Belvide 21.8.16 Cloudy W 2

The main highlight today was a superb adult Gannet (flight shot by Martyn Pitt) that spent the whole day at the west end. Unfortunately the bird appeared to have a wound on the back. The bird spent an increasing amount of time sleeping in the afternoon. This is the 2nd record for Belvide, with 2 juveniles flying west on the 25th September 2010 and there is an unsubmitted record of a bird on the 8th May 2013. 2 Osprey flew thru between 11.30-11.45am including an adult and juvenile. A juvenile Marsh Harrier was present during the afternoon. The ad Black Tern was still present. A juv Turnstone dropped in mid morning, also 3 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin were present. A fem Redstart was along the south east bay. At least 20 Swift flew thru. The WeBS count produced 1 Pintail, 1 Wigeon, 48 Shoveler, 87 Teal, 58 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 247 Tufted Duck, 315 Mallard, 328 Canada Geese, 271 Greylag Geese, 33 Mute Swan, 979 Coot, 96 Moorhen, 1 Little Egret and 161 Lapwing.Gannet5Gannet

Belvide 19.8.16 Rain SE 2

An excellent days birding with plenty of birds on the move throughout the day. The first Tree Pipit of the year flew south at 0645 also 2 Yellow Wagtail flew south. At least 70 Common Tern were present with 56 birds dropping in at 10.40am. 5 Arctic Tern were present including 3 adults and 2 juvs. 7 Black Tern (4ad + 3 juvs) dropped in at 5.35pm. Passage waders included 5 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 3 LRP and 3 Snipe. 47 Shoveler, 97 Teal, 371 Canada Geese, 337 Greylag Geese, 10 Swift, 2 Hobby and 1 Little Egret were noted.

Belvide 10.8.16 Overcast NW 1

There was no sign of the Marsh Harrier up to 4.30pm. A Willow Tit trapped this morning is the first confirmed record since February last year. 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 LRP were on the north shore. The Little Egret was still present. 2 Wigeon were noted.

This mornings ringing session produced 1 Willow Tit, 28 Sedge Warbler, 18 Reed Warbler, 17 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Swallow, 5 House Martin.

Belvide 9.8.16 Cloudy NW 3-4

The juvenile Marsh Harrier flew in at 1.20pm and landed in the SE bay. It appeared again at the west end from 4.25pm-6pm at least. 9 Black-tailed Godwit (6 juvs) dropped in at 1.30pm, also 2 Redshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew, 1 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were present. A Little Egret was on the north shore. 31 Gadwall, 6 Teal and 7 Shoveler were counted. 2 Spotted Flycatcher were seen at the west end this morning.

Belvide 8.8.16 Cloudy NW 3

A decent day with signs that migration is gathering momentum. The juvenile Marsh Harrier was present at 6.40am but didn’t show again until 4pm when it flew in and landed on the north shore. 2 Whimbrel dropped in at 2pm before flying off west at 2.30pm. A total of 10 Black-tailed Godwit were present with 6 grounded and 4 flying thru. Also 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper and 4 Common Sandpiper were present. A 1st summer Arctic Tern was present around 9am. 6 Wigeon and 2 Goosander were new. the 2cy Med Gull and a juv Yellow-legged Gull were present this afternoon.

Belvide 7.8.16 Fair WSW 4-5

The juvenile Marsh Harrier (top photo by Martyn Pitt) has performed very well all day ranging over the whole reserve. The juv Ruff was still on the north shore, also a Ringed Plover dropped in early afternoon and 4 Common Sandpiper were noted. A Hobby flew west this afternoon. 13 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall and 83 Tufted Duck were counted.Marsh Harrier11Marsh Harrier7

Belvide 6.8.16 Sunny SSW 2-3

The juvenile Marsh Harrier was present again on the north shore between 11.55am-2pm when it drifted south. The imm Pied Flycatcher remains along the Gazebo bay. The juv Ruff was still on the north shore, also 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper were noted. Both the Little Egret and 2nd cy Med Gull remain, also an adult GBB Gull dropped in this afternoon. 5 Shoveler were counted.

A productive ringing session caught 46 Sedge Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap and 2 Lesser Whitethroat.Marsh Harrier3

Belvide 5.8.16 Cloudy WNW 2

2 juvenile Marsh Harriers were present today with one from 1.50pm being joined by a 2nd bird from 5.35pm. Both birds were still present at 6.45pm at least. A juvenile Ruff on the north shore was new for the year, also 3 Common Sandpiper and a Ringed Plover flew thru. An imm Pied Flycatcher was along the Gazebo bay. The 2nd cal year Med Gull Little Egret remain.Marsh Harrier5

Belvide 3.8.16 Afternoon Showers SW 4

A 1st summer Arctic Tern was at the west end briefly this afternoon. The 1st summer/2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was still present, also the Little Egret was showing well on the Chappell bund. 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 LRP and a Hobby were noted. This mornings ringing session produced 20 Reed Warbler, 20 Sedge Warbler, 28 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler and a Kingfisher.Little Egret

Belvide 2.8.16 Drizzle WSW 1-2

The Little Egret remains on the north shore. The 1st summer/2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was on the Chappell bund again this afternoon. 6 Common Sandpiper were present. A female Pochard with 1 half grown duckling was along the south east bay and is now the 3rd consecutive year the species has bred. 3 Lesser Whitethroat were along the SE bay. 164 Mallard and 15 Gadwall were counted.Med Gull4

The Purple Swamphen at Minsmere 1.8.16

Yesterday afternoon news was broadcast that a Western Purple Swamphen had been found at Minsmere RSPB reserve and present for it’s second day. With several other records of post breeding dispersing birds in France recently, this bird looks like it will be the first acceptable wild bird in Britain.My usual crew was assembled to arrive at Minsmere at dawn. After just a 10 minute wait the Swamphen appeared on the edge of the reeds and eventually performed very well to the gathered crowd.

News from Belvide today included the Little Egret still on the north shore. The 1st summer/2nd winter Mediterranean Gull on the Chappell bund this afternoon. 2 Hobby were present this morning. 2 Common Sandpiper and a Green Woodpecker were noted.Swamphen4Swamphen3

Belvide 31.7.16 Overcast W 2

A Muntjac Deer swam across the reservoir from the south shore to the fishing club car park at 1pm. A Little Egret on the north shore was only the 2nd bird of the year. 11 Black-tailed Godwit flew thru at 1.50pm, with another 4 on the north shore this evening, also 5 Common Sandpiper and a Dunlin flew thru this morning. The Peacock remains in the reservoir plantation.MuntjacBlackwits2

Belvide 30.7.16 Cloudy NNW 2-3

The 1st sum/2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was still present this morning. A Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Snipe were at the west end. 3 Teal, 5 Pochard and 1 Shoveler were counted. An adult male Peacock in the reservoir plantation was a most unexpected new addition to the Belvide exotica list. My thanks to Nigel Talbot for keeping the blog ticking over while I’ve been away.Peacock

Belvide 26.7.16 Westerly cloudy warm.

Slow today with 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail on the spill weir, the brood of Tufted Ducks with six young is still intact and the Great Crested Grebe still as one young.

There is a work party organised for this Sunday 31st if anyone can spare a few hours, with some gravel to spread around the car park entrance and erect a scaffold perching rail at the west end, meet 930am on the car park.