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   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 
   30-Nov-2017  30-11-2017 - Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton - The GNDiver still; 2 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe and 4 Grey Wags at Hopton end first thing; at least 8 (maybe 10) Redshank, 5 Ruff, 2 Shoveler, 2nd-w Yellow-legged Gull, adult GBbG, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 3 Raven, 20 Fieldfare, 30 Meadow Pipits.  Simon Roddis  01/12/2017 
   29-Nov-2017  The GNDiver still present. On the western side from Hopton end to Stones island: 2 Stock Dove, 3 Jay, 18 Rook, 2 Raven, 8 Goldcrest, 38 Blue Tit, 44 Great Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 11 Willow Tit, 9 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 36 Wren, 50 Blackbird, 21 Fieldfare,18 Song Thrush, 43 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 50 Robin, 24 Dunnock, 21 Chaffinch, 18 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 20 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin. Also: Water Rail in Hopton reedbed, female Pintail and 4 male Ruff at Sheepwash, 16 Snipe at WLC. Alan counted 24 Tree Sparrows Between Stones and Sheepwash, and also had 3 Hawfinches flying from Shiningford towards WLC creek.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  29/11/2017 
   28-Nov-2017  The GNDiver still, and mobile again this morning. Alan saw a Hawfinch briefly near Paul Stanley hide before it flew. 6 adult Whooper Swans flew in at 1140, still present at Lane End 1200. Female Pintail at Sheepwash. 500 Lapwing. 3 Ruff. 5 Redshank. 6 Dunlin. 23 Common Snipe. 5 Linnet on Stones. And the volunteers Pat and Jill had a Chiffchaff at the WLC.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  28/11/2017 
   27-Nov-2017  The adult GNDiver still, quite mobile this morning, and 2 Hawfinches at Millfields viewing area. 42 Mute Swans. 67 Canadas at Sheepwash. 3 Shoveler at Millfields. 3 Ruff and 6 Redshank at Sailing Club. 6 Dunlin at Sheepwash. Adult Y-l and GBb Gulls. Female Kingfisher fishing on the pool to the left of Sheepwash hide. 25 Meadow Pipts. 3 Linnets.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  27/11/2017 
   26-Nov-2017  The adult GNDiver from Millfields early morning and a female Hawfinch in the viewing area again. Hopton end at first light: 2 Woodcock, Water Rail calling, 7 Tawny Owls calling, 8 Grey Wags came out of the reedbed. 3 Shoveler at Millfields. 3 Ruff at Sailing Club. 6 Redshank. 20 Common Snipe at WLC. 2nd-w Yellow-leg and adult GBbGull. 16 Rooks over Millfields, again returning will full cheeks.   Simon Roddis  26/11/2017 
   25-Nov-2017  Brief visit in the snow,the GN Diver was near Millfields Island this morning, also at least 1 and probably as many as 3 Hawfinch in the Millfields area.  Clive Ashton  25/11/2017 
   24-Nov-2017  It looks as if the Great Northern Diver has returned - an adult was off Stones island at 1130. Still showing quite a bit of spotting on its upperparts and a hint of barring on its neck. (And credit where credit's due, Alan spotted it first.) Just 1 Ruff, 8 Redshank, 18 Common Snipe. 60 Fieldfare SW. 7 Linnet. Quite a few Rooks were flying over the dam wall (towards Hognaston) with full cheeks - they are known to store food such as acorns for later consumption if the weather turns hard, and I guess that is what they were up to.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  24/11/2017 
   23-Nov-2017  At Hopton end first thing, 3 (maybe 4) Woodcock came in to roost, whilst 10 Grey Wags and c50 Starlings left the reedbed. 2 Hawfinches - 1 at Millfields again and another at Shiningford. Female Common Scoter off the dam wall - 12 Goldeneye there as well. Of 157 Pochard at WLC/Sheepwash/Brown Ale Bay, only 28 (18%) were females. 3 Ruff at Sailing Club still. 21 Common Snipe at WLC. 150 Woodpigeons north. Male Kingfisher in Brown Ale Bay, repeatedly hovering before diving, great to watch. 2 Raven. Small numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare moving but much fewer than yesterday.  Simon Roddis  23/11/2017 
   22-Nov-2017  1 Hawfinch flew SW with a group of 6 Starlings at Millfields at 0920 (and Roger C had 2 earlier which appeared to join a flock of Redwings). 450 Redwing and 30 Fieldfare also SW. Drake Pintail at WLC. 3 Shoveler at Millfields. 160 Canada Geese in WLC fields. 260 Lapwing and 9 Dunlin at Sheepwash. 8 Redshank (7 Sailing Club, 1 Sheepwash). 3 Ruff at Sailing Club. Adult Y-l Gull. 50 Goldfinch in Brown Ale Bay.  Simon Roddis  22/11/2017 
   21-Nov-2017  5 Hawfinches at Millfields this morning: 3 flew SW at 0910 and 2 ( a male and a female) were in the trees in the viewing area. At least 13 Goldeneye. 3 Shoveler and 3 Ruff still. 13+ Dunlin. 7 Redshank. 24 Common Snipe at the WLC. 14 Stock Doves flew SE. 17 Lesser Redpoll on Stones island. Totals of c30 Meadow Pipits and c50 Siskin.  SJR, AHS, CA  21/11/2017 
   20-Nov-2017  1st-winter Kittiwake flew south at 1140, otherwise much the same.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  20/11/2017 
   20-Nov-2017  1 Hawfinch again at Millfields this morning.  Clive Ashton  20/11/2017 
   19-Nov-2017  John and Mark Pass had a Great Northern Diver, probably an adult, fly SE at 0800. It may have been on the water beforehand but was only seen flying off. Monthly WeBS count: 42 GCGrebe, 30 Little Grebe, 36 Mute Swan, 270 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Pink-foot, 108 Mallard, 227 Teal, 174 Wigeon, 48 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 227 Tufted, 276 Pochard, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 860 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 31 Cormorant, 1 Heron, 97 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 16 Dunlin, 9 Redshank, 23 Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher. Also: 1 Hawfinch in the Millfields viewing area early morning, 1 Whooper Swan SW at 1215, 1 Peregrine, 24 Blackbirds between Lane End and Hopton reedbed.  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  19/11/2017 
   18-Nov-2017  At Hopton first thing, 2 Woodcock came in, and 2 Water Rails calling. Rather fewer roosting birds left the reedbed this morning than previously: c500 Starlings, 6 Grey Wags and 5 Reed Buntings. 1 Hawfinch in Millfields carpark (John B had another 3 earlier) - they seem to be settling a bit more rather than just moving through now. 72 Greylags. 1 Pink-foot. 3 Shoveler. 5 Goldeneye. 9 Goosander (2m,7 redheads) flew into Millfields at 1045. 23 Cormorant. 3 Ruff still. 7 Redshank. 21 Common Snipe at WLC. 6 Dunlin at Sheepwash. At least 6 Raven (6 over the dam wall and 4 from Sheepwash). 40 Fieldfare. Singing Song Thrush at WLC and Mistle Thrush at Shiningford. 1 Brambling over Hopton. 30 Siskin. 6 Lesser Redpoll and 7 Linnet on Stones.  Simon Roddis  18/11/2017 
   17-Nov-2017  3 Shoveler. 6 Goldeneye (5m,1f). 3 Sparrowhawk. 3 Ruff still. 15 Dunlin at Sheepwash. 7+ Redshank. 36 Common Snipe at WLC. 2nd-w Y-l Gull. Total of 10 Stock Doves. Song Thrush singing at Sheepwash.   Simon Roddis  18/11/2017 
   16-Nov-2017  1 Hawfinch in hedgerow near the WLC, then flew towards the main centre at 1020. 100 Pink-feet E at 0935. 470 Fieldfare SW and 80 NE. 100 Redwing SW. 250 Starlings SW and another 500 feeding in fields on the east side. Female Pintail. 2 Shoveler. 5 Goldeneye (4m,1f). 2 Golden Plover. 14 Dunlin. 7 Redshank. 32 Common Snipe. 2nd-w Y-l Gull. 1 Peregrine. 35 Siskin at Millfields.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  16/11/2017 
   15-Nov-2017  Female Pintail at Sheepwash. 3 Shoveler at Millfields. 5 Goldeneye (3m,2f). 3 Ruff at Millfields. Totals of 650 Lapwing, 8 Redshank, 15 Dunlin and 43 Common Snipe (40 at WLC). 34 Fieldfare over Millfields. c20 Blackbirds, including 12 feeding on hawthorns in WLC creek. 130 Redwings in WLC creek. 13 Lesser Redpoll on Stones island, and 2 Brambling over.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  15/11/2017 
   13-Nov-2017  A bit quieter this morning, but 1 Whooper Swan down at Millfields. 3 Shoveler. 3 Goosander. 20 Cormorant. Only 200 Lapwing. 3 Ruff. 4 Redshank. 20 Common Snipe. Adult Herring and GBb Gulls. 2nd-w Y-l Gull. 1 Skylark. 3 Brambling.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  13/11/2017 
   12-Nov-2017  A Great White Egret landed in front of Sheepwash hide at 1110 and flew towards Paul Stanley hide/Brown Ale Bay a few minutes later. A total of 26 Whooper Swans including 19 on the water at Millfields. 650 Lapwings. 11 Dunlin. 4 Ruff. 17 Snipe at the WLC. Total of 10 Skylarks over. c4000 Starlings, 19 Grey Wagtails and 10 Reed Buntings left Hopton reedbed early morning. 3 Brambling over and a total of 10 Greenfinch.  SJR, CA, RC  12/11/2017 
   11-Nov-2017  174 Lapwing,4 Blue tit,6 Goldfinch ,2 Blackbird,4 Robin ,2 Snipe,12 Dunlin,6 Cormorant,7 Great Crested Grebe,20 Pochard,25 Teal,17 Wigeon,10 Mute swan,4 C Crow,36 Tufted Duck,10 pheasant,36 Canada goose,206 Greylag goose,1 Ruff,1 wren,2 Pied wagtail,2 Redshank,4 Little grebe,1 Moorhen,30 Mallard,2 Goldeneye M+f,3 willow Tit,2 Coal Tit,6 Chaffinch,4 Great Tit,1 Jackdaw  David Armitt  11/11/2017 
   11-Nov-2017  At Hopton end first thing, at least 6 Tawny Owls calling, and 2000+ Starlings, 16 Grey Wagtails and 5 Reed Buntings left the reedbed. 2 Hawfinch, 3 Crossbill and 4 Whooper Swan (pair and 2 juvs) at Millfields. c5 Goldeneye. 6 Redshank and 4 Ruff at Stones. 25 Common Snipe at WLC. 14 Dunlin at Sheepwash. 16 Stock Dove in total (at least 11 flew E). 1 Skylark. 11 Goldcrest. 25 Siskin. 1 Yellowhammer at Millfields.  SJR, CA, JB  11/11/2017 
   10-Nov-2017  This morning from Stones Island late am 1 Black tailed godwit,5 Redshank, 15 Dunlin, 3 Golden Plovers and 5 Lessser redpoll.   RC, AHS.  10/11/2017 
   09-Nov-2017  Another 10 Hawfinches flew SW over Millfields between 0800-1000. 1 winter-plumage Bar-tailed Godwit among the Lapwings at the Sailing Club end of the dam wall. 4 Shoveler. 4 Goldeneye. 430 Lapwing. 11 Dunlin (6 Stones, 5 Sheepwash). 4 (possibly 5) Ruff at Sheepwash. 2 Redshank. 26 Common Snipe (25 WLC, 1 Sheepwash). 4+ Raven. 11 Meadow Pipits at Millfields. 240 Starling, 55 Fieldfare, 120 Redwing and 4 Brambling SW. 7 Lesser Redpoll on Stones.  Simon Roddis  09/11/2017 
   08-Nov-2017  1 Hawfinch over Millfields just before 0900, but much less moving than yesterday: 300 Starling, 50 Redwing, 80 Fieldfare, 3 Brambling. 3 Shoveler at Millfields. 400 Lapwing. 1 Ringed Plover. 10 Dunlin. 4 Ruff. 4 Redshank. 1 Woodcock at Hopton reedbed at dusk, Water Rail calling, and a fleeting flight view of a probable Jack Snipe there. Guestimates of 2000 LBbG, 5000 BhG and 1000 Common Gulls in the roost. Single adult Herring, Yellow-legged and GBb Gulls. 4 Raven. 4 Skylark.   Simon Roddis  08/11/2017 
   07-Nov-2017  From Millfields carpark, 0745-1030: 25 Hawfinches flew SW in parties of 2,6,4,2,3 and 8 (2 landed briefly, and Clive Ashton had another 3 in WLC creek), 6 Stock Doves SE, 1185 Starling, 1890 Redwing, 230 Fieldfare and 21 Brambling all SW. Another female Brambling at the WLC feeders. 5 Shoveler and 1f Goldeneye at Millfields. 10 Common Snipe at WLC. 3 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover at Sheepwash. 1m Peregrine. At least 3 Raven.  Simon Roddis  08/11/2017 
   06-Nov-2017  6 Hawfinches (5+1) in the WLC creek/Shiningford area, feeding in hedgerows but only seen briefly. 1 Golden Plover among c300 Lapwings at Sheepwash. 500 Woodpigeons S. 4 Stock Doves SE. 500 Starlings SW. 6 Skylark. 2 Brambling.   Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  06/11/2017 
   06-Nov-2017  3 ruff, 3 dunlin, 1 ringed plover around stones island also singles of redshank, dunlin and ringed plover at Sheepwash   Clive Ashton   06/11/2017 
   05-Nov-2017  A pretty decent morning. At least 1 Hawfinch over/in WLC creek: 1 flew S at 1147 then it or another flew up the creek 10 minutes later and landed in a tree, where it stayed for 3-4 mins before dropping and being lost from sight. 3 Whooper Swans on Sheepwash spit late morning, flew S at 1120. 160 Pinkfeet NE at 0920. 1 Barnacle Goose. 3 Shoveler. 1m Goldeneye. 17 Pheasants at Hopton end first thing, and 2 Water Rails calling in Hopton reedbed. 4 Golden Plover SW. 3 Dunlin. 11 Snipe. Adult Y-l and GBb Gulls. 5 Stock Dove. 960 Woodpigeon S. 5 Tawny Owls calling at Hopton end first thing. 10 Skylarks (9N,1S). 930 Starlings SW. 13 Rook, 1 Brambling, 40 Chaffinch and 25 Siskin over Sheepwash. 5 Greenfinch. 40 Goldfinch. 8 Reed Buntings, including 7 out of their roost in Hopton reedbed. 78 species, not bad for November!  Simon Roddis  05/11/2017 
   03-Nov-2017  1 Pinkfoot among the Greylags again. 2 Shoveler at Millfields. Water Rail calling in Hopton reedbed. 303 Lapwings at Sheepwash. 2 Redshank. 5 Common Snipe at the WLC. Adult Y-l Gull at Sheepwash. 3 Raven from Sheepwash. 42 Fieldfare south. 150 Redwing. 35 Siskin in total. 1 Yellowhammer at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  03/11/2017 
   02-Nov-2017  A bit of movement this morning: 1 Hawfinch flew SW over the Hopton end at 0650, 16 Whooper Swans E (in groups of 5 and 11) at 0740, 190 Pinkfeet (skeins of 100 and 90), 1400 Starlings SW, 370 Woodpigeons S, 10 Stock Dove SE and 1 SW. 11 Grey Wags and 300 Starlings came out of their roost in Hopton reedbed early morning, and Water Rail calling there. 390 Greylag. 1m Goldeneye. 350 Lapwing. 2 Dunlin. 9 Common Snipe. 3 Redshank. Adult Y-l Gull. 30 Fieldfare. 100 Redwing. 4 Raven.   Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  02/11/2017 
   01-Nov-2017  A mere 364 Greylags this morning, but 2 Pink-feet. 5 Dunlin and 4 Redshank still. 3 Collared Dove at Sheepwash. Kingfisher at WLC. 5 Skylarks (3N, 2S) and c200 Starlings through. 50 Meadow Pipits (20 at Sheepwash, 30 on Watersports island).  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  01/11/2017 
   31-Oct-2017  401 Greylags. 3 Shelduck. 4 f/imm Goldeneye at Millfields. 1m Goosander. 2 Shoveler. 4 Ruff still. 6 Dunlin at Sheepwash. 3 Redshank. 2 Stock Dove. 4 Raven. 3 Skylark. 1 Chiffchaff at WLC. 22 Linnet (18 Stones, 4 Sheepwash). 13 Lesser Redpoll (2 Millfields, 11 Stones). 20 Siskin at Millfields. c200 Starlings through.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  31/10/2017 
   30-Oct-2017  This morning from Stones Island and WLC, 4 Ruff, 4 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Snipe and 5 Red poll.   Alan Stewardson   30/10/2017 
   30-Oct-2017  This afternoon, 2 Shelduck, 356 Greylags, 1 Pinkfoot, 4 Ruff, 4 Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 8 Common Snipe, 40 Common Gulls, 1 Yellow-leg, 1 Herring, 3 Raven.  Simon Roddis  30/10/2017 
   28-Oct-2017  24 Hawfinch flew Southwest over Millfields between 08:15hrs and 09:52hrs, including a group of 15 at 09:25hrs.   JB,CA,AHS  28/10/2017 
   28-Oct-2017  Hawfinch over Millfields car park at 10:25am plus another over Penn Carr at 10:35am.  JB, AHS  28/10/2017 
   26-Oct-2017  8 Robin,1 Dunnock,162 lapwing,17 Mute swan,180 Teal,12 Cormorant,46 tufted Duck,11 Great Created Grebe,10 C Crow,21 Wigeon,4 Little Grebe,6 Blackbird ,6 Blue Tit,4 Redwing,1 Little Egret,4 Shoveler,1 Redshank,50 Canada Goose,4 Magpie,66 Pochard,40 Mallard,1 Raven,1 Kestrel,223 Greylag Goose,4 Ringed Plover,4 Dunlin,1Pintail,3 Pied Wagtail,3 Snipe,1 Goldeneye,4 Great Tit,2 Ruff,2 Moorhen,16 Goldfinch,6 Lesser Redpoll,4 Pheasant,12 Tree Sparrow   David Armitt   26/10/2017 
   25-Oct-2017  On dam wall(approx 0845 hrs): 30-40 Meadow Pipits, plus a Kingfisher sat on a rock close to water; also counted 32 Mute Swans in that area (probably more around the corner) ...
WLC (1000 hrs): 6 female Pheasants hoovering up feeder debris; single Little Egret 
Gary Atkins  25/10/2017 
   24-Oct-2017  4 Goosanders at Millfields early a.m. plus 1 Brambling and 3Skylark over.
Drake Green-winged still on Stones Island and 19 Rooks over.
5 Lesser Redpoll and 20 Siskin mobile.
From Sheepwash Hide, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 16 Barnacle Geese, 10 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 24 Meadow Pipits and at least another 20 elsewhere on site. 
