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Spring Update

20th June
Trevor Wilkinson today recorded some breeding wildfowl: 4 adult and 8 young Canada Geese, 29 Coot (with 1 chick), and adult Mallard with 4 ducklings and a pair of Mute Swans with 4 cygnets on the small pools to the south of the main lakes. In all there were 22 Mute Swans present, as well as 20+ Tufted Ducks and 17 Great Crested Grebes. There was also a juvenile Pied Wagtail.

He also encountered 2 Black-tailed Skimmers (dragonfly) and even bothered to count 3 Rabbits.

19th June
The ringing nets were fairly lively – 15 new birds and 7 re-traps – but not with Reed Warblers, with not a single one caught. The first juvenile Reed Bunting appeared and there were plenty of Robins (Terry Elborn).

15th June
Quiet, but there was 1 late Common Tern around (Chris Parnell).

9th June
The third Constant Effort Site ringing was fairly good. After a virtual no-show up to now, Reed Warblers began to appear (3 new, 1 re-trap) and there were juveniles of both Blackcap and Whitethroat. During the ringing a Tawny Owl was calling from Emily’s Wood and there was also a vocal Hobby.

Sadly, a dead Badger cub was found on the path by the ringing nets and a Fox was around (Terry Elborn).

6th June
Fairly quiet at Longham Lakes this am with best sightings Hobby and Common Tern (George Green).

A long session checking the site for some bat-boxes that had been put up in previous years was hard work and revealed precisely zero bats. However, two boxes put up for Dormice did have some resident Wood Mice. A mixed blessing was seeing an American Mink on the Stour.

28th May
A Peregrine flew over (Terry Elborn). There was also a juvenile Kingfisher, suggesting that the species has successfully bred here this year.

Cetti's Warbler, Longham Lakes, 26 May 2014 (Dominic Couzens)

Cetti’s Warbler, Longham Lakes, 26 May 2014 (Dominic Couzens)

26th May
Ringing this morning produced a decent crop of birds, including 2 Kingfishers and a re-trapped Cetti’s Warbler (above).

18th May
There were 9 Greylags and 2 Egyptian Geese on Hampreston Fields (Robin Trundle).

14th May
An Oystercatcher flew over south in the early morning (06.05), as did a small flock (5 birds) of Greylag Geese at 07.00. Meanwhile, a Cuckoo and a Cetti’s Warbler were loudly singing at times during the second CES ringing of the year. This was a better session than last week, with 12 new birds ringed and 8 re-traps. 4 of the new birds were Song Thrushes and 4 were Robins, three of them juveniles. Other species trapped were Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird and Dunnock.

12th May

A Sandwich Tern appeared in the morning (Alan Pearce). A 1st summer Little Gull was briefly seen feeding over Longham Reservoir South.  A Hobby put in a brief appearance as it chased Swifts (George Green).

5th May
First mammal-trapping of the year near the Settling Marsh. 5 traps set, five mammals: 4 Wood Mice and 1 Bank Vole (below).
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One trap was empty, yet bizarrely, one contained 2 Wood Mice together. Had they been males, it could have been ugly. I’ve never caught 2 rodents in one mammal trap before!
Just as well the mammals were good, because the first constant effort site (CES) ringing was disappointing. A Bullfinch was the highlight. A Cuckoo was singing in the distance.

3rd May
Garganey pair still around (George Green, Martin Wood), plus an influx of Swifts, 2 Common Sandpipers, the first singing Garden Warbler of the year and 1 Redshank over.

28th April
Grey Wagtail again by the Water Works, Cetti’s Warbler singing from the Settling Marsh (new territory this year) and lots of Reed Buntings and Blackcaps singing (Roger Peart).

26th April
Martin Wood recorded 3 Great Crested Grebes, some Mallards with ducklings and various summer migrants, including House and Sand Martin and Reed Warblers. Also 1 Greylag Goose in Hampreston Fields.

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Midsummer Update

21st June: The latest Constant Effort Site ringing today revealed 18 new birds, most of which, encouragingly enough, were juveniles. Totals were 3 adult Reed Warblers (2 retraps), 2 juvenile Blackcaps, 1 adult and 2 juvenile Common Whitethroats, 1 juvenile Chiffchaff, 2 juvenile Robins (1 retrap), 2 juvenile Dunnocks (1 retrap), 3 juvenile Long-tailed Tits (plus 2 retrapped birds from last session and 1 adult and 1 juvenile Great Tit (Roger Peart).

