Belvide 29.3.15 Rain W 5-8

A wet and wild day saw 4 adult Kittiwake pass through with a single through at 10.30am and 3 through at 12.40pm. The female Velvet Scoter was still off the dam, also the drake Scaup was still present. 2 LRP flew thru this morning. Only 2 Sand Martin passed through today. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh. 29 Pied Wagtail were on the north shore.

Belvide 27.3.15 Cloudy W 2

The first male Wheatear of the year was in the west marsh briefly this morning. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid, 2 Shelduck and 56 Shoveler were counted. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh. 11 Sand Martin flew thru this morning, also 15 Chiffchaff were noted.

Belvide 25.3.15 Fair Variable 1

The female Velvet Scoter was still off the dam, also the drake Scaup and drake Tufted x Scaup remain. 76 Golden Plover flew over this afternoon. An adult Peregrine flew thru this afternoon. 200 Meadow Pipit were in fields beyond the west marsh, also 200 Fieldfare were in fields along the south east bay. 2 Little Owl were in the oak opposite the car park gate. 2 Grey Wagtail were on the spill weir.

Belvide 23.3.15 Cloudy NW 2

The first LRP of the year was on the north shore briefly this afternoon, also 1 Curlew. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup and 40 Shoveler were counted. 4 Sand Martin were present this afternoon, also 12 Chiffchaff were noted. A Water Rail was singing along the south east bay. 3 Marsh Tit were also singing this afternoon.

Belvide 21.3.15 Cloudy N 2-3

The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid and 6 Goosander were present. A male Merlin was below the dam this morning. 17 Sand Martin flew thru this morning, also 11 Chiffchaff were noted. 3 Dunlin and a Curlew were on the north shore.A steady stream of Meadow Pipit were heading north this morning.

Belvide 19.3.15 Overcast NE 1

The female Velvet Scoter was still off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid, 2 Shelduck and 31 Shoveler were counted. Chiffchaff have increased to 11. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh. 2 Curlew and 4 Oystercatcher were on the north shore. 9  Meadow Pipit flew north this afternoon.

Belvide 17.3.15 Murky E 1

The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup and drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid were still present. A Black-tailed Godwit flew west at 5.55pm was new for the year, also 2 Curlew were on the north shore. 2 1st winter Mediterranean Gulls roosted this evening. 2 Sand Martin and a Little Egret were noted. Below shows the 2 1st winter Med Gulls highlighting how different they are.

Belvide 15.3.15 Overcast ENE 2-3

An adult Iceland Gull flew thru to the north west at 11.10am was new for the year, also 2 1st winter Mediterranean Gulls roosted this evening. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup was still present. 5 Sand Martin flew thru over the day, also 4 Chiffchaff were noted. The Little Egret was in the west marsh.

Belvide 10.3.15 Fair NW 1-2

There was no sign of the Slavonian Grebe today. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the 3 Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid and 86 Goldeneye were counted at dusk. 2 Chiffchaff were along the south east bay and Gazebo bay. 1 Little Egret was in the west marsh. 6 Golden Plover were on the north shore briefly, also 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew were noted. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening. A Black Swan has been present since yesterday.

Belvide 9.3.15 Overcast/Patchy Rain SSW 3

The main highlight today was a Slavonian Grebe that was off the Gazebo Bay. After an 18 year wait this is now the 2nd bird in the last 12 months. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the 3 Scaup and Tufted x Scaup hybrid were still present. The first 2 Chiffchaff of the year were by the Chappell hide, also a Sand Martin was seen this morning with another 3 late afternoon. The Little Egret was still present. The Tawny Owl was in the Gazebo bay box entrance.

Belvide 8.3.15 Early Afternoon Rain SW/NW 2-3

The first 3 Sand Martin of the year dropped in late morning. The WeBS count produced the female Velvet Scoter, 3 Scaup, 108 Tufted Duck, 43 Pochard, 25 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 55 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 40 Mallard, 78 Goldeneye, 65 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 197 Coot, 25 GC Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 14 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret and 4 Kingfisher. 3 Curlew and 4 Oystercatcher were on the north shore. The first 2 Dunlin of the year flew thru this afternoon. An adult Mediterranean Gull and 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull roosted this evening.

Belvide 6.3.15 Cloudy SW 4

The female Velvet Scoter was still off the dam, also 3 Scaup, a drake Scaup x Tufted hybrid 47 Gadwall and 37 Mute Swan were present. The male Stonechat was still at the west end. 2 Curlew and 4 Oystercatcher were on the north shore. An imm Peregrine caught and killed a Lapwing this afternoon. 1 Little Egret was noted.

Belvide 5.3.15 Overcast W 3

The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also 3 Scaup, 120 Tufted Duck, 51 Pochard, 27 Wigeon and 24 GC Grebe were counted. The first Ringed Plover of the year was briefly on the shingle island before continuing north, also 1 Curlew and 4 Oystercatcher were noted. The male Stonechat was still at the west end. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening.