Belvide 29.9.16 Cloudy W 4-5

The Great White Egret and Little Egret were still on the north shore. The Black-necked Grebe was off the Chappell hide. 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper were present. 6 Pintail (photo), 41 Pochard, 245 Teal, 110 Shoveler and 43 GC Grebe were counted.

The Blog might be delayed as I’m hopefully off to Barra tonight to see an Eastern Kingbird.Pintail

Belvide 28.9.16 Cloudy SSW 2-3

The Great White Egret remains on the north shore, also a Little Egret was present this afternoon. The Black-necked Grebe was off the Chappell hide. A Common Sandpiper was on the dam. 5 Pintail and 33 Pochard were counted. 2 Siskin flew south this afternoon. There was a 2nd hand report of a Marsh Harrier this morning.

There will be a work party this Sunday. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help. Gloves and tools are provided.

Belvide 26.9.16 Rain SSE 2-3

Dave Cashmore found a Great White Egret this morning that showed well ranging between the north and south shore. It was present until 6.20pm when it flew off south. This is the 6th record for Belvide and the first since the 29th October 2014. A Little Egret was present this morning. The Black-necked Grebe was off the Chappell hide. A single Dunlin and 19 Snipe were at the west end. 5 Pintail, 1 Peregrine and a Reed Warbler were noted.GW Egret5GW EgretGW Egret2GW Egret3

Belvide 24.9.16 Cloudy S 3-4

The Black-necked Grebe was ranging between the Scott hide and Gazebo hide. 7 Pintail, 82 Wigeon, 160 Shoveler, 197 Teal and 73 Gadwall were counted. 2 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper were noted. A Little Egret was on the north shore. A Vis Mig watch off the dam between 0715-0845 produced 1 Hobby, 75 Swallow, 34 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 26 Meadow Pipit and 20 Linnet.

A reminder there is a work party tomorrow. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 21.9.16 Afternoon Showers SE 1-2

The Black-necked Grebe was still present. A male Stonechat was below the dam, also 100+ Meadow Pipit, 100+ Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 6 White Wagtail. A Hobby flew south this afternoon. 2 Pintail, 142 Shoveler, 50 Wigeon, 420 Tufted Duck and 27 Pochard were counted. A Dunlin flew thru late afternoon.

This mornings ringing session caught 33 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Rail and 1 Kingfisher.

Belvide 20.9.16 Overcast Calm

The Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay. 5 Pintail were present. 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Curlew were on the north shore. 100 + Meadow Pipits were in fields below the dam.

The next work part will be this Sunday. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help. Tools and gloves are provided.

Belvide 19.9.16 Overcast N 2

A Little Stint (photo) on the north shore was the first of the autumn, also 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper were present. A drake Scaup opposite the Chappell hide was new. The Black-necked Grebe remains, also 2 Pintail and 60 Wigeon were counted. A Spotted Flycatcher was along the west end lane. Little Stint

Belvide 18.9.16 Fair W 1-2

The first Cetti’s Warbler of the year was ranging between the Gazebo bay and 100 yards back to the West End Hide. 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 6 Snipe and 173 Lapwing were on the north shore. Today’s WeBS count produced 1 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 37 GC Grebe, 1 Shelduck, 1 Pintail, 52 Wigeon, 248 Teal, 122 Shoveler, 73 Gadwall, 190 Mallard, 365 Tufted Duck, 23 Pochard, 668 Coot, 18 Mute Swan, 150 Canada Geese, 22 Greylag Geese, 6 Grey Heron and 84 Cormorant.

Belvide 16.9.16 Cloudy NW 4

The Grey Partridge was again present along the north shore this afternoon. The Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay. 3 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew and 1 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. A Hobby flew thru this morning. 103 Shoveler, 20 Wigeon and 32 GC Grebe were counted.

A reminder that there is a work party this Sunday. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help.BN Grebe4

Belvide 15.9.16 Morning Fog NNW 1-2

A Grey Partridge at the west end this evening was the first since 2014. An imm/fem Merlin flew west at 3pm. The Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay, also 7 Little Grebe were present. 51 Wigeon was a noticable increase. 8 Dunlin were noted with 5 flying thru and 3 grounded. 4 Golden Plover flew north this afternoon, also 2 Curlew and a Common Sandpiper were present.

