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2006-01-01 00:00:00The following were either observed by us today or were taken from the logbook in the WLC: OF NOTE: Red-necked Grebe (1) - Millfields. Black-necked Grebe (2) - Paul Stanley hide. Gadwall (3) - Shiningford/WLC creeks. Goosander (1 male) Ruddy Duck (~70) - Shiningford Creek. Kestrel (1) - near the Knockerdown Inn. Lapwing (~500) - Horseshoe Island and by the boat club. Redshank (1) - WLC Creek. Skylark (1) - edge of WLC Creek. Reed Bunting (1) - Stones Island..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-01-02 00:00:002 Little Grebe-in front of Lane End Hide 3+ Great Crested Grebe-in front of Lane End Hide 48 Canada Goose- swimming left to right of Lane End Hide 1 Redshank-left of Lane End Hide 1 Willow Tit-between Sheepwash Hide and Paul Stanley Hide 2 Black-Necked Grebe-left of Paul Stanley Hide 5 Snipe - Spit next to Paul Stanley Hide 1 Grey Heron-on Sheepwash Spit with the Cormorants A mystery Silvery-Grey bird sitting in trees opposite Sheepwash Hide. Great Grey Shrike?.Sam Pedley
2006-01-04 00:00:002 Black-necked Grebes still present - Paul Stanley hide (near tern raft) showing well again 5 Snipe - to the left of Paul Stanley hide 7 Goosander - (3 males) Millfields bay 6 Little Grebes in Millfields bay but no sign of Red Necked grebe.None
2006-01-05 00:00:00Today, the Red Necked Grebe has moved North East from Millfields car park and is in the bay overlooked by Upperfield Farm, a 10-15 minute walk from Millfields. A pleasant walk, with a couple of Bull Finches around and a Weasel near the small pond..Mick Sharp
2006-01-07 00:00:00Red-necked Grebe still present in front of sailing Club. 2No. Black-necked Grebe left of Paul Stanley Hide. c50 Wigeon ÔgrazingÕ on grass bank opposite Paul Stanley Hide 16 Teal left of Wildlife Centre.John and Pam Eaton
2006-01-11 00:00:00Kingfisher at Shiningford creek c 12 mid day c 15 Siskin Paul Stanley Hide.J Mowbray
2006-01-14 00:00:00Today's visit to the site, by Ray and Margaret Perry, yielded 31 species of bird for the Stones Island area and those seen from the WLC.It was a very mild day with no wind and good light. OF NOTE: Red-necked Grebe (1) - near the Sailing Club. Gadwall (at least 3 pairs) - near the Sailing Club. Pochard (17) - off Stones Island. Sparrowhawk (1 female) - working Shiningford and WLC creeks. Lapwings frequently "put up". Lapwing (over 400) - Stones Island & by the Sailing Club. Snipe (1) - Horseshoe Island. Redshank (1) - Horseshoe Island. Little Owl (1) - by the WLC creek. Sightings taken from the Wildlife Centre (WLC) logbook for the last few days: 9th January: Red-necked Grebe (1) Goldeneye (3) Shoveler (1 female) Mediterranean Gull (1 adult) Nuthatch (1) Treecreeper (1) Raven (1) Reed Bunting (1) 12th January: Black-necked Grebe (2) Siskin (50+) 13th January: Red-necked Grebe (1) Goldeneye (15) Redshank (1) Snipe (1) Common Buzzard (1) Sparrowhawk (1) Redwing (~50) Siskin (25) Lesser Redpoll (2).Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-01-19 00:00:00 Black Swan was found with a Mute Swan in the Watersports Bay yesterday morning (18/01) at 09:00 by Jim Craw. Unfortunately, it immediately took off and headed south and wasn't reported again. Sixty-six Pink-footed Geese flew over Shiningford Farm on the afternoon of 18th. They then peeled off and carried on in a NW direction. The two Black-necked Grebes are still being seen regularly from Paul Stanley Hide and were seen this morning. It was recently realised that there are two Red-necked Grebes on site, rather than one mobile bird. This morning there was a juvenile seen from Lane Ends Hide and an adult seen in Millfields Bay. The adult bird has been present in front of the sailing club for some time now and was very close in and easily viewable from the patio area at the back of the restaurant yesterday. However, it does make excursions south of the Sailing Club Island into Millfields Bay. There was a juvenile Kittiwake seen over Sheepwash this morning, whilst a Chiffchaff sang there briefly. A Blackcap was seen between the Visitor centre car park and the Wildlife Centre, also this morning..Paul Bennett, Severn Trent Ranger Service
