Belvide 24.4.14 Early Fog/ Cloudy SE 1

A Cuckoo called briefly along the south east bay this afternoon but wasn’t seen. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup were still present, also 2 Wigeon and 2 Shelduck were noted. 3 Dunlin were on the north shore, also 3 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank and 6 Oystercatcher were present. Common Tern have increased to 9. The Little Egret was still at the west end. At least 12 Brambling were in the hedge by the West End Hide, also 3 Fieldfare remain. 6 Yellow Wagtail and 6 White Wagtail were on the north shore, other migrants included 12 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Whitethroat.

Belvide 23.4.14 Afternoon Showers SE 2-3

A female Whinchat was below the dam near the A5 this afternoon. Other migrants included 1 Wheatear, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 7 White Wagtail, 5 Reed Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 3 Swift. 30 Brambling were in the hedge by the West End Hide this afternoon also at least 2 Fieldfare remain. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup were still present also 2 Wigeon and 2 Shelduck were noted but there was no sign of any Goldeneye today. A Little Egret was in the West Marsh. 4 LRP, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank and 1 Dunlin were noted. 7 Common Tern were present.

Belvide 22.4.14 Overcast/Murky SE/S 2

12 Arctic Tern were present from 11.50am also 3 Common Tern were noted. A Greenshank dropped in at 12.05pm, also 5 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover flew thru, 3 Common Sandpiper and 3 LRP were on the north shore. A female Redstart viewable from the car park along the reservoir plantation. Other summer migrants included 2 Reed Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Swift. At least 30 Brambling remain. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup were still present, also 4 Goldeneye and 2 Wigeon were noted.

Belvide 21.4.14 Cloudy E 2

A 1st summer male Pied Flycatcher was showing well in the plantation below the dam this afternoon. The adult Little Gull from yesterday was still present, also 4 Common Tern were noted. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup remain, also 2 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 9 Teal and 4 Goldeneye were counted. 4 LRP, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Redshank were on the north shore. There were still at least 50 Brambling all along the southern boundary hedge and woods. 10 Fieldfare were still in the field by the Reservoir plantation. Sedge Warbler have increased to 7, also a Reed Warbler was in front of the Scott hide.

Belvide 20.4.14 Overcast/patchy pm Rain NE 3-5

There was a passage of Arctic Tern (photo by Nigel Talbot) across the Midlands today. 10 dropped in at 10am and were still present 5.15pm at least. An adult Little Gull was present from 4pm, also 4 Common Tern were noted. The WeBS count produced the Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, 4 Scaup, 250 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 4 Goldeneye, 22 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 41 Gadwall, 17 Mallard, 130 Coot, 30 GC Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 30 Canada Geese and 26 Mute Swan. 10 Yellow Wagtail and 1 White Wagtail were on the north shore, also 2 Swift were present. 2 Redshank were new, also 3 Common Sandpiper were noted. 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Sedge Warbler were also of note. 8 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing were in the field south of the reservoir plantation. This morning the reservoir plantation was a mass of calling Brambling. With 20 birds behind the dam and 10 in the north wood there could be up to 100 birds around the reserve.

Belvide 19.4.14 Cloudy E 2-3

A single Arctic Tern was present from 4.15pm, also 4 Common Tern were present. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup remain. 41 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 7 Teal and 1 Goosander were counted. Summer migrant counts included 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Willow Warbler. There were still at least 30 Brambling present, also 12 Fieldfare remain. The Heronry and Rookery were checked in the north wood today. The Heronry has increased to 9 nests. The Rookery has 49 nests.

Belvide 18.4.14 Sunny NE 2

The first Hobby of the year was hawking over the reservoir at 2.40pm. Also new were 3 Wheatear (1 male 2 female) below the dam and 2 Whitethroat. 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler and 4 Yellow Wagtail were also noted. The 1st winter female  Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup remain, also 5 Shelduck were present. 1 Dunlin and 4 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. There were still several Brambling along the southern boundary hedge. 12 Fieldfare were in the pasture field by the reservoir plantation.

A complaint has been made by the farmer at the west end about a birdwatcher parking at the entrance to the west lane off the A5 on Tuesday evening . Can you please not do this again. If you park there you are probably not a permit holder and shouldn’t be on the reserve.

Belvide 17.4.14 Overcast NW 3-4

The purple patch continues with a superb male RING OUZEL with 15 Fieldfare in the field south of the reservoir plantation between 5.10-7.42pm when it flew west with the Fieldfare flock. This is only the 6th record for Belvide and the first since 13th April 2008. The first Swift of the year was present this afternoon, also 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail were noted. At least 70 Brambling were present including a flock of 66 in the wood behind the West End Hide. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup remain. 524 Tufted Duck were counted which is an excellent count for the time of year. Also 2 Shelduck and 2 Wigeon were noted. 7 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP and 2 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. 2 Common Tern were also present.