Roger Carrington  24/10/2017 
   21-Oct-2017  52 Teal,6 Mallard,4 Canada Goose,6 Gadwell,6 Lapwing,40 Greylag Goose,35 Tufted duck,67 Pochard,8 C Crow,3 Cormorant,5 Mute Swan,2 Moorhen,1 Grey Heron,2 Little Grebe,2 Great Crested Grebe,2 Little Egret,1 Fox walking the shore line at sheepwash hide  David Armitt  22/10/2017 
   21-Oct-2017  4 Hawfinch south west over Millfields car park, 1 at 8:40am and 3 at 8:50am. 4 Goldeneye in Millfields Bay.  John Bradley  21/10/2017 
   21-Oct-2017  From Sheepwash hide this morning, 10 Ringed Plovers, 7 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 1 Common Scoters, 1 Yellow legged gull, 3 Common gulls, 1Herring gull,1 Little Egret and Pintail.   A H STEWARDSON   21/10/2017 
   20-Oct-2017  The Green winged Teal was on Stones Island in the morning then got flushed. 2 drake Common Scoters from Sheepwash most of the day. A Rock Pipit in front of Sheepwash Hide late afternoon. 2 Wheatear on the dam wall. 5 Little Egrets, 22 Little Grebes, 55 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 167 Pochard, Red crested Pochard, 3 Ruff, 13 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, Curlew, 2 Snipe, 3 Yellow legged Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 37 Common Gulls, 4 Skylark over, c250 Redwing and 3 Fieldfare over Shiningford Creek, 2 Song Thrush singing, 85 Starlings, c25 Meadow Pipits, c30 Linnets, Redpoll over Hopton End, 2 Raven.   Dave Newcombe  21/10/2017 
   20-Oct-2017  This morning from Sheepwash hide, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Ruff,11 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, 17 Pintail, 2 Common Scoters, 2 Shoveller, 1 Pink footed goose, 1 Manderin duck and 1 yellow legged gulls.   A H STEWARDSON   20/10/2017 
   19-Oct-2017  5 Little Egret, 1 Barnacle Goose 40 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 6 Ringed Plover (including the individual with the red and yellow leg flags), 4 Snipe, 2 Ruff.  Clive Ashton  19/10/2017 
   18-Oct-2017  A big morning of Woodpigeon movement: 11,400 flew south between 0730 and 1030. Water Rail calling in Hopton reedbed. 2 drake Common Scoter from Stones island (found by CA).  Simon Roddis  18/10/2017 
   17-Oct-2017  A Water Pipit was in front of the WLC at 1025-1030 before flying off with a Meadow Pipit. Must be a good chance it's still somewhere along the 8 miles of suitable shoreline! A Merlin flew south down the east side at 1200. 29 Barnacle Geese (26 on Stones, 3 with Canadas at Millfields). 10 Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin on Stones. 1 Ruff at Sheepwash.   Simon Roddis  17/10/2017 
   16-Oct-2017  The drake Green-winged Teal was on Horseshoe island at 11:45 before being flushed, and a drake Common Scoter was out in the middle of the res. A bit of movement despite the murk, mostly SW: 685 Starlings, 50 Redwing, 140 Woodpigeon, 4 Skylark, 1 Brambling, 9 Redpoll. The 3 Ruff still, 7 Little Egrets, 17 Pintail and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  16/10/2017 
   15-Oct-2017  The drake Green-winged Teal was at the WLC late morning, along with a Chiffchaff and female Mandarin. Birds moving through included 500 Redwing, 80 Starling, 40 Siskin and 13 Brambling, most of them SW over the Hopton end between 0700 and 0900. Water Rail in Hopton reedbed, and 25 Reed Buntings left their roost there. 5 Stock Dove. 2 Raven. 3 Skylark.  Simon Roddis  15/10/2017 
   14-Oct-2017  Monthly WeBS count: 26 GCG, 31 LGrebe, 3 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 7 Cormorant, 43 Mute Swan, 1050 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle, 340 Greylags, 1 Pink-foot, 156 Mallard, 481 Teal - and the Green-winged Teal on Horseshoe island, 224 Wigeon, 86 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 15 Pintail, 336 Tufted, 155 Pochard, 1 RcP, 1141 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 213 Lapwing, 9 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 2 Kingfisher: over 4000 birds in total. Also a Rock Pipit on Stones, 160 Woodpigeons south and small numbers of Redwing, Skylark and Starling also through.  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  14/10/2017 
   13-Oct-2017  5 Redwings flew over Sheepwash carpark just as I arrived at 0815, and a Rock Pipit was on the shore in front of Sailing Club at 1200 and later over Stones. I couldn't find the G-w Teal - far fewer Teal around than on Tuesday. c900 Canada Geese. 330 Greylags. 17 Pintail. 10 Shoveler. 74 Gadwall. 84 Pochard (66m,18f). 1 R-c Pochard. At least 3 Little Egrets. c80 Lapwing. 9 Ringed Plover. 8 Dunlin. 3 juv Ruff at Sheepwash. 2 Snipe flew S. 2 Y-l Gull (ad and imm). 3 GBbG (ad and 2 imms). 6 Common Gull. A rather pale young (female?) Peregrine dashing around. 5 Mistle Thrush. 20 Meadow Pipit, 30 Linnet and 1 Lesser Redpoll, all around Stones. Total of 9 Siskin.  Simon Roddis  13/10/2017 
   12-Oct-2017  The results of todays Tree Sparrow survey are 17 Tree Sparrows within the survey area.  A H Stewardson  12/10/2017 
   11-Oct-2017  The Green-winged Teal was still at Sheepwash today although no sign in the afternoon, but probably on site somewhere. 300+ Teal just at Sheepwash. 5+ Little Egrets on site. 20 Little Grebes. 177 Greylags. 12 Pintail at Sheepwash. 10 Shoveler. 385 Wigeon spread across site. 49 Gadwall. Female Red-crested Pochard. 2 juvenile Ruff at Sheepwash. Also a Redshank, Snipe, up to 9 Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Herring Gull and 5 Common Gulls. A late female Wheatear on the dam wall. 20 Starlings over the dam. c20 Linnets on stones island. Lesser Redpoll at Millfields. 5 Siskin at Penn Carr (RC).   Dave Newcombe  11/10/2017 
   10-Oct-2017  Sheepwash: 16 Pintail, Green Winged Teal, 2 Ruff, 9 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin. Gull roost: 5 Yellow legged Gulls.  Clive Ashton  11/10/2017 
   09-Oct-2017  At least 15 Shoveler and 11 Pintail around site, 6+ Little Egret, 6 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover and 3 Mistle Thrush at Sheepwash.   Clive Ashton/Keith Bunting  09/10/2017 
   06-Oct-2017  2 Scaup were in Brown Ale Bay (Paul Stanley Hide). A female and 1st winter male. The first record this year. Also 15 Pintail, 16 Shoveler spread around the whole site, 39 Gadwall, 153 Wigeon, Red-crested Pochard, 7 Skylarks over, 7 Buzzards and 2 Sparrowhawks over Hall/Middle Woods and 2 Ravens. Teal numbers seemed down on recent days, although the Green winged Teal was reported at the Wildlife Centre. Also reported today (07/10) from Sheepwash.  Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown  07/10/2017 
   04-Oct-2017  Green-winged Teal again from Sheepwash Hide at 12:30.  Roger Carrington   04/10/2017 
   04-Oct-2017  Green winged Teal still at Sheepwash at 17.30. It was initially found by Richard Lowe on Sunday evening and was seen on 02/10 at Sheepwash/Paul Stanley. At Millfields yesterday and back at Sheepwash today. There are literally 100's of Teal at Sheepwash but with a bit of perseverance it can easily be picked out from the Eurasian Teal. Also at Sheepwash was a juvenile Little Stint (D Sneap).

Whole site covered: 47 Mute Swans, 1019 Canada Geese, 238 Greylag Geese, Pink-footed Geese (thanks to Chris for counting the Geese), 9 Little Egrets, 522 Teal, 236 Wigeon, 58 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler (site record), 23 Pintail all at Sheepwash (site record is 28 so getting closer!), 130 Pochard, 3 female Red-crested Pochard, 4 Ringed Plover and adult Yellow-legged Gull.
Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown  04/10/2017 
   01-Oct-2017  This morning from Sheepwash hide Pintail 20,Shoveller 7,Red-Crested Pochard 2,Ringed Plover 8,Dunlin 1,Linnets 30,Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1 juv and 128 Greylag geese.  R Carrington A H Stewardson  01/10/2017 
   01-Oct-2017  Species sightings during monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-12noon; Stones Island and Wildlife Centre) ... Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Wigeon, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Coot, Ringed Plover (4), Dunlin (6+), Carrion Crow, Lapwing, Kestrel, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gt Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Blue Tit, Goldcrest, Black-headed Gull, LBB Gull, Robin, Bullfinch, Little Grebe, Rock Pipit, House Sparrow, Buzzard, Gadwall, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Moorhen, Tree Sparrow, Coal Tit, Teal  Gary Atkins  01/10/2017 
   30-Sep-2017  5 Little Egret, 151 Greylag Geese, 14 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and 1 Swallow.  Clive Ashton/Alan Stewardson  30/09/2017 
   27-Sep-2017  Whole site covered: 11 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 15 Little Grebe, 98 Greylags at Sheepwash, 56 Gadwall, 19 Pintail (10 at P Stanley & 9 at Sheepwash), 200 Wigeon (exact count), 3 Shoveler, 268 Teal, 3 female Red-crested Pochard, 86 Pochard, 4 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Common Gulls, 4 Chiffchaff, 35 Meadow Pipits over the dam wall early morning, 9 Bullfinch, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Raven and c30 Linnets.   Dave Newcombe  28/09/2017 
   26-Sep-2017  9 Little Egret, 12 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, a Stonechat in WLC Creek, Siskin and Lesser Redpoll over.  Clive Ashton  26/09/2017 
   26-Sep-2017  Tree Sparrow survey. 19 Tree Sparrows, mainly around Wildlife centre.  Alan Stewardson  26/09/2017 
   25-Sep-2017  Afternoon visit to Sheepwash, 18 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Redshank and 2 Yellow legged Gulls.  Clive Ashton  26/09/2017 
   25-Sep-2017  Plenty of wildfowl: 17 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 374 Teal, 3 R-c Pochard; single Golden Plover, Ruff and Redshank at Sheepwash; 7 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 2 GBbG (adult and Onefoot); 6 Collared Doves at WLC; 5 Jays; 1 Sand Martin at WLC - equals the latest date ever here (and the only hirundine seen this morning); 1 Common Whitethroat on Stones causeway; 1 Blackcap in WLC creek; 11 Bullfinch (7 BA Bay, 4 WLC creek); at least 35 Linnet on Stones.  SJR, AHS, RC, CA  25/09/2017 
   24-Sep-2017  At Millfields first thing: 1250 Canada Geese, 21 Greylags, 1 Pinkfoot, 1 Barnacle, redhead Goosander, 11 Little Egrets. Around Stones, 1 Turnstone, 1 Little Stint, 1 Common Sand,1 Golden Plover, the Norwegian-ringed Ringed Plover; 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Skylark and 1 Lesser Redpoll over. At Sheepwash, 112 Wigeon, 14 Pintail, the Ruff still and juv LRP. Totals of 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 20 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 40 Meadow Pipit, 5 Greenfinch.  SJR, RC, AHS, JB  24/09/2017 
   24-Sep-2017  11 Mute swans,350 coots,6 Pied wagtails,4 Little Egret,8 Mallard,5 Carrion crow,4 Little Grebe,6 Great crested Grebe,8 lapwing,3 Grey heron,4 Wigeon,3 Magpie,4 Cormorant,5 Canada Goose,11 Ringed Plover,6 Dunlin,1 Golden Plover,1 Little Stint,7 Tree Sparrows,1 Great Tit,2 Pheasant   David Armitt  24/09/2017 
   23-Sep-2017  This morning from Stones Island, 9 Dunlin,12 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Stints, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Rock Pipit flying Southwest at 10 am, from Sheepwash hide 1 Golden Plover, 1 Ruff, 1 Oystercatcher, 9 Pintail, 5 Shoveller and 2 Redcrested Pochard. JB, AHS.   A H STEWARDSON   23/09/2017 
   22-Sep-2017  2 Little Stints off Stones causeway most of the morning, along with 9 Dunlin and 16 Ringed Plover. 1 Common Sand on Stones still. Oystercatcher and 2 Snipe at Sheepwash. Sheepwash wildfowl: 8 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 63 Wigeon, 330 Teal, 59 Pochard, 2 R-c Pochard. 8+ Little Egrets. 10 Common Buzzard. Tawny Owl calling at Hopton end at midday (obviously). 4 GSWoodpecker. Adult male Peregrine. 1 Skylark NW. 50 Swallows and 5 House Martin south. 1 Blackcap on Stones. 4 Siskin. 1 Yellowhammer south over WLC creek - very uncommon at Carsington.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  22/09/2017 
   22-Sep-2017  1st/2nd winter Caspian Gull in roost off Stones Island.  John Bradley  22/09/2017 
   21-Sep-2017  2 Little Stint still present, on Stones early morning and later at Sheepwash. The Ruff, Oyc and Golden Plover still at Sheepwash. 10 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe. Site record 12 Little Egrets. Wildfowl at Sheepwash: 14 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 47 Wigeon, 283 Teal, 43 Pochard, 2 R-c Pochard. The Pinkfoot came in with Canadas. Juv Common Gull. 4 Raven. 35 Swallows moved through.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  21/09/2017 
   20-Sep-2017  3 Knot briefly at Sheepwash just before 0830, then flew off SW. 2 Little Stints still from Sheepwash and then Stones. Ruff still. 14 Ringed Plover. 2 juv LRP. 9 Dunlin. 1 Common Sand. At least 9 Little Egrets. 65 Wigeon. 12 Pintail. 4 (possibly 6) R-c Pochard. 31 Greylags. 50 Woodpigeons south. 6 Tawny Owls calling around the Hopton end at first light. c50 Swallows. 1 Blackcap at Hopton end. 25 Meadow Pipits around Stones.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  20/09/2017 
   19-Sep-2017  3 Little Stints still but mobile between Sheepwash and Stones island. The Ruff, Golden Plover and Oystercatcher all still at Sheepwash, plus 14 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover and a Common Snipe. 120 Lapwing were not happy about being harried by 2 hunting Peregrines. Hobby at Hopton end. At least 5 Little Egrets. 46 Wigeon. 10 Pintail. 20 Woodpigeons flew SW in 3 small groups - could be the start of their autumn movement. c50 Swallows. 10 House Martin at the visitor centre. 4 Blackcap at Sheepwash. 7 Mistle Thrush (4 Sheepwash, 3 over Stones). (76 species)  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  19/09/2017 
   18-Sep-2017  Highlight of this morning's Sheepwash waderfest were 3 juvenile Little Stints, sometimes coming close to the hide and giving good views. Also 1 Oyc, Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, juv LRP, 8 Dunlin and the juvenile Ruff still. 11 Pintail, 3 Shoveler and 2 R-c Pochard. Perhaps only 2 Little Egrets. 4 Common Gulls. 2 Blackcap and 5 Chiffchaffs at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson, Keith Bunting  18/09/2017 
   17-Sep-2017  5 Little Egrets at wlc bay most of Sunday  Pat  18/09/2017 
   17-Sep-2017  c200 Pinkfeet over. 7 Pintail still. 6 Shoveler. 52 Pochard. 2 R-c Pochard. Female Common Scoter from Sheepwash. 4 Little Egret. 10 Little Grebe. Waders at Sheepwash: 1 Oystercatcher, juvenile Ruff, 11 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 1 juv LRP, 1 Common Snipe. Adult Hobby over the dam wall. 27 Chiffchaff. 3 Blackcap. 1 Yellow Wagtail S and 1 Rock Pipit SW over Stones.   SJR, CA, JB, AHS  17/09/2017 
   16-Sep-2017  7 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 90 Pink-footed Geese East at 08:35hr and another 12 at 08:45hr 8 Ringed Plover, 4+ Dunlin.  CA,JB  16/09/2017 
   15-Sep-2017  06:30-08:30hr : 11 Little Egrets flew into Sheepwash at first light, 4 Shoveler and 2 Ringed Plover there also. Stones Island a Ruff, 7 Ringed Plover, Golden Plover and Curlew heard but not seen. Meadow Pipits moving throughout also Skylark heard.   Clive Ashton  15/09/2017 
   15-Sep-2017  On the 0730-1230 shift, 78 Pinkfeet flew E at 1130. 16 Greylag. 233 Teal. 46 Wigeon. 2 Pintail. 15 Common Buzzards in a 'kettle' over Stones at 1215. 13 Dunlin. 2 Common Snipe. Common Sand at WLC. 2 Kingfisher. 3 Raven. 2 Jays repeatedly back and forth over Hopton end carrying acorns. 17 Chiffchaff. 2 Blackcap. 63 Meadow Pipits S. 100+ Goldfinch and 35 Linnets on Stones.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  15/09/2017 
