A Red Kite drifted over to the east at 1.15pm, also a Hobby was seen this afternoon. 3 Ringed Plover flew thru at midday, also 1 LRP and 1 Common Sandpiper were noted. A drake Wigeon, 6 Shelduck and 170 Coot were counted. A huge amount of Swifts were present with the sky full. At least 5000 would be a conservative estimate. A Pied Wagtail was feeding 3 young in front of the Hawkshutts hide.
2 Red Kite flew thru with one mid morning and another thru SW at 3.10pm. 4 Little Egret also flew thru this morning. A single Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper were noted. The drake Wigeon, 3 Shoveler and 2 Shelduck were counted.
With the breeding season well under way you are urged to stay vigilant to anyone acting suspicious regarding egg collectors. There are numbers to phone at the back of the hides if you encounter any problems. Thank you.
2 Ringed Plover were on the north shore, also 8 Oystercatcher were present. The drake Wigeon remains, also 70 Gadwall were counted.
A little on the quiet side today with migration starting to ease. A Cuckoo was heard south of the Gazebo bay this morning. The West Marsh Mute Swans have 5 cygnets. A Hobby was seen yesterday afternoon.
This morning the Belvide team put out 2 Tern rafts in the south east bay.
There was no sign of the Temminck’s Stint today. A Sanderling and Ringed Plover flew thru this morning. A single LRP was on the north shore. A drake Wigeon, 57 Gadwall and 10 Pochard were counted. 20 Common Tern were present.
The Temminck’s Stint (photos) was still on the north shore. An excellent passage of Sanderling (photo) today with 34 in total flying thru in flocks of 23, 5, 4 and 2 over the day. This is a new site record surpassing 20 on the 30th May 2011. Also 15 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 4 Dunlin and 1 Black-tailed Godwit were present. A Whimbrel dropped in late afternoon. An Arctic Tern was present during the morning, also 25 Common Tern were counted. 2 Wigeon remain. A Hobby was showing well at the west end this evening.
The Greenshank remains at the west end, aslo 2 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover and 2 LRP were present. The pair of Wigeon remain. The Tawny Owl chick was again along the Gazebo bay.
A Red Kite (photo by Martyn Pitt) drifted north at 9.25am. 3 Arctic Tern (photo) were present with 2 thru in the morning and another in the afternoon. Also 2 Black Tern and 14 Common Tern were noted. The Greenshank was still on the north shore, also 2 Redshank, 1 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. A Tawny Owl (photo) chick was showing well again from the ‘U’ bend along the Gazebo bay. The pair of Wigeon and 2 Teal were still present. 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a Green Woodpecker were noted.
A Red Kite drifted over to the south east at 11.20am. A single Black Tern was still present, also 19 Common Tern were noted. A Greenshank dropped in this afternoon, also 1 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. The pair of Wigeon have reappeared, also 11 Pochard and 4 Shelduck were counted. 2 Tawny Owl chicks were viewable from the ‘U’ bend along the Gazebo bay.
A Little Stint was on the shingle island at the west end, also 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 3 Common Sandpiper were present. 22 Black Tern were whizzing around along with 18 Common Tern. The drake Garganey continues to show well from the Hawkshutts hide, also 8 Pochard were counted. A young Tawny Owl was showing along the Gazebo bay.
It was another fantastic days birding when at times you didn’t know which way to look. The undoubted highlight was a superb adult Roseate Tern that was present between 0745-0845 when it flew off north east. This follows the 2 adults that were present on the 1st July 2014. It was difficult to keep an accurate count on all the Terns but 18 Black Tern, 10 Arctic Tern and 37 Common Tern was there or there abouts. 2 Little Stint dropped in at 0720 and spent the rest of the day on the north shore. Also 2 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank and 4 Common Sandpiper were present. The drake Garganey remains at the west end. A Hobby was seen a few times. 2 Tawny Owl chicks were calling along the Gazebo bay.
The perfect weather conditions saw a very productive day at Belvide. The main highlight were 5 Little Tern that were present from 12.45pm. There were also 21 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 60 Common Tern. 1 of the Little Terns was still present at dusk. 13 Greenshank on the north shore was a very good spring total, also 2 Redshank, 2 Sanderling, 6 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 4 Common Sandpiper. A female Marsh Harrier was on the north shore at 7.20pm before flying off south west. The drake Garganey was still present. A Tawny Owl chick was along the Gazebo bay.
I will leave my trip to Cornwall for tomorrow.
The drake Garganey was showing very well from the Hawkshutts hide this morning. The Black Tern was still present, also 18 Common Tern were noted. A single Ringed Plover dropped in briefly this morning. A Spotted Flycatcher was in the reservoir plantation. The WeBS count produced 1 Garganey, 49 Gadwall, 68 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 179 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 18 GC Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 109 Coot, 54 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 22 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 4 Water Rail.
