18 Aug 17

No Sighting in so far today..............

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On this day..........
2014
Priorslee Lake
Today's Sightings Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
Green Sandpiper
(Arthur Harper)

2010
Priorslee Lake
Immature Shelduck
(Ed Wilson)

17 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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On this day..........
2016
Local Area
Today's Report Here

2014
Local Area
Today's Report Here

16 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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On this day..........
2016
Local Area
Today's Report Here

2015
Local Area
Today's Report Here

2014
Local Area
Today's Report Here

15 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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On this day..........
2016
Local area
Today's Report Here

2014
Local area
Today's Report Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
1 Common Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2012
Priorslee Lake
Location
1 Common Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2007
Priorslee Lake
Little Egret
Common Sandpiper
Common Gull
Hobby
Wheatear
(Ed Wilson)

2005
Priorslee Lake
Yellow Wagtail
Kingfisher
(Ed Wilson)

14 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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On this day..........
2014
Local area
Today's Report Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
1 Common Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2007
Priorslee Lake
Common Sandpiper 
Wheatear
(Ed Wilson)

13 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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

2014
Priorslee Lake
Today's Report Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
1 Common Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

12 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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

2014
Local area
Today's Report Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
2 Common Sandpipers
(Ed Wilson)

2011
Priorslee Lake
Ruddy Duck
1 Common Sandpiper
>50 Linnets
(Ed Wilson)

2007
Priorslee Lake
Little Egret
(Ed Wilson)

11 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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

2011
Priorslee Lake
Green Sandpiper
Tree Pipit
(Ed Wilson)

2008
Priorslee Lake
Wheatear
(Ed Wilson)

2007
Priorslee Lake
Possible Wood Sandpiper
A female Peregrine
(Ed Wilson)

10 Aug 17

Priorslee Lake

10:30am - 12:00pm

Grey Heron, Mute Swan pair + 3 cygnets, Canada Geese 4 [over], Great-crested Grebe 10 adults 2 immatures 4 juveniles + 1 chick, Coot 42, Moorhen 1 adult 1 immature, Tufted Duck 2, Mallard 16, Blackbird 4, Robin 3, Dunnock, Black-headed Gulls 41, Lesser Black-backed Gulls 120+, Great Tit, Blue Tit 4, Long-tailed Tit 4,  Swallow, House Martin 2, Magpie 2, Wood Pigeon 8, Chiffchaff 3, Willow Warbler, Blackcap 5 + 1 juvenile, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 2.

(Martin Grant)

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

2012
Priorslee Lake
6 Little Egrets
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Kingfisher
(Ed Wilson)

2007
Priorslee Lake
1 Little Egret
(Ed Wilson)

Nedge Hill
Location
Redstart
(John Isherwood)

2005
Priorslee Lake
5 Arctic Terns
(Ed Wilson)

9 Aug 17

No Sighting today.

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

2014
Priorslee Lake
Report from today Here

2012
Priorslee Lake
Green Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2011
Priorslee Lake
2 Lapwings
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
4 Little Egrets
(Ed Wilson)

2008
Priorslee Lake
Peregrine Falcon
(Ed Wilson)

2007
Priorslee Lake
Redshank
(Ed Wilson)

8 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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

2011
Priorslee Lake
Ruddy Duck
(Ed Wilson)

2008
Priorslee Lake
Wheatear
(Ed Wilson)

7 Aug 17

No Sighting today.

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

2011
Priorslee Lake
2 Common Sandpipers
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Hobby
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
Oystercatcher
(Martin Adlam)

6 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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

2012
Priorslee Lake
Green Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2011
Nedge Hill
1 (imm/fem) Common Redstart
(John Isherwood)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Dunlin
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
2 Common Tern
(Merv)

5 Aug 17

Priorslee Lake and The Flash

13.0°C > 15.0°C: Cloud to S and W; clearer to N and E and clearance partially spread over. Moderate WNW wind. Very good visibility

Sunrise: 05:34 BST

Priorslee Lake: 04:35 – 06:20 // 07:10 – 08:45

(91st visit of the year)

