Belvide 5.2.16 Overcast SW 3-4

A juvenile Iceland Gull flew in on it’s own from the NE at 2.03pm for a wash and brush up before flying off to the SSE at 2.14pm. The 1st winter drake Scaup was still present, also a female Goosander, 1 Shelduck, 3 Little Grebe and 81 Goldeneye counted at dusk is the higest count of the winter so far. A Peregrine flew over this afternoon.

A reminder that there is a work party this Sunday. Please meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am if you can help.Iceland GullIceland Gull2

Belvide 24.1.16 Overcast SW 2

Firstly a late item of news for yesterday. A Brent Goose was reported in the log book with the Canada flock.

The 1st winter drake Scaup was still present, also 162 Tufted Duck and 147 Canada Geese were counted. 257 Lapwing were on the north shore this afternoon. An adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted this evening.

Belvide 20.1.16 Sunny SE 1

With overnight temperatures dropping to -5 degrees, it was no surprise to find the reservoir 40% frozen. A 1st winter drake Scaup was new in, also a drake Pintail, 38 Pochard and 22 GC Grebe were counted. A Green Woodpecker off the car park was new for the year. 24 Bullfinch were reported at the west end which is an excellent total. 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted. A pair of Raven were displaying over the reserve this afternoon.ScaupRaven

Belvide 17.1.16 Overcast/Early Light Snow ESE 2

120 Pink-footed Geese (photos by Martyn Pitt) flew through west at 11.54am. A Green Sandpiper was in the west marsh this morning. 2 drake Pintail, 63 Goldeneye, 14 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, 8 GC Grebe and 290 Coot were counted. 11 Lesser Redpoll were along the south east bay. 200 Fieldfare and 40 Redwing were in fields at the west end. 7 Tree Sparrow were at the Gazebo feeders.Pinks2Pinks

Belvide 16.1.16 Cloudy N 1

The WeBS count produced 1 Shelduck, 58 Goldeneye, 20 Pochard (14 drakes) 129 Tufted Duck, 100 Wigeon, 194 Teal, 340 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 8 Mute Swan, 2 Black Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 5 Heron, 5 Cormorant. 14 Bullfinch, 6 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Water Rail were noted. The first House Sparrow of the year was by the car park.