Belvide 16.4.14 Sunny SSW 2

The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 4 Scaup remain, also 2 Shelduck and 2 Wigeon were noted. 9 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail were on the north shore. 1 Dunlin, 1 LRP and 2 Common Sandpiper were present. Still plenty of Brambling were along the south side also 5 Fieldfare were noted. The pair of GC Grebe that nested by the Scott hide have at least 3 young. A Merlin was reported on the board at 2.20pm. A Sedge Warbler was singing by the West End Hide.

Belvide 14.4.14 Sunny NW 3

45 White Wagtail were present today including 24 on the north shore and 21 below the dam. These numbers are unprecedented at Belvide with usual spring passage involving single figure numbers. 15 on the 12th April 1960 was the previous highest count. 5 Yellow Wagtail were also on the north shore. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck were still present, but only 4 Scaup (2 drakes, 2 females) were seen today. A Lesser Whitethroat was along the Gazebo bay, also 5 Willow Warbler were noted. 2 Common Tern were still present. 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 LRP and 1 Curlew were on the north shore. Plenty of Brambling were still along the southern boundary hedge.

Belvide 13.4.14 Sunny WNW 3-4

The imm Glossy Ibis (photos by Martyn Pitt) was again on the north shore from first light. The bird was thought to have flown out at 8.50am, but it was still present until 10.20am when it appeared to fly out east. New arrivals included a Lesser Whitethroat along the Gazebo bay. A Reed Warbler below the dam and 2 Common Tern from 12.50pm. 2 Yellow Wagtail and 8 White Wagtail were on the north shore. At least 50 Brambling were along the path between the Scott and West End Hides. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup remain, also 22 Shoveler, 8 Pochard and 24 Mute Swan were counted. 11 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. There was no sign of the Slavonian Grebe today.

Belvide 12.4.14 Cloudy W 3-4

The Glossy Ibis was on the north shore again from first light where it stayed until 9am. It then showed very well from the Chappell hide until 9.20am when it flew off north. The Slavonian Grebe was still present, also the 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup remain. A Whimbrel was on the north shore until 7.10am with another bird flying thru west at 12.40pm. 19 Dunlin passed thru over the day in small  flocks, also 2 LRP and 1 Common Sandpiper were present. At least 22 White Wagtail and 5 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore. At least 30+ Brambling and 40 Fieldfare were noted. The first Sedge Warbler of the year was singing along the south east bay, also 8 Willow Warbler were noted.

Belvide 11.4.14 Fair N/NNW 2

The Glossy Ibis was present on the north shore between 6.20-8.45am when it flew off north west. It flew in again at 7.10pm where it was still on the north shore at 8.10pm at least. A Little Egret spent most of the day at the west end and was new for the year. The summer plumage Slavonian Grebe was still off the dam. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter was still present and for a while was roosting on the shingle island. The Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup remain. 2 adult summer Mediterranean Gulls spent the afternoon in front of the Chappell hide. 20 White Wagtail and 4 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore. 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover and 1LRP were noted. 40 Brambling were in the reservoir plantation late afternoon and with many birds between the Gazebo and west end there could be up to 60 birds present on the reserve.

Belvide 10.4.14 Overcast W/NW 2-3

A superb day with the main highlight being 2 GLOSSY IBIS (photo by Steven George) on the north shore. The 1st bird was present between 10.20-11.10am when it flew off high to the north west. Luckily for my sake another bird was found on the north shore. This bird flew off south west at 11.20am. This is only the 2nd record for the reserve, the first being on the 21st October 2008. The other highlight was a partial summer plumage Slavonian Grebe (photos) that spent the day off the dam. This is the first record for 18 years which was on the 20th February 1996. An Osprey flew thru to the north at 5.45pm. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck were still present, also the 11 Scaup remain. 2 Common Sandpiper were new for the year, also 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP and 2 Dunlin were on the north shore. 6 Yellow Wagtail and 7 White Wagtail were also on the north shore.

Belvide 9.4.14 Cloudy W 2-3

The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup were still present, also 274 Tufted Duck and 2 Shelduck were counted. 13 White Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore. Willow Warbler have increased to 6. 2 Dunlin and 1 LRP were on the north shore. A Peregrine flew over this afternoon. At least 10 Brambling were present.

Belvide 8.4.14 Cloudy W 3-4

A Yellow Wagtail and 7 White Wagtail were on the north shore this afternoon. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup were still present. 2 Curlew and 1 LRP were on the north shore. Several Brambling remain with birds present by the Gazebo hide and woodland hide. 100+ Sand Martin, 2 House Martin and 15+ Swallow were noted. A Peregrine was chasing a Snipe late afternoon.