Other notes from today:
- many of the inbound geese flew by while I was inside tree cover and unable to see then
- the Greylag x Canada Goose flew outbound with a group of Canada Geese but then peeled off and returned the way it had come
- 3 of the Mallard looked as if they might be (almost?) full-grown ducklings: where from? could they be fledged and have flown in? why have I not seen them before if they were raised here?
- Tufted Ducks confusing: initially I saw just a drake and a duck; later two ducks in a different part of the water; then a drake and a duck with the drake certainly a different bird showing much more retained breeding plumage
- the ‘other’ juvenile / immature Great Crested Grebe seems to have left
- a Common Sandpiper this morning: did I overlook it amongst the mass of gulls yesterday? or a new arrival?
- many fewer Black-headed Gulls than yesterday: why?
- in addition to the 44 Wood Pigeons there were c.100 put up from the fields to the E
- the Green Woodpecker heard from the Ricoh copse again
- no House Martins seen or heard here this morning (there were just 3 over The Flash)
- no sign of any Jackdaws or Rooks this morning
- Dunnocks have been very quiet the last two weeks with just one or two going in my log. Today they had re-found their voice and were with several recently fledged juveniles
and
- no moths on the lamps again
- just 3 pipistrelle-type bats seen today
- two different species of fungus found on the football field
- a bumble bee sp. on Ragwort – probably Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)
also
- the caddis fly Limnephilus lunatus under the Priorslee Avenue tunnel

On with the bird totals

Birds noted flying over the lake:
- 20 Greylag Geese: 15 (5 groups) outbound; 5 (1 group inbound
- 1 Greylag x Canada Goose: outbound and inbound
- 314 Canada Geese: 264 (32 groups) outbound; 50 (3 groups inbound
- 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 15 Feral Pigeons (1 group: Racing Pigeons?)
- 44 Wood Pigeons

Hirundine etc. seen or heard today
None

Warblers counts: number in brackets = singing birds
- 9 (0) Chiffchaffs
- 1 (0) Willow Warbler
- 4 (0) Blackcaps again
- 6 (1) Reed Warblers

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans
- 4 Greylag Geese
- 27 Canada Geese
- 24 (17♂) Mallard (see notes)
- 6 (2♂) Tufted Ducks
- 7 + 4 (1 brood) Great Crested Grebes
- 4 + 1 (1 brood) Moorhens
- 46 + 10 (? broods) Coots
- 1 Common Sandpiper
- 46 (? juveniles) Black-headed Gulls
- 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Another interesting sunrise this morning: the start.

The sun eventually broke through.

With a trace of colour right across the eastern sky.

Mute Swan of course – enhanced by the sunrise colours?

Alarming in close-up. A bumble bee on Ragwort. From this angle it is difficult to see the ‘tail’: other features suggest it is likely a Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

Found on the roof of the bridge under Priorslee Avenue was this caddis fly sp. Looks like Limnephilus lunatus. ‘Lunatus’ after the half-moon mark on the trailing edge of the wing.

One of two species of fungus found on the football field this morning. I find identification of many species – this one included – very difficult. I do not have many books and many web sites are very confusing for the beginner – too many species! Also the fruiting bodies are often only visible for just a few days during which time they can change shape and colour very quickly.

For scale a fruit in my grubby hands.

Gill colour of often important in fungus identification.

The other species ‘in the wild’. This view looks similar to the poisonous species Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) but that species does not seem to grow in open fields but on buried dead wood.

Again for scale. 

And the gills again.

Between the lake and The Flash alongside the path
- Moorhen(s) heard around upper pool
- single Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps heard calling

(Ed Wilson)

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The Flash: 06:30 – 07:05

(70th visit of the year)

Notes from here
- 3 Starlings flew on to roofs in the estate. After the juveniles fledge all the birds leave. The residents usually start to return in August. Most birds we see in winter are from the Continent

Birds noted flying over
- 2 Feral Pigeons
- 8 Wood Pigeons
- 2 Jackdaws

Hirundine etc. noted
- 3 House Martins

Warblers noted
- 4 (0) Chiffchaffs
- 1 (1) Willow Warbler
- 2 (0) Blackcaps

The counts from the water
- 2 + 4 Mute Swans
- 2 Greylag Geese
- 26 Canada Geese
- 1 white feral goose
- 24 (16♂) + 5 (1 brood) Mallard
- 11 (2♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Grey Heron again
- 1 + 3 (1 brood) Great Crested Grebes
- 5 + 1 (1 brood) Moorhens
- 10 + 4 (3 broods) Coots
- 5 (no juvenile) Black-headed Gulls

(Ed Wilson)

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

2012
Priorslee Lake
Common Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2010
Priorslee Lake
A female Teal
(John Isherwood)

2009
Priorslee Lake
30 House Martins
(Ed Wilson)

2008
Priorslee Lake
Little Grebe
Common Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

4 Aug 17

Priorslee Lake and The Flash

14.0°C > 17.0°C: Well-broken areas of cloud to start with light shower at 06:45: sky cleared for a while c.08:00 before more puffy clouds developed. Moderate W wind. Very good visibility

Sunrise: 05:32 BST

Because it is a species wholly associated with water I am in future going to include Kingfishers in the counts from the water bodies – when seen!

