21 Oct 17

Priorslee Lake only

10.0°C > 10.5°C: Passing showers and mainly cloudy. Moderate / fresh S wind. Good visibility, rather less in showers.

Sunrise: 07:45 BST

Priorslee Lake: 06:55 – 09:40

(125th visit of the year)

Notable sighting today was the c.150 Starlings that shot out of a roost in the NW reed-bed – my first confirmed use of this roost this season. Plenty more Starlings over

Other notes from today:
- an inbound Greylag x Canada Goose peeled off from the Canada Goose group and landed on the water, much to the annoyance of the cob Mute Swan
- the Eurasian Wigeon gone again – as has the ‘extra’ drake Gadwall
- a second pair of Gadwall flew in
- I logged 4 Common Buzzards flying around early on: with the strong wind they were moving between areas more than usual and I was unsure how many birds might have been involved. Later I noted 3 in the air together
- at least 3 Redwings in the trees before dawn may have roosted; later 7 more landed in the trees at the W end; another 72 overhead – see totals below
- 2 Pied Wagtails on the football field
- 11 quite robust-looking finches flew W together in, for finches, a rather open group. Too far away to see any plumage details and to hear any calls. Frustrating
and
- nothing on the lamps again this morning
- yet another species of fungus found – probably Hare's-foot Inkcap (Coprinus lagopus). It is proving to be a bumper year for this important group

On with today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over the lake:
- 41 Canada Geese (in 2 groups inbound)
- 1 Sparrowhawk
- 3 (4?) Common Buzzards (see notes)
- 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Herring Gull
- 42 Wood Pigeons
- c.425 Jackdaws
- 10 Rooks
- 3 Pied Wagtails
- c.245 Starlings (5 groups)
- 72 Redwings (14 singles / groups)
- 11 finch sp. (1 group – see notes)

Warblers seen or heard today
None

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans
- 1 Greylag x Canada Goose (see notes)
- 4 (2♂) Gadwall
- 11 (5♂) Mallard
- 39 (13♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Grey Heron
- 6 + 3 Great Crested Grebes
- 3 Moorhens only
- 152 Coots
- c.230 Black-headed Gulls
- 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 2 Herring Gulls
- 1 Kingfisher

Well it looked OK to start with: showers pretty much all the time.

Just a Wren: but not often they sit (almost) still-enough to photograph.

... twice!

... thrice.

Did you know they stick their tongue out when they sing?

And open wide! I am sorry these are not all 100% sharp: there was just not enough light to ‘freeze’ this hyperactive bird.

I think these are Hare's-foot Inkcap (Coprinus lagopus) fungus. My concern is that the habitat is not quite right – these were on the edge of the football field. Still it was in the area that was reconstructed when the academy was built and who knows what lies under there.

The rather strange name of the species comes from a supposed resemblance of the young fruit to the 'paw of a rabbit' (so why hare?). Here is the underside of this short-lived fungus – we see it already starting to deliquesce.
Here from above – no sign of any rabbit’s feet anywhere.

A close-up.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2016
Priorslee Lake
Today's Sightings Here

2010
Priorslee Lake
Little Grebe
5 Lapwings
1487 Fieldfare logged, mostly flying W. 7 of the flocks estimated at between 110 and 130 birds
25 Redwings
Raven
56 Goldfinch
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
62 Swans
5 Wigeon
14 Pochard
22 Tufted Ducks
231 Coots
Great Black-backed Gull
3 Buzzards
1 Kestrel
27 Redwings
Chiffchaff
c.250 Starlings
8 Siskins
c.15 Goldfinches
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
1 Cormorant
25 Pochard
72 Tufted Ducks
1 Kestrel
1 Kingfisher
20 Robins
17 Blackbirds
15 Song Thrushes
59 Redwing
3 Mistle Thrushes
1 Chiffchaff
1 Blackcap
5 Goldcrests
(Martin Adlam)

20 Oct 17

Priorslee Lake and The Flash

10.5°C > 11.5°C: Heavy shower at start, otherwise mainly cloudy. Light / moderate W wind. Very good visibility

Sunrise: 07:44 BST

Priorslee Lake: 06:50 – 09:40

(124th visit of the year)

