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   20-Nov-2018  11 Dunlin and 2 Ruff at Sailing Club, 1 Redshank at Millfields, 4 Shoveler. 330 Starlings at Hopton End at dawn possibly roosted at Hopton Pond, 150 Redwing. 1 Brambling at Sheepwash car park.  clive ashton  20/11/2018 
   19-Nov-2018  c100 Pink-feet SW at 0915. What I think was the same 2w/3w Caspian as yesterday was at Sheepwash for a short time. Adult Yellow-leg. 2 Shoveler. 3 Ruff still. 9 Dunlin. 1 Redshank. 400 Lapwing. 23 Cormorant. c800 Woodpigeons moving but in random directions. 380 Redwing going north-ish up the west side. 30 Starlings W.   Simon Roddis  19/11/2018 
   18-Nov-2018  9 Goosander (3 males, 6 redheads) at Millfields early morning. 7 Goldeneye. 3 Ruff still. 10 Dunlin. Male Pintail. 2 Shoveler. Adult Peregrine at Sheepwash. Adult Yellow-leg and 5 GBbGulls. 1 Brambling at Millfields.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  18/11/2018 
   17-Nov-2018  A late Chiffchaff was on Stones island this morning. At first light at the Hopton end, 5 Tawny Owls, 2 Woodcock, 1 Brambling and a singing Mistle Thrush, and 22 Reed Buntings came out of the reedbed. 110 Canadas, 2 Banacles and 2 Greylags. 2 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 3 Ruff and 3 Redshank still. 7 Dunlin. Adult and 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull. 1 adult Peregrine. 31 Meadow Pipits and 14 Lesser Redpoll on Stones.  Simon Roddis  17/11/2018 
   16-Nov-2018  A first-winter Caspian Gull was in the roost this evening but I didn't see the Glaucous. c3000 Lesser Black-backs, 1 GBbG and 30 Herrings. c100 Canadas. 2 drake Pintail. 2 Shoveler. 4 Goldeneye. 70 Golden Plover again circled the main centre around midday. 415 Lapwing. 3 Ruff still. 5 Dunlin. 3 Redshank (1 at WLC, 2 in BA Bay). 2 (maybe 3) Woodcock at Hopton end at dusk. 40 Meadow Pipits on Stones. 1 Brambling at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  16/11/2018 
   14-Nov-2018  13 nov peregrine falcon bathing in front of sheepwash hide watched for 20 mins at 11.30am then flew of towards wild life centre  roy middleton  14/11/2018 
   12-Nov-2018  6,450 Woodpigeons flew N between 0815-0945, including 2,500 in one 15 minute period. (I know, I should get a life!) 2 Pintail and 6 Shoveler in Brown Ale Bay. 3 Ruff still. c1,000 LBbGs loafing on Sheepwash spit at midday. 7 Collared Doves at the ranger base. 6 Willow Tits. 6 Skylark over. c100 Fieldfare and 200 Redwing. 15 Redpoll on Stones island.  Simon Roddis  12/11/2018 
   11-Nov-2018  195 Lapwing,2 Raven,56 Teal,6 Mute Swan,30 Wigeon,18 Tuffted Duck,17 Cormorant,8 Great Crested Grebe,2 Pheasant,1 Pied Wagtail,2 Goldeneye,12 Gadwall,3 Little Grebe,200 BH Gull,150 LBB Gull,50 GBB Gull,1 Moorhen,10 Mallard,3 Great Tit,1 Chaffinch,1 Robin All seen late afternoon.  David Armitt  12/11/2018 
   11-Nov-2018  In the monthly WeBS count this morning, numbers of most species had dropped since last month: 27 Mute Swan. 70 Canada Geese. 2 Barnacles. 108 Mallard. 402 Teal. 146 Wigeon. 42 Gadwall. 2 Shoveler. 2 Pintail. 175 Tufted. 27 Pochard. 5 Goldeneye. 1 Little Egret. 1 Grey Heron. 19 Cormorant. 37 Little Grebe. 50 GCGrebe. 4 Moorhen. 748 Coot. 371 Lapwing. 4 Dunlin. 3 Ruff. 11 Snipe. 3 Woodcock. Also: 5 Tawny Owls calling at Hopton end at first light. 1 Peregrine. 9 GBbGulls at Sheepwash had presumably roosted overnight. 4 Skylark over.   Simon Roddis, John Bradley  11/11/2018 
   11-Nov-2018  2nd winter Glaucous Gull at Sheepwash Hide 15.55 until 16.15 then presumably flew to roost. Other birders did have it prior to this at 14.45. Also 2 Yellow legged Gulls and 6 Herring Gulls, and 2 Ravens on the spit.   Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown   11/11/2018 
   10-Nov-2018  The second-winter Glaucous Gull was again at Sheepwash late afternoon (thanks to RJL/AHS/JB for the nod). Also c1500 LBbG, 20 Herring and 4 Yellow-legs (3 ads and a second-winter). A flock of 72 Golden Plover circled the WLC area for half an hour early afternoon but couldn't pluck up the courage to land. It appears that the 'pair' of Pintail are actually 2 males: the female-looking one is developing pale grey flanks and has a tiny hint of a white line behind the eye. 4 redhead Goosander flew N. c350 Lapwing. 3 Dunlin. 3 Ruff still. 13 Snipe at WLC. Two flocks of Starlings totalling about 700 birds flew low past Brown Ale Bay towards Hopton end late afternoon, presumably on their way to roost. c300 Fieldfare and 100 Redwings in fields at the top of WLC creek. 6 Tree Sparrow and 20 Siskin at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  10/11/2018 
   08-Nov-2018  Bit of movement this morning: 2240 Woodpigeons N, 125 Starlings W, 30 Bramblings SW over Millfields early morning. Estimated 10,000 Black-headed Gulls from Millfields at first light. 140 Canadas. 2 Barnacle. Pair of Pintail. 2 Shoveler. 4 Goldeneye. 1 Little Egret. c300 Lapwing. 3 Ruff. 8 Dunlin. 12 Snipe at WLC. 6 Collared Dove at the ranger base. Kingfisher at Millfields. 6 Raven. 220 Redwing. 70 Fieldfare. 30 Meadow Pipit.   Simon Roddis  08/11/2018 
   08-Nov-2018  Second Winter Glaucous Gull from 4:10pm Sheepwash Hide, also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and 3 Herring Gulls among many Lesser Black-backed, Black Headed and Common Gulls.  Roger Carrington, Richard Lowe  08/11/2018 
   07-Nov-2018  A lot of thrushes around this morning: c930 Fieldfare, 100 Redwings and 270 Starlings in total. Pair of Pintail in BA Bay. Not a great deal else to report.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  07/11/2018 
   05-Nov-2018  I did the afternoon shift today because of the murk this morning, and it paid off in the shape of a 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull briefly at Sheepwash at 1525, the first here since December 2008 I believe. Gulls loafing in Brown Ale Bay included 4 Yellow-legs (2 ads, 2 3rd-winters) and adult Caspian. Still present: 2 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 7 Dunlin. 4 Shoveler. c300 Lapwing. 11 Snipe at WLC. 30 Long-tailed Tits, including 22 on Stones. 8 Tree Sparrows and a Yellowhammer at Millfields. At least 5 (10?) Redpolls. 15+ Brambling appeared to drop into roost on the other side of the road from BA Bay. Decent afternoon!  Simon Roddis  05/11/2018 
   04-Nov-2018  5 Tawny Owls calling and one Woodcock at the Hopton end first thing. The Shelduck that has been around for a few days is now lying dead on the shore in Brown Ale Bay. 2 Pintail, male R-c Pochard, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank and adult Y-l Gull still. 200 Redwing flushed by a stooping Sparrowhawk at Shiningford. 20 Meadow Pipits on Stones.  Simon Roddis  04/11/2018 
   04-Nov-2018  Adult Caspian Gull on bank in front of Sheepwash hide at 13.50 until 15.10 at least. Also 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull.   Neil Moulden  04/11/2018 
   03-Nov-2018  A bit of movement this morning: 500 Woodpigeons, 11 Skylarks in various directions, 480 Starlings, 466 Fieldfare, 69 Redwing, 20 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Brambling, 1 Yellowhammer (the latter 2 over Millfields). 2 Greylags. 2 Barnacles. The female Shelduck still. 2 Pintail (female at Sailing Club, drake in Brown Ale Bay). 7 Shoveler. Male RH-c Pochard. 69 Pochard. 5 Goldeneye. 3 Goosander. An adult Peregrine marauding up and down the west side. 150 Lapwing. 2 Ruff. 6 Dunlin. 2 Redshank in BA Bay. Adult Y-l Gull. 3 Collared Dove over Hopton end. c50 Rooks on the dam wall first thing. 5 Redpoll on Stones.  Simon Roddis  03/11/2018 
   02-Nov-2018  22 Mute Swans. 167 Canadas. 2 Barnacles. Female Shelduck still. Male Mandarin at WLC. 13 Shoveler. 1 Pintail. Male R-c Pochard. 2 Goldeneye. The Little Egret still. 6 Dunlin. 1 Redshank. 9 Snipe. Adult Herring Gull. 4 Tawny Owls calling at Hopton end at first light. Kingfisher at Sheepwash. 5 Brambling SW over Sheepwash. (75 species.)  Simon Roddis  02/11/2018 
   01-Nov-2018  Single Little Egret, Shelduck and R-c Pochard still. 5 Shoveler. 18 Little Grebes from Sheepwash hide. 150 Lapwing. 3 Ruff and 7 Dunlin mobile between Sailing Club and Sheepwash. Adult GBb and Y-l Gulls. 2 Collared Doves on Sheepwash feeder. 6 Raven. 60 Fieldfare. 80 Redwing. 15 Tree Sparrows at WLC. 1 Brambling over BA Bay. 2 Greenfinch over.  Simon Roddis  02/11/2018 
   31-Oct-2018  Again only 2-300 each of Woodies and Starlings moving. The Shelduck still. 5 Shoveler. Male R-c Pochard. 3 Ruff still. 10 Snipe. 7 Dunlin. 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. 1 Little Egret still.  SJR, AHS, CA, RC  31/10/2018 
   30-Oct-2018  Much less moving than yesterday, just 100 Woodpigeons, 300 Starlings, 65 Redwings and 2 Skylarks. 84 Gadwall. 6 Shoveler. 1 Pintail. Female Shelduck still. Male R-c Pochard. 1 Little Egret. 50 Lapwing. 2 (maybe 3) Ruff. 6 Dunlin. 3 Redshank. 2 Snipe. 2 Redpoll. Tree Sparrow at Millfields carpark.  Simon Roddis  30/10/2018 
   29-Oct-2018  Vismig from Stones island 0815-1015: 745 Woodpigeons S, 1595 Starlings W, 416 Fieldfare W, 41 Redwing W, 11 Skylark N and c100 un-id'd finches W. Female Shelduck at Sheepwash. 3 Shoveler. Male R-c Pochard. 1 Little Egret. 2 Ruff and a Dunlin at Watersports.   Simon Roddis  29/10/2018 
   28-Oct-2018  8 Whooper Swans in Fishtail Creek then another 3 in from the East at 0920hr, 45 PF Geese East at 0850hr, 2 Goosander, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank, Peregrine, 1st winter Kittiwake. Birds on the move 715 Wood Pigeon SW, 3600 Starling W, 27 Fieldfare, 8 Crossbill and a Yellowhammer  CA, JB, AHS  28/10/2018 
   27-Oct-2018  Little Egret, 326 Teal, 65 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 8 Goldeneye, Shelduck, 3 Ruff, Dunlin, Peregrine, 595 Woodpigeon SW, 50 Fieldfare W, 7 Brambling, Yellowhammer.  CA, AHS, JB  27/10/2018 
   25-Oct-2018  3 Pintail at Millfields. 3 Ruff, 4 Dunlin at WLC. 1 Pink-footed Goose from Sheepwash Hide.  Neil Moulden & Alan Freestone  26/10/2018 
   22-Oct-2018  2 Whooper Swans on the water at 0730hr were joined by 10 more at 0905hr and then another 6 at 0945hr. All 18 were still present in Sailing Club Bay at 10:00hr when I left. The 2 Ruff still present along with 4 Dunlin. 625 Wood Pigeons flew South and West and 60 Starling West. C15 Linnet on Stones.  Clive Ashton  22/10/2018 
   20-Oct-2018  This morning from Stones Island, 2 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 10 Common Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, 7 Ringed Plovers, 16 Skylarks, 1 Greater spotted woodpecker, 2 Raven and all morning small parties of Woodpigeon moving through biggest flock was 250. 8 Shoveller flew over as I left Stones island.   A H STEWARDSON   20/10/2018 
   19-Oct-2018  This morning from Stones Island, Ruff 1,1 Dunlin , 1 Common Snipe, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Greater spotted woodpecker, 1 Redshank and 14 Skylarks.   A H STEWARDSON   19/10/2018 
   19-Oct-2018  5 adult Whooper Swans from Sheepwash Hide in the afternoon then left SE at 17.45. 4 Little Egrets across the site. Grey Heron. 26 Little Grebes. 8 Shoveler. 23 Gadwall. 2 Pintail. 81 Pochard. 5 Goosander. 8 species of wader is impressive for October. 5 Snipe-4 in front of Sailing Club and 1 in Brown Ale Bay. Redshank. Ruff. 4 Dunlin. Ringed Plover. Curlew. 171 Lapwing and a late Common Sandpiper in Brown Ale Bay. 4 Yellow legged Gulls-3 adults and a 3rd winter. Kingfisher and 2 Raven.   Dave Newcombe   19/10/2018 
   18-Oct-2018  70 Pink-footed Geese flew NW at 09:40hr, 2 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover. Large movement of Wood Pigeon with 2,325 SW between 08:00 and 09:00hr, 5 Skylark heard.  Clive Ashton / Roger Carrington  18/10/2018 
   17-Oct-2018  5 Little Egret, 2 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Snipe.
A Little Owl calling at Hopton End is the first for over 5 years, 3 Chiffchaff on Stones Island. A bit of movement today: 290 Wood Pigeon, 43 Redwing, 77 Fieldfare, 30+ Skylark, 160 Starling, 3 Lesser Redpoll.  
CA, RC, AHS  17/10/2018 
   15-Oct-2018  This morning from Sheepwash hide, 1 male Peregrin perched in front of hide for 15 minutes then flew to far bank and killed a Coot, I then watched it pluck the Coot,it was soon join by 2 Carrion crows which harassed it while it was feeding for about 30 minutes, also 1 female Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 2 Ravens and 2 Great black backed gulls. 94 Pochard in Brown ale bay.   A H STEWARDSON   15/10/2018 
   14-Oct-2018  1st winter Mediterranean Gull in front of Sheepwash Hide 14.50 to 15.10 hrs at least.  Neil Moulden  15/10/2018 
   14-Oct-2018  October WeBs- Little Grebe 27, Great Crested Grebe 49, Cormorant 16, Little Egret 4, Grey Heron 1, Mute Swan 38, Canada Goose 5, Wigeon 56, Gadwall 45, Teal 465, Mallard 167, Pintail 2, Shoveler 12, Red-crested Pochard 2, Pochard 110, Tufted Duck 223, Moorhen 13, Coot 1015, Lapwing 162, Dunlin 1, Snipe 5, Ruff 2  JB, CA, RC  15/10/2018 
   13-Oct-2018  This morning from Sheepwash hide 1 female type Goldeneye , 3 Little Egrets, 1 Yellow legged gull, 1 Great black backed gull, 2 Pintail at Millfields, 25 Meadow pipits on Stones island 2 Shoveller in yacht club bay and 4 Shoveller AT WLC.   AHS, RC, CA.   13/10/2018 
   12-Oct-2018  This morning 78 Pochard in Brown ale bay, from Sheepwash hide 1 Yellow legged gull, 2 Raven, 1 Red legged partridge, 1 Great black backed gull,3 Little Egrets, 1 Peregrine, 2 Pintail at Millfields, 15 Linnets on Stones island.   AHS, RC, CA.   12/10/2018 
   11-Oct-2018  25 redwing over fishtail creek at c18:30  John Matkin  12/10/2018 
   10-Oct-2018  This morning from Stones Island, 2 Ruff, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Rock Pipit,18 Skylarks minimum and 2 Small Copper butterflies.   AHS,RC.   10/10/2018 
   10-Oct-2018  Rock Pipit over Stones Island causeway mid morning then on the deck with Meadow Pipits a short while later. I'm guessing the same bird that Alan and Roger had. 3 Little Egrets at Sheepwash, also 2 Pink footed Geese there. 42 Great crested Grebes, 23 Little Grebes. 2 Pintail at Millfields. 2 Shoveler at S'wash. 23 Gadwall and 116 Pochard. 2 Ruff in front of Sailing Club then opposite Wildlife Centre. 2 Snipe and a Dunlin at Sailing Club. Single Redwing at Millfields. 10+ Skylark over the dam. 2 Siskin and a Raven. 3 Yellow legged Gulls at S'wash-2 adults and a 3rd winter. Great White Egret reported at Paul Stanley although I never saw it.   Dave Newcombe   10/10/2018 
   08-Oct-2018  4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 38 Greylag, 35 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 47 Wigeon, 132 Pochard, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Pintail, adult female Peregrine plucking and eating a Coot on Horseshoe Island, 1 Ruff, 1 GBbG, 60 Redwing over Hopton end.  Clive Ashton  08/10/2018 
   07-Oct-2018  Species list from latest Birdwatching for Beginners walk (from 10am to 12 noon): Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Coot, Canada Goose, Teal, Pintail, Little Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Mallard, Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Tufted Duck, Great Black-backed Gull, Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Ruff, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard, Wren, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robin, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Magpie, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Great Tit  Gary Atkins  08/10/2018 
   06-Oct-2018  Female Common Scoter from Sheepwash hide. Totals of 6 Pintail (5 Brown Ale Bay, 1 Millfields) and 13 Shoveler. 2m Red-crested Pochard. At least 3 Little Egret. 1 adult Peregrine. 4 Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin still in BA Bay. 3 Chiffchaff.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  06/10/2018 
   05-Oct-2018  A bit quiet this morning, main thing to report was a flock of c80 Siskin south over Brown Ale Bay.  Simon Roddis  05/10/2018 
   04-Oct-2018  The first winter thrushes this morning, 7 Redwing (6 SW over the dam wall, 1 through WLC fields). Juvenile Arctic Tern from Sheepwash hide 11:15-11:20 at least. 580 Canada Geese flew out over the dam wall early morning along with 3 Barnacles, 1 Pink-foot and the Ruddy Shelduck. 2 Pintail. 4 Shoveler. 2 R-c Pochard. c120 Pochard. 2 redhead Goosander. 4 Little Egret. 50 Lapwing. 4 Ringed Plover. 1 Dunlin and the Ruff still. At least 2 Peregrines from Stones. 18 Skylark N. 10 Chiffchaff. 25 Linnet again around Stones. 1 Lesser Redpoll over BA Bay. 8 Siskin.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  04/10/2018 