   14-Sep-2017  29 Pink-footed Geese flew E at 09:20. 1 Pintail. At least 8 Little Egrets. 4 juv LRP. 11 Ringed Plover. 12 Dunlin. 1 Swift over Hall Wood still. 1 Kingfisher at Hopton end. 2 Blackcap. 1 Mistle Thrush singing at Sheepwash. 53 Meadow Pipit. 100 Goldfinch on Stones.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  14/09/2017 
   13-Sep-2017  Alan Stewardson and myself found a 1st winter Grey Phalarope at Sheepwash yesterday. We first picked it up on the spit at 15.50. We watched it for about 10 minutes before it flew towards Paul Stanley Hide. After Alan had gone it reappeared at Sheepwash c17.00 and then flew towards Lane End but wasn't seen again. This is the 7th record for Carsington and the first since 2013.   Dave Newcombe/ Alan Stewardson  14/09/2017 
   13-Sep-2017  Other sightings apart from the Phalarope include: 53 Mute Swans including cygnets, 30 Barnacle Geese, 2 Grey Herons, 5 Little Egrets, 29 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 206 Teal, 2 Red-crested Pochard, juv male Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 9 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull, c100 Pied Wagtails, 18 Meadow Pipits, Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff with 3 in song, 3 Goldcrest, c150 Goldfinch on Stones Island, and a Siskin over Sheepwash.   Dave Newcombe  14/09/2017 
   13-Sep-2017  Looked for the Grey Phal until dusk with no joy. However, at least 6000 Lesser Black-backs came into roost along with 2 Y-l Gull, 1 Common Sand was at the WLC, and 40 Swallows flew over Stones.  Simon Roddis  14/09/2017 
   12-Sep-2017  Manx Shearwater still present this morning,viewable from the dam wall at time of this report.  SJR,ST,CA  12/09/2017 
   12-Sep-2017  In other news today...1 Pinkfoot. 15 Barnacle Geese. 34 Wigeon. 11 Shoveler. 35 Pochard. 37 Cormorant. 6 Little Egret. 2 LRP. 10 Ringed Plover. 9 Dunlin. 1 Redshank. Adult Y-l Gull. 10 Stock Dove, again all moving S or SW. 2 Kingfisher. 4 Raven. 300 Jackdaw on the dam wall at first light. 2 Sand Martin. c70 Swallow, including 40 on the dam wall first thing. Steady movement of Meadow Pipits, 100+ during the morning. 1 Siskin. 1 Redstart between WLC and Shiningford (AHS). Three other birders reported an Osprey over Stones around 12:00.  Simon Roddis  12/09/2017 
   11-Sep-2017  25 Greylags and the single Pinkfoot came in with the Canada Geese. 6 juv Shelduck stayed for a short time before leaving NE at 1040. 1 Pintail. 43 Wigeon. 206 Teal. 6 Shoveler. 44 Pochard. 2 R-c Pochard. 4 Little Egret. 16 Dunlin. 7 Ringed Plover. 2 LRP. 1 2nd-w Y-l Gull. Juv male peregrine. 1 Swift still. 35 Linnet at Sheepwash.  SJR, AHS, CA  11/09/2017 
   11-Sep-2017  Manx Shearwater sat on the water off the end of Stones Island at 7:55pm, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls in roost.  John Bradley  11/09/2017 
   10-Sep-2017  2 Greenshank at Sheepwash till 11:00am then flew east, plus 3 Redshank.  John Bradley  10/09/2017 
   10-Sep-2017  Monthly WeBs count: 43 Mute Swan, 1 Pinkfoot, 3 Greylag, 537 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 34 Wigeon, 32 Gadwall, 212 Teal, 251 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 11 Shoveler, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 23 Pochard, 236 Tufted Duck, 27 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 15 Little Grebe, 31 GC Grebe, 8 Moorhen, 778 Coot, 58 Lapwing, 3 LRP, 5 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 1 Snipe. Also 3 Y-l Gull, 2 GBbG, 11 Stock Dove (all heading S or SW), 3 Tawny Owls and 4 Jays calling at BA Bay first thing, 50 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 20 Chiffchaff between Hopton reedbed and Lane End plus 5 on Stones, Reed Warbler in Hopton reedbed, 1 Yellow Wag in BA Bay, 90 Meadow Pipits in total (c30 down, the others moving through), 150 Goldfinch on Stones still. (79 species)  Simon Roddis, John Bradley  10/09/2017 
   09-Sep-2017  1 Pintail in BA bay. 23 Greylags. 4 Little Egrets. At least 3 Sparrowhawks in the Stones/WLC area. 14 Dunlin. 10 Ringed Plover. 2 LRP. 1 Common Sand. 3 Y-l Gull. 33 Rooks, mostly over the dam wall. 4 Raven. 50 Swallow. 40 House Martin. 3 Sand Martin. Common Whitethroat on Stones. 150 Goldfinch on Stones still. JB also had single Mandarin and Swift.  Simon Roddis  09/09/2017 
   08-Sep-2017  36 Wigeon. 2 Pintail still. 2 R-c Pochard. 1 Pinkfoot among the Canadas. 4+ Little Egret. 85 Lapwing. 3 LRP (2 off Stones causeway, 1 Sheepwash). 5 Ringed Plover. 1 Common Sand at Sheepwash. 15+ Dunlin on Stones, and possibly another 9 which flew south past Sheepwash. Adult Y-l Gull. 1 Swift still. 30 House Martin through, and c10 hanging around. 5 Sand Martin. 1 Willow Warbler on Stones. 150 Goldfinch and 40 Linnet around Stones.  Simon Roddis  08/09/2017 
   07-Sep-2017  7 Little Egret, 15 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 2 Sparrowhawk, 12 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Collared Dove, at least 2 Sand Martin, many Chiffchaff on Stones Island also 2 Blackcap there, male Redstart in WLC fields, 2 Jay over Middle Wood, 120 Goldfinch and 30 Linnet on Stones Island.  Clive Ashton  07/09/2017 
   06-Sep-2017  Also 100 Swallow around the dam wall, Yellow Wagtail on the dam and 6 Ringed Plover.  Clive Ashton  07/09/2017 
   06-Sep-2017  The first Pintail of the autumn this morning, 2 females in front of Sheepwash hide. 9 Wigeon. 8 Shoveler. 4 R-c Pochard. 1 Barnacle Goose. 5 Little Egret. 2 LRP. 15 Dunlin. 3 Common Sand. 2 GBbG. 1 Swift. 5 Blackcap (4 in WLC creek, 1 on Stones). 32 Meadow Pipits south/south-west. 150 Goldfinch and 40 Linnet on Stones.  Simon Roddis  06/09/2017 
   06-Sep-2017  In addition to Simon's sightings. 9 Little Grebes, 36 Cormorants, Pink-footed Goose, 34 Greylag Geese, 14 Gadwall, 221 Teal, 33 Pochard, 4 Buzzards, Redshank, probably as many as 150 Pied Wagtails on site, 12 Chiffchaff including 2 in song, 2 Sand Martins, Kingfisher, 4 Willow Tits, 2 Ravens. 14 Wigeon and a Yellow Wagtail in the evening (J Bradley).   Dave Newcombe  06/09/2017 
   05-Sep-2017  Duck numbers still increasing: 202 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 44 Pochard, 4 R-c Pochard. 46 adult Mute Swans + 6 cygnets. 35 Greylags. At least 4 Little Egrets and 10 Grey Herons. 2 Golden Plover flew S at 1130. 5 Ringed Plover. 15 Dunlin. 1 Redshank. 4 Common Sand. 2 GBbG. 2 Kingfisher. 1 Swift. 1 Wheatear on Stones island. 90+ Pied Wagtails around Stones causeway and Sheepwash, and a possible White Wag and 3 Yellow Wags at Sheepwash. 3 Meadow Pipits. 35 Linnet. Summer visitors are getting much thinner on the ground now - didn't even hear Blackcap this morning.  SJR, AHS, RC  05/09/2017 
   04-Sep-2017  The 2 Sandwich Terns were still present this morning, initially heard only in the fog at around 0915, then they flew S past Stones island at 0940 and were up at Sheepwash at 1130. 7 Wigeon. 12 Shoveler. 4 R-c Pochard. 1 Little Egret. 11 Ringed Plover. 15 Dunlin. 1 Redshank. 3 Common Sand. Adult and 1st-summer Y-l Gull. Adult GBbG. 6 Blackcaps feeding on elderberries in WLC creek, and 1 Common Whitethroat there.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  04/09/2017 
   03-Sep-2017  Little Egret 4 ,coot 250+,Teal 23,Pochard 8,Cormorant 10,Mallard 15,Mute Swan 19,Gadwell 7,Little Grebe 1,Great Crested Grebe 2,Red Crested Pochard 3, Tufted Duck 12,Greylag Goose 2,Moorhen 1,Canada Goose 12  David Armitt  05/09/2017 
   03-Sep-2017  A new species for the site this morning: a Dipper in Tail Bay, seen from the dam wall. Not a county rarity but hey, it's still a first! 70 Greylags. 1 Pinkfoot. 152 Teal. 10 Shoveler. 30 Gadwall. 6 Wigeon. 4 R-c Pochard. 27 Pochard. 2-3 Little Egret. 2 Hobby over Millfields. 1 juv LRP. 7 Ringed Plover. 1 Greenshank. 1 Redshank. 11 Dunlin. 2 Common Sand. 5 Curlew. First-summer Y-l Gull. 1 Common and 1 commic Tern through. 3 Kingfisher. 1 Swift over Hall Wood. 100 Swallow. 30 House Martin. 20 Sand Martin. 1 Willow Warbler in Tail Bay. 5 Yellow Wag and 3 Meadow Pipits on the dam wall.  SJR, CA, JB  03/09/2017 
   03-Sep-2017  Species seen between Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre during monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): Black-headed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Canada Goose, Woodpigeon, Swallow, House Martin, Coot, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Greylag Goose, Gt Crested Grebe, Mallard, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Raven, Robin, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Kestrel, Linnet, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, Gt Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Gadwall, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Willow Tit ... also a Fox on Horseshoe Island  Gary Atkins  03/09/2017 
   03-Sep-2017  2 Sandwich Terns perched on buoys this evening in rain.  Roger Carrington  03/09/2017 
   02-Sep-2017  2 Little egret, 6+Grey Heron, 8 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 3 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 100 +Teal, 14 Pochard, 10 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.   Clive Ashton   02/09/2017 
   02-Sep-2017  1100 -- 20 Buzzards high over Wildlife Centre creek, some being mobbed by one or two Ravens  Gary Atkins  02/09/2017 
   01-Sep-2017  5 Ringed Plover. 4 Dunlin. 1 Common Sand. 1 Common Redshank but no sign of the Spotshank. 2GBbG. Single Pinkfoot and Barnacle and 2 Greylags among 8-900 Canadas. 5 Wigeon. 1 Shoveler. 4 R-c Pochard. Only 2 Little Egrets. 12 Buzzards. 2 Peregrines, the juv female and a male. The juv female landed right in front of Sheepwash hide, she has a metal ring on her right leg. 2 Sparrowhawks. 2 Swifts. 2 Willow Warbler. 2 Common Whitethroat. 3 Redstarts in WLC fields. 1 Yellow Wag at Sheepwash.  SJR, AHS, CA  01/09/2017 
   31-Aug-2017  Juv Spotted Redshank from Sheepwash hide again early morning. 70 Lapwing. 5 Ringed Plover. 1 Dunlin. 4 Common Sand. 2 Black-tailed and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit flew north with 3 smaller waders, possibly Greenshank. 1 Pink-foot and 4 Greylags among c800 Canada Geese. 3 Wigeon. 2 Shoveler. 22 Pochard. 3 R-c Pochard. 7 Little Egrets. 6 Grey Heron. 2 GBbG. 5 Stock Dove. 2 Swifts. 60 Rooks on the east side. 100 Swallow. 20 House Martin. 5 Reed Warbler in Hopton reedbed. Common Whitethroat and 2 Redstart in WLC fields. 17 Blackbirds on Stones causeway. 2 Yellow Wag at Sailing Club. 41 Pied Wag at the WLC. 11 Meadow Pipits, mostly heading south.  Simon Roddis  31/08/2017 
   31-Aug-2017  This evening: From Sheepwash: adult Yellow Legged Gull, ad Common Gull and 2 Swifts through.
Wildlife Centre: 2 Dunlin.
Stones Island: 11 Ringed Plovers, 8 Dunlin and 1 Redshank (no sign of Spotted Redshank). 
Roger Carrington  31/08/2017 
   30-Aug-2017  Juv Spotted Redshank still from Sheepwash Hide at 12:20hrs.  Roger Carrington   30/08/2017 
   30-Aug-2017  On the late shift today. The Spotted Redshank was around Sheepwash most of the afternoon. 10 Ringed Plovers on Stones. 3 Common Sand. 110 Teal. 1 Wigeon. 2 Shoveler. 10 Pochard. 4 R-c Pochard (2m, 2f/imm). 6 Little Egrets. 2500 LBbG came in to roost. 2 GBbG. Ad Y-l Gull. 4+ Swift. 1 Kingfisher in BA Bay. Tawny Owl calling at Hopton end at dusk. c200 swallows went to roost in Hopton reedbed at dusk. 2+ Reed Warblers there too. 2 Wheatear on the dam wall. 15 Linnet at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  30/08/2017 
   29-Aug-2017  Juv Spotted Redshank at Sheepwash feeding in the small pool, 1st summer and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls on the spit,3 Common Gulls in the roost plus Yellow Wagtail on Water Sports Island.  John Bradley  29/08/2017 
   28-Aug-2017  Similar to yesterday. 69 Teal. 13 Gadwall. 4 Shoveler. 4 Little Egret. 4 LRP. 2 Ringed Plover. 2 Common Sand. Adult Y-l Gull. 3 GBbG. 2Swifts.. 2 Yellow Wag. 7 Meadow Pipit. 2 Redstart. 150 Goldfinch on Stones.  Simon Roddis  28/08/2017 
   27-Aug-2017  45 Teal, 1 Wigeon and 7 Shoveler at Sheepwash. 7 Pochard. 2 eclipse male R-c Pochard at Millfields. 5 Little Egrets. 20 Common Buzzards together in the air over Hopton end at 11:00. 4 juv LRP. 2 juv Ringed Plover. The Black-tailed Godwit still, on Stones. 3 Common Sand. 2 GBbG (adult and imm). 4 adult probably Common Terns, difficult against the light. 4 Stock Dove. 2 Raven. 35 House Martin at Hopton end. 2 Willow Warblers. Sedge Warbler on Stones. Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Redstart in WLC fields. 7 Grey Wag (6 at Millfields, 1 Hopton end).  Simon Roddis  27/08/2017 
   26-Aug-2017  3 Common Scoter (1m,2f) off the dam wall early morning, later at Sheepwash. 4 Wigeon. 1 Shoveler. 2 R-c Pochard. 5 Goosander. 41 Teal at Sheepwash - numbers down courtesy of a b****y hot-air balloon which flushed lots of stuff. (10 species of duck nonetheless.) 23 Greylag. 5 Little Egret. 78 Lapwing. 3 juv LRP. Adult Ringed Plover. Single Whimbrel and Greenshank through. Black-tailed Godwit initially at Sailing Club (thanks Merv) then at Sheepwash to 10:25 at least. 4 Dunlin. 2 Common Sand. 2 Kingfisher. Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Redstart in WLC fields. Juv Wheatear on the dam wall. 7 Yellow Wag, including 5 south over Millfields. 150 Goldfinch and 15 Linnet on Stones.  Simon Roddis  26/08/2017 
   25-Aug-2017  50 Mute Swan plus 6 cygnets. 2 Greylag. 10 Gadwall. 79 Teal. 2 Wigeon. 2 Shoveler. 7 Pochard. 2 R-c Pochard. 50 Cormorants on Sheepwash spit. 7 Little Egrets. 2 LRP. 3 Dunlin. 1 Greenshank. 5 Common Sand. Adult Y-l Gull. 2 imm GBbG. 3 Swift. 2 Kingfisher. 3 Raven. 30 Swallow at Millfields. 60-70 House Martins feeding in BA Bay. Reed Warbler in Hopton reedbed. Redstart in Shiningford creek. 6 Mistle Thrush at Millfields. 5 Grey Wag. 2 Yellow Wag. 1 Meadow Pipit. (74 species)  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  25/08/2017 
   24-Aug-2017  44 adult Mute Swan, 650 Canada Geese, 5 Little Egret, 64 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 2 Rc Pochard, 1 Pochard, Marsh Harrier flew south at 07:00,imm female Peregrine, 4 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, one foot GBBG, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Raven, Kingfisher, 50 Swallow and 2 Meadow Pipits on the dam.   Clive Ashton   24/08/2017 
   23-Aug-2017  A Tree Pipit flew south over Stones at about 0830, first (and last?) of the year. 3 Yellow Wagtails around Stones. 46 Teal. 4 R-C Pochard. 35 Cormorant on Sheepwash spit. 5 Little Egret. 9 Grey Heron. 1 Oystercatcher. 4 Ringed Plover. 7 Dunlin. 1 Redshank. 8 Common Sand. 3 Snipe. 1 Whimbrel. 3 Swifts. Mixed flock of 100 Swallows and House Martins over Stones early on, then 60 House Martin south over BA Bay and 50 more feeding in front of Sheepwash hide. Small numbers of hirundines still going through late morning. 1 Sedge Warbler on Stones. 60 Tree Sparrows at WLC. 200 Goldfinch on Stones still.  SJR, CA, RC  23/08/2017 
   22-Aug-2017  1 Yellow Wagtail on the dam wall at Millfields. 5 Little Egrets. 9 Gadwall. 44 Teal. 2 R-c Pochard. 4 Pochard. 3 Ringed Plover. 6 Dunlin. 4 Common Sand. 3 imm GBbG including Onefoot. Kingfisher at Millfields. 7 Willow Tits. 1 Sand Martin. 3 Reed Warblers in Hopton reedbed. 200 Goldfinches on Stones island. 46 Tree Sparrows at WLC - thanks to Jill and Pat (vols) for the accurate count! An interesting bit of behaviour in WLC creek: there appeared to be a hatch of small black flies over the hawthorns and quite a few birds were feeding on them: 4 Common and 2 Lesser Whitethroats in the bushes, but several Tree Sparrows and 2 Blue Tits actively flycatching from the bushes - I've never seen either species do that before.  Simon Roddis  22/08/2017 