Belvide 6.4.14 Overcast SW 3-4

The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup were still present. Up to 11 White Wagtail were on the north shore. 1 Willow Warbler and several Brambling were noted. A Peregrine was also seen. 7 Oystercatcher were present this morning. 2 broods of Mallard 9,6 and a brood of 3 Moorhen were also noted.

Belvide 5.4.14 Afternoon Showers S 2-3

Not a bad day with bits and pieces dropping in and out over the day. The first Yellow Wagtail of the year was on the north shore with 8 White Wagtails (photo) 2 House Martin were also new for the year, also 100 Sand Martin and 20+ Swallow were noted. A Red Kite flew thru to the north at 2.45pm, also a female Merlin was chasing Sand Martins before flying south. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck remain off the dam. The 11 Scaup were still present. A Ruddy Shelduck was on the north shore between 3.15pm-3.35pm when it flew off north east. 32 Fieldfare flew over this morning. Several Brambling remain in the reservoir plantation. 2 Curlew were noted.

Belvide 4.4.14 Overcast SW 2

A dark phase Arctic Skua flew over high to the north west at 9.35am. An adult summer Little Gull was present this afternoon. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck remain off the dam, also the 11 Scaup and 1 Shelduck were present. 3 Willow Warbler were singing. Several Brambling were in the reservoir plantation. A Tawny Owl was roosting along the Gazebo bay. 3 Curlew were on the north shore.

Belvide 3.4.14 Murky Late afternoon Rain ENE 2-3

A Sandwich Tern was on the north shore between 10.35-10.45pm then flew off east. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck remain off the dam, also the 11 Scaup were still present. 2 Willow Warbler were singing also 250 Sand Martin and 15 Swallow were noted. 100 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing and 6 Brambling were in the wood behind the Gazebo hide. 5 Oystercatcher were on the north shore.

Belvide 2.4.14 Patchy Afternoon Rain ESE 3-4

An adult Little Gull (photo) was present from 4.45pm. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter, 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup were still present. The first Willow Warbler of the year was by the West End Hide, also 5 Blackcap were noted. 4 Swallow and 70+ Sand Martin were present late afternoon, which later increased to 500 by 7pm. 1 LRP and 1 Redshank were on the north shore. 120 Coot were counted.

Belvide 1.4.14 Foggy am/ Fair pm SE 1

The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck remain off the dam, also 11 Scaup, 18 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 55 Gadwall and 130 Goldeneye were counted at dusk. A White Wagtail was on the north shore. At least 2 Brambling were at the woodland feeding station. An adult and imm Peregrine were present this afternoon.

Belvide 31.3.14 Afternoon Rain SE 2

The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck remain off the dam, also the 11 Scaup, 286 Tufted Duck, 16 Shoveler and 5 Wigeon were counted. A White Wagtail was below the dam. Several Brambling were in the reservoir plantation. This afternoon a Water Rail (photo) caught, killed and ate a male Reed Bunting below the Scott hide.

Belvide 30.3.14 Cloudy SE 2

A Ruff was on the north shore early morning only, also a single LRP flew thru. There was no sign of the Firecrest today. 3 singling male Blackcap were fresh in. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck remain off the dam, also the 11 Scaup and 5 Wigeon were present. At least 4 Brambling were around the woodland feeding station.

Belvide 29.3.14 Fair SE 2-3

This evening an Osprey was trying to fish at the west end between 6.40-6.45pm before flying low north. This is the earliest on record beating the previous best on the 31st March 2003. The singing male Firecrest performed well to a steady stream of admirers all day by the 2nd wooden bridge. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter and 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck remain off the dam, also 11 Scaup, 2 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon and 120 Goldeneye were counted at dusk. At least 4 Brambling were in the reservoir plantation. 82 species were recorded on the reserve today.

Belvide 28.3.14 Afternoon Showers E 3

The singing male Firecrest was present again showing well by the 2nd wooden bridge all afternoon. 4 Brambling in the reservoir plantation were new for the year. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup were still present. A single Redshank was on the north shore.

Belvide 27.3.14 Afternoon Showers E 2-3

The male Firecrest was seen briefly around 6am but there was no further sign for the rest of the day. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup were still present. A single Swallow and 80 Sand Martin were present this afternoon. 300 Fieldfare were around the Gazebo hide area. 2 Grey Wagtail were on the spill weir. 3 Wigeon were noted.

Belvide 26.3.14 Afternoon Showers NNE 2-3

The main highlight today was a singing male FIRECREST that was along the south west corner of the reservoir plantation near the 2nd wooden bridge. It was still showing at 5.30pm. If it isn’t viewable from the main path, permission has been granted to view the south side of the wood from the field. To access the field you must only step over the barb wired fence from the car park. This is the 6th record and the first since April 3rd 2006.

An adult Iceland Gull roosted this evening. The 1st winter female Velvet Scoter was still present, also the 1st winter Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup were still present. A Barn Owl was in the field behind the Chappell hide at 6.50pm.