   03-Oct-2018  Clive found 2 Red-throated Divers on the water off Stones island at 07:55. After a few minutes they took off, gaining height and circling for several minutes more before heading off W at 08:10. 13 Barnacle Geese. 3 Shelduck (f + 2 imms). 14 Shoveler. 3 Pintail. 1 R-c Pochard. 27 Cormorant. 4 Little Egret. 1 Golden Plover over. 4 Ringed Plover. 1 Dunlin. The Ruff still. 5 Snipe. 3rd-w Y-l Gull still. 2 Skylark over. 3 Chiffchaff. Male Blackcap at BA Bay. 25 Linnet on Stones. Total of 12 Siskin.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton   03/10/2018 
   02-Oct-2018  A juvenile Gannet was brought to Carsi this morning, having just been found in one of the local quarries. It appeared fit and healthy on release and after a short while flew off strongly to the west. 2 Pintail. 8 Shoveler. 60 Wigeon. 2 R-c Pochard. 118 Pochard (70m,48f). 4 Little Egret. 1 Golden Plover over. 3 Ringed Plover. Single Dunlin, Ruff and Redshank still. 3 adult Common Gulls. 2 Swallow. Only 1 Chiffchaff.   Simon Roddis  02/10/2018 
   01-Oct-2018  Fewer Wigeon (50) and Pochard (91) than yesterday. 43 Gadwall. 10 Shoveler. 3 Pintail. 2 R-c Pochard. 2 redhead Goosander. 3 Little Egret. 50 Lapwing. 2 Ringed Plover. Single Golden Plover, Curlew, Ruff, Redshank and Dunlin. 9 Jays. 22 Skylark (15N, 7S). 4 Chiffchaff. 1 male Blackcap. 12 Tree Sparrow at WLC. 20 Chaffinch at Sheepwash feeder. 25 Linnet on Stones. 2 Lesser Redpoll (singles over Millfields and BA Bay).  Simon Roddis  01/10/2018 
   30-Sep-2018  A Great Egret flew past Stones island at 0805 and appeared to land in the Lane End area but not seen again (by us, anyway). 5 Little Egret. 430 Canada Geese. 11 Barnacles. 81 Wigeon. 10 Shoveler. 3+ Pintail. 135 Pochard. 38 Little Grebe - more than a 50% increase in less than a week. 2 Ringed Plover. 1 Dunlin. 1 Ruff still. 1 Redshank. 2 Common Sand (BA Bay and Big island). Adult male Peregrine. 2 Skylark. 7 Chiffchaff. 2 Blackcap. 1 Lesser Redpoll over Stones. 11 Siskin.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  30/09/2018 
   30-Sep-2018  82 Teal,6 Lapwing,7 Cormorant,28 Mallard,2 Grey Heron,10 C Crow, 2 Pied wagtail,79 Tufted Duck,10 Great Crested Grebe,11 Mute Swan,5 Little Grebe,77 Pochard,22 Gadwall,2 Pheasant,6 Moorhen,12 Wigeon,1 Buzzard,1 Chiffchaff,1 Song Thrush, Great White Egret drop in at Paul Stanley Hide then moved Toward Hopton Reedbed   David Armitt  30/09/2018 
   28-Sep-2018  Decent Pink-footed Goose movement this morning: 1020 NW between 0915-1045 and 50 E. 160 Greylags. 6 Barnacle. 9 Shoveler. 1 Pintail which evaded the marauding Peregrine at one point. 2 Little Egret. 3 Sparrowhawk. 10 Buzzard. 70 Lapwing. The Ruff still. 5 Dunlin. 6 tawny owls calling at Hopton end first thing. 8 Jays including 4 which flew across the res. 7 Swallows. 10 Chiffchaff (5 in WLC creek). 2 Blackcap.   Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  28/09/2018 
   27-Sep-2018  In the Millfields wildfowl collection, early morning: 645 Canadas, 10 Barnacles, 174 Greylag, 1 Pink-foot, 2 Ne-ne (Hawaiian Goose), 1 Ruddy Shelduck. 2000 Lesser Black-back and 1000 BhGs also there early morning. 3rd-w Y-l Gull. 1 Herring Gull. 3 R-c Pochard. Adult female Peregrine again. 2 Little Egret. 30 Cormorant. 73 Lapwing. 2 Ringed Plover. 8 Dunlin. The Ruff at Sailing Club still. 1 Common Sand. 7 GSWoodpecker. 10 Chiffchaff. 1 Blackcap. Tiny bit of movement: 2 House Martin, 6 Skylark, 22 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 8 Siskin. 24 Linnet around Stones.   Simon Roddis  27/09/2018 
   26-Sep-2018  Ad hoc wildfowl count this morning: 23 Mute Swan, only 250 Canadas and 3 Greylags (there would probably be more either first or last thing), 2 Barnacles, 39 Wigeon, 29 Gadwall, 467 Teal, 184 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 3 R-c Pochard, 87 Pochard, 260 Tufted, 15 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 24 Little Grebe, 48 GCGrebe, 13 Moorhen, 1148 Coot, 28 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe. One 1st-w Common Gull. Adult female Peregrine. 8 Jays on the west side. 5 House Martin. 12 Chiffchaff on the west side, plus one at Millfields. 1 Blackcap at Millfields. Yellowhammer over Stones late morning.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  26/09/2018 
   25-Sep-2018  1 Hobby low over Brown Ale Bay at 15.10 hrs, plus 3 Pintail in the bay.  Neil Moulden  26/09/2018 
   25-Sep-2018  14 Shoveler (12 at Sailing Club, 2 Millfields). 2 Pintail at Sailing Club. 1 R-c Pochard. 3 Little Egret. 1 Ruff still. 8 Dunlin off Stones causeway. 16 Swallow. 11 House Martin. 13 Chiffchaff. 14 Linnet.  Simon Roddis  25/09/2018 
   24-Sep-2018  Didn't see any phalaropes this morning. 1 Ruff still at Sailing Club. 1 Common Sand. 45 Pink-feet W in skeins of 13 and 32. 3 Pintail (first of the autumn, I think). 1 Shoveler. 54 Pochard. 1 R-c Pochard. 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. 21 Chiffchaffs (15 of them on Stones). 3 Blackcap. Only 1 Swallow and 7 House Martins, must have been a big clear-out yesterday.  Simon Roddis  24/09/2018 
   23-Sep-2018  2 Jay,1 Sparrow hawk,20 Cormorant,17 Canada Goose,27 Gadwall,230 Teal,4 Pied wagtail, 2 White Wagtail,2 Lesser Black Back Gull,29 Tufted Duck,3 BH Gull,4 Mute Swan,29 Greylag Goose,8 Great Crested Grebe,5 Little Grebe,10 Pochard,1 Common Sandpiper,11 Mallard,1 Female Scaup  David Armitt  25/09/2018 
   23-Sep-2018  Grey Phalarope from sheepwash hide 08:10  Andy Radage  23/09/2018 
   23-Sep-2018  Juv/1st-w Grey Phal at Sheepwash to 11:00 at least. 325 Greylags flew out early morning. 25 Pinkfeet down at Sheepwash until 10:05 when they flew W, plus another with Greylags at Millfields. The Ruddy Shelduck flew out over the dam wall with Canadas early morning. 2 (m,f) R-c Pochard. 34 Pochard. 71 Lapwing. 6 Ringed Plover. 2 Dunlin. 2 Common Sand. 1 Ruff. 13 Ravens in the air together over Hall Wood. vismig over Stones: 9 Skylark, 91 Swallow and 266 House Martins. 6 Chiffchaff. 3 Blackcap. 2 Yellow Wags on the dam wall early morning. 40 Goldfinch and 13 Linnet on Stones.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  23/09/2018 
   22-Sep-2018  Grey Phalarope still present from Sheepwash Hide at 0700hrs  Roger Carrington  22/09/2018 
   21-Sep-2018  Grey phalarope, 1 juv first winter type at 8: 50 am,present all morning.   A H STEWARDSON   21/09/2018 
   21-Sep-2018  As well as the Grey Phal this morning, 10 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, Greenshank, Ruff, 2 Common Sand, 3rd-winter Y-l Gull, 7 Little Egret, 45 Pochard, c50 Meadow Pipits around Stones.  Simon Roddis  21/09/2018 
   20-Sep-2018  Movement this morning: 710 Meadow Pipits SW (plus 35 around Stones and 7 on the dam wall), 18 Skylark S, 13 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin, 6 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin. Ruff at Sailing Club. Greenshank at WLC. 10 Dunlin. 8 Ringed Plover. 1 Common Sand. 65 Lapwing. 3 Shoveler. 43 Pochard. 5 Collared Dove.   SJR, CA, RC  20/09/2018 
   19-Sep-2018  204 Teal,1 Little Egret,31 Greylag goose,61 Canada Goose,4 Lapwing,29 Tufted Duck,20 lesser Black Backed Gull,32 Mallard,4 Little Grebe,5 Great Crested Grebe,21 Black Headed Gull,2 Pochard,1 Grey Heron,1 Buzzard,1 Pheasant,2 Red Crested Pochard  David Armitt  20/09/2018 
   19-Sep-2018  204 Teal,1 Little Egret,31 Greylag goose,61 Canada Goose,4 Lapwing,29 Tufted Duck,20 lesser Black Backed Gull,32 Mallard,4 Little Grebe,5 Great Crested Grebe,21 Black Headed Gull,2 Pochard,1 Grey Heron,1 Buzzard,1 Pheasant,2 Red Crested Pochard  David Armitt  20/09/2018 
   16-Sep-2018  31,Mute swan,85 Teal,23 Tufted Duck,23 Cormorant,26 Mallard,34 Pied Wagtail,5 Little Egret,10 Little Grebe,14 Great Crested Grebe,3 White Wagtail,7 Canada Goose,2 Grey Heron,4 Lapwing,6 Blue Tit,2 Greenshank  David Armitt  17/09/2018 
   16-Sep-2018  6 Little Egret, 30 Gadwall, 2 Common Scoter, 8 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 10 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, c30 Meadow Pipit, 8 Linnet.  CA, RC, AHS  16/09/2018 
