 Jun (July 20, 2021, 05:05:45 PM) quote  
2021 Bird List - first reported date.
Great Crested Grebe (1st Jan 2021), Little Grebe (1st Jan 2021), Cormorant (1st Jan 2021), Bittern (Not yet recorded in 2021), Grey Heron (1st Jan 2021), White Stork (Not yet recorded in 2021), Little Egret (28th Jan 2021), Great White Egret (3rd Jun 2021), Mute Swan (26th Feb 2021), Black Swan (Not yet recorded in 2021), Greylag Goose (1st Jan 2021), Canada Goose (1st Jan 2021), Barnacle Goose (28th Jan 2021), Egyptian Goose (1st Jan 2021), Shelduck (Not yet recorded in 2021), Mandarin (Not yet recorded in 2021), Wigeon (1st Jan 2021), Goosander (Not yet recorded in 2021), Pintail (Not yet recorded in 2021), Teal (1st Jan 2021), Gadwall (1st Jan 2021), Garganey (Not yet recorded in 2021), Mallard (1st Jan 2021), Shoveler (1st Jan 2021), Pochard (1st Jan 2021), Red-crested Pochard (1st Jan 2021), Tufted Duck (1st Jan 2021), Goldeneye (25th Apr 2021), Red Kite (1st Jan 2021), Sparrowhawk (5th Jan 2021), Buzzard (1st Jan 2021), Kestrel (29th Mar 2021), Hobby (4th May 2021), Peregrine Falcon (Not yet recorded in 2021), Osprey (Not yet recorded in 2021), Pheasant (3rd Jun 2021), Water Rail (1st Jan 2021), Moorhen (1st Jan 2021), Coot (1st Jan 2021), Oystercatcher (27th Jan 2021), Little Ringed Plover (Not yet recorded in 2021), Golden Plover (Not yet recorded in 2021), Lapwing (1st Jan 2021), Ruff (Not yet recorded in 2021), Snipe (14th Jan 2021), Jack Snipe (Not yet recorded in 2021), Redshank (Not yet recorded in 2021), Greenshank (Not yet recorded in 2021), Green Sandpiper (18th Mar 2021), Common Sandpiper (Not yet recorded in 2021), Mediterranean Gull (Not yet recorded in 2021), Common Gull (5th Jan 2021), Black-headed Gull (1st Jan 2021), Herring Gull (1st Jan 2021), Lesser Black-backed Gull (23rd Apr 2021), Greater Black-backed Gull (Not yet recorded in 2021), Common Tern (6th May 2021), Arctic Tern (Not yet recorded in 2021), Stock Dove (1st Jan 2021), Collared Dove (27th Apr 2021), Woodpigeon (1st Jan 2021), Feral Pigeon (Feral Rock Dove) (1st Jan 2021), Ring-necked Parakeet (1st Jan 2021), Cuckoo (18th May 2021), Barn Owl (Not yet recorded in 2021), Tawny Owl (29th May 2021), Swift (21st Apr 2021), Kingfisher (1st Jan 2021), Green Woodpecker (1st Jan 2021), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1st Jan 2021), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Not yet recorded in 2021), Swallow (29th Apr 2021), House Martin (4th May 2021), Sand Martin (21st Mar 2021), Meadow Pipit (Not yet recorded in 2021), Yellow Wagtail (27th Apr 2021), Grey Wagtail (Not yet recorded in 2021), Pied Wagtail (Not yet recorded in 2021), Wren (17th May 2021), Dunnock (1st Jan 2021), Robin (1st Jan 2021), Blackbird (1st Jan 2021), Fieldfare (Not yet recorded in 2021), Song Thrush (17th May 2021), Redwing (1st Jan 2021), Mistle Thrush (19th Jan 2021), Cetti's Warbler (6th Feb 2021), Sedge Warbler (10th May 2021), Reed Warbler (27th Apr 2021), Garden Warbler (6th May 2021), Whitethroat (Not yet recorded in 2021), Lesser Whitethroat (Not yet recorded in 2021), Blackcap (1st Apr 2021), Chiffchaff (21st Jan 2021), Willow Warbler (17th May 2021), Goldcrest (17th May 2021), Firecrest (10th Jan 2021), Spotted Flycatcher (Not yet recorded in 2021), Stonechat (Not yet recorded in 2021), Long-tailed Tit (1st Jan 2021), Coal Tit (Not yet recorded in 2021), Blue Tit (1st Jan 2021), Great Tit (1st Jan 2021), Nuthatch (1st Jan 2021), Treecreeper (14th Jan 2021), Magpie (1st Jan 2021), Jackdaw (1st Jan 2021), Rook (Not yet recorded in 2021), Carrion Crow (1st Jan 2021), Raven (1st Jan 2021), Jay (1st Jan 2021), Starling (1st Jan 2021), House Sparrow (Not yet recorded in 2021), Chaffinch (17th May 2021), Brambling (Not yet recorded in 2021), Greenfinch (6th Feb 2021), Goldfinch (1st Jan 2021), Siskin (1st Jan 2021), Bullfinch (2nd Mar 2021), Hawfinch (Not yet recorded in 2021) and Reed Bunting (22nd May 2021).

