Archive for the 'Pannel Valley Nature Reserve' Category

4th January 2008, Friday

Pannel Valley NR

A full duck count this morning showed no increase in numbers after yesterday’s snow. Totals included 116 Wigeon, 154 Teal and 82 Shoveler.

A Water Rail was seen and the majority of the Moorhen were in the setaside fields rather than the marsh edge. Two Chiffchaff have been present for the past couple of days in the scrub and at least one Water Pipit was seen. Both a male and a female Marsh Harrier are also here daily.

15th November 2007, Thursday

Pannel Valley NR

The beautiful morning encouraged a Chiffchaff to sing, one of at least two birds in the scrub. A steady trickle of overflying migrants included Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Skylark and Brambling on four occasions. Small groups of Starling were coming in off the sea and heading to the northwest.

The warmth of mid morning led to at least three Red Admiral and a Common Darter taking to the wing.

2nd November 2007, Friday

Pannel Valley NR

The mild night led to an increase in the number of moths caught, the majority being Large Wainscot with 21 trapped. Thirteen other species were present including Chestnut, Dark Chestnut and a late Barred Sallow. MIgrants were represented by a Pearly Underwing and two Delicate. I am not in fact sure as to whether there is a local population of Delicate as we are regularly catching them when few other migrants are present.

27th October 2007, Saturday

Pannel Valley NR

Overnight there had been a reasonable influx of Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. The bushes also held two Firecrest and several Blackcap. The highlight of the morning was a flyover Lapland Bunting (listen here). A small movement of birds continued throughout the morning and was predominantly made up of Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin. Late morning a flock of 55 House Martin appeared and fed on insects above a group of poplars, this flock included at least one Swallow.

9th October 2007, Tuesday

Pannel Valley NR – Moths

It was a surprise to see a larger number of moths than were present yesterday. This morning there were 109 moths of 33 species. The first Mottled Umber and Brindled Green of the year were caught.

8th October 2007, Monday

Pannel Valley NR – Moths

The trap this morning held 85 moths of 21 species. The majority of the catch was made up of Large Yellow and Lunar Underwings. Migrants were represented by two Delicate and a Rusty-dotted Pearl.

5th October 2007, Friday

Pannel valley NR

A Bittern, the first of the autumn, was seen leaving the roost at dawn today – it had been seen arriving in the Valley yesterday.

Also of interest, there was a report of a Long-tailed Skua roosting on the beach at Pett Level this afternoon from two visiting birders.

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

Pannel Valley NR

A lunchtime stroll near Carter’s Flood produced 48 Wigeon, plus a flight of 84 Pintail inland up Carter’s Valley. (The Flood is now full again, in preparation for the arrival of the wintering wildfowl.) Two Ravens also flew over the Cliffs and a pair of Coal Tits (scarce on the reserve) were in the hedgerow.

Two Siskin flocks totalling 36 birds passed overhead, with several Redwings calling from the alders adding to the autumnal feel.

In the evening around 2,500 Swallows roosted in the reeds.

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

Pannel Valley NR – Osprey

An Osprey was first spotted on the reserve on 26th August and was seen daily until 05th September. There were then five blank days before it, or another one re-appeared. Apart from three blank days from 26th-28th September, the bird has been seen daily and is very adept at catching fish. The bird is still present. The big question is whether there has been one, two or three different birds in residence.

30th September 2007, Sunday

Pannel Valley NR

Chiffchaff and Blackcap migration was in full swing this weekend,with three figure counts for both species noted. Stonechats (below) have become very obvious, and Meadow Pipits, Lesser Redpolls and Siskins are all being seen on visible migration. Reed Buntings are increasing as birds disperse from their breeding territories along the ditches on the Levels, and Bearded Tits can be seen and heard as they make tentative forays above the marsh, tempted by the urge to disperse to other reedbeds. Up to three Marsh Harriers have been roosting in the Valley during the week.