Tophill Low – 27/02/2019

A sunny day with a gentle south-westerly breeze blowing. Temperature peaking at around 15 degrees C.

The Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena was still present, though now on ‘D’ Reservoir compared to my last visit. Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti was present on North Marsh, with a second bird singing on South Marsh East. A Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus flew south along the river at North Marsh. Two pairs of Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula showed well along the path to Hempholme Meadows, Little Egret Egretta garzetta the only species of note on the meadows themselves. Still plenty of wildfowl on the reservoirs, always nice to get good views of the Goldeneye Bucephala clangula. Forty-two Curlew Numenius arquata were on Watton Nature Reserve, along with four Redshank Tringa totanus and a single Snipe Gallinago gallinago.

Insect-wise the only species noted was my first Comma Polygonia c-album of the year on the western side of ‘O’ Reservoir.

Birds (49)

Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Canada Goose – Branta canadensis
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Cetti’s Warbler – Cettia cetti
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Coal Tit – Periparus ater
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldeneye – Bucephala clangula
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red-necked Grebe – Podiceps grisegena
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes


Butterflies (1)
Comma – Polygonia c-album