A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the west end, also a 1st summer Common Gull was present. A Black-tailed Godwit was present early morning only, also 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 LRP and 6 Snipe were noted. The Little Egret remains on the north shore.
A Sanderling was on the north shore this morning, also 8 LRP, 5 Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipe were noted. The Little Egret remains at the west end. 152 Mallard and 111 Greylag Geese were counted. An Imm Peregrine flew over this afternoon. This mornings ringing session produced 19 Reed Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and 4 Reed Bunting. A big thank you to Nigel Talbot for updating the blog while I was away.
This mornings visit was interrupted when a possible American or Pacific Golden Plover was found at Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve. On arrival a small group was gathered and understandably were cautious with the birds identity. The bird was an adult just starting to moult. The upperparts showed a nice golden spangled look. The tertials were long and covered most of the primaries with only 2-3 primary tips visible. This gave it a less attenuated appearance. The legs were very long with the tibia and tarsus being equal in length. The flanks also showed white on the upperflanks just below the wings. The vent area was also blotchy black and white. All these features were good for a PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER. This is the first record for Staffordshire and the West Midland Bird club region.
Another blistering hot day with little change from yesterday 4 Common Sandpiper…7 L.R.P…1 Dunlin…1 Green Sandpiper…1 Little Egret…2 Green Woodpeckers were seen behind the dam this morning.
The scorching hot weather continues with temperatures reaching 29 degrees in the west mids today nice weather for sun bathing but not for us birders but still we have to make the most of it,anyway very quiet today with only 5 L.R.P…2 Dunlin…5 Common Sandpiper…the Little Egret remains present.
Very slow today with only 6 Common Sandpiper…2 L.R.P…and the Little Egret reported,on another note this mornings ringing session produced 10 Chiff Chaff…14 Reed Warbler…6 Sedge Warbler…6 Blackcap…1 Garden Warbler and 2 Kingfishers, another session is planned for this Saturday morning.
Some improvement today with 2 Green Sandpiper…1 Redshank…1 Dunlin…3 Common Sandpiper…5 L.R.P…2 Snipe…the Little Egret remains present,just to let people know there is a ringing session planned for tomorrow morning if anyone is interested.
Very slow today with only 2 L.R.P…3 Common Sandpiper…2 Dunlin reported,a ringing session this morning produced 25 Reed Warbler… 14 Blackcap…7 Chiff Chaff…2 sedge Warbler.. and 1 Juv Kingfisher but still no Common whitethroat caught so looking like its been a very poor year for them this year on the reserve.
Not much change from yesterday 9 L.R.P…5 Common Sandpiper…3 Dunlin…3 Snipe,the Little egret was at the west end,the lucistic Blackcap was seen again today near the bench just before the Chapel hide,2 Raven were circling and calling above the car park.
A day of heavy rain and storms produced 11 L.R.P…8 Common Sandpiper…1 Dunlin, the Little Egret was still present this morning perched in the willows Gazebo bay,also 2 Juvenile Goosander dropped in just after mid day.
The Little Egret remains at the west end. 10 LRP, 8 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and 3 Oystercatcher were on the north shore. A Hobby flew over this morning. Teal have increased to 17. 6 Little Grebe were at the west end and confirmed breeding of 2 young in the south east bay has been reported to me today.
I’m off on my holidays for a week, so Nigel Talbot has kindly agreed to update the blog while I’m away. Updates might not be daily unless permit holders report their sightings on the comments section, or they can text me so I can forward it on to Nigel.
6 Black-tailed Godwit were at the west end, also 1 Dunlin, 17 LRP and 7 Common Sandpiper were present. The Little Egret was still at the west end. 22 Common Tern were counted.
6 Black-tailed Godwit were at the west end, also 3 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 11 Common Sandpiper, 20 LRP and 3 Oystercatcher were present. A Little Egret was on the south shore at the west end. A Hobby and 2 Lesser Whitethroat were noted.
This mornings ringing session caught 15 Blackcap including the leucistic individual (photo by Paul Hopwood) 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 5 Reed Warbler.
Pretty similar to yesterday with 16 LRP and 8 Common Sandpiper present. A Lapwing was with a single chick in the field just south of the south east bay. 6 Teal and 8 Shoveler were counted.
Pretty quiet today with 14 LRP and 6 Common Sandpiper the only birds of note.
