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.
8 Black tailed Godwit were present this morning, 4 Common Sandpiper, an Hobby was circling the res at 7.20pm, the only news recieved today.
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.
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,
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.
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 126.96.36.199.1. A Green Woodpecker was feeding along the dam. 7 Linnet were over the west marsh.
An adult Mediterranean Gull flew west at 9pm. 3 Black-tailed Godwit were on the board for 11.30am, also 6 Common Sandpiper roosted on the Chappell bund this evening. A new brood of 8 Gadwall were at the west end.
A juvenile Redshank was at the west end, also 4 Common Sandpiper were present. 3 Lesser Whitethroat were along the south east bay. An imm Peregrine was seen this morning.
The Dunlin was still on the shingle island, also 1 LRP, 3 Oystercatcher and 6 Common Sandpiper were present. The pair of BH Gulls on the shingle island still have their 3 chicks. A Lesser Whitethroat was at the west end.
One of two Barn Owls were ringed this morning at a private site. A Dunlin was on the shingle island, also 3 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. A Green Sandpiper was present this evening, also a Curlew flew thru at 8.17pm. A Hobby was seen this morning.
A Redshank, LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were on the Chappell bund, also 134 Lapwing were counted. A new brood of 7 Tufted Duck chicks were at the west end. 596 Coot were counted. The pair of BH Gulls that had 3 chicks are down to 1.
A Corn Bunting was seen below the dam this morning. A juvenile LRP and 4 Common Sandpiper were present. 5 Teal and 143 Mallard were counted. A pair of Spotted Flycatcher were along the Gazebo bay this evening.
2 Dunlin flew thru this afternoon, also a juv LRP, 5 Common Sandpiper and 3 Oystercatcher were present. An imm Peregrine and Hobby were seen this afternoon. 42 Mute Swan were counted.
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.
A Redshank on the Chappell bund was new, also a Curlew flew west mid morning and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. The family of Kestrels were still in the field along the south east bay.
Very quiet. 5 Common Sandpiper were present and a 3rd pair of Common Tern with at least 1 chick on the shingle island.
An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the Chappell bund at 9pm.An LRP flew thru this morning, also 4 Common Sandpiper and 4 Oystercatcher were present. 73 Lapwing were on the Chappell bund. A 2nd pair of Common Tern have hatched 2 chicks on the shingle island. 11 Gadwall were counted.
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.
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.
An LRP was on the Chappell bund, also 6 Common Sandpiper were present. A drake Teal and 2 Shoveler were new. The BH Gull chick from the 2nd pair had died.
A pair of Spotted Flycatcher were in the north east corner of the reservoir plantation this morning. 1 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were noted. 86 Tufted Duck were counted.
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.
4 Common Sandpiper and 6 Oystercatcher were present. 2 Shelduck, 10 Pochard, 65 Tufted Duck and 56 Mallard were counted.
A 2nd pair of BH Gulls have hatched a chick on the shingle island. A Dunlin on the shingle island was a new arrival, also 7 Common Sandpiper and 6 Oystercatcher were present.
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.
A 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull was at the west end this afternoon, also a Common Sandpiper was noted.
2 Common Sandpiper were on the Chappell bund. It is looking very likely that the 2 Oystercatcher chicks on the north shore have been predated. A Gadwall chick was eaten by a Grey Heron this afternoon.
2 Redshank were new arrivals at the west end, also 3 Common Sandpiper were on the Chappell bund. 4 broods of Gadwall young totaling 32 were on the north shore, also new was a brood of 6 Tufted Duck. 4 Teal were also noted. The first Ringlet of the year was at the west end.