2006-01-19 00:00:00Weather warmer than of late but cloudy: Hopton End 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 100 Rooks, 30 Mallards Hall Wood 4 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tail Tits, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit. Fishtail Creek 1 Robin, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Jackdaw Upperfields Bay 10 Wigeon, 1 Pochard 1 Squirrel, 1 Rabbit, 1 Jay, 1 Female Blackbird, 4 GreatTtits, 12 Mallards, 1 Magpie Millfields Bay 8 Little Grebe, 100 Tufties, 2 Mute Swans, 30 Canada's, 12 Wigeon, 2 Pochard Dam Wall 40 Tufties, 1 Pr Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe Boat Club 20 Tufties, 80 Canada's, 8 Great Crested Grebe Visitor Centre 40 Barnacle Geese, 100 Lapwings Shiningford Creek 32 Wigeon, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Stoat, 40 Canada's, 2 Mute Swans 30 Barnacles (in field), 1 Female Teal, 4 Male Teal, 40 Lapwing, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufties, 10 Pochard Feeding Station Brick Tower 1 Male Bullfinch, 1 Female Bullfinch, 5 Sparrows, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chaffinch.Jan and Elv Sheppard
2006-01-25 00:00:00We visited Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre (WLC) today, the 25th and found 36 species around midday. There was a cold northerly wind blowing and the sky was largely overcast. The following represents a summary of the best finds today and in the previous six days. Data from our own observations, the WLC logbook and the notice board outside the visitor centre. 25th: Red-necked Grebe (1) - off Stones Island, near the sailing club. Black-necked Grebe (2) - near the Paul Stanley hide. Barnacle Goose (40-50) - WLC creek. Redshank (1) - WLC creek. Song Thrush (1) Raven (2) Siskin (23) Lesser Redpoll (~10) 24th: Red-necked Grebe (1) Barnacle Goose (47) Goosander (a pair) Little Owl (2) Snipe (2) Redshank (3) 23rd: Largely similar to the 24th and 25th. 22nd:Pintail (a pair). 21st: Kingfisher (1), Snipe (1) 20th: Hawfinch (1) - Stones Island. 19th: Peregrine (1),Goldeneye (12), Caspian Gull (2).Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-02-08 00:00:00Peregrine flying SE over Millfields. Two Ravens over Hall Wood. Also, in the space of 90 minutes during the morning, among daily visitors on and around birdtable and feeders in Belper: 2 Blackcap (separately, 1M /1F). Gtr Spotted Woodpecker (M). 2 Nuthatch. Pr Bullfinch, 7 Long tailed tits, 3 Siskin (1M/2F), Song Thrush..Neil Hallam
2006-02-09 00:00:00Visited the site today - the . A very sunny day. No clouds but a cold breeze. Birdwatching from Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre (WLC). Of note today: Barnacle Goose (20) - on the water, WLC Creek & Shiningford Creek. More in a field near Shiningford Farm but uncounted. Gadwall (a pair) - WLC Creek. Redshank (1) - Horseshoe Island. Little Owl (1) - near WLC Creek. The following were noted from the WLC logbook and the notice board outside the visitor centre: 8th February: Oystercatcher (3),Redshank (3), Great Black-backed Gull (1), Nuthatch (2), Treecreeper (6) 6th February: Black-necked Grebe (1), Goldeneye (15), Goosander (10), Ruddy Duck (42), Common Buzzard (3), Kingfisher (1), Bullfinch (7), 5th February: Dunlin (1), Redshank (1), 4th February: Dunlin (1), Snipe (2) 1st February: Red-necked Grebe (1), Goosander (5), Peregrine (1), Siskin (21) 31st January: Black-necked Grebe (2), Red-necked Grebe (1) 27th January: Black-necked Grebe (2), Red-necked Grebe (1), Goldeneye, (10), Snipe (9), Sparrowhawk (1).Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-02-15 00:00:00Here is a list of the birds I saw during 1 hour in Paul Stanley hide today, both on the water and on the Bird Feeders between 13:00 - 14:00 Hours. Weather bright and breezy - birds sheltering in Brown Ale Bay. If I can see them anyone can, although I did use a telescope. Little Grebe 1, GCrested Grebe 4, Cormorant 12, Heron 1, Mute Swan 2, Canada Goose 1, Wigeon 50, Gadwall 1, Teal 60, Mallard 2, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 125, Goldeneye 1, Moorhen 2, Coot 175, Oystercatcher 1, Lapwing 30, Snipe 1, B-headed Gull 6, Lesser B-b Gull 15, Pied Wagtail 1, Willow Tit 1, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 2, Nuthatch 1, Carrion Crow 2, Tree Sparrow 1, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 1. Total Species 30.Roy Smith