Jun 1st – Jun 30th 2021 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
Canada Goose (1st , 3rd (40+ on LF. 13+ goslings, with parents on reserve), 8th (pr and 3 goslings), 9th – 10th (adult and goslings), 14th (2 families (4 adults and at least 9 goslings) along Long Hedge), 15th (adults and gosling), 16th, 20th (at least 7 goslings), 23rd & 29th (adult) Jun), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1st , 5th , 8th – 9th (m), 11th , 16th, 20th – 22nd (adults and juv), 23rd, 25th & 29th (m) Jun), Blue Tit (1st (youngster peeping out of Nest Box 16), 16th & 29th (young) Jun), Jay (1st , 3rd , 8th – 9th , 11th (juvenile), 14th – 16th , 17th (2), 20th , 23rd & 29th Jun), Great Tit (1st , 9th , 14th , 20th , 22nd (young), 23rd & 29th (adult & young) Jun), Cuckoo (2nd (heard in distance), 3rd (seen from Teal Hide and heard), 7th (heard from the Reserve), 13th (seen and heard), 24th (heard in North Marsh), 26th (heard) & 29th (heard) Jun), Great White Egret (3rd Jun), Tufted Duck (3rd , 8th (pair), 9th (m), 14th , 15th (pair), 16th, 23rd & 29th (f & 5 ducklings) Jun), Robin (3rd , 9th (Reg), 16th, 22nd – 23rd , 28th – 20th (Reggie) & 30th Jun), Cormorant (3rd (2), 10th (several), 14th (1), 16th , 20th (1), 22nd – 23rd , 25th & 29th Jun), Hobby (3rd (over Long Hedge path) Jun), Black-headed Gulls (3rd (several on rafts. 1 chick in water), 7th , 10th , 12th (c6 chicks), 13th , 14th (several still on nests (and bringing in nesting material) 5 chicks seen on rafts and 1 in water), 15th – 16th & 23rd Jun), Kingfisher (3rd (2 sightings), 6th (Nest Box 22, Left Hole), 8th ( both adults and a juvenile) , 10th – 11th , 16th & 22nd Jun), Gadwall (3rd (10+), 14th (2), 16th , 23rd & 26th (with 9 ducklings) Jun), Mallard (3rd (5 ducklings), 8th , 12th (4 ducklings), 14th (2 ducklings) , 16th & 22nd – 23rd Jun), Shoveler (3rd (1m), 5th (pair) & 15th Jun), Dunnock (3rd , 14th (2) , 16th & 23rd Jun), Magpie (3rd , 16th & 23rd Jun), Jackdaw (3rd (3) , 16th & 23rd Jun), Greylag Goose (3rd (LF) , 16th & 23rd Jun), Egyptian Goose (3rd (2 on LF) & 23rd Jun), Blackcap (3rd (heard), 5th , 10th & 16th Jun), Garden Warbler (3rd (1), 5th , 12th (1 near the Paddock & 1 near Weasel Wall), 14th (1) & 26th (singing) Jun), Great Crested Grebe (3rd , 5th , 6th – 8th (pair with 2 chicks (carried on back and in water)), 10th (pair and 2 chicks), 12th – 15th (pair with 2 chicks), 20th ,26th & 29th Jun), Pheasant (3rd (m on cricket pitch) Jun), Crow (3rd , 14th , 16th & 23rd Jun), Little Grebe (5th , 14th (1 heard), 16th, 22nd – 23rd , 27th (2 adults & 2 chicks) & 29th Jun), Reed Warbler (5th – 6th , 13th & 14th (heard) Jun), Little Egret (6th – 8th , c11th (2), 12th (pulling dragonflies from the sky), 13th - 14th , 16th, 23rd - 24th , 27th & 29th – 30th (1) Jun), Greenfinch (6th (singing male) Jun), Grey Heron (7th , 9th – 10th , c11th (3), 16th & 22nd – 23rd Jun), Nuthatch (7th – 9th, 10th , 12th (irately calling at Barge Pond) , 22nd , 25th & 29th (juvenile) Jun), Coot (8th – 9th (1 chick), 12th (adult with 4 chicks), 16th, 20th (juv), 21st & 23rd Jun), Chaffinch (9th , 16th, 20th , 25th (m&f) & 29th Jun), Song Thrush (9th & 23rd Jun), Common Tern (9th Jun), Lapwing (13th & 15th Jun), Mute Swan (13th (1), 14th (2) & 16th Jun), Blackbird (14th , 16th & 23rd Jun), R-N Parakeet (14th (2) , 16th & 29th Jun), Sparrowhawk (14th (1 over cricket field) Jun), Stock Dove (14th , 16th, 23rd , 25th & 29th Jun), Pochard (15th (m), 23rd & 26th (f with 3 quite large ducklings & f with 5 small ducklings) Jun), Red Kite (16th & 23rd Jun), Buzzard (16th & 23rd Jun), Woodpigeon (16th & 23rd Jun), Swift (16th & 23rd Jun), Wren (16th & 29th Jun), Moorhen (16th, 17th (with chicks), 22nd (2 chicks), 23rd & 30th (juv) Jun) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (23rd Jun).

Brimstone (3rd (4m), 5th (3), 10th (Adult & several caterpillars), 12th (Adults & several caterpillars on Alder Buckthorn along Long Hedge), 13th , 14th (2), 15th (1f, plus caterpillars) & 25th (a few caterpillars) Jun), Holly Blue (3rd (2) & 5th (2) Jun), Peacock (3rd (1), 10th & Larvae on Nettles) Jun), Green-veined White (6th Jun), Red Admiral (5th (2), 7th – 8th , 10th , 12th , 14th (2), 16th (2), 25th (2) & 26th (4) Jun), Small Copper (8th Jun), Meadow Brown (14th , 16th (5), 25th (3 or 4) & 26th (2) Jun), Small White (14th (2) Jun), Speckled Wood (15th , 16th (1) & 26th (1) Jun), Painted Lady (24th Jun), Ringlet (25th & 26th (2) Jun) and Small Tortoiseshell (26th (1) Jun).

