Bird of the day was a Little Egret that dropped on the north shore briefly at 2.50pm before flying off south. The male Blackcap was seen near the Scott hide. 2 Dunlin, 1 Golden Plover and a pair of Stonechat were at the west end. A pair of Sparrowhawk were ambushing Starlings as they were coming in to roost infront of the Scott hide. A Peregrine was also seen today.
The male Blackcap was seen in the car park today, 5 Dunlin were still present and just 6 Golden Plover were seen. Also present were 3 Goosander and a Peregrine.
A noticable increase of 13 Dunlin were present with 250+ Golden Plover until a pesky imm male Peregrine came in and scattered the lot. A single Shelduck was a new arrival also a male Blackcap by the gazebo hide was new. A Song Thrush was in full song along the south east bay, the unseasonal mild weather no doubt triggering it off. Also there were 200+ Fieldfare along the boundry hedges.
The main item of news today was a moulting drake Red-breasted Merganser that dropped infront of the Bryant hide at 2.15pm, this only the 2nd record of the year following a female on the 2nd November. Also present were 386 Golden Plover and 2 Dunlin. Gadwall continue to rise with 73 counted.
Very quiet today with an imm male Peregrine and 2 Lesser Redpoll being the most noteworthy birds. 66 Gadwall, 95 Pochard and 23 Shoveler were counted.
What happened to the gales that were supposed to lash our region today?? After the dissapointing outcome to the weather, the hoped for wind blown scarcety never happened. The best on offer was an adult male Merlin that was chasing Fieldfare at the west end. The Golden Plover flock has increased to 473 also Dunlin have increased to 5. There seems to have been a big clear out of Great Crested Grebe with 35 counted compared to 105 on Monday. The escaped Speckled Teal was again amongst 410 Teal, see photo below for those of you who wonder what it looks like. A female Goosander flew west this morning and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was in the gull roost.
The only birds of note in the log book were 300+ Golden Plover still, at least 1 Dunlin and 4 Goosander.
Pretty quiet today, the highlights being 323 Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 786 Lapwing and a pair of Stonechat all at the west end. The male Speckled Teal was again present from the Scott hide.
An imm/fem Merlin flew south west at 1.45pm. Dunlin have increased to 4 also 281 Golden Plover. The male Speckled Teal was again amongst 377 Teal. 66 Goldeneye were counted at dusk also 91 Pochard. An adult Yellow-legged Gull came in to roost and at least 2 Stonechat again at the west end.
10 mile NNW of Belvide at Norbury junction, a Red-rumped Swallow was found by Dave Talbot roosting at the British Waterways work unit. I managed to get there 5 minutes before it flew off at 9.50am. Whats the chance it carried on along the Shropshire Union Canal and flew over Belvide itself ? AGGGGHHH!!!!!
2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost this evening also an albino Black-headed Gull. 125 Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin and 3 Stonechat were all at the west end. 58 Goldeneye were counted at dusk and at least 25 Tree Sparrow were on the woodland feeding station.
Wildfowl count day produced an escaped male Speckled Teal, 274 Teal, 114 Wigeon, 303 Mallard, 42 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 84 Pochard, 55 Tufted Duck, 79 Coot, 100 GC Grebe, 50 Goldeneye, 241 Canada Geese, 122 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan and 16 Grey Heron. Also there were 3 Dunlin and 3 Stonechat at the west end.
150 Golden Plover and 2 Dunlin were at the west end. An imm female Peregrine was terrorising the wildfowl this morning. At least 1 Stonechat was still on the north shore and the Teal with the Red saddle on the bill was still present. A late Chiffchaff was by the Bryant hide.
The only birds of note in the log book were 2 Dunlin and a Green Woodpecker.
A single Black-tailed Godwit at the west end was a new arrival. The Golden Plover flock has increased to 357 and the 2 Dunlin remain. The male and female Stonechat were on the north shore this afternoon. 101 Wigeon and 350 Teal were counted also 16 Mute Swan was an increase. Sorry for no update yesterday but even I have to have a day off once in a while.
