Belvide 1.9.15 Cloudy N/NNW 2

2 Tree Pipit at the west end this morning were the first of the year. A Redstart, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat were behind the spill weir. A Spotted Flycatcher was by the Gazebo hide. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore, also 6 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper and 4 Snipe were present. 1 Pintail, 72 Shoveler, 136 Teal, 11 Pochard and 2 Shelduck were counted.Redstart2

Belvide 31.8.15 Rain N/NNW 1-2

The weather conditions encouraged a touch of movement today. A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper flew thru at 3.10pm. The Spotted Redshank flew in at 10.53am, then flew out north again at 3.30pm. I’m happy to concede that this is the same bird that has been present the last 4 days. 53 Ringed Plover flew thru at 9.10am with another 5 on the ground. 1 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and 5 Snipe were also present. A juvenile Arctic Tern and 3 Common Tern were present this afternoon. The first Pintail of the autumn was at the west end, also 1 Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, 56 Shoveler, 167 Teal and 11 Pochard were counted. A Hobby was seen several times over the day. 1 Swift 1 Whitethroat and a Siskin was noted.Spotshank3

Belvide 30.8.15 Overcast N/NE 1

Yet another juv Spotted Redshank dropped in at 10.55am and flew off to the north at midday. 18 Common Sandpiper, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP and 2 Dunlin were also present. 4 Yellow Wagtail flew south this morning with another 3 on the north shore. A Garden Warbler was along the Gazebo bay and a Lesser Whitethroat was below the dam. The first Meadow Pipit of the autumn flew east. A juv Shelduck was new. A Hobby was catching dragonflies this morning.Spotshank2

Belvide 29.8.15 Cloudy SW 2

A juvenile Spotted Redshank dropped in with a Greenshank and a juv Black-tailed Godwit at 0740. The Spotshank was present until 10am with the other 2 moving on by late morning. 4 Ruff, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 6 Dunlin and 13 Common Sandpiper were also present. A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was at the west end. 6 Common Tern flew thru. 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler were below the dam. 4 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hobby and 1 Peregrine were noted. 247 Tufted Duck were counted.Spotshank

Belvide 23.8.15 Afternoon Rain ESE 2-3

3 Black Tern were present between 0615-0915 when they were chased off by a pesky Peregrine. 5 Ruff were on the north shore, also 13 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 LRP, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper and 7 Common Sandpiper were present. 2 Garganey, 110 Teal and 45 Shoveler were counted. A Spotted Flycatcher was along the SE bay and a Lesser Whitethroat was along the west lane.

Belvide 21.8.15 Overcast S 3

2 Black Tern (ad + juv) dropped in at 8.45am and were still present 4pm at least. The 2 Garganey were still at the west end, also the imm Goldeneye was still present. A Greenshank was present briefly along the south east bay, also 5 Ruff, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 LRP, 2 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe remain. At least 15 Swift and a Hobby were noted.

Belvide 20.8.15 Cloudy S 2-3

A Turnstone was on the north shore late morning until 1.20pm when it flew off. A Greenshank was present briefly, also 5 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 LRP, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were noted. The 2 Garganey were still present, also 32 Gadwall were counted. The male Redstart was still between the ringing station and Chappell hide with a Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroat.Redstart

Belvide 17.8.15 Overcast N 1-2

The 2 eclipde drake Garganey were still at the west end, also 69 Teal, 15 Shoveler and 3 Wigeon were counted. A Red Kite was seen beyond the dam mid morning. 2 Ruff, 6 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipe were on the north shore. An imm Peregrine, Hobby and Lesser Whitethroat were noted.

Bet has been in contact to thank everyone who attended Eric’s funeral.

