The first pair of Spotted Flycatchers (99) were on the dam end on the 1st June and a Mandarin with 4 ducklings apeared on the lake
A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was in the orchard on 5th June and Red Kites were seen on 10th and 24th.
On the 11th, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (100) went over ( 2 n/w and 1 s )
A male Cuckoo was calling on 18th and a female was seen the following day.
Three Kestrels fledged on thec18th.
Mandarin numbers increased over the month as birds cme in for their summer moult.
On the 27th another pair of Spotted Flycatchers was on the Dam end but haddisappeared by the next day.
On the 1st of July a Great crested Grebe chick hatched. This was the fourth attempt by the adults.
House Martins appeared in the village and were attracted to a water leak in Back Lane collecting nesting material.
House Martins getting busy
Today 14 Shovelers were on the lake.This is the first summer record on the patch and a record number.
Eclipse drake Shoveler
On the insect front the lake had held lots of Black tailed Skimmers and the odd Brown Hawker and Emperor dragonfly.
In the ditch opposite the pumping station up to three Golden-ringed Dragonflies have been seen.
The sunny weather has meant lots of butterflies with lots of Skippers and Ringlets.
Essex Skipper ?