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 Dunlin  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.

Belvide 24.8.14 Cloudy SW 1

A vis mig watch off the dam between 0645-0830hrs produced 2 Tree Pipit and 11 Yellow Wagtail over south. 4 Greenshank were still present, also 2 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 4 Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpiper were noted. A Hobby and Peregrine were seen this morning. 2 Spotted Flycatcher were between the south east bay and Gazebo hide. 12 Swift flew thru. 2 Common Tern and 57 Teal were counted.

Belvide 23.8.14 Afternoon Showers NW 2-3

The juvenile Caspian Gull was again present between 11-11.15am when it flew off west. 4 Greenshank remain on the north shore, also 2 Redshank, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 5 Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. Teal have increased to 54 also 14 Shoveler were counted. 1 Common Tern, 2 Hobby and an imm Peregrine were noted.

This mornings ringing session produced 1 Redstart (photo by Paul Hopwood) 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 11 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin.

Belvide 22.8.14 Cloudy WNW 2

A juvenile Caspian Gull (photos) was at the west end this afternoon. I picked the gull out as it had an unusual pale base with dark tip for the birds age. Identification features on this bird included a pale head, A smudgy shaul at the base of the neck. There are some new scapulars moulting through showing dark arrow heads with grey edges. The greater coverts show a line of dark shafts creating a piano key effect. The tertials are typically blackish brown. The primaries are showing greyish inner webs with a distinct blackish secondary bar. The underwing is also pale.On the shore the legs were longish and spindly. There have been several juveniles reported on the pager around the country, so it was nice to get in on the act.

2 Osprey flew thru this afternoon, with a juvenile at 1.35pm and another at 5pm. The 4 Greenshank were still on the north shore, also 3 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 4 Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a Redstart were by the Gazebo hide. 4 Swift and several Yellow Wagtail were noted. An imm Peregrine caught another starling this afternoon.

Belvide 20.8.14 Cloudy WNW 2

4 Egyptian Geese at the west end were new for the year. The 4 Greenshank remain on the north shore, also 1 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 LRP and 1 Snipe were present. An adult Peregrine caught a Starling this afternoon, also an immature bird was seen. 12 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Swift were noted. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was at the west end this afternoon.

This mornings ringing session produced 15 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 13 House Martin, 9 Tree Sparrow and 1 Kingfisher.

Belvide 19.8.14 Cloudy NW 3

The main highlight today were 2 adult HONEY BUZZARDS that were circling above the reservoir at 1.15pm before drifting off to the south. Off the top of my head I think this is the 8th site record involving 16 birds, 11 of which were part of the famous passage of September 2000.

4 Greenshank were still on the north shore, also 1 Redshank, 5 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 LRP and 1 Ringed Plover flew thru. A Redstart was in the hedge behind the West End Hide. Other migrants included 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swift and 200+ Sand Martin. A Hobby and Peregrine were seen this afternoon. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was at the west end.

Belvide 18.8.14 Showery NW 3-4

4 Greenshank remain on the north shore, also 3 Redshank, 1 juvenile Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and 3 LRP were present. A Hobby caught a Starling this afternoon, also a Peregrine flew over. 2 Swift and 3 Yellow Wagtail were noted. 39 Teal, 267 Greylag Geese and 320 Canada Geese were counted.

Belvide 16.8.14 Overcast W 3-4

A Tree Pipit flew over at 8.10am. other migrants included 7 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler and 30+ Swift. 3 Greenshank (photo by Martyn Pitt) were present early morning with 2 remaining. 4 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Sandpiper were also present. 31 Teal were counted.

Belvide 15.8.14 Cloudy NW 2-3

The first juvenile Greenshank of the autumn was on the north shore, also 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover and 3 LRP were present. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull were at the west end this afternoon. 3 Spotted Flycatcher were present with one along the south east bay and 2 near the West End Hide. A Swift flew thru this afternoon.

Belvide 14.8.14 Showery NW 3

2 female Common Scoter off the Chappell hide were new arrivals, also new was a drake Wigeon. 2 Ringed Plover were on the north shore, also 2 LRP, 1 Dunlin and 6 Common Sandpiper were present. 2 Spotted Flycatcher were on the east side of the Gazebo bay this afternoon. A Redstart was trapped and ringed this morning, also 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler and 7 Reed Warbler were also ringed. A Hobby flew over early afternoon, also the Willow Tit was at the Gazebo feeders.

Belvide 13.8.13 Cloudy WNW 3

The Little Egret was still present at the west end. 5 Ringed Plover were on the north shore, also 2 LRP, 2 Dunlin, 8 Common Sandpiper and 2 Curlew were present. A Spotted Flycatcher was in the hedge near the West End Hide. A Willow Tit has been seen regular at the Gazebo feeders recently.

