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 Posted by on June 19, 2022  Carsington Bird Club, Events, News, Severn Trent Water  Comments Off on ******* LATEST NEWS *******
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CBC Meeting Schedule for 2022

CBC indoor meetings are held in Carsington Water’s main vistor centre and they start at 19.30h. Entrance fee is £2.00 to members and £2.50 to guests – Parking is free.

TBA

Other Activities

– First Sunday of the month – Birdwatching for Beginners – Meet Visitor Centre (10am-12 noon)

Outdoor Activities:

For Severn Trent’s spring programme, it’s often sensible to book a place with the visitor centre (on 01629 540696).

Newsletter No. 2 – May/June 2022

 Posted by on June 18, 2022  Carsington Bird Club, CBC Newsletters  Comments Off on Newsletter No. 2 – May/June 2022
Jun 182022
 

Welcome to the club’s spring newsletter.  Normally, it would be date-stamped ‘May’ but a busy few weeks has meant this has morphed into the ‘May/June’ issue.  One pressing thing of late has been the 2021 annual report, which is often printed and with you by late April, but a few changes in production resulted in a delay or two this year.  Apologies, but never fear, it should be with you within a couple of weeks … and next year I would expect things to run more smoothly.

The busy period since the last newsletter has involved the last couple of indoor meetings – one also  incorporating our AGM – a club trip and our annual ‘warbler walk’, which was held on the same day as Severn Trent’s celebration event to mark 30 years of Carsington Water, at which we had a display.  You can read about those activities in the article by Chris Lamb beginning on page two.

At the AGM, we were able to confirm a further improvement in the club’s administration, as Louise Sykes joined the committee as our new Secretary.  As well as filling this important post, Louise brings a proven pedigree in running fund-raising events, plus a natural vitality which has already borne fruit with a number of ideas for raising our profile.  This, hopefully, will result in swelling our membership numbers.  Suffice to say it’s likely we’ll be more active as a club – and more obvious to the general public – than in recent years.

Another piece of good news is the planning for the new Sheepwash hide, which is now beginning to move ahead in earnest.  When built and back in action, it will be a real boon to the club and other local birders who have undoubtedly missed what was always acknowledged as the most ideally positioned hide.  A later article, provided by STW’s Site Supervisor for Carsington Water John Matkin, explains some of the project milestones.

A few of those same birders and committee members are also supporting bird feeding at the reservoir, having recently taken over that responsibility at the Paul Stanley Hide.  Severn Trent have kindly given us control of a source of funding that helps buy bird food, so we are trying hard to keep those feeders filled.  A pesky squirrel or two have thwarted us by finding their way into the food store, but we are contriving increasingly successful ways of foiling these clever rodents!

We are now looking at a relatively quiet couple of months – so enjoy those (hopefully) balmy summer months of sunshine and holidays – but by the autumn we will be moving back into action with our indoor meetings, more of which in the August newsletter, but for now – for your diaries – the  first of these will be on 20 September, delivered by renowned local photographer, Paul Hobson.

Finally, one sad piece of news: Philip Shooter, who was a founder member of the club, recently passed away aged 85 (see obituary on page 4).

BYE-BYE DIVER AND GREBES, HELLO MIGRANTS

We have just been through one of the exciting periods of the birding year – when our winter visitors depart for breeding grounds elsewhere, and other migrants travel long distances to reach British shores, and some of those head for Carsington Water to join the residents in raising new families.

Those departing included our now-annual visiting Great Northern Diver, which having arrived in early January once again remained at the reservoir until May, last seen on the 6th.  This year, the site was also graced by two Red-necked Grebes, which seemed to take a leaf out of the diver’s book, the first one leaving on 4 May, the second eight days later.  Meanwhile, the final Fieldfare was spotted on 9 April, with the last Redwing sighting two days later.