Best today was a group of 20 Goosanders that arrived at 07:45. As to be expected, at this date they were all ‘brownheads’, though two looked somewhat more contrasting and likely to become drakes. This number is quite unprecedented at the lake. Not only that: instead of dropping in for just a few minutes as they usually do these birds stayed for over 30 minutes and spent the while fishing as a single group until they all left together. My first in the water here since 4 January

Other notes from today:
- 31 additional inbound Canada Geese stopped off at the lake for a while, much to the annoyance of the cob Mute Swan
- three duck Eurasian Wigeon new in: two of these consorting with an ‘extra’ drake Gadwall
- otherwise just a pair of Gadwall this morning
- 11 Great Crested Grebes: the 4 breeding adults and their remaining 3 juveniles were present. Not 100% sure whether all the others were adults or not
- a Water Rail calling from the main N side reed bed this morning – a new location for them?
- probably 3 Grey Wagtails today: 2 early birds seemed to be leaving very high S over the M54 – local birds usually fly rather low. A bird later on the dam-face
- at least 5 Goldcrests around the lake today: more than I have seen for weeks
and
- nothing on the lamps this morning
- a shoal of small fish under the Wesley Brook bridge was unusual
- more fungus seen

On with today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over the lake: (all totals affected by low cloud / restricted visibility)
- 41 Canada Geese (16 in 3 groups outbound; 15 in 2 groups inbound): see also notes
- 1 Common Buzzard
- 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 5 Feral Pigeons
- 55 Wood Pigeons
- c.575 Jackdaws
- 3 Rooks
- 6 Pied Wagtails again
- 65 Starlings (4 groups)
- 3 Fieldfare (1 group)
- 168 Redwings (6 groups)
- 1 Meadow Pipit again
- 3 Chaffinches
- 2 Greenfinch
- 5 Siskins
- 6 Linnets (1 group)

Warblers seen or heard today
None

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans as usual
- 31 Canada Geese (see notes)
- 3 (2♂) Gadwall
- 3 (0♂) Eurasian Wigeon
- 14 (8♂) Mallard
- 34 (14♂) Tufted Ducks
- 20 (0?♂) Goosander
- 1 Cormorant
- 8 + 3 Great Crested Grebes (see notes)
- 1 Water Rail heard
- 2 Moorhens only
- 131 Coots
- c.80 Black-headed Gulls

Here is one of the two duck Eurasian Wigeon at the E end – they were not very cooperative!

And here is the duck Eurasian Wigeon at the W end.

Soon after they arrived here are 18 of the 20 Goosanders on the water (Black-headed Gulls and Coots as well).

Here are 12 of them: note #2 and, especially, #5 have whiter breasts suggesting they are eclipse drakes.

8 here with #1 perhaps an eclipse drake.

And centre-stage here.

As they moved in to shaded water exposure was harder.

Perhaps this is what the Goosanders were after: perhaps they drove this shoal up the Wesley Brook. This is the view from the bridge. I originally though the disturbance in the water was because of a Water Rail or Moorhen scampering away under overhanging vegetation. When nothing appeared I looked harder and found these small Perch.

A number of large toadstools appeared today. Here are three of them jammed together.

The underside – often important for identification. These look like Field Blew it (Leister sieve) to me. As ever with fungus I am far from certain!

As there was rather poor lighting under the trees I tried with the flash on – a very different tone. Did not help with the ID!
The shape of the fruiting bodies of this species are supposed to domed until the specimens age. This was the first time I had seen this fungus here but we see one here pushing its way through the leaf-litter suggesting that it may in fact be quite old. I had done quite a lot of ‘gardening’ on the previous examples to remove the leaf litter and other debris.

