Belvide 17.4.15 Cloudy E 2-3

A decent day with several new additions to the year list. A Cuckoo flew over the west marsh to the north east this afternoon. A Lesser Whitethroat was along the hedge past the West End Hide. 2 Whitethroat were new with 1 by the ringing station and 1 in the west marsh. There were 2 Reed Warbler, with singles from the Scott hide and Gazebo bay. 3 Sedge Warbler and 3 Willow Warbler were noted. 3 Swift were with 500+ Hirundines. A Common Tern dropped in briefly at 1pm. 8 Yellow Wagtail and 4 White Wagtail were on the north shore. The Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup were still present, also 77 Gadwall and 2 Shelduck were counted. 2 Ringed Plover, 8 LRP and 3 Common Sandpiper were on the north shore. A Red Kite flew west at 12.15pm.

Belvide 16.4.15

First of all my apologies for the lack of updates the last few days. I’ve had a fruitless trip to the Scilly Isles to see a Great Blue Heron. Imagine my language when the bird had been relocated this evening as we stepped off the boat back in Penzance.
The Velvet scoter and drake Scaup were still present. The first Whimbrel of the year was on the north shore also 6 LRP 1Ringed Plover, 7 Common Sandpiper and 1Dunlin have been noted. 5 Yellow Wagtail were present.

A Sedge Warbler was seen on the 16th.

Belvide 14.5.15 Sunny W 2-3

The female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup were still present, also the drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid, drake Tufted x Pochard hybrid, 17 Pochard and 66 Gadwall were counted. Common Sandpiper have increased to 6, also 4 LRP and a Redshank were on the north shore. 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail were noted.

Belvide 13.4.15 Cloudy SW 2-3

The first male Redstart of the year was mobile between the Gazebo bay and West End Hide. 7 Yellow Wagtail, 7 White Wagtail and a female Wheatear were on the north shore. The female Velvet Scoter, drake Scaup and drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid were still present, also a drake Tufted x Pochard hybrid was new. 2 Common Sandpiper and 4 LRP were noted.

Belvide 12.4.15 Cloudy SSW 4

The first Common Sandpiper of the year was on the west end bund, also 2 LRP and 2 Curlew were present. The female Velvet Scoter, drake Scaup and drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid were still present.3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail were on the north shore. A female Wheatear and 2 Willow Warbler were noted.

Belvide 10.4.15 Fair SSE 2-3

First of all I have received information about the Osprey from yesterday courtesy of Brian Etheridge. It was ringed as a chick on the 11th July 2010 on the Black Isle. This has been the first report since then.

The first Yellow Wagtail was on the north shore this morning, also 3 Willow Warbler were noted. The female Velvet Scoter was still present, also the drake Scaup and 5 Shelduck were counted. 3 LRP were on the north shore. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh.

Belvide 9.4.15 Fair SSE 1

The Osprey was again present this morning sat in a tree 300 yards south of the West End Hide at 6.30am. The bird had a blue ring on it’s left leg with a white code PY. It was there until 7.15am when it flew north. A pair of Wheatear were on the shingle island briefly. 2 Willow Warbler were singing, also 4 Blackcap were present. The Ruff was on the north shore early morning only, also 1 Dunlin and 1 LRP flew thru, with another LRP on the north shore this afternoon. The female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup were still present, also 50 Goldeneye were counted. The Little Egret was in the west marsh.

Belvide 8.4.15 Fair E 1-2

An Imm male Goshawk drifted over to the north at 1.50pm. An Osprey was perched in a tree along the west lane between 9-9.20am when it flew north. Another Osprey (photos by Gary Crowder) caught a fish and landed on a telegraph pole along the west lane 6.35pm-6.50pm at least. It was seen again at 7.45pm when it flew west presumably to roost. A Ruff on the north shore was new for the year, 2 Ringed Plover were present this morning only, a single LRP was on the north shore this evening, also 2 Curlew were noted. The first Willow Warbler of the year was singing near the West End Hide, also 3 Blackcap were present. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, 5 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon and 46 Teal were counted. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh.

