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   25-May-2018  3 Black Terns from 10:20 to 11:30 at least. 5 Common and 10 Arctic Terns stayed a while but moved on. 3 Turnstone still. Drake R-c Pochard. Pair of Shoveler. Second-summer Common Gull again. 4 imm GBbG. Imm Yellow-leg. 2 Linnet on Stones causeway.  SJR, CA, AHS  25/05/2018 
   24-May-2018  3 Turnstones still on Stones island and 4 Arctic Terns past at 08:40. 20 LBbG and 1 Herring Gull through. Reed Warbler singing in WLC reedbed. 2 Tree Sparrows in Millfields carpark, first I've ever seen away from the west side. Confirmed breeding on Stones island: Long-tailed Tit (FL), Willow Tit (FF), Great Tit (NY), Reed Bunting (FF); and at Millfields, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit and Blackcap (all FF).  Simon Roddis  24/05/2018 
   23-May-2018  4 Turnstones still around Stones/Sailing Club. Arctic Tern past Stones at 08:20. 3 GBbG. Imm Yellow-leg. Second-summer Common Gull. (One of the Great Black-backs was hovering over the dam wall, following a Stoat as it ran through the rocks. Probably best for the Gull that it didn't catch it). 28 Greylags. 3 Stock Doves in WLC fields. 30 Swifts. Reed Warbler singing on Sailing Club island, and 4 in Hopton reedbed. Redstart singing at Hopton end. Breeding evidence: Willow Tit with food and Tree Sparrows with young in nest box.  Simon Roddis  23/05/2018 
   22-May-2018  Perimeter counts of singing birds this morning: 31 Chiffchaffs, 17 Willow Warblers, 54 Blackcaps, 10 Garden Warblers, 8 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warblers in Hopton end, 53 Wrens, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Song Thrush, 60 Blackbirds (91 in total), 38 Robins, 15 Dunnock and 15 Chaffinch. Also: 4 Turnstones on Stones island, 5 Jays and 11 Bullfinch. Black-headed Gulls now have chicks on the platform in front of the WLC, and there is still one Oystercatcher chick on Horseshoe island, I guess the survivor of the brood there on 5/5. 7 Starlings were feeding in the overflow carpark at the end of the dam wall and flying out with food for young. I was able to follow one of them back to the church tower in Hognaston village, which it entered via a gap in the louvre-style window, where it presumably has a nest full of young Starlings.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  22/05/2018 
   21-May-2018  3 Turnstones on Sailing Club island. Monthly WeBS count: 5 Mute Swan (2 nests), 7 Greylag, 71 Canada, 4 Barnacle, 14 Gadwall, 52 Mallard, 95 Tufted, 17 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 40 GCGrebe (8 nests), 61 Coot, 9 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 4 LRP, 2 Common Sand, 5 Redshank, 400 BhG, 5 LBbG, 4 GBbG, 1 imm Y-l Gull. Also 5 Reed Warblers singing at Hopton end and 2 Spotted Fly (Brown Ale and Penn Carr).  Simon Roddis  21/05/2018 
   21-May-2018  12.30pm 2m & 2f Keeled Skimmer dragonflies. Wild Life Centre pond.  Robert Smith  21/05/2018 
   21-May-2018  4 Black Terns from 7:00pm till dusk feeding off Lane End.  John Bradley  21/05/2018 
   20-May-2018  2 Turnstones on Sailing Club Island 07:50hrs.  Roger Carrington  20/05/2018 
   19-May-2018  This morning Spotted Flycatcher WLC Creek, Blackcap at Lane End  ERIC DEWHURST  19/05/2018 
   18-May-2018  2 Mute Swan nests with sitting adults. Broods of 6, 6 and 2 Canada Geese at Sheepwash/Brown Ale. New brood of 9 small Mallard ducklings at Millfields. 12 Cormorant. 3 Grey Heron. 3 Little Grebes. 8 Lapwing. 8 Redshank. 4 Reed Warblers singing at Hopton end. 3 Spotted Fly singing (Hall Wood, Brown Ale Bay, Penn Carr). Redstarts singing at Hopton end and top of Hall Wood. Fledged Robin at WLC.   Simon Roddis  18/05/2018 
   16-May-2018  An immature (probably first-summer) Caspian Gull off Stones island/Sailing Club. Noticeable increase in hirundines today: 80 Sand Martins, 18 House Martins and 15 Swallows.  SJR, CA, AHS  16/05/2018 
   15-May-2018  Quiet this morning. 9 imm GBbGulls. Sedge Warblers still on Sailing Club island and near Millfields island. 4 Reed Warblers singing at Hopton end. Spotted Flycatcher in Penn Carr. Redstart singing in WLC fields.  Simon Roddis  15/05/2018 
   13-May-2018  The GNDiver was off Stones for much of the morning and an Arctic Tern stayed for a while. Red Kite flew down the east side 0915-0920. Drake Pochard. Greylag (9) and Canada Goose (6) broods at Sheepwash. Single Ringed Plover and Dunlin. 2 singing Common Sands. 30 Swifts. Male Peregrine. Redstart and Lesser Whitethoat singing in WLC fields.  SJR, CA, AHS  13/05/2018 
   12-May-2018  The GNDiver was off Stones still this morning. A Little Egret, initially on Stones and then up at Sheepwash, is the first of the year at Carsi. One Common Tern early on. 1 Whimbrel. 2 Collared Doves at Millfields. Spotted Flycatcher in Penn Carr. 38 Carrion Crows on the dam wall early morning.  Simon Roddis  12/05/2018 
   11-May-2018  The GNDiver still, had a fly around mid-morning. A Red Kite flew over the pastures at 09:10. 70+ Swifts. 1 Ringed Plover. 1 Dunlin. 3 Common Sandpiper. Imm Y-l Gull. 4 GBbG. 25 Sand Martins. Reed Warbler singing on Stones island.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  11/05/2018 
   10-May-2018  The GNDiver is hanging on, looking splendid now. Drake Common Scoter still there too, off Sheepwash. 1 Arctic Tern through. 2 Ringed Plover. 2 Dunlin. 2 Whimbrel. 1 Common Sandpiper. 1 first-summer Common Gull. 3 imm GBbGs. 30 Swifts. 30 Sand Martins.  Simon Roddis  10/05/2018 
   08-May-2018  The GNDiver was still there this morning but flew around for 10 mins at about 9am. Drake Common Scoter also still there. 10 Mute Swan. 2 Ringed Plover. 2 Common Sandpiper. Reed Warbler singing on Stones causeway.  Simon Roddis  08/05/2018 
   06-May-2018  1 Red-crested Pochard, 22 Canada Goose,10 Mallard,9 Oystercatcher,5 Pied Wagtail,7 Cormorant,15 BH Gull,4 Redshank,3 Lapwing,8 Great Crested Grebe,4 Mute Swan,25 Tufted Duck,4 Gadwall,1 Buzzard,1 Barnacle Goose,2 Tree Sparrow,1 GBB Gull,1 Robin,2 LRP,1 Grey Heron,2 Greylag Goose,1 LBB Gull,2 Chiffchaff, GN Diver ( From sheep wash Hide)  David Armitt  08/05/2018 
   06-May-2018  The GNDiver was still there this morning, along with the drake Common Scoter and a mobile drake Red-crested Pochard (first of the year). 10 Gadwall. 2 Stock Doves singing at Hopton end. 3 singing Sedge Warblers (Millfields, Sailing Club island and WLC creek). 3 singing Reed Warblers in Hopton reedbed.   Simon Roddis  06/05/2018 
   06-May-2018  Following species were logged collectively by the Birdwatching for Beginners group, 10am-noon: Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Carrion Crow, Robin, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Wren, Mallard, Coot, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Magpie, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Gt Crested Grebe, Gt Northern Diver, Black-headed Gull, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Buzzard, Dunnock and Cormorant  Gary Atkins  06/05/2018 
   05-May-2018  The GNDiver was still present this evening, from Stones island. The Oystercatchers on Horseshoe island now have 4 small chicks. Imm Y-l Gull. 18 Pied and 1 Grey Wagtail flew into Hopton reedbed at dusk, and 1 Yellow Wag flew NE over. Going slightly off-topic, while watching from the Hopton end I saw 46 large bats (Noctules?) fly east to west over the res in 2-3 minutes around 8.50pm, probably coming out of Hall Wood. Never seen anything like it.  Simon Roddis  05/05/2018 