By then, a number of the summer migrants had already arrived: Sand Martins turned up on 13 March, the first Blackcap was recorded nine days later and, slightly more mysteriously, some Chiffchaffs arrived in March but others had probably overwintered – whichever, on the 29th a phenomenal 148 were present.  In early April, Swallows and a handful of House Martins were with us, along with Willow Warblers (first logged on the 9th), the joint earliest ever Sedge Warbler (12th), Redstart a day later and Reed Warbler (18th).

A real bonus came in the shape of a scarce Grasshopper Warbler, which was heard ‘reeling’ on 20 April, then between then and the end of the month came Lesser Whitethroat (23rd), Garden Warbler (26th), Pied Flycatcher (28th) and Swift (29th).  Most migrants are here by the end of April, but one exception is invariably Spotted Flycatcher; the first individual was found in Middle Wood on the 15th, but three days later there were two on Stones Island.

Two Avocets early in March were among wader highlights, along with 51 Curlew on 7 March, while Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers were both seen in early spring.  Up to 15 Common Snipe and a single Jack Snipe were seen in March, while it was good to see four Ruff on 23 April.  May was a little better still, with five Whimbrel, four Turnstone and a Green Sandpiper on the 3rd, three Sanderling and six Dunlin a week later, and up to four Common Sandpipers also showing well.

Flocks of 14 and 30 Whooper Swans flew over in March and April, respectively, while up to eight Shelducks and 2-3 Mandarins have been recorded each month.  A female Scaup was identified on 11-12 March and a Common Scoter was recorded 27 April.  Great Crested Grebe numbers continue to impress as over 80 have been counted each month.  Little Egrets were seen on consecutive days in late March, while two were evident on each of two dates in April and a Great White Egret popped in on 10 April.

The resident waterfowl have begun raising young as Greylag and Canada Geese have so far produced 13 and 10 broods, respectively, and there have been 12 Mallard, 10 Coot and a single Moorhen brood, while Mute Swans are also sitting on eggs.

Ospreys were recorded six times during the period March-May, while up to 4 Red Kites cruised majestically over the reservoir and surrounding woodland with sightings continuing to increase in frequency.  Buzzard and Kestrel are seen most days, and Sparrowhawk and Peregrine several times a month, but other scarcer spring raptor sightings included a Merlin on 29 March and Hobby on 18 May.

After 7,000 Black-headed Gulls were seen in early March, numbers fell away, dropping to 1,000 by April but a number of those that remained soon began to find nest sites for the usual breeding frenzy.  Single Kittiwakes were around on two dates in April, when the tern passage also began as two Sandwich Terns were recorded on the 12th, two Black Terns two days later, then a single Common and five Arctic on the 29th and 20 more Arctic Terns just three days later.

Sand Martin and Swallow numbers increased, peaking at 300 and 200, respectively, in early May, while 80 House Martins were counted on 12 May.  Passage Yellow Wagtails were thin on the ground, with a maximum of two in April and May, but other species that are sticking around are plentiful; a perimeter walk on 29 April found, among others, 104 Blackbirds, 37 Song Thrushes and 12 Mistle Thrushes, many of them singing, plus 90 Chiffchaffs, 85 Blackcaps and 22 Willow Warblers.

EVENTS PROGRAMME NOW BACK IN FULL SWING

The last few months have been encouraging in that we’ve been able to complete successfully our full 2021-22 indoor meetings season – and then, moving outdoors, resume activities that Covid had prevented us from doing for much of 2020 and 2021.

For logistical and Covid-safety reasons, we have been staging our indoor meetings in the spacious New Leaf restaurant and for our penultimate meeting, Max Maughan, leader of the RSPB Derby local group, took us on an exciting journey to Patagonia in the southern reaches of South America. Superbly illustrated by pictures (and videos) taken by his wife Christine, we experienced the wonderful diversity of scenery and wildlife in this remote corner of the world, including some incredible close-up footage of generally elusive pumas.