   13-Sep-2018  A Great Egret flew over and left NE at 09:40, seen from Stones island. 270 Greylags from Sheepwash hide. 1 Pink-footed Goose. The Ruddy Shelduck from WLC. 5 redhead Goosander over. 1 Peregrine. Common Sand at WLC. 20 House Martins over Stones. 22 Siskin at Hopton end.  Simon Roddis  13/09/2018 
   12-Sep-2018  204 Greylags. 21 Barnacles. 3 adult Shelduck. Ruddy Shelduck flew in with Canadas at 0830 and loafed on Stones island to 11:00 at least. 9 Little Egret again. 9 Ringed Plover. 2 Dunlin. 1 Common Sand. 6 Snipe. 6 Tawny Owls calling at Hopton end at first light. Kingfisher in Tail Bay. 31 Swallow SW over the dam wall. 120 House Martins, including c100 over Stones. 1 Willow Warbler singing on Sailing Club island. 1 Reed Warbler in Hopton reedbed. 26 Blackbirds flew onto Stones from Sailing Club island. 1 Yellow Wag and 1 Tree Pipit over the dam wall at Millfields early morning. Total of 35 Meadow Pipits over during the morning.  Simon Roddis  12/09/2018 
   12-Sep-2018  Millfields at dusk: 3800 Lesser Black-backs, 500 BhGs, 1150 Canadas, 190 Greylags.   Simon Roddis  12/09/2018 
   11-Sep-2018  130 Greylag. 23 Barnacles. 6 Shoveler. Male R-c Pochard at WLC. 28 Cormorant. 4 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin in BA Bay. 2 Greenshank at Sheepwash. 5 Snipe. Adult Herring Gull past Stones. 3 Yellow-legged Gull (first-, second- and third-winter). 2 GBbG. 2 Hobby (juv from Stones and adult over BA Bay). 15 Swallow. 70 House Martin. c25 Chiffchaff, including 20 on Stones. 2 Willow Warbler (Stones and WLC). 14 Meadow Pipit over during the morning. 15 Tree Sparrow at WLC. 80 Goldfinch on Stones.  Simon Roddis  11/09/2018 
   09-Sep-2018  Ruddy shelduck x1 14:20 WLC
Red crested pochard x1 f plus 2 juv WLC 
Amanda Palethorpe   09/09/2018 
   09-Sep-2018  Monthly WeBS count: 41 Mute Swan, 21 Greylag, 1 Barnacle, 530 Canadas, 20 Wigeon, 36 Gadwall, 399 Teal, 279 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 30 Pochard, 307 Tufted, 28 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 24 Little Grebe, 44 GCGrebe, 15 Moorhen, 926 Coot, 4 Lapwing, 9 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sand, 1 Greenshank, 3 Snipe. Also, juv Peregrine trying but failing to catch the Greenshank, 5 Raven, 10 Swallow, c50 House Martin, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Sheepwash and Stones), 6 Meadow Pipit over.  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  09/09/2018 
   08-Sep-2018  9 Little Egrets this morning, including 8 together at Watersports. 1 juv Shelduck. Male Mandarin flew past Sheepwash towards Brown Ale Bay. 19 Greylag. 1 Barnacle. 8 Ringed Plover. 2 Dunlin. 2 Greenshank from Sheepwash. 7 Snipe. 2 Yellow-legged and 2 GBb Gulls. Tawny Owl freshly dead on the road at the entrance to Sailing Club. 4 Raven. Between 0930-1000, 90 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin and 15 Swallow past Sheepwash hide, with another 50 House Martins earlier over Stones island. 1 Lesser Whitethroat in WLC fields. 120 Goldfinch on Stones.  SJR, RC, AHS  08/09/2018 
   07-Sep-2018  Alan S. found a juv Wood Sandpiper to the right of Sheepwash hide this morning. 7 Little Egret. 2 Common Sand. 1 Dunlin. c100 Rooks over the dam wall then flew down the west side. 20 Mistle Thrushes over BA Bay. 20 Tree Sparrows at WLC.  Simon Roddis  07/09/2018 
   06-Sep-2018  Great Egret again in Brown Ale Bay, 7 Little Egret, 9 Ringed Plover on Stones, Peregrine over Stones, Hobby over Sheepwash, Yellow Wagtail over Stones, 6 Grey Wagtails at Millfields, Skylark over Sheepwash. Warblers on Stones: 2 Sedge, Garden, 5 Blackcap and 2 Willow singing. 20 Rooks over Stones.  clive ashton  06/09/2018 
   06-Sep-2018  Great Egret still present at 17:00hr at Sheepwash also 9 Mistle Thrush there.  clive ashton  06/09/2018 
   05-Sep-2018  A moulting adult Black Tern (a different bird from yesterday) was off Stones from 0800 until it flew W at 0815. 7 Little Egret. Single Ringed Plover and Dunlin on Stones island. 3 Common Sand. 3rd-winter Y-l Gull still. Lots of hirundines moving, including c100 each of Swallow and House Martin S past Sheepwash in 15 mins around 1130. c20 Meadow Pipits over during the morning, and 1 Wheatear over the visitor centre.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  05/09/2018 
   04-Sep-2018  3 (possibly 4) Black and 8 Common/Arctic Terns through 1015-1125. An adult and juv Black Tern hung around for a while before gaining height and disappearing. 36 Mute Swan. 409 Teal. 19 Gadwall. 19 Wigeon. 12 Shoveler. 12 Pochard. 1 Goosander W. 5 Little Egret. 6 Grey Heron. 1 Dunlin at WLC. 2 Common Sand. 5 Tawny Owls calling at the Hopton end at first light. 31 Rooks over. 15 Swallow. 30 House Martin. Totals of 29 Chiffchaff and 15 Blackcap. 15+ Blackbirds on Stones island. 9 Mistle Thriush at Sheepwash. 1 (maybe 2) Redstart in WLC fields. 100 Goldfinch on Stones.  Simon Roddis  04/09/2018 
   03-Sep-2018  A Red Kite briefly over sailing club at 0830. 31 Wigeon. 26 Gadwall. 7 Shoveler. 2 R-c Pochard still. 16 Pochard. 5 Little Egret. 6 Ringed and 3 juv LRP on Stones. 3 Common Sand. 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (the 3rd-winter and 3 juvs). On Stones island, 200 House Martins, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff (10 in total) and 6 Blackcap (plus one at WLC).  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  03/09/2018 
   03-Sep-2018  Osprey again from 1732hrs and still flying around high at 18:00hrs.  Roger Carrington  03/09/2018 
   03-Sep-2018  Osprey with catch. 18.15 (approx) Wapentake Lane near Kirk Ireton.  Heather Venables  03/09/2018 
   02-Sep-2018  Yesterday- Osprey. 13:20 until 13:55 circling over north end. Dived near Fishtail no catch. Left flying north. WLC vols plus visitors witnessed.  Amanda Palethorpe   03/09/2018 
   02-Sep-2018  Species noted by group attending the monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): House Martin, Great White Egret (bird of the day!), Canada Goose, House Sparrow, Swallow, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Gt Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail, Gadwall, Mallard, Ringed Plover, Chiffchaff, Wren, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Grey Heron, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Lesser Black-backed Gul, Jackdaw, Jay, Teal  Gary Atkins  03/09/2018 
   02-Sep-2018  5 Little Ergret,4 Grey Heron, 44 Canada Goose,12 Gadwall,10 Great Crested Grebe,9 Mute Swan,52 Tufted Duck,10 Wigeon, 2 C.Crow,30 Teal,2 Little Grebe,14 Pochard,Great White Egret on the opposite bank to Sheepwash hide.  David Armitt  03/09/2018 
   02-Sep-2018  The Great Egret was on the east side of the res early morning then later on Sheepwash spit. 5 Little Egret. 403 Teal. 16 Gadwall. 8 Wigeon. 2 Shoveler. 2 R-c Pochard. 7 Ringed Plover on Stones. 3 Common Sand. 2 Snipe. Imm Y-l Gull still. 6 Jay. 2 Raven. Total of c200 House Martins (100+ on Stones, 65 BA Bay, 25 Shiningford). 18 Chiffchaff (15 Stones/WLC area, 3 Sheepwash), 1 Willow Warbler in BA Bay, 8 Black cap on Stones/WLC, 2 Garden Warbler and 1 Common Whitethroat on Stones, 1 Lesser White in WLC fields. Adult White Wag on the dam wall.   Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  02/09/2018 
   01-Sep-2018  Osprey seen coming off from Fishtail creek (no fish), circled clockwise via Millfileds over resv. towards Sheepwash then lost - 11:20 for 10 mins from dam wall. 4 Ringed Plover at Stones Island - 10:10.  Regular Visitor  01/09/2018 
   01-Sep-2018  Great White Egret viewed from Sheepwash hide and Brown Ale Bay gate far side of reservoir 4-30 to 5-00p.m. Three Little Egret in Brown Ale Bay. Nine Ringed Plovers on Stones Island.  David Horsley   01/09/2018 
   31-Aug-2018  An Osprey flew over Sheepwash hide at 1145, caught a fish with its second attempt and flew around with it being harried by a Lesser Black-back for several minutes until lost at 1155. 2 R-c Pochard still. 5 Little Egret. 12 Ringed Plover and 1 juv LRP on Stones. 1 Whimbrel. 3 Common Sand. 1 Peregrine. 5 Raven. 6 Lesser Whitethroats (4 in WLC fields, 2 on Stones). Sedge Warbler on Stones. Female Redstart in WLC fields. Juv Wheatear on Stones. 2 Yellow Wags.  SJR, AHS, CA, RC  31/08/2018 