   04-May-2018  A Spotted Flycatcher in Penn Carr is the earliest ever at Carsington by one day. Alan S. had a Whinchat in the gorse field above Middle Wood. The GNDiver, drake Common Scoter and first-summer Little Gull all still present off Stones island. 11 Mute Swan. 1 male Mandarin. 10 Gadwall. 1 Arctic Tern through. Imm Y-l Gull. 1 Skylark over Stones. 2 Sedge Warblers (Millfields and Sailing Club island). At least 3 Reed Warblers in Hopton reedbed. Interesting bit of Sparrowhawk hunting behaviour: a male chased a Song Thrush and both crashed into a willow; they both seemed to rest for a few seconds but when the thrush tried to get away, the Sparrowhawk quickly brought it back to ground under the willow, at which point a female Sparrowhawk dived into the fray. Surprisingly, the Song Thrush made another getaway but the female Spar chased and caught it - which I guess spelt the end for the Song Thrush.  Simon Roddis  04/05/2018 
   03-May-2018  The GNDiver, now in virtually compete summer plumage, was off Stones island this morning. First-summer Little Gull also still present. 12 Swifts from Stones. Total of 7 LRP. Lesser Whitethroat singing between WLC and Shiningford creeks. Reed Warbler singing in BA Bay.  SJR, AHS, CA  03/05/2018 
   03-May-2018  Evening visit: a drake Common Scoter dropped in just before 1930 but flew again shortly afterwards. The GNDiver still from Stones and the Little Gull at WLC. Imm Yellow-legged Gull. 1 Snipe at WLC. 1 Grey Wag and 3 Moorhens at Hopton reedbed.  Simon Roddis  03/05/2018 
   02-May-2018  Quite a morning: c240 Arctic and 10 Common Terns counted up to 1130hrs, 2 Little Gulls (adult and first summer), GN Diver, 2 Dunlin, a Greenshank flew over Stones Island, Yellow Wagtail on Stones, pair of Mandarin.  Clive Ashton, Roger Carrington.  02/05/2018 
   02-May-2018  Stones Island 16-15 Great Northern Diver off stones 2 artic terns and swift overhead.  Dave Horsley  02/05/2018 
   30-Apr-2018  3 Common Sandpiper late afternoon on Stones. At least 5 Little Ringed Plover.  Neil Moulden  01/05/2018 
   30-Apr-2018  1st summer Little Gull and GNDiver still off Stones Island 0830hrs.  Roger Carrington   30/04/2018 
   29-Apr-2018  GN Diver still, 4 Arctic Terns through, 1st summer Little Gull, 3 Yellow wags on the dam wall [JB] and 1 on Stones [AHS], pair of Goosander over, imm YL Gull, 3+ Herring Gull, 2 GBB Gull.  clive ashton  29/04/2018 
   28-Apr-2018  21 Arctic Terns at 16.00 hrs. 1 imm Little Gull.  Neil Moulden  01/05/2018 
   28-Apr-2018  1 Arctic Tern at 0745hr then 8 at 0935 until 1020hr at least, GN Diver almost in summer plumage, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wags, imm Peregrine, 100+ Swallow, 5+ Swift.  clive ashton  29/04/2018 
   28-Apr-2018  Little gull from Stones Island hide  Tom Aspinall  28/04/2018 
   26-Apr-2018  this morning from stones island Great northern diver still present and well into its moult, 2 Common sandpipers,2 Little ringed plovers,1 Swift, Swallows,Sand and House martins increased in numbers,warblers present were Sedge,Common whitethroat, Lesser whitethroat,Blackcap,Garden, Chiffchaff and Willow warbler, and 1 Yellow wagtail.  A H Stewardson  26/04/2018 
   25-Apr-2018  The GNDiver still off Stones. Male Pochard. 2 Sparrowhawk. 2 Peregrines, m&f. 1 Ringed Plover. 3 Dunlin. 2 Common Sand. 2 Snipe at WLC. 2 Common Tern. 1 Swift over Stones. c100 Sand Martin, 20 House and 40 Swallows. 2 Sedge Warblers (Sailing Club island and Millfields). Now 2 Reed Warblers singing in Hopton reedbed. 1 Yellow Wag over Stones, and 1 White Wag down. 4 Linnet.   Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  25/04/2018 
   24-Apr-2018  A count around the perimeter of the res this morning recorded 52 Chiffchaffs (38 singing), 32 singing Willow Warblers, 70 Blackcaps (55 singing), 3 singing Garden Warblers, 3 singing Common and 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Sedge Warbler still on Sailing Club island, 1 Reed Warbler singing in Hopton reedbed (first of the year, I believe), 56 singing Wrens, 36 singing Blackbirds, 11 singing Song Thrushes, 45 singing Robins, 5 singing Redstarts and 16 singing Chaffinches. Also: the GNDiver still, 4 Lapwing, 4 LRP, 3 Common Sand, 8 Willow Tits, and a brood of 6 Mallard ducklings at PS hide.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  24/04/2018 
   24-Apr-2018  Afternoon visit great northern diver off stones island.5 mute swan.60 canada geese.8 greylag geese.26 barnacle geese(16 wlc.10 millfields).3 gadwall.96 tufted duck.3 common sandpipers(stones island).4 snipe(wlc).3 little ringed plover.7 redshank.8 oystercatchers.3 lapwing.min 15 sand martins(off stones island).grey wagtail.sparrowhawk.2s g b b gull.  Chris brown.dave newcombe  24/04/2018 
   22-Apr-2018  A superb 1-year old Red Kite flew low over Stones island this morning (seen earlier by the vols at WLC), as good a view as you could ask for. GNDiver still. 1 Arctic Tern. 1 Common Tern. 25 Barnacle Geese. 2 Goldeneye. 2 Peregrines. Pair of Kestrels mating on Watersports island. 2 LRP. 2 Garden Warblers on Stones. 3 Yellow Wags over.  Simon Roddis, Jon Bradley, Dan Martin  22/04/2018 
   21-Apr-2018  Singing Garden Warbler on Stones island and Sedge Warbler on Sailing Club island, plus Jon Bradley had Common Whitethroat between BA Bay and Hopton. 2 Swifts flew SW over the Shiningford area just before 0900. The GNDiver still. Brood of 8 Mallard ducklings on Stones. 10 Gadwall. 2 Teal. 2 LRP. 4 Curlew. 16 imm GBbG. 4 Stock Doves. Redstart singing at the Hopton end. 7 Treecreepers singing in the Hopton end/Hall Wood area.  Simon Roddis  21/04/2018 
   20-Apr-2018  3 Sandwich Terns first seen at 1005, spent some time perched on a buoy before gaining height and presumably leaving at 1050. GNDiver still. Drake Common Scoter and Shoveler. 2 Shelduck. 4 Ringed Plover. 3 LRP. 2 Dunlin. 2 Whimbrel. 1 Curlew. 3 Common Sandpiper. 7 GBbG (6 through). Lesser Whitethroat singing on Shiningford side of WLC creek. Pair (m&f) of Redstarts in WLC fields (Roger C had 2 singing earlier).  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  20/04/2018 
   19-Apr-2018  At least 2, possibly 3, Sandwich Terns this morning: 1 at 0800 appeared to fly NE at 0815 but it probably returned at 0820, before another came in at 0900 and they both flew NE. 5 LRP, Bar-tailed Godwit still, 3 Lesser Whitethroat singing (WLC Creek, adjacent to Flat Island and Stones).  Clive Ashton  19/04/2018 
   17-Apr-2018  From Stones island this morning, 4 Arctic Terns, 2 Whimbrel, 1 summer plumage Dunlin, 1 winter plumage Barwit (presumably yesterday's bird still), drake Common Scoter, the GNDiver, 2 Goosander, 2 LRP, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Fieldfare and 8 Linnet. Redstart again singing at the top of WLC creek.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  17/04/2018 
   16-Apr-2018  A male Pied Flycatcher was at the bottom end of WLC fields around 0915, and a male Redstart was singing at the top of the creek. Winter-plumage Bar-tailed Godwit from the WLC itself. The GNDiver still. 4 Mandarin (3m,1f) at WLC. 11 Gadwall (5m,2f at WLC, 3m,1f BA Bay). 3 LRP. 1 Common Sand. 1 Curlew. c400 BhGs around Millfields island. 2 Peregrine (adult m, imm f). 1 Yellow Wagtail over Stones. Single Lesser Redpoll and Siskin at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  16/04/2018 
   15-Apr-2018  Can anyone help Peter?
Peter Smitham We’re is the best place to locate the GND and Male Scaup on Carsington?..a few of us visiting tomorrow and would like to be in for a chance in spotting them....TIA... 