Priorslee Lake: 04:35 – 06:15 // 07:20 – 09:05

(90th visit of the year)

Best today was a (Common) Redshank calling and circling over the lake at 06:15. My 97th species here in 2017

Other notes from today:
- many (most?) of the inbound geese and those on the lake for a while were likely some of those seen outbound
- the Black-headed Gulls were coming and going as usual with eventually >350. Earlier I noted just 63 present with 36 of these being juveniles – an unusually high proportion
- very noisy Green Woodpecker heard both in the Ricoh copse and presumed same along the N side
- three Barn Swallows at 08:30 in the SW area were likely local birds
- at least 46 House Martins high over the estate at 06:15 – so perhaps breeding has been very successful this year. Only 4 seen over the lake later
- a hirundine sp., not specifically identified, appeared to be leaving its roost in the NW reeds
- after weeks with no / very small numbers of Jackdaws and Rooks a party of 171 Rooks with 3 Jackdaws flew on the usual route at 05:29: a few more birds followed later. Where have they been? And why change?
and
- no moths on the lamps today
- 9 pipistrelle-type bats seen today. Still no sign of the larger bats that are usually around pre-dawn to the N and E of the water
- Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown butterflies – the latter my first of the year here (more of a reflection on my trips away I feel)
- a Brown Hawker dragonfly and a Common Blue damselfly
- the hoverflies Eristalis tenax (Common Drone-fly) and Volucella pellucens (Pellucid Fly)
- a hairy bee, possibly Megachile willughbiella (or Leaf-cutter Bee)
- a very small wasp sp., unidentified

On with the bird totals

Birds noted flying over the lake:
- 129 Greylag Geese: 78 (9 groups) outbound; 51 (10 groups inbound
- 233 Canada Geese: 160 (24 groups) outbound; 73 (7 groups inbound
- 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 28 Wood Pigeons
- 10 Feral Pigeons (2 groups)
- 4 Jackdaws
- 181 Rooks
- 1 Pied Wagtail yet again

Hirundine etc. seen
- 3 Barn Swallows
- >46 House Martins
- 1 unidentified hirundine sp.

Warblers counts: number in brackets = singing birds
- 6 (0) Chiffchaffs
- 2 (0) Willow Warbler
- 4 (0) Blackcaps
- 1 (0) Common Whitethroat
- 3 (0) Reed Warblers

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans
- 3 Greylag Geese
- 14 Canada Geese
- 21 (?♂) Mallard
- 3 (2♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Grey Heron
- 7 + 5 (2 broods) Great Crested Grebes again
- 9 + 6 (4 broods) Moorhens
- 41 + 11 (? broods) Coots
- 1 Common Redshank over
- >350 (>40 juveniles) Black-headed Gulls
- 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Herring Gull
- 1 Kingfisher

Two Greylag Geese leave the lake after stopping off while returning from the fields.

Detail of the upper-wing pattern is better shown on this lone bird. The rather strange head mark is shadow!

Designed to confuse: many of the geese parties this morning had mixed composition – here we see 5 Greylag Geese in with 7 Canada Geese.

Three of the four juvenile Great Crested Grebes with an adult.

The other adult brings breakfast.

A record shot only showing the white wing panel diagnostic of Common Redshank. The call is too which was what first alerted me.

An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. We see some of the effect of the moult in to winter plumage with the yet to be moulted outer primaries much longer than the regrowing inner primaries and outer secondaries. The white ‘spot’ in the wing is the white tip of the regrowing secondaries. Note the head has already started to acquire the winter streaking.

The extent of the wing moult is more apparent in this view.

A different bird with only a loose feather to suggest moulting. No head-spotting on this one yet though the evil-looking bill has lost some of its breeding colour. I suppose those legs are yellow – it is hard to get the exposure right on black and white birds in full sun.

Peering out at me was this Song Thrush: just 3 singing this morning as song continues too fade away. Is that a hint of a yellow gape indicating a juvenile?

A rather scruffy Chiffchaff apparently still with baby feathers on its breast. Note too the lack of tail so I guess this bird is not long fledged.