   30-Aug-2018  8 Shelduck (2 ads, 6 juvs) at Sheepwash and the Ruddy Shelduck at Millfields. 239 Teal. 23 Gadwall. 2 R-c Pochard. 32 Mute Swan, including the cygnet. 847 Canada Geese. 1 Barnacle. 5 Little Egret. 12 Ringed Plover on Stones and 2 juv LRP on the causeway. 2 Common Sand. 2 Yellow-legged Gull (second-summer and juv). 3 Jay at BA Bay. 12 Rook. Total of c100 House Martins. Warblers on Stones: 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden, 2 Lesser White, 5 Chiff, 2 Willow. Another 2 Lesser Whites in WLC creek and Reed in BA Bay. 2 male Redstart in WLC fields. 1 Yellow Wag. 4 Grey Wag. 1 Meadow Pipit SW. 130 Goldfinch (100 on Stones, 30 in WLC creek).  Simon Roddis  30/08/2018 
   30-Aug-2018  Dusk at Millfields: 1600 LBbG, 280 BhG, 1 Curlew, 65 Pied Wag, 5+ Grey Wag  Simon Roddis  30/08/2018 
   29-Aug-2018  Winter plumage Turnstone on Stones island, along with 17 Ringed and 1 juv LR Plover. Greenshank still. 2 Common Sand. 2 GBb, second-summer Yellow-legged and adult Caspian-type Gulls around Sheepwash spit. 6 Little Egret. 16 Greylags. The Ruddy Shelduck still. 225 Teal. 27 Gadwall. 2 R-c Pochard still. 2 Sparrowhawk over Hall Wood. c50 Swallows and c50 House Martins moving through. Male Redstart in WLC fields. Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 3 Willow Warblers on Stones.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  29/08/2018 
   28-Aug-2018  2 juv Knot on Stones island still. 12 Ringed Plover, 2 juv LRP, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe also there. Greenshank from Sheepwash hide. 5 Common Sand. 2 Yellow-legged Gull, second-summer and juv. 6 Little Egret in Brown Ale Bay. 200 Teal. 14 Gadwall. 3 Shoveler. 2 R-c Pochard. The Ruddy Shelduck flew past Stones mid-morning. 5 Raven. Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler and 3 Common Whitethroat on Watersports island. c10 Chiffchaff on Stones. 2 Redstart, Spotted Fly and 3 Lesser Whites in WLC fields. c30 Tree Sparrow at WLC, a welcome increase on recent counts.   Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  28/08/2018 
   28-Aug-2018  Osprey for 10mins before flying off south 16:25hrs.
The 2 juv Knot still this evening on Stones Island with Ringed Plover flock and 1Dunlin. 6 Little Egrets still around the site. 
Roger Carrington  28/08/2018 
   27-Aug-2018  2 juv Knot on Stones island 0730-0830 at least. 6 Ringed Plover there too and a vocal Whimbrel flying round. Second-summer Yellow-leg and adult Caspian-type Gulls. Juv Common Tern off Stones. Total of 84 Cormorants, including 25 SW and 34 which flew in. 224 Teal at BA Bay/Sheepwash. 21 Gadwall. 8 Shoveler. 7 Pochard. Single Hobby over Hall Wood and juv Peregrine over the dam wall. Kingfisher at Tail Bay. Only c50 Swallows on the dam wall this morning, and 3 Yellow Wags over. 12 Rook. 8 Blackcap on Stones/WLC creek. c100 Goldfinch on Stones. Redstart, Lesser White and 18 Tree Sparrows in WLC creek.  Simon Roddis  27/08/2018 
   26-Aug-2018  On Stones island, 16 Ringed Plover, juv LRP, 6 Dunlin and Greenshank (Roger C later had 2 Greenshank at Sheepwash). 2 Common Tern. Juv Shelduck flew SW with 19 Cormorants at 0700. 200 Swallows and 100 BhGs on the dam wall early morning. 5+ Yellow Wags. Lesser White in WLC fields.  Simon Roddis  26/08/2018 
   25-Aug-2018  Juv Ruff on Horseshoe island. The Greenshank still in Shiningford creek. 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 1 Snipe on Stones island. Juv LRP in BA Bay. 4 Commmon Sand. 197 Teal. 4 Shoveler. 14 Gadwall. 2 R-c Pochard off Horseshoe island. The Ruddy Shelduck flew out with Canadas at 0640 and returned at 0800, then loafed for much of the morning on Stones island. 30 Cormorant on Sheepwash spit. 5 Little Egret in BA Bay. Adult Caspian-type Gull on Watersports island. 150 Swallows roosting on the dam wall early morning until flushed by a Hobby, and the same or another Hobby over the res mid-morning. Total of 7 Yellow Wags (3 on the dam wall, 2 on Watersports, 2 over WLC creek). 6 Raven. Reed and at least 2 Garden Warblers on Stones. Imm male Redstart and 3+ Lesser Whitethroats in WLC fields.   Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  25/08/2018 
   24-Aug-2018  Teal numbers continue to rise: 189 in Brown Ale Bay this morning. 3 Shoveler off Stones. 2 Little Egret. 4 Grey Heron. On Stones, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe. 3 Dunlin in total. 4 Common Sand and juv LRP in BA Bay. Spotted Flycatcher in Shiningford creek. 18 Tree Sparrows (16 at WLC).  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  24/08/2018 
   23-Aug-2018  Hobby over Stones Island at 10.15 hrs, and then around Stones Island and Sailing Club at 16.00 hrs. 5 Common Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin Brown Ale Bay late afternoon. 2 Wheatear Tail Bay mid morning.   Neil Moulden  24/08/2018 
   23-Aug-2018  A Ruddy Shelduck, unringed and of unknown origin, at Millfields, apparently since yesterday. 4 Greylag. 1 Barnacle. 169 Teal (166 in BA Bay). 19 Gadwall. 1 Wigeon in BA Bay. 11 Shoveler off Stones. 4 Pochard. 22 Cormorant on Sheepwash spit. 3 Little Egret. 2 juv LRP in BA Bay. 4 Ringed on Stones. 4 Common Sand. Hobby(s?) over Hopton village and Tail Bay. 2 GBbG. 1 Swift over Tail Bay. 100+ Swallow, 50+ House Martin and 7 Sand Martin. 2 Yellow Wag in Tail Bay. Reed Warbler on Stones. 3 Redstart (2m,1f/imm), Lesser Whitethroat and Spotted Flycatcher in WLC fields.   Simon Roddis  23/08/2018 
   22-Aug-2018  Juv Greenshank dropped into Stones island mid-morning. 1 juv LRP. 1 juv Oyc. 2 Dunlin. 2 Snipe. 2 Common Sand. Adult Yellow-legged Gull and second-summer GBbG. 9 Gadwall. 4 Shoveler. 1m Pochard. 1 Peregrine. 3 Yellow Wags. Single Garden and Reed Warblers on Stones. 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a Redstart in WLC fields. 8 Mistle Thrush at Sheepwash. 4 Greenfinch.  SJR, CA, RC  22/08/2018 
   18-Aug-2018  Several Whitethroat and Tree Sparrows WLC Creek
Pair of Redstart Shiningford Creek 
Mr ERIC DEWHURST  18/08/2018 
   16-Aug-2018  1 Little Egret on Sailing Club island. 3 juv LRP, 2 Dunlin and 1 Common Sand in BA Bay. 4 Ringed Plover on Stones. Second-summer Yellow-legged Gull still. 1 Pink-footed Goose. 13 Gadwall. 68 Teal. 1 R-c Pochard at WLC. Juv Peregrine at Watersports. Reed Warbler in BA Bay. 2 Redstarts in WLC fields. A Carrion Crow in front of Sheepwash hide was eating a dead crayfish, presumably a Signal Crayfish, with red claws.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  16/08/2018 
   15-Aug-2018  2 Little Egrets in Brown Ale Bay, along with 61 Teal and 2 Dunlin. 14 Gadwall in total. 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Shoveler, adult Common Tern and 80+ Goldfinch around Stones island.  Simon Roddis  15/08/2018 
   14-Aug-2018  Moulting adult Sanderling on Stones island 0800-0830. 3 Ringed and 1 LRP there. 3 Dunlin. 4 Common Sand. Bewildering selection of gulls on Sheepwash spit, including the adult Caspian type, second-summer Yellow-leg and 3 probable juv Yellow-legs. 2 imm GBbGs. Adult Common Tern. 12 Gadwall. 54 Teal in BA Bay. 1 f/imm R-c Pochard at WLC. 3 Pochard. 2 Little Egret. 6 Swifts over Hall Wood. 2 Redstart in WLC creek.  Simon Roddis, Ken Rome  14/08/2018 
   11-Aug-2018  Monthly WeBS count: 42 Mute Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 192 Canada Geese, 14 Gadwall, 36 Teal, 282 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 456 Tufted, 1 Common Scoter, 38 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 16 Little Grebe, 39 GCGrebe, 14 Moorhen, 563 Coot, 48 Lapwing, 1 LRP, 7 Dunlin, 4 Common Sand, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Tern. Also a Tree Pipit over Stones island (JB,AHS,RC), 5 Stock Dove, 1 Peregrine, 9+ Reed Warbler (including 2 family parties in Hopton reedbed, presumably second broods), 2 Crossbill over Hopton end.  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  11/08/2018 