Sandwich Tern (Chris Parnell)

Sandwich Tern, Longham Lakes, Dorset, 16/6/13 (Chris Parnell)



16th June: 1 Sandwich Tern on the depth pole on LR South in the evening (Chris Parnell).

14th June: Despite dodgy weather, a very successful CES ringing session captured 37 new birds and 16 retraps. Two flocks of Long-tailed Tits swelled the numbers, and included 15 new birds, all juveniles, and 6 retraps, which were all adults (5 females, 1 male). Other highlights included 4 new Reed Warblers, 1 male Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Greenfinches, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Buntings and 1 juvenile Willow Warbler (Roger Peart). The Willow Warbler almost certainly doesn’t breed at Longham, although they are on Ferndown Common 1 mile to the north, and it might have wandered from there.

Remarkably, hot on the ample heels of the Herring Gull came another bird ringed somewhere else, this time a Reed Warbler. If we hear about its origin we’ll let you know.

Herring Gull (Chris Parnell)

Herring Gull (ringed), Longham Lakes, 10/6/13 (Chris Parnell)

12th June: The Herring Gull seen on 10th was ringed at Pitsea Landfill Site, Essex, on 24th March 2012, as a second calendar-year.

10th June: Mammal trapping again produced a juvenile Wood Mouse (see 8th), probably the same animal as 8th. Birds included 2 Lesser Black-backed and 29 Herring Gulls, plus at least 1 Gadwall and what looked like a recently fledged brood of Common Whitethroats. One of the Herring Gulls was colour-ringed (Dominic Couzens).

9th June: Somewhat magical evening visit revealed a few good birds. Best of all was a Cuckoo still singing late at night, surely proof that they are breeding locally; also a Hobby over LR North in the near darkness, and oddly, a flock of 12 Greylag Geese flying over from the Hampreston area. At least one Great Black-backed Gull was around. Of mammal interest (or perhaps not), there were a minimum of 54 Rabbits on-site, most of them along the west side towpath (Dominic Couzens).

8th June: The first mammal trapping session of the year overnight produced 1 juvenile Wood Mouse from the seven traps, and a lot of slugs. Birds included about 100 Swifts, a pair of Shelducks and a male Gadwall, all flying low around the site. (Dominic Couzens)

7th June: A excellent report of a Red Kite overhead (4th for Longham) between 2.30pm and 3.00pm. Also a burst from the resident Cetti’s Warbler (Alan Pearce). In late afternoon a Mediterranean Gull was calling. A few young Pied Wagtails about. (Dominic Couzens).

3rd June: The fourth Constant Effort Site (CES) ringing session produced 16 retraps and 14 new individual birds. The retraps included 10 caught for the first time this year, including 2 Robins, 2 Reed Warblers, a Song Thrush, a Whitethroat, 3 Dunnocks and a Blackbird. The completely new individuals were 5 Robins (all juveniles), 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Bullfinch and juvenile Dunnock and Blackbird. While ringing was going on, at least 50 Swifts were flying over, and a Poplar Hawk Moth appeared. (Roger Peart).

31st May: The Greenshank was present on the main island in LR South first thing, and there were at least 500 Swifts over the reservoir (Shaun Robson).

27th May: CES ringing this morning produced 23 new individuals and 11 retraps. Of the retraps, three were Long-tailed Tits, to the delight of my daughter (left). The new individuals were 10 Reed Warblers, 4 Robins, 2 Common Whitethroats, 2 Song Thrushes, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Blackcap and 1 Green Woodpecker. (Roger Peart).

Roger comments that there is a shortfall in birds this year compared to last: new birds just 55 vs 83 at this stage, with retraps 42 vs 55. Only Wren, Goldfinch and Bullfinch are doing marginally better this year, while such species as Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit and Blackbird are well down.

25th May: Swifts everywhere this morning, with a Hobby hunting, a Cuckoo calling and the drake Garganey asleep on the main island (Chris Parnell).

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