White Ermine (7th Jun), Cinnabar Moth (10th (2), 14th, 21st – 22nd , 24th – 25th (caterpillars in Barn Owl Meadow), 26th (adult) & 27th (adult and caterpillars) Jun), Celypha lacunana - Common Marble (10th Jun), Alabonia geoffrella – Common Tubic (10th Jun), Knot Grass (10th & 27th – 28th (caterpillars) Jun), Treble Brown Spot (16th Jun), Common White Wave (Cabera pusaria) (21st & 26th Jun), Small Magpie (22nd Jun), Willow Beauty (26th Jun), Common Footman (30th Jun), Nettle-Tap moth (28th Jun) and The Snout (28th Jun).

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 1 Jun 2021. 105 moths of 32 species from the reserve. Highlights were Currant Pug and Grapholita jungiella (- Vetch Piercer) (both new for the reserve), Maple Prominent and Syndemis musculana.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 2 Jun 2021. Perfect trapping conditions yielded 176 moths of 59 species from the reserve. Of note were Peach Blossom, Scorched Wing, Sandy Carpet and (micro) Plutella porrectella - Grey-streaked Diamond-back.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 3 Jun 2021. 124 moths of 40 species from the reserve. Of note were Pale Oak Beauty, Pebble Hook-tip, Seraphim and Pebble Prominent.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 4 Jun 2021. The weather reduced overnight moth activity, but 66 moths of 27 species did put in an appearance. The most attractive species were a couple of micro moths in the form of Phtheochroa rugosana and Esperia sulphurella. It was the first time I’ve recorded Scalloped Hazel at the reserve (although there is an historic record).

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 5 Jun 2021. 79 moths of 40 species from the reserve. Puss Moth (Cerura vinula) was new for the reserve, whilst Middle-barred Minor, Garden Carpet, Coronet, Ptycholoma lecheana, Tinea semifulvella and Notocelia trimaculana/rosaecolana agg were new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 7 Jun 2021. 109 moths of 44 species from the reserve. Highlights were Aethes smeathmanniana – Yarrow Conch (ran for the hills before I could get a photo), which is a new moth for the reserve and Pammene germmana - Black Piercer, an uncommon micro. Also new for the year were Clouded Silver, Pale Tussock, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Parapoynx stratiotata, Lime Hawk-moth (rufous form), Pinion-streaked Snout, Maiden’s Blush, Buff Ermine and Knot Grass.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 10 Jun 2021. Good trapping conditions yielded 177 moths of 67 species from the reserve. Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus), Pine Hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri, formally Hyloicus pinastri), Alder Moth (Acronicta alni), Shears (Hada plebeja , formally Hada Nana) (all Macros) and Euspilapteryx aurogutella – Gold-dot Slender (Micro) were all new moths for the reserve, whilst Brown Silver-line, Peppered Moth, Light Brocade, Large Yellow Underwing, Lime-speck Pug, Miller, Prays fraxinella, Hedya pruniana, Riband Wave and Cochylis molliculana were all recorded for the first time this year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 11 Jun 2021. 214 moths of 74 species from the reserve. Buttoned Snout (Hypena rostralis) and the micro Callisto denticulella - Garden Apple Slender were both new for the reserve list whilst Bright-line Brown-eye, The Flame, Poplar Kitten, Large Nutmeg, Dark Arches, Eyed Hawk-moth, Clepsis spectrana, Gypsonoma sociana, Endrosis sarcitrella and Cydia pomonella were all recorded for the first time this year. I’m still working on a very interesting looking micro and will report later if I can resolve the id -> I’ve sorted out my mystery micro moth from this morning. This is Phtheochroa schreibersiana - Scarce Gold Conch, the first record for Maple Lodge and the third record for Herts.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 12 Jun 2021.198 moths of 65 species from the reserve. Green Pug, Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula), Acentria ephemerella, Hedya nubiferana, Nemophora degeerella, Eudonia angustea, Chrysoteuchia culmella and Pammene regiana were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 13 Jun 2021. The warm weather continues to produce decent results, with 236 moths of 76 species from the reserve. The micros (my phone struggles with the smaller micros) Etainia decentella (= Ectoedemia decentella) - Sycamore-seed Pigmy and Paraswammerdamia albicapitella - White-headed Ermine were both new for the reserve list. Agapeta hamana, Pandemis cerasana, Notocelia uddmanniana, Least Black Arches, Mottled Rustic, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Lyonetia clerkella, Small Yellow Wave, Ditula angustiorana, Treble Brown Spot, Dagger agg, Monopis crocicapitella, Phalonidia manniana and Aleimma loeflingiana were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 14 Jun 2021. 297 moths of 86 species from the reserve last night. The micro moth Nematopogon metaxella - Buff Long-horn was new for the reserve and Emmelina monodactyla, Elephant Hawk-moth, Celypha striana, Udea olivalis, Ingrailed Clay, Epinotia demarniana, Blastobasis lacticolella and Aethes beatricella were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 15 Jun 2021. The continuing favourable weather resulted in the best catch of the year so far. 322 moths of 96 species from the reserve included the micro moth Argyresthia cupressella - Cypress-tip Moth, a new moth for the reserve list. New for the year were Archips podana, Marbled White Spot, Eudonia mercurella, Flame Carpet, Nemapogon cloacella, Scythropia crataegella, Nephopterix angustella and Mompha subbistrigella.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 19 Jun 2021. The cooler weather has had a predictable impact on the number moths coming to the traps at the reserve, with just 113 moths of 58 species recorded tonight. Of these, Uncertain, Barred Straw, Common Footman, Anania coronata, Eudonia lacustrata and Tortrix viridana were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 20 Jun 2021. 166 moths of 70 species from the reserve. Plain Golden Y (Autographa jota) was new for the reserve list, whilst Common Carpet, Mottled Beauty and Archips xylosteana were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 24 Jun 2021. Warmer temperatures brought the moths out at the reserve with 202 moths of 70 species being recorded. Great Oak Beauty (Hypomecis roboraria), Blotched Emerald (Comibaena bajularia), Eucosma hohenwartiana - Bright Bell and Gypsonoma oppressana - Poplar Shoot, were all new for the reserve list, whilst Endotricha flammealis, Fan-foot, Heart and Club, Double Square-spot, Small Fan-footed Wave, Southern Wainscot and Crambus pascuella were all new for the year.