RichardP  15/04/2018 
   15-Apr-2018  Monthly WeBS count: 11 Mute Swan, 17 Greylags, 12 Barnacle Geese, 110 Canadas, 4 Mandarin, 10 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 59 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 79 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 1 GNDiver, 10 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 32 GCGrebe, 2 Moorhen, 53 Coot, 11 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 2 LRP, 9 Redshank, 6 Common Snipe. Also: 7 ad Little Gulls (6 straight through, 1 lingered a while), 10+ imm Herring Gulls, imm Y-l Gull, 2 Arctic and 1 Common Tern through, 3 Stock Doves and 2 Redwing at Sheepwash, 11 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcap between lane End and the Hopton end, 6 Linnets flew N.  Simon Roddis, Jon Bradley, Clive Ashton  15/04/2018 
   15-Apr-2018  Re Peter's request: you can usually see the GNDiver from Stones island, most likely out in the middle of the res but sometimes quite close. Occasionally it goes down towards Millfields or even up to Sheepwash, so try those if Stones doesn't work. About the Scaup - it looks as if it has gone, not been seen the last 2 days; it was best looked for from the WLC or Stones causeway. If it's any consolation, a male Common Scoter has been there for 3 days now, again best seen from Stones. Hope that helps.  Simon Roddis  15/04/2018 
   14-Apr-2018  13 Common Scoters this morning, probably yesterday's male plus 9m and 3f. 6 Wigeon and a drake Pochard were also new in. 8 Goldeneye. The GNDiver is starting to get a bit of spotting on its upperparts. Didn't see the Scaup. A Red Kite over Carsington Pastures was the first of the year here. Adult Kittiwake. Hirundines: 15 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins. 2 Yellow Wags over and 6 White Wags down on Stones island.   Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  14/04/2018 
   13-Apr-2018  A drake Common Scoter was off Horseshoe island this morning and was still present mid-afternoon. The GNDiver and Scaup are also still there. A few hirundines this afternoon, 15 Swallows, 5 Sand Martins and 4 House Martins.  Simon Roddis  13/04/2018 
   12-Apr-2018  Not a bad morning despite the murk. A sub-adult Mediterranean Gull (found by Roger C) was at Millfields island; just a couple of thin slivers of black on the primaries. The GNDiver and male Scaup are still present. 18 Greylags. 10 Barnacle Geese. 3 Mandarins at the WLC. 7 Gadwall. 5 Goldeneye. 17 Cormorant. 3 LRP. Common Sandpiper on Stones island. 5 Snipe at WLC. The imm Yellow-legged Gull still. 3 imm Herring Gull. 2 Jay at Millfields. 6 Swallow. A mixed flock of 90 Fieldfares and Redwings flew NE over the Hopton end at 1215; they seemed to be in roughly equal numbers, so c45 of each. 2 Siskin over WLC creek.  Simon Roddis, Ken Rome  12/04/2018 
   09-Apr-2018  The GNDiver and male Scaup are still there. 2 adult Kittiwakes from 0830 to 1310 at least, first from Stones and later from Millfields. 2 White Wagtails on Stones island for most of the morning. 3 Mandarins at the WLC. A pair of Shoveler dropped into Millfields at 1300 and 2 pairs of Gadwall there. 10 Common Snipe at the WLC. Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs now all in but didn't see any new migrants other than the White Wags.  Simon Roddis, Ken Rome  09/04/2018 
   08-Apr-2018  4 adult Kittiwakes (initially 3 but then joined by another) from Stones 0900-1000. The GNDiver and male Scaup still present. 2 pairs Mandarin. 1m Wigeon. 2 LRP. 1 Curlew. Roger C had a Common Sand on Stones causeway early morning but not subsequently. Imm Yellow-leg, 2 Herring and 4 GBbGulls. Pair of Kestrels mating in WLC fields. Blackcaps singing at Penn Carr, WLC and near PS hide. 1 Redwing at Millfields.
 
Simon Roddis  08/04/2018 
   08-Apr-2018  Species noted at today's Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): Canada Goose, Tufted Duck, House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Coot, Little Grebe, Scaup, Redshank, Pied Wagtail, Bullfinch, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Great Northern Diver, Great Black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Mute Swan, Wren, Dunnock, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover (x2), Buzzard, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Tit, Mallard, Robin, Greylag Goose, Kestrel, Great Tit, Teal, Blackbird, Raven, Gadwall, Sand Martin, Swallow, Magpie, Willow Tit and Chaffinch.   Gary Atkins  08/04/2018 
   08-Apr-2018  2 Willow Warblers and 5+ Chiffchaffs on stones island. Also Scaup still from Wildlife Centre.  Luke Stoppard  08/04/2018 
   08-Apr-2018  1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Redshank on Watersports Island at 12.30pm.   Paul Bennett  08/04/2018 
   06-Apr-2018  1 Scaup,1 Barnacle Goose,50 Canada Goose,16 Tufted Duck,16 Mallards,
4 oystercatcher,4 Sand Martins,2 Chiffchaff,4 Long Tailed Tit,1 Little ring Plover,8 Teal,4 Gadwall,2 Mute Swans,2 Tree Sparrows,2 Dunnock,1 Swallow,1 Buzzard,1 GBB Gull,1 little Grebe, Mandarin 2 Male 1 Female, 19 Great Crested Grebe,4 Chaffinch,2 Blue Tit,1 Nuthatch,2 Redshank,6 Cormorant,1 Sparrow Hawk  
David Armitt  09/04/2018 
   06-Apr-2018  New this morning were 2 male Blackcaps, at Millfields and WLC creek. The GNDiver and male Scaup are still there. 2 Willow Warblers singing on Stones island. 5 Swallows. 1 LRP. 13 Barnacle Geese including 4 pairs at Millfields island. 8 Gadwall (4 pairs). Male Shoveler. 4 Goldeneye. 7 Stock Dove including a pair displaying at the top of WLC creek. 40 Fieldfare flew NE up the west side.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson, Roger Carrington  06/04/2018 
   05-Apr-2018  Very showy summer plumage Black-necked grebe near the island at Millfields this morning - then scared off by fishing boats @CBCSightings @Derbyshirebirds  James Taylor  05/04/2018 
   05-Apr-2018  The Black-necked Grebe was still off the dam wall, viewable from Millfields, to 1245 at least. The GNDiver and Scaup still present. 5 Pochard (1m,4f). 4 Goldeneye. 4+ LRP. 1 Curlew. 38 GBbGulls off Sailing Club early morning, presumably having roosted overnight, and most headed off north during the morning. 3 Herring Gull. 1 Peregrine. 4 Raven. 10+ Sand Martin and c5 Swallows. 2 Willow Warblers on Stones/the causeway.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson, Clive Ashton  05/04/2018 
   04-Apr-2018  An Osprey (yesterday's bird again?) flew over the Watersports centre at 1045 and was seen again over Shiningford and Carsington Pastures before disappearing into the cloud at 1120. A Common Tern was off Stones island 0815-0845. 3 LRP. 10+ Sand Martins. 1 House Martin. 5+ Swallows. Female Wheatear on the dam wall. Willow Warbler singing on Stones causeway at 1230. The GNDiver and Scaup still there. 1 Dunlin. 1 Curlew. The imm Yellow-legged Gull. 15 Redwing at Sheepwash. 5 Lesser Redpoll on Stones.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  04/04/2018 
   03-Apr-2018  An Osprey flew north at 1105, first seen from the WLC over Shiningford; it hovered over the water a few times before heading off. One Swallow over Brown Ale Bay (and Keith Badrick had another on the dam wall). c10 Sand Martins during the morning. At least 3 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Ringed Plover. The GNDiver and male Scaup still. Female Shelduck. 5 Goosander. Male Wheatear still on the dam wall. 20 Herring Gulls down/through. 5 GBbGulls. The imm Y-l Gull still. 4 Skylarks over.   Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson, Clive Ashton  03/04/2018 
   02-Apr-2018  Male Wheatear with meadow pipits and pied wagtails on dam bank 15.30  Tony Wood  02/04/2018 