Belvide 14.9.16 Sunny ESE 2-3

The juvenile Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay. 2 Curlew were on the north shore and 2 Common Sandpiper were on the dam. A Wheatear was on the ploughed field behind the dam, also a Whitethroat was at the west end. 82 Shoveler and 23 Pochard were counted. This mornings ringing session trapped 47 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 7 Reed Warbler and a Grey Wagtail.

Belvide 13.9.16 Thundery Showers N 2

The afternoon thundery weather encouraged some wader passage. The first Grey Plover of the year flew west at 2.33pm. 10 juvenile Turnstone (photo) dropped on the north shore between 3.46pm-4pm when they flew off west. Also 5 Ringed Plover flew thru and 2 Common Sandpiper were on the dam. The Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay. 2 Common Tern were still present. 14 Wigeon, 149 Teal and 70 Shoveler were counted.Turnstone

Belvide 12.9.16 Overcast SSE 3

6 Knot dropped on the north shore between 1pm-2pm when they flew off, also 9 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 7 Snipe were present. 15 Common Tern were present this afternoon. A male Redstart was below the dam.

The first work party of the autumn will be this Sunday. Please meet in the car park at 9.30am if you can help. Gloves and tools are provided.

Belvide 11.9.16 Fair SSW 2-3

The juvenile Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay. A male and female Redstart were in the hedge below the dam. 9 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. 3 Hobby and a Peregrine were noted this afternoon. 130 Teal were counted.

I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours at Upton Warren this morning to see a Baird’s Sandpiper that has been present since Friday. It’s been 20 years since my last visit there. The bird performed very well picking around in the shallows, which is a first for the reserve and Worcestershire. A good supporting cast of Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Avocet shows what a smashing reserve this is and a credit to John Belsey and his team.Baird's Sand2

Belvide 10.9.16 Drizzle N 1

The Black-necked Grebe remains in the south east bay. 2 juv Turnstone dropped in briefly on the north shore at 1.10pm, also 2 Ruff, 11 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 16 Snipe were present. Migrants today included a Tree Pipit south at 8.30am, also at least 28 Meadow Pipit thru. 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Redstart and 2 Yellow Wagtail were noted. 2 adult Arctic Tern flew thru early morning, also 4 Common Tern remain. 1 Pintail and 12 Wigeon were counted.

Belvide 8.9.16 Cloudy WSW 3-4

A juvenile Black-necked Grebe was at the west end before relocating to the south east bay this evening. 13 Black Tern (2ad + 11 juvs) dropped in at 12.32pm, also 4 Common Tern were present. 2 Ruff, 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 4 Snipe were on the north shore. An Egyptian Goose with 257 Greylag Geese was the first of the year, also 104 Teal were counted. 2 Redstart were in the hedge below the dam.BN Grebe3Black Tern3

Belvide 7.9.16 Cloudy SSE 2

The first male Wheatear of the autumn was on power lines below the dam this afternoon and also highlights how scarce this species has become at Belvide. A Whinchat, Redstart and Whitethroat were also in the hedge that runs away from the dam. 1 Pintail, 9 Wigeon, 97 Shoveler and 993 Coot were counted. 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper and 268 Lapwing were on the north shore. 4 Common Tern, 1 Hobby and an imm Peregrine were noted. An imm Water Rail was showing along the north shore this afternoon.

Belvide 6.9.16 Overcast Humid SW 1-2

2 drake Common Scoter were new arrivals. Wader passage seems to be improving with 5 juvenile Turnstone briefly on the north shore at 3.37pm. 9 Ruff were present this afternoon, with 7 flying off, also 10 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 6 Snipe were noted. 4 Pintail, 89 Teal, 88 Shoveler were counted. 3 Common Tern remain. A Peregrine and Hobby were present this afternoon. 3 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted this evening.Common Scoter4Snipe

Belvide 5.9.16 Overcast SSW 2

2 Curlew Sandpiper were on the north shore briefly at 1.25pm. 2 juv Knot were new, also 9 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover and 3 Ruff were present. 3 Common Tern remain. A Spotted Flycatcher was along the Gazebo bay.