For our final meeting, in March, we welcomed Gary Hobson to talk to us for the first time. Gary described the birds and wildlife of Washington state in the USA, a location he had visited many times as his job in aerospace often takes him to the Seattle-based Boeing company. Having a self-confessed passion for anything which can fly, Gary’s talk included not just birds, but many butterflies and quite a few aeroplanes too!

Moving outside, our first event was a club trip to Fairburn Ings in Yorkshire on 1 May.  Our small group of mostly regular attendees enjoyed this very good nature reserve that offered a mixture of habitats.  Summer visitors were appearing in good numbers, many in full voice during our visit.  Chiffchaffs were seemingly everywhere and several Willow Warblers were seen and heard. We had good views of both male and female Blackcaps plus a single Garden Warbler.

Later in the day a Reed Warbler was heard singing from the reedbeds, as well as a Whitethroat’s scratchy song at the top of a tree. Hirundines were well represented with Sand Martins and Swallows hawking for insects over the river – and that most iconic of summer visitors, the Cuckoo, was heard calling and briefly seen flying across the treetops.  One sharp-eyed member (Jane!) spotted a Spoonbill in flight, while the lakes held good numbers of the common wildfowl species, with smaller counts of Shelduck and Shoveler adding to the variety. A pair of Avocets and a single Oystercatcher were the only waders on view. 

A few Common Terns were seen flying over the water and we spent some time studying three birds with blood-red bills, with no black tips – diagnostic of Arctic Terns – sitting on one of the specially constructed rafts. We checked out our finding with an RSPB volunteer who had joined us in the hide, who said, “Do you mean those decoy terns?”. With some degree of embarrassment (and amusement!) we continued our walk around the reserve, glad that we hadn’t got as far as reporting the sighting at the visitor centre!  It seems none of us had spotted that they hadn’t moved an inch!

The Nearby St. Aidan’s RSPB Reserve had been an option, but with time short most of the group decided to stay at Fairburn Ings, where we were treated to the sound of a booming Bittern and the sight of a quartering Marsh Harrier.  One member, John Follett, did decide to make the short trip to St. Aidan’s and was rewarded with a Black-necked Grebe and a Little Owl.

Later in May, we welcomed back our annual ‘Warbler Walk’, which Covid had prevented in both 2020 and 2021.  This walk around Stones Island and the vicinity of the Wildlife Centre was led by Simon Roddis, whose knowledge and experience (and eyes and ears!) were able to help us pinpoint and identify the birds we came across, especially many of the site’s summer visitors. 

With the trees almost fully in leaf, many of the birds we encountered were heard rather than seen, so Simon’s expert knowledge of the different songs and calls was invaluable. First heard was a Reed Warbler, which surprisingly was singing from the depths of bushes close to the Visitor Centre courtyard.  Continuing around Stones Island, Chiffchaffs were easier to pick out from the repetitive song which gives them their name, and the descending cadence of Willow Warblers was picked up. A pair of Blackcaps and a Garden Warbler were also identified (and we tried to differentiate between their often confusing song!), along with the first Sedge Warbler of the day, which showed itself briefly on the top of bushes overlooking Sailing Club bay.

The walk was not just about warblers of course, and along with many of the common resident species, a Willow Tit was heard calling, there were good views of a singing Reed Bunting, a few Swifts circling above us were a welcome sign of summer and Sand Martins were noted flying low over the water. Waders were represented by a Little Ringed Plover on the shingle shore of Stones Island, and a pair of Oystercatchers and a single Lapwing flew over. A distant Red Kite on the far side of the reservoir was the sole raptor on show.

Moving round to the Wildlife Centre we had close up views of various ducks and geese, along with several pairs of Great Crested Grebe and a Little Grebe.  Among the busy colony of Black-headed Gulls on Horseshoe Island, a single Redshank and two Little Ringed Plovers were found.  Moving further down Wildlife Centre Creek, Simon was able to pick out a Redstart singing in the distance, and we watched Great Tits and Blue Tits bringing food back to their nest-boxes.

