Monthly Notes from the Carsington Bird Club Recorders
Recorder: Clive Ashton: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Current Bird Notes for 2020|
JULY 2020 BIRD NOTES
Highlights: Black-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Common Scoter, Red Kite, Hobby, Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Tree Pipit and Crossbill.
A rather wet and poor month, weather wise, produced an excellent species count of 107 thanks to the dedication of several individuals, in the main, (you know who you are)! Water bird maximum counts are from the WeBS survey on 5th unless stated, with brood numbers in brackets: 17 Little Grebe on 30th (5), 38 Great Crested Grebe (11), 2 adult Black-necked Grebe on 7th and a juvenile on 21st, 24 Cormorant on 16th and 29th, 6 Little Egret on 22nd, a Great Egret on 21st, 9 Grey Heron on 30th, 46 Mute Swan on 24th, 184 Greylag Geese (8), 614 Canada Geese (10), 4 Barnacle Geese on 26th (1), a single Wigeon on 22nd, 25 Gadwall (4), 11 Teal on 19th, 133 Mallard (12), 9 Pochard on 3rd, 180 Tufted Duck (4), 11 Common Scoter on 2nd and 11th (during a period of obvious national movement), 14 Moorhen on 23rd (3), and 378 Coot (8).
Raptors this month included: 2 Red Kite on 11th and 29th, 3 Sparrowhawk on 27th, 8 Buzzard on 11th, 3 Kestrel on 10th and 24th, 3 Hobby on 18th and at least 2 Peregrine on 16th and 21st.
Wader breeding was largely poor with the usual 4 species of Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Redshank failing, in most cases, but maximum counts were: 9 Oystercatcher on 3 dates, 8 Little Ringed Plover on 19th, 78 Lapwing on 23rd, a Sanderling on 23rd, single Black-tailed Godwit on 3 dates, Whimbrel on 14th and 21st, 5 Curlew on 10th, 3 Redshank on 6th and 8th, a Green Sandpiper on 26th, 9 Common Sandpiper on 14th and 2 Turnstone on 30th.
A trickle of Mediterranean Gull moved through with an adult and a juvenile present on 16th, the usual Black -headed Gulls were still present along with 3 Common Gull on 16th, 375 Lesser Black-backed Gull on 28th, a Herring Gull on 16th, 2 Yellow-legged Gull on several dates, 2 Great Black-backed Gull on 3 dates a Common Tern on 6 dates and an Arctic Tern on 14th and 26th.
Other records this month included 7 Stock Dove on 1st, 3 ( now site scarce) Collared Dove on 22nd, 105 Swift moving through on 26th, 2 Kingfisher on 26th, a Skylark on 30th, 200+ Sand Martin on 2nd, 40 Swallow on 24th, 30 House Martin on 7th and 26th, single somewhat early Tree Pipit on 6th, 28th and 31st, a Meadow Pipit on 14th, 3 Yellow Wagtail on 14th, 5 Grey Wagtail on several dates, 60 Pied Wagtail on 22nd, 9 Redstart on 24th, Wheatear on 11th and 18th and 14 Mistle Thrush on 22nd. Warblers remained and maximum counts were: 7 Sedge on 22nd, 3 Reed on 11th and 22nd, 5 Lesser Whitethroat on 22nd, 5 Whitethroat on several dates, 6 Garden on 1st, 17 Blackcap on 23rd, 19 Chiffchaff on 23rd and 5 Willow on 28th. The best of the rest (as they say) included 8 Goldcrest on 15th, a great count of 10 Spotted Flycatcher on 22nd, 11 Willow Tit on 23rd, an impressive 22 Raven on 10th, 70 Starling on 28th, 15 Tree Sparrow on 23rd, 5 Siskin on 13th, 40 Linnet at Shiningford on 23rd and 4 Crossbill over on 14th.
107 species this July compared with 104 in 2019, 107 in 2018, 105 in 2017, 100 in 2016 and 99 in 2015.
JUNE 2020 BIRD NOTES
Highlights: Red Kite, Osprey, Hobby, Avocet, Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Grasshopper Warbler and Crossbill.
The site re-opened to visitors on 3rd June and, given that many birders still chose to stay away, 100 species is an excellent return. Water bird maxima come from the WeBS survey on 8th unless stated and brood numbers are shown in brackets: 10 Little Grebe (2), 54 Great Crested Grebe (10), 14 Cormorant on 23rd, a Little Egret from 23rd, 5 Grey Heron on several dates (including the ringed bird from Wheldrake of previous years), 26 Mute Swan on 30th, 131 Greylag Geese on 30th (8), 531 Canada Geese on 16th (6-7), 4 Barnacle Geese on 1st and 7th (1), a drake Mandarin on 1st, 29 Gadwall on 30th (3), 6 Teal on 12th, 79 Mallard (10), a Shoveler on 17th and 19th, 3 Pochard on 22nd and 23rd, 95 Tufted Duck (2), 8 Moorhen (1) and 216 Coot (5).
Raptors this month included: Red Kite on 4 dates, 2 Sparrowhawk on 17th and 21st, 8 Buzzard on 8th, Osprey on 4th and 5th, 3 Kestrel on 30th, 2 Hobby on 20th and Peregrine on 28th,
Waders were well represented and included: 7 Oystercatcher on 8th, 28th and 30th (3 broods), single Avocet on 10th and 19th, 5 Little Ringed Plover on 5th, 2 Ringed Plover on 7th, 24 Lapwing on 26th and 28th (1 brood), a Sanderling on 1st, a Dunlin on 8th, a summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit on 28th to 30th, Whimbrel on 3rd, 2 Curlew on 21st and 29th, 7 Redshank on 8th (2 broods), a Greenshank on 12th and 2 Common Sandpiper on 30th.
Black-headed Gull had reared c300 young on Millfields Island by mid-month and a few at other locations, other Gull records were 10 Lesser Black-backed on 30th, a Herring Gull on 7th, an adult Yellow-legged Gull from 16th and a second summer on 30th and 2 Great Black-backed Gull on 4 dates. The only Tern records were single Common on 4th, 25th and 30th.
Other counts and notable records this month included: 5 Stock Dove on 17th, 50 Swift on 3 dates, 3 records of Kingfisher, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker on 26th, 80 Sand Martin on 29th, 40 Swallow on 3rd, 100 House Martin on 8th, 5 Grey Wagtail including 3 juveniles on 26th, a pair of Redstart on 23rd with an adult and a juvenile on 30th and 15 Mistle Thrush on 29th. A site scarce Grasshopper Warbler was reeling in Wildlife Centre Creek on 21st, 3 pairs of Sedge Warbler were carrying food on Stones Island on 10th, 9 Reed Warbler on 16th included fledged young in Brown Ale Bay, 3 Lesser Whitethroat were in a chase on 13th, fledged young Whitethroat were on Stones Island on 28th, at least 3 juvenile Blackcap were noted on 21st and a Willow Warbler was carrying food on 10th. More breeding evidence included 3 juvenile Goldcrest on 21st, 2 young Spotted Flycatcher on 30th, 2 family parties of Willow Tit on 7th, fledged Coal Tit on 23rd, fledged Blue and Great Tit on 3rd, Nuthatch feeding young in a box on 1st, fledged Treecreeper on 3rd, 3-4 juvenile Jay on 29th and a juvenile Raven amongst a count of 11 on 1st. Twenty Starling flew through on 21st, 10 Tree Sparrow were counted on 12th and 20th with juveniles noted from 2 locations on 1st and 23rd, 6 Siskin were seen on 25th, a Linnet on 5th and single Crossbill flew over on 20th and 25th. Finally Reed Bunting were noted carrying food at Millfields and Stones Island on 4th.
100 species this June compared with 94 in 2019, 91 in 2018, 97 in 2017, 94 in 2016 and 90 in 2015.
FEBRUARY 2020 BIRD NOTES
Highlights: Great Northern Divers, Shag, Scaup, Water Rail, Red Kite, Merlin, Jack Snipe and Kittiwake.
A month of constant rain produced 93 species, which is the highest total since 96 in 2004. The Great Northern Divers remained all month and showy Jack Snipe drew in plenty of admirers. Water bird maxima come from the WeBS survey on 8th unless stated: 2 Great Northern Diver all month, 10 Little Grebe, 49 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Cormorant, a first winter Shag on 28th, 3 Grey Heron on 18th, 4 Mute Swan on several dates, a Pink-footed Goose on 11th and 12th, 11 Greylag Geese on 2nd, 203 Canada Geese on 1st, 34 Barnacle Geese on 18th, a Shelduck on 4 dates, 28 Wigeon on 12th, 34 Gadwall, 26 Teal on 12th, 97 Mallard, 2 Pintail on 14th, 3 Shoveler on 2nd, 30 Pochard, 96 Tufted Duck, 3 female Scaup, 15 Goldeneye, a Goosander on 10th, 1 Water Rail, 11 Moorhen and 291 Coot.