Yesterdays 90 species recorded are as follows. 1 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 5 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 10 Garganey, 11 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 13 RL Partridge, 14 Pheasant, 15 Little Grebe, 16 GC Grebe, 17 Cormorant, 18 Grey Heron, 19 Buzzard, 20 Sparrowhawk, 21 Kestrel, 22 Hobby, 23 Water Rail, 24 Moorhen, 25 Coot, 26 Oystercatcher, 27 LRP, 28 Ringed Plover, 29 Lapwing, 30 Dunlin, 31 Common Sandpiper, 32 Snipe, 33 BH Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 35 LBB Gull, 36 Common Tern, 37 Black Tern, 38 Feral Pigeon, 39 Stock Dove, 40 Wood Pigeon, 41 Collared Dove, 42 Tawny Owl, 43 Swift, 44 Kingfisher, 45 GS Woodpecker, 46 Skylark, 47 Sand Martin, 48 Swallow, 49 House Martin, 50 Pied Wagtail, 51 Yellow Wagtail, 52 Dunnock, 53 Robin, 54 Song Thrush, 55 Mistle Thrush, 56 Blackbird, 57 Garden Warbler, 58 Blackcap, 59 Whitethroat, 60 Lesser Whitethroat, 61 Sedge Warbler, 62 Grasshopper Warbler, 63 Reed Warbler, 64 Willow Warbler, 65 Chiffchaff, 66 Goldcrest, 67 Wren, 68 Great Tit, 69 Coal Tit, 70 Blue Tit, 71 Marsh Tit, 72 LT Tit, 73 Nuthatch, 74 Treecreeper, 75 Magpie, 76 Jay, 77 Jackdaw, 78 Rook, 79 Crow, 80 Raven, 81 Starling, 82 House Sparrow, 83 Tree Sparrow, 84 Chaffinch, 85 Linnet, 86 Goldfinch, 87 Greenfinch, 88 Bullfinch, 89 Reed Bunting, 90 Yellowhammer.
Today a team of 10 took part in the spring all day bird race against several other reserves across the midlands. We started at 4am and finished at 8pm recording a total of 90 Species.
Highlights included 1 Black Tern, 18 Common Tern, 2 drake Garganey, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 1 Hobby and Grasshopper Warbler. A full list will be on tomorrow’s blog.
I was probably expecting a little more than what we actually got today given the promising conditions. 3 Black Tern were present over the day. The drake Garganey (photo by Nigel Talbot) was still present, also 7 Shelduck, 2 Teal and 3 Shoveler were noted. 2 Dunlin flew thru this morning and 3 Common Sandpiper were the only other waders present. A Hobby was hawking insects this afternoon.
A drake Garganey was at the west end, also the pair of Wigeon were still present. The first Black Tern of the year was present between 0745-1320, also 18 Common Tern were noted. 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 2 Dunlin and 6 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. A Spotted Flycatcher was by the West End Hide this morning. A Hobby was seen this morning.
An Osprey was perched in a tree briefly beyond the west marsh at 1.20pm before flying off west. 1 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit flew thru early afternoon, also 1 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and 8 Oystercatcher were present. The pair of Oystercatcher that were nesting at the west end have deserted their nest. A Spotted Flycatcher was reported at the west end this afternoon. 14+ Reed Warbler and 4 Garden Warbler were singing. 15 Common Tern were counted. A Pair of Wigeon were present this morning, also the female Goldeneye remains.
The Belvide Blog has been running now for ten years.
A female Whinchat (photo by Andy Payne) off the west lane was the first of the year. Also new was an early Spotted Flycatcher in the hedge by the Chappell hide. The Arctic Tern was still present, also 23 Common Tern were counted. 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and an LRP were on the north shore. 9 Shelduck and 1 Goldeneye were counted. 5 Garden Warbler and 3 Lesser Whitethroat were noted.
The first Arctic Tern (photo) of the year was with 21 Common Tern. 4 Dunlin and a single Common Sandpiper were the north shore. At least 350 Swift were present during the rain. A female Goldeneye, 7 Pochard and 43 Gadwall were counted. The Cuckoo was calling again south of the reserve early morning. A Hobby was along the dam this evening.
The first Cuckoo of the year was calling south of the car park at 5.45am. The first 3 Garden Warbler of the year were seen by the dam, Gazebo and West End hides. Also 20 Sedge Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat were noted. 15 Common Tern were present this afternoon. 10 Common Sandpiper and 1 LRP were present. 1 Goldeneye remains, also 5 Pochard, 300 Tufted Duck and 6 Teal were counted.
A passage of Dunlin today with 15 flying thru and 12 on the ground. Common Sandpiper continue to increase with 28 present. 1 Ringed Plover and 3 LRP were noted. 8 Shelduck and 2 Goldeneye were counted. A Hobby flew over late morning. 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Yellow Wagtail were present.
A Little Egret at the west end was surprisingly the first of the year. Also new was a Hobby along the dam at 1pm. A single Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore, also 8 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 LRP and 17 Common Sandpiper were present. 6 Common Tern were present this afternoon. 3 Lesser Whitethroat were at the west end, also 10 Yellow Wagtail and 5 White Wagtail were on the north shore.
A Whimbrel flew thru at 5.25pm. Common Sandpiper have increased to 24, also 3 Dunlin and 3 LRP were present. 6 Yellow Wagtail and 5 White Wagtail were on the north shore. A single Common Tern was noted.
A male Merlin flew over at 8.25am. 3 Dunlin, 13 Common Sandpiper and 3 LRP were noted. 9 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore.
This afternoon a couple of us went to Manchester to see a male Kentish Plover that has been at Audenshaw Reservoir for the last 2 days. We arrived to find the bird performing superbly, feeding happily along this concrete bowl reservoir. I think this was my 5th British Kentish Plover. I was told it was the first Kentish Plover in the Greater Manchester area for 30 years.