Hairy Hawker (2nd (new pond - f possibly ovipositing and Barn Owl Meadow) & 10th (pond) Jun), Broad-bodied Chaser (2nd – 3rd (new pond, m), 5th , 10th (m&f), 12th (m), 13th (m & f) & 14th – 15th Jun), Azure Damselfly (2nd (busy at new pond), 5th (lots ovipositing on new pond), 17th & 26th (at new pond) Jun), Red-eyed Damselfly (3rd (f or imm), 5th (new pond and in front of Sanctuary Hide), 12th (1 at pond and 12 from Sanctuary Hide), 26th & 29th Jun), Common Blue Damselfly (1st, 3rd (50+), 4th , 11th , 14th (10+), 17th & 28th – 29th Jun), Blue-tailed Damselfly (4th , 12th & 26th (f) Jun), Four-spotted Chaser (5th & 14th – 16th Jun), Banded Demoiselle (9th , 12th (from Long Hedge Hide) & 13th Jun), Common Darter (10th (3 freshly hatched) & 21st Jun), Black-tailed Skimmer (10th, 12th (f), 14th (1, maybe 2), 15th (m&f) & 16th (a few) Jun), Emperor Dragonfly (12th , 15th , 16th (ovipositing in new pond) & 26th Jun) and Downy Emerald Dragonfly (Cordulia aenea) (16th (Found first by Tony Hulls and confirmed the same day by Steve & Sue Place - New to the ML Species List), Jun).

Soldier Fly sp – (Odontomyia ornata) – Ornate Brigadier (1st (new to the ML Species List) Jun), Martin Parr 1 Jun 2021.jpg 7-Spot Ladybird (3rd , 7th , 10th (larvae) & 19th Jun), Ruby-tailed Jewel Wasp sp (3rd (2 on screen), 4th (Chrysura radians – new to the ML Species List)) & 14th (1 on screen) Jun), Red-headed Cardinal Beetle (1st & 10th Jun), Alderfly (Sialis lutaria) (1st Jun), Rove Beetle sp (Paederus riparius) (2nd (new to ML Species List) Jun), Longhorn Beetle sp (Grammoptera ruficornis) - Common Grammoptera (2nd Jun), Mayfly sp - Serratella ignita (Blue-winged Olive) (4th (new to ML Species List) Jun), Fly (Phania funesta) (4th (new to ML Species List) Jun), Wood-boring Weevil (Euophryum confine) (4th Jun), Black Colonel Soldierfly (10th (4) Jun), Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) - Alder Leaf Beetle (4th (New to the ML Species List) & 26th Jun), Scorpion Fly (7th Jun), Thick-legged Flower Beetle (7th & 26th Jun), Soldier Beetle (7th , 10th & 12th Jun), Black-headed Cardinal Beetle (7th & 10th Jun),Great Diving Beetle (10th (mating pair) Jun), Xanthogramma pedissequem (10th Jun), Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) – The Marmalade Hoverfly (10th & 12th Jun), Hoverfly (Rhingia rostrata) (10th & 15th Jun), Soldier Fly sp – (Chloromyia formosa) Broad Centurion (10th & 15th Jun), Mint Beetle (10th (c20), 13th (2), 15th (lots at Weasel Corner) & 26th Jun), Orange-legged Furrow Bee (Halictus rubicundus) (tbc) (12th (if confirmed, will be new to the ML Species List) Jun), Bryony Mining Bee (12th (on White Bryony) Jun), Crane fly Nephrotoma flavescens (12th Jun), Marsh Snipefly (Rhagio tringarius) (15th Jun), Hoverfly (Melanogater species) (15th (f. New (at family level) to the ML Species List)) Jun), Hoverfly (Xylota Segnis) (15th (2) Jun), Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens) (15th (m) Jun), Wall Mason Wasp (possibly) (Ancistrocerus parietinus) (15th Jun), Hoverfly (Myathropa florea) – The Batman Hoverfly (15th Jun), Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) – Pied Hoverfly (aka Pellucid Fly) (15th & 24th Jun), Blue Jewel or Cuckoo Wasp (Trichrysis Cyanea) (c16th Jun), Digger Wasp (Pemphredon sp) (c16 Jun), Soldier Fly sp (Beris chalybata) - Murky-legged Black Legionnaire (c16th (f. New to the ML Species List) Jun), Hoverfly (Cheilosia albitarsis) (c16th (f) Jun), Caddisfly (Leptocerus tineiformis) (19th (m, new to ML Species List) Jun), Brown Chafer Beetle (Serica brunnea) (19th (New to the ML Species List) Jun), Caddisfly (Phryganea grandis) (20TH (M. New to the ML Species List) & 25th Jun), Tetragnatha Montana - spider (21st (mating pair) Jun), Araniella sp - Cucumber Spider (m) (21st Jun), Xysticus sp - Crab Spider (21st Jun), Clubiona sp - Sac Spider (21st (f) Jun), Nursery Web Spider (21st & 29th (predating a Common Blue Damselfly) Jun), Hoverfly (Cheilosia proxima) (23rd (New to the ML Species List) Jun), Scarce Fungus Weevil (24th Jun), Roesels Bush Cricket (24th (3 nymphs) Jun), Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) – Great Pied Hoverfly (24th Jun), Ferruginous Bee-grabber fly - Sicus ferrugineus (24th Jun), St.John's Wort Beetle (Chrysolina hyperici) (24th Jun), One of the thick-headed flies (Conopids), Sicus ferrugineus (24th Jun), Ichneumon wasp (26th Jun), Hornet hoverfly mimic (Volucella zonaria) (26th Jun), Hoverfly (Volucella inflate) (26th Jun), Harlequin Ladybird (26th Jun), Hoverfly (Eristalis horticola) (26th Jun), Orange-vented Mason Bee (Osmia leaiana) (26th (new to the ML Species List) Jun), Fungus Weevil (Platystomos albinus) (26th (m) Jun), Pond Skater (28th & 30th Jun), Miridae sp. (Liocoris tripustulatus) - Common Nettle Bug (28th Jun), Blue Long-horned Snailkiller Marsh Fly (Sepedon sphegea) (29th (pair by new pond) Jun), Willow Flea Beetle (Crepidodera aurata) (Jun), Ant (Jun), Black-clouded Longhorn Beetle (Leiopus nebulosus) agg (Jun) and Larinioides sclopetarius (Bridge Spider aka Gray Cross Spider) possibly (28th (in Teal Hide) Jun).

