Belvide 1.3.15 Afternoon Rain/Thunder SW 3-5

The main highlight today was a female Velvet Scoter that spent most of the day off the dam. I originally thought that it was a 1st winter bird, but the all dark belly indicates an adult. So could this actually be the same bird that we had last winter? The 3 Scaup were still present, also 5 Goosander, 51 Pochard, 23 Wigeon, 30 Gadwall and 4 Little Grebe were counted. The Little Egret was still present. A Curlew and 4 Oystercatcher were on the north shore. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 GBB Gulls and 1 Common Gull roosted this evening.

Belvide 27.2.15 Cloudy W/SW 1-2

The 3 Scaup (2 drakes) were still present, also 3 Shelduck and 2 Goosander were noted. The 1st winter Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening. The Little Egret was at the west end. A male Siskin was along the Gazebo bay this morning. 4 Oystercatcher were on the north shore.

A reminder that the code to the gate and hides will be changed this Sunday.

Belvide 25.2.15 Cloudy WSW 1-2

The adult and 1st winter Mediterranean Gulls roosted this evening. The pair of Scaup were off the dam also 6 Goosander dropped in late afternoon. 1 Little Egret and an imm Peregrine were noted. The Barnacle Goose dropped in at dusk.

A work party has been arranged this Sunday to erect a screen by the Chappell hide. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 23.2.15 Cloudy WSW 3-4

Firstly a late item of news for yesterday was a Black-necked Grebe was seen in front of the Scott hide in the afternoon, but there was no sign today.

The pair of Scaup were still present also 3 Shelduck were noted. A Green Sandpiper at the west end was new for the year. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull (new bird, photo) roosted this evening. 1 Little Egret was still present.

Belvide 21.2.15 Cloudy NW 3

A pair of Scaup ( female photo) were new arrivals. The Little Egret remains on the north shore. A Green Woodpecker was in the reservoir plantation this morning. 2 Oystercatcher were noted. Water Rail photo by Martyn Pitt

A notice to all permit holders. The code to the gate and hides will be changed on Sunday 1st March.

Belvide 14.2.15 Overcast E/NE 2

The main highlight today was a fine drake Red-breasted Merganser (flight shot by Martyn Pitt) that was present between 2pm-2.15pm when it flew off east. This was part of a small arrival in the midlands with birds at Chasewater and Sandwell Valley today. The 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted this evening. 5 Shelduck were new, also at least 96 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander and 80 Pochard were counted. The Barnacle Goose flew in again from the east this afternoon. A small passage of Skylark this morning with 12 through to the north. The first Linnet of the year was at the west end.

Belvide 4.2.15 Sunny N 2-3

The 1st winter Mediterranean Gull roosted at 4.40pm. A Little Egret was on the north shore and an Oystercatcher was on the shingle island. 2 Pintail, 2 Shelduck, 41 Shoveler, 371 Teal and 305 Mallard were counted.

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

Belvide 30.1.15 Showery NW 3-4

A single Oystercatcher infront of the Chappell hide was a sign that spring isn’t too far away. 3 Pintail were on the north shore also 242 Coot were counted. A Little Egret was again on the north shore. The poor gull roost continues with a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1800 BH Gull, 310 LBB Gull, 2 GBB Gull and 15 Herring Gulls.

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