   21-Aug-2017  4 wheatear on dam wall 3 pm ish  Phil Davies  23/08/2017 
   21-Aug-2017  At least 4 Little Egrets still. 1100 Canada Geese - that's just too many! 1 Pink-foot. 2 Greylags. 33 Teal. 7+ Gadwall. 3 R-c Pochard in BA Bay, including the youngster. 1 Oystercatcher. 3 ad Ringed Plover. 1 ad LRP. 3 Common Sand. 6 Dunlin. Ad Y-l Gull. Onefoot the GBbG. Single Lesser Whitethroat and Spotted Flycatcher in Shiningford creek. 50 Linnet around Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  21/08/2017 
   21-Aug-2017  Should also have mentioned 21 Tree Sparrows - fewer than recent counts, it remains to be seen if they have dispersed or if they were just playing hard to get today.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  21/08/2017 
   18-Aug-2017  10 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Pink footed Goose, 43 Teal, 2 Pochard, 7 Moorhen, 1 Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover heard, 2 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, Redstart in WLC fields.  Clive Ashton  18/08/2017 
   17-Aug-2017  50 adult Mute Swans. 6 Gadwall. 28 Teal (so much for me saying numbers were increasing daily!). 6 Pochard. 4 Little Egrets. 1 Oystercatcher. 21 Lapwing. 1 LRP. 4 Ringed Plover (3 ads, 1 juv). 8 Dunlin. 4 Common Sand. 1 Snipe. Ad Y-l Gull. 2 imm GBbGs including Onefoot. 2+ Swifts. 5 Kestrels (family party?) in the air together over Carsington Pastures. 3 Peregrines (young female plus 2 males). 3 Raven. Reed Warbler in WLC reedbed. 12 Mistle Thrushes and 7 Starlings settled in tall conifers in Hall Wood. 2 Redstart in WLC fields. Huge numbers of Goldfinches: 200 again on Stones and another 100 in WLC creek, along with 40 Linnets, amazing sight. (72 species)  Simon Roddis  17/08/2017 
   16-Aug-2017  50 adult Mute Swans. 2 Greylags. 7 Gadwall. 37 Teal (increasingly daily at the moment). 6 Pochard. The female R-C Pochard with her now-nearly-full-grown youngster was in BA Bay today. 40 Cormorant. At least 4 Little Egrets. 6 Grey Herons. 16 Common Buzzards in the air. 43 Lapwing. 2 juv LRP. 1 juv Ringed Plover. 9 Dunlin. 5+ Common Sand. 1 Snipe over Stones island. Adult Y-l Gull. 2 imm GBbG. 4 Swift. Kingfisher in BA Bay. 100 Jackdaw over Hopton end. 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Stones and WLC creek). 3 Redstart in WLC fields. 3 Grey Wagtail. 55 Pied Wags between Stones and the WLC. 200 Goldfinches on Stones.  Simon Roddis  16/08/2017 
   15-Aug-2017  An Osprey flew in at 1130 and stayed until 1145 at least, seen from the WLC. 6 Little Egrets. 26 Teal. 4 Pochard. Female R-c Pochard with one young still. Peregrine. 1 Oystercatcher. 3 Ringed Plover. 1 juv LRP. 8 Dunlin. 6 Common Sand. Adult Y-l Gull. 2 Swifts. 2 Raven. 2 Redstart in WLC fields.  Simon Roddis  15/08/2017 
   14-Aug-2017  49 adult Mute Swans. 1 juv Shelduck. 4 Greylags. 8 Gadwall. 22 Teal. Female R-c Pochard with one young at WLC. 5 Little Egrets. 9 Dunlin. 4 Ringed Plover. 4 Common Sand. 1 Swift. 5 Starling north. Female/juv Redstart in WLC fields. c50 Tree Sparrows and 5 Collared Doves at WLC.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  14/08/2017 
   13-Aug-2017  Monthly WeBS count: 35 GC Grebe, 13 Little Grebe, 9 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 30 Cormorant, 51 Mute Swan, 6 Greylag (including neck-collar PPX), 398 Canada Geese, 264 Mallard, 17 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 407 Tufted Duck, 714 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 1 Oystercatcher, 26 Lapwing, 1 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sand, 4 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher. Also Spotted Fly, 2 Redstart.  Simon Roddis, Jon Bradley  13/08/2017 
   11-Aug-2017  10 Little Egrets this morning, a site record. 6 Grey Heron. 49 adult Mute Swans. 16 Greylags. 19 Teal. Female R-c Pochard with one young still. 6 Dunlin. 1 Ringed Plover. 1 juv LRP. 3 Common Sand. On Sheepwash spit, 110 LBbG, 2 GBBg (adult and first-summer) and 2 ad Y-l Gulls. First-summer Common Gull. Kingfisher at Millfields. 1 Peregrine. 5 Ravens. 30 Swallows on the dam wall early on. 4 Redstarts in WLC fields. 80 Goldfinch at Millfields (over 100 in total).  Simon Roddis  11/08/2017 
   10-Aug-2017  The highlight this morning was an adult Sandwich Tern from Stones Island. 9 Teal, drake Pochard, 5 Dunlin, 2 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher. Many warblers on Stones Island including 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Sedge Warblers. 2 Redstarts in WLC fields also another Lesser Whitethroat there and another Sedge Warbler in WLC Creek reed bed.  Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington  10/08/2017 
   09-Aug-2017  18 Black-tailed Godwits flew through SE at 10:50. 2 Dunlin. 45 Lapwing. 3 LRP. 1 Ringed Plover. 5 Common Sand. 2 Oystercatcher. Adult Y-l Gull. 1 Common Tern. 50 adult Mute Swans. 6 Gadwall. 9 Teal. Drake Pochard. 3 female R-c Pochard - and the young bird does actually look like a miniature RcP now! 7 redhead Goosander. 2 Peregrine. 2 Raven. 4 Stock Doves. 1 Spotted Fly at Sheepwash. 2 Redstarts in WLC fields. 120 Goldfinch on Stones.  Simon Roddis  09/08/2017 
   08-Aug-2017  14 Dunlin, 1 juv LRP, 1 Ringed Plover and a Greenshank around Stones island. 35 Lapwing. 4 Common Sand. 2 adult Common Terns. Adult Y-l Gull. 3 female R-c Pochard and 1 young again. 2 male Sparrowhawks.   Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  08/08/2017 
   07-Aug-2017  A Red Kite flew west across the Hopton end at 11:15. 8 Buzzards. 3+ Little Egret. 3 Shoveler at Sheepwash. 2 female Red-crested Pochard at Sheepwash, plus the female and young at WLC. 2 Teal. 3 Greylag. 1 Oystercatcher. 2 LRP. 12 Dunlin still. 2 Common Sand. 1 Redshank. Juv Collared Dove at WLC. 4+ Swifts. 3 Spotted Fly at Sheepwash. 2 Redstarts in WLC fields. 30+ Linnet. 1 Siskin. 54 Tree Sparrow, and 2 nestboxes still with young. 41+ House Sparrow.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  07/08/2017 
   06-Aug-2017  Species noted during monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): Mallard, Dunlin, Mute Swan, Robin, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Swallow, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Tufted Duck, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Willow Warbler, House Martin, Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, Magpie, Little Grebe, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Wren, Gt Crested Grebe, Sand Martin, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Lapwing, Lesser Black-back Gull, Peregrine*, Reed Bunting**, Willow Tit, Linnet, Little Egret
*Peregrine looked like young female previously noted; it emerged from long grass on Horseshoe Island with prey in its talons
** Young, recently fledged female 
Gary Atkins  07/08/2017 
   06-Aug-2017  An Osprey was present from 0840-0900, dived once but didn't catch anything, then drifted north. Imm female Peregrine again. 5 Little Egret. 50 adult Mute Swan. 1 Pochard. 1 Greylag. 10 Little Grebe, plus small youngster in Tail Bay. Full grown young GC Grebe at Sheepwash, presumably flown in from elsewhere. 1 ad LRP at WLC. 12 Dunlin. 2 Redshank. 2 Common Sand. 1 ad Y-l Gull. 1 Stock Dove. Kingfisher at Millfields. 3 GSWoodpecker. 2 Swifts. 5 Raven. 10 Sand Martin. Spotted Fly feeding fledged young at Millfields car park. Blackcap feeding fledged young at Penn Carr. 2 Redstarts in WLC fields. 40 Tree Sparrows at WLC. 30 Linnets. 120 Goldfinch. (75 species)  Simon Roddis  06/08/2017 
   05-Aug-2017  Brief visit this morning: 50 adult Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese at Millfields, 4+ Little Egret, 6+ Grey Heron, 9 Dunlin on Watersports Island, 1 Redshank, 3 Sedge Warbler on Stones Island, 1st Summer Herring Gull.   Clive Ashton  05/08/2017 
   04-Aug-2017  At least 5 Little Egrets, possibly as many as 8. 50 adult Mute Swans. 10 Gadwall. 3 Teal. Female R-c Pochard with 1 young still. 43 Cormorants. 2+ Oystercatcher. 5+ Dunlin. 4 Common Sand. 6 Redshank. 2 ad Y-l Gull. Young female Peregrine again. 9 Swifts through. Steady trickle of Sand Martins through, at least 20 in total.   SJR, CA, RC  04/08/2017 
   04-Aug-2017  Should also have mentioned a probable Bar-tailed Godwit over, moving north.  CA, RC  04/08/2017 
   03-Aug-2017  At least 4 Little Egrets. 5 Gadwall. 2 Teal. 38 Cormorants. 1 Oystercatcher. 1 juv LRP. 1 adult Ringed Plover arrived in rain at 11:00, left SE 15 mins later when the weather cleared up. 1 Dunlin. At least 18 Swifts through to the south. 2 Raven. 2 young Spotted Fly in BA Bay. 2 Redstart in WLC fields.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  03/08/2017 
   03-Aug-2017  2 Common Sandpiper in Brown Ale Bay at 13.30 hrs.  Neil Moulden  03/08/2017 
   02-Aug-2017  6 Little Egrets still. 2 Whimbrel flew west. 2 juv LRP. 1 Dunlin. Adult Yellow-legged Gull. 9 Swifts. 2 Raven. 6 Sand Martin. 3 Redstarts in WLC fields. 1 fly-over Crossbill at Hopton end. 65 Tree Sparrows at WLC.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  02/08/2017 
   01-Aug-2017  6 Little Egret, 9 Little Grebe, GC Grebe's each with 1 young at Millfields, 8 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher, Redshank, Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Teal, 2 Mandarin, fledged Spotted Flycatchers in Brown Ale Bay, Wren family on Stones, Sedge Warblers calling around Sailing Club Island, adult YL Gull.  Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington  01/08/2017 
   29-Jul-2017  At least 6 Little Egrets today. 5 Gadwall. 2 Teal. R-c Pochard with 1 young still. 33 Cormorants on Sheepwash spit. 5 Common Sand. 20 Swifts. 2 Spotted Fly in BA Bay. Juvenile Yellow Wagtail at WLC - first of the autumn!  Simon Roddis  29/07/2017 
   28-Jul-2017  3 Little Egret, 48 adult Mute Swan, 3 Barnacle Geese, 1 Teal, Hobby, Peregrine, Oystercatcher, 6 LR Plover, another colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, the 2 juv LBbG's with 2 adults on Sheepwash spit, imm GBBG, 1 Common Tern, 30+ Swift, 58 Tree Sparrow.   Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington  28/07/2017 
   27-Jul-2017  The colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit was ringed as an adult male on the River Alde in Suffolk in September 2012. It was back there in the winter of 2014/15 and then in Iceland in April 2015 before returning to the River Alde in September 2015. Not recorded again until its appearance at Carsington, presumably on its southward migration.  Simon Roddis   28/07/2017 
   27-Jul-2017  Highlight this morning was 11 Black-tailed Godwits on Sheepwash spit, including a colour-ringed bird. Initial search on the web suggests it was probably ringed as a non-breeding islandica race adult in Suffolk.
47 adult Mute Swans. 3 Barnacle Geese. 2 Teal. R-c Pochard with one young still. 32 Cormorant. 3 Little Egret. 4 Oystercatcher. Only saw 1 LRP. 3 Common Sand. 1 Redshank. 135 LBbG off Stones, then flew south, plus the pair with 2 juvs at Sheepwash. 1 imm GBbG. 1 Common Gull. Of 87 BhGs at Millfields, 14 were juvs. 20+ Swifts. Kingfishers in BA Bay and at WLC. Hobby over Stones island. 12+ Sand Martin. 60 House Martin over Stones causeway. 2 Redstart in WLC fields (adult male and the query imm male). 100 Goldfinch on Stones. 
Simon Roddis  27/07/2017 
   26-Jul-2017  6 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 4 Barnacle Geese, 2 Pochard, Rc Pochard plus 1 young still, immature female Peregrine, Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 2 Yellow legged Gull, 3 Common Tern, 2 Kingfisher, c100 Swallow, Sedge Warbler calling on Sailing Club Island, Reed Warbler calling at Hopton Pond.  CA,RC,SJR  26/07/2017 
   25-Jul-2017  48 adult Mute Swans. 1 Mandarin and 3 Teal in BA Bay. R-c Pochard with chick still at WLC. 32 Cormorant. 6 Little Egret. 8 Grey Heron. 2 summer plumage Sanderling flew into Watersports island at 12:00. 1 adult Dunlin. 2 Redshank. 7 Common Sands. Adult Y-l Gull. First-summer GBbG. 2 adult Common Tern. 30 Swifts. Spotted Fly feeding young in BA Bay, presumed second brood. 3 single Redstarts (Hopton, Lane End, Shiningford creek). c30 Linnets - 20 in Shingford creek, 10 around Stones. 38 Tree Sparrows.  SJR, AHS, CA  25/07/2017 
   25-Jul-2017  In addition today a Wheatear on Millfields Island mid morning also 2 adult Yellow legged Gulls.  Clive Ashton  25/07/2017 
   24-Jul-2017  4 Little Egret, 4 Barnacle Geese, 4 Oystercatcher, 10 LRP, 1 juvenile Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Common Tern, immature female Peregrine.   Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington  24/07/2017 
   24-Jul-2017  On the late shift today, a Whimbrel flew NW over Stones island at 1120 and a Dunlin shortly after. 4 Common Terns (3 ads, 1 juv) still, on the jetty in front of Sailing Club. Juv LBbG on Sheepwash spit - perhaps flown all the way from Chesterfield? c40 Swifts in total, including 30 drifting north into the breeze over Hopton end. 7 Raven (party of 6 plus one). Spotted Fly with at least 2 young in Hall Wood. 120 Goldfinch on Stones island.  Simon Roddis  24/07/2017 
   23-Jul-2017  Monthly WeBS count: 31 GC Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 26 Cormorant, 47 Mute Swan, 413 Canada Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese, 14 Greylags, 191 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 262 Tufted Duck, 1 R-c Pochard, 1 drake Common Scoter, 11 Moorhen, 510 Coot, 4 Oystercatcher, 17 Lapwing, 14 LRP, 5 Common Sand, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher. Also juv Med Gull, adult Y-l Gull, 2 Peregrine, Hobby, 6 Raven, 15 Linnet.  SJR, JB, CA  23/07/2017 
   21-Jul-2017  5 Little Egrets (2 flew in over Millfields at 1230). Wildfowl much as in previous days. Most of the Greylags appear to have moved out but there has been a definite increase in Coot numbers. 6 adult Moorhen, including pairs with 2 chicks each in Shiningford creek and Hopton end, plus a large youngster at Hopton end - no idea where that has come from. 95 Lapwing. 13 LRP. 6 Common Sand. At least 5 Oystercatcher. 2 Common Tern. 2 Yellow-legged Gull - the adult and the rather poorly-looking first-summer. 4 Stock Dove. 30 Swifts. 10 Sand Martin. Family of recently fledged Whitethroats at Hopton end. Song Thrush with food in Sheepwash carpark. 10 Starlings over. Female Redstart at Hopton end. 3 Grey Wag. 2 Greenfinch. Total of c100 Goldfinch on site.  Simon Roddis  21/07/2017 
   20-Jul-2017  47 Mute Swans + cygnets. 6 full-grown young Gadwall in BA Bay, along with female and one smaller young. 3 Little Egrets. 6 adult and 1 large young Little Grebe (including a pair having another nesting attempt in Shiningford creek). Adult Y-l Gull. Adult and juv Common Tern. At least 50 Goldfinch in total. c40 Tree Sparrows at the WLC.  Simon Roddis  20/07/2017 
   18-Jul-2017  49 adult Mute Swan, 35 Greylag, 3 Barnacle Geese, female Rc Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 5+ Heron, 12 LRP, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Redstart in WLC fields, Reed Warbler singing at WLC reed bed, Whitethroat family on Stones, Goldcrest family in BA Bay, GBbG, YLG, Kestrel taking prey to east side, 45 Jackdaw over Carsington pasture.   Clive Ashton  18/07/2017 
   18-Jul-2017  3 Barnacle Geese, 4 Little ringed Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Willow Tit, 10+ Tree Sparrow, 1 Kestrel, 3 Chaffinch  Alex Collins-Smith  18/07/2017 
   18-Jul-2017  In addition from WLC: 1 Hobby high over Carsington Pastures, 1 Teal, 40+ Tree Sparrow, 2 eclipse Gadwall.

And 1 Oystercatcher at Lane End. 