It was attempting to preen but it still looks rather scruffy.

Note here there seems to be well-defined supercilium, but only in front of the eye.

A  change of angle of the light and the supercilium now seems to extend behind the eye.

Well buried in the foliage but still identifiable as a Reed Warbler by the dagger-like bill and sloping forehead.

A female Common Blue Damselfly. The thick stripe down the back of the thorax is, on this individual, split. Not sure whether this is unusual or not.

A bit of a shadow over one wing, otherwise a very smart Speckled Wood butterfly.

A rather faded and worn specimen: a Meadow Brown butterfly. Larger than a Gatekeeper also distinguished by having a single white dot in the black circle on the forewing.
Head-on view.

This hoverfly is a female Eristalis tenax – a very common and widespread species.

Not showing too well here is the long antenna that suggests this is a bee rather than a hoverfly. I do not have any books on UK bees: neither do I have much experience. A trawl around the excellent Nature Spot web site suggests it might be Megachile willughbiella, a leaf-cutter bee.

The work on the dam and surrounding area to install sensors and monitor goes on: this is the small compound.

.. that has now sprouted a ‘standard’ Health and Safety notice much of which seems entirely irrelevant.

Even better, the board with Severn-Trent’s rules has been appropriated to denote the Fire Assembly point! It is outdoors for heavens sake. No wonder Health and Safety gets a bad press.

Between the lake and The Flash alongside the path
- adult Moorhen seen on grass around upper pool

(Ed Wilson)

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The Flash: 06:25 – 07:15

(69th visit of the year)

A report from one of the locals suggests that the three cygnets that have not made it thus far seemed to be weak birds that the adults just abandoned each in turn

I was also told of an ‘all-white heron a few days ago’ – perhaps a Little Egret?

For anyone interested there is a Facebook group run by residents of the estate. Mainly the usual concerns about dog pooh, wanting reliable tradesmen and reporting white-van-man snooping about. But some snippets on the wildlife. More Here

Notes from here
- most of the geese likely away feeding in the fields while I was walking around here
- in addition to the Coot totals a very recently dead adult bird was floating in the SW area – a bird has seemed rather lethargic here for some days
- Sparrowhawk, female on size, seen carrying prey across the N end
- the Barn Swallow briefly: my first here since 13 May when probably a late Spring arrival. It seems none has bred in the area this year
and
- Wednesday’s large group of fungus, possibly Mycena aetites (aka Drab Bonnet) just about decayed
- several Leiobunum rotundum (harvestmen) on the lamps

Birds noted flying over
- 6 Feral Pigeons
- 7 Wood Pigeons

Hirundine etc. noted
- 1 Barn Swallow
- 4 House Martins

Warblers noted
- 4 (0) Chiffchaffs

The counts from the water
- 2 + 4 Mute Swans
- 1 Greylag Goose
- 22 Canada Geese
- 1 white feral goose
- 21 (14♂) Mallard
- 13 (3♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Grey Heron
- 2 + 3 (1 brood) Great Crested Grebes
- 2 + 4 (3 broods) Moorhens
- 11 + 5 (4 broods) Coots
- 23 (5 juvenile) Black-headed Gulls
- 1 Kingfisher

(Ed Wilson)

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

2013
Trench Lock Pool
4 Common Terns
(Dave Tromans)

2012
Priorslee Lake
Green Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2011
Priorslee Lake
3 Common Terns
(Ed Wilson)

2008
Priorslee Lake
Black-tailed Godwit
Little Grebe
(Ed Wilson)

3 Aug 17

Priorslee Lake only

14.0°C > 14.5°C: Mainly cloudy with showers. Moderate S wind. Very good visibility

Sunrise: 05:31 BST

Priorslee Lake: 04:35 – 08:00

(89th visit of the year)

Best today was a distant Hobby to the west of the lake at 07:30. My 96th species here in 2017. Whether this was the falcon sp. that shot past me across the dam in the pre-dawn half-light at 04:55 is a moot point. Apart from looking slimmer and with narrower wings, it recalled yesterday’s ‘one that got away’ in timing and location