   01-Apr-2018  The GNDiver, male Scaup and immature Yellow-legged Gull still present. 6 Chiffchaffs but I didn't see any other migrants. Millfields island is still devoid of Black-headed Gulls but 5 pairs of Barnacle Geese were back, with another 6 elsewhere.  Simon Roddis  01/04/2018 
   01-Apr-2018  Species seen collectively by the group undertaking the monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-12 noon): Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, House Sparrow, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Tufted Duck, Coot, Cormorant, Great Tit, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, Black-headed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Little Grebe, Gt Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Mallard, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Redshank, Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Wren, Scaup, Willow Tit, Teal, Gt Northern Diver and Lesser Black-backed Gull  Gary Atkins  01/04/2018 
   31-Mar-2018  The GNDiver and male Scaup still present. Pair of Mandarins at the WLC. At Millfields island, where there were over 500 Black-headed Gulls earlier in the week, there were none - zero - this morning, presumably because of the inclement weather. No Barnacle Geese on the island either, although there were 7 in the fields above Penn Carr.  Simon Roddis  31/03/2018 
   30-Mar-2018  1 Avocet on Sailing Club Island, viewable only from dam at 0930 hrs. Also Scaup and Great Northern Diver still.  Roger Carrington   30/03/2018 
   30-Mar-2018  As well as Roger's birds, 2 Sand Martins flew past Stones island mid-morning. 3 Mandarins: a male flew over the Hopton end at first light and a pair flew across the reservoir from Stones island and landed in a tree on the east side. 1 Ruff. 1 Snipe at Hopton reedbed. 2 Tawny Owls calling at Hopton end. 1 Skylark N. Total of 50 Redwing, including 45 at Sheepwash. Mistle Thrush nest-building near Sheepwash. A party of c5 Redpolls on Stones included a couple of pale birds which might have been Commons (though they're the same species as Lesser now anyway).  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  30/03/2018 
   29-Mar-2018  Counts of birds on both sides of the reservoir yielded the following totals: 14 Chiffchaff (in contrast to 93 at the same time last year!), 57 Blackbirds, 24 Song Thrushes, 7 Mistle Thrushes (5 singing), 6 Redwing, 52 singing Robins, 21 singing Dunnocks, 24 singing Wrens (104 last year), 11 Willow Tits, 10 Nuthatch, 8 Treecreeper, 18 Bullfinch, 18 singing Chaffinch. Also: the GNDiver and male Scaup still, probably 5 Mandarins (pair at Millfields, 2m at Fishtail and 1m flew over the main carpark), 16 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1f Wigeon, 6 Gadwall in BA Bay, 2 Tawny Owls on the east side, a male Sparrowhawk caught a Pied Wagtail off the Stones island causeway, dropping briefly onto the water in the process, 1 Peregrine, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  29/03/2018 
   28-Mar-2018  A Sand Martin flew past Stones island this morning, as did an adult Kittiwake. The GNDiver and male Scaup are still there. 7 Ruff this morning, presumably the long-staying 5 plus a couple of new arrivals. 6 Gadwall (4m,2f). 9 Goldeneye (5m,4f). 6 immature Herring, the immature Yellow-leg and 5 GBbGulls. c540 Black-headed Gulls around Millfields island. 3 Chiffchaff. 50 Redwing at Sheepwash. 5 Lesser Redpoll on Stones island.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  28/03/2018 
   27-Mar-2018  The GNDiver, Scaup, Shelduck and immature Y-l Gull all still present. 2 Chiffchaffs singing at Millfields. Pair of Mandarin along the Stones causeway. Pair of Grey Wagtails at Millfields.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  27/03/2018 
   26-Mar-2018  An LRP flew around Stones island, calling, for several minutes between 0950 and 1000. 2 Merlins flew north up the west side at 0950, picked up over the Shiningford area, played around a bit and then headed north together. The GNDiver, Scaup, Shelduck and 5 Ruff still present. 18 Barnacle Geese. At least 2 Sparrowhawks and a Peregrine. 6 Herring Gull, the imm Yellow-leg and 2 GBbGs. 3 Skylarks over. Steady trickle of Meadow Pipits during the morning, 56 in total, all heading north. 3 Linnet. 2 Siskin. Alan S. counted 23 Tree Sparrows between Stones and Sheepwash, and we had a total of 8 singing Chiffchaffs between us.  Simon Roddis  26/03/2018 
   25-Mar-2018  Monthly WeBS count: 1 ad GNDiver, 13 Little Grebe, 34 GCGrebe, 13 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan, 88 Canada Geese, 10 Barnacles, 20 Greylags, 1 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin, 44 Mallard, 32 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 23 Wigeon, 70 Tufted, 4 Pochard, 1 Scaup, 7 Goldeneye, 108 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 16 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 5 Ruff, 11 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail. Also: 3 Golden Plover NW, 2 Peregrine, 20 Buzzards in the air from Stones island, 3 imm Herring Gull, 2 imm GBbGull, 3 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove at Sheepwash feeder, 8 Skylark over, 70 Starlings NE, 6+ Mistle Thrush, 100+ Redwing at Sheepwash/Paul Stanley, 2 Lesser Redpoll on Stones, 4 singing Willow Tits, 4 Chiffchaff (per Roger C).  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  25/03/2018 
   25-Mar-2018  6 Cormorant,42 Canada Goose,5 Dunnock,6 Robin,20 Tufted Duck,6 Little Grebe,15 Great Crested Grebe,60 BH Gull,3 Mute swan,12 Mallard,6 oystercatcher,10 Teal,21 Greylag,2 Goldfinch,22 Barnacle Goose,4 Ruff,6 Magpie,17 woodpigeon,4 Redshank,6 House Sparrow,2 Shoveler,4 Blue Tit,4 Long Tailed Tit,4 Great Tit,2 Gadwall,  David Armitt  25/03/2018 
   24-Mar-2018  GN Diver, 1 Shelduck, drake Scaup, 5 Ruff, 70 Redwing, Chiffchaff singing briefly at Sheepwash (RC), 2 Raven.  Clive Ashton, Roger Carrington.  24/03/2018 
   20-Mar-2018  This morning between the Wildlife Center and Lane End. 3 Oystercatchers, 4 Ruff, 5 Gadwall, Buzzard,Scaup and a Whooper Swan flew over (low level)  Eric Dewhurst  20/03/2018 
   20-Mar-2018  5 Mute Swan, the single Whooper Swan still, 5 Ruff, 1 GBBG, 1 YLG, 6 Willow Tit, c30 Redwing near PS Hide and 18 Skylark flew NE.  Clive Ashton  20/03/2018 
   19-Mar-2018  1 Whooper Swan around Sailing Club Island, 1 Ruff, 5 Redshank, 14 Oystercatcher, 3 GBBG, 2 Linnet, 4 Stock Dove feeding at Sheepwash car park.  Clive Ashton  19/03/2018 
   16-Mar-2018  Bar-tailed Godwit 5 Ruff 3 oystercatchers 2 Redshank. Sheep wash 12-30 p.m.  David Horsley   16/03/2018 
   16-Mar-2018  The Bar-tailed Godwit was still at Sheepwash to 16:00 at least. GNDiver, male Scaup and 5 Ruff all still present. 2 Goosander. 14 Oystercatcher. 6 Redshank. 9 Curlew. Immature Grey Heron hunting frogs (successfully) in the softrush on Sheepwash spit.  Simon Roddis  16/03/2018 
   15-Mar-2018  A female Merlin flew over the visitor centre area at about 1330, putting up lots of Jackdaws and Woodpigeons in the process. The GNDiver, male Scaup and 5 Ruff still present. 7 Redshank. 22 Barnacle Geese. 30 Redwing at Sheepwash. 12 Meadow Pipit. Linnet singing at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  15/03/2018 
   14-Mar-2018  Chiffchaff singing at Millfields carpark at 0815. The GNDiver, male Scaup and 5 Ruff still present. 5 Mute Swans. 6 Greylag (3 pairs). 20+ Barnacles. Male Shelduck flew N. 1 male Pochard. 22 Cormorant. 3 Grey Heron. 16 Common Buzzards in the air. 1 Dunlin. Single imm Y-l and GBbGulls. 2 Collared Dove. At least 6 Raven. c400 Starlings flew E during the morning, and 70 Fieldfares flew NE over Sheepwash at 1120. Male Linnet at Sheepwash.  SJR, AHS, RC, CA  14/03/2018 
   13-Mar-2018  The GNDiver, male Scaup and 5 Ruff still. A pair of Pintail flew N. 1 Dunlin. Single imm Y-l and GBbGulls. 2 Kestrel. 6 Skylarks over. 1 Linnet and 7 Lesser Redpoll on Stones island.  SJR, AHS, RC, CA  14/03/2018 