(Ed Wilson)
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The Flash: 09:45 – 10:30

(91st visit of the year)

Notes from here
- geese back early today and some already inside island
- first Cormorant in the water here since 02 April
and
- what seemed likely to be a road-kill Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Birds noted flying over
- 2 Herring Gulls
- 5 Feral Pigeons
- 2 Wood Pigeons
- 8 Jackdaws
- 5 Starlings

Warblers noted
None

The counts from the water
- 2 + 2 Mute Swans
- >90 Greylag Geese
- 1 Greylag x Canada Goose
- 42 Canada Geese only
- 1 white feral goose again
- 26 (18♂) Mallard
- 36 (19♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Cormorant
- 2 Great Crested Grebes
- 7 Moorhens again
- 11 Coots again
- 22 Black-headed Gulls
- 1 Kingfisher

Don’t look if you are too squeamish. A crow was finding this an excellent meal. The long and almost hairless tail and the clawed feet suggest it was a Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus). As it was in the middle of Derwent Drive I suspect it was road-kill.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2015
Priorslee Lake
Today's Sightings Here

2010
Priorslee Lake
Water Rail heard
>500 Black-headed Gulls
>530 migrating Wood Pigeons
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
1 Little Grebe
65 Mute Swans
7 Wigeon
7 Herring Gulls
1 Yellow-legged Gull
47 Greylag Geese
56 Canada Geese
9 Pochard
19 Tufted Ducks
1 Water Rail
236 Coots
4 Buzzards
Chiffchaff 
27 Starlings
(Ed Wilson)

2007
Priorslee Lake
Water Rail
Goldeneye
100 Fieldfare
(John Isherwood)

19 Oct 17

Priorslee Lake and The Flash

9.5°C > 11.0°C: Low cloud and mist. Light / moderate SE breeze. Moderate / poor visibility

Sunrise: 07:40 BST

Priorslee Lake: 06:50 – 09:10

(123rd visit of the year)

Notes from today:
- the cygnets did their usual figure-of-eight flight. Later the whole family went for a short flight together
- yesterday’s Eurasian Wigeon gone
- now 4 drake and 3 duck Gadwall
- a Song Thrushes had a quiet sing the morning
and
- just 2 examples of the November Moth group on the lamps

Another flowering plant I missed from Sunday’s ‘mid-month’ hunt
- Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)

On with today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over the lake: (all totals affected by low cloud / restricted visibility)
- 35 Canada Geese (3 groups outbound)
- 16 Wood Pigeons
- c.620 Jackdaws
- 2 Rooks again
- 6 Pied Wagtails
- 1 Meadow Pipit
- 16 Redwings (3 groups)
- 1 Chaffinch
- 1 Greenfinch
- 17 Goldfinches (2 groups)
- 2 Linnets

Warblers seen or heard today
None

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans as usual
- 7 (4♂) Gadwall
- 16 (8♂) Mallard
- 31 (16♂) Tufted Ducks
- 5 + 3 Great Crested Grebes
- 8 Moorhens
- 136 Coots
- c.100 Black-headed Gulls
- 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Kingfisher

Not helpful conditions for photography this morning. This I identified as Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris). Usually a much more robust plant, no doubt this one is suffering by being very much ‘end of season’. Clues to it not being Common Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) are the lack of larger petals on the outer-most flowers in each umbel; the spreading nature of the ‘head’; and the toothed leaflets. Lesser Water-parsnip (Berula erecta) is very similar but almost always grows with its feet in water at the edges of lakes and rivers. It also flowers in Spring and early Summer.

(Ed Wilson)

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The Flash: 09:15 – 09:45

(90th visit of the year)

Notes from here
- almost all the geese must have still been out in the fields
- at least 10 Blackbirds in the hawthorns near The Priorslee pub

Bird noted flying over
- 2 Wood Pigeons

Warblers noted
None

The counts from the water
- 2 + 2 Mute Swans
- 2 Canada Geese only
- 1 white feral goose again
- 30 (21♂) Mallard
- 51 (21♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 Great Crested Grebes again
- 5 Moorhens again
- 10 Coots again
- 14 Black-headed Gulls

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2009
Priorslee Lake
63 Mute Swan
7 Wigeon
14 Pochard
26 Tufted Duck
c.600 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
6 Herring Gull
1 Yellow Legged Gull
27 Redwings
3 Fieldfare
2 Willow Tits
(Mike Cooper / Ed Wilson)

2008
Priorslee Lake
>100 Tufted Duck
2 Water Rail
107 Redwings
176 Fieldfare 
19 Siskins
4 Sky Larks 
3 Meadow Pipits 
2 Redpolls
(Ed Wilson)