“ I would like to say a big “Thank You” to all Eric’s friends that were able to attend the service
at the Crematorium.
I am sorry it has taken me so long to write to you all, I did try and get around to speak to
everyone on the day, but I hope you will understand if I did not speak with you.
“Thank You” also for the donations which amounted to £500, and have been forwarded to
Wildlife Trust.
Also a special “thank you” to the reverend John Cox for making the service a special
celebration of Eric`s life.
I wish you all good health and happy birding for the future.

Belvide 16.8.15 Fair Variable 1

First of all a late item of news for yesterday was an Osprey was present around 4.15pm.

A Greenshank was present early morning only, also 2 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and 511 Lapwing were counted. The WeBS count produced 2 Garganey, 48 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 207 Mallard, 102 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 32 GC Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 959 Coot, 328 Greylag Geese, 408 Canada Geese, 63 Mute Swan, 2 Black Swan 91 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail and 2 Kingfisher. 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler and an imm Peregrine were also noted.

Belvide 15.8.15 Cloudy WNW 2-3

The 2 eclipse drake Garganey were still at the west end. A Golden Plover flew east this morning, also 4 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper were present. A Little Egret was at the west end.

Of interest. Since July 4th a total of 250 Sedge Warblers have been trapped and ringed at Belvide.

Belvide 14.8.15 Heavy am Rain NW 2

A very enjoyable days birding with a good movement of birds throughout the day. A total of 13 Black Tern including 12 adults and 1 juvenile. 5 dropped in at 10.50am with another 8 at 2.45pm. 4 Arctic Tern passed thru including 1 adult and 3 juvs, also at least 15 Common Tern were present. A Bar-tailed Godwit flew thru at 9.40am. A Whimbrel was present between 10.40-11.15am then flew west. 19 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were also noted. The 2 Garganey remain at the west end, also 40 Teal and 2 Wigeon were counted. A Red Kite was beyond the dam early evening. At least 60 Swift flew thru.Black Tern2

Belvide 13.8.15 Overcast ENE 2-3

A juvenile Whinchat (photo) in the west marsh was only the 2nd record of the year. The 2 eclipse drake Garganey remain at the west end, also 29 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 31 GC Grebe and 332 Greylag Geese were counted. 4 Dunlin, 2 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were noted. 2 Lesser Whitethroat were along the west lane. 3 Swift flew thru this morning, also 3 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore.Whinchat

Belvide 9.8.15 Cloudy SW 2

The 2 eclipse drake Garganey remain at the west end, also 23 Teal and 96 Tufted Duck were counted. A 1st summer/2nd winter Mediterranean Gull (photo) was present on and off over the day. A Black-tailed Godwit was present until mid morning, also 1 LRP, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher and a Ringed Plover flew thru.Med Gull2

Belvide 8.8.15 Fair Variable 1-2

A juvenile Mediterranean x BH Gull hybrid was present most of the morning. Note the mixed features in the photos below, showing dark centered scalloped scapulars as Med. The bill is dark brown like Med but without the bulk like BH Gull. The wing pattern shows reduced black in the primaries with white innner webs to p10-9 and 8. Also a distinct black secondary bar is evident.

A juvenile Ruff was at the west end. 2 Redshank, 1 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover flew thru this morning, also 5 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper were noted. The 2 eclipse drake Garganey remain at the west end, also 1 Wigeon, 13 Shoveler, 234 Mallard, 1 Goosander and 2 Black Swan were counted. A juvenile Spotted Flycatcher was along the west lane. A probable juvenile Cuckoo was seen briefly in flight at the west end.Med x BH GullMed x BH Gull2

Belvide 5.8.15 Overcast SSW 3-4

Some good news today with a pair of Spotted Flycatcher fledging 4 chicks in the reservoir plantation today. The 2 eclipse drake Garganey were still at the west end, also a female Goosander, 1 Wigeon, 15 Teal and 69 Mute Swan. 2 Dunlin, 10 Common Sandpiper and 1 Snipe were the only waders present. An imm Peregrine and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were present this afternoon. The ringing group caught 36 Sedge Warbler, 14 Reed Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcap.Spot Fly