A nice spread of raptors included: a Red Kite on 19th, 3 Sparrowhawk on 26th, 11 Buzzard on 29th, 3 Kestrel on 18th, a Merlin on 25th and 2 Peregrine on 23rd.
Waders were represented by 10 Oystercatcher on 19th and 21st (including the 2 ringed birds from Dawlish Warren of previous years from 15th), 600 Lapwing on 8th, a single Dunlin on 22nd, 3 Jack Snipe on 22nd, 64 Common Snipe on 15th, 4 Woodcock on 8th, 29 Curlew on 27th and 6 Redshank also on 27th.
Gull counts on 20th recorded 3,000 Black-headed Gull, 1,000+ Common Gull and 212 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Other maxima were 4 Herring Gull on 19th, 4 Yellow-legged Gull on 20th, 2 Great Black-backed Gull on several dates and a first winter Kittiwake on 12th.
Five Stock Dove were noted on 2nd, 7 Tawny Owl on 8th and Kingfisher were regular throughout the month. Other counts were 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker on 2nd and 16th, 5 Skylark on 14th and 25th, 4 Meadow Pipit on 18th, 3 Grey Wagtail on 25th, 6 Fieldfare on 26th, 23 Song Thrush on 8th and 230 Redwing on 16th, 2 Chiffchaff on 22nd and 26th (a brief burst of song on 27th was the earliest ever at the reservoir) and 6 Goldcrest on 25th. As part of the national Willow Tit survey on 26th a healthy 16 were counted between Middle Wood and Stones Island via the west side, indicating the importance of Carsington to this declining species. Further counts this month produced 700 Jackdaw, post roost, on 4th, 3 Raven on several dates, 150 Starling on 12th, 12 Tree Sparrow on 4th, 35 Siskin on 2nd, 18 Lesser Redpoll on 16th and 10 Bullfinch on 11th.
93 species this month compared to 92 in 2019, 87 in 2018, 90 in 2017, 87 in 2016, 86 in 2015 and 81 in 2014.
JANUARY 2020 BIRD NOTES
Highlights : Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Geese, Red Kite, Water Rail, Jack Snipe and Cetti’s Warbler.
The 2 Great Northern Divers remained all month, although the juvenile could be elusive at times. A single observer sighting of a Black-necked Grebe will require notes submitting to the Derbyshire Ornithilogical Society to become a formal record. Water bird maxima come from the WeBS survey on 12th unless stated: 15 Little Grebe on 3 dates, 57 Great Crested Grebe on 21st, a Black-necked Grebe on 20th, 29 Cormorant on 4th, a Great Egret on 1st, 3 Grey Heron on 29th, 5 Mute Swan on 12th and 14th, 9 Whooper Swan on 17th, 220 Pink-footed Geese on 19th, 22 Greylag on 21st, 172 Canada Geese on 15th, 30 Barnacle Geese on 4th, 5 Shelduck on 9th, 54 Wigeon, 38 Gadwall on 8th, 62 Teal, 147 Mallard, 11 Pintail on 28th, 4 Shoveler on 3rd, 355 Pochard on 29th, 133 Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye on 29th, 8 Goosander on 5th, a Water Rail on 3 dates, 8 Moorhen and 487 Coot.
Bird of prey records included: a Red Kite on 28th, regular sightings of Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard on 2nd and 15th, 2 Kestrel on numerous occasions and single Peregrine on 3 dates.
An Oystercatcher returned on 28th and other waders this month icluded: a Golden Plover on 12th, 600 Lapwing on 4th, a Dunlin on 29th, 3 Jack Snipe on 12th and 19th, 45 Snipe on 23rd, 4 Woodcock on 2nd, 3 Curlew on 20th and 2 Redshank regularly.
Gull counts were: 4,000 Black-headed on 22nd, 765 Lesser Black-backed on 18th, 5 Herring on 19th, 2 Yellow-legged on several dates and a single Great Black-backed from 7th to the month-end.
