Belvide 26.7.16 Westerly cloudy warm.

Slow today with 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail on the spill weir, the brood of Tufted Ducks with six young is still intact and the Great Crested Grebe still as one young.

There is a work party organised for this Sunday 31st if anyone can spare a few hours, with some gravel to spread around the car park entrance and erect a scaffold perching rail at the west end, meet 930am on the car park.


Belvide 24.7.16 Overcast SSW 2

Today’s WeBS count produced 1 Teal, 80 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 53 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 12 GC Grebe, 653 Coot, 15 Greylag Geese, 135 Canada Geese, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant and 2 Kingfisher. 4 Water Rail were calling with 2 in the west marsh and 2 along the SE bay. 6 Common Sandpiper and 1 Oystercatcher were present and a single Dunlin flew thru.

Nigel Talbot has kindly agreed to update next weeks blog while I’m away. If you have any sightings can you please enter them in the comments section.

Belvide 23.7.16 Cloudy SW 1-2

The juvenile Pied Flycatcher (photo) remains along the Gazebo bay although could be mobile and elusive at times. A Green Sandpiper was flushed off the SE bay bund this morning, also 4 Common Sandpiper were present. A pair of GC Grebe have a chick infront of the Scott hide which is the first successful pair this year. A new brood of 6 Tufted Duck chicks were off the Gazebo bay.

Today’s ringing session produced a Grasshopper Warbler, 37 Sedge Warbler including a French control, 18 Chiffchaff, 16 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Tree Sparrow, Pied Fly3

Belvide 22.7.16 Cloudy WSW 1-2

The juvenile Pied Flycatcher was still along the Gazebo bay. A juvenile Yellow Wagtail was at the west end this afternoon. 2 Black-tailed Godwit were reported on the Chappell bund mid afternoon, also 1 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher were noted. A new brood of 8 Tufted Duck were quickly down to 5 by the end of the afternoon.

Belvide 21.7.16 Cloudy W 2

A fresh juvenile Pied Flycatcher along the Gazebo bay this afternoon was new for the year, also a Spotted Flycatcher was seen late afternoon. 2 1st summer Hobby were catching dragonflies at the west end this afternoon. 3 Snipe on the Hawkshutts bund were the first returning birds, also 1 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper and 3 Oystercatcher were present. The original BH Gull chick has fledged this afternoon, with the 3 other chicks from the remaining pair still ok. 5 pairs of Common Tern have young on the shingle island , with broods of A Green Woodpecker was feeding along the dam. 7 Linnet were over the west marsh.Pied Fly2Hobby

Belvide 12.7.16 Rain W 1-2

4 Black-tailed Godwit were from the Hawkshutts hide this evening before relocating to the Chappell bund, also a Green Sandpiper and 8 Common Sandpiper roosted there.The leucistic Swift was present again this afternoon. A Hobby caught a Swift. A 3rd pair of BH Gulls have hatched 3 chicks on the shingle island.

Belvide 7.7.16 Overcast S 2

A pair of adult summer Mediterranean Gulls flew thru to the west at 4.30pm. 4 Common Sandpiper were present. 3 Common Tern chicks were on the shingle island, also the BH Gull chick is growing fast. 4 juvenile Kestrels have fledged from a box in the field along the south east bay. A new brood of 4 Tufted Duck chicks were in the south east bay.Med Gull

Belvide 5.7.16 Cloudy NW 3

2 Black-tailed Godwit were on the shingle island this morning, but no sign this afternoon, also 5 Common Sandpiper and 1 Curlew were noted. A single Common Tern chick was on the shingle island. With 6 pairs nesting on there, more chicks will be hatching soon. 114 Tufted Duck were counted. A Hobby was seen this morning.

Belvide 2.7.16 Cloudy W 3-4

A better day with birds starting to move and a slight autumnal feel this morning. An Arctic Tern was at the west end. 11 Black-tailed Godwit flew thru at 10.55am with another dropping on the shingle island at 1.25pm. 5 Curlew flew south west at 6.45am. A juvenile LRP was on the SE bay bund, also 6 Common Sandpiper were noted.BlackwitsArctic Tern

Belvide 29.6.16 Rain W 2-3

17 GC Grebe and 30 Mute Swan were the only counts made.

A work party has been arranged for this Sunday weather permitting. We plan to cut the grass in front of the Hawshutts hide and weed the Hawkshutts bund. A general tidy up of over hanging vegetation along the footpaths is also required. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help.

Also Brewood Anglers will be allowed to fish along the whole of the north shore for a 28 day period starting on Friday 1st July. This is in agreement with Natural England.