James Owen  18/07/2017 
   16-Jul-2017  48 adult Mute Swans. 4 adult Gadwall; brood of 6 at Millfields and 1 in BA Bay. 1 Teal. Female R-c Pochard with 1 young at WLC still. Juv Goosander. 2 Little Egrets. 5 Grey Heron. 23 Cormorant. 14 LRP. 1 Dunlin. 2 Common Sand. 2 Y-l Gull. Kingfisher and 3 Raven at Millfields. Pair of Spotted Fly with food at Penn Carr, and another adult in BA Bay. 25 House Martin at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  16/07/2017 
   16-Jul-2017  Lapwing 7,Greylag goose 33,Cormorant 11,Great crested grebe 4,Mute swan 48 + 6 young, BH gull, Goldfinch 11, Canada goose 74,Gbb gull 2,Grey heron 2,Common sandpiper 1, Pied wagtail 2,Moorhen 2,Wren 1,Reed Bunting 1,Swift 2,Sand Martin 7,House Martins 10,Swallows 2,Great Tit 7,Blue tit 4,Reed warbler 1,Blackcap 1  David Armitt  16/07/2017 
   15-Jul-2017  50 adult Mute Swans plus 5 and 1 cygnets. 3 Teal. 1 Little Egret. 5 Grey Heron. 3 adult Little Grebe. c30 Lapwing. 17 LRP. 1 Dunlin. 7 Common Sand. 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad and first-summer). Stock Dove singing at the top of WLC creek. 13 Swifts over Stones. 2 Spotted Fly in BA Bay and 1 singing in WLC creek. 2 Redstart in WLC fields. Goldcrest feeding recently fleded juv in WLC creek. c12 Linnet on Stones and 1 singing in WLC creek. c50 Tree Sparrows on the WLC feeders, most of them juveniles.  Simon Roddis  15/07/2017 
   13-Jul-2017  3 Black-tailed Godwits at Millfields. Greenshank dropped into Stones at 1040, and later at Sheepwash. 16 LRP. 2 ad Dunlin. 4 Common Sand. 3 Little Egret. 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adult and first-summer) and first-summer GBbG at Sheepwash. 3 Sand Martin. 5 singing Reed Warblers. Sedge Warbler on Sailing Club island. At least 4 Spotted Fly at Sheepwash/BA Bay. 1 Redstart in WLC fields and a pair with food at Hopton end (second breeding attempt?). 35 Tree Sparrows at WLC.  SJR, CA, RC  13/07/2017 
   11-Jul-2017  Female Common Scoter from Sheepwash hide. 3 Little Egrets still. 2 Teal in BA Bay. Yesterday's passage waders appear to have moved on but still 18 LRP (5 ads, 13 juvs) and 5 Common Sands. Adult Yellow-legged Gull. 2 Redstart in WLC fields. 1 Spotted Fly at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  11/07/2017 
   10-Jul-2017  10 islandica race Black-tailed Godwits in front of the Sailing Club to 1000 at least. 17 LRPs (8 ads, 9 juvs). 1 Curlew south. 1 ad Dunlin. 4 Common Sands. 1 Common Snipe at Sheepwash. 46 adult Mute Swans. 10 adult Gadwall. 2 Teal. Female R-c Pochard plus 1 young. 32 Cormorant. 10 Grey Heron. 3 Little Egret still. Pair of Moorhen with 2 young at Hopton end. Juv female Peregrine. Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Kingfisher at PS. 35 Swifts, mostly heading south. Lesser White, Sedge Warbler and 40 Goldfinch on Stones. Female Redstart in WLC fields. Spotted Fly at Sheepwash.   Simon Roddis  10/07/2017 
   09-Jul-2017  Adult Little Grebe with full grown juvenile at Hopton end, 3+ Heron, 3 Little Egret, 45 adult Mute Swan, 2 female Tufted with 8 young at Hopton end (probably 7+1), Rc Pochard still with 1 young, Coots with 1 tiny young at Millfields Island and another sitting at Penn Carr, 10+ LRP, 14 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Reed Warbler family at WLC reed bed and others singing WLC Creek, PS hide and Hopton end, Sedge Warbler on Sailing Club Island, female Redstart in WLC fields, Siskin over Blackwall plantation.   Clive Ashton  09/07/2017 
   08-Jul-2017  3 Little Egret still. 46 Mute Swans plus cygnets. 5 Gadwall plus broods of 5 and 1. Female R-c Pochard with 1young still. New brood of 11 Tufteds at Big Island. 1 Teal. 2 pairs of Little Grebe. 2 Grey Heron. 2 Sparrowhawk. 8 Common Sandpiper. 3 Stock Dove. 2 Kestrel. 3 Raven. 1 Skylark north. 4 Sand Martin. c15 Reed Warbler including 7 singing. 2 Spotted Fly at Sheepwash. 2 juv Redstarts in WLC fields. 50 Starling. 4 Mistle Thrush. (75 species.)  Simon Roddis  08/07/2017 
   07-Jul-2017  46 Mute Swan. 532 Canada Geese. 1 Teal. Imm male Common Scoter from Sheepwash to 1130 at least. 29 Cormorant. 3 Little Egret (2 in BA Bay, 1 in Stones/WLC area). 2 Grey Heron (adult and juv). Little Grebe nest in Shiningford creek appears to have been abandoned. At least 10 LRP. 3 Redshank. 2 imm Common Gull. 2 imm GBbG. 10 LBbG. 4 Common Tern south at 1050. Male Peregrine over the west side. 6 Raven. 2 Sand Martin. 4 Spotted Fly between Sheepwash and BA Bay. 10 Linnet on Stones. (72 species.)  Simon Roddis  07/07/2017 
   05-Jul-2017  1 juv Little Egret on the west side between Shiningford and Sheepwash. 4 Grey Heron (2 ads, 2 juvs). 46 Mute Swan plus broods of 5 and 1. 51 Greylags, including 19 juvs. Mandarin, probably an eclipse mail, in Tail Bay. 4 Teal off Stones. No change in Gadwall and R-c Pochard broods. New brood of 2 small Tufted Duck at Sailing Club island. 24 Cormorant. Pair of Little Grebes at a nest in Shiningford creek, and 1 singing in BA Bay. Only 1 GCGrebe still sitting on Millfields island, all the others appear to have deserted. 25+ Lapwing. 1 ad Dunlin on Watersports island. 2 imm GBbG. 1 first-summer Common Gull from Sheepwash. 2 Jay at Millfields. Spotted Fly in WLC creek. 2 Redstart in WLC fields. 15 Starling over.   Simon Roddis  05/07/2017 
   03-Jul-2017  450 Canada Geese. Gadwall broods of 6 and 1 still, and R-c Pochard 1. 2 Pochard and 1 Teal in BA Bay. 13 Cormorant. 2 adult Grey Heron. Pair of Little Grebe in Shiningford Creek with 2 large young. At least 16 LRP around the res. 1 Ringed Plover. 2 Raven from Sheepwash. 2 Sand Martin. 2 Lesser White and 3 Redstart in WLC creek. 22 Tree Sparrows including 7 juvs.  SJR, CA, AHS  03/07/2017 
   02-Jul-2017  Red shank 2,canada geese 100+,House martin 2,swallow 4,Coot 150+,Cormorant 12,BH Gull 15,Mute swan 9,Mallard 7,Lapwing 6,Tuffted Duck 15,Heron 2,Grey wagtail 1,Woodpigeon 7,Ringed plover 2,Sand Martins 6,Oystercatcher 2,Bullfinch 3,Bullfinch 3, Blackbird 8,Song thrush 2,white wagtail 2 ,  David Armitt  03/07/2017 
   02-Jul-2017  29 Greylags. Gadwall broods of 1 and 6 still, and R-c Pochard with 1. 1 Teal, 1 Pochard. 15 Cormorant. 2 Grey Heron. Moorhen with small young in Hopton reedbed. 2 Common Sands at Millfields. 2 GBbG. 4 Mistle Thrush. Male and female Redstart in WLC fields. 3 Spotted Fly around Sheepwash/PS. 1 Siskin over WLC creek.  Simon Roddis  02/07/2017 
   30-Jun-2017  The waders of the last couple of day all appear to have moved on, but there are still at least 2 young Common Sands on Big Island. A Common Tern cruising up and down past Stones island. 42 Mute Swan, plus broods of 1 and 5. 23 Greylags. 8 adult Gadwall, plus 6 young at the WLC and just 1 now in BA Bay. The female R-c Pochard now has only 1 young at the WLC. 3 adult Moorhen (2 Hopton, 1 BA Bay). 15 LBbG. Onefooted GBbG. 1 Kingfisher in BA Bay. Blackcap with food at Hopton. 13 Reed Warblers noted: 5 singing in Hopton reedbed, plus 4 more birds there (females?), one of them feeding a fledged young bird; singles singing in BA Bay, WLC and on Stones (RC). At least 3 Sedge Warblers on Stones/Sailing Club islands, so maybe there are fledged young there now. 1 adult Spotted Fly at Sheepwash. Male and juv Redstart in WLC fields.  Simon Roddis  30/06/2017 
   29-Jun-2017  Decent array of waders this morning: 2 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 juv Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, Lapwing, LRP, Oystercatcher, Common Sand and Redshank. Female Redstart still in WLC fields. The male Mute Swan of the pair with 5 cygnets is colour-ringed, JCA, and is now 18 years old, having been ringed as a one-year old at Burton-on-Trent in July 2000.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  29/06/2017 
   28-Jun-2017  1 Black-tailed Godwit at Wildlife Centre 1615hrs, 2 Sanderling on Sail Club Island 1700hrs in wet windy conditions.  Roger Carrington  28/06/2017 
   27-Jun-2017  New brood of 2 young Barnacle Geese at Millfields. Male Pochard flew past Stones. Otherwise, mostly the usual suspects.  Simon Roddis, Ken Rome  27/06/2017 
   26-Jun-2017  I have returned from holiday and have identified a bird I saw near the further bird hide I am 99 sure it was a Dartford Warbler.

Many thanks, Jennifer for taking the time to send in your record of what you believe could have been a Dartford Warbler at Carsington Water on 17/06/2017. May I just say that Dartford Warblers are a very rare vagrant to Derbyshire and the occurence of such a bird at Carsington would be extremly unlikely. Have you considered Common Whitethroat which often sit out in the open akin to a Dartford Warbler? As this is such a rarity in Derbyshire it would need submitting to the Derbyshire Ornithological Society (DOS) to be considered for acceptance.

Dave Newcombe: Joint recorder for Carsington Bird Club.  
Dave Newcombe  26/06/2017 
   26-Jun-2017  42 Mute Swan, plus the one cygnet at Sailing Club and a brood of 5 small cygnets in Hopton end. 37 Greylags, including juvs. 556 Canada Geese. Drake Teal in BA Bay. Tufted Duck broods of 18 (more than one brood?) in WLC creek and 12 at Big Island. 5 drake Common Scoter off Stones. Coot with 1 small chick and 3 well-grown Common Sand chicks on Big Island. 2 Common Terns. 2 GBbG. GSWoodpecker flew east from Stones and across the reservoir. 6 singing Reed Warblers plus pair in BA Bay. At least 2 Redstarts in WLC fields and Spotted Fly still in BA Bay. Siskin over Hopton end.  Simon Roddis  26/06/2017 
   24-Jun-2017  31 Mute Swan. 5 Gadwall plus broods of 3 (BA Bay) and 6 (WLC). R-c Pochard f with 3 young in Shiningford creek, drake at WLC. Tufted brood of 13, female brought them across the res into Shiningford creek. Female Pochard in BA Bay. Full grown juv LRP at Sheepwash. 2 GBbG. Kingfisher in BA Bay. Pair of Reed Warblers carrying food in BA Bay, plus 4 singing in Hopton reedbed and one at PS hide. Female Redstart with one young in WLC fields. 2 Linnet on Stones.  Simon Roddis  24/06/2017 
   23-Jun-2017  31 Mute Swan, female Gadwall with 3 small young in BA Bay, 6 GC Grebe nests on Millfields Island, female Redstart with 1 young in WLC fields, 2 Willow Tit families Penn Carr and PSHide gate.   CA,AHS,SJR  23/06/2017 
   22-Jun-2017  27 Mute Swans, including a pair with 1 cygnet off Sailing Club island. 4 Shoveler dropped into BA Bay at 1030. Female R-c Pochard with 5 young at WLC, male RCP also there, and a female Gadwall with 6 young. 12 Cormorant. 2 Grey Heron. 20 Lapwing. Pair of Redshank at WLC with 4 full-grown young. Juv BhGs now flying at Millfields island. 1 Raven at Millfields. 5 Sand Martin. Sedge Warbler still on Sailing Club island. Family party of Lesser Whitethroats in the big hedge opposite Millfields island.  Simon Roddis  22/06/2017 
   20-Jun-2017  Pair of Common Sandpipers on Big Island, appear to have at least 2 small young, very agitated by the presence of nearby Coots. (Common Sand last bred in 1992 when 2 pairs reared 8 young.) 11 Redshank, including 2 almost fully grown young in Hopton end. 18 Lapwing at WLC. 24 Mute Swan. 580 Canada Geese and 34 Greylags (both plus goslings). Female Gadwall with c.8 young in Shiningford creek. 11 Cormorant. 2 Grey Heron. Onefoot the GBbG still. Sedge Warbler still on Sailing Club island. In BA Bay, at least 2 recently fledged Spotted Flycatchers being fed by adults, and similarly 3 young Carrion Crows.  Simon Roddis  20/06/2017 
   19-Jun-2017  Drake Ruddy Shelduck type distant from Stones, Rc Pochard still with 6 chicks, Jay back and forth to Hall Wood, Coots with 2 small young on Big Island, 3 Heron, 24 Mute Swan, Moorhen calling from Hopton pond, 30+ LBbG, Kingfisher at Hopton end, Sedge Warbler still Sailing Club Island, several juv Goldfinch on Stones.  Clive Ashton  19/06/2017 
   18-Jun-2017  Pair of Red-crested Pochard at the Wildlife Centre with 6 young.   Dave Newcombe  19/06/2017 
   17-Jun-2017  I have returned from holiday and have identified a bird I saw near the further bird hide I am 99% sure it was a Dartford Warbler.  Jennifer Cauchemet  25/06/2017 
   16-Jun-2017  Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebes, 10 Barnacle Geese including pair with 1 gosling, 32 Greylag Geese, 23 Mute Swans including pair with 1 small cygnet at Sailing Club, drake Red-crested Pochard at Wildlife Centre, 13 Oystercatchers, 4 LRP, 7 Redshank including 3 well grown young, 4 Common Terns early morning then flew SW, 6 Grey Wags at Hopton End, male Redstart in field near Sheepwash, 7 juv Pied Wags, 7 Reed Buntings, Linnet, 11 Song Thrush, 41 Chiffchaff, 31 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 6 Goldcrests, 2 juv Swallows being fed on rocks near draw off tower.   Dave Newcombe  16/06/2017 
   15-Jun-2017  Sedge Warbler and Linnet on Sailing Club Island, drake RC Pochard and drake Gadwall at WLC, Lesser Whitethroat family in the hedge near WLC Creek, 2 Stock Dove over, 5 Buzzard, 7 Lapwing, 6 LR Plover.  Clive Ashton  15/06/2017 
   13-Jun-2017  Drake Common Scoter off Stones, though mobile. 2 Curlew on Stones and 2 Crossbill south over Middle Wood. Male R-c Pochard at WLC. 14 Starlings over, mostly juvs. At Hopton end, Spotted Fly singing and 4 juv Grey Wagtails.  Simon Roddis  13/06/2017 
   12-Jun-2017  Just the usual suspects this morning. Female R-c Pochard again off Stones, the male at WLC. Two large young Oycs at Millfields. Recently fledged Reed Bunting in BA Bay.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  12/06/2017 
   11-Jun-2017  Monthly WeBS count: 24 Mute Swan, 40 Greylag, 417 Canada Geese, 7 Barnacle Geese, 10 Gadwall, 78 Mallard, 1 R-c Pochard, 79 Tufted Duck, 10 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 41 GCGrebe, 1 Moorhen, 148 Coot, 15 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 12 Redshank. Also 1 GBbG, 1 Common Tern, 6 Goldcrests singing between Lane End and BA Bay, total of 7 singing Reed Warblers, Redstart singing at Sheepwash carpark.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  11/06/2017 
   10-Jun-2017  1 Common Tern south and 1 Dunlin at Sheepwash. Pair of Lesser Whitethroats with food at Millfields. 4 Great Crested Grebes sitting on nests on the landward side of Millfields island, and another pair prospecting. Just pray that the water level doesn't rise! 6 Mistle Thrushes over Millfields.  Simon Roddis  10/06/2017 
   09-Jun-2017  Sheepwash: 18 Greylag, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Jay.
Paul Stanley: Reed Warbler singing.
Stones/WLC: 4 Gadwall, Mallard brood of 5 (3-5 days old), Kingfisher flew towards Sheepwash, c20 Tree Sparrow, Redstart singing behind WLC, family of 5 Mistle Thrush in WLC Creek.
Millfields: 2 GC Grebe sitting on Island, Jay. 
Clive Ashton  09/06/2017 
   09-Jun-2017  A few more observations from today: 313 Canada Geese, 9 adult Gadwall (6m,3f, including female with 11 young in BABay - same brood as earlier in the week), male Teal again on Stones, at least 10 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1st-summer Yellow-legged Gull, imm GBbG, 3 Stock Dove, fledged Willow Tits at Hopton end, Sheepwash and WLC creek, 6 singing Reed Warblers (3 Hopton reedbed, 3 BABay/PS hide), fledgling Whitethroat in WLC creek, young Nuthatch being fed by adult near PS hide.  Simon Roddis  09/06/2017 
   08-Jun-2017  1 Common Tern south past Sheepwash 0930. 25 Mute Swans including one apparently sitting on a nest on Horseshoe island. 1 drake Teal on Stones. Drake R-c Pochard at Millfields. Imm GBbG. Fledgling Blue, Great, Coal (BA Bay) and Willow (WLC creek) Tits. Pair of Mistle Thrushes with food at Sheepwash. Reed Warbler singing at PS Hide.  Simon Roddis  08/06/2017 
   07-Jun-2017  At the Hopton end, a Hobby, probably a 2nd-year female, perched in an ash tree, giving just about my best and most prolongued views of a perched Hobby ever; Redstart and GSWoodpecker with food there, and 3 singing Reed Warblers in the reedbed. 1 imm Herring Gull. 1 imm GBbG. 2 Stock Dove. 1 Raven. 25 House Martins around Stones. Another singing Reed Warbler in BA Bay, and singing Redstart in WLC creek.   Simon Roddis  07/06/2017 
   06-Jun-2017  6 Common Scoter mobile between Sheepwash and dam.
7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 LRP from Janet Ede Hide early morning in poor weather conditions. 
Roger Carrington   06/06/2017 
   06-Jun-2017  This afternoon, 16 Mute Swan, 28 Greylag + goslings, 247 Canada Geese + goslings, pair Gadwall in BA Bay, male R-c Pochard, 11 Cormorant, 25 Swift at Sheepwash, 100 House Martin (70 around Stones, 30 Sheepwash), 6 Mistle Thrush at Sheepwash. No sign of the scoters.  Simon Roddis  06/06/2017 
   05-Jun-2017  A pair of Gadwall with 10 ducklings on the pond in front of Paul Stanley hide this morning, hopefully with more broods to follow. Fledgling Goldcrest in BA Bay and Chiffchaff with food there. Pair of Redstarts alarm-calling at Hopton end.  Simon Roddis  05/06/2017 
   04-Jun-2017  List of species from the monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon): Coot, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Great Crested Grebe, Swift, Little Ringed Plover, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Chiffchaff, Wren, Black-headed Gull, House Martin, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Dunnock, Blackbird, Magpie, Goldfinch, Swallow, Pheasant, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Lapwing, Little Grebe and Redshank  Gary Atkins  04/06/2017 
   02-Jun-2017  15 Mute Swans. 180+ Canada Geese. 6 Gadwall (2 pairs and 2 drakes). Male R-c Pochard. 9 Cormorant. 3 Grey Heron. 6 adult Redshank. 2 imm GBbG. 4 Stock Dove. 2 Sand Martin briefly at the WLC wall. 2 Reed Warblers (Sailing Club island and BA Bay). 20 Starlings over BA Bay. Whitethroat and Reed Bunting with food at BA Bay.  Simon Roddis  02/06/2017 
   28-May-2017  A Red Kite over the Blackwall end at 0520. Sanderling flew through north at 0930. 11 Mute Swan. 2 pairs Gadwall. Male R-c Pochard. 10 Cormorant. 1 Curlew. 2 singing Common Sands (Hopton and Stones). 3 GBbG. male Kingfisher in BA Bay. 25 House Martin over Stones. 1 Lesser Whitethroat at Millfields.  Simon Roddis  28/05/2017 
   27-May-2017  13 Mute Swan, 10 Cormorant, 2 Heron, GC Grebe nest building in Brown Ale Bay, pair Shoveler, pair Mandarin, 4 Gadwall, 2 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher with 3 young on Millfields Island, 2 Common Tern, 1st summer YL Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 juv Tree Sparrow at WLC.  Clive Ashton/Jon Bradley  27/05/2017 
   26-May-2017  Redshank broods of 2 at Hopton end, Big Island and Flat Island. Lapwing brood of 2 on Big Island, Oystercatcher sitting on Flat Island, Coot nest on Big Island. GBbG on spit at Sheepwash, Jay flying to Hall Wood, Buzzard taking prey there too. Two Ringed Plover on Stones, Sedge Warbler on Watersports Island, Reed Warbler on Sailing Club Island, drake RC Pochard at WLC and Sand Martins going to sand bank at WLC.  Clive Ashton  26/05/2017 
   26-May-2017  A bit more from today: 3 young Redshank at Hopton end, and 2 young Lapwings there still, plus Nuthatch with food. In Hall Wood, 2 singing Spotted Flycatchers, Chiffchaff with fledged young. GSWoodpecker nest with young in Middle Wood. 3 Common Terns north at Hopton 0945. 11 Mute Swan. 27 adult Greylags, including 4 pairs with young. 70 Canada Geese. 1 Pink-footed Goose. 8 Cormorant. 5 Gadwall (2 pairs and a male). Pair R-c Pochard on Stones. Pair Little Grebes in BA Bay. 1 Common Sand. 3 imm GBbG. 2 singing Stock Doves (Hall and Middle Woods). 3 Raven at Hopton end. 3 Jays in different locations. 3 Reed Warblers in Hopton reedbed. 4 Mistle Thrush. Third Spotted Fly singing at BA Bay.  Simon Roddis  26/05/2017 
   24-May-2017  Not much evidence of movement this morning, but a few birds with young, etc: a pair of Oystercatchers with at least 3 young on Millfields island; Redshank with at least one young and Lapwing with two in Hopton end (Redshanks also still alarm-calling on Big Island). Fledged Willow Tits at PS Hide. Blackcap with food and Nuthatch coming out of a nest-hole with a faecal sac at Penn Carr. Fledged Treecreeper in WLC creek. Also 27 adult Greylags, including PPX, 8 Cormorant, at least 3 male Gadwall, pair of Little Grebes in BA Bay, 34 Carrion Crows on the dam wall, 5 singing Reed Warblers, and one Curlew on Stones.  Simon Roddis  24/05/2017 
   23-May-2017  Information returned on the ringed Sanderling from the flock on Tuesday;

It was captured in Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania in December 2012, and last observation was in August 2016 in Dublin Bay, sex is unknown.
James Owen  25/05/2017 
   23-May-2017  WLC: 7 Sanderling from midday then all afternoon (one bird with two white rings on either leg), also 2 Common Tern through (with brief interest in nest raft), 4 Oystercatcher (including pair with fresh young on HS Island), 1 juv Great Black-backed Gull ('one-foot'), 2 Willow Tit.