Our walk coincided with Severn Trent’s 30th Anniversary of Carsington Water celebrations, so the paths became increasingly busy with more and more walkers and cyclists, but we had an enjoyable couple of hours stroll, and were, as ever, indebted to Simon for helping us to reach a 40-plus species count. 

Some members stayed on during the day to help man a CBC stand at the anniversary event.  As a group that has existed almost as long as the reservoir, we were delighted to join the celebration, though we were rather outdone by a display of raptors and owls just opposite our position!

Chris Lamb

NEW SHEEPWASH HIDE PLAN TAKES SHAPE

Severn Trent’s Site Supervisor at Carsington, John Matkin, contacted us recently as he is now in a position to update us on the project to replace Sheepwash hide, which has been closed for a while.  Things are beginning to move, he informs, with the following sequential plan now underway:

  1. Removal of the existing hide at Sheepwash: this will likely have to be done via the fields while the ground is dry enough to enable this. This is earmarked to be called in for completion during June.
  2. Improvements to the paths to both Paul Stanley and the Sheepwash hides.  The aim is to make the Paul Stanley hide accessible for wheelchairs and for our smaller site vehicle to allow us to carry out maintenance work on the hide more easily. This will involve the removal of some trees that are currently in the path, as well as a few of the ash trees which have been killed off by ash die back disease; regular birders may have noticed yellow marks on some of these trees.  In total we’re removing 16 trees and this will be done later in the summer to avoid the nesting season. We’d like to make the path to the Sheepwash hide accessible for wheelchairs and for vehicles (to aid with the construction of the new hide).  As well as resurfacing, this will involve making the path a little wider.  In this case, we don’t believe we’ll need to remove any trees (though ash dieback management may involve taking out some later in the year). The good news is that the enormous ash by the path to the Sheepwash hide seems to be fairing well and, as we’re keen not to cause any extra stress to this impressive tree, we are looking to reroute the path a little further around to avoid damage to its root system where possible.
  3. For the new hide, we are engaging with hide builders to find a new design to replace the Sheepwash hide (we may come to CBC for some advice once we have some designs).  As with all our new projects we’re very keen that the new Sheepwash hide be as accessible as possible.  And as part of this drive we may well lose the gates on the paths to allow birders who use a wheelchair to access them easily.  We hope to get this done in the late summer/early autumn to take advantage of drier ground and avoid too much disturbance.

John adds:  “We’ve just received the quotes for the work so we’ll let you know in good time when we’ll need to close up a path.  This probably won’t be for at least two months in order to allow any birds breeding nearby to fledge safely.

OBITUARY: PHILIP SHOOTER

Philip Shooter, who will be known to a number of our members, has sadly passed away at the age of 85.  As well as being a founder member of Carsington Bird Club, he was also instrumental in the formation of Derbyshire Ornithological Society (DOS) and Ogston Bird Club, serving on the committees of both.  We extend our condolences to Philip’s family.

Philip produced “Where to watch Birds in Derbyshire” which proved very useful to visitors and people new to birdwatching. He conducted a Dipper survey of Derbyshire, visiting all suitable rivers, counting and recording all the birds present; it was subsequently published in British Birds, something he was very proud of.

He held Birdwatching courses for the Workers Education Association at Alfreton, Matlock and Sutton in Ashfield, conducting surveys and producing booklets on the birds of Shining Cliff Wood, Cromford Canal, Wyver Lane, Hardwick Park, Matlock Forest and several other sites.

He also oversaw birding weekend courses at Losehill Hall in the Peak District, showing visiting birdwatchers Derbyshire specialties like Dipper, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and other species associated with the upland moorland.  Philip was a generous person who would readily give help and advice to anyone with whom he made contact – a very sad loss to the birding fraternity.

Eddie Walker

KNOW YOUR COMMITTEE – Here are the club officials and their contact details……..
    