Five Tawny Owl were calling at dawn on 12th and regular Kingfisher sightings included 2 on 12th and 29th. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming on 10th, single Skylark flew over on 12th and 22nd, 3 Meadow Pipit were recorded on 18th and 4 Grey Wagtail left their roost in the Hopton reedbed on 30th. Winter thrushes were in evidence with 5 Fieldfare on 19th and 170 Redwing on 13th and 23rd. The, often elusive, Cetti’s Warbler remained around the Wildlife Centre reedbed until 24th at least and the over-wintering Chiffchaff, on Stones Island, was present until the month-end. Other counts of interest this month were: 5 Goldcrest on 30th, 8 Willow Tit on 20th, 5 Treecreeper on 10th, 600 Jackdaw on 4th, 52 Rook on 13th, 5 Raven on 3rd, 200 Starling on 29th, 15 Tree Sparrow on 4th, 30 Chaffinch on 13th, 5 Greenfinch on two dates, 50 Goldfinch on four dates, 40 Siskin on 23rd, 15 Lesser Redpoll on 8th, 14 Bullfinch on 8th and 9 Reed Bunting on 19th.
94 species recorded this January compared with 91 in 2019, 96 in 2018, 91 in 2017, 91 in 2016 and 81 in 2015.
Recorder: Clive Ashton: email@example.com
DECEMBER 2019 BIRD NOTES
Highlights: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Geese, Water Rail, Jack Snipe and Cetti’s Warbler.
The juvenile Great Northern Diver from last month remained and was joined by what is probably the long returning adult on 16th. Water bird maxima come from the WeBS survey on 14th unless stated: 24 Little Grebe, 50 Great Crested Grebe on 28th, a Red-necked Grebe on 30th, 32 Cormorant on 31st, a Great Egret on 22nd, 3 Grey Heron on 7th, 4 Mute Swan on 24th, 9 Whooper Swan on 2nd, 200 Pink-footed Geese on 22nd, 22 Greylag Geese on 30th, 210 Canada Geese on 3rd, 21 Barnacle Geese on 31st, 2 Ruddy Shelduck on 3rd, 3 Shelduck on 10th, 97 Wigeon on 3rd, 38 Gadwall on 30th, 61 Teal on 24th, 129 Mallard on 29th, 2 Pintail on 3 dates, 6 Shoveler on 16th, 429 Pochard on 7th, 163 Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye, 10 Goosander on 25th, 2 Water Rail on 3rd and 30th, 6 Moorhen and 623 Coot.
Raptor records included 2 Sparrowhawk on 3 dates, 6 Buzzard on 9th, 3 Kestrel on 7th and 22nd and Peregrine on 4 dates.
Waders recorded this month included: 30 Golden Plover on 9th, 670 Lapwing on 16th, a Ruff on 20th, a Jack Snipe all month from 7th, 40 Snipe on 7th, 4 Woodcock on 3 dates and 3 Redshank on 8th and 14th.
Roosting Gull peaks were: 11,000 Black-headed on 7th, 2,000 Common on 31st and 760 Lesser Black-backed on 29th. Other Gulls noted were 4 Herring on 2nd and 6th, 3 Yellow-legged on 31st and 4 Great Black-backed also on 31st.
Eight Tawny Owl were calling at the Hopton end on 28th, Kingfisher were seen regularly with 2 on 16th and 8 Great Spotted Woodpecker were counted on the west side on 30th. Counts of passerines included: 18 Wren and 15 Dunnock on 28th, 33 Blackbird on 30th, 10 Fieldfare on 18th, 8 Song Thrush on 9th and 350 Redwing on 22nd. The Cetti’s Warbler from last month remained to 24th at least and there were 3 over-wintering Chiffchaff around site. Other counts made this month were 26 Long-tailed Tit on 29th, 7 Willow Tit on 10th and 30th, 10 Coal Tit on 30th, 40 Blue Tit on 28th, 25 Great Tit on 30th, 6 Nuthatch and 7 Treecreeper both on 30th. Corvids were represented by 1,000 Jackdaw on 26th, 82 Rook on 16th, 18 Carrion Crow on 30th and 4 Raven on 1st. Forty House Sparrow were around the Visitor Centre on 28th and 12 Tree Sparrow were present on 16th. Finches included: 18 Chaffinch on 30th, a single Brambling on 22nd, 11 Greenfinch on 17th, 135 Goldfinch and 75 Siskin on 29th, a Linnet on 1st and 31st, 40 Lesser Redpoll on 4th and 16 Bullfinch on 30th. Ten Reed Bunting were calling from the Hopton reed bed on 3rd.
93 species recorded compared with 87 in 2019, 92 in 2017, 95 in 2016, 93 in 2015 and 91 in 2014.
Recorder: Clive Ashton: firstname.lastname@example.org