Belvide 3.8.15 Cloudy SW 3

An adult Arctic Tern was present with 46 Common Tern. The 2 eclipse drake Garganey remain at the west end, also 3 Wigeon and 81 Cormorant were counted. 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 LRP, 10 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were noted. A flock of 25 House Sparrow were dust bathing near the car park gate were definitely note worthy. A Hobby and 5 Raven were seen this afternoon.

Belvide 1.8.15 Cloudy SSW 2

The 2 eclipse drake Garganey were still at the west end, also 12 Shoveler were present. 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP and 1 Dunlin were noted. A Hobby was seen a few times.

The ringing group caught 28 Sedge Warbler, 20 Reed Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

A Garden Tiger Moth was at the west end this morning. It is certainly the first I have seen at Belvide. It has declined by 89% over the last 30 years and is a protected species in Britain.Garden Tiger

Belvide 29.7.15 Showery NW 2-3

2 eclispse drake Garganey (photo) were new arrivals, also 11 Teal and 2 Shoveler were counted. A Black-tailed Godwit was at the west end, also 1 Dunlin, 12 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank and 265 Lapwing were noted. A juvenile Green Woodpecker was over the north side. An imm Peregrine was present this afternoon. The ringing group this morning caught 22 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Sand Martin.Garganey

Belvide 25.7.15 Cloudy NW 2-3

A Whimbrel was present on the north shore mid afternoon before flying off west. Also 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 13 Common Sandpiper and 5 LRP were present. A Hobby was seen several times this morning. The juvenile Cuckoo remains just out of the Gazebo bay on the west side. 1 Wigeon, 5 Shelduck and 1 Shelduck were noted.

My thanks to Nigel Talbot for looking after the blog while I was away.

Belvide 22.7.15 Cloudy Westerly 24Kmph

This evenings session produced 18 Common Sandpiper, 10 L.R.P, 6 Dunlin, the juvenile Cuckoo was showing well tonight in the usual area just past the second bench in Gazebo bay, a pleasing note was evidence that Water Rail have succsessfully bred on the reserve again with a juvenile bird showing in the corner of the south east bay bund, also the female Wigeon is still present.


Belvide 18.07.15…Clear Sunny S.W. 15 Kmph

Not a bad day which got off to a good start with a suprise juv Grasshopper Warbler caught by Brewood ringers early this morning, 10 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank. 1 Greenshank, 6 summer plumage Black Tailed Godwit, 14 L.R.P, the juvenile Cuckoo was performing well again today just past Gazebo bay both sides of the path ( photo’s by Martyn Pitt ) also a Hobby was present.

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Belvide 17.7.15 Cloudy WSW 3-4

The juvenile Cuckoo continues to perform. This time 20 yards just out of the Gazebo bay on the west side. 11 LRP and 9 Common Sandpiper were present. An early WeBS count produced 1 Wigeon, 37 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 93 Tufted Duck, 860 Coot, 14 GC Grebe, 60 Mute Swan and 110 Canada Geese.

I’m away for a week now, so Nigel Talbot has kindly agreed to up date the blog. If you have any news you can still text me or leave a comment. Also another reminder about the moth night this Saturday. Meet in the car park at 10pm and keep noise to an absolute minimum.Cuckoo7

Belvide 16.7.15 Overcast ESE 2

The juvenile Cuckoo was again showing well along the Gazebo bay. 12 Common Sandpiper were on the dam, also 1 Dunlin and 7 LRP were present. 4 Siskin flew north this afternoon. An imm Peregrine was noted.

The planned moth night has been put back to this Saturday evening. Anyone wishing to attend, please meet in the car park around 10pm. Please be aware that there is a resident next to the car park, so please be very quiet throughout your visit.Cuckoo4Cuckoo5

Belvide 15.7.15 Overcast am/Sunny pm N 3

Probably up to 22 drake Common Scoter were present today. 14 were present until 9.15am when they were seen to fly off. I arrived this afternoon to find 8 drakes. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore, also 2 Dunlin, 5 LRP, and 9 Common Sandpiper were present. The juvenile Cuckoo was showing well along the Gazebo bay. The female Wigeon was still present.Common ScoterCuckoo3

Belvide 13.7.15 Rain SW 1-2

Sadly the Wigeon duckling from yesterday was nowhere to be seen with it’s mother. 14 Common Sandpiper and 4 LRP were present. A new brood of 10 Gadwall were at the west end.

A date for your diary. This coming Friday a moth night is planned. Keep tuned to the blog for final details. This is all weather permitting of course.

Belvide 12.7.15 Patchy am Rain WSW 2-3

The main highlight today was a female Wigeon with 1 duckling along the dam. This is the first ever breeding record in Staffordshire and the WMBC region. A pair of Wigeon were present throughout May and were observed as a pair until the 11th June with the male remaining until the 16th. It’s just a pity there wasn’t more that hatched as this little fella will do well to survive.

I was a little surprised to read that the estimated British breeding population is between 300-500 pairs, mostly in northern England and Scotland. It still doesn’t hide the fact that this is a fantastic ornithological record, certainly in a local context.

A single Black-tailed Godwit was at the west end, also 10 LRP and 10+ Common Sandpiper were present. A Red Kite drifted south west at 2.35pm. A pair of Spotted Flycatcher were along the Gazebo bay. 650 Coot were counted.Wigeon

Staffs Mega Red Footed Falcon in Stoke

Yesterday evening news was broadcast that a 1st summer male Red-footed Falcon had been photographed at Chatterley Whitfield Colliery in the Potteries.

Phil Jones checked it out early this morning and found the bird happily sat in a horse paddock. Red-footed Falcon is a Staffs mega with only 3 previous records and the first twitchable bird since a male at Chasewater from May 28th-June 6th 1973. The other records are a male at Brewood August 23rd 1977 and one over Essington 27th July 2002.

I arrived around 8.30ish to find the bird still sat happily in the horse paddock wondering what all the fuss was about. The bird would at times fly up to overhead wires to seek it’s prey and would then dive down to take a beetle or grub. At one point it hovered a few yards in front of us not bothered at all.

At Belvide, great news that a juvenile Cuckoo is being fed by Reed Warblers along the Gazebo bay. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew west at 11.05am, also 9 LRP and 8 Common Sandpiper were noted.

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