Saturday’s all day bird race results as follows. Middleton 97, Belvide 89, Grimley 88, Ladywalk 87, Sandwell Valley 81, Upton Warren 80 and Marsh Lane 76. Venus Pool 73, Earlswood 57.Knot

Belvide 4.9.16 Overcast WNW 3

4 Ruff remain on the north shore, also 4 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 1 Green Sandpiper and 4 Common Sandpiper were present. 2 Swift flew thru this morning, also 2 Common Tern were noted.

Here is yesterday’s species list. 1 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Goose, 4 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 7 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 9 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 11 RL Partridge, 12 Pheasant, 13 Little Grebe, 14 GC Grebe, 15 Cormarant, 16 Little Egret, 17 Grey Heron, 18 Buzzard, 19 Sparrowhawk, 20 Kestrel, 21 Hobby, 22 Peregrine, 23 Water Rail, 24 Moorhen, 25 Coot, 26 LRP, 27 Ringed Plover, 28 Lapwing, 29 Green Sandpiper, 30 Common Sandpiper, 31 Snipe, 32 Ruff, 33 BH Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 35 Yellow-legged Gull, 36 LBB Gull, 37 Common Tern, 38 Arctic Tern, 39 Feral Pigeon, 40 Stock Dove, 41 Wood Pigeon, 42 Collared Dove, 43 Tawny Owl, 44 Swift, 45 Kingfisher, 46 Green Woodpecker, 47 GS Woodpecker, 48 Sand Martin, 49 House Martin, 50 Swallow, 51 Tree Pipit, 52 Pied Wagtail, 53 Grey Wagtail, 54 Yellow Wagtail, 55 Dunnock, 56 Robin, 57 Redstart, 58 Blackbird, 59 Blackcap, 60 Lesser Whitethroat, 61 Whitethroat, 62 Sedge Warbler, 63 Reed Warbler, 64 Willow Warbler, 65 Chiffchaff, 66 Goldcrest, 67 Wren, 68 Great Tit, 69 Coal Tit, 70 Blue Tit, 71 Marsh Tit, 72 LT Tit, 73 Nuthatch, 74 Treecreeper, 75 Magpie, 76 Jay, 77 Jackdaw, 78 Rook, 79 Crow, 80 Raven, 81 Starling, 82 House Sparrow, 83 Tree Sparrow, 84 Chaffinch, 85 Linnet, 86 Goldfinch, 87 Greenfinch, 88 Bullfinch, 89 Reed Bunting.

Belvide 3.9.16 Rain SSW 2-3

An all day bird race ended with a final tally of 89 species. Highlights included 6 Arctic Tern that dropped in at midday, also 6 Common Tern were present. 3 Tree Pipit flew south at 7.40am, also 2 Redstart were below the dam. 6 Swift flew thru over the day. 4 Ruff, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper and 4 Snipe were the only waders noted. 133 Shoveler, 20 Pochard and 128 Cormorant were counted. 2 Hobby an imm Peregrine and Little Egret were noted. A full list of today’s sightings will be on tomorrows blog. A special mention to Sue Judge and Rita Bate for preparing some delicious sausage and onion baps and soup, to keep the team going for the rest of the day.Arctic TERN32016 Autumn

Belvide 2.9.16 Overcast/am Drizzle W 2-3

3 Redstart were in the hedge below the dam.4 Ruff, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Snipe were present. 2 Swift flew thru this afternoon, also 4 Common Tern were present. 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Hobby were noted.

Tomorrow, Belvide will take part in the autumn all dayer against Upton Warren, Blithfield, Grimley, Earlswood, Middleton, Sandwell Valley and Venus Pool.

Belvide 31.8.16 Fair W 3

4 Ruff, 3 LRP and 5 Common Sandpiper were present. Both Hobby and Peregrine were seen this afternoon. A Spotted Flycatcher was along the south east bay. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull dropped in late afternoon. 145 Shoveler, 23 GC Grebe, 5 Little Grebe and 102 Cormorant were counted. 2 Swift flew thru early morning, also 3 Common Tern were noted.