   11-Mar-2018  The GNDiver and male Scaup still present. A Rock Pipit flew over Stones island at 0920 and appeared to land in the Stones/Sailing Club island area but I couldn't find it again. 3 Mute Swan. 5+ Greylags. 27 Barnacle Geese. 25 Cormorant. 1 Grey Heron. 6 Buzzard including one displaying. 8 Redshank around the site. 4 Herring Gull. The imm Yellow-legged Gull. 2 GBbG, the adult and 'Onefoot'. 5 Skylark over. 120 Starlings E. Redwings: 50 chattering and singing at Millfields, 57 on Stones island then flew N.   Simon Roddis  11/03/2018 
   10-Mar-2018  The GNDiver, male Scaup, 5 Ruff and immature Yellow-legged Gull still this afternoon. The Yellow-leg appears to have just one leg - becoming a bit of a trend among the big gulls, it seems! 15 Redwings chattering and singing to themselves at Sheepwash. 1 Skylark over Millfields.  Simon Roddis  10/03/2018 
   09-Mar-2018  Brief visit this morning in foggy conditions, very little visibility: 2 Shoveler at Millfields, pair of Goldeneye at Sailing Club, 28 Barnacle Geese, 5 Ruff and 2 Curlew.  Clive Ashton  09/03/2018 
   09-Mar-2018  5 Ruff, 2 Willow Tits, 2 Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 15 Lapwings - all from WLC Hide
Willow Tit, 2 Barnacle Geese - on Stones Island
30 Common Gulls, 2 Goldeneye, Scaup, Linnet, 2 Ravens - from Sheepwash Hide and c/p
Willow Tit, 10 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 8 Lapwing - from Stanley Hide 
Alan Hobson  09/03/2018 
   08-Mar-2018  This morning from Sheepwash hide 1 Redshank, 2 Grey wagtails, 2 Linnets, Meadow pipit, 4 Oystercatchers and 2 Great black backed gulls 1 adult and the other was the one legged juvenile that was here last year.   A H Stewardson  08/03/2018 
   06-Mar-2018  GN Diver, drake Scaup at Lane End, 3 Curlew through, 1 Bar tailed Godwit flew north with one of the Curlews, 3+ Ruff, Dunlin heard, 70 Lapwing through East, 2 Snipe, 12 Skylark mainly North, 7 Mistle Thrush, 5 Willow Tits in WLC Creek.  Clive Ashton, Roger Carrington, Alan Stewardson   06/03/2018 
   06-Mar-2018  Late afternoon visit. Female Stonechat at Millfields carpark, perching on picnic tables and rubbish bins! GNDiver off Stones island. The male Scaup off Shiningford island. 24 Gadwall. 3 Goosander. 11 Curlew came in. 2 Ruff at Sailing Club. 1 Woodcock at Hopton end at dusk. In the gull roost, 4500 Black-headed, 1300 Common, 160 LBbG, 2 GBbG and 1 Herring. 400 Jackdaws flew over the visitor centre towards the dam wall before dusk.  Simon Roddis  06/03/2018 
   05-Mar-2018  2 Whooper Swan @ Hopton end 10-15 left over Visit WLC at 11-10 but returned to Hopton end at 11-50 but after a short time left again towards Wirksworth, Pair Pintail from WLC and Peregrine circled several times before landing on the island where it proceeded to pluck a bird with the wildfow all moving to the bank below, I didn't see it catch anything prior to landing. Male Scaup from Lane End Hide.  Ian Scrimshaw  05/03/2018 
   05-Mar-2018  The 59 Whooper Swans were still in Brown Ale Bay until they flew off W at 1005. 2 Whoopers then flew in, difficult to say if they were part of the 59 or not. GNDiver, male Scaup and 4 Pintail all still present. An adult winter Little Gull was over the res, seen from Brown Ale Bay, 0845-0915. 8 Golden Plover flew N at 1150. Total of 130 Lapwing, including 100 E. 4 Ruff. 1 Dunlin. 3 Redshank. 3 Curlew. 18 Gadwall. 73 Skylarks flew N during the morning, including one flock of 25. 2 Herring Gull. 1ad GBbG. 1 Fieldfare at Sheepwash. Not a bad morning!  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson, Clive Ashton  05/03/2018 
   03-Mar-2018  59 Whooper Swans (57 ads, 2 juvs) in Brown Ale Bay to 4pm at least. 54 (53 ads, 1 juv) had been reported earlier in Shiningford Creek; these flew N at 1350 but it looks like they came down again and joined/were joined by another 5. The GNDiver was between Stones island and Fishtail Creek. Adult male Scaup and 4 Pintail (1m, 3f) at the WLC. 1 Dunlin. Only saw 1 Ruff, 3 Lapwing and 2 Snipe. 2 Yellow-legged Gull (1 ad, 1 imm) at Sheepwash. 16 Cormorant.  Simon Roddis  03/03/2018 
   25-Feb-2018  2 Ruff,13 Teal,2 Oystercatcher,2 Mallard,22 BH Gull,17 Canada Gosse,20 Tufted Duck,15 Great Crested Grebe,11 Cormorant,88 Lapwing,3 Redshank,2 Pied Wagtail,6 Blue Tit,2 Great tit,1 Long tailed Tit,4 Robin,2 Dunnock,6 C Crow,4 Woodpigeon,1 GN Diver,1 Nuthatch,6 Blackbird  Dave Armitt  26/02/2018 
   25-Feb-2018  The GNDiver was off the spit from Sheepwash hide early morning. 2 Ruff there. 2 Redshank at the WLC.  Simon Roddis  25/02/2018 
   24-Feb-2018  5 Ruff and a Jack Snipe close to the Wildlife Center at 10:00. Redpoll near Lane End Feeder.  Eric Dewhurst  26/02/2018 
   24-Feb-2018  4 Woodcock flew into the Hopton end between 0615 and 0630  Simon Roddis  25/02/2018 
   23-Feb-2018  This morning, 28 Barnacle Geese, 5 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 12 Snipe, imm Yellow-legged Gull, at least 3 Kestrels. I reckon I've now had a total of 7 singing Mistle Thrushes at different spots around the res this week.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  23/02/2018 
   22-Feb-2018  Monthly WebS count: 3 Mute Swan, 7 Whooper Swan (5 ads, 2 juvs),4 Greylag, 118 Canadas, 28 Barnacles, 9 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 190 Teal, 123 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 74 Tufted, 14 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 1 GNDiver, 26 Cormorant, 16 Little Grebe, 38 GCGrebe, 6 Moorhen, 157 Coot, 10 Oystercatcher, 260 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 16 Snipe. Also 2 Raven, 12 Meadow Pipits on Stones, male Brambling at Sheepwash, 20 Siskin at Tail Bay.  Simon Roddis  22/02/2018 
   21-Feb-2018  21.02.18 Brambling in my garden in Hognaston  Alan Cribbens  21/02/2018 
   21-Feb-2018  The GN Diver still; it has dropped all but its outermost primaries so won't be going far any time soon! 3 Mute Swan. 26 Barnacle Geese. 10 Gadwall. 28 Cormorant. Pair of Sparrowhawks displaying at Millfields. Pair of Kestrels flew N over the visitor centre. 5 Ruff. 1 Dunlin. 3 Redshank. 19 Snipe (13 on Horseshoe island, 6 in BA Bay). Ad GBbG. 4 Raven over the visitor centre. 3 Skylark E. 60 Starlings N. 2 Mistle Thrushes singing at different locations from the 3 yesterday. Grey Wagtail singing at Sheepwash. Male Brambling at Sheepwash feeder again. Linnet singing on Stones island.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  21/02/2018 
   20-Feb-2018  Late morning: 8 Oystercatchers (5 flying north-east towards Hopton end, 2+1 probing the now narrower strip of mud in Shiningford Creek)  Gary Atkins  21/02/2018 
   20-Feb-2018  Adult GN Diver still. 17 Barnacle Geese. 2 Curlew. Ruff. 3 Redshank. 2 GBbG. 2 Skylark over. Male Brambling at Sheepwash carpark feeder. 3 singing Mistle Thrushes.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  20/02/2018 
   19-Feb-2018  2 Brambling on Sheepwash car park feeders.  Clive Ashton  19/02/2018 
   19-Feb-2018  The adult GN Diver still. 8 Greylags, 1 Barnacle and c50 Canada Geese. 2 Pochard. 5 Goldeneye. 22 Cormorant. 12 Little Grebe. 6 Buzzard. c600 Lapwing. Probably 7 Oystercatcher. 3 Ruff. 3 Redshank. 5 Snipe visible at WLC. 2 Herring Gull. Ad GBbG. 5 Willow Tits singing. 2 Skylark over. 6 Nuthatch. 15 Redwing at Sheepwash. 17 Meadow Pipit (7 on the dam wall, 10 on Stones).  Simon Roddis  19/02/2018 
   18-Feb-2018  15 Coots,9 Teal,34 Canada Goose,7 BH Gull,2 Robin,4 Blue Tit,2 Pochard,12 Long Tailed Tit,1 Coal Tit,2 Goldfinch,1 Redwing,1 Mistle Thrush,3 Blackbird,3 snipe,1 Jack Snipe,5 Wigeon,2 C Crow,1 Magpie,2 Mallard  Dave Armitt  26/02/2018 
   16-Feb-2018  4 Grey Wagtails out of Hopton Reedbed at dawn.