Southern Marsh Orchid (3rd (153 spikes), 5th, 7th & 8th (A survey by Paul Ward and Judith Passingham recorded 512 flowers in total) Jun. Previous years - 201 flower spikes and 53 nibbled spikes on 25th May 2020, 2725 on 25th May 2019, 2325 on 26th May 2018, 2093 on 20th May 2017, 1237 on 11th Jun 2016, 1431 on 30th May 2015, 438 on 31st May 2014, 1 on 7th Jun 2013, 100+ on 27th May 2012), Yellow Flag (12th Jun), White Bryony (12th Jun), Water Lily (Yellow - Nuphar sp) (15th (Barge Pond, at least 4 flowers) Jun), Ceratiomyxa porioides (yellow version of Coral Slime Mould) (8th Jun), Dog's Vomit Slime Mould (Fuligo septica) (8th & 15th Jun), Orange Bonnet (Mycena acicula) (8th Jun), Slime-mold (Arcyria denudata) (15th (new to the ML Species List) Jun), Slime-mold (Stemonitis species) (15th (new to the ML Species List) Jun), Eyelash fungus (Scutellinia species) (15th Jun), Welsh Poppy (21st Jun), Rosebay Willowherb (30th (coming into bloom) Jun) and Viper’s Bugloss (26th Jun).

Puffball (26th Jun), Slime-mold (Arcyria obvelata) (26th (New to ML Species List) Jun), Slime-mold (Stemonitopsis typhina) (26th (New to ML Species List) Jun) and Slime-mold (Didymium squamulosum) (26th (New to ML Species List) Jun).

Brown Rat (1st (Clubhouse feeders) & 20th Jun), Red Fox (early Jun, 9th & 22nd Jun), Rabbit (9th, 11th, 14th (2) & 22nd Jun), Grey Squirrel (9th , 11th , 15th & 25th Jun), Muntjac (20th & 26th Jun), Mole (30th (dead) Jun) and Shrew (30th (2, both dead. A larger one and a young one (or perhaps a Pygmy (tbc)) Jun).

American Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) (1st (in Stream), 4th , 7th (near Barn Owl Meadow) & 24th (a remaining claw – something is eating them) Jun) and Smooth Newt (7th (lots in new pond), 10th (loads in new pond), 12th (loads in new pond), 14th (c8 individually raising to the surface of the pond and then going back down again) & 16th Jun).