Committee PostNameTelephoneEmail Address  
Chairman and PublicityGary Atkins01335 370773garysatkins@aol.com
Treasurer / MembershipJohn Follett01332 834778johnlfollett@virginmedia.com
RecorderRob Chadwick07876 338912rob.chadwick322@gmail.com
Events co-ordinatorChris Lamb01629 820890cflamb@yahoo.co.uk
SecretaryLouise Sykes01335 348544louise.sykes5065@gmail.com
Ex-officioRoger Carrington01629 583816rcarrington_matlock@yahoo.co.uk
…..and the website address is:   http://www.carsingtonbirdclub.co.uk
WebmasterRichard Pittamn/aContact Richard via the website

Bird Notes May 2022

 Posted by on June 3, 2022  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on Bird Notes May 2022
Jun 032022
 

May 2022 BIRD NOTES

HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Osprey, Green Sandpiper, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher.

Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 14th unless dated otherwise. 11 Mute Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose reported on 7 dates within the first half of the month, 24 Greylag Goose, 153 Canada Goose, 13 Barnacle Goose 23rd, 6 Shelduck 6th, 2 Mandarin 3rd, 12 Wigeon 3rd, 17 Gadwall 7th, 2 Teal 5th, 65 Mallard, 4 Pochard 1st, 60 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye 7th and 14th, 2 Goosander 2nd, the Great Northern Diver departed as expected early in the month (last seen on 6th), 6 Little Grebe, 81 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebes reported up till 4th and then a single bird till the 12th,when this individual also departed, 21 Cormorant 19th, 2 Little Egret reported on 10 occasions within the month, 5 Grey Heron 3rd and 14th, 14 Moorhen, 74 Coot, 1 Kingfisher 18th. Brood numbers included 13 Greylag, 10 Canada, 12 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 5 Coot. Mute Swans also noted sitting on nests

Raptor sightings included 2 Red Kite on 7 dates, 2 Sparrowhawk 5th,10th and 30th, 8 Buzzards 5th and 10th, 1 Osprey 4th, 12th and 13th, 2 Kestrel 8th, 12th and 19th, a single Hobby 18th, 1 Peregrine 2nd, 6th and 10th.

Thirteen species of waders through this month with 8 Oystercatcher on 6 different dates, 6 Ringed Plover 3rd, 3 Lapwing 21st, 3 Sanderling 10th, 6 Dunlin 10th, 2 Common Snipe 1st, 5 Black-tailed Godwit 15th, 5 Whimbrel 3rd, Single Curlew noted on 9 occasions, 6 Redshank 10th, 1 Green Sandpiper 3rd, 4 Common Sandpiper 5th, 4 Turnstone 3rd.

Maximum Gull numbers were 1 Mediterranean Gull on 9 different dates, Black-headed Gull present all month, 3 Common Gulls 5th, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 12th, 15th and 23rd, 2 Herring Gulls 16th, 19th, 20th and 28th, a single Great black-backed Gull seen on 12 occasions.

Terns continued to pass through with 3 Common Tern 15th, c20 Arctic Tern 2nd, and 10 on the following day.

Among other species were 2 Red-legged Partridge 8th, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 10th, 1 Tawny Owl 10th and 19th, 35 Swift 12th, 300 Sand Martin 1st and 3rd, 100 Swallow also 1st and 3rd, 80 House Martins 12th, 2 Yellow Wagtail 1st, 2 Grey Wagtails present on 8 dates, 5 Pied Wagtail 3rd, 8 Redstart 15th, 11 Sedge Warbler 7th, 6 Reed Warbler 14th with 4 singing, 42 Blackcap 11th, 14 Garden Warbler 11th, 1 Lesser Whitethroat around the wildlife Centre Creek on 8 occasions, 2 Whitethroat 31st, 6 Goldcrest singing 23rd, 6 Treecreeper either with young or carrying food 23rd, 53 Chiffchaff 11th, 12 Willow Warbler 11th, 2 Spotted Flycatcher 18th, 5 Pied Flycatcher 19th, 3 Willow tit 4th, 5 Tree Sparrow 30th also seen carrying food on the 4th.

Perimeter count conducted on 11th.

