6th August 2006

Coppice Pond: Had well over 20 Common Blue Damselfy, some of which were laying eggs in the water. The Coot numbers have been swelled by several successful broods this year, but this has been detrimental to the Moorhen as only one pair appear to have bred. A female Mallard had some more downy youngsters.

Lady Blantyre's Rock area: Plenty of common woodland bird species about with young.

Racecourse Plantation: I heard at least one young Sparrowhawk calling here, though I doubt they have bred at this location. Once again plenty of common woodland species were present including family parties of Coal Tit. A Bullfinch was heard calling here.

Kettlewell Reservoir: A female Whitethroat was spotted in the bushes on the edge of the dis-used reservoir as well as young Chiffchaff and Swallows perched up for a rest. The pond life here was great, with several Common Blue Damselflies about as well as Pond Skaters and Water Boatmen.