Other notes from today:
- outbound geese numbers lower than yesterday probably because I was sheltering from a shower and that limited my visibility somewhat. The shower also probably caused a party of 17 Canada Geese to divert in to the lake: and to ‘pick up’ the 2 already present when the cob Swan ‘persuaded’ them to leave
- distant party of 8 Cormorants
- all seven adult Great Crested Grebes were present and correct today. Of the party of four juveniles three were seen chasing one of the adults (the female?) while the other adult (the male?) was fishing: the 4th juvenile stayed by the reeds – perhaps it is less strong / adventurous? One of the two well-grown juveniles was apparently missing today, the other one being chased by the ‘spare’ seventh adult
- not all the immature Coots can be readily identified now they have acquired their white shield. And now they are mingling with the main group of post-breeding adults it is almost impossible to tell how many broods they originate from
- single Common Sandpiper seen early but not later
- a single Barn Swallow flew E at 07:30; then six together at 07:40 – birds on the move?
- 14 House Martins high over at 06:50 seemed to be heading S, though they would probably tend to feed heading in to the wind. Only 2 seen over the estate later
- 2 Kingfishers together: one of these flew off E over the dam carrying food
and
- my first Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) of the year on one of the lamps
- a small number of Pearl Veneer (Agriphila straminella) grass moths again
- apparently 8 pipistrelle-type bats seen today. There are very few gaps in the trees where I can see these against the sky or the water: are the bats in each gap different? or do they move between ‘gaps’?

On with the bird totals, again somewhat affected by the showers

Birds noted flying over the lake:
- 76 Greylag Geese (12 groups): 62 of these outbound
- 167 Canada Geese (19 groups): 107 of these outbound
- 8 Cormorants (1 group)
- 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
- 36 Wood Pigeons
- 2 Collared Doves again
- 1 Rook
- 1 Pied Wagtail again

Hirundine etc. seen
- 7 Barn Swallows
- 16 House Martins

Warblers counts: number in brackets = singing birds
- 8 (0) Chiffchaffs
- 1 (0) Willow Warbler
- 3 (0) Blackcaps
- 6 (0) Reed Warblers

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans
- 19 Canada Geese
- 28 (25?♂) Mallard
- 4 (2♂) Tufted Ducks
- 7 + 5 (2 broods) Great Crested Grebes
- 5 + 2 (2 broods) Moorhens
- 43 + 12 (8? broods) Coots
- 1 Common Sandpiper
- >150 (>20 juveniles) Black-headed Gulls
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2012
Priorslee Lake
Kingfisher
(Ed Wilson)

2011
Priorslee Lake
Immature Common Tern
(Ed Wilson)

Nedge Hill
1 (imm/fem) Common Redstart
(John Isherwood)

2010
Priorslee Lake
4 Shoveler (all females/immatures)
(John Isherwood)

2 Aug 17

Priorslee Lake and The Flash

13.0°C > 14.0°C: Cloudy. Light rain c.05:50 and then more persistent rain after 07:10. Calm start with increasing SE wind. Good visibility

Sunrise: 05:29 BST

Best today a juvenile Mediterranean Gull at the lake. My first of the year and my 95th species at the lake in 2017

Priorslee Lake: 04:35 – 06:15 // 07:05 – 08:15

(88th visit of the year)

One that ‘got away’ here was an unknown falcon-type bird(?) that shot past me while I was trying to count the number of pipistrelle-type bats along the N side. The bird passed through the bats, banking to show me its plan view showing pointed falcon-like wings, these much broader-based than any UK falcon sp.; and a short and rather bulky body. The timing was rather odd in that it was still very dark (c.04:40) and I would have thought too dark for most birds of prey to be hunting. I was reminded most of the SE Asian Bat Hawk, but that is a sedentary bird and has never occurred in Europe. Could it have been a large bat sp.? I think not, but the view was too brief to be certain

Notes from today:
- 2 of the adult Great Crested Grebes seemed to be missing today: only 1 adult was noted with the four new-ish juveniles; and the ‘spare’ bird not seen. The two well-grown juveniles were flying around a lot today and seem likely to leave and go exploring soon
- c.70 Black-headed Gulls came in early. By 06:00 only 7 remained (6 juveniles). Then when I returned to the lake at 07:10 I counted 98 birds. These also mainly departed, leaving just 12. Another influx at c.08:00 gave me a total of 108. Were these the same birds coming and going?
- just 5 Magpies logged. Since this species fledged their young there have often been rather low numbers, though one day last week there were 15 together on the football field. They are not (yet?) using any of the winter roosting area
- what sounded like a sizeable group of House Martins heard high over the dam at c.05:30. Then at c.06:00 at least 56 birds were high over the estate to the E of the lake. This seemed to be too many to be just local birds, even after including the recent fledged juveniles. If they had just found a good food source then no other species were motivated to join in (too early in the day for flying ants anyway)
- family party of Bullfinches seen
and
- my first Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis) moth of the year on one of the lamps this morning
- at least 5 pipistrelle-type bats seen
- the usual small number of Pearl Veneer (Agriphila straminella) grass moths flushed
- a few lingering Scented Mayweed (Matricaria chamomilla) flowers still around the edges of the football field