May 1st – May 31st 2021 (LF = Lynsters Farm) -17th May was when we reopened.
Canada Goose (4th (2 pairs near Rotunda Hide with 8 and 2 goslings. Also 2 pairs on LF with a total of 12 goslings), 5th (with goslings), 7th (pair with 10 goslings, in front of Rotunda. Plus a pair with 4 goslings, in front of Double Decker Hide), 8th (Pair with 10 goslings, in front of Rotunda), 11th (Pair with 10 goslings, feeding on orchids, plus a pair with 4 goslings), 16th – 17th (3 pairs with at least 16 goslings between them), 22nd-23rd , 24th (with broods of 10, 3 & others), 25th - 26th , 28th – 29th (with goslings) & 31st (with goslings) May), Little Grebe (4th (pair with a single youngster, about 2 weeks old), 17th (3 adults, one with a large chick), 20th, 23rd – 24th , 26th (2) & 28th May), Black-headed Gull (4th (at least 38 nests), 14th , 16th , 17th (at least 30 nests), 20th, 23rd (2 mating on new Tern Raft put out today), 26th (numerous chicks and sitting adults) & 28th (colony going strong) May), Mallard (4th (2f with broods of well grown ducklings), 5th (with 5 young), 7th (with 3 young), 11th (pair with 9 ducklings), 16th (2 pairs plus 5 extra males), 17th (2 ducklings seen), 23rd , 24th (with 3 young), 26th & 28th May), Greylag Goose (4th (5 pairs observed with a total of 26 goslings), 16th (1 pair), 17th (3 pairs on LF with a total of 16 goslings), 23rd & 28th May), Oystercatcher (4th (on LF), 16th (2 over reserve and cricket pitch), 17th (3 on LF), 22nd (5 on LF), 26th (2) & 28th (4 on LF) May), Swift (4th (9), 10th (including 2 mating on the wing), 11th (5), 17th (4), 22nd (30+ over Reed Bed), 23rd & 24th (6) May), Sand Martin (4th (4) May), House Martin (4th (10) & 18th (a few) May), Hobby (4th , 9th , 11th , 18th (2+ over Lynsters Lake) & 25th (1 over Lynsters) May), Nuthatch (5th - 6th (Pair probably nesting in a Poplar), 7th (1), 17th (1 on feeder), 22nd , 23rd (2), 28th - 29th & 31st May), Kingfisher (5th (at Clubhouse), 9th (1), 23rd – 26th , 28th & 31st May), Egyptian Goose (5th (2 over Comma Corner), 17th (3 pairs on LF with a total of 12 goslings), 18th (6 over Shell Hide), 23rd (6 on LF) & 26th May), Blackcap (5th – 6th (lots singing), 11th (2), 17th (3m seen, others heard), 22nd – 24th & 28th May), Grey Heron (5th (2 over), 7th (1), 11th (2), 17th (2), 23rd (1), 26th - 27th & 31st (1) May), Reed Warbler (5th (heard in Reed bed), 6th (at least 2 heard), 17th (1 seen, another heard), 18th (2 in front of Double Decker Hide), 22nd , 24th , 25th (2 pairs), 26th (3+) & 31st May), Teal (5th (1m) May), Common Tern (6th (1), 9th (2), 17th (2), 18th (1), 22nd (1), 23rd (2 on new raft, just 2 hours after it was put out on the Marsh Lake today), 24th (2 on new raft), 25th (2 pairs on raft), 26th (1), 29th (0 seen today) & 31st (with fish in bill) May), Garden Warbler (6th (3), 9th (2), 11th (1 singing), 16th – 17th (1), 22nd (1), 23rd (2), 25th – 26th (2 singing), 27th (heard around Clubhouse Lake) & 28th (at least 2 in song) May), Chiffchaff (6th , 17th & 22nd – 24th May), Pochard (7th (2 by Sanctuary Pool), 17th (4+), 18th (m&f in front of Double Decker Hide, with f on nest in Reed bed), 20th, 22nd (still on nest), 23rd – 24th , 26th (f with 4 ducklings, f with 3 ducklings & f on nest), 28th (f with 3 ducklings & f still on nest), 29th (several broods) & 30th (f still on nest) May), Buzzard (7th (2 being mobbed by Crows), 9th (1), 22nd – 24th & 26th May), Crow (7th (mobbing Buzzards), 17th , 23rd & 26th May), Great Crested Grebe (7th (2), 11th (1), 17th , 23rd , 26th (1 with no sign of a mate), 29th & 31st May), Coot (7th (2 feeding 2 young), 8th (1 plus a pair with 3 chicks), 11th (on nest near Teal Hide, plus 1 adult with 3 chicks from Long Hedge Hide), 17th (pair with 6 chicks, plus others nesting), 18th (feeding chick) 23rd , 24th (with 2 chicks) & 26th May), Mute Swan (7th (2), 11th (2), 18th (nesting on island from Shell Hide), 23rd & 28th May), Cormorant (7th (1), 11th (2), 14th (2), 17th (1) & 23rd May), Green Woodpecker (7th May), Robin (7th (Reggie at Shell Hide), 16th (Reggie), 17th (2, including Reggie), 20th, 23rd – 24th , 26th , 29th & 31st May), Jay (7th , 17th – 19th (at feeder site), 20th, 23rd (2), 25th - 26th & 31st May), Great Spotted Woodpecker (7th , 17th (at feeder), 19th - 20th, 23rd (m&f at feeder), 28th , 30th (in nest hole) & 31st (2) May), Gadwall (8th (4), 16th (3 pairs), 17th (4m), 23rd – 24th & 26th (3) May), Tufted Duck (8th (2), 16th (2 pairs), 17th (2 pairs and other males), 18th, 23rd (m&f with 3 young), 24th & 26th (6) May), Sedge Warbler (10th (calling from reeds opposite Sanctuary) May), Blue Tit (11th (feeding at Nest Box 7), 17th (on feeders), 18th (at Nest Box L, left chamber), 23rd , 24th (at Nest Box L, left chamber), 26th & 31st May), Lapwing (11th (1) May), Lesser Black-backed Gull (16th (1 collecting nesting material), 17th (1 on Clubhouse Lake being mobbed by 6+ B-H Gulls) & 23rd (1 hunting) May), Little Egret (17th , 24th – 25th (1) & 29th – 31st (1) May), Shoveler (17th (1) & 26th (pair) May), Red Kite (17th (2) & 22nd May), Moorhen (17th , 23rd – 24th & 26th May), Stock Dove (17th (1 on LF, 3 near Clubhouse), 23rd (2), 26th (3) & 31st (2) May), Woodpigeon (17th & 23rd May), R-N Parakeet (17th (1), 23rd & 26th May), Wren (17th & 28th May), Dunnock (17th (2), 26th & 28th May), Blackbird (17th , 23rd – 24th & 26th May), Song Thrush (17th (1 near Rotunda Hide and 1 singing in Paddock), 26th & 28th May), Willow Warbler (17th (heard at Barge Pond) May), Goldcrest (17th (1) May), Magpie (17th (a few), 23rd & 26th May), Jackdaw (17th (20+ on LF), 23rd & 26th May), Starling (17th , 22nd (groups on LF with juveniles), 23rd & 26th May), Great Tit (17th (entering Nest Box 7, which on 11th May was begin used by Blue Tit), 18th (removing faecal sac from Nest Box 4), 19th, 23rd – 24th , 26th & 28th (using Nest Box 4) May), Chaffinch (21st (on feeder), 23rd & 25th - 26th May), Cuckoo (18th (heard from Springwell direction), 25th (calling from over Lynsters way), 26th (singing at the reserve at 10:45am), 27th (heard) & 29th (calling in the distance) May), Sparrowhawk (18th & 24th May), Coot (18th (with 2 young) May), Reed Bunting (22nd May), Treecreeper (22nd - 23rd May), Long-tailed Tit (23rd , 26th , 28th & 31st (a row of 7 fledglings) May), Collared Dove (25th (possibly breeding in the tree immediately opposite the small area of Primroses at the Teal Hide path Junction) May), Greenfinch (26th May) and Tawny Owl (29th May).

