A family group of 5 Kingfishers were at the top end of the res. on 17th July, 2 adults and 3 juvs. Other sightings recently have included 2 Ravens, 2 Common Terns, 2 broods of Tufted duck and a single Peregrine. The House Martins are busy repairing the nest as it was damaged when the first brood left. Hopefully they will have a second brood. Ringing locally has been successful with Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Golfinches and a single juvenile Grey Wagtail being caught.
On the 11th June 2 young House martins were seen in the artificial nest. Swifts have also been inspecting the area and it has made me want to put in boxes for them. The only problem is that it does involve knocking through the gable end of the house which requires some careful consideration first! A single Green Sandpiper was found by DW on 8/7 on the mud at the top end of the reservoir. Other breeding success included a brood of Tufted ducks, an infrequent breeder on the res. Also 3 Kestrel pullus were rung on the 1st July. D.W. also found Red Eyed Damselflies at the fishing ponds in the Bagworth heath area. There were also good numbers of Ringlet and Small heath. Finally, Common Terns have been visiting the reservoir and on carnival day just as I was helping to put away tables, a Peregrine flew over.