A total 111 species for this month compared to 111 in 2021, 87 in 2020, 108 in 2019, 104 in 2018.

April 2022 Bird Notes

 Posted by on May 8, 2022  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on April 2022 Bird Notes
May 082022
 

April 2022 BIRD NOTES

HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Osprey, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Sand Martin and Grasshopper Warbler

Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 16th unless dated otherwise. 12 Mute Swan 22nd, 30 Whooper Swan (flew West 08:30) 3rd,1 Pink-footed Goose 3rd, 7th, 10th, 25th and 30th, 45 Greylag Goose, 135 Canada Goose, 11 Barnacle Goose 10th and 11th, 6 Shelduck 25th, 2 Mandarin 30th,12 Wigeon 3rd, 27 Gadwall, 63 Mallard, 9 Teal 2nd, 3 Shoveler 10th, 66 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter 27th, 8 Goldeneye 9th, 1 Goosander 23rd, 1 Great Northern Diver present all month, 13 Little Grebe, 82 Great Crested Grebe 3rd, 2 Red-necked Grebes reported most days till month end, 26 Cormorant 11th, 2 Little Egret 7th and 18th, 1 Great White Egret 10th,8 Grey Heron, 10 Moorhen, 78 Coot, 1 Kingfisher 2nd, 3rd and 11th.

Raptor sightings included 3 Red Kite 3rd and 5th, 3 Sparrowhawk 8th, 8 Buzzards 8th, 1 Osprey 12th and 13th, 2 Kestrel 13th,15th, 16th and 20th, 1 Peregrine reported 6 dates within the month.

Thirteen species of waders through this month with 13 Oystercatcher 1st, 4 Little Ringed Plover 17th, 1 Ringed Plover reported on 11 dates within the month 2 Lapwing 29th, 1 Dunlin 12th and 28th, 4 Ruff 23rd, 6 Common Snipe 2nd, 1 Black-tailed Godwit 1st, 21st and 23rd, 3 Whimbrel flying North on the 22nd, 5 Curlew 9th, 12 Redshank 16th, 3 Greenshank 27th, 2 Common Sandpiper 28th.

Maximum Gull numbers were 1 Mediterranean Gull on 9 different dates, 9 Little Gull 11th, 1000 Black-headed Gull 17th, 10 Common Gull 14th and 22nd, 80 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 17th, 30 Herring Gulls 14th, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 18th, 2 Caspian Gull 30th, 10 Great black-backed Gulls 12th and 13th, and a single Kittiwake 3rd and 26th.

Terns have started to pass through with 2 Sandwich Terns 12th, 1 Common Tern 19th and 22nd, 5 Arctic Tern 29th, 2 Black Tern 14th.

Among other species were, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker reported on 10 dates, 3 Tawny Owl 9th, 1 Swift 29th, 5 Skylark 27th, 200 Sand Martin 13th and 100 reported on  5 different dates, 50 Swallow 27th, 10 House Martins 25th and 27th, 444 Meadow Pipit 8th, 2 Yellow Wagtail 26th, 3 Grey Wagtails 8th, 9th and 29th, 15 Pied Wagtail 8th, 5 Redstart 18th and 24th with males singing at various locations around the reservoir, 3 Wheatear (2 male 1 female ) 13th, 104 Blackbird with 42 singing 29th, 37 Song Thrush with 25 singing 29th, 32 redwing 2nd, 12 Mistle Thrush 29th, 1 Grasshopper Warbler 20th, 10 Sedge Warbler 25th and 29th, 2 Reed Warbler 26th one in WLC creek and one from Hopton reedbed, 5 Lesser Whitethroat all singing 29th, 1 Whitethroat 13th, 9 Garden Warbler 29th, 85 Blackcap 29th, 90 Chiffchaff 29th, 22 Willow Warbler 29th, 4 Pied Flycatcher 29th, 4 willow tit 30th.

Perimeter count conducted on 29th.

