Trip reports

Sunday 15th August 2021 Venus Pool

Sunday 15th August 2021 Venus Pool

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Although the number of waders seen was limited there was quite a lot of bird activity on and around the water. Early bird Brian saw a Caspian gull which had spent the night roosting on the pool amongst the other gulls.
There were numerous Canada geese, greylag geese, black-headed gulls, lapwings, mallards, pied wagtails and sand martins. Heron, cormorant, little egret, moorhen, wood duck, swallow, lesser black-backed gull and kingfisher were also seen. Visiting waders included one common sandpiper, one green sandpiper and two little ringed plovers. Suddenly, without warning, there was a cloud of lapwing whirling above one of the islands and looking skyward one of the local sparrowhawks could be seen dashing past.
After a good look at the activity around the lake we wandered around the rest of the reserve starting with the left-hand hedgerow in the field. The bushes were laden with ripening fruits which the birds will love in the coming weeks. The hedges sheltered great tits, blue tits, robins, dunnocks, goldfinches and reed buntings. A chiff chaff and sedge warbler were spotted quietly looking for insects amongst the dense branches too. Both great spotted and green woodpeckers were seen flying over the field as well as wood pigeons, magpies, carrion crows, jackdaws, a buzzard and a raven.
Great-crested grebe and tufted duck were present as usual on the deeper fishing lake. When were reached the bridge over the brook we were fortunate to see a pair of grey wagtails feeding from the stones in the middle of the stream. A wren was singing its heart out from a nearby thicket while a nuthatch and a family of long-tailed tits were in another bush. Some eagle-eyed members spotted a reed warbler in the riverside reeds upstream of the bridge.
As the temperature rose with the approach of midday we saw a good collection of butterflies feeding on the meadow flowers including speckled wood, meadow brown, green-veined white, small white, large white and common blue. Brown hawker dragonflies and common blue damselflies were also spotted in the meadow.
All in all we had a very enjoyable and productive morning in the so called "quiet" birding month of August.