   10-Aug-2018  Adult Caspian type and imm Yellow-legged Gull still. 2 adult Common Tern. 2 juv LRP. 3 Common Sand. 3 Dunlin. 1 Redshank. 11 Greylag. 33 Teal. 1m Pochard. 16 Goosander flew N. 1 Little Egret. 36 Cormorant on Sheepwash spit. 1 Collared Dove at ranger base. 2 Swifts. 13 Ravens. 90 Swallows on the dam wall first thing, presumably having roosted there. 10+ Sand Martins on Stones causeway. 25 House Martins. 3 Garden Warblers on Stones. 2 Lesser Whites (Stones and WLC creek). 3 Grey Wags at Millfields.   Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  10/08/2018 
   09-Aug-2018  Juv Black-tailed Godwit on Stones island. Adult Caspian type Gull again, adult and imm Yellow-legs. 1 adult Common Tern. 2 Little Egret. 33 Teal. 3 Pochard. In BA Bay, 12 Gadwall, 5 juv LRP, 1 adult Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sand, 3 Dunlin. 1 Skylark over Stones and lots of warblers (7 species) still there. CA also had a Wheatear on the dam wall and Green Sand at WLC, and RC had Green Woodpecker at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  09/08/2018 
   08-Aug-2018  53 Teal. 7 Gadwall. 2 f/imm R-c Pochard. 1m Pochard. 42 Cormorant on Sheepwash spit. 1 Little Egret. 2 Heron. 3 juv LRP in BA Bay. 1 Ringed Plover over. 1 ad Dunlin. 5+ Common Sand. 3 Snipe at WLC. Adult Caspian (type?), imm Y-l Gull and one-footed GBbG still. 1 Swift. 8+ Sand Martin. 3+ Garden Warbler on Stones. Reed Warbler at WLC. F/imm Redstart in WLC fields.   SJR, AHS, CA  08/08/2018 
   07-Aug-2018  A Turnstone, Ringed Plover and 3 Black-tailed Godwit flew through between 0825-0845, seen from Stones. 1 Oystercatcher. 6 Common Sand. 2 summer plumage Dunlin. Imm Y-l Gull still. 46 Mute Swan plus the cygnet. 18 Greylag. 8 Shoveler. 24 Teal. 160 Tufted at Hopton end, as per Gary on Sunday. 2 Little Egret. 2 second brood young Moorhen from WLC. 2 Reed Warblers on Stones, and still in BA Bay and Hopton reedbed. A possible Lesser Emperor dragonfly in the meadow at Hopton village.  Simon Roddis  07/08/2018 
   05-Aug-2018  160+ Tufted Duck, in two groups, at Hopton end at 0900  Gary Atkins  06/08/2018 
   05-Aug-2018  Species noted during the monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): Carrion Crow, Coot, Gt Crested Grebe, Mallard, Teal, Lapwing, Cormorant, Woodpigeon, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gull, Raven, House Martin, Blue Tit, Swallow, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Willow Tit, Mute Swan, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, Jackdaw, Reed Bunting, Little Grebe, Reed Warbler, Chaffinch and Wren  Gary Atkins  06/08/2018 
   05-Aug-2018  A few more duck in today: 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 32 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 R-c Pochard still at Millfields. 2 Little Egret. 1 Oystercatcher. 2 LRP. 2 adult Dunlin. 1 Snipe. Imm Y-l Gull still. 1 Swift. 1 Peregrine. 4 Jay. 6 Raven. 3 Garden Warbler on Stones, including presumed second brood fledged young. 3 Yellow Wagtails on the dam wall. 1 Crossbill over Brown Ale Bay early morning.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  05/08/2018 
   04-Aug-2018  A pretty good morning - 78 species. A juvenile Marsh Harrier drifted south over the res 0845-0850. 2 separate Peregrines, adult and juv. 2 Turnstone flew SE over Millfields, calling, at 0730. Adult Black-tailed Godwit on Sailing Club island. 1 juv LRP. 1+ adult Dunlin. 1 Snipe at WLC. 1 Oystercatcher. 2 Little Egret. 47 Mute Swans plus one cygnet. 11 Greylags. 1 Barnacle. 7 Gadwall. 22 Teal (again). 1 Shoveler at WLC. 2 R-c Pochard at Millfields. Imm Yellow-legged Gull still. 12 Rooks below the dam wall. 2 Garden Warblers on Stones. Sedge and Reed Warblers in WLC creek reedbed. 4 Raven. 2 Crossbill over Brown Ale Bay at 0615.  Simon Roddis  04/08/2018 
   03-Aug-2018  8 grey-backed big gulls among the Lesser Black-backs at Sheepwash late morning: adult and sub-ad Caspian, second-summer and 3 adult Yellow-legs, 2 indeterminate. Definite hierarchy among them, the immature Yellow-leg kicked the adult Caspian off a dead fish which the Caspian in turn had taken off a couple of Carrion Crows on the shoreline. 120 Lapwing. Single juv Ringed and LRP. 2 Gadwall. 22 Teal. 1 Shoveler. 1 Pochard. 41 Cormorant. 2 Little Egret. 30 House Martin. 6 Sedge Warblers on Stones. Roger C had a Green Sand early on in Brown Ale Bay and 2 R-c Pochard at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  03/08/2018 
   02-Aug-2018  The adult Caspian Gull still, plus adult and possibly 2 immature Yellow-legs. One adult Common Gull and the one-footed GBbG. 2 adult Common Tern. Green Sandpiper in Tail Bay, found by Roger C and still there to 10.10 at least. 5 LRP. 8 Common Sand. 1 Oystercatcher. 45 Mute Swan. 14 Greylag. The Barnacle Goose flew into Millfields with Canadas at 10.00. 15 Teal (plus another 7 seen by CA on Stones). 2 f/imm Red-crested Pochard still at Millfields. 4 Pochard. 1 Little Egret. 6 Grey Heron. 4 Sand Martin past Stones. 2 Garden and 5+ Sedge Warblers on Stones. 4 Tree Sparrows at Millfields carpark.  Simon Roddis  02/08/2018 
   01-Aug-2018  No sign of the Wood Sandpiper this morning but 2 Black-tailed Godwits at WLC and 2 RC Pochard at Sailing Club. Caspian and YL Gull still present.  clive ashton / Roger Carrington  01/08/2018 
   31-Jul-2018  Highlight this morning was a juvenile Wood Sandpiper on Stones island from 0830, still there this afternoon. A Turnstone flew through at 0825 and a Black-tailed Godwit was in Brown Ale Bay at 1145-1200. 5 LRP. 9 Common Sand. 1 Shelduck. 16 Teal. 2 Shoveler at WLC. 2 Pochard in BA Bay. 28 Cormorants on Sheepwash spit. 1 Little Egret. 5 Grey Herons. Caspian and Yellow-legged Gulls still. 25 Swifts. 6 Sand Martin. 5+ (maybe as many as 10) Ravens. 30 Goldfinch on Stones.   Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  31/07/2018 
   30-Jul-2018  Small influx of waders though nothing unusual: 15+ Common Sands and 10 LRP around the site. Caspian and Y-l Gulls still, and Onefoot the GBbG was back after an absence of 3 weeks or so. 9 Goosander through. 16 Teal. 46 adult Mute Swan. 2 Raven. 2 Sand Martin.   SJR, AHS, CA  30/07/2018 
   27-Jul-2018  A Green Sandpiper briefly at Sheepwash at 0700 then flew into Brown Ale Bay. 5 Common Sand. 1 Whimbrel through. Caspian and Yellow-legged Gulls again off Stones island. 14 Teal. 8 Pochard. 2 Little Egret. 7 Moorhen. 16 Raven SE over the dam wall. 5 Garden and 6 Sedge Warbler around Stones island. 1 Yellow Wag.  SJR, CA, RC, AHS  27/07/2018 
   26-Jul-2018  Caspian Gull again off Stones/Sailing Club and the imm Yellow-leg still. 11 Teal. 4 Gadwall. 1 Wigeon in BA Bay. 6 Pochard (5 BA Bay, 1 WLC). 28 Cormorant on Sheepwash spit. 3 Little Egret. 2 LRP on Sailing Club island. 4 Common Sand. 1 Dunlin in BA Bay. 4 Raven. At least 10 Whitethroat between WLC creek and Stones, and 4 Garden Warbler. 3 Sedge Warbler on Stones island. Recently fledged Reed Warbler in BA Bay. Moulting female Redstart in WLC creek.  Simon Roddis  26/07/2018 
   26-Jul-2018  I forgot to mention Blackbirds: quite a few are now feeding along the shoreline of the res because the ground elsewhere is so dry and hard. There were 5 along Stones causeway, 4 on Sailing Club island and 3 in Shiningford creek. There was also one on Stones island with a beakful of what looked like worms, presumably for young in the nest or recently-fledged young.  Simon Roddis  26/07/2018 
   25-Jul-2018  Adult Caspian Gull and adult Med Gull at/off Sailing Club 0830-0900; the Med then flew over the Stones causeway, didn't see it again. Imm Yellow-leg still and adult Common Tern. 1 Whimbrel down in BA Bay. 2+ Common Sand. 2 Redshank. 2 Oycs. 45 adult Mute Swan. 2 Little Egret. Good showing of warblers again on Stones, at least 2 each of Lesser White, Garden and Sedge.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  25/07/2018 
   25-Jul-2018  Several Purple Hairstreaks along bottom track of Hall Wood mid afternoon (thanks JonB). 1 Spotted Flycatcher in Penn Carr this evening.  Roger Carrington  25/07/2018 
   24-Jul-2018  9+ Purple Hairstreak Butterflies between Hopton reedbed and the south end of the Gorse field mid evening.  John Bradley  24/07/2018 