2006-02-16 00:00:00Between approx 14.35hrs to 15.45hrs: Sheepwash Hide. As well as large numbers of coot, wigeon and lapwings there were: Five dabchicks (but no trace of black-necked grebes), two curlew on the spit, one oystercatcher (spit), one redshank (spit), one kingfisher (flying past the hide, heading towards Paul Stanley), one kittiwake (flying north over the spit), three goldeneye (2F/1M), 1 pochard (briefly beneath far bank), one raven (in field below Hall Wood), three redpoll (near car park), one male brambling (with chaffinches, in bush on far side of car park). On way home, little owl perched on telegraph pole near between Ridgway and Belper..Neil Hallam
2006-02-26 00:00:001 Goldcrest-Visitor centre car park 1 Barnacle Goose-on bank left of Wildlife Centre 5 Oystercatchers-on Horseshoe Island 1 Little Grebe-Infront of Wildlife Centre.sam Pedley
2006-02-27 00:00:002 Black-necked Grebe, 19 Snipe (Paul Stanley hide), Redshank, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander (Millfields), Oystercatcher, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Common Gulls, Buzzard, Raven displaying, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Reed Bunting as well as all the usual waterfowl and woodland birds.None
2006-03-03 00:00:00I Black-necked Grebe, pair Red-crested Pochard , 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew flew into VC creek at14.50, 45 Barnacles, 2 Willow Tit PS hide feeder..Alan Lewin
2006-03-04 00:00:00A friend and I spotted a single Red Kite hunting over Carsington Pasture on Saturday 4th March 2006, at approximately 10.30 AM. The bird was hovering and swooping fairly low to the ground (15 Ð 20 ft?) and at one point landed and appeared to pick up some prey. The bird did not seem that bothered about us Ð we were on a family sledging trip and making quite a bit of noise and moving around a great deal Ð but after approximately 2 minutes it was mobbed by crows and flew off in the direction of Carsington Water. The birdÕs markings were very clear Ð this was on a bright, sunny and crisp morning with excellent visibility Ð with my friend clearly seeing the V-shaped tail and I had an excellent view of the underside of the wing, showing distinct white markings and black wing tips. The shape, size, colouring, markings and behaviour of the bird indicated quite clearly that this was a Red Kite and this was confirmed when we reviewed the literature and online image galleries related to the breed. Also, severe winter weather in Wales during the period could well have driven the animal eastwards and beyond its normal habitat in order to hunt on clearer ground. Did anyone else seeDid anyone else see the Red Kite near Carsington on or around the above date? I would love this sighting to be confirmed by othersWill Hoon
2006-03-04 00:00:00The Red-necked Grebe and Goosander (pictures shortly on the Picture Gallery page) seen today alongside the dam wall. Also Nuthatch on the Paul Stanley hide feeders.Eric Dewhurst
2006-03-13 00:00:00Thirty five species seen from or near to the Wildlife Centre at around midday. Weather: Overcast with a cold northerly wind blowing. Very few people on the site. OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (19); Oystercatcher (3); Snipe (1); Song Thrush (1); Bullfinch (a pair); Reed Bunting (1). Gleaned from the logbook and the display board outside the visitor centre: 12th March: Oystercatcher (9). 11th March: Common Scoter (1). 10th March: Curlew (20); Goldeneye (20). 8th March: Black-necked Grebe (2)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-03-21 00:00:00Of interest today between 13:00 and 18:00 were, The Red Necked Grebe, along with a pair of Goosander at Millfields. 7 Redshank - Horseshoe Island, Watersports area, and Stones Island. 15 Lesser Redpoll feeding on the grass bank at the end of Stones Island, along with several Goldfinch and a solitary Redwing. Towards dusk a single Dunlin on Horseshoe Island was joined by the fine sight of 61 Curlew coming in to roost..Clive Ashton
2006-03-25 00:00:00Red-necked Grebe and a pair of Goosander in Millfields Bay today.P