On with the bird totals, many somewhat affected by the rain

Birds noted flying over the lake:
- 71 Greylag Geese (10 groups): all outbound
- 160 Canada Geese (23 groups): 158 of these outbound
- 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls again
- 5 Feral Pigeons
- 28 Wood Pigeons
- 2 Collared Doves
- 1 Pied Wagtail

Hirundine etc. seen
- 2 Barn Swallows
- >55 House Martins

Warblers counts: number in brackets = singing birds
- 5 (1) Chiffchaffs
- 1 (0) Blackcap
- 1 (0) Common Whitethroat
- 2 (0) Reed Warblers

The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans
- 1 Canada Goose
- 21 (?♂) Mallard
- 4 (1♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Grey Heron
- 5 + 6 (2 broods) Great Crested Grebes
- 2 + 1 (1 brood) Moorhens
- 34 + 9 (7 broods) Coots
- >110 (? juvenile) Black-headed Gulls
- 1 Mediterranean Gull
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Herring Gull

One of the many parties of Greylag Geese seen outbound to feed in the fields to the E.

My attention was drawn to this gull by the rather large and broadly fringed feathers on the mantle. It looked very different from any of the juvenile Black-headed Gulls but it was not immediately obvious what it was. While I suspected it might be a Mediterranean Gull I was particularly confused as it looked no bigger than the accompanying Black-headed Gulls and in particular the bill did not look any bigger or thicker even though it was all-black.

Perhaps the bill is larger, but bird’s overall size seems about the same.

In the end I was forced to flush the bird to see the diagnostic wing pattern – pale webs on the inner primaries and wholly grey greater coverts – eliminating any possibility of a not-infrequent seen Black-headed x Mediterranean Gull hybrid.

Compare with a juvenile / 1st winter Black-headed Gull. We see our bird has less marking on the hind neck and there is a dark eye-mask rather than the dark spot and ‘headphones’ apparent on the Black-headed Gull. Also note the smaller area of grey confined to the greater coverts on the folded wing.

Another flight view.

The Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis) moth this morning.

Between the lake and The Flash alongside the path
- Moorhen(s) calling from the upper pool
- single Chiffchaff and Blackcap heard calling here again
- a Greenfinch making rather strange calls: each started with a normal Greenfinch-like trill but then ended with a few Nuthatch-like notes: never heard this before

(Ed Wilson)

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The Flash: 06:25 – 07:00

(69th visit of the year)

Notes from here
- increase in number of Tufted Ducks here – very hard to sex at this time of year
and
- a large group of fungus, possibly Mycena aetites or Drab Bonnet

Birds noted flying over
- 3 Black-headed Gulls
- 9 Wood Pigeons

No hirundine etc. noted yet again: the local Swifts have likely gone

Warblers noted
- 3 (0) Chiffchaffs

The counts from the water
- 2 + 4 Mute Swans
- 16 Greylag Geese (12 of these arrived)
- 98 Canada Geese (66 of these arrived)
- 1 white feral goose
- 11 (8♂) + 5 (1 brood) Mallard
- 11 (2?♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 Grey Herons
- 2 + 3 (1 brood) Great Crested Grebes remain
- 2 + 1 (1 brood) Moorhens
- 8 + 6 (4? broods) Coots
- 7 (1 juvenile) Black-headed Gulls

A small number of a big group of fungus this morning. They are rather past their best making specific identification tricky. I am certain they one of the species of Mycena, commonly known as ‘bonnets’. I suspect they are Mycena aetites aka Drab Bonnet.

A close-up of one of the ‘heads’, turned inside out and fragmenting with age. Many fruiting bodies of fungus last only a few days, some even less.

And the outside view of another ‘head’.

Many of the group. Note on the bottom left is a different specimen. Will have to get a better photo to try to ID that.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2012
Priorslee Lake
Common Sandpiper
(Ed Wilson)

2005
Priorslee Lake
4 Common Tern
Yellow Wagtail
(Ed Wilson)

1 Aug 17

No Sighting in today.

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On this day..........
2011
Priorslee Lake
1 Common Tern
(John Isherwood)