2005
Priorslee Lake
2 Shoveler
37 Redwing
1 Fieldfare
250+ Starlings in the roost
11 Pochard
48 Tufted Duck
202 Coot
5 Moorhen
(Ed Wilson)

18 Oct 17

Priorslee Lake: then Trench Lock Pool and Trench Middle Pool

6.5°C > 11.5°C: Clear start very soon gave way to lowering cloud from the S. Calm start with light SE breeze later. Good visibility

Sunrise: 07:40 BST

Priorslee Lake: 06:35 – 09:40

(122nd visit of the year)

Today’s frustration was what sounded like a falcon sp. calling at the W end c.07:00. Did not sound quite right for Kestrel (seen several times in the area recently); or for Peregrine. So ....? Pass

Other notes from today:
- just a lone goose overhead: 1 Greylag
- a new Eurasian Wigeon: a duck this time
- a 3rd drake Gadwall. The duck was certainly making her feelings felt about which male she preferred
- two Cormorants over: the two birds that arrived did so much later
- the Water Rail was seen near the Wesley Brook bridge this morning
- rather few Wood Pigeons seen until I noticed a migrant group of 72 birds flying S far to the W. Did not see any more large groups here – but see notes from Trench Lock Pool
- two concurrent large parties of Jackdaws, each with at least 350 birds. Over 150 in smaller groups later
- 1 Chiffchaff heard in the calmer conditions today
- first large party of Starlings on the season with a groups of >120 flying S
- several Redwings were calling from the tree-tops as I arrived: first of the season in the trees
- the flying Pied Wagtails were headed in several different directions today: normally they go mainly S
and
- no fewer than 11 examples of the November Moth group on the lamps

On with today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over the lake:
- 1 Greylag Goose (inbound)
- 2 Cormorants
- 2 Common Buzzards again
- 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 120 Wood Pigeons
- c.850 Jackdaws only
- 2 Rooks
- c.120 Starlings (1 group)
- 11 Pied Wagtails
- 3 Meadow Pipits
- 30 Redwings (4 groups)
- 4 Greenfinches
- 21 Goldfinches (1 group)
- 2 Siskins

Hirundines
None

Warblers seen or heard today
- 1 (0) Chiffchaff

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans
- 1 (0♂) Eurasian Wigeon
- 4 (3♂) Gadwall
- 26 > 11 (6♂) Mallard
- 31 (15♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 Cormorants
- 2 Grey Herons
- 6 + 3 Great Crested Grebes again
- 1 Water Rail seen
- 6 Moorhens
- 120 Coots
- >150 Black-headed Gulls
- 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
- 1 Kingfisher

The new duck Eurasian Wigeon kept its distance so a ‘record shot’ of it dribbling is all I could manage.

Hmm: there seems to be a reason why it was dribbling as it appears to have something in its bill – fishing line? I hope not.

The Black-headed Gulls like to sit on the lamp brackets. Can’t be to warm their feet as not only are the lights off, but all the heads have been replaced with new LED arrays which run ‘cold’.

I won’t bore you with all 11 November Moth-types that were at the lake this morning (with another 6 at Trench Lock). Here are two in close company.
(Ed Wilson)

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Trench Lock Pool: 09:50 – 10:25 // 11:00 – 11:10

(27th visit of the year)

Notes from here
- lower numbers of Mallard both here and at Middle Pool this week
- last week’s sad-looking Lesser Black-backed Gull had succumbed: a floating dead body
- party of at least 280 Wood Pigeons flew W with parties of 26 and 23 chasing: my largest-ever count here
- 1 Grey Wagtail again
- 3 Redwings over (with one of the Wood Pigeon parties) were my first of the year here
- the 2 Meadow Pipits over were also my first of the year here
and
- 6 November Moth-types on the walls of the Blue Pig pub

Birds noted flying over here [apart from the local Wood Pigeons and Jackdaws coming and going]
- >330 Wood Pigeons
- 3 Redwings
- 2 Meadow Pipits

Hirundines or warblers logged
None

The counts from the water
- 1 + 7 Mute Swans again
- 2 Canada Geese
- 11 (6♂) Mallards
- 1 (1♂) ‘feralMallard again
- 18 (5♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe only
- 5 Moorhens
- 116 Coots again
- 22 Black-headed Gulls
- 1 dead Lesser Black-backed Gull

This pair of Tufted Duck went for a fly-around: the drake in front with the cleaner white flanks.