Also, Red-crested Pochard pair and 2 male Gadwall from Janet Ede hide. 
James Owen  23/05/2017 
   22-May-2017  2 Black Terns around 07:55, then flew north. We counted singing birds on one side of the reservoir each again today, with the following results: 12 Goldcrests, 65 Chiffchaffs, 32 Willow Warblers, 55 Blackcaps, 14 Garden Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Common Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warblers, 125 Wrens, 56 Blackbirds (out of 91 in total), 23 Song Thrushes, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Shiningford creek), 91 Robins, 3 Redstarts, 20 Dunnocks, 17 Chaffinch, 6 Reed Bunting. Confirmed breeding for Redshank, GSWoodpecker, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Garden Warbler, Dunnock, Blackbird.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  22/05/2017 
   20-May-2017  1 Whimbrel on end of Stones Island at 17.00.
Had moved to shore in front of Sailing Club by 17.30
Paul Bennett   20/05/2017 
   19-May-2017  The Knot still present to 1615 at least, at the WLC. Single Turnstone, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Curlew. 2 Sandwich Terns north at 1330. 3 Common and 3 Arctic Terns also through. Drake Mandarin and R-c Pochard. Pair of Gadwall. Pair of Goosander flew NE. 8 Cormorant. 2 Grey Heron. 65 LBbG through. 1 Herring Gull. 2 1st-summer GBbG. 3 Stock Dove. 40 Swift. c120 House Martin. 4 Raven. Spotted Fly and Redstart singing in Hall Wood. Male Yellow Wagtail on Watersports island. Fledgling Mistle Thrush at Sheepwash. Fledgling Great Tit on Stones. Dunnocks feeding young in the nest in gorse near Middle Wood. Male Grey Wagtail at Millfields but no fledglings seen. 1 Greenfinch at Sheepwash. A pretty good day - 83 species, my highest ever at Carsi.  Simon Roddis  19/05/2017 
   18-May-2017  Hopton end to Flat Island: Canada Goose with 2 small young, 2 Mallard broods 5+4 probably 1 week old, Greylag Goose PPX neck collar, Lapwing brood of 4 and another of at least 1, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail and Siskin over.

Millfields: Great Crested Grebe attempting to build a nest, drake Gadwall, Coot on nest, Oystercatcher sitting on nest, Grey Wagtail feeding 1 young and at least 2 young BhG.

Stones to WLC: Drake RC Pochard, drake Gadwall, Grey Heron, Reed Warbler..  
Clive Ashton  18/05/2017 
   18-May-2017  In addition to Clive's sightings. Pink-footed Goose with Greylags in field near brick tower. 3 Gadwall, drake Mandarin, 5 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel. The second pair of Lapwings mentioned by Clive had at least 2 young. Also on Big Island a pair of Redshank with 4 young. Winter plumage Knot on Horseshoe Island from 17.00. Whimbrel heard from Stones Island in the evening rain. Warblers counted between Penn Carr and Hopton: 37 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warblers, 32 Blackcaps, 9 Garden Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers and a Sedge Warbler. Also a Stoat chasing and eventually catching a Rabbit at the Wildlife Centre.   Dave Newcombe  18/05/2017 
   17-May-2017  0830-1200 in the rain: c.150 House Martins around Stones, with single figures each of Swallow and Sand Martin, and 12 Swifts. 1 Ringed Plover. 2 pairs Gadwall. Pair R-c Pochard. Drake Mandarin on the WLC feeders. 6 Cormorants. 20 LBbG. 2 1st-summer GBbG. Reed Warblers singing in WLC and Hopton reedbeds. Pair of Tree Sparrows with a juv at the WLC, and another collecting insects and flying off up the creek.  Simon Roddis  17/05/2017 
   16-May-2017  0600-1100: 1 Sanderling from Sheepwash hide. 1 Common Tern south at 08:50. 4 broods each of Greylag and Canada Goose, including one young Canada leaping from its nest on a platform at Millfields. Coot with 2 young at Sheepwash. 3 Gadwall. Pair R-c Pochard. Pair of Little Grebe in Brown Ale Bay. 4 Redshank. 15 LBbG. Onefoot the GBbG. 3 Stock Dove. Reed Warbler singing in Brown Ale Bay. Spotted Flycatcher between Sheepwash and PS. Willow Tit with food at Millfields. Grey Wag feeding 2 fledged young at Penn Carr.  Simon Roddis  16/05/2017 
   15-May-2017  Pair Gadwall. Pair R-c Pochard. 8 Cormorant. Juv Yellow-legged Gull. 3 juv GBbG. 30 House Martins. Spotted Flycatcher in Penn Carr. Grey Wagtail feeding fledged young at Penn Carr.   Simon Roddis  16/05/2017 
   12-May-2017  Drake Mandarin, drake RC Pochard and 2 Ringed Plover from WLC. Reed Warbler singing in WLC Creek. Little Egret from Stones, Swift going under eaves of the VC, Yellow Wagtail over Stones, Lesser Whitethroat singing near Sheepwash car park and a pair of Spotted Flycatcher in Brown Ale Bay.  Clive Ashton  12/05/2017 
   10-May-2017  In addition to Simon's sightings. Grey Plover was still at Sheepwash late afternoon. Evening on Stones 3 Sanderling, c7 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel flew through and appeared to land at Sheepwash, and 2 Yellow Wagtails. c5 Common Sandpiper but probably more, 3 Redshank, Curlew. Another brood of 7 young with the brood of 6. Also a brood of 5 at the Wildlife Centre. Warblers counted from Millfields to Hopton: 27 Chiffchaff, 28 Blackcaps, 13 Willow Warblers, 10 Garden Warblers, 7 Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Whitethroats. 7 singing male Reed Buntings: Millfields, Stones, Hopton, Lane End, Sheepwash and Wildlife Centre (2).   Dave Newcombe  11/05/2017 
   10-May-2017  0545-1245: one Grey Plover still, initially on Stones and later from Sheepwash. 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin on Stones. 4 Common Sandpiper. 4 Redshank. The one-footed juv GBbG still. 12 Mute Swans. 65 Canada Geese. 19 Greylags at Hopton end, including PPX, plus a brood of 6 young. Drake Mandarin. Pairs of Gadwall and R-c Pochard. 3 Grey Heron. 2 Little Grebe (Tail Bay and Brown Ale Bay). 2 Stock Dove. 25 Swifts. 3 Raven. 4 Willow Tits in separate locations. Singing Lesser Whitethroats in WLC creek and Millfields car park. 2 Reed Warblers singing in Hopton reedbed and 1 at WLC. Sedge Warblers singing on Sailing Club and near Millfields islands. Redstarts singing in WLC creek and top of Hall Wood. Grey Wags at Millfields and Brown Ale Bay. Pair Linnet in gorse near Middle Wood. (75 species.)  Simon Roddis  10/05/2017 
   09-May-2017  Grey Heron, 3 Shelduck, drake Goosander, 3+ Gadwall, cream crown Marsh Harrier flew north at 07:55hr, Kestrel carrying food to east side, 2 Grey Plover from WLC, 8 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Curlew around Stones Island also 1 Bar tailed Godwit flew through. The one footed GBb Gull, a single Common Tern, 50+ Swift, 25+ House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler at WLC reed bed, Sedge Warbler on Sailing Club Island, Lesser Whitethroat at Penn Carr, Chiffchaff carrying food on Stones Island. Blue Tit and Coal Tit feeding young at Penn Carr and 1 Raven.   CA,AHS,SJR  09/05/2017 
   09-May-2017  In addition to already noted: from WLC 2 Stock Dove below feeders, 4 Curlew (individual birds bathing through the day), drake Mandarin, Red-crested Pochard pair, Reed Bunting pair.   James Owen  09/05/2017 
   08-May-2017  Adult summer Little Gull flew north at 0835. 2 summer plumage Grey Plovers from the WLC. 3 Arctic Terns. Drake Mandarin. Pair Gadwall. Pair R-c Pochard. Drake Goosander. 5 Ringed Plover. 8 Dunlin. 1 GBbG. 2 Raven. Steady movement of hirundines, all 3 species.  SJR, CA, AHS  08/05/2017 
   07-May-2017  2 1st summer Little Gulls thru high east at 10:25am, 1 Black Tern, 1 Commic Tern, 5 Turnstones, 8 Ringed Plovers, 5 Dunlin from Stones Island, Grey Plover on Watersports Island plus a second bird in Shiningford Creek, 1 Whimbrel.  John Bradley  07/05/2017 
   06-May-2017  1Hobby flew north over Wildlife Centre mid morning veering off quickly west into the wood and out of sight.   Leo Galante  07/05/2017 
   06-May-2017  Quite a few waders this morning: 2 Grey Plover (including the long-staying bird, now approaching full breeding plumage), 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank. 2 Common Terns. 387 Swifts flew through, heading north. A Wood Warbler was singing for a short time around 06:00 in Hall Wood. 1 Yellow Wagtail. 3 Reed Warblers in Hopton reedbed. 3 Gadwall. 2 Mandarin. 2 R-c Pochard. Two broods of Canada Geese (8 and 3) in Brown Ale Bay.  Simon Roddis, Jon Bradley  06/05/2017 
   05-May-2017  4 Turnstones, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Curlew and Common Sandpiper on Stones Island.  John Bradley  05/05/2017 
   04-May-2017  Pair RC Pochard, pair Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Sandpiper, Grey Plover, 4 Turnstone, 3 Herring Gull, 1 GBBg, 1 YLG, 3 Arctic Tern, 4 Swift, 5 Reed Warbler and Black Swan still at the Hopton end.  CA,RC,AHS  04/05/2017 
   03-May-2017  14 Arctic Terns through north (10 at 0820, 4 at 0920). Grey Plover still from the WLC. 3 Common Sand in Brown Ale Bay. 3 Gadwall. Pair R-c Pochard. Canada Geese with 5 small young in Brown Ale Bay. 2 Swift. Reed Warbler still singing in WLC reedbed. Couldn't see the GNDiver this morning - perhaps it has flown...

Interesting side note: I (SJR) have been to Ogston this afternoon and the one-footed juv GBbGull was there, so when it isn't at Carsi, at least some of time it would appear to be at Ogston. 
Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  03/05/2017 
   03-May-2017  1 winter plumage Knot on Sailing Club Island this evening.  Roger Carrington  03/05/2017 
   03-May-2017  Black swan at sheep wash hide,5 Blackbird,8 pheasant,5 oystercatcher,2 c.crow,20 Canada goose
15 Mallard,15 Great crested Grebe,10 cormorant,20 coot,2 BH gull,3 swallows,6 Woodpiegon,20 Tufted Duck,
1 Mute swan,1 Pied wagtail,2 Chaffinch,9 Canada goose goslings,4 Robin,1 Grey heron,6 Greylag goose,6 Long tailed tits 
David Armitt  03/05/2017 
   02-May-2017  The GNDiver, Grey Plover, Turnstone and 1 Sanderling still present. 4 Gadwall, male Mandarin and pair of R-c Pochard. Feale Mallard with 3 ducklings at WLC. 2 Sedge Warblers around Stones and 1 Reed Warbler singing in WLC reedbed.  Simon Roddis  03/05/2017 
   01-May-2017  Another fairly busy morning. 3 Black Terns at Millfields to 1145 at least. c30 Arctic and 4 Common Terns. The Grey Plover still on Watersports island. 6 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin and a Turnstone on Stones. The GNDiver flew around and called but dropped back in. Pairs of Mandarin and R-c Pochard. 1st-summer Med Gull on Millfields island. First summer Yellow-legged and GBb Gulls. 1 Swift. 1 White Wag on Stones. Pair of Grey Wags at Tail Bay.  SJR, AHS, RC, JB, CB  01/05/2017 
   30-Apr-2017  Brood of 11 small Mallard ducklings on Stones island in the evening, still there on 01/05.  Simon Roddis  03/05/2017 
   30-Apr-2017  GN Diver still present and flying around, 11 Common Scoter up to 1130hr at least, pair of mandarin. Waders and Terns mainly moving straight through included: 1 Greenshank, 1 male Ruff, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 2 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 10 Black Tern, 4 Little Tern and 5 Common Tern. On Stones Island 2 Whitethroat and 1 Yellow Wagtail. 1 Swift over also first summer GBBG and YLG.  JB,RC,CA  30/04/2017 
   30-Apr-2017  Grey Plover at Millfields 12:15pm  John Bradley  30/04/2017 
   30-Apr-2017  1700-2000: the GNDiver still. 18 Common Scoter (6m,12f). 10 Sanderling, c20 Dunlin and a Whimbrel on Stones island. 4 Curlew. The Grey Plover was still present, initially at Millfields then on Watersports island. 2 Common Terns south at 1900. 1 Yellow Wagtail.  Simon Roddis, Jon Bradley  30/04/2017 
   29-Apr-2017  0600-1130: the GNDiver is still present and in full summer plumage but is flying around a bit and won't be here much longer. 1 Shelduck. 4 Whimbrel. 4 Ringed Plover. 3 Dunlin. 3 Arctic Terns and 1 Common Tern. 3 Common Gull. Single first-summer Herring, Yellow-legged and GBb Gulls. 1 Yellow Wagtail. Grasshopper Warbler near Middle Wood (east side) - the first here since 2011. 2 Reed Warblers in Hopton reedbed. 2 singing Redstarts. 1 Siskin. (81 species between us.)  SJR, CA,JB, AHS  29/04/2017 
   26-Apr-2017  0800-1200, counting down one side of the reservoir each. Totals were: 86 Chiffchaff (74 singing), 46 singing Willow Warblers, 52 Blackcaps (47 singing), 3 Garden Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat (Hopton), 4 Sedge Warbler, 96 singing Wrens, 77 singing Robins, 1 Redstart, 80 Blackbirds (30 singing), 21 Song Thrush (12 singing), 20 singing Dunnocks. As well as these, the GNDiver is still present, 1 Yellow Wagtail on Watersports island, 2 Mandarins, 7 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 female Goldeneye, 4 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 10 House Martins. (74 species)  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  26/04/2017 
   25-Apr-2017  Wagtail walk (6-7.30pm; around Visitor Centre, causeway and Stones Island): Redshank, Ringed Plover, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck, Mallard, GC Grebe, Coot, Common Sandpiper, Pied Wagtail (incl White individuals), Gt Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Little Ringed Plover, Gadwall, Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Carrion Crow, Red-crested Pochard, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Gt Northern Diver, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Barnacle Goose, Wren, Mute Swan, Woodpigeon and Greylag Goose, Canada Goose  Gary Atkins  26/04/2017 
   25-Apr-2017  GN Diver, pair of Red crested Pochard, 5 Gadwall, Black tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin, 5 LRP, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, Gbbg, YLG, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Raven.   CA, SJR, AHS  25/04/2017 
   24-Apr-2017  GN Diver, 6 Teal, pair of Red crested Pochard, 4 LR Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, GBb Gull, 5 House Martin, Redstart behind Wildlife Centre, and 2 Raven.  Clive Ashton/Alan Stewardson  24/04/2017 
   23-Apr-2017  Great Northern Diver coming into summer plumage and flying around this morning.
2 adult Mediterranean Gulls early morning in fields near Middle Wood with BHGulls and Redstart Hall Wood (JB).
Red Kite flew south along east bank 0840hrs.
Reed Warbler (JB), Sedge and Garden Warblers, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 LRP's on Stones Island.
Lesser Whitethroat and Redstart in field between car park and Wildlife Centre. 
Roger Carrington  23/04/2017 
   21-Apr-2017  GN Diver, 4 LR Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper,2 Snipe, 1 Swift, 100 Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit and Yellow Wagtail on Watersports Island, 2 Garden Warbler on Stones Island and 8 Linnet. An unusual event concerned a Carrion Crow attacking a Bh Gull on Millfields Island with the two grappling on the ground for several minutes before the Gull managed to reach the water and was safe, if a little bruised!  CA,RC,AHS  21/04/2017 
   20-Apr-2017  From Stones Island: GN Diver, drake Wigeon, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 LR Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail, Sedge Warbler still on Sailing Club Island, 14 Linnet.
From WLC: Grey Heron, Coot building nest in Shiningford creek. 
Clive Ashton  20/04/2017 
   19-Apr-2017  Sedge warbler singing on Sailing club island.   Clive Ashton   20/04/2017 
   19-Apr-2017  This morning the GN Diver, drake Red crested Pochard off Stones, 6 Whimbrel on Sailing Club Island until flew off at 08:05hr, 6 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, male Wheatear at Sheepwash, 4 White Wagtail.  CA,RC,AHS.  19/04/2017 
   18-Apr-2017  Hopton end 3 Goldeneye, GBb Gull with missing foot, Grey Wagtail, Jay.
From Stones Island GN Diver, Bar tailed Godwit on the back of Sailing Club Island, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 6 LR Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, Raven.
WLC 3 Common Sandpiper. 
CA,JB,AHS  18/04/2017 
   17-Apr-2017  Great Northern Diver, Pink footed Goose, 3 Gadwall, still at least 5 Ringed Plover present, 4 LRP, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel through, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1st summer Yellow legged Gull and Mediterranean Gull.   CA,JB,RC,AHS  17/04/2017 
   16-Apr-2017  Hopton end to Flat Island, pair of Mandarin, pair of Goldeneye, 2 Common Sandpiper, pair of Little Ringed Plover around Flat Island, Lapwing sitting on Big Island also 5 Redshank and 3 pairs of Greylag there.
From Stones Island GN Diver occasionally flying around, 2 Shelduck, 1 Pink footed Goose, 7 Ringed Plover, 5+ LRP, 1 Dunlin, GBbG, 3 Herring Gull, adult Kittiwake at 09:35hr until 10:45hr, 3rd summer Yellow legged Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 5+ Buzzard, Raven, male Redstart, 3 pairs of Song Thrush, 2 White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit over.
Sheepwash 1 Dunlin. Millfields 4 pairs Barnacle Geese and 1st summer Mediterranean Gull. 