   23-Jul-2018  On the west side from Hopton end to the visitor centre this morning: 12 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 30 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 6 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sand, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, fledged Reed Warblers in Hopton reedbed, 4 Redstart, 1 Yellow Wag, 4 Grey Wag, plus 6 Ravens over Millfields. Also a possible Garganey very briefly from the WLC which flew behind Shingingford island. Not claiming it but worth looking out for.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  23/07/2018 
   22-Jul-2018  An adult Sandwich Tern was on number 1 buoy off Stones/Sailing Club 0730-0745 at least but had gone by 0910. 2 adult Common Gulls through and the imm Yellow-leg still. 6 Wigeon. 3 Gadwall. 11 Teal. 1 Pochard. 2 Little Egret. One Dunlin on Horseshoe island. 4 Reed Warblers in BA Bay, presumably a family with fledged young. Male Redstart in WLC fields.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  22/07/2018 
   21-Jul-2018  Shiningford Creek area between 8:30 and 10:00. Pair of Bullfinches, Pair of Linnets and a Pair of Redstarts feeding 2 young.  ERIC DEWHURST  21/07/2018 
   20-Jul-2018  A pretty decent morning, 74 species. 46 adult Mute Swan plus one cygnet. 42 Greylags. Pair of Shoveler and female Gadwall at Sheepwash. 10 Teal in total. 1 Pochard. 4 Little Egret in Shiningford creek. 5 Grey Heron. 2 Oystercatcher. 6 LRP. 5 Common Sand. Snipe at WLC. Imm Y-l Gull. Adult Common Tern. Kingfisher in BA Bay. 4+ Raven. 6 Sand Martin. Excellent showing of warblers on Stones: minima of 8 Common Whitethroat, 5 Sedge, 5 Blackcap, 4 Garden, 2 Lesser White plus Willows and Chiffs. 10 Tree Sparrows at WLC and 2 at Millfields. 2 Yellow Wags over.   Simon Roddis  20/07/2018 
   18-Jul-2018  This morning: 1 Shelduck and 1 vocal Oystercatcher on Horseshoe Island. 1 Common Snipe asleep on now fledged Grebe nest in WLC Creek. An adult Coot feeding 1 very small young in Shiningford Creek. 1 mobile Common Tern. 1 Redshank and 1 Barnacle Goose on Stones Island, also 2 Whitethroat there, one carrying food and the other with a neat white line down its forehead. Still 44 Mute Swans but could only find 1 of the 2 cygnets. 3 LRP young still on Sheepwash Spit. Adult Coot feeding a big young on Tail Bay pond. 1 Little Egret mobile.  Roger Carrington  18/07/2018 
   17-Jul-2018  3 Little Egrets again. 44 adult Mute Swans. 6 Teal. 2 Pochard. 3 Oystercatcher. 1 Snipe in BA Bay. Imm Y-l Gull still. 15 Swifts over Shiningford. 11 Rooks over Sheepwash.   Simon Roddis  17/07/2018 
   16-Jul-2018  3 Little Egrets, 2 at Sheepwash, 1 on Stones. 41 adult Mute Swans but just one cygnet with the breeding pair. 4 Teal. 5 LRP. 5 Common Sand. Imm Y-l Gull still. 4 Raven. Bit of a warbler fest on Stones: 3 Sedge, 2 Garden, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow, Chiff, most of them in a small patch of hawthorn. Reed Warbler still in BA Bay, and Reed Bunting with food there. 3 Tree Sparrows at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  16/07/2018 
   14-Jul-2018  An Avocet flew north past Paul Stanley hide at 07:40 but no further sign. Monthly WeBS count: 41 Mute Swans (plus 2 cygnets), 39 Greylag, 466 Canadas, 1 Barnacle, 5 Teal, 160 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 227 Tufted, 33 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 33 GCGrebe, 345 Coot, 3 Oystercatcher, 29 Lapwing, 3 LRP, 3 Common Sand, 1 Snipe. Also, 5 Raven over Lane End, 1 Meadow Pipit at BA Bay, 45 Linnet between Sheepwash and Lane End, and JB had 8 Crossbill over Blackwall Plantation.  Simon Roddis, Jon Bradley  14/07/2018 
   14-Jul-2018  Forgot to mention Reed Warblers with food in BA Bay and Hopton reedbed.  Simon Roddis  14/07/2018 
   13-Jul-2018  7 Common Scoter off Stones Island at 08:30hrs  Roger Carrington  13/07/2018 
   12-Jul-2018  60 Greylags. 28 Cormorant. 1 Little Egret. 5 Grey Heron. 60 Lapwing. 8 LRP (5 juvs). 4 Common Sand. Imm Yellow-legged Gull. 40 Swallows around the draw-off tower.   Simon Roddis, Ken Rome  12/07/2018 
   10-Jul-2018  35 adult Mute Swans plus 2 cygnets. 7 Teal. Tufted Duck broods of 12 (possibly actually 2 x 6) in Shiningford creek and 13 at Sailing Club. 2 Little Egrets (adult in BA Bay, juv from WLC). 3 ad and 2 juv LRP. Full-grown juv Redshank on Horseshoe island, and a Snipe there. Imm Yellow-legged and GBb Gulls still. At least 10, possibly 13, Ravens over.   Simon Roddis  10/07/2018 
   06-Jul-2018  15 Lapwing,28 Cormorant,2 Pied Wagtail,57 Tufted Duck,1 Great Tit, 2 C.Crow,113 Canada Goose,1 Little ringed plover,5 Mallard,11 Greylag Goose,11 Great Crested Grebe + 2 young,23 Mute Swan,5 Goldfinch,1 Oystercatcher,1 Willow Tit,1 Spotted Flycatcher  David Armitt  15/07/2018 
   05-Jul-2018  Just looked at the Hopton end, Hall Wood and Sheepwash this morning. 3 Crossbill over Hall Wood (1N,2S). 3 male Pochard. 30 Cormorant. 6 Grey Heron. 1 Common Tern. 2nd-summer Y-l Gull. 3 Raven. 15 House Martin over Hopton end, presumably the birds from the villages. Loads of butterflies (whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Commas) and several dragonflies, including Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer and Southern Hawker.  Simon Roddis  05/07/2018 
   04-Jul-2018  99 Canada Goose,22 Greylag Goose,10 Cormorant,9 Grey Heron + 1 young,35 Mute Swan,1 Yellow leg Gull,1 GBBG,6 Lapwing, 1 Little ringed plover + 1 Young,3 Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Grebe,1 Bullfinch,1 Chaffinch  David Armitt  15/07/2018 
   04-Jul-2018  At Millfields, pair of GCGrebe with 2 small young, plus 2 sitting birds at Penn Carr and one on Millfields island; 3 GSWoodpecker; family party of 3 Jays (at least one juv) (and another Jay in BA Bay); 5 Mistle Thrush at Penn Carr (plus one over Hall Wood); Grey Wags with food - second brood; 5 Starlings over. Totals of 33 adult Mute Swan (plus 2 cygnets), 524 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 30 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 9 Little Grebe (including a pair with a large chick at Big Island), 3 Collared Dove. Second-summer Common Gull at Sailing Club. Second-summer Y-l Gull still. Juv Redstart in WLC fields.  Simon Roddis  04/07/2018 
   03-Jul-2018  Pair of Common Terns from Sheepwash mid-morning, and imm Yellow-legged Gull there. 62 Lapwing. 4 ad LRP. 44 Greylag. 1 Barnacle. Drake Pochard at WLC. 31 Cormorant, most of them loafing at Sheepwash.   Simon Roddis  03/07/2018 
   01-Jul-2018  Species seen/heard during monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): Blackcap, Mallard, Coot, Wren, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, House Martin, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Tufted Duck, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Great Crested Grebe, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Willow Warbler, Cormorant, Pied Wagtail, Starling, Jackdaw, Barnacle Goose  Gary Atkins  01/07/2018 
   30-Jun-2018  At Hopton end 0600-0800: adult Kittiwake flew SW at 0645; 137 Swifts flew NE into the wind, and a Hobby on the same flight path; the GCGrebes nesting near the reedbed now have 1 young; female Tufted with 23(!) young. Imm Yellow-leg and 2 drake Teal from Sheepwash. Pair of Pochard and a Mallard with 8 small young in BA Bay. Stock Dove singing near PS hide. Female Tufted with 9 small young at WLC. Total of 26 Mute Swans plus 2 cygnets. 46 Greylag.  Simon Roddis  30/06/2018 
   29-Jun-2018  22 Mute Swans plus 2 cygnets. 41+ Greylag. Drake Teal at WLC. Female Tufted Duck in BA Bay with, as far as I could see, just 1 young. 23 Cormorant. 8 juv/imm Grey Herons from Sheepwash. Adult Common Tern at WLC - it even tried to land on the tern raft! Imm Yellow-leg and 2 GBbG at Sheepwash. Reed Warblers still singing at WLC and PS hide. Female Redstart in WLC fields. 11 Tree Sparrow, mostly juvs, at WLC. 1 Siskin over the main carpark.  Simon Roddis  29/06/2018 
   25-Jun-2018  7 drake Common Scoter off Stones, 0830 to 1130 at least. 7 Gadwall. 4 Grey Heron. 15 Lapwing. Adult Herring Gull, not to the liking of the BhGs on Horseshoe island. Imm GBb and Y-l Gulls still. 2 Sedge Warbler singing on Stones, and 1 Reed Warbler at PS hide. Adult Garden Warbler feeding fledged young on Stones.  Simon Roddis  25/06/2018 