From Millfields early morning: pair Goosander, pair Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Skylark over and Great Northern Diver.
From Stones Island: 2 Jack Snipe and 2 Oystercatchers.
From Wildlife Centre: 5 Ruff and 5 Common Snipe.
Male Brambling still on Sheepwash car park feeder and Curlew over calling. 
Roger Carrington  16/02/2018 
   15-Feb-2018  7 Redshank around site, 5 Ruff on Watersports Island, 7 Magpie together on Stones, 2 Jay at Millfields. Plenty of species now in song including 16 Dunnock. Male Brambling on Sheepwash CP feeders.  Clive Ashton  15/02/2018 
   15-Feb-2018  This morning from Millfields 1 Peregrin bathing on shoreline,Great northern diver,1 female Sparrowhawk,3 Oystercatchers and a Redshank.  A H Stewardson  15/02/2018 
   12-Feb-2018  21 Tree sparrows on this mornings survey, also seen from Wildlife center 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Ruff, 2 Redshank and 12 Common snipe.   A H Stewardson  12/02/2018 
   11-Feb-2018  This morning from Sheepwash hide Great northern diver, Ruff 5,Oystercatcher 4, Kingfisher, Kittiwake 1 adult at 10:35am.  A H Stewardson  11/02/2018 
   07-Feb-2018  1 Barnacle Goose in with Canada Geese mid-morning at Wildlife Centre along with 2 Ruff, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Snipe, and numerous redshank around Shiningford Creek. GN Diver apparently present and very close to Stones Island around midday, according to other birders.  James Taylor  07/02/2018 
   05-Feb-2018  60 plus Pink feet geese heading west at 9:20am.   A H STEWARDSON   05/02/2018 
   04-Feb-2018  Following species (39) seen during the monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Coot, Cormorant, Teal, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Canada Goose, Redshank, Little Grebe, Gt Crested Grebe, Gt Northern Diver, Tufted Duck, Redpoll, Gt Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Gt Tit, Willow Tit, Pied Wagtail, Black-headed Gull, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Kingfisher, Oystercatcher, Ruff, Pochard, Mallard, Kestrel, Wren  Gary Atkins  04/02/2018 
   01-Feb-2018  5 Ruff, 3+ Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lesser Redpoll.  Clive Ashton  01/02/2018 
   30-Jan-2018  GN Diver & 2 Shelduck off Stones Island  Ian Scrimshaw  01/02/2018 
   30-Jan-2018  This morning from Millfields, 2 Shelduck, Great northern diver,3 Barnacle geese and 1 Redshank, from Wildlife center 3 Ruff,2 Redshank and 1 Dunlin.   A H Stewardson  30/01/2018 
   30-Jan-2018  3 Barnacle Geese & GN Diver at Millfields this morning. 4 Barnacle Geese mid afternoon from Wildlife Centre, with 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Ruff and 3 redshank seen between Wildlife Centre and Stones Island too  James Taylor  30/01/2018 
   29-Jan-2018  This morning from Sheepwash and Paul Stanley hides, heavyrain most of the morning, 2 RUFF, 200 Lapwings,2 Great black backed gulls, 1 Goldeneye, 10 Common gulls and 9 Common snipe.   A H Stewardson  29/01/2018 
   28-Jan-2018  4 Ruff,3 Redshank,1 Great Northern Diver,7 C crow,4 Magpie,2 Robin,52 Teal,300 Lapwing,18 Wigeon,220 Coot,40 mallard,40 BH Gull,26 Barnacle Goose,135 Canada Goose,1 Kestrel,4 Gadwall,4 Little Grebe,8 Great Crested Grebe,6 Jackdaws,5 Pheasant,2 Oystercatcher,2 Great Tit,2 Raven,3 Woodpigeon,2 Tree Sparrow   David Armitt  29/01/2018 
   27-Jan-2018  12 Whooper Swans present this morning, also 10 Goosander, 2+ Ruff, Kingfisher and 2 Lesser Redpoll.  Clive Ashton  27/01/2018 
   26-Jan-2018  2 Oystercatchers on Stones Island this afternoon.   Clive Ashton  27/01/2018 
   25-Jan-2018  This morning at Millfields, Great northern diver,Great black backed gull taking a fish off the Diver,2 Red breasted merganser, 1 Redshank, Skylark and Raven. From Stones island 5 Redshank, 1 Peregrin, 1 Sparrowhawk and Skylark.   A H Stewardson  25/01/2018 
   20-Jan-2018  12:00 PS hide water rail in chanel on left. Photos tweeted to Carsington Bird Club  Mary Wilde  25/01/2018 
   20-Jan-2018  Barn Owl on the dam at 6.45am  John Matkin  20/01/2018 
   19-Jan-2018  The GN Diver still, from Millfields early morning. One Hawfinch at Millfields, flew from the viewing area towards the carpark entrance. Sparrowhawk displaying over the west side. Imm male Peregrine over the WLC and perched for a few minutes in a tree behind Shiningford Creek. 500 Lapwing. 5 Ruff. 5 Redshank. 1 ad GBbG. GS Woodpecker drumming at Tail Bay. 2 Raven. 40 Fieldfare in fields above Hall Wood. Single Lesser Redpolls at Millfields and WLC.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  19/01/2018 
   18-Jan-2018  The GNDiver was off Stones island late morning. 21 Cormorant. 400 Lapwing. 1 Golden Plover flew S. 5 Ruff and 4 Redshank around Stones/WLC. 1 Collared Dove flew N up the east side. 2 Raven. Pair of Mistle Thrushes in the field between Sheepwash and PS hide. 18 Meadow Pipits (16 on Watersports, 2 at PS hide). 15 Bullfinches: 8 at Millfields (7m,1f), 7 at Sheepwash (5m,2f). 40 Siskin at Sheepwash. 1 Lesser Redpoll on Stones.  Simon Roddis  18/01/2018 
   14-Jan-2018  Monthly WeBS count: 1 GNDiver, 49 GCGrebe, 30 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 23 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan, 69 Canada Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese, 173 Mallard, 243 Teal, 1m Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 62 Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 117 Tufted, 13 Pochard, 14 Goldeneye, 624 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 653 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 3 Ruff, 15 Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher. Also 3 GBbG; still 1000 Common Gulls and c6000 BhGs from Lane End hide at 0800; 3 Tawny Owls calling at Sheepwash/Paul Stanley first thing.  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  14/01/2018 
   13-Jan-2018  This afternoon, the GN Diver off Stones island. 50 Siskin at Millfields. In the gull roost, c5000 BhGs, 1700 Commons, 250 Lesser Black-backs, 18 Herring Gull (11 down, 7 over), 1 ad Y-l GUll, 1 ad GBbG. 23 Cormorant. At Hopton end at dusk, 4 Tawny Owl calling, 3 Woodcock, 1 Water Rail, and at least 3 Common Snipe came out of the reedbed.  Simon Roddis  13/01/2018 
   12-Jan-2018  All this morning: Water Rail showing at Hopton Reedbed 0740hrs (NB habitat works here programmed for Wednesday 18 Jan).
Great Northern Diver still from Millfields.
Female Stonechat still from PSHide.
25 Common Snipe (8 at PSHide+ 17 at WLC).
Redshank and Ruff mobile around the shorelines.
Imm Yellow-legged Gull and 1 GBbGull at Sheepwash.
An unusual sight of 12 Little Grebe together off Lane End and 2 more at PSHide. 
