Belvide 4.5.16 Sunny SSW 2

An Osprey was perched in a tree briefly beyond the west marsh at 1.20pm before flying off west. 1 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit flew thru early afternoon, also 1 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and 8 Oystercatcher were present. The pair of Oystercatcher that were nesting at the west end have deserted their nest. A Spotted Flycatcher was reported at the west end this afternoon. 14+ Reed Warbler and 4 Garden Warbler were singing. 15 Common Tern were counted. A Pair of Wigeon were present this morning, also the female Goldeneye remains.

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Belvide 3.5.16 Cloudy W 3

A female Whinchat (photo by Andy Payne) off the west lane was the first of the year. Also new was an early Spotted Flycatcher in the hedge by the Chappell hide. The Arctic Tern was still present, also 23 Common Tern were counted. 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and an LRP were on the north shore. 9 Shelduck and 1 Goldeneye were counted. 5 Garden Warbler and 3 Lesser Whitethroat were noted.Whinchat2

Belvide 2.5.16 Rain SSW 3-4

The first Arctic Tern (photo) of the year was with 21 Common Tern. 4 Dunlin and a single Common Sandpiper were the north shore. At least 350 Swift were present during the rain. A female Goldeneye, 7 Pochard and 43 Gadwall were counted. The Cuckoo was calling again south of the reserve early morning. A Hobby was along the dam this evening.Arctic Tern

Belvide 1.5.16 Light Afternoon Rain S 3

The first Cuckoo of the year was calling south of the car park at 5.45am. The first 3 Garden Warbler of the year were seen by the dam, Gazebo and West End hides. Also 20 Sedge Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat were noted. 15 Common Tern were present this afternoon. 10 Common Sandpiper and 1 LRP were present. 1 Goldeneye remains, also 5 Pochard, 300 Tufted Duck and 6 Teal were counted.House Martin

Belvide 28.4.16 Afternoon Rain WSW 3

A Little Egret at the west end was surprisingly the first of the year. Also new was a Hobby along the dam at 1pm. A single Black-tailed Godwit was on the north shore, also 8 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 LRP and 17 Common Sandpiper were present. 6 Common Tern were present this afternoon. 3 Lesser Whitethroat were at the west end, also 10 Yellow Wagtail and 5 White Wagtail were on the north shore.

Belvide 26.4.16 Afternoon Wintery Showers NW 3-4

A male Merlin flew over at 8.25am. 3 Dunlin, 13 Common Sandpiper and 3 LRP were noted. 9 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore.

This afternoon a couple of us went to Manchester to see a male Kentish Plover that has been at Audenshaw Reservoir for the last 2 days. We arrived to find the bird performing superbly, feeding happily along this concrete bowl reservoir. I think this was my 5th British Kentish Plover. I was told it was the first Kentish Plover in the Greater Manchester area for 30 years.Kentish Plover3Kentish Plover

Belvide 24.4.16 Afternoon Showers NW 2-4

The north westerly wind has certainly quashed the expectancy levels for the time being. 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 LRP, 8 Common Sandpiper and 8 Snipe were at the west end. Migrants included 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 12 Yellow Wagtail and 1 White Wagtail. 1 Common Tern and 24 Teal were noted.LRP2

Belvide 23.4.16 Fair N 2

An Osprey (top photo by Martyn Pitt) performed very well between 10.10-10.30am. It plunged several times to bathe before climbing high and drifted south west. The bird had a blue ring on it’s left leg which I’m pretty sure read CW. This is the 7th bird of the spring. Migrant counts today included 12 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 1 White Wagtail. 1 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and 4 LRP were noted. 4 Common Tern were present.Osprey9Osprey5Osprey6

Belvide 22.4.16 Overcast ENE 3-4

A Whimbrel was briefly on the north shore at 9.15am, also 5 LRP, 2 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper were present. At least 20 Yellow Wagtail were on the north shore plough, also 2 White Wagtail, 7 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat and 20 Swift were noted. A male Wigeon was new, also 32 Mute Swan were counted. A Tawny Owl was showing well along the Gazebo bay this afternoon.Tawny Owl

Belvide 19.4.16 Sunny N 1-2

The main highlight today was a male Hen Harrier (photos) that circled the west end between 3.10-3.15pm when it flew off north. Off the top of my head, this is around the 12th record and all since 1987. This is only the 2nd male to be recorded.

A female Redstart was behind the spill weir, also 3 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, and 3 Yellow Wagtail were noted. 11 Common Sandpiper were scattered around the reservoir, also 2 Dunlin and 2 LRP were present. 3 Common Tern were noted.Hen Harrier4Hen Harrier3Hen Harrier

Belvide 17.4.16 Fair NW 1-2

A Grasshopper Warbler (photo) was reeling below the dam this morning. The first Whitethroat of the year was by the Gazebo hide, also 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler and 3 Yellow Wagtail were noted. A Barnacle Goose dropped in early afternoon before flying off north. 4 Wigeon were new arrivals. 2 LRP and 2 Common Sandpiper were at the west end.GropperYellow Wag2

Belvide 15.4.16 Light Rain NE 1-2

The first Swift of the year was present from 3.55pm. A female Merlin was seen at 9am and 10am hunting hirundines. 2 Common Tern were noted. 7 Dunlin flew thru early afternoon, also 1 Common Sandpiper and 7 Oystercatcher were present. 6 Yellow Wagtail and 5 White Wagtail were on the north shore. 50 Linnet on the north shore plough was noteworthy.

Belvide 13.4.16 Fair SW 1

A Lesser Whitethroat (photo) along the west lane is the earliest on record, also 2 Sedge Warbler were present. 2 adult Little Gull were present between 12.15-4pm. A Common Tern flew thru this afternoon. 3 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Curlew were noted.

At Pendeford Hall Lane just NE of Codsall, the male Ring Ouzel (photo) performed over the day to a steady stream of admirers.LesserthroatRing Ouzel

Belvide 12.4.16 Cloudy WSW 1-2

A Grasshopper Warbler was flushed from the ditch 40 yards south of the ringing station this afternoon, also 2 Sedge Warbler were at the west end. A Ringed Plover flew thru this afternoon and an LRP was on the north shore this morning. 4 Goosander flew west. 32 Shoveler and 4 Shelduck were counted. 30 Linnet were on the north shore.

Nearby just NE of Codsall I spent a productive couple of hours along Pendeford Hall Lane. A male Ring Ouzel, 6 Wheatear and 7 White Wagtail were in a bare field a quater of a mile along the lane. A Little Egret and Green Sandpiper were on a flood at the east end of the road.Rouzel

Belvide 11.4.16 Early Rain E 3

Much of the Midlands witnessed a significant passage of Little Gulls today. Belvide had a total of 7 adult birds with 1 thru at 8.15am. 2 between 11.05-11.30am and 4 between 1.30pm-2pm. 4 Common Scoter including 3 drakes were new for the year. A Golden Plover and Dunlin flew thru this morning. 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Ringed Plover were on the north shore.Little Gull2Common Scoter

Belvide 10.4.16 Cloudy ESE 1-4

The first 2 Common Tern were present this evening.A male Redstart was along the hedge by the West End Hide but was mobile and elusive. 4 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail were on the north shore. 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 LRP, 2 Curlew and 6 Oystercatcher were noted. 2 Green Woodpecker were below the dam. 3 Lesser Redpoll were at the woodland feeders. Today’s WeBS count produced 57 Goldeneye, 300 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 29 Shoveler, 22 Teal, 59 Gadwall, 34 Mallard, 5 Shelduck, 133 Coot, 12 GC Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 21 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 52 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 18 Grey Heron and 3 Water Rail.