CA,RC,JB,AHS  16/04/2017 
   15-Apr-2017  GN Diver, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Gadwall, Mallard brood of 4, 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Little ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear on Watersports Island, 5 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Skylark over, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull at Millfields, 10 Linnet on Stones Island.  Clive Ashton/Jon Bradley  15/04/2017 
   14-Apr-2017  Arctic Tern mid AM, Yellow Wagtail over Stones, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, Great Northern Diver and a leucistic Black-headed Gull on Millfields Island.  JB, AHS  14/04/2017 
   14-Apr-2017  Osprey at Carsington water 13:00 made a failed attempt dive near shiningford creek then circled high and drifted north at 13:17.   Adrian Siddall  14/04/2017 
   13-Apr-2017  GN Diver still present,15 Barnacle Geese around site,3 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper around Stones Island,1 Snipe at WLC,1 Yellow Wagtail on Watersports Island.   Clive Ashton  13/04/2017 
   10-Apr-2017  This morning from Stones Island 2 Little ringed Plovers, Great Northern Diver still present, 100 plus hirudines mainly Sand Martins but including 30 Swallows and 1 House Martin, Curlews heard as was Yellow Wagtail but unfortunately not seen.   Alan Stewardson   10/04/2017 
   09-Apr-2017  Sandwich Tern briefly at 9:10am off Stones Island plus 2 on Horseshoe Island at 10:40am with at least 1 still present at 11:00. Mallard with a brood of 11 in Shiningford Creek, Turnstone on Watersports Island.  JB, CA  09/04/2017 
   09-Apr-2017  Yellow Wagtail on Horseshoe Island this evening. Turnstone still on Stones Island plus 2 Willow Warblers.   Dave Newcombe  09/04/2017 
   08-Apr-2017  WeBS count for April - Great Northern Diver 1, Little Grebe 6, Great Crested Grebe 37, Cormorant 12, Grey Heron 1, Mute Swan 5, Greylag Goose 9, Canada Goose 128, Barnacle Goose 14, Gadwall 3, Teal 11, Mallard 41, Tufted Duck 58, Goldeneye 4, Moorhen 8, Coot 72, Oystercatcher 12, Little Ringed Plover 4, Lapwing 8, Snipe 1, Redshank 11, Common Sandpiper 2, Turnstone 1.  JB, SJR  14/04/2017 
   07-Apr-2017  Green Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, Stock Dove & Blackcap at Tailbay. Also fox around Tailbay ponds.  John, Matkin  08/04/2017 
   07-Apr-2017  An Osprey flew NW over Brown Ale Bay at 12:08, flushing a few ducks and gulls as it did so, but didn't stop. 1 Turnstone on Horseshoe island. The GNDiver still. 3 Gadwall. 1m Shoveler in BA Bay. 3 Golden Plover flew through. 2 LRP. 1 sum plum Dunlin at Sheepwash. 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. 150 Sand Martins with 5+ Swallows and at least 1 House Martin. 10+ Linnets around Stones island.  SJR, CA, AHS, KR  07/04/2017 
   06-Apr-2017  1 House Martin among 100 Sand Martins and 5 Swallows in Sailing Club Bay this morning. The GNDiver still. 2 Gadwall. 2 female Goldeneye from Sheepwash. 24 Barnacle Geese in WLC fields. 2 Fieldfare north over WLC creek. 2 Mistle Thrush at Sheepwash.  Simon Roddis  06/04/2017 
   05-Apr-2017  This morning from Stones Island, Great Northern Diver still present, 50+ Sand Martins, 3 Swallows, 2 Shellduck, 1 Skylark plus the now good numbers of chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.   Alan Stewardson   05/04/2017 
   04-Apr-2017  A Little Egret dropped in at 0845 and appeared to land in Brown Ale Bay but not seen again to 11:00. GNDiver still present. 7+ Swallows and 12+ Sand Martins. Male Mandarin in Fishtail and at least 3 Gadwall around. 1 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 1 LRP.  SJR, CA, AHS  04/04/2017 
   01-Apr-2017  Common Sandpiper - Millfields 12.10  A and G Hattersley  01/04/2017 
   01-Apr-2017  The GNDiver still. 8 Swallows and 50 Sand Martins on Stones. Whooper Swan briefly. 2 Wigeon. 2 LRP and 1 Ringed Plover.  SJR, JB, AHS  01/04/2017 
   31-Mar-2017  A Swallow briefly from Stones island this morning. The GNDiver still, 2 LRP, Ringed Plover, Willow Warbler on Stones, Blackcap at Millfields, 20+ Sand Martins, pair Gadwall, female Goosander.  SHR, RC, AHS  31/03/2017 
   30-Mar-2017  0620-1125: the GNDiver still, off Stones. 2 Willow Warblers (WLC and Stones) and a Common Sandpiper (Stones) were the first of the year. 20 Sand Martins arrived during a rain shower mid-morning. 1 Herring Gull. 2 GBbG. 1 Redwing at Hopton. 5 Grey Wags out of Hopton reedbed early morning. 3 Linnet and 2 Lesser Redpoll on Stones.  Simon Roddis  30/03/2017 
   29-Mar-2017  The GNDiver still, 2 drake Common Scoter, 7 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall (Brown Ale Bay), 18 Barnacles, 11 Greylags, 1 LRP display flighting on Stones, 1 Dunlin, 32 Carrion Crows on the dam wall early morning, 1 Raven, 3 Skylark, 5+ Sand Martin and male Wheatear on Stones.  Simon Roddis, Clive Ashton  29/03/2017 
   28-Mar-2017  Very foggy this morning so I decided to do another Tree Sparrow survey, I managed to count 23 Tree Sparrows and also found a singing male Blackcap.  Alan Stewardson  28/03/2017 
   28-Mar-2017  Misty AM, 2 Curlew, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Lapwing, 6 Snipe at Sheepwash, also 2 Shoveler and 1 Grey Wagtail at Lane End
WLC: 8 Snipe, 8 Sand Martin through, Great Northern Diver, 10 Barnacle Geese, 1 Greylag, 8 Tree Sparrow, 2 Willow Tit, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 6 Teal, c.300 Jackdaw over Carsington pastures
No sign of yesterday's Grey Plover. 
James Owen  28/03/2017 
   27-Mar-2017  0800-1100: Alan and I did a count of singing birds this morning, taking one side of the reservoir each. Totals were: 93 Chiffchaffs, 104 Wrens, 104 Robins (yes, identical numbers of Wren and Robin), 14 Blackbirds, 20 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 31 Dunnock, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Skylark. Also: The GNDiver still present, a winter plumage Grey Plover on Horseshoe island, pair of Gadwall in Brown Ale Bay, pair of Mandarin, 13 Oystercatcher, 6 Redshank, 1st-w GBBG, 11 GS Woodpecker, 4 Redwing, 31 Bullfinch.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  27/03/2017 
   27-Mar-2017  Stones island, 1730-1915: this must be the best time of day to see the GNDiver, quite close and in great light from Stones. 2 LRP, 3 Curlew and 1 Dunlin. 600 Common Gulls roosting, 150 LBbGs, 1 GBbG, 1 Herring Gull and 1 1st-winter Yellow-legged. 33 Pied Wags.  Simon Roddis  27/03/2017 
   26-Mar-2017  0615-1000: the GNDiver still from Stones. 1 LRP on Watersports island. 14 Curlew. 8 GBbGulls. 2 Jack Snipe and 2 Mandarins at Hopton reedbed early morning. 12 Greylags. 24 Lesser Redpolls.  SJR, CA, RC  26/03/2017 
   24-Mar-2017  Yesterday's possible Red-necked Grebe was looked for but not seen this morning. The GNDiver was still present, and LRP again on Watersports island. 3 Greylags. 1 Mandarin. Pair of Goosander. 8 Goldeneye at Sheepwash. 11 Buzzards. 3 Curlew. 2 Jack Snipe in Hopton reedbed early morning. 'One-foot' the juv GBbG still there. 2 Raven at Lane End. 5 Willow Tits. 2 Skylark.  SJR, AHS, CA  24/03/2017 
   24-Mar-2017  Black-necked Grebe off Dam Wall at 6:00pm, 2 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull in roost.  John Bradley  24/03/2017 
   23-Mar-2017  morning between 10.00 and 12.00. Red Necked Grebe identified from photo at RSPB Coombe Valley reserve by warden who suggested I submit my sighting. It was near the osprey platforms.  Pam Harwood  14/04/2017 
   23-Mar-2017  1 Little Ringed Plover this morning, first on Watersports island then later on Horseshoe island with a Ringed Plover. The GNDiver still. 4 Shoveler (3m,1f) and male Gadwall, at first at Millfields then at the WLC. 1f Goosander, 1f Mandarin and 1 Kingfisher at Millfields. 19 Cormorant. 1 Grey Heron.   Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  23/03/2017 
   23-Mar-2017  I had a visitor at Coombes Valley today who'd just been to Carsington. They showed me a photo that they'd taken (today) of a 'strange' grebe. It was slightly blurred, but it look rather like a winter Red-necked Grebe. From what they told me, it sounds like they saw it from Lane Ends Hide.

Worth checking out?


Paul Bennett  23/03/2017 
   22-Mar-2017  The GNDiver still present. 3 Dunlin on the Stones causeway were new. There's a one-footed 1st-winter GBbG around at the moment, it was at Sheepwash around 10:00. And also in the last few days I've seen Common Gulls sitting on the water, stretching their heads up and braying, just like Herrings and LBbGs do, though not quite as loud! I've not seen Commons doing that before.  Simon Roddis  22/03/2017 
   21-Mar-2017  The GNDiver still. 4 Mandarins (2 pairs) at Millfields. 3 Goosander. 6+ Redshank. 1 1st-winter Herring Gull. 1+ Peregrine. Skylark singing on the dam wall. 15 Starling E. 12 Redwing. Male Wheatear on the dam wall. 11 Bullfinch at Millfields including a party of 9 (5m,4f).  Simon Roddis  21/03/2017 
   21-Mar-2017  Afternoon visit full curcuit of the res great northern diver from lane end hide.8 little grebes.2 grey herons.11 cormorants.7 mute swans.189 canada geese.16 barnacle geese.2 greylag geese (inc orange neck collar bird ppx).15 teal.drk shoveler.80 tufted ducks.17 goldeneyes (7 drakes).13 oystercatchers.12 curlew.9 redshank.2 lapwings.3 moorhens.male wheatear still on the dam wall late afternoon.  Chris brown  21/03/2017 
   20-Mar-2017  1130-1630: the highlight was an early Osprey which flew W over Stones island at 14:25, the earliest ever at Carsington by 6 days. The GNDiver was between Stones and Millfields. 21 Barnacle Geese on Horseshoe island. 4 Greylags. Maybe as many as 15 Buzzards in the air - 8 down the east side, 7 on the west. An immature, probably female, Peregrine. 3 sub-ad Herring Gull. 1 ad GBbG. 5 Stock Doves. 120 Starlings E. 2 Linnet and 3 Lesser Redpolls on Stones.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  20/03/2017 
   17-Mar-2017  0550-1140: the GNDiver still. 4 Greylags including the neck-collar, 25 Barnacles, 4 Wigeon, 36 Curlew on Stones early morning, 1 imm GBbG, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Raven at Millfields, 20 Redwing, male Wheatear on the dam wall, 1 Lesser Redpoll on Stones, 12 Siskin.  Simon Roddis  17/03/2017 
   16-Mar-2017  The GNDiver still this morning, and a male Wheatear on the dam wall. 3 Greylags. 12 Barnacle Geese. Pair of Mandarins. Female Goosander. 2 Grey Herons. The Ruff from Sheepwash. 1 imm Herring Gull. 5 Stock Dove. 1 Raven. 30 Redwing.   Simon Roddis  16/03/2017 
   16-Mar-2017  Greylag Goose with red neck ring Hopton end island.
Unable to read the number 
Ian Scrimshaw  16/03/2017 
   15-Mar-2017  The GNDiver still, from Stones. 3 Wigeon. 2 Shoveler. 5 Greylags. 3 Grey Heron. The Ruff still, at Sheepwash. 8+ Redshank. 3 Jack Snipe and 2 Woodcock at Hopton reedbed early morning. 13 Feral Pigeons in Tail Bay. Green Woodpecker calling in Tail Bay early morning. Cetti's Warbler singing on Stones. 150 Starlings through. Only 2 Grey Wags out of Hopton reedbed early morning. 3 Linnets.  SJR, AHS, CA  15/03/2017 
   15-Mar-2017  Highlights from circular walk (0815-1230): Ruff in Brown Ale Bay, 6 Goldeneye (4m,2f) off Big Island, Jack Snipe flushed from Hopton reedbed, Sparrowhawk in Hall Wood, Buzzard on ground in field just behind Hall Wood, Gt Northern Diver off Stones, Cetti's Warbler on Stones (51 species in all). Also 2 Comma and 2 Brimstone butterflies.  Gary Atkins  15/03/2017 
   14-Mar-2017  This morning, the GNDiver still, 25 Barnacle Geese, 3 Greylags including one with an orange neck collar, 1 Ringed Plover on Watersports island, 1 Dunlin, Tawny Owl calling down the Tail Bay track, 1 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin through, Cetti's Warbler singing on Stones, 15 Chiffchaff between Sheepwash and Tail Bay, 7 Meadow Pipits on the dam wall, 27 Tree Sparrows.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  14/03/2017 
   13-Mar-2017  This morning, the GNDiver still, pair of Common Scoter, pair of Goosander, 3 Wigeon, 7 Greylags, 1 Ringed Plover, the Ruff still, 1 Dunlin, ad GBbG, Kingfisher at Millfields, Cetti's Warbler singing on Stones, 12 Chiffchaff, 10 Bullfinch (8 at Millfields).  SJR, AHS, RC  13/03/2017 
   13-Mar-2017  Afternoon visit great northern diver.5 little grebe.grey heron.18 cormorants.5 mute swan.148 canada geese.7 greylag geese.25 barnacle geese.23 teal.21 wigeon.12 goldeneye.2 common scoter 1 male.ruff and dunlin(at sheepwash).9 lapwing.4 redshank.12 oystercatchers  Chris brown/dave newcombe  13/03/2017 
   12-Mar-2017  This morning, the GNDiver still, 2 Shelduck, 3 Mandarin, 7 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, the Ruff still, 2 Dunlin, 2 JackSnipe at Hopton reedbed early morning, ad GBbG, 2 Herring Gull, Cettis' Warbler on Stones island still, 18 Chiffchaff, 250 Starling E.  SJR, CA, AHS  12/03/2017 
   11-Mar-2017  March WeBS count - Great Northern Diver 1, Little Grebe 7, Great Crested Grebe 56, Cormorant 25, Grey Heron 2, Mute Swan 8, Greylag Goose 5, Canada Goose 110, Barnacle Goose 21, Shelduck 1, Teal 50, Mallard 71, Pintail 2, Pochard 1, Tufted Duck 63, Goldeneye 13, Goosander 2, Moorhen 7, Coot 242, Oystercatcher 19, Lapwing 5, Dunlin 1, Ruff 1, Snipe 35, Curlew 34, Redshank 8, Kingfisher 1. Plus Sand Martin thru N over Stones 0850hrs, Cetti's Warbler singing on Stones, 2+Chiffchaff and 10 Common Buzzards over Blackwall Plantation.  JB, SJR, AHS  11/03/2017 
   10-Mar-2017  The main event this morning was a party of 7 AVOCETS, on Stones from 0725 to 0850 and then moving up to Sheepwash. They flew around a couple of times as if they wanted to leave but were put off by the murky weather. Still at Sheepwash to 1120 at least. Also: the GNDiver still, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Greylags, 23 Barnacle Geese, 4 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 22 Curlew, the Ruff, 78 Common Snipe at WLC, ad GBbG, female Kingfisher at Millfields, 1 Skylark, Cetti's Warbler on Stones, 2 Chiffchaff (Stones and Sheepwash), 120 Redwing, 2 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 15 Goldfinch.  SJR, CA, RC  10/03/2017 
   09-Mar-2017  This afternoon, the GNDiver off Millfields, 21 Barnacle Geese at WLC, 2 Shelduck on Stones, 20 Cormorant, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, ad GBbG, 5 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 15 Common Snipe, Cetti's Warbler on Stones. Late pm at Hopton reedbed, Water Rail calling, 1 Woodcock, 1 Peregrine, 150 Starlings N.  Simon Roddis  09/03/2017 
   07-Mar-2017  Very much the usual suspects this morning: GNDiver, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Curlew, ad GBbG etc. The main event was some extreme aggro between Mute Swans at PS hide, which started rather oddly when 2 birds flew in from the east and one of them hit a tree and crash-landed on the shore of the res. When it regained its composure it swam across towards PSH after the other bird of the two. A pair of swans were already at PSH and they took exception to the new arrivals: one of them repeatedly chased one of the new birds away (a female based on the slimness of its neck). I assume that the chasing bird was also a female but it did seem to have a rather stout neck so I'm not certain about that. The other birds, both males based on their thick necks and large knobs at the base of the bill, had a real set-to, a full-on fight, grabbing each other's wings with their bills amid lots of wing-flapping and splashing. One of them, I assume the male that had already been present, got the upper hand and repeatedly grabbed the other one's head and neck with its bill. They came out of the water and for some minutes the 'winning' bird actually stood on top of the other bird, holding its neck with its bill all the while. The 'losing'' bird broke free and ran towards the hide, the other one hot on its tail until they reached the bank behind the feeder to the right of the hide, when it again grabbed the losing bird's neck and held it down. This carried on for a while longer until I managed to catch their attention and they separated, the losing bird managing to escape over the water and the winner washing and preening itself after its exertions. I don't know how long this might have gone on had they not separated, but I suspect that the losing bird would have come out even worse than it did. I was surprised that the second bird of the initial pair didn't return, at least while I was there, so it will be interesting to see if there are any further developments there.  Simon Roddis  07/03/2017 
   06-Mar-2017  GNDiver still this morning. 1 Shelduck at Sailing Club. 6 Wigeon at Sheepwash. 30 Curlew. The Ruff still. 3 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 5 GBbG (2 ads inc the long-staying bird, and 3 imms). Minimum of 6 Ravens (or as many as 14 if all sightings were different birds). The Cetti's Warbler singing on Stones. 24 Tree Sparrows between Stones and Sheepwash (second highest recent count).  SJR, RC, AHS  06/03/2017 
   05-Mar-2017  0900-0935 Hopton End-Paul Stanley Hide: Singing male Reed Bunting in reed bed; Oystercatcher pair on Big Island, 5 Goldeneye (4 male, 1 female), 30 Common Gulls on north side of spit
1115-1200 WLC: 30+ Common Snipe on shore of Horseshoe Island (though quite mobile, so probably more), 2 Willow Tits and Reed Bunting on feeders 
Gary Atkins  06/03/2017 
   05-Mar-2017  Before the rain started the GNDiver was off Stones island and the Ruff, 33 Curlew and Cetti's Warbler were on Stones. 2 Pochard at WLC. 5 Goosander including a pair in Shiningford Creek and later at Sheepwash. 2 Redshank. 2 Herring Gull.  Simon Roddis  05/03/2017 
