12 September 2014

CWP 74: Twitchers gate this afternoon.  Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Green Woodpecker heard and seen several times (probably more than one individual). Moorhen 3, Cormorant 29 probably more.  Little Egret 2, Grey Heron 4, Black-headed Gull 4, Cetti’s Warbler song, Shoveler 1, Wigeon 20, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 17, Pochard 4, Stock Dove 2, Woodpigeon 16, Common Buzzard 3, Great Crested Grebe 5, Sparrowhawk 1, Lapwing 10.  Curlew heard at scrapes several times but did not rise so no count made.  No hirundines !! but a few sylvia warblers in bushes nearby.   John Grearson

R. Thames near CWP 70: Kingfisher, grey wagtail.  Richard Vernon

CWP 85a: 16 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 2 Water Rails, lots of Moorhens, Green Sandpiper. 2 Foxes on the footpath.   Steve Davies

Shorncote area: 2 Green Sandpipers, Curlew, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Reed Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 6 Linnets, 50 Lapwings, distant Yellow/Grey Wagtail. Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard.    Steve Davies

G.C.Grebe with Crayfish (Dave Morgan)

G.C.Grebe with Crayfish (Dave Morgan)

An interesting photo of a Great Crested Grebe with a Signal Crayfish has just been submitted courtesy of Swindon Birds and Wildlife Blog.   The photo was taken by Dave Morgan about a week ago near Waterhay.   Unfortunately the population of the American Signal Crayfish is very high in the Water Park but at least they benefit some species.

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