Holly Blue (4th & 18th May), Orange Tip (4th (2m), 5th (3), 11th (m), 26th & 29th (m) May), Peacock (4th (1), 5th (2), 11th , 18th (4) & 26th (2) May), Large White (11th May), Brimstone (11th (laying eggs in Paddock), 17th (2 at Long Hedge), 18th (3), 28th (f ovipositing on Alder Buckthorn near Pudding Stone & 1 caterpillar on Alder Buckthorn near Double-decker Hide) & 29th (now several very small caterpillars) May), Painted Lady (11th May), Small Tortoiseshell (17th (1 at Long Hedge) & 25th (c10 caterpillars) May), Small White (17th (4), 24th & 26th May) and Green-veined White (18th & 28th May).

Damselfly sp (8th (newly emerged, above Barn Owl Meadow) & 11th (20 at Comma Corner, lots in Paddock and others near screens) May), Common Blue Damselfly (17th (newly emerging), 25th (5), 26th (lots), 28th & 31st May), Broad-bodied Chaser (17th (f), 27th , 28th (immature in Paddock) & 31st (f at new pond) May), Blue-tailed Damselfly (26th , 28th (by old village pond), 30th (2) & 31st (new pond) May), Azure Damselfly (29th (males and females and possibly a ’rare blue form’) & 31st May), Banded Demoiselle (31st (m at new pond) May) and Large Red Damselfly (31st (pair mating at new pond) May).

Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) (4th (still active at Long Hedge screen) May), Common Carder Bee (5th May), Common Green Shieldbug (11th May), Thistle Tortoise Beetle (11th & 25th (2) May), Red-headed Cardinal Beetle (11th , 18th , 26th , 28th & 31st May), Dock Bug (11th (2) & 25th (3) May), 7-Spot Ladybird (17th (10+ on Comma Corner), 24th (1), 25th (lots) & 28th May), Scorpion Fly (17th (f) & 26th May), Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufus) (17th (m on screen) May), Footballer Hoverfly (18th & 25th (1) May), Red-and-Black Froghopper (23rd & 29th May), Alderfly sp (25th May), Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida) (25th May), Black-headed Cardinal Beetle (25th (3) & 29th May), Green Tortoise Beetle (25th (1) May), 24-Spot Ladybird (25th (1) May), Pied Shieldbug (25th (1) May), Rhombic Leatherbug (25th ( 2 by the screens) May), Hairy Shieldbug (25th (1) & 31st (mating pair) May), Nomada Bee sp (25th (impossible to confirm to species level from the photo taken) May), Common Carder Bumblebee (25th (lots) May), White-tailed Bumblebee (25th (lots) May), Marmalade Hoverfly (25th (1) May), Hoverfly sp - Xanthogramma pedissequum or fasciata (25th (1) May), Mint Beetle (25th May), Soldier Fly sp - (Odontomyia tigrina) - Black Colonel (26th or 28th May), Hoverfly (Rhingia rostrata) (26th or 28th May), Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus) (26th or 28th May), Rhinoceros Beetle (Sinodendron cylindricum) (26th (new to the ML Species List), White Fungus Weevil (Platystomos albinus (Synonym (Anthribus albinus)) (26th or 28th May), Acorn Weevil (Curculio glandium) (27th May), Figwort Weevil (Cionus tuberculosus) (27th (Pair. New to the ML Species List.) May), Soldier Beetle Cantharis nigricans (28th May), Click Beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis) (29th May), Caddisfly sp (28th May), Crab Spider sp (Misumena vatia) (28th May), Ichneumon Wasp sp (Ophion minutus) (29th (new to the ML Species List) May), Hoverfly (Rhingia campestris) (28th May), Hoverfly (Platycheirus sp) (28th May), Hoverfly (Eupeodes luniger) - Common Spotted Field Syrph. (28th (Female. New to the ML Species List) 28 May), Mirid Bug sp (Liocoris tripustulatus) – Common Nettle Bug (28th May), Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) (30th May), Thick-legged Flower Beetle (31st May), Nursery Web Spider (31st May), Roesels Bush Cricket (31st (nymph) May), Figwort Weevil (Cionus alauda) (31st (new to the ML Species List) May), Scarce Fungus Weevil (Platyrhinus resinosus) also known as Cramp-ball Fungus Weevil (31st May), Fence Post Jumping Spider (Marpissa muscosa) (31st (m) May), Fly (Sepsis cynipsea) - Sepsis Fly (31st May), Alder Fly (31st May), Slender groundhopper (Tetrix subulata) (31st May),

Cinnabar Moth (17th (1, 22nd & 29th May), Silver Ground Carpet Moth (17th May), Green Carpet (22nd & 28th May) and Pale Tussock Moth (30th May).
Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 28 May 2021. It was good to get the moth traps out at the reserve after such a long break. In what’s been a very poor spring for moths, there was a surprisingly good catch with 107 moths of 36 species. Highlights were Esperia sulphurella, Tawny Pinion, 5 Poplar Hawk-moth, Figure of Eighty and 24 Epinotia immudana.
Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 29 May 2021. A cooler night and a reduced catch, but still some nice moths from the traps at the reserve. 39 moths of 23 species included Buff-tip, Yellow-barred Brindle, Swallow Prominent, Iron Prominent, Common Swift and White Ermine.
Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 30 May 2021. 38 moths of 20 species from the traps at the reserve last night. These included micro moth Incurvaria oehlmanniella – Common Leaf Cutter, Treble Lines, Cinnabar, Chocolate-tip and Muslin Moth.

