Belvide 20.12.14 Cloudy W 3

The 3 Little Egret remain at the west end. 87 Goldeneye, 85 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 1 Shelduck, 53 Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 150 Mallard and 17 GC Grebe were counted. An imm Peregrine was noted.

A reminder that the final work party of the year is tomorrow. To say thank you to all of you that have helped, there will be some hot dogs, mince pies and a few beers. So please come along. Meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am.

The new look West Midlands Bird Club web site has been launched today so please check it out. Link to it on the side of the page.

Belvide 16.12.14 Cloudy W 2

The 3rd winter Caspian Gull and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 ad, 2nd w, 1st w) roosted this evening. 3 Little Egret were at the west end. 22 Pochard were counted.

The final work party of the year will be this Sunday. To say thank you to all of you who have turned up to help, the management team will be putting on some hot dogs, mince pies and and a few small beers. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 15.12.14 Cloudy W 1-2

The 3rd winter Caspian Gull and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted this evening. 3 Little Egret were at the west end. 50 Snipe were along the south east bay. 19 Pochard were counted.

On a sad note, Nigel Goodwin who was a Belvide regular, has passed away this morning peacefully, after his battle with cancer. He will be sadly missed.

Belvide 14.12.14 Overcast SW 2-3

An interesting gull roost this evening produced an adult hybrid Ring-billed Gull/LBB Gull. This will be the same bird that was in the Chasewater roost yesterday and the same bird that has been returning to our region for the last 3 years. There was clearly an influx of birds from Chasewater with the Herring Gull (photo) with white primaries also in the roost this evening. Our regular 1st winter (photo) and 3rd winter Caspian Gulls were also present. A Pink-footed Goose (photo) dropped in with 132 Greylag Geese this afternoon. 2 Little Egret were at the west end.

Belvide 13.12.14 Sunny W 2

2 Caspian Gulls roosted this evening including the 1st and 3rd winter birds. Also an adult and 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull roosted. 3 Little Egret were at the west end. An imm Peregrine was noted. Little Egret and Grey Wagtail photos by Martyn Pitt.

A reminder that there is a work party tomorrow. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 6.12.14 Fair W/SSW 1-2

3 Caspian Gulls roosted this evening including 1st winter, 2nd winter and 3rd winter birds, also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. 21 Siskin were by the Gazebo hide this morning, also 2 Lesser Redpoll were noted. The WeBS count produced a drake Mandarin, 91 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 146 Wigeon, 143 Teal, 37 Shoveler, 27 Gadwall, 220 Mallard, 52 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 27 GC Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 73 Coot, 201 Canada Geese, 65 Greylag Geese, 14 Grey Heron, 16 Cormorant, 3 Kingfisher and 7 Water Rail.

A reminder that there is a work party tomorrow. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 3.12.14 Sunny N 2

3 Caspian Gulls roosted this evening including 1st winter, 2nd winter and 3rd winter birds. The Gull roost was large with at least 7000 big gulls roosting. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and the leucistic LBB Gull could also be picked out. 1 Little Egret was still at the west end. 91 Goldeneye, 54 Tufted Duck, 121 Wigeon, 245 Teal and 25 Shoveler were counted. The Starling roost is looking more impressive with at least 10000 roosting this evening.

Belvide 1.12.14 Overcast E 1

The redhead Smew returned today and is presumably the same bird that has been at Aqualate. A Ruff on the north shore was a new arrival. The 2 Little Egret remain at the west end. The 3rd winter Caspian Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted again tonight. 87 Wigeon, 205 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 30 GC Grebe and 2 Little Grebe were counted.

A reminder that there is a work party this Sunday. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 30.11.14 Fair NW 2

A Corn Bunting flew over to the north west this morning was new for the year. An adult Caspian Gull (photo) and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted this evening. 2 Little Egret remain at the west end. 2 Pintail were new, also 3 Goosander (photo by Martyn Pitt), 1 Shelduck, 20 Shoveler and 77 Wigeon were counted. 90 Golden Plover were on the north shore. A Chiffchaff was near the Gazebo hide. A Crow killed a BH Gull on the north shore this morning and then was pushed off by an imm Peregrine. I can’t recall seeing Peregrine take carrion before.

Belvide 29.11.14 Murky E 2

The main highlight today were 3 juvenile Brent Geese that dropped in at 12.30pm. I had been tipped off that they were on their way to Belvide by Steve Richards who’d had them at Gailey 15 minutes earlier. They were present until 12.46pm when they flew off south east. This is the first record since 2 were present on the 8th November 2010.

2 Little Egret were still at the west end. 13 Golden Plover and 941 Lapwing were on the north shore. A single Dunlin flew thru this morning. The Starling roost is building up nicely with at least 5000 birds roosting in front of the Scott hide. 5 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted. 1 Goosander was noted.

Belvide 22.11.14 Overcast am/Fair pm SW 2

A Little Egret was at the west end also 10 Grey Heron were counted. 7 Dunlin were on the north shore this morning, also 10 Golden Plover and 791 Lapwing were present. A Chiffchaff was highly mobile between the Chappell hide and west lane. 188 Teal, 49 Wigeon, 15 Shoveler and 1 Goosander were counted.

A reminder that the next work party will be on Sunday 7th December.