Roger Carrington  12/01/2018 
   11-Jan-2018  GNDiver still present. Female Hawfinch at Millfields, first sighting of the year as far as I'm aware. Black-tailed Godwit at WLC. A site record 17 Ravens flew over the dam wall at 0855; 15 of them kept going SW, the other 2 appeared to be a local pair who flew up to check them out and then returned to Blackwall plantation. Male Shoveler. 7 Goosander. 2 Grey Herons. Male and female Kestrel at Millfields. 900 Lapwing. At least 5 Ruff. 3 Redshank. 10 Common Snipe. Imm Y-l Gull. Small NE movement of Woodpigeons, 60 in total. 1 Skylark over. Total of 16 Willow Tits (7 Millfields, 3 Stones, 1 WLC, 2 Sheepwash, 2 Paul Stanley, 1 Hopton). Female Stonechat at PS hide. 20 Meadow Pipits including 15 on dam wall. 2 Linnet on Stones. (75 species.)  Simon Roddis  11/01/2018 
   10-Jan-2018  The GN Diver still, from Millfields this morning. 7 Mute Swans. 2 Barnacle Geese. 3 Shoveler. 1 redhead Goosander. 750 Lapwing. 2 Ruff at Sailing Club. 12 Common Snipe at WLC. 4 Stock Doves. Mistle Thrush singing at Sheepwash. 8 Meadow Pipits.  Simon Roddis  10/01/2018 
   08-Jan-2018  The GNDiver still. 420 Pinkfeet W in 2 skeins: 120 at 0855 and 300 at 0900. 220 Canada Geese. 1 Barnacle. 8 Common Buzzards. Water Rail in Hopton reedbed. 5 Ruff. 14 Common Snipe. 1 ad GBbG. 5 Stock Doves. 9 Willow Tit between Hopton end and Stones island. 12 Fieldfare over.   Simon Roddis  08/01/2018 
   07-Jan-2018  The GNDiver still, from Sheepwash looking towards Millfields. Two unid'd divers flew south over the visitor centre area at 10:00 but carried on. Can't be sure what they were, but probably not GNDs. 2 skeins of Pinkfeet west: 180 at 0855, 100 at 1045. Female Peregrine bathing for about 5 minutes on the shoreline of Stones island. Rather her than me in these temperatures! 3 Ruff. 3 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 1 Jack Snipe showing well at PS hide on the small flush of water looking diagonally left from the hide at 12:00. Female Stonechat there too. 8 Stock Doves. 80 Starlings through, most going west, and 10 Fieldfare west. 2 Raven.  Simon Roddis  07/01/2018 
   07-Jan-2018  Species list from monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon; today attended by 27 people): Blue Tit, Wren, Woodpigeon, Peregrine, Canada Goose, Gt Crested Crebe, Redshank, Teal, Mallard, Pheasant, Mute Swan, Goldeneye, Black-headed Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Little Grebe, Meadow Pipit, Great Northern Diver, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Magpie, Cormorant, Coot, Snipe, Chaffinch, Willow Tit, Blackbird, Kestrel, Pheasant, Great Tit and Robin (35)  Gary Atkins  07/01/2018 
   06-Jan-2018  350 Pinkfeet west in 3 skeins during the morning (6/1): 140 at 0855; 150 at 0945 (per PS hide logbook) and 70 at 1020. The GNDiver still, off Stones. At Millfields early morning, 3 Goosander; c5000 BhGulls and 12 adult GBbGs had clearly roasted overnight. Imm Yellow-legged Gull. 250 Lapwing. 1 Golden Plover over. 4 Ruff. 3 Redshank. Female Kingfisher and female Stonechat again at PS hide. 2 Raven.  Simon Roddis  07/01/2018 
   04-Jan-2018  The GNDiver still, from Millfields at 12:30. Male Shoveler from PS hide. Single Greylag and Barnacle Geese. 250 Lapwing and 4 Ruff at Sheepwash. 16 Common and 4 Jack Snipe. Female Kingfisher and female Stonechat from PS hide.   Simon Roddis  04/01/2018 
   03-Jan-2018  The GNDiver off Millfields this morning. Female Stonechat at Paul Stanley hide (thanks Clive!). 1 Barnacle and 2 Greylag Geese. Female Shoveler at WLC. 5 Ruff, 3 Redshank and the single Dunlin still. Imm Y-l Gull. 3 GBbG. 4 Raven. 4 Willow Tit. 80 Siskin at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  03/01/2018 
   02-Jan-2018  This morning, the GNDiver from Millfields, 5 Ruff, 6 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 300 Lapwing at Sailing Club, 2 GBbG, the female Pintail at Sheepwash and 180 Redwing between the hide and carpark. Later in the day, 4 Herring and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls at Sheepwash, and 3 Woodcock, 1 Water Rail and 1 Tawny Owl at Hopton end last thing.  Simon Roddis  02/01/2018 
   31-Dec-2017  GNDiver still this morning, off Millfields. 7 Mute Swan (numbers have really gone down this month). 150 Canadas. Female Pintail at Sheepwash still. 5 Ruff and 1 Dunlin still. 2 Woodcock at Hopton end first thing. 4 ad Herring Gull through. 5 Stock Dove. 2 Collared Dove at the ranger base. 5 Raven. 20 Starlings over. 1 Brambling at Sheepwash. 5 Linnet and 2 Lesser Redpoll around Stones. 71 species - not a bad way to end the year!  Simon Roddis  31/12/2017 
   31-Dec-2017  A couple of hours in Pul Stanley hide this afternoon: A female Stonechat, 3 Raven, 2 ad GBBG, 5+ Herring Gull and a 2nd winter Yellow legged Gull.
c515 Lapwing at Sheepwash. 
Clive Ashton  31/12/2017 
   30-Dec-2017  2 Buzzards flying over, 11.30 hours
15 plus Snipe on shore of Shiningford Creek, 12.00
1 female Goldeneye, off Hall Wood, 14.00
2 Pochard, male and female, Upperfields Bay, 15.00
3 Gooseanders, 2 male and 1 redhead, Millfields, 15.30 
john le corney  31/12/2017 
   30-Dec-2017  The GNDiver was off Stones island this morning. 9 Goosander (2m,7 redhead) at Millfields early morning. 1 male Peregrine disturbing things on the west side. 250 Lapwing. 5 Ruff and 1 Dunlin at Sheepwash. 7 Common Snipe. Single Herring, Y-l and GBb Gulls. 2 Fieldfare over Millfields.  Simon Roddis  30/12/2017 
   27-Dec-2017  The GNDiver still. 278 Teal at Sheepwash/BA Bay and the female Pintail still. Redhead Goosander at Millfields. 18 Cormorant. 250 Lapwing. 2 Ruff. 2 Redshank. 2 ad GBbG. Imm Yellow-legged Gull. Adult female Peregrine created panic at Sheepwash before settling on the spit; unringed as far as I could see.   Simon Roddis  27/12/2017 
   25-Dec-2017  The GNDiver still, one Hawfinch and a redhead Goosander at Millfields. 195 Teal and the female Pintail at Sheepwash. 170 Lapwing, 5 Ruff, 4 Redshank, 1 Dunlin. Around 6,000 BhGs at first light. GSWoodpeckers at Millfields and Paul Stanley. Female Kingfisher back in Brown Ale Bay. 4 Raven (2 pairs).  Simon Roddis  25/12/2017 
   24-Dec-2017  GNDiver still, from Millfields. Male Hawfinch at the Millfields memorial. Female Pintail at Sheepwash. 1 Shelduck. 27 Barnacle Geese. 400 Lapwing at Sailing Club. 4 Ruff. Dunlin at Sheepwash still. 2 Woodcock and a Jack Snipe at Hopton end first thing, and 5 Grey Wags out of the reedbed. 10 Meadow Pipits on Stones.  Simon Roddis  24/12/2017 
   23-Dec-2017  GNDiver again this morning. 4 Pintail (the long-staying female plus 2 drakes and a female). 4 Ruff. 3 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 6 Tawny Owls calling and 3 Woodcock came into roost at Hopton end first thing. Clive Ashton had a Hawfinch at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  23/12/2017 
   22-Dec-2017  The adult GNDiver still. Female Hawfinch at Sheepwash carpark, and Roger C. had a female at Millfields. Female Pintail again at Sheepwash. 600 Lapwing. 35 Golden Plover flew W. 5 Ruff. 6 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 8 Common Snipe. 2 ad Herring, imm Y-l and ad GBb Gulls. 9 Linnet on Stones. Alan S. counted 17 Tree Sparrows between Stones and Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  22/12/2017 
   21-Dec-2017  This afternoon, the GNDiver still, showing well off Stones island. 13 Greylags. Female Pintail at Sheepwash. 600 Lapwing. 5 Ruff. 5 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. (7 Golden Plover reported in Sheepwash logbook.) 2 Raven. 5 Linnet on Stones. 2 Lesser Redpoll and 60 Siskin at Millfields. 4 Woodcock and Water Rail calling at Hopton reedbed at dusk.  Simon Roddis  21/12/2017 