Grass Snake (5th (3 under the refugia in beehive clearing - 1 at 8 inches long and 2 at 12 inches long - so a one-year old and 2 x two-year-old, which confirms regular breeding), 11th (7 under Bee-hive area refugia, ranging from 6 to 15 inches) & 18th (6 under beehive refugia, ( 9 – 15 inches) May).

Grey Squirrel (11th , 17th (1 on feeder, 1 near Long Hedge Hide), 23rd (on feeder) & 24th (1) May), Rabbit (11th (1 at Comma Corner, 2 in Paddock), 16th (12 counted), 17th (4 on Long Hedge path, 10+ (including young) on LF & 2 in Paddock), 19th - 20th, 22nd (several) & 25th May), Fox (18th (in Paddock) May), Common Pipistrelle (19th (approx 3 detected with the EcoTouch Bat recorder between 9.15pm and 9.40pm from the Double Decker Hide, to the Clubhouse) May), Soprano Pipistrelle (19th (approx 3 detected with the EcoTouch Bat recorder between 9.15pm and 9.40pm from the Double Decker Hide, to the Clubhouse) May), Noctule (19th (1 detected with the EcoTouch Bat recorder between 9.15pm and 9.40pm by the Clubhouse) May), Vole sp (22nd May), Wood Mouse (23rd & 28th May), Bank Vole (27th (2 dead in car park) May) and Brown Rat (31st (4 at Clubhouse site) May).

Greater Celandine (11th (nice clump in Village at base of Poplar) May), Cuckoo Flower aka Lady’s Smock (Cardamine pratensis) (16th (2 spikes near Reserve entrance) May), Southern Marsh Orchid (11th , 22nd – 23rd (growing near Rotunda), 25th (40 spikes and none eaten off) & 26th May. Previous years - 201 flower spikes and 53 nibbled spikes on 25th May 2020, 2725 on 25th May 2019, 2325 on 26th May 2018, 2093 on 20th May 2017, 1237 on 11th Jun 2016, 1431 on 30th May 2015, 438 on 31st May 2014, 1 on 7th Jun 2013, 100+ on 27th May 2012) and Hawthorn (25th (coming into flower) May),

Inkcap sp. (17th May), Jelly Ear (17th May), Southern Bracket (17th May), Wolf's Milk Slime Mold (Lycogala epidendrum) (26th (new to ML Species List) May) and Coral Slime Mold (Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa) (26th (new to ML Species List) May).

Apr 1st – Apr 21st 2021 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
Kingfisher (1st (nesting near Rotunda, m caught a fish), 15th (near Kingfisher Nest Box). 24th – 25th & 29th (m) Apr), Chiffchaff (1st & 15th (loads) Apr), Blackcap (1st (in good voice) & 15th (loads) Apr), Great Crested Grebe (7th – 8th , 12th , 25th (pair displaying), 27th (pair) & 29th (pair at likely nest site) Apr), Black-headed Gull (8th (c100), 11th (Ring 240A - ringed as a chick at Blashford Lakes, Hampshire on 18th June 2015. Only been seen once since then - this was at Stockers Lake, Rickmansworth, Herts on 7th June 2018), 12th (100+), 21st (at least 18 occupied nests), 23rd (plenty). 25th (around 18 nests on rafts and Willow Island) & 29th (at least 30 occupied nests) Apr), Little Grebe (8th (pair) Apr), Stock Dove (8th (pair at front Nest Box at Teal Hide) Apr), Buzzard (12th (3 flew out of Plantation, plus one other seen) & 23rd (1 flew out of Plantation, plus one other seen. So probably nesting on the reserve somewhere) Apr), Coot (12th (sitting on nest) Apr), Grey Heron (12th (2) & 29th (3) Apr), Mallard (15th (6 ducklings) & 25th (female with brood of ducklings) Apr), Swift (21st (over Lynsters) & 20th Apr), Little Egret (18th, 21st & 23rd, 25th (fishing the Sluice) & 27th Apr), Oystercatcher (21st & 29th Apr), Cormorant (23rd Apr), Lesser Black-backed Gull (23rd & 29th (5 i.e. 4 over paddocks and 1 on clubhouse) Apr), Nuthatch (23rd & 29th (calling) Apr), Red-crested Pochard (23rd (6 males seen from Long Hedge), 24th (m) & 27th (3m on Lynsters) Apr), Mute Swan (23rd (alone on Marsh Lake), 24th (pair on Marsh Lake) & 27th (pair) Apr), Goldeneye (25th (displaying pair on Clubhouse Lake) Apr), Egyptian Goose (25th (c6 almost fully adults on LF) & 29th (2 adults and 6 goslings on LF and a pair copulating in front of Sanctuary Hide) Apr), Greylag Goose (25th (c6 almost fully adults on LF) & 27th (2 pairs with new broods of 4 goslings each) Apr), Yellow Wagtail (27th (single male in flight over the Paddock) Apr), Coot (27th (pair with young) Apr), Collared Dove (27th (at the junction with the Teal Hide and is possibly nesting in the tree above the Thames Water fence, not a common breeder at our reserve) Apr), Reed Warbler (27th (singing in front of Double Decker Hide) & 29th (1) Apr) and Swallow (29th Apr).

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) (3rd (planted in the village pond edges) Apr) and Ramson (3rd (growing in the Plantation, spreading nicely) Apr).

Peacock (8th & 23rd (8) Apr), Orange Tip (12th , 21st (2) & 23rd (3) Apr) and Comma (21st & 23rd Apr). Dark-edged Bee Fly (Bombylius major) (8th (at Long Hedge) Apr), Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) (21st (females and 1 male) Apr) and Hairy Shieldbug (23rd Apr).

Fox (18th Apr).

Smooth Newt (21st Apr).

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