However after most folks had left a further 17 fish were taken into the nest hole by 14:30 so there must have been one or more still in there. Unfortunately these were never seen leaving - so we can say there were five or more kingfishers fledged, but will never know for sure. However things move quick in the kingfisher world; by the Monday they were clearing out the hole, and by mid week were mating again for brood number 2 - Tony McLean:
Another species having a good year seems to be foxes - earths both on O reservoir - Paul Lyons:
They are perhaps the biggest loss (although still present and hopefully will attempt again); but conspicuous by their absence are the black headed gulls. Most years the cacophony can be heard a good distance away but there is only one deep water moated island with surviving nests this year. In spite of our best efforts to protect the marsh it would seem the foxes have learnt to swim around the defences - Jeff Barker (from a previous year):
A useful comparison with little egret - Martin Hodges:
Many of you will have noticed the South Lagoon drained over this spring; We've been doing a lot of complex work with the water works and environment agency over recent months looking at the water flow through the site. We've just started refilling ready for the summer season to keep south marsh topped up. This will bring oxygen and nutrient rich water into the marsh to arouse the interest of the egrets still further - hopefully right under the hide. Whilst its not always obvious there is a massive amount of work goes on behind the scenes keeping everything optimised for the birds. Certainly the long staying goosander appeared to relish it:
Again another mixed bag when it comes to vole eaters. The barn owls appeared to be doing well - Tony McLean:
Tawnies have faired reasonably well - again monitored on camera (although not connected yet) was a nest containing a single chick:
One chick is not a remarkable tally - and perhaps its not a good vole year? - despite the lingering short eared owl on the approach road - Martin Hodges:
Kestrels though seem to be doing well with the water works pair not far off rearing young - Josh Harrison:
Hairy dragonfly recording record numbers - Martin Hodges:
Common blues - Tony Simpson:
And small coppers - Pat Hogarth:
Moths are a whole tale on their own - best left to the on-going endeavours of Martin on his blog - having recently taken the list north of 645 species with some great endeavours.
Just on the cusp of greatness are the bee orchids - first few emerging now - Roy Vincent:
To follow shortly will be full details of the upcoming 'Water works for Wildlife weekend' to mark the opening of the new hide.
Before that though there is an invite from East Yorkshire Bat Group this week to monitor and learn about the 8 species found at Tophill Low. This Friday the 9th of June at 9pm join Geoff Wilson to listen in and glimpse some of our residents like the uncommon nathusius's pipistrelle, Free with standard admission, no booking necessary.