Belvide 5.7.15 Cloudy Afternoon Shower SE 1-2

A Quail was calling distantly from the west lane this afternoon. A Greenshank dropped in at 12.30pm, also 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper and 12 LRP were present. The pair of Common Tern on the west shingle island have hatched at least 1 chick. A Siskin flew over this morning. 1 Shelduck was noted. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing 200 yards west of the car park gate.Greenshank

Belvide 4.7.15 Cloudy SE/SSW 2

A Black Tern at the west end was only our 2nd record of the year. A single Dunlin was on the north shore, also 5 Common Sandpiper and 10 LRP were noted. A female Pochard was with 2 ducklings which was quickly down to 1 by the afternoon. 3 Teal were also present. A Red-veined Darter was in front of the West End Hide this afternoon.Black Tern

Belvide 3.7.15 Cloudy E 2-3

5 Common Sandpiper were on the dam and 10 LRP were on the north shore. 2 Teal were noted. A Marbled White was at the west end which is only the 2nd record for the reserve, also a Silver Washed Fritillary was along the Gazebo bay.

Permit holders are again reminded that the fishing club have access along the whole of the north shore for a 28 day period beginning July 1st. Thank you.

Belvide 28.6.15 Early Rain SSW 2-3

2 Common Sandpiper were on the dam, also a Green Sandpiper was in the north west bund. Teal have increased to 6, also 1 Goldeneye and 550 Coot were counted. A Siskin flew over this morning.

A notice to permit holders that the Fishing Club will be allowed a 4 week period all along the north shore starting from the 1st July. This is in agreement with Natural England.

Belvide 27.6.15 Cloudy W 2

Another day where there was enough happening to keep the interest going. An adult summer Mediterranean Gull flew thru to the north west at 8.40am, was then followed by a Red Kite that drifted south at 8.55am. The first returning Common Sandpiper was on the north shore, also a Green Sandpiper and single Ringed Plover were noted. The 1st summer drake Goldeneye was still present also 4 drake Teal were counted. The Cuckoo was mobile along the south side this morning.Red Kite2Red Kite

Belvide 26.6.15 Cloudy with Showers WSW 1-2

A funny old day with a couple of decent birds to lift the summer doldrums. A Little Tern was picked out at 1pm and was still present 6.35pm at least. Interestingly this bird appeared to show a grey rump evident in the lower photo. An adult Little Stint on the north shore was an odd June record. The1st summer drake Goldeneye was still present, also 23 Pochard and 3 Teal were counted. The Cuckoo was still calling this evening.Little Tern2Little Tern3Little Tern

Belvide 22.6.15 Cloudy NW 3

Very quiet today. A pair of Spotted Flycatcher near the ringing station was unusual as there has been no sightings for a while. 9 Oystercatcher were on the north shore including 7 adults and 2 fledged young. 3 Gadwall broods were noted including 9,6 and 2 young.

A reminder that the funeral of Eric Phillips will take place tomorrow at Gornal Crem at 1.30pm.

Belvide 21.6.15 Cloudy WNW 3

A Red Kite flew thru to the north west at 1.10pm, also a Hobby was chasing Swallows this morning. A Redshank was on the Chappell bund, also 1 Curlew and 10 LRP were on the north shore.

Can you help make the club AGM Quorate?
As announced in the April WMBC Bulletin the Annual General Meeting of our Club will take place next Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 commencing at 7.30pm at the Carnegie Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN

Over the years the turnout for our AGM has shrunk but this year there is a real danger that the meeting may not be quorate despite only 20 members being needed to make it so. If it is not quorate no decisions can be made or votes taken including approving the annual accounts and voting back the executive committee.

Here at Belvide we we have a dedicated management team and an enthusiastic band of volunteers and we move from strength to strength. It is easy to overlook where the money comes from that we are so happy to spend to improve our beloved reserve. If this meeting is not quorate any plans we have for further improvements including our new ‘West Marsh’ hide will have to be put on hold until the meeting can be reconvened and heaven alone knows how long this will take.

There are no resignations on the committee, all of the officers are prepared to stand again so there is no fear of leaving with a job you don’t want.

The meeting itself will only take 30-45minutes and will be followed by a talk by Tracy Doherty on The Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership, but there is no reason why you can’t leave after the formal first part of the evening if you wish.

