Belvide 23.9.14 Cloudy WNW 2

A juvenile Arctic Tern and juvenile Common Tern were present this afternoon. It has been a very poor autumn passage for Arctic Terns when usually several are noted over the autumn. 4 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper remain at the west end. 6 Pintail, 310 Teal and 38 Wigeon were counted. A juvenile Hobby and a Reed Warbler were noted.

Belvide 22.9.14 Fair NW 2

4 juvenile Ruff were still at the west end, also 1 Greenshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 32 Snipe were present. 8 Pintail, 35 Wigeon, 258 Teal, 56 Shoveler and 22 Gadwall were counted. Migrants today included 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff and a Hobby. A juvenile Common Tern was also present.

This Sunday the first work party of the season is on. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can spare a few hours. Gloves and tools provided.

Belvide 20.9.14 Morning Drizzle N/NNE 1-2

The juvenile Sanderling was still present, also 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 28 Golden Plover flew thru, 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 36 Snipe were noted. Pintail have increased to 12, also Wigeon are up to 79. Between 1pm-1.45pm an estimated 2000 Swallow passed through, all fed over the reservoir briefly before continuing south. Also 200+ House Martin and 2 Sand Martin passed through. Other migrants today included 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap and 20+ Chiffchaff.

Belvide 19.9.14 Misty Murky NE 2

A Spotted Redshank (photo) dropped on the north shore at 0945. It was present until midday when it flew off. The Sanderling was still present, also 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper and 31 Snipe were present. A single Common Tern was the first one for a while. 6 Pintail remain, also 19 Wigeon, 43 Shoveler and 109 Cormorant were counted. A Wheatear was on the north shore.

I’ve set up a Twitter time line which you can see on the right side of this page. The aim is for those of you who don’t follow Belvide Birding on Twitter, you will be able to see live updates from Belvide before I get chance to update the blog at the end of the day.

Belvide 18.9.14 Murky/Hazy E 2-3

This afternoon a 1st winter Caspian Gull (photos) was on the north shore. I have tentatively identified it as such but wouldn’t rule out a hybrid from one of the mixed colonies. The greater coverts, pale underwing and longish legs are all pro Caspian, but maybe the strong head shape with greyish streakingĀ  might suggest otherwise. Never the less an interesting bird. Comments welcome.

A juvenile Garganey was a new arrival, also 7 Pintail, 30 Shoveler and 271 Teal were counted. 3 Ruff flew in this afternoon, also the Sanderling remains with 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank and 20 Snipe. A Hobby was seen this afternoon.

Belvide 17.9 14 Cloudy E 2

A juvenile Knot at the west end was the first of the year but was only present during the morning. The juvenile Sanderling was still showing well in front of the West End Hide, also 1 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank and 16 Snipe were noted. 2 Hobby remain at the west end. At least 5 Pintail were counted. A Wheatear was on the north shore this afternoon.

This mornings ringing session produced 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 12 Meadow Pipit and the 11th Kingfisher of the season.

Belvide 16.9.14 Early Murk/ Cloudy E 2-3

A juvenile Sanderling (photo) was a new arrival, also 1 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank and 13 Snipe were present. Both juvenile Whinchat and Stonechat (photos) were showing well in the south west corner just before the west lane. 4 Pintail were still present, also 27 Wigeon, 243 Teal, 1 Shelduck and 1 Goldeneye were counted. 2 Hobby (ad+juv) were at the west end.

Belvide 15.9.14 Early Drizzle/ Overcast N/NE 2

Another day passes by that should have had potential but again didn’t deliver. 6 Dunlin were present early morning only, also 3 Greenshank, 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper and 11 Snipe were present. Pintail have increased to 4, also 1 Goldeneye, 9 Wigeon, 28 Pochard, 1 Shelduck, 67 GC Grebe and 97 Cormorant were noted. 2 Hobby were hunting off the west lane. A Spotted Flycatcher was along the south east bay, also 1 Reed Warbler was noted.

Belvide 14.9.14 Overcast E 3

3 Greenshank were still on the north shore, also 8 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper were present. Teal have incfreased to 248, also 1 Pintail, 4 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck and 229 Greylag Geese were counted. At least 50 Tree Sparrow were at the Gazebo feeders, also a Marsh and Willow Tit were there too. Migrants today included a Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 20 Chiffchaff.