   23-Jun-2018  2 Redshank,21 Cormorant,2 Lapwing,190 Canada Goose,20 coot,2 Ringed Plover,6 Grey Heron,1 White Wagtail,1 Little Ringed Plover,7 Great Crested Grebe+ 3 Young,9 Mute swan,1 Moorhen,3 Greylag Goose,1 little Grebe, 1 GBBG, 2 Carrion Crow,30 Tufted duck,1 Reed Bunting,1 Spotted Flycatcher,1 Blackcap,1 chiffchaff   David Armitt  25/06/2018 
   23-Jun-2018  5 drake Common Scoter from Stones island 0800-0900 at least. 519 Canada Geese. 64 Greylags plus 10 goslings. 4+ Little Grebe, one nest-building in BA Bay. 7 Oycs over WLC. 1 Ringed Plover over Stones. 3 Common Sand. Pair of Redshank alarming on Watersports island. Imm Y-l Gull. 20 Swifts. 4 Raven. At BA Bay, recently fledged Goldcrest and Blackcap, and Garden Warbler with food. 3+ Sedge Warblers on Stones island (1 singing).  Simon Roddis  23/06/2018 
   22-Jun-2018  Drake Pochard again in WLC creek. Moorhen with 2 small young at Hopton reedbed. GCGrebe with small young on its back (probably 2) in BA Bay. Only one BhG still sitting there. Pair of Redstarts alarm-calling at north end of Hall Wood. Spotted Fly alarming in BA Bay but only one bird seen. Alan S had 11 Tree Sparrows (2 juvs) - not helped by the empty feeders.  Simon Roddis  22/06/2018 
   21-Jun-2018  15+ Mute Swans. 387 Canada Geese. 1 Barnacle. Drake Pochard in WLC creek. 2 drake Teal at Sheepwash. 19 Cormorant. 2 Grey Heron. Imm Y-l and GBb Gulls. 20 Swifts. 2 Ravens. Fledged Willow Warbers and Chiffchaff at Millfields. Blackcap nestbuilding at Penn Carr, presumably for a second time. Sedge Warbler singing on Stones island and 2 Reed Warblers at WLC/creek. At least 5 juv Tree Sparrows at WLC.  Simon Roddis  21/06/2018 
   18-Jun-2018  1 sp Dunlin at Sheepwash, 1 Little Ringed Plover Stones, Spotted Flycatcher Brown Ale Bay, 2 Redstart WLC Creek.  Neil Moulden  21/06/2018 
   17-Jun-2018  Monthly WeBS count: 19 Mute Swan (+ 2 cygnets), 37 Greylags, 326 Canadas, 1 Barnacle, 63 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 87 Tufted, 18 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 29 Great Crested Grebe, 133 Coot, 6 Oystercatcher, 12 Lapwing, 6 LRP, 1 Common Sand, 8 Redshank. Now only 2 BhG nests in BA Bay, but a fully flying juvenile at WLC looked too old to be a Carsington-bred bird. 25 Swifts. 6 singing Reed Warblers.  Simon Roddis, Jon Bradley  17/06/2018 
   10-Jun-2018  6 Crossbills (probably all females/immatures) over Millfields at 0635. c250 Canadas, 41 Greylag and 4 Barnacles (+ 1 chick). Broods of 4 small Canadas and 9 small Mallard around Stones island. 21 Cormorant. 9 Lapwing. 2 Common Sand on Stones. 1 Curlew. 2nd-summer Yellow-legged Gull at Sailing Club and later at Sheepwash. Lots of fledged Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, plus Coal Tit at Sheepwash and families of Willow Tit near WLC and on Stones island (at least 4 young). Fledged Nuthatch at Sheepwash carpark. Garden Warbler with food on Stones. Sedge Warbler singing and song-flighting on Stones. Singing Reed Warblers in WLC reedbed, WLC creek and between Sheepwash and PS hides. Redstart alarming at the top of WLC creek.   Simon Roddis  10/06/2018 
   08-Jun-2018  Female Pochard in BA Bay. c50 Swifts feeding. Breeding stuff: family of fledged Willow Tits between Hopton end and BA Bay; Chiffchaffs with food at Hopton end and BA Bay; Redstart with at least 2 fledged young in Shiningford creek; Nuthatch with fledged young at Paul Stanley. Alan S. counted 17 Tree Sparrows, including one juvenile in WLC creek.  Simon Roddis  08/06/2018 
   07-Jun-2018  1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover on Stones at 08.15.   Neil Moulden  07/06/2018 
   06-Jun-2018  2 Redshank,1 lapwing,1 Little Grebe,18 Cormorant,16 Tufted Duck,30 Coot,10 BH Gull,87 Canada goose, 1 GBB Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 8 Great Crested Grebe,3 Mallard,2 C crow,2 Chaffinch,3 Reed Bunting,10 Greylag Goose  David Armitt  11/06/2018 
   03-Jun-2018  Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon) sightings: House Sparrow, Gt Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Redshank, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Oystercatcher, Mallard, Willow Tit, Black-headed Gull, House Martin, Swallow, Blue Tit, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Greylag Goose, Coot, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Wren, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Blackcap, Barnacle Goose, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Lapwing  Gary Atkins  03/06/2018 
   02-Jun-2018  1 Turnstone again in front of Sailing Club. 1 Sanderling dropped into Stones island, 1 Ringed Plover over and 1 Hobby past. Red Kite over the east side. Common Tern at the visitor centre. Breeding activity: GCGrebe with 2 small young at Big Island, and 2 Oystercatcher chicks there. Little Grebe nest-building at Hopton end. At Brown Ale Bay, Blackcap with food, Reed Warbler nest-building and Spotted Flycatcher chasing a Grey Squirrel away from its usual nesting tree. Male Redstart still at Hopton end.  SJR, AHS, JB  02/06/2018 
   01-Jun-2018  1 Turnstone in front of Sailing Club. Pair of Common Terns around Stones island. 10 Mute Swan. 229 Canada Geese. 1 Barnacle. 29 Greylags. 1 Pink-foot. Young Mallard at Hopton end: 1 fully feathered; 8x2-week old; 3x2-day old. GCGrebe with a small chick at Sailing Club island, a nest with 3 eggs at Hopton end. Coot with small young in BA Bay. 8 Lapwing. After the mass failure of two colonies, there are now about 13 BhGull nests on the wire basket in BA Bay. Imm Yellow-legged Gull still. Reed Warblers singing in WLC reedbed and WLC creek. Nuthatch with food at Sheepwash. Spotted Flycatcher back in its usual spot at BA Bay.  Simon Roddis  01/06/2018 
   31-May-2018  10 Mute Swan: 4 incomers being given a hard time by the resident birds. New brood of 3 small Canadas at Millfields. 21 Cormorant at Sheepwash. 1 Whimbrel around Stones. Imm Yellow-legged Gull at Sheepwash. Reed Warbler singing near Millfields island, and Sedge Warbler still there. 2 young Grey Wags being fed by 2 adults at Millfields viewing area. 1 Crossbill over Millfields.  Simon Roddis, Ken Rome  31/05/2018 
   28-May-2018  One Ringed Plover at Sheepwash; otherwise just the usual waders. 8 Mute Swan. Grey Wags with fledged young at Millfields, and Pied Wag also with young on Sailing Club island. Nuthatch with food in Penn Carr. Tree Sparrow again in Millfields carpark, this time collecting food and flying off over the carpark entrance, so it presumably has a nest over the road somewhere. Also Song Thrush with food in Millfields carpark.  Simon Roddis  28/05/2018 
   27-May-2018  10 species of wader this morning: 13 Ringed Plover (1 down, 4+8 through), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin all went through, still 1 Turnstone, plus the regulars. 20 Cormorant. 3 Stock Dove (2 on Stones, 1 at Sheepwash). 20 House Martin (14 through, 6 around the visitor centre). Pair of Pied Wags taking food onto Sheepwash spit. 2 male Bullfinches feeding on dandelion seed heads at BA Bay, and Willow Tit with food there.  Simon Roddis  27/05/2018 
   27-May-2018  Two more Ringed Plover at Sheepwash this evening brings my total for the day to 15. With the north-easterly gale that has been blowing all week, forcing waves onto the north end of Sailing Club island, several of the low-lying Black-headed Gull nests have been washed out. A pity, they must have been close to hatching.  Simon Roddis  27/05/2018 
   26-May-2018  A Sanderling dropped into Watersports island at 10:05 but flew off a little later. 3 Turnstone still. 3 Ringed Plover. 1 Common Tern. Drake R-c Pochard. c30 Swallows moving through. 6 singing Reed Warblers (5 Hopton, 1 Stones). 3 singing Spotted Fly around Hall Wood. Fledged Tawny Owl in Hall Wood. Willow Tit with food at Hopton end.  SJR, CA, JB, AHS  26/05/2018 
   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 
   25-May-2018  No sign of any terns this evening, but c100 House Martins around Stones causeway, 3 Turnstones still, and Whitethroat with food. Black-headed Gulls now have chicks on Horseshoe island.  Simon Roddis  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  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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