(Ed Wilson)

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Trench Middle Pool: 10:30 – 10:55

(23rd visit of the year)

Notes
- neither of the recent juvenile Great Crested Grebes noted
and
- 1 Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
- 1 Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus): seen briefly but fairly certain it was this species: my first here

Birds noted flying over here
- 1 Sparrowhawk
- 2 Jackdaws
- 2 Goldfinches

Warblers noted
None

The counts from the water
- 2 + 5 Mute Swans
- 53 Canada Geese
- 17 (11♂) Mallard
- [no ‘feral’ Mallards]
- 6 (2♂) Tufted Duck
- 1 Cormorant
- 2 Great Crested Grebes
- 13 Moorhens
- 34 Coots
- 36 Black-headed Gulls

Through the binoculars I was not entirely positive that these two Great Crested Grebes were adults – was the slight mark on the cheeks: shadow or remnant juvenile stripes? The photo shows they are both adults, now without the breeding season head-plumes.
They even had a few thoughts of displaying: but didn’t.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2008
Priorslee Lake
992 Redwings
203 Fieldfare
Siskins
Redpolls
6 Pochard
c.150 Tufted Duck
Water Rail
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
18 Pochard
98 Tufted Ducks
1 duck Goldeneye
1 drake Ruddy Duck
1 Kingfisher
20 Pied Wagtails
18 Wrens
46 Robin
20 Blackbirds
6 Song Thrushes
42 Redwings
1 Chiffchaff
12 Starlings
52 Greenfinches
9 Goldfinches
2 Siskins
(Ed Wilson)

17 Oct 17

Priorslee Lake and The Flash

11.0°C > 12.5°C: Areas of cloud with good clear spells. A very light shower. Fresh SW wind fell away somewhat for a while. Very good visibility to start then rather hazy

Sunrise: 07:38 BST

Priorslee Lake: 07:05 – 09:30

(121st visit of the year)

I had hoped the gales might have blown something in:, instead it seemed to have blown them out – no Wigeon; fewer Mallard; no Pochard; and a reduced number of Coots

The winds had broken a few small branches: no real damage

A good variety of fly-overs but no real sign of movement apart from two parties of c.50 Wood Pigeons that seemed to be setting off S from trees to the N of the lake (the other Wood Pigeon fly-overs were the usual singles, small groups mainly heading E or W)

Other notes from today:
- an adult Mute Swan dropped in at 07:30: by 08:00 it took the hint. The cygnets seemed to enjoy the sport of helping their parents chase it away and did a lot of flying about
- two recounts failed to improve on the lower Coot numbers
- the only Grey Heron seen today was a fly-by
- the Water Rail was heard from the NW area today – which was where I was sheltering from the wind
- no Chiffchaffs seen or heard today
- Blackbirds and especially Song Thrushes were gorging on Dogwood berries this morning
- of course having noted yesterday that no Pied Wagtails had been on the ‘football field’ recently there were two this morning
- one of the Meadow Pipits logged as flying over was so low it seemed it must have come from the ground close to where I was. As there was no suitable habitat in the area it is presumed it came low looking for somewhere to land and then decided to carry on
- a lone Siskin and then a party of 6
- a Reed Bunting leaving a roost at the W end reeds this morning
and
- one of the November Moth group on a lamp
- the same(?) Earwig sp. (likely Forficula auricularia) in the same place on the same lamp as yesterday

On with today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over the lake:
- 2 Greylag Geese (outbound)
- 62 Canada Geese (8 outbound; 54 inbound)
- 1 Grey Heron
- 2 Sparrowhawks
- 2 Common Buzzards
- 1 (Common) Kestrel
- 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 180 Wood Pigeons
- c.600 Jackdaws only
- 3 Rooks
- 2 Ravens yet again
- 3 Skylarks (singles)
- 8 Starlings (3 groups)
- 6 Pied Wagtails
- 2 Meadow Pipits
- 19 Redwings (4 groups)
- 3 Chaffinches
- 2 Greenfinches
- 23 Goldfinches (3 groups)
- 7 Siskins
- 2 Lesser Redpolls (singles)

