Belvide 26.7.14 Hot Sunny SW 1

A Sanderling was on the north shore this morning, also 8 LRP, 5 Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipe were noted. The Little Egret remains at the west end. 152 Mallard and 111 Greylag Geese were counted. An Imm Peregrine flew over this afternoon. This mornings ringing session produced 19 Reed Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and 4 Reed Bunting. A big thank you to Nigel Talbot for updating the blog while I was away.

This mornings visit was interrupted when a possible American or Pacific Golden Plover was found at Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve. On arrival a small group was gathered and understandably were cautious with the birds identity. The bird was an adult just starting to moult. The upperparts showed a nice golden spangled look. The tertials were long and covered most of the primaries with only 2-3 primary tips visible. This gave it a less attenuated appearance. The legs were very long with the tibia and tarsus being equal in length. The flanks also showed white on the upperflanks just below the wings. The vent area was also blotchy black and white. All these features were good for a PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER. This is the first record for Staffordshire and the West Midland Bird club region.

Belvide 18.7.14 Cloudy E 3-4

The Little Egret remains at the west end. 10 LRP, 8 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and 3 Oystercatcher were on the north shore. A Hobby flew over this morning. Teal have increased to 17. 6 Little Grebe were at the west end and confirmed breeding of 2 young in the south east bay has been reported to me today.

I’m off on my holidays for a week, so Nigel Talbot has kindly agreed to update the blog while I’m away. Updates might not be daily unless permit holders report their sightings on the comments section, or they can text me so I can forward it on to Nigel.

Belvide 16.7.14 Cloudy SW 3

6 Black-tailed Godwit were at the west end, also 3 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 11 Common Sandpiper, 20 LRP and 3 Oystercatcher were present. A Little Egret was on the south shore at the west end. A Hobby and 2 Lesser Whitethroat were noted.

This mornings ringing session caught 15 Blackcap including the leucistic individual (photo by Paul Hopwood) 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 5 Reed Warbler.

Belvide 13.7.14 Morning Drizzle NW 3

At 8.46am a flock of 15 Common Scoter including 14 drakes dropped in at the west end. (flight shot by Martyn Pitt) The Webs count produced 7 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 124 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 41 Tufted Duck, 670 Coot, 74 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose and 42 Mute Swan. There was a new brood of 8 Gadwall, this means there are now 9 broods totalling 54 young.

18 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 8 Common Sandpiper and 3 Oystercatcher were noted. A Lesser Whitethroat was near the West End Hide. 10 Common Tern were counted.

Belvide 11.7.14 Cloudy NW 2

2 Dunlin were new arrivals, also 11 LRP and 10 Common Sandpiper were present. A Hobby was at the west end this afternoon. 2 Water Rail were calling in the west marsh. The 2 Common Tern chicks on the shingle island have fledged with another pair feeding an unknown total of young on the island. The young Pochard brood is down to 3. Tufted Duck broods include 9.7.2.1

Belvide 7.7.14 Cloudy WSW 2

A new brood of 7 Pochard ducklings were infront of the Chappell hide this afternoon. This is excellent news following the older brood of 4 young that are well grown now. The estimated breeding population of Pochard in Britain is between 350-630 pairs and is thought to be in decline..  intact Gadwall broods of 7.7.6.5.5.3 were at the west end. 100 Mallard were counted. A single Dunlin flew thru this afternoon, also 15 LRP and 15 Common Sandpiper were present. A Lesser Whitethroat was by the Chappell hide.

Belvide 2.7.14 Fair Then Overcast WSW 2

9 Common Sandpiper including 7 on the dam and 8 LRP were present. 186 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 7 Shoveler and 2 Teal were counted.

Yesterday’s 2 Roseate Tern was the 7th record for Belvide and the 11th Staffordshire record. 9 on the 4th June 1941, 1 28th May 1955, 1 June 10th 1971, 1 June 24th 1972, 1 May 7th-8th 1980 and 1 June 4th 1983 are the Belvide dates.

Belvide 1.7.14 Cloudy ENE 2

The main highlight today were 2 superb adult ROSEATE TERNS that were present between 2.10-6.50pm when they flew off high to the south west. One of the birds had a ring on each leg. This is the 7th record for Belvide and the first since the 4th June 1983.Can I apologies to anyone I didn’t phone. Of all the days to forget my mobile phone, this was the day. Luckily another birder was on site to put the news out. 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 LRP and a Cuckoo were the other birds of note today.