Belvide 1.12.16 Masked Wagtail in Pembrokeshire

The redhead Smew was back again in the south east corner. The Common Sandpiper remains on the north shore.

I had the day off from Belvide to see a Masked Wagtail that has taken up residence at the small Hamlet of Camrose in Pembrokeshire. This is the first record for Britain of this sub species of our White Wagtail. It is usually found in Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Iran, with only a handful of other records in Europe.

It was a very smart bird with quiet a different head and wing pattern to our Pied Wagtail. It was holding a territory along a row of house roof tops and would chase off any Pied Wagtail that came near. Whether it is a future split or not, it was well worth the trip.Masked Wag2Masked Wag6Masked Wag

Belvide 26.11.16 Overcast NE 1-2

A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over south this afternoon. The redhead Smew remains in the south east corner, also a drake Goosander was noted. The Common Sandpiper was ranging between the dam and north shore. The Cetti’s Warbler (photo by Martyn Pitt) was along the south east bay scrub. The Egyptian Goose was with the Greylag flock. several hundred Redwing were around the reserve which up to now is the first large arrival of the autumn.Cetti's Warbler

Belvide 25.11.16 Sunny NE 2-3

A Great White Egret was reported on the board flying thru to the south east at 11.40am. 3 Whooper Swan flew thru to the south east at 3.53pm. The redhead Smew was still in the south east corner, also 5 Goosander and 1 Pintail were noted. The Common Sandpiper remains on the north shore , also 1 Dunlin was noted. The Cetti’s Warbler was by the ringing station.

A reminder that there is a work party on Sunday. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 24.11.16 Cloudy ENE 3-4

The quality run of birds continues with 2 Slavonian Grebe that showed from the Scott hide. One of the birds was a 1st winter bird showing a pale eyebrow. This is the most seen in modern times, though pairs have been seen before in 1941 and 1974. Up to 5 on the 18th February 1937 is the most seen at Belvide.

The redhead Smew was still in the south east corner, also the 1st winter drake Scaup was still present. 4 Goosander were noted. 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Redshank were on the north shore. A Chiffchaff was along the Gazebo bay.Slav Grebe

Belvide 23.11.16 Patchy Drizzle NE 2-3

The redhead Smew was back, again in the south east corner. 1st winter male and female Scaup were with the Pochard flock, also 2 Pintail were noted. It looks like the Black-necked Grebe has finally departed after a 75 day stay. The Common Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin were on the north shore, also a Woodcock was flushed from the reservoir plantation. The Cetti’s Warbler was near the ringing station. 5 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted this evening.

Belvide 22.11.16 Overcast W 2

An imm Great Northern Diver sneaked in this afternoon being found at 3.40pm. It was present till 4.15pm when it flew off west. This was a new bird for the year following a bird on the 19th November 2015. There was no sign of the Green-winged Teal today. The Black-necked Grebe was still present. 3 Shelduck, 4 Goosander and 2 Pintail were noted. The Common Sandpiper remains on the north shore, also a Curlew was present this morning.GN Diver

Belvide 20.11.16 Morning Rain N/NW 2-3

A 1st winter drake Green-winged Teal was with 282 Teal at the west end. It later relocated to the north shore. This is the 3rd record for Belvide and follows a bird this year on the 13th January. There was no sign of the Smew today, though 1 Pintail, 1 Goosander, 1 Shelduck and 54 Shoveler were counted. The Black-necked Grebe was still present. The Common Sandpiper remains on the north shore. 5 Golden Plover were noted.GW TealGW Teal2

Belvide 19.11.16 Fair SW 1-2

The redhead Smew was still in the south east corner. The Black-necked Grebe continues to perform from the Chappell hide. The Common Sandpiper was on the north shore. The Cetti’s Warbler was near the ringing station this morning. The Egyptian Goose was still present.