Belvide 6.4.15 Foggy am/Fair pm N 2

Another strong passage of Meadow Pipit today. A Vis Mig watch off the dam between 0930-12.30hrs produced 1881, with 1581 flying north and another 300 on the ground. This is by far the most ever recorded at Belvide. Also 4 Linnet, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin and 400 Wood Pigeon moved through to the north in this time.

A male Merlin flew north at 12.40pm. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup was still present. The first White Wagtail of the year was on the shingle island. 20 Swallow and 2 House Martin were present this morning. 1 LRP, 2 Redshank and 1 Curlew were on the north shore. 1 Little Egret and a Peregrine were noted.

Belvide 5.4.15 Early Fog/Overcast N 1-2

The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, 3 Shelduck, 1 Goosander and 40 Goldeneye were counted. The first House Martin of the year was present this morning, also 7 Swallow and 2 Sand Martin were noted. There was a strong northerly passage of Meadow Pipit today that continued well into the afternoon across a broad front. Several hundred birds were involved. 1 Dunlin,  2 Curlew, 1 Little Egret and a Peregrine were noted.

Belvide 4.4.15 Overcast/ am Drizzle N 2

A Red Kite was east of the dam at 1.30pm. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid, 3 Shelduck, 58 Gadwall, 40 Mute Swan and 200 Coot were counted. 2 Redshank flew in mid morning, also 1 Curlew was on the north shore. 20 Swallow and 20 Sand Martin flew thru this morning. 18 Buzzard were thermaling this afternoon. 2 Little Owl were opposite the car park gate.

Belvide 2.4.15 Cloudy N 2

A Red Kite drifted over to the east at 3.50pm. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid, 2 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 60 Shoveler and 47 Gadwall were counted. A Redshank was on the north shore this morning, also 2 Curlew and a leucistic Lapwing (photo) were present. 3 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin were noted. The Little Egret remains in the west marsh. A Redpoll flew west this afternoon.

Belvide 29.3.15 Rain W 5-8

A wet and wild day saw 4 adult Kittiwake pass through with a single through at 10.30am and 3 through at 12.40pm. The female Velvet Scoter was still off the dam, also the drake Scaup was still present. 2 LRP flew thru this morning. Only 2 Sand Martin passed through today. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh. 29 Pied Wagtail were on the north shore.

Belvide 27.3.15 Cloudy W 2

The first male Wheatear of the year was in the west marsh briefly this morning. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid, 2 Shelduck and 56 Shoveler were counted. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh. 11 Sand Martin flew thru this morning, also 15 Chiffchaff were noted.

Belvide 25.3.15 Fair Variable 1

The female Velvet Scoter was still off the dam, also the drake Scaup and drake Tufted x Scaup remain. 76 Golden Plover flew over this afternoon. An adult Peregrine flew thru this afternoon. 200 Meadow Pipit were in fields beyond the west marsh, also 200 Fieldfare were in fields along the south east bay. 2 Little Owl were in the oak opposite the car park gate. 2 Grey Wagtail were on the spill weir.

Belvide 23.3.15 Cloudy NW 2

The first LRP of the year was on the north shore briefly this afternoon, also 1 Curlew. The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup and 40 Shoveler were counted. 4 Sand Martin were present this afternoon, also 12 Chiffchaff were noted. A Water Rail was singing along the south east bay. 3 Marsh Tit were also singing this afternoon.

Belvide 21.3.15 Cloudy N 2-3

The female Velvet Scoter remains off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid and 6 Goosander were present. A male Merlin was below the dam this morning. 17 Sand Martin flew thru this morning, also 11 Chiffchaff were noted. 3 Dunlin and a Curlew were on the north shore.A steady stream of Meadow Pipit were heading north this morning.

Belvide 19.3.15 Overcast NE 1

The female Velvet Scoter was still off the dam, also the drake Scaup, drake Tufted x Scaup hybrid, 2 Shelduck and 31 Shoveler were counted. Chiffchaff have increased to 11. The Little Egret was still in the west marsh. 2 Curlew and 4 Oystercatcher were on the north shore. 9  Meadow Pipit flew north this afternoon.