At 8.46am a flock of 15 Common Scoter including 14 drakes dropped in at the west end. (flight shot by Martyn Pitt) The Webs count produced 7 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 124 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 41 Tufted Duck, 670 Coot, 74 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose and 42 Mute Swan. There was a new brood of 8 Gadwall, this means there are now 9 broods totalling 54 young.
18 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 8 Common Sandpiper and 3 Oystercatcher were noted. A Lesser Whitethroat was near the West End Hide. 10 Common Tern were counted.
2 Whimbrel flew thru to the south east at 9am, also 1 Dunlin, 10 Common Sandpiper and 15 LRP were present. A juvenile Wheatear was on the north shore. A leucistic Blackcap was seen along the south east bay.
2 Dunlin were new arrivals, also 11 LRP and 10 Common Sandpiper were present. A Hobby was at the west end this afternoon. 2 Water Rail were calling in the west marsh. The 2 Common Tern chicks on the shingle island have fledged with another pair feeding an unknown total of young on the island. The young Pochard brood is down to 3. Tufted Duck broods include 18.104.22.168
11 Common Sandpiper were on the dam, also 2 LRP were on the north shore. The newer Pochard brood are down to 4 ducklings, also 9 adults were present. 10 Shoveler were counted. An imm Peregrine with an orange ring was present this afternoon.
An evening visit produced 4 Common Scoter (3 drakes) from the Gazebo hide, also Teal have increased to 8. 1 Redshank was new, also 10 Common Sandpiper, 8 LRP and 4 Oystercatcher were noted.
22 Black-tailed Godwit were present between 3.45-4.15pm when they flew off south east, also 1 Green Sandpiper, 11 Common Sandpiper and 13 LRP were present. The pair of Common Terns on the Chappell raft have at least 1 fledged youngster.
A new brood of 7 Pochard ducklings were infront of the Chappell hide this afternoon. This is excellent news following the older brood of 4 young that are well grown now. The estimated breeding population of Pochard in Britain is between 350-630 pairs and is thought to be in decline.. intact Gadwall broods of 22.214.171.124.5.3 were at the west end. 100 Mallard were counted. A single Dunlin flew thru this afternoon, also 15 LRP and 15 Common Sandpiper were present. A Lesser Whitethroat was by the Chappell hide.
A noticeable increase in Common Sandpiper with 26 present today. Also 8 LRP and 1 Oystercatcher were noted. The first ringing session of the season produced 15 Reed Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler and 11 Chiffchaff.
15 LRP were on the north shore, also Common Sandpiper have increased to 12. A new brood of 6 Tufted Duck were by the Chappell hide. 646 Coot were counted. A Willow Tit was by the West End Hide which is the first I’ve seen since February.
11 LRP and 5 Common Sandpiper were the only birds of note today.
A notice to permit holders. From tomorrow, fishing will be allowed for a four week period anywhere on the north shore. This is with agreement with Natural England.
13 LRP were on the north shore, also 5 Common Sandpiper were noted. A possible Roe Deer was seen briefly this morning near the ringing station.
9 Common Sandpiper including 7 on the dam and 8 LRP were present. 186 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 7 Shoveler and 2 Teal were counted.
Yesterday’s 2 Roseate Tern was the 7th record for Belvide and the 11th Staffordshire record. 9 on the 4th June 1941, 1 28th May 1955, 1 June 10th 1971, 1 June 24th 1972, 1 May 7th-8th 1980 and 1 June 4th 1983 are the Belvide dates.
The main highlight today were 2 superb adult ROSEATE TERNS that were present between 2.10-6.50pm when they flew off high to the south west. One of the birds had a ring on each leg. This is the 7th record for Belvide and the first since the 4th June 1983.Can I apologies to anyone I didn’t phone. Of all the days to forget my mobile phone, this was the day. Luckily another birder was on site to put the news out. 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 LRP and a Cuckoo were the other birds of note today.
A female Red-crested Pochard opposite the Gazebo hide was a new bird for the year. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore, also 7 Common Sandpiper, 4 LRP and 104 Lapwing were present. A Hobby flew over this afternoon. 490 Coot were counted.
Common Sandpiper have increased to 6 also 4 LRP were on the north shore. 2 new Gadwall broods of 10 and 8 appeared today.
3 LRP and a Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. 9 Shoveler were new arrivals, also 9 Teal and 151 Tufted Duck were counted.