Belvide 13.9.14 Overcast/Cloudy E 2-3

The first Goldeneye of the autumn was present, also 3 Pintail, 28 Shoveler, 197 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 1 Shelduck, and 220 Greylag Geese were counted. A single Golden Plover flew thru at 7.30am, 3 Greenshank remain on the north shore, also 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were noted. 2 imm pesky Peregrines were present this morning. A juvenile Hobby was having a bath on the north shore also at least 1 adult was noted. 30 Tree Sparrow were at the Gazebo feeders. 26 Meadow Pipit, 9 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest were ringed this morning.

Belvide 12.9.14 Overcast E 1-2

An increase in duck numbers today with 180 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 14 Shoveler, 1 Shelduck and 64 GC Grebe. 3 Greenshank remain on the north shore, also 1 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipe were present. A Hobby was showing well at the west end all afternoon. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull were noted.

Belvide 11.9.14 Sunny E 1-2

The fantastic weather continues but it really isn’t what you want to ground any decent birds. It’s pretty much the same again today with 3 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 6 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper present. 140 Teal and 1 Shelduck were counted. A single Hobby was noted.

I’ve set up a Belvide Twitter account today called BelvideBirding. So now I can tweet any note worthy sightings while I’m on site.

Belvide 8.9.14 Sunny NW 2

A Red Kite was present between 2.40pm-3pm when it drifted south. 2 juvenile Ruff were new arrivals, also 3 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper were present. 2 Hobby were showing well at the west end all afternoon. 1 Shelduck and 2 Spotted Flycatcher were noted.

Belvide 7.9.14 Fair NW 1-2

A juvenile Black Tern was present between 7.10am-8am only. The juv Black-tailed Godwit was still on the north shore, also 3 Greenshank and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. 4 Spotted Flycatcher were showing well in the car park. Today’s WeBS count produced 118 Teal, 213 Mallard, 14 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 135 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 1 Shelduck, 56 GC Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 72 Coot, 70 Moorhen, 3 Water Rail, 186 Canada Geese, 162 Greylag Geese, 71 Cormorant and 14 Mute Swan.

Spotted Flycatcher by Nigel Talbot, Grey Wagtail photo by Rob Swift.

Belvide 6.9.14 Overcast NW 2

Today a team of ten attempted an all day list. We started at 6am and finished at 8.20pm. We recorded a total of 86 species. Upton Warren also finished on 86. Thurlestone Bay ended up on 80.Middleton appear to be the winners with 90. Sandwell Valley recorded 76.

It would be great if we can get a few more patches up for the 2015 spring challenge. So Blithfield, Gailey, Westport, Doxey, Draycote, are you up for it? Anyone else for that matter.

Highlights today included a juvenile Marsh Harrier thru at 8.50am. A Bar-tailed Godwit flew thru early morning with the bird from yesterday still at the west end until late morning only. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore, also 1 Dunlin, 1 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. 5 Spotted Flycatcher were around the reserve. Am imm Peregrine and 2 Hobby were noted. Glaring omissions were Song Thrush, Bullfinch and Linnet. Full list as follows.

1 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 5 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 10 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 12 Pheasant, 13 Little Grebe, 14 GC Grebe, 15 Cormorant, 16 Grey Heron, 17 Buzzard, 18 Marsh Harrier, 19 Sparrowhawk, 20 Kestrel, 21 Hobby, 22 Peregrine, 23 Water Rail, 24 Moorhen, 25 Coot, 26 LRP, 27 Lapwing, 28 Dunlin, 29 Common Sandpiper, 30 Greenshank, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 33 BH Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 35 Yellow-legged Gull, 36 LBB Gull, 37 Feral Pigeon, 38 Stock Dove, 39 Wood Pigeon, 40 Collared Dove, 41 Tawny Owl, 42 Kingfisher, 43 Green Woodpecker, 44 GS Woodpecker, 45 Sand Martin, 46 Swallow, 47 House Martin, 48 Meadow Pipit, 49 Pied Wagtail, 50 Yellow Wagtail, 51 Grey Wagtail, 52 Dunnock, 53 Robin, 54 Blackbird, 55 Blackcap, 56 Whitethroat, 57 Lesser Whitethroat, 58 Sedge Warbler, 59 Reed Warbler, 60 Willow Warbler, 61 Chiffchaff, 62 Goldcrest, 63 Wren, 64 Spotted Flycatcher, 65 Great Tit, 66 Coal Tit, 67 Blue Tit, 68 Marsh Tit, 69 Willow Tit, 70 LT Tit, 71 Nuthatch, 72 Treecreeper, 73 Magpie, 74 Jay, 75 Jackdaw, 76 Rook, 77 Crow, 78 Raven, 79 Starling, 80 House Sparrow, 81 Tree Sparrow, 82 Chaffinch, 83 Goldfinch, 84 Greenfinch, 85 Reed Bunting, 86 Yellowhammer.

Belvide 5.9.14 Overcast NNW 1-2

A juvenile Osprey flew thru to the south at 2.52pm also a Hobby was seen several times. A juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit (photo) flew in at 3.15pm. 2 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit were new, also 4 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 LRP were present. A Shelduck was the first for several weeks, also 120 Teal and 15 Shoveler were counted. A Spotted Flycatcher was in the car park.

Sue Judge has set up a new web site called Belvide News. It is aimed at providing information and news with all concerning the reserve and the running of it. A link has been set up on the right hand side of this page in the links section.

Tomorrow a team of us will attempt an all day list with some competition from Upton Warren,Middleton, Sandwell Valley and Thurlestone Bay in Devon.

Belvide 3.9.14 Overcast E 1-2

This morning the ringing group trapped and ringed a Long-eared Owl (photo by Paul Hopwood) also 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Whitethroat were ringed.

3 Black Tern (2ad + 1 juv) were present this afternoon. 3 Greenshank remain at the west end, also 1 LRP, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were noted.A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was on the north shore mid afternoon. A Spotted Flycatcher was near the Scott hide. 2 Hobby were seen this afternoon. 8 Wigeon were new arrivals, also 103 Teal and 40 GC Grebe were counted.

Belvide 2.9.14 Fair E 1-2

4 Redshank were new arrivals, also 3 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 2 LRP and 2 Common Sandpiper were present. 2 Wheatear were on the shingle island this afternoon, also 2 Lesser Whitethroat were at the west end. 89 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 46 Cormorant and 199 Greylag Geese were counted. An adult Yellow-legged Gull and Hobby were noted.

Belvide 31.8.14 Cloudy W 2

A Merlin flew thru to the south west at midday also a Hobby was noted. 5 Greenshank remain on the north shore, also 1 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. The 1st winter male Redstart was still by the West End Hide also 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Swift were noted.

Belvide 30.8.14 Cloudy W 3

5 Egyptian Geese were at the west end, also 22 Pochard and 12 Little Grebe were counted. 3 Redshank flew thru early morning, also 5 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 4 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. At least 9 Spotted Flycatcher were scattered around the reserve. A 1st winter male Redstart was by the West End Hide also 4 Lesser Whitethroat were noted. A Cetti’s Warbler was reported along the south east bay this morning. 4 Grey Wagtail were along the spill weir. 1 Common Tern was present early morning. 8+ Swift were noted. The first 2 Meadow Pipit of the autumn flew over this morning.

This morning ringing session produced 1 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 8 Sand Martin.

Belvide 28.8.14 Cloudy SSW 3

5 Greenshank were on the north shore, also 1 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP and 4 Common Sandpiper were present. 6 Spotted Flycatcher were present with 2 along the south east bay, 1 by the Gazebo hide and 3 at the west end. 3 Swift flew thru and 3 Yellow Wagtail were noted. 9 Common Tern dropped in at 3.45pm. Both Hobby and Peregrine were seen this afternoon. A Willow Tit and Marsh Tit were at the Gazebo feeding station.

Belvide 27.8.14 Cloudy ESE 3

A juvenile Whinchat was at the west end early morning with no sign of it this afternoon. 5 Greenshank were present this morning with 3 remaining this afternoon. 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 2 DunlinĀ  and 3 Common Sandpiper were also present. A Little Egret flew over early morning. Teal have increased to 100, also 12 Pochard were counted. 2 Hobby, 6 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Common Tern were noted.

This mornings ringing session produced 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 9 Reed Warbler and 1 Blackcap.

A notice to permit holders. There will be a work party this Sunday to clear the shingle islands and to clear some reeds in front of the Scott hide. If you can help please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am. Wellingtons recommended. Gloves and tools provided.

Belvide 25.8.14 Rain ESE 2

With a day of easterly winds, drizzle and longer spells of rain,expectations for a decent day were high. A Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Arctic Terns thru at 8.10am got the day off to a good start, but that was really it passage wise. The Godwit flew off at 11.50am. 4 Greenshank, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were present. A single Common Tern was present during the morning. 1 Hobby, 2 Swift, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Yellow Wagtail were noted. 220 Mallard and 204 Tufted Duck were counted.