Pretty much the same as yesterday with 3 Stonechat, 165 Golden Plover and 2 Dunlin. 8 Siskin were along the Gazebo bay and a Peregrine was seen this morning.
3 Stonechat were feeding together at the west end, also 2 Dunlin and 33 Golden Plover.An adult Yellow-legged Gull was in the gull roost. 50 Goldeneye and 4 Goosander were counted at dusk.
There were 3 Dunlin and 114 Golden Plover at the west end, also the pair of Stonechat still. 4 Goosander dropped in for a short while. The woodland feeding station had at least 15 Tree Sparrow and a pair each of Willow and Marsh Tit. 84 Cormorant were present this morning.
I had just arrived at 9am to be greeted with MEGA alert on the pager, so I had to dash off to Dawlish in Devon to see a Long-billed Murrelet (photo). This species originates from the Pacific Ocean and is the first time it has ever been recorded in Britain. It is a true once in a life time bird on these shores. All that was of note in the log book was 200 Golden Plover and 16 Grey Heron.
A female Brambling on the woodland feeding station this afternoon was an unexpected find. There were 277 Golden Plover and 4 Dunlin at the west end and a 4th winter Yellow-legged gull in the roost.
1117 Lapwing were at the west end also 60 Golden Plover. An immature female Peregrine was seen late afternoon and 45 Goldeneye were counted at dusk.
Pretty much the same as yesterday with 224 Golden Plover single Dunlin and a pair of Stonechat still.
A quiet day with 232 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin and 3 Stonechat including 1 male and 2 females.
An immature Merlin flew over to the south west at 4pm. A single Green Sandpiper was feeding along the dam also 64 Golden Plover and 831 Lapwing at the west end. A Little Owl was sunning itself in the usual willow tree south of the reservoir. A Raven flew over to the north and 43 Goldeneye were counted at dusk.
A Green Sandpiper was feeding in a puddle below the dam also a single Dunlin and 102 Golden Plover at the west end. 90 Wigeon and 44 Gadwall were counted. A mink was along the ditch to the east of the Scott hide.
A quiet day with 2 Dunlin and 77 Golden Plover the highlight. The pair of Stonechat have moved into the west marsh. 14 Buzzard were in the air together mid afternoon. An immature male Peregrine was chasing a Golden Plover but was unsuccessful A pair of late Common Darter were by the west lane bridge also 3 Red Admiral were seen.
A skywatch off the dam between 0700-0900 produced 1123 Wood Pigeon, but not much else. Goldeneye have increased to 36 and 4 Goosander flew over to the south east early morning. 3 Water Rail were feding together near the ditch sluice to the east of the Scott hide early morning. There are now 3 Stonechat. The pair remain on the north shore with a new female infront of the Bryant hide.
An excellent afternoons birding with 2 new additions to the Belvide year list. Firstly 4 Whooper Swans including 3 adults and 1 immature. They were present until 5.10pm when they flew off to the south east. An immature/female Red Breasted Merganser flew in at 4.35pm and is the first record for 6 years! Also presnt today were 3 Dunlin, 2 Stonechat, 24 Goldeneye and 143 GC Grebe.
200 Fieldfare flew thru to the west and the first sizable flock this autumn.2 Dunlin and just 4 Golden Plover were at the west end. 140 GC Grebe, 76 Wigeon and 31 Shoveler were counted. The pair of Stonechat remain on the north shore and 2 Peregrine were seen this afternoon.
Belvide 31st October 2006 Sunny NW 4-5
Pretty quiet today with 22 Goldeneye and 122 Greylag Geese.
Belvide 30th October 2006 Sunny W 2-3
Another 1st winter Kittiwake was in the gull roost this evening. 248 Golden Plover and a single Dunlin were at the west end. Pochard continue to increase with 147 counted also the pair of Stonechat on the north shore.