   04-Mar-2017  0600-1200: GNDiver still. 8 Barnacle Geese. 7 Wigeon including a pair displaying. 1 Pochard. 4 Goldeneye. Pair Goosander in Brownale Bay. 7 Common Buzzard. Single Jack Snipe, Woodcock and Water Rail at Hopton reedbed first thing. 41 Curlew. The Ruff still at WLC. 1 Dunlin. 2 Redshank. Ad GBbG. 4 Herring Gull. 3 Stock Dove. 2 Tawny Owls calling at Hopton first thing. 1 Kingfisher at Millfields. 22 Carrion Crows at Millfields and 14 at WLC creek. 1 Raven. 8 Skylark going in random directions. Cetti's Warbler and Redwing singing on Stones. 180 Starling. 5 Mistle Thrush. 5 Meadow Pipit. 11 Grey Wags out of Hopton reedbed early morning. 2 Linnet. 3 Lesser Redpoll. 7 Siskin. 8 singing Reed Buntings. (77 species.)  Simon Roddis  04/03/2017 
   02-Mar-2017  The GNDiver was between Sheepwash and Lane End this morning. Peak count of 51 Curlews, with a lot of coming and going between the shore around Lane End and the fields. Only 7 Lapwings! Ad GBbG. Cetti's and 4 Lesser Redpoll on Stones.  Simon Roddis  02/03/2017 
   01-Mar-2017  This morning: the GNDiver between Stones and Lane End. A 2nd winter Kittiwake was off the dam wall at 08:15 then later at the WLC at 11:00. 20 Cormorant. 7 pairs of Oystercatcher. The Ruff still. 2 Redshank. 1 Dunlin. 13 Curlew. Ad GBbG. 4 Stock Dove. Female Kingfisher at Penn Carr (Millfields). 10 Rooks at small rookery at Hognaston (as seen from the dam wall). Willow Tits singing at Millfields and WLC creek. Reed Buntings singing on Stones, WLC creek, Tail Bay and Millfields island.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  01/03/2017 
   28-Feb-2017  This morning, the GNDiver between Stones and Millfields. 2 Wigeon. 2 Goosander. 8 Buzzards in the air from Stones. The Ruff still. 38 Curlew at Lane End. 1 Dunlin. 2 ad GBbG over. 1 Herring Gull. 1 Peregrine. 3 Skylark over. Cetti's Warbler singing on Stones. 21 Tree Sparrows between Sheepwash and Stones Island. 1 Linnet N over WLC creek. 3 Reed Buntings singing (WLC and 2 on Stones).  SJR, AHS, RC  28/02/2017 
   27-Feb-2017  0820-1045: the GNDiver still, off Lane End. Ruff still around Stones. 30+ Common Snipe at the WLC. A singing Grey Wag at Sheepwash appeared to be a female by its plumage.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  27/02/2017 
   26-Feb-2017  The GNDiver was off Stones this morning. 6 Wigeon. 1 Pochard. 1 Peregrine. 15 Curlew. The Ruff still. 1 Dunlin. 2 Redshank. 5 Skylark and 30 Starling W. 90 Redwing (5 on Stones, 85 WLC Creek). 9 Willow Tits between the WLC and Millfields (via Tail Bay): 3 pairs and 3 singles, including 2 singing.  Simon Roddis  26/02/2017 
   25-Feb-2017  08:00-10:00 between Visitor Centre and Sheepwash.2 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatchers' 6-8 Curlew, Treecreeper, Willow Tit and 2 Nuthatches  Eric Dewhurst  25/02/2017 
   25-Feb-2017  GNDiver at Millfields. First thing at Hopton reedbed, 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 11 Grey Wagtails out of their roost, 1 Tawny Owl calling. 29 Curlew from Sheepwash. Cetti's Warbler singing on Stones.  Simon Roddis  25/02/2017 
   24-Feb-2017  The GNDiver was off Stones this morning. 4 Wigeon. 4 Gadwall. 6 Buzzard. 1 Ringed Plover. 19 Curlew. Pair of Oycs mating on Horseshoe island. 2 Dunlin. The Ruff still. 2 Redshank. Ad GBbG still. 7 Stock Dove. 20 Starling and 18 Redwing N.  SJR, AHS, RC  24/02/2017 
   23-Feb-2017  The GNDiver was off Millfields 08:20. Ruff at Sailing Club. 2 Shelduck flew up the res at 10:40, seemed to land in Brownale Bay. Not many birds singing this morning for some reason!  Simon Roddis  23/02/2017 
   21-Feb-2017  0830-1230, west side from Hopton end to Stones island: GNDiver, 5 Buzzard, 7 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 2 GBbG, 2 Raven, 7 Goldcrest (3 singing), 51 Blue Tits, 19 Great Tits, 10 Coal Tits, 4 Willow Tits (3 singing), 13 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, 35 Wren (28 singing), 100 Starling W, 28 Blackbirds (only 1 singing), 18 Song Thrush (15 singing), 88 Robin (62 singing), 27 Dunnock (20 singing), 8 singing Chaffinches, 18 Bullfinch, 5 Reed Bunting (3 singing).  Simon Roddis  21/02/2017 
   21-Feb-2017  This mornings Tree Sparrow count was 23.  A H STEWARDSON  21/02/2017 
   20-Feb-2017  Adult GNDiver still present. 26 Barnacle Geese. 2 Greylags. 1 Shelduck. 10 Goldeneye. 9 Goosander. 1 Peregrine. 9 Oystercatcher. 1 Ruff still. 1 Ringed Plover N. 4 Dunlin. 1 Curlew. 7 GBbG first thing, presumably roosted. 4 Herring Gull. 60 Woodpigeons at Millfields. 7 Raven over Millfields. Total of c.200 Starling N. 70 Redwing (20 Millfields, 50 Sheepwash). Total of 20 singing SongThrushes at Millfields (14), Stones area (4) and Sheepwash (2).  SJR, AHS, CA  20/02/2017 
   19-Feb-2017  This morning from Stones Island, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatchers, 70 Common Snipe, 3 Skylarks flying north and 1 Cetti's Warbler.  A H STEWARDSON  19/02/2017 
   16-Feb-2017  0650-1210: adult GNDiver still present. At Hopton first thing, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe and 13 Grey Wags out of their roost. 10 Stock Doves over. 20 Barnacle Geese. 18 Wigeon. 5 Pochard. 12 Goldeneye. 8 Goosander. 1 Grey Heron. 2 Sparrowhawk. 6 Buzzard. 5+ Oystercatcher. 2 Golden Plover. 2 Redshank. 3 Curlew. 4+ Dunlin. 73 Common Snipe at WLC. 3 Herring Gull. 1 ad GBbG. 7 Feral Pigeon (Tail Bay). Female Kingfisher in Brownale Bay. 4 Raven at Millfields. 6 Skylark over. Willow Tit singing at Millfields. 2 Linnet S over Stones. 1 Reed Bunting singing at WLC. (75 species)   SJR, AHS, RC  16/02/2017 
   14-Feb-2017  0830-1200: the GNDiver was easier to see today in much more benign conditions. 980 Lapwing in total. 2 Dunlin. Water Rail calling in Hopton reedbed. 4 Great Spots including 2 drumming. Reed Bunting singing on Stones. Peregrine over Sheepwash. Adult GBbG. 3 Mistle Thrushes (1 Hopton, 2 Sheepwash).  Simon Roddis  14/02/2017 
   13-Feb-2017  No sign of the diver this morning but maybe it was just sheltering from the wind. Wildfowl numbers continue to fall. 8 Goldeneye off the dam wall and 2 redhead Goosander at Millfields. Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank. 1 GBbG.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  13/02/2017 
   12-Feb-2017  February WeBs count- Mute Swan 8, Canada Goose 50, Wigeon 2, Gadwall 11, Teal 133, Mallard 97, Pochard 8, Tufted Duck 84, Goldeneye 9, Goosander 2, Great Northern Diver 1, Little Grebe 13, Great Crested Grebe 39, Grey Heron 1, Moorhen 6, Coot 564, Oystercatcher 5, Lapwing 384, Dunlin 4, Ruff 1, Common Snipe 32, Redshank 2.   JB, SJR  13/02/2017 
   09-Feb-2017  0830-1300. Whole site covered. Adult Great Northern Diver. 14 Cormorants. 45 Great Crested Grebes. 19 Little Grebes including 14 around the Wildlife Centre area. 8 Mute Swans. 156 Canada Geese. Pink-footed Goose. 12 Gadwall. 11 Wigeon. 159 Teal. 17 Pochard. 18 Goldeneye. 8 Moorhen. 4 Dunlin. Ruff. 6 Oystercatchers including a pair at Millfields. Pair on Big Island (hopton end), and a pair at Sheepwash which includes the ringed (bar code) bird returning for its 12th consecutive year.   Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown  09/02/2017 
   08-Feb-2017  09:00 to 11:30 from Sheepwash hide 3 Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 lesser black backed gull, 1 Greater black backed gull, 1 Common gull, 65 Black headed gulls, 1 greylag Goose,2 Ravens, 1 Greater spotted woodpecker drumming, 30 Redwing. From brown ale bay 1 Redshank, 3 Dunlin. Great Northern Diver near dam wall.  A H STEWARDSON   08/02/2017 
   07-Feb-2017  This morning from Stones Island 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 3 Ravens,from WLC 67 Common Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ruff, 1 Pink foot Goose, 5 Common Buzzard.   A H STEWARDSON   07/02/2017 
   06-Feb-2017  Very foggy this morning, so I walked to Laneend hide. 10 Siskins, 2 Goldeneye from hide and 8 Great crested grebes, at the feeding station near Lane end hide excellent views of many of our commoner birds, I saw in 10 minutes Great,Blue, Coal,Willow and Longtailed Tits, Nuthatch, Treecreeper,Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock,Woodpigeon, Mistlethrush singing close by. From Stones Island when fog had cleared, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Ruff.   A H STEWARDSON   06/02/2017 
   06-Feb-2017  10:oo Lane end hide 1 Skylark flying south west, 1 Curlew calling, 11:00 from Stones Island, 2 Skylarks flying south west.  A H STEWARDSON  06/02/2017 
   05-Feb-2017  Species noted during monthly birdwatching for beginners walk (10am-noon; Stones Island/ Wildlife Centre): Black-headed Gull, Mute Swan, Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Robin, Starling, Coot, Gt Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Canada Goose, Teal, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Lapwing, Tufted Duck, Ruff, Redshank, Cormorant, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Mallard, Song Thrush, Greenshank, Gt Northern Diver, Goldeneye, Redwing, Pied Wagtail, Goosander, Snipe, Oystercatcher, Blue Tit, Magpie  Gary Atkins  05/02/2017 
   03-Feb-2017  This morning from Millfields, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Skylarks, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Raven, from Stones Island 1Ruff, 2 Redshank, from the WLC, 4 Dunlin, 11 Barnacle Geese, 1 Pink foot Goose, 1 Oystercatcher and 13 Common Snipe  A H STEWARDSON   03/02/2017 
   01-Feb-2017  In thick fog little to report, 6 Dunlin and a Redshank on Stones island. 2 Stock Dove over. Pair of Mistle Thrush in traditional breeding area near Paul Stanley hide.   Clive Ashton   02/02/2017 
   01-Feb-2017  This morning from Sheepwash hide,fog made any observations very difficult, 1 Pintail, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipits, Greater spotted woodpecker could be heard drumming from the far bank. From Stones Island, fog turning to mist and eventually clearing,1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Common Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Redshank. From the Wildlife Centre, 42 Common Snipe.   A H STEWARDSON  01/02/2017 
   29-Jan-2017  This morning from Stones island 6 Dunlin,1 Shelduck,1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Snipe, from Wildlife Centre 1 Oystercatcher, 20 Common Snipe, 1 Pink footed Goose amongst the Canada Geese and 1 Great Black Backed Gull.   A H STEWARDSON  29/01/2017 
   24-Jan-2017  This morning at Millfields, 1 Kingfisher,5 Lesser Redpolls. From Stones Island 1 Ruff,1 Curlew. From Wild life centre, 7 Common Snipe,1 Oystercatcher and amongst the Canada Geese 1 Pink footed goose and 22 Barnacle Geese.  A H STEWARDSON  24/01/2017 
   23-Jan-2017  Hopton end- 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Grey Wagtails,Jay. 4 Jay flew over the road at Brown Ale Bay. Stones/WLC - 2 Redshank, Curlew, Ruff, Dunlin, 36 Snipe.   Clive Ashton /Alan Stewardson  24/01/2017 
   22-Jan-2017  Hopton End 0715hrs, 3 Jack Snipe, and 2 Woodcock flew in.
Millfields, 4 female Goosander.
Stones Island, 1 Knot (AHS, RWK, RC) flew in 1000hrs, 17 Snipe, 1 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, Great Northern Diver and Raven plus Peregrine over.
Wildlife Centre, 39 Snipe and 1 Oystercatcher. 
Roger Carrington   22/01/2017 
   21-Jan-2017  This morning from Stone's island,3 Redshank,5 Dunlin,1 Ruff,1 Oystercatcher from WLC and 4 Common Snipe.  A H STEWARDSON  21/01/2017 
   20-Jan-2017  This morning from Stone's Island light south easterly breeze, pockets of light mist generally visibility excellent. 2 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, Great Northern Diver, Cetti's Warbler, 20 Whooper Swans distant and brief flying northwest at 9:15am 2 flying northwest at 10:07am 16 on water at 11:05am, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Skylark. From Wildlife Centre 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 11 Common Snipe.  A H STEWARDSON  20/01/2017 
   19-Jan-2017  From Stones Island GN Diver, 5 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 11 Common Snipe, 2 Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Cetti's Warbler and 8 Lesser Redpoll. From WLC 25 more Snipe so 36 total. A pair of Teal displaying and mating in WLC Creek.   Clive Ashton  19/01/2017 
   18-Jan-2017  Morning fog made any observations very difficult. On the causeway to Stones island I saw 4 Dunlin, 1 Ruff. 5 Common Snipe were just visible from the Wildlife centre.   A H STEWARDSON  18/01/2017 
   15-Jan-2017  1300-1700: GNDiver off Millfields. 333 Canada Geese. 2 Greylags 1 Pink-foot. 900 Lapwing (500 Sheepwash, 400 Sailing Club). 7 Dunlin. 2 Redshank. 1 Woodcock at Hopton at dusk. 12 Herring Gull. 1 Yellow-legged Gull. 25 Redwing at Hopton late pm. 2 Meadow Pipit. 4 Reed Bunting.  Simon Roddis  15/01/2017 
   14-Jan-2017  January WeBs count-Mute Swan 22, Greylag Goose 2, Canada Goose 48, Cormorant 15, Great Crested Grebe 33, Little Grebe 12, Great Northern Diver 1, Wigeon 35, Teal 163, Mallard 143, Gadwall 33, Pintail 5, Tufted Duck 187, Pochard 55, Goldeneye 17, Coot 950, Moorhen 9, Lapwing 383, Dunlin 7, Ruff 1, Redshank 2, Snipe 7, Curlew 1.  JB, SJR  15/01/2017 
   12-Jan-2017  0730-1140: GNDiver still off Stones. 8 Goosander at Millfields early morning, and 3 calling Tawny Owls. Female Peregrine. 600 Lapwing at Sailing Club. Ruff still on Stones causeway.9 Dunlin. 2 Redshank. Ad GBbG. 2 female Kingfishers (Millfields and Brownale Bay). 40 Redwing. 15 Bullfinch, including 13 (7m,6f) on Sheepwash feeder. 3 Greenfinch. 2 Lesser Redpoll. 35 Siskin.  Simon Roddis, Roger Carrington  12/01/2017 
   10-Jan-2017  0715-1145: GNDiver off Stones island. 4 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock and 9 Grey Wagtails at Hopton reedbed first thing. 29 Barnacle Geese. 15 Gadwall. 10 Goldeneye (7m,3f). 1000 Lapwing spread between Sheepwash, WLC and Sailing Club. 7 Dunlin. Ad GBbG. Female Kingfisher again in Brownale Bay. Willow Tit singing at Hopton. Mistle Thrushes singing at Hopton and Sheepwash. 10 Bullfinch, inc. 9 (3m,6f) on the topped-up feeder in Sheepwash carpark.  Simon Roddis  10/01/2017 
   08-Jan-2017  0730-1230: GNDiver, Ruff and Cetti's Warbler still on/around Stones. 24 Goosander (4 ad males, 4 imm males) and 12 Goldeneye (8 males) off the dam wall at Millfields first thing. 3 Shoveler (2 males). 29 Barnacle Geese. 95 Common Snipe at the WLC (the record is 130 in 2003). 7 Dunlin. 2+ Redshank. 500 Lapwing. 1 Golden Plover. 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull at Sheepwash. 3 GBbG. 2 GSWoodpeckers drumming at Millfields. Female Kingfisher again in Brownale Bay. 2 Raven. 2 Greenfinch. 1 Linnet. (69 species)  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  08/01/2017 
   06-Jan-2017  0730-1200: I decided to do a count of small(ish) stuff this morning, so the following are totals from Hopton to Stones: 4 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 7 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Magpie, 1 Jay, 300 Jackdaw, 52 Blue Tit, 30 Great Tit, 10 Coal Tit, 3 Willow Tit, 5 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, 27 Wrens, 65 Blackbird, 19 Song Thrush, 82 Redwing, 47 Robin, 21 Dunnock, 5 Grey Wagtails, 28 Chaffinch, 8 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 27 Siskin and 5 Reed Bunting. The GN Diver is still there, along with 12 Shoveler. Surprisingly, there were some early signs of breeding activity: a pair of Mallards mating towards the Hopton end, and a pair of Mute Swans at Sheepwash which were displaying to each other, mirroring each other’s moves as they preened, dipped their heads in the water, bowed to each other and so on – beautiful to watch – but it turned out that this was also the preamble to a bit of how’s your father: at least they then had the decency to do a bit more post-coital displaying to each other afterwards. Clearly the pair bond means more to Mute Swans than it does to Mallard! Alan S. also had a pair of Coots mating near the WLC.  Simon Roddis  06/01/2017 
   05-Jan-2017  Adult GN Diver, 25 Snipe, 6 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, Ruff, 3 Goosander over and Cetti's Warbler.  Clive Ashton  05/01/2017 
   05-Jan-2017  Tawny Owl, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, 300 Jackdaw, singing Willow Tit and 9 Grey Wags at Hopton reedbed first thing. 215 Canadas, 1 Greylag, 1 Pink-foot. (72 species)  Simon Roddis  05/01/2017 
   04-Jan-2017  0800-1230: adult GNDiver off Stones. 8 Greylag. 15 Goldeneye. 3 Goosander. 24 Cormorant. 3 Dunlin. 3 Redshank. 17 Common Snipe at WLC. 4 Great Black-backs (the resident bird plus 3 adults north). 14+ Stock Doves. Female Kingfishers at Millfields and Brownale Bay, difficult to say whether one or two birds. 3 Kestrel. 3 Great Spots. The Cetti's Warbler on Stones showed incredibly well, called then popped up into a bush for about 30 seconds. (67 species)  Simon Roddis  04/01/2017 
   03-Jan-2017  GN Diver, Ruff and Cetti's Warbler all still present around/off Stones. 2 drake Pintail also off Stones.  Simon Roddis, Alan Stewardson  03/01/2017 
   01-Jan-2017  Afternoon visit: GN Diver still off Stones. 207 Canada Geese, 28 Barnacles, 1 Pink-foot, 1 Greylag. 1 Ruff still. 1 Redshank. 6 Dunlin. 3 Woodcock at Hopton reedbed at dusk.  Simon Roddis  01/01/2017 
   01-Jan-2017  Birdwatching for Beginners walk (10am-noon) - 33 species: House Sparrow, Coot, Pochard, Gadwall, Jackdaw, Gt Tit, Robin, Little Grebe, Pheasant, Mute Swan, Mallard, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Blue Tit, Magpie, Willow Tit, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon, Lapwing, Dunnock, Teal, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Snipe, Ruff, Pied Wagtail, Gt Crested Grebe, Goldeneye, Wigeon, Black-hd Gull, Wren, Goldfinch, Carrion Crow  Gary Atkins  01/01/2017 

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