Hirundines
None

Warblers seen or heard today
None

The counts from the lake area
- 3 + 3 Mute Swans
- 3 (2♂) Gadwall remain
- 14 (7♂) Mallard
- 26 (11♂) Tufted Ducks
- 6 + 3 Great Crested Grebes
- 1 Water Rail heard
- 4 Moorhens
- 124 Coots
- c.175 Black-headed Gulls
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

The sunrise this morning after yesterday’s gales. We’ve lost the red sun caused by the smoke from the fires in Portugal and / or the dust from the Sahara and a rather fresh morning.

The ‘extra’ Mute Swan on a flight to escape the attentions of the residents. The right leg at least seems to be unringed.

A not-very-elegant landing as one of the cygnets joins the chase.

THIS is how it should be done: the ‘extra’ bird tries to settle again.

The bent neck is presumably to try and get the centre of gravity back from a slight skew.

‘Do you want us to give chase again?’ seems to be the question the cygnets are asking.

Here’s dad at full-chat.

‘Clear off.’

‘I’m going’ .. no.

... ‘really’. No rings on either leg.

Better have a preen after all that flying about.

I have noted several times Jays ferrying acorns to bury them for winter. Here is proof. Jays have been shown to have very good spatial awareness and memory and they are able to remember where they buried them.

Another of the November Moth agg. group. Here with the underwing protruding at rest and the rather more rounded shoulders suggesting a female even if it usually males that are plainly marked like this.
(Ed Wilson)

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The Flash: 09:35 – 10:25

(89th visit of the year)

Notes from here
- many of the Greylag Geese had disappeared inside the island before I arrived: likely more than I could see were present
- an unusual group of 36 Jackdaws flying S, with some taking time-off to harass a Common Buzzard (2 singles later)
and
- 2 Red Admirals on the ivy
- the regular Tapered Drone Flies (Eristalis pertinax) as well
- a digger wasp sp., probably Ectemnius cephalotes also on the Ivy

Birds noted flying over
- 1 Common Buzzard
- 5 Wood Pigeons
- 38 Jackdaws
- 1 Pied Wagtail
- 2 Skylarks again
- 1 Goldfinch

Warblers noted
None

The counts from the water
- 2 + 2 Mute Swans
- >60 Greylag Geese
- 96 Canada Geese
- 1 white feral goose again
- 29 (20♂) Mallard
- 45 (24♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 Great Crested Grebes
- 5 Moorhens
- 10 Coots
- 31 Black-headed Gulls

Two Canada Geese with undercarriage down (or should that be floats down?) for the landing.

Three more still to lower their undercarriage. One unable to keep its mouth shut ....

... just like this one.

Here we see a party of 28 Jackdaws (and one stray) just as they broke away from harassing the Buzzard in the bottom left. Unusual behaviour and I do not often see sizeable groups of Jackdaws while I am at The Flash.

Something different on the Ivy today: this seems to be the digger wasp Ectemnius cephalotes – it has no vernacular name. Most digger wasps dig in sand, but the females of this species make a nest in soft dead wood in to which they bore holes. In each they places up to a dozen prey items. They have injected their eggs in to the prey beforehand. Several females may use the same nest.

A slightly different view of the typical wasp markings. A new species for me.

Rubbing its back legs together showing the pale tibia of the Tapered Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax).

Such a dramatic shot I decided to include another Red Admiral butterfly, tongue right in the small Ivy flower to get at the nectar.

Anything you can do I can do ... a Tapered Drone Fly drinking the Ivy nectar.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2012
Priorslee Lake
1 Shoveler
3 Wigeon
12 Pochard
1 Little Grebe
(John Isherwood)

2008
Priorslee Lake
182 Wood Pigeons
10 Sky Larks
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
16 Pochard
84 Tufted Ducks
1 Ruddy Duck
1 Kingfisher
21 Wrens
11 Dunnocks
38 Robins
22 Blackbirds
9 Song Thrushes
139 Redwings
30 Starlings
3 Redpolls
(Ed Wilson)