Belvide 22.11.14 Overcast am/Fair pm SW 2

A Little Egret was at the west end also 10 Grey Heron were counted. 7 Dunlin were on the north shore this morning, also 10 Golden Plover and 791 Lapwing were present. A Chiffchaff was highly mobile between the Chappell hide and west lane. 188 Teal, 49 Wigeon, 15 Shoveler and 1 Goosander were counted.

A reminder that the next work party will be on Sunday 7th December.

Belvide 20.11.14 Cloudy SE 1

A 3rd winter Caspian Gull (photos) roosted this evening. This bird has been roosting for over a week with it only coming close enough tonight for me to be confident with the ID. Also 8 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted. A Dunlin flew thru this afternoon, also 566 Lapwing and 65 Snipe were at the west end. 1 Goosander was noted.

Belvide 17.11.14 Early Rain/Overcast NE 2-3

Another day when the conditions should have produced something yet failed again miserably. 5 Goosander, 1 Dunlin and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost was as good as it got. 4 Water Rail were calling from the Scott hide reed bed.

Can I request that when permit holders are using the hides that they close the shutters after them. Someone left the shutters in the Scott hide late yesterday to leave the hide soaking wet inside when I arrived this morning.

Belvide 16.11.14 Murky E/NE 2

Very quiet today. There was no sign of the Smew today. 4 Goosander were at the west end. 4 Shelduck dropped in this afternoon. 6 Golden Plover flew over. The leucistic LBB Gull (photo by Nigel Talbot) that was present from last winter was present this morning until 8.15am when it flew off west. 3 Lesser Redpoll were along the Gazebo bay.

Belvide 15.11.14 Murky E 1-2

The redhead Smew was still present though pretty mobile today. 6 Goosander, 19 Shoveler, 30 Wigeon, 33 Gadwall, 156 Teal and 352 Mallard were counted. A Dunlin flew thru at dusk. 11 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted this evening.

A reminder that there is a work party tomorrow. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 9.11.14 Fair SW 2

The redhead Smew was still present, also 7 Goosander and a female Pintail was new. 2 Dunlin and 45 Golden Plover were noted. A Cetti’s Warbler gave a burst of song in the Scott hide reed bed this morning. 3 Yellow-legged Gulls and an albino/leucistic LBB Gull roosted this evening.

Belvide 8.11.14 Rain Till 1pm SE/S 2-3

Surprise of the day was a juvenile Osprey that flew thru to the south at 1.45pm. It did attempt to land in the reservoir plantation but was pushed off by a Peregrine. This is by far the latest ever record at Belvide and Staffordshire. The previous latest Staffordshire records was a bird at Blithfield on the 6th November 2005 and Tittesworth on the 7th November 1976.

The redhead Smew reappeared today ranging between the south west corner and south east bay. The WeBS count produced 80 Goldeneye at dusk, 10 Goosander, 135 Teal, 17 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 250 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 28 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 36 Coot, 80 GC Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan and 156 Cormorant. 44 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 48 Snipe and 357 Lapwing were counted.

A reminder that there is a work party tomorrow. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.

Belvide 1.11.14 Cloudy SW 2-3

A Redhead Smew (flight shot by Martyn Pitt) dropped in at the west end at 12.35pm was a total surprise. It later relocated to the south east bay where it spent the rest of the afternoon. This is the earliest site record beating the previous earliest on the 5th November 1994. With the recent mild weather I wouldn’t have thought there are many in the country at the moment.

3 Goosander were still present, also 96 GC Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 87 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 21 Pochard and 119 Cormorant were counted. 22 Golden Plover and a Peregrine were noted. 141 Stock Dove were feeding in fields off the west lane.

A Vis Mig watch off the dam between 0710-0910hrs, saw the first proper push of winter thrushes. 585 Redwing, 197 Fieldfare (photo by Martyn Pitt), 3349 Wood Pigeon, 13 Stock Dove, 13 Jackdaw, 1 Brambling, 17 Chaffinch, 29 Linnet, 17 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, and 373 Starling.

A reminder that there is a work party tomorrow morning. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am. If possible please bring a spade.

Belvide 29.10.14 Murky/Drizzle E 2-3

Dave Cashmore found a Great White Egret on the north shore at 10.40am. It was present until 11.35am when it flew off east. An adult Kittiwake (photo) was in the roost 3.35-4pm when it flew off west. A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls, 9 Common Gulls and 5 GBB Gulls also roosted this evening. 5 Goosander were at the west end this afternoon, also 5 Shoveler, 9 Wigeon and 1 Little Grebe were counted. 2 Dunlin flew thru and a single Golden Plover was on the north shore. The Cetti’s Warbler was calling along the Gazebo bay.

Belvide 28.10.14 Cloudy SSW 2-3

As the end of October approaches the very quiet spell continues. The mild weather and south westerly winds have done nothing to encourage any decent arrival of winter visitors. I can’t remember winter thrush numbers being this low for this time of year. Wildfowl are also short in supply, especially Wigeon and Teal.

29 Golden Plover and 12 Snipe were at the west end. 116 Cormorant and 359 Greylag Geese were counted.

Belvide 27.10.14 Overcast SSW 3-4

The Cetti’s Warbler was calling on the west side of the Gazebo bay this afternoon. 18 Golden Plover were on the north shore. The 2 Goosander remain at the west end, also an adult Yellow-legged Gull was noted. 76 Coot were counted including a grey individual (photo) that has been present for the last few weeks.

A reminder that there is a work party this Sunday. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help. Gloves and tools are provided.

Belvide 25.10.14 Cloudy SW 2-3

A Vis Mig watch off the dam between 0730-1000hrs produced 2865 Wood Pigeon, 36 Stock Dove, 8 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 69 Chaffinch, 1 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 30 Linnet, 15 Goldfinch, 19 Greenfinch, 12 Reed Bunting, 27 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 64 Jackdaw, 87 Starling,9 Meadow Pipit.

There seems to be a distinct lack of wildfowl at the moment with 13 Goldeneye, 17 Pochard, 140 Tufted Duck, 9 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 77 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 150 Mallard and 2 Goosander.

The first 3 Fieldfare of the autumn flew over late morning. An imm Peregrine and 50+ Golden Plover were noted. Both photos below by Martyn Pitt