   20-Dec-2017  Afternoon visit: the GNDiver was off Stones island. 150 Canadas. 550 Lapwing at Sheepwash. 4 Ruff. 1 Dunlin. 3 Redshank. 1 Linnet and 4 Lesser Redpoll on Stones. In the gull roost, c1500 Commons, 200 Lessers, 2 Herrings, 1 imm Yellow-leg and 1 ad GBbG. At Hopton reedbed at dusk, 2 Woodcock, 1 Water Rail calling and a tiny Starling roost (c15!).  Simon Roddis  20/12/2017 
   19-Dec-2017  The adult GN Diver off Stones, 7 Redshank, 3 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 6 Skylark over Millfields.  Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington  19/12/2017 
   18-Dec-2017  GNDiver still there. Probably 3 Hawfinches at Millfields: 2 (m & f) in the memorial area and a female in trees near Millfields island. 8 Goosander (2m,6f) off the dam wall. Very likely 7 Ruff: 2 at Millfields, 2 Stones/Watersports, 3 Sheepwash. 140 Lapwing. 5 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 2 Y-l Gull (ad and imm). 2 Herring Gulls through. 1 Skylark E over Stones. 1 Brambling and 15 Siskin at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  18/12/2017 
   17-Dec-2017  I didn't spend long up there this morning because of the fog, but Roger and I had 8 calling Tawny Owls between Lane End and Hopton end, and 2 Woodcock came into Hopton at first light.  Simon Roddis  17/12/2017 
   16-Dec-2017  Monthly WeBS count: 1 GNDiver, 37 GCGrebe, 20 Little Grebe, 21 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 25 Mute Swan, 175 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Greylags, 198 Mallard, 424 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 66 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 77 Pochard, 240 Tufted, 13 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 6 Moorhen, 948 Coot, 103 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 6 Redshank, 8 Common Snipe.  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  16/12/2017 
   16-Dec-2017  Two winter-plumage Black-necked Grebes were in front of Sailing Club late morning, at first diving very actively and then drifting around Stones towards the back of Sailing Club island. Later in the afternoon they were over at Millfields. Quite a decent gull roost: 1000 Common Gulls, 100 Lesser Black-backs, 24 Herrings, 1 GBbG, c3000 BhGulls by 4pm.  Simon Roddis  16/12/2017 
   15-Dec-2017  The GNDiver still, between Stones and Millfields this morning. Barnacle Goose again among the Canadas at Millfields. 3 Shoveler. Female Pintail in Brown Ale Bay. 7 Goosander flew in at 0945. At least 5 Ruff (4 at Millfields, 2 on Stones causeway, 1 at Sheepwash). 4 Redshank. 1 Dunlin.  Simon Roddis  15/12/2017 
   14-Dec-2017  The adult GNDiver still, 200 Canadas, 375 Teal, 2 Shoveler, female Pintail, 6 Goosander (3m, 3f), Peregrine - probably a male, has a loose feather on the leading edge of its right wing, 4 Ruff, 6 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Skylark south. The water level looks as it might finally be on the rise again, was bound to happen one day.  Simon Roddis  15/12/2017 
   13-Dec-2017  The GNDiver still, 205 Teal at Sheepwash, 3 Shoveler (2 Millfields, 1 Sheepwash), 1 Barnacle Goose among the Canadas, 205 Teal at Sheepwash, 300 Lapwing in fields between Tail bay and the dam wall, 3 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 6 Snipe, Kingfisher and Heron in Brown Ale Bay, 3 Raven, 1 Brambling on Stones island, 30 Siskin at Millfields, 10 Goldfinch feeding on the ground on the path to Sheepwash hide.  Simon Roddis  13/12/2017 
   11-Dec-2017  The GNDiver still, from Millfields this afternoon. Female Pintail again at Sheepwash. 4 Ruff at Millfields. 7 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 14 Snipe at Sailing Club/WLC. Woodcock flushed from under Sheepwash hide! Water Rail in Hopton reedbed. 6 Stock Dove, including 5 which dropped into Hall Wood at dusk. 2 GS Woodpecker at Sheepwash. 15 Fieldfare over.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  11/12/2017 
   09-Dec-2017  Millfields 5/6 Redpoll, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Willow Tit, 4/5 Redshank  Mr ERIC DEWHURST  10/12/2017 
   08-Dec-2017  GN Diver off Sailing Club Island, 5 Ruff, 5 Redshank and a male Hawfinch at Millfields. A further 3 Redshank on Stones Island. c150 Common Gulls still at 10:00hr, 1 GBBG, 1 Sparrowhawk.  Clive Ashton  08/12/2017 
   07-Dec-2017  On the afternoon shift today. The GNDiver still. 1 Hawfinch, probably the female, again at Millfields. Female Pintail at Sheepwash again. Approx 2000 Common Gulls in the roost, and 3 Yellow-legs (2 ads, 1 2nd-w). 1 Herring Gull through. 2 Water Rails: one squealing in Hopton reedbed and another 'kik-kik'-ing in the pool near Sheepwash hide. 350 Lapwing. 5 Ruff. 4 Redshank. 3 Dunlin. 2 Peregrine (female and male) at Millfields, and the female over WLC later. Female Kingfisher at Sheepwash. 40+ Rooks on/over the dam wall mid-afternoon. 15 Meadow Pipits. 30 Siskin at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  07/12/2017 
   06-Dec-2017  Just the usual suspects really. The GNDiver still. Female Pintail in BA Bay. 363 Lapwings and 4 Dunlin at Sheepwash. 5 Ruff at Millfields. 4 Redshank. Ad and imm GBbGull. 4 Raven. 50 Siskin again at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  06/12/2017 
   05-Dec-2017  Hopton end at dawn: 6 Tawny Owls calling, 1 Woodcock.
Millfields (CA,RC): Great Northern Diver, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 1 Hawfinch and c 20 Siskin.
Stones (CA,RC): 2 further Redshank
Sheepwash: 2 Dunlin, 50+ Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush. 
Clive Ashton  05/12/2017 
   05-Dec-2017  The GN Diver still. 3 redhead Goosander at Millfields. 300 Lapwing. 2 Dunlin. 5 Ruff. 5 Redshank. 4 Common Snipe. 2 Herring Gulls through. Seven sightings of Sparrowhawk, probably 6 birds (5f,1m). 1 Peregrine. 3 GS Woodpecker. 3 Raven. 6 Fieldfare and 50 Redwing at Millfields. 50 Siskin at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  05/12/2017 
   03-Dec-2017  Following species seen during monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon around Stones Island and Wildlife Centre): Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Pheasant, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Coot, Teal, Gt Black-backed Gull, Magpie, Mallard, Pochard, Wren, Redwing, Jackdaw, Gt Crested Grebe, Lapwing, Willow Tit, Goldfinch, Goldeneye, Gt Northern Diver, Snipe, Chaffinch, Redshank, Meadow Pipit, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow and Moorhen  Gary Atkins  03/12/2017 
   03-Dec-2017  In addition to the 'BwB' group sightings, I also saw the following from 8 and 10am between Millfields and Upperfields Farm: Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Jay, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Siskin, Bullfinch, Song Thrush and Ruff (3) ... also worth noting there were at least 40 Blackbirds in this short-ish section  Gary Atkins  03/12/2017 
   02-Dec-2017  The GNDiver still. Female Hawfinch at Millfields late morning. 80 Pink-footed Geese W at 1155. 200 Canada Geese. 1 Barnacle. 21 Greylags. 9 Shoveler. Female Pintail at WLC. 3 Sparrowhawks. At Hopton reedbed first thing, 3 Woodcock, Water Rail calling, 6 Grey Wags. at least 6 Redshank. 4 Ruff. 19 Common Snipe. 6 Herring Gulls. 35 Meadow Pipits. 8 Treecreeper and 6 Nuthatch in Hall/Middle Woods, and another 2 Treecreeper and 4 Nuthatch at Sheepwash. (74 species.)

A tip re the Hawfinch: I located her this morning from the sound of her crunching on alder seeds. Didn't see her fly in or make any calls today. 
Simon Roddis  02/12/2017 
   02-Dec-2017  Little Egret in Shiningford Creek this morning.  Eric Dewhurst  02/12/2017 
   01-Dec-2017  01-12-2017 - Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson - The GNDiver still, but mobile. 44 Mute Swans. 5 Ruff. 6 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 6 Common Snipe. Single adult Herring and GBb Gulls. Adult Peregrine..  Simon Roddis  01/12/2017 


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