A 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull was at the west end this afternoon, also a Common Sandpiper was noted.
2 Common Sandpiper were on the Chappell bund. It is looking very likely that the 2 Oystercatcher chicks on the north shore have been predated. A Gadwall chick was eaten by a Grey Heron this afternoon.
With Belvide being so quiet, the chance for a trip to Norfolk was too good to turn down. A Great Knot has been present in the Titchwell/Scolt Head area for over 2 weeks and not having seen one since the skip pool creek bird in 2004, it would be good to see one again.
The bird performed well to an early morning crowd at Holme dunes before we arrived and is superbly captured by Nigel Talbot’s photo below. The bird flew back to Scolt Head, where it stayed until mid afternoon before flying back to Holme where we saw it well. The day was complemented with good views of Spotted Redshank (photo), Spoonbill, Ruff, Barwits, Blackwits, Avocets and Marsh Harriers.
Some good news today is the first successful breeding attempt by a pair of BH Gulls on the shingle island. A newly hatched chick could be seen. The only previous attempts was a unsuccessful pair pair in 1962 and a pair sat for a week last year. With 3 other pairs still sat on nests, hopefully it won’t be long before more chicks are hatching.
6 Black-tailed Godwit flew thru to the south east at midday. A Common Sandpiper was on the Chappell bund. A new brood of 10 Gadwall chicks were on the north shore. 2 Shelduck and 29 Mute Swans were counted. A Hobby was hawking dragonflies this afternoon.
A juvenile Water Rail was by the West End Hide this morning. A single LRP and 70+ Lapwing were noted.
The first returning Common Sandpiper was on the SE bay bund, also 4 LRP were on the Chappell bund this morning. A Spotted Flycatcher was in the hedge beyond the spill weir.
A Curlew flew west this afternoon. 19 Pochard were counted including 14 males and 5 females. 6 Raven were over the dam this afternoon.
An incident happened yesterday evening which involved 2 men who stole our boat and went out onto the reservoir armed with high powered rifles shooting at the birds. Luckily they were challenged by members of Brewood Anglers who were on site at the time. The 2 men bailed out of the boat and run off along the dam where they sped off in a blue astra which was parked on the A5. Can I please request that anyone who visits the reserve, can they please be vigilant regarding any suspicious activity. There are phone numbers at the back of the hide if you do see anything suspicious. Thank you.
The reservoir is now brimming full again. It has flooded out a BH Gulls nest that was on a tree stump along the south east bay. The pair of Oystercatchers nesting on the shingle island have failed. A new brood of 9 Gadwall were at the west end. A Green Woodpecker and 3 Grey Wagtail were by the spill weir this morning. The first Painted Lady of the year was below the dam.
The only news received today was a Hobby catching dragonflies this afternoon and 2 Yellowhammer singing with one at the west end and the other below the dam.
Very quiet this morning. 6 Oystercatcher were present plus 2 chicks still surviving on the north shore. The 3 pairs of Mute Swans have had a very poor success rate in keeping their cygnets. The West Marsh pair have 1 cygnet from 5. The South East bay pair also have just 1 cygnet from 5, and the north shore pair appears to have lost all 7 of their cygnets over the last 3 days. It is a total mystery what is taking these birds when you compare how good Canada Geese are at keeping alive their young with 53 goslings this year.
An Osprey flew thru to the north at 1.20pm. The torrential rain that we have had over the last 48 hours has resulted in the reservoir level rising by at least 6 inches covering over any exposed shoreline.. This has meant that the LRP’s nest on the north shore has been flooded out. It also seems to have pushed a lot of the wildfowl off with Gadwall down to 10 from 94 and Teal down to 5 from 23. 3 female Shoveler were noted.
2 Redshank on the north shore were the only birds of note on a short visit.
A Red Kite was sat in a cut silage field along the Shropshire Union canal between Belvide and Brewood between 0830-1150 hrs. A Hobby was perched in a tree beyond the west marsh this afternoon. A 1st summer Yellow-legged Gull dropped in late afternoon. 2 Water Rail chicks were seen along the footpath near the West End Hide.
Very quiet today. A Curlew flew thru this morning, also 4 LRP were at the west end. The Oystercatcher chicks on the north shore are down to 2. The first Gadwall brood of 6 were at the west end.
News received to day included a Greenshank heard only. A single Redshank and 2 LRP were on the north shore. 13 Greylag Geese were counted.
Teal have increased to 20. A Curlew and 2 LRP were on the north shore. The Spotted Flycatcher nest in the plantation has been raided, probably by a Magpie or Jay.
Teal have increased to 17 including 13 drakes. 59 Lapwing were the first signs of failed breeders from elsewhere. The 3 Oystercatcher chicks from the Chappell hide have swam across the reservoir to the north shore. A male Yellowhammer was feeding young at the west end.
Very quiet today. There was no sign of any Turnstone. Teal have increased to 6, also 92 Gadwall were counted. There are now 3 Mute Swan broods. A new brood of 7 cygnets are on the north shore. The west end pair have just 1 cygnet left and the south east bay pair have 3 cygnets.
The 2 Turnstone were on the west end bund this morning, also 1 Ringed Plover, 6 LRP and 20 Lapwing were present. The WeBS count produced 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 85 Gadwall, 104 Mallard, 4 Shelduck, 15 Pochard, 63 Tufted Duck, 212 Coot, 3 Greylag Geese, 24 Canada Geese, 20 Mute Swan and 6 GC Grebe.
The 2 Turnstone were still present, ranging between the west end and Chappell bund, also 2 Ringed Plover, 6 LRP and a Curlew were present. An Arctic Tern was new. A drake Teal, 4 Shoveler and 15 Gadwall were counted.
An Osprey flew over to the west at 1.10pm, also a Red Kite flew over late morning. At least 1 Turnstone was still present, also 1 Ringed Plover and 5 LRP were noted. 6 Shelduck were counted.
The 2 Turnstone remain either on the Chappell or SE Bay bunds. Also 6 LRP and a Curlew flew west late afternoon.. A Red Kite flew over to the north at 2.25pm, also a Hobby was chasing Swifts this afternoon. A 3rd Summer Yellow-legged Gull (photos) was on the north shore with 127 LBB Gulls which is an unusual summer gathering for the reserve. 6 Shelduck and 13 Pochard were counted.
The 2 Turnstone were commuting between the Chappell and South East bay bunds this afternoon, also 5 LRP were on the north shore. 92 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and 8 Pochard were counted.
The 2 Turnstone were still present on the Chappell hide bund, also 1 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover and 4 LRP were present. 87 Gadwall and 4 Shelduck were counted.
A Turnstone on the shingle island was new for the year, also an LRP was on the north shore. 3 Oystercatcher chicks remain in the Chappell island. 2 Red Kite flew thru, with one east at 11am and another south at 1.15pm. Also a Hobby was seen this morning. 13 Pochard (10 drakes) and 5 Shelduck were counted.