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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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.
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.
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.
A Hobby (photo by Martyn Pitt) flew over this morning. A female Wheatear was at the west end which is only the 2nd bird of the spring so far. 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 15 Sedge Warbler were noted. At least 24 Common Sandpiper were present. 8 Shelduck and 4 Common Tern were counted.
A passage of Dunlin today with 15 flying thru and 12 on the ground. Common Sandpiper continue to increase with 28 present. 1 Ringed Plover and 3 LRP were noted. 8 Shelduck and 2 Goldeneye were counted. A Hobby flew over late morning. 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Yellow Wagtail were present.
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.
A Whimbrel flew thru at 5.25pm. Common Sandpiper have increased to 24, also 3 Dunlin and 3 LRP were present. 6 Yellow Wagtail and 5 White Wagtail were on the north shore. A single Common Tern was noted.
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.
14 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 LRP and 3 Dunlin were at the west end. 6 Yellow Wagtail and 1 White Wagtail were on the north shore. 3 Common Tern and 4 Shelduck were noted.
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.
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.
Migrants today included 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 7 Yellow Wagtail and 16 Swift. 3 LRP and 1 Common Sandpiper were at the west end. 3 Common Tern were noted.
3 Common Sandpiper and 2 LRP were on the north shore. 3 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler and 6 Yellow Wagtail were noted. 60 Gadwall and 11 Goldeneye were counted.
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.
An Osprey was over the west end at 5.35pm before flying off low to the south west. 6 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin and 2 LRP were on the north shore. 2 Swift, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Reed Warbler were noted. 70 Linnet were on the north shore plough.
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.
2 Common Sandpiper and 2 LRP were on the north shore. 1 Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler were noted. 1 Common Tern and 35 Shoveler were present.
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.
The first Reed Warbler of the year was in front of the Scott hide, also 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 4 White Wagtail were noted. A single Common Tern was present. 2 Dunlin, 2 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank were on the north shore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first Greenshank and Common Sandpiper of the year were on the north shore. Summer migrants today included 25 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap and 2 Yellow Wagtail. A Redwing was below the dam this morning.
A Red Kite and Jack Snipe were reported on the board today. 2 LRP were on the north shore, also 3 White Wagtail (photo) and 2 Yellow Wagtail were noted.
A Redstart along the north west hedge equalled the earliest ever record in 1961 and 1990. 2 Willow Warbler were along the same hedge. 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail were on the north shore. 4 Raven flew over this afternoon. 51 Gadwall were counted.
Pretty quiet today. 2 Yellow Wagtail and an LRP were on the north shore. 150 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin and 20 Swallow were noted.
A female Wheatear on the north shore was the first of the year, also 1 Yellow Wagtail also 1 White Wagtail were noted. A Jack Snipe was seen on the north shore, also 1 LRP was present. 4 Shelduck were counted.