Belvide 12.8.14 Afternoon Showers W 3-4

A 1st summer and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull were at the west end this afternoon. A Little Egret was showing well in front of the West End Hide. 12 Ringed Plover were on the north shore, also 2 LRP, 2 Dunlin and 7 Common Sandpiper were present. 23 Teal and 4 Shoveler were counted. 3 Lesser Whitethroat were along the south east bay. 2 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore, also 4 Grey Wagtail were along the dam. 10 Swift were noted.

Belvide 9.8.14 Cloudy SW 3

Today’s WeBS count produced a juvenile Garganey on the north shore, also 17 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 24 Gadwall, 169 Mallard, 123 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 577 Coot, 86 Moorhen, 46 GC Grebe, 10 Little Grebe, 148 Greylag Geese, 170 Canada Geese, 37 Mute Swan. 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 3 Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipe were present. A Wheatear (photo by Nigel Talbot) was in front of the West End Hide early morning only. A Little Egret was on the north shore early morning only. A single Hobby was noted.

The morning ringing session produced 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Kingfisher.

I have received information back on a colour ringed Coot we have had present since the 2nd August. Blue darvic ring code CV was ringed at Radipole Lake in Dorset on the 26th October 2005. It stayed there until 20th December 2010 when it relocated to Fen Drayton RSPB in Cambridgeshire on the 26th April 2011.

Belvide 8.8.14 Cloudy E 2

A Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore until 10.30am with 4 more flying thru to the south east at 10.55am. 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper were also present. The male Redstart was near the ringing station also 3 Lesser Whitethroat were noted. 13 Teal and 10 Little Grebe were counted.

Belvide 7.8.14 Cloudy NW 1-2

A new male Redstart was along the south east bay this afternoon, also 2 Lesser Whitethroat were present. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the west end. 6 Common Sandpiper were the only waders present. A Little Egret was present this morning.

This mornings ringing session produced a Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Sedge Warbler, 11 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 9 Sand Martin.

Belvide 6.8.14 Cloudy W 3

The juvenile Redstart was still along the south east bay between the ringing station and Chappell hide. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the west end this afternoon. 6 Common Sandpiper were on the dam and 4 Snipe were on the north shore. The juvenile Water Rail remains in the south west corner. 6 Shoveler were counted.

Belvide 4.8.14 Cloudy SW 2

A female Red Crested Pochard was a new arrival. The juvenile Redstart was still along the south east bay and was trapped and ringed this morning, also a Spotted Flycatcher was near the ringing station. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore, also 1 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper and 5 LRP were present. A single Hobby was noted. A juvenile Water Rail was at the west end.

This mornings ringing session produced 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 32 Chiffchaff, 22 Reed Warbler and 17 Sedge Warbler.

Belvide 3.8.14 Fair SW 3-4

An adult and juvenile Water Rail (photo) were in the south west corner and proof that a 2nd pair have been successful this year. A Brambling was reported to me at the woodland feeding station. 1 Redshank, 8 LRP, 4 Common Sandpiper and 1 Curlew were at the west end. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was on the north shore this afternoon. A Peregrine was noted. The juvenile Redstart was still near the ringing station.

Belvide 1.8.14 Afternoon Rain SW 1-2

Migration is starting to pick up. 2 Turnstone flew thru at 11am, also 1 Ringed Plover, 9 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper and 1 Redshank were present. An adult Arctic Tern (photo) was the first returning bird, also 17 Common Tern were counted.A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the west end this afternoon. A juvenile Redstart was along the south east bay, also 2 Lesser Whitethroat were at the west end. 12 Teal were counted. An imm Peregrine was noted.

Belvide 31.7.14 Patchy pm Rain SW 2

The Sanderling (photo) was still present opposite the Gazebo hide and later moved onto the dam, also 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 7 LRP were present. 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were at the west end this afternoon. A Little Egret flew thru. 149 Greylag Geese and 38 GC Grebe were counted. All the young Common Tern chicks have now fledged. A total of 4 pairs have bred with 7 chicks raised.

Belvide 30.7.14 Cloudy NW 2-3

A Sanderling was on the north shore opposite the Gazebo hide this afternoon, also 1 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and 5 LRP were present. Another new juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the west end. A Tawny Owl was in the Gazebo bay box.

This mornings ringing session produced 13 Sedge Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Kingfisher, 12 House Martin and 1 Sand Martin.

Belvide 29.7.14 Overcast NW 2

The first juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (photo) of the autumn was at the west end this afternoon, also a juvenile Mediterranean Gull (photo) and an adult and juvenile Common Gull were present. 2 Redshank, 2 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were the only waders present. 2 Little Egret, 2 Shoveler and 6 Teal were noted.