At the risk of sounding like a drama queen please please, I urge you, attend next Tuesday and ensure that our plans for Belvide can go ahead without a hitch.  Cheers Sue Judge

Belvide 19.6.15 Cloudy WNW 2

There was no sign of the Black-necked Grebe today. 1 Redshank, 6 LRP and a Shelduck were noted.

Meanwhile I had a second attempt at the Cretzschmar’s Bunting on Bardsey Island after my views on Monday were frustratingly obscure and brief. Today’s venture was equally frustrating with the bird choosing not to show between 11.30-3.30pm. However when it did come into feed it showed very well but only for 3 minutes. Although the views were short, I left feeling much happier I had seen the bird properly.

Belvide 18.6.15 Fair NW 3

The Black-necked Grebe was still present also 3 Shelduck were noted. A new brood of 4 Mute Swan cygnets were at the west end this afternoon.

I had a nip down to Marsh Lane this afternoon to see a Melodious Warbler (photo) that has been holding territory since the 11th June. The bird was seen on arrival as it happily belted out it’s song which was full of rich mimicry. A smart bird and well worth the trip.Melodious Warbler

Belvide 16.6.15 Fair W 2

A 1st summer Mediterranean Gull was on the north shore between 3-3.30pm when it flew off to the north west. I can’t remember any June records at Belvide before. The Black-necked Grebe was in front of the Chappell hide. 1 Ringed Plover was on the north shore, also Lapwing have increased to 100. 8 Shelduck was a good June total, also 5 Teal and 1 Wigeon were noted. A Cuckoo was calling along the Gazebo bay.

Belvide 15.5.15 Fair SE 1-2

A Black-necked Grebe was off the Gazebo bay. Also a Cuckoo and 5 LRP were noted.

A very frustrating day on Bardsey today to see a male Cretzschmar’s Bunting. We arrived for the boat at 5.30am to find we were 50th in the queue. This meant that our boat was not due to leave until 3.30pm!!

When we did eventually arrive on the island, the bird only showed to our group for 5 minutes in the 2 hours 45 minutes we had on the island. So we all left feeling a bit underwhelmed.

Belvide 14.6.15 Overcast NW 2

Very quiet today. A single Ringed Plover was on the north shore and the Cuckoo was again along the Gazebo bay. The WeBS count produced 1 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 19 Pochard, 51 Tufted Duck, 80 Gadwall, 103 Mallard, 2 Shelduck, 15 GC Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 452 Coot, 54 Mute Swan, 87 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag Geese, 56 Lapwing and 6 LRP.

The blog will be delayed tomorrow as I’m off to Bardsey Island.

Belvide 13.6.15 Rain NE 1-2

A single Arctic Tern dropped in mid afternoon. A Green Sandpiper on the north shore are the first signs of return migration, also a Ringed Plover was noted. 80 Gadwall were counted including the first brood of 7 ducklings. 4 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, 15 Pochard and 452 Coot were also counted. The pair of Cuckoo were seen again along the Gazebo bay.

Belvide 12.6.15 Cloudy NE 2

A Red Kite flew west at 11.45am. A pale Common Buzzard (photo) drifted south west this afternoon, also a Hobby was bathing on the north shore. A pair of Cuckoo were mobile over the south side of the reserve and copulating was observed along the Gazebo bay. 2 Black-tailed Godwit remain on the north shore. 3 pairs of Yellow Wagtail are feeding young in the surrounding wheat fields.Pale Buzzard

Belvide 9.6.15 Cloudy NE 3

First of all the funeral of Eric Phillips will take place at Gornal Crem on Tuesday 23rd June at 1.30pm. For those who be will attending the wake, would it be possible to email me to give Bet and Alan an idea for how many to cater for.  belvide@gmx.com  thank you.

The 3 Black-tailed Godwit were on the north shore. A Barnacle Goose was with the Canada flock. 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal and 3 Shelduck were noted. It was a bit sickening ti witness a pair of Carrion Crows predate 2 Common Tern nests and a Tufted Duck nest on the shingle island this afternoon. A Cuckoo was at the west end this evening.

Belvide 7.6.15 Fair NW/N 1-3

A Black-necked Grebe was showing very well in the Gazebo bay. This is the 4th bird in the last 2 weeks. 11 Black-tailed Godwit were still on the north shore, also 10 Ringed Plover were present till 9.15am only. A Hobby flew over this morning. A 2nd summer GBB Gull was noteworthy.BN Grebe11BN Grebe8BN Grebe10