A total 117 species for this month compared to 99 in 2020, 118 in 2019, 117 in 2018, 124 in 2017.

March 2022 – Bird Notes

 Posted by on April 3, 2022  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on March 2022 – Bird Notes
Apr 032022
 

Recorder: Robert Chadwick: rob.chadwick322@gmail.com

March 2022 BIRD NOTES

 HIGHLIGHTS: Scaup, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull and Blackcap

On 20TH WeBS count 23 species were recorded which helped towards an end of month total of 107 species being noted.

Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 20th unless dated otherwise. 15 Mute Swan 11th, 14 Whooper Swan (flew West) 7th,1 Pink-footed Goose 5th, 13th, 20th, 26th and 31st, 45 Greylag Goose 5th, 222 Canada Goose, 44 Barnacle Goose 1st, 8 Shelduck 4th, 2 Shoveler 31st, 38 Wigeon 22nd, 2 Pintail 8th, 22 Gadwall, 68 Mallard, 10 Teal, 3 Mandarin 15th, 2 Pochard 10th, 1 Scaup (female) 11th and 12th, 51 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter 4th and 20th,13 Goldeneye 4th, 1 Goosander, 1 Great Northern Diver present all month, 22 Little Grebe, 93 Great Crested Grebe 26th, 2 Red-necked Grebes reported most days till month end, 24 Cormorant 11th, 1 Little Egret 7th, 8th, 30th and 31st, 7 Grey Heron 29th, 1 Water Rail 11th and 18th, 14 Moorhen, 130 Coot, 1 Kingfisher 8 dates within the month including on the WeBS count.

Raptor sightings included 1 Osprey 21st, 10 Buzzards 19th, 4 Red Kite 6th, 2 Sparrowhawk on 9 dates within the month, 3 Kestrel 6th, 1 Merlin 29th, 1 Peregrine reported 6 dates within the month.

Eleven species of waders through this month with 12 Oystercatcher 12th, 2 Avocet 5th and a single 25th, 2 Little Ringed Plover on 7 dates within the month, 1 Ringed Plover 12th and 31st, 45 Lapwing 4th, 4 Dunlin 4th, 2 Woodcock 2nd, 1 Jack Snipe 21st, 15 Common Snipe 10th and 21st, 51 Curlew 7th, 8 Redshank reported on the Webs.

Maximum Gull numbers were 1 Mediterranean Gull 10th, 7000 Black-headed Gull 7th, 102 Herring Gulls 28th, 2 Yellow-legged Gull 30th, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 4th, 4 Great black-backed Gulls 24th, Common Gulls present most of the month.

Among other species were, 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker 29th, 2 Tawny Owl 2nd, 3 Skylark 24th, First Sand Martin 13th with 3 on 30th, 29 Meadow Pipit 31st, 4 Grey Wagtails 22nd and 29th, 44 Pied Wagtail 31st, 41 Dunnock of which 27 were singing 29th, 132 Robin with 101 singing also on 29th, 296 Fieldfare 19th, 350 Redwing 31st, 40 Song Thrush 29th, 14 Mistle Thrush 29th, first Blackcap 22nd, 148 Chiffchaff 29th, 5 Goldcrest 9th, 15 Long-tailed Tit 2nd, 7 Willow Tit 24th with a pair seen excavating a nest hole, 3 Coal Tit 4th, 5th and 15th, 5 Treecreeper 27th and 29th, 5 Jay 29th, 103 Carrion Crow 30th, 7 Raven 5th, 750 Starling 12th, 11 Tree Sparrow 7th, 28 Chaffinch 29th, 38 Goldfinch 29th, 8 Greenfinch 29th, 15 Siskin 5th, 10 Linnet 23rd, 3 Lesser Redpoll 1st, 12th and 22nd, 15 Bullfinch 29th, 9 Reed Bunting also 29th.

A total 107 species for this month compared to 95 in 2020, 100 in 2019, 102 in 2018, 110 in 2017 and 108 in 2016.

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