There is no work party tomorrow. The next work party is Sunday 27th November.BN Grebe2

Belvide 13.11.16 Cloudy NW 1-2

Today’s WeBS count produced the redhead Smew, Common Scoter, 75 Goldeneye, 80 Pochard, 205 Tufted Duck, 296 Wigeon, 202 Teal, 52 Shoveler, 1 Pintail, 71 Gadwall, 149 Mallard Black-necked Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 34 GC Grebe, 303 Coot, 308 Canada Geese, 159 Greylag Geese, 1 Egyptian Goose, 6 Mute Swan, 34 Cormorant, 10 Water Rail, 764 Lapwing, 10 Golden Plover, 1 Jack Snipe and 30 Snipe. The Common Sandpiper on the dam has equalled the latest site record which was in 1977. The Cetti’s Warbler was along the south east bay. 7 Lesser Redpoll were noted.

Belvide 12.11.16 Morning Drizzle S 2

The redhead Smew continues to show along the reeds in the south east corner and is best viewed looking back from the Chappell hide. The Common Scoter was still off the dam, also a 1st winter drake Scaup, 74 Pochard, 295 Wigeon, 201 Teal, 1 Pintail, 30 Shoveler and 71 Gadwall were counted. The Common Sandpiper was still on the north shore. Can those of you who are coming to the work party tomorrow please bring a fork to work with. Thanks.

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Belvide 11.11.16 Cloudy S 2

The Redhead Smew remains in the south east corner. The imm/fem Common Scoter was along the dam. A 1st winter drake Scaup was at the west end. A Shelduck was new, also 276 Wigeon and 181 Teal were counted. A Black-tailed Godwit was present till midday only, also a Green Sandpiper and Jack Snipe were at the west end. A Cetti’s Warbler was in the west marsh, also a Chiffchaff was noted.

Belvide 10.11.16 Afternoon Showers NW 3

The Redhead Smew was still in the south east corner and roosted this evening off the Chappell hide. An imm/fem Common Scoter was in the north east corner, also 1 Pintail, 260 Wigeon, 351 Greylag Geese and 1 Egyptian Goose were counted. The Black-necked Grebe was still present. The Knot was on the north shore until early afternoon when it was flushed and no further sign. The Common Sandpiper remains on the dam, also 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and a Jack Snipe was on the south west shore.

Can I ask permit holders to be careful when opening the shutters in the Hawkshutts hide. Someone had one come crashing down on their head today giving them a nasty cut. Please make sure the shutters are secure for your safety. Also a reminder that there is a work party this Sunday. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 9.11.16 Showery NW 2-4

The overnight wind and rain stirred up some movement today. 10 imm/fem Common Scoter were new in. The redhead Smew remained in the south east corner. A 1st winter Little Gull flew thru at 9.20am. A Knot (photo) was on the north shore, also 4 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and a late Common Sandpiper remains on the dam. 3 Jack Snipe were on the south shore viewable from the Hawkshutts hide this afternoon. The Black-necked Grebe was still present, also 2 Pintail and the Egyptian Goose was noted.Knot

Belvide 8.11.16 Overcast SSE 1

A redhead Smew was the first record of the year. It was spending a lot of time feeding along the reeds in front of the Scott hide, but could only be viewed looking back from the Chappell hide. 1 Pintail and 64 Pochard were counted. The Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay. A Jack Snipe was showing well on the west shore between the West lane bridge and Hawkshutts hide. A Woodcock was flushed from the north path in the reservoir plantation, also a Dunlin flew thru. A Cetti’s Warbler was calling from the reeds by the Scott hide. The Egyptian Goose was on the north shore.Smew2Smew3

Belvide 7.11.16 Cloudy NNW 2

The good run of Scaup continues with another 4 new birds including a 1st winter drake and 3 1st winter females, also 75 Goldeneye, 273 Wigeon and 1 Pintail were counted. 4 Goosander dropped in briefly. There was no sign of the Little Stint today with the mornings report relating to a Dunlin. A Common Sandpiper was on the dam and later roosted on the Chappell bund. The Black-necked Grebe remains off the Chappell hide. 6 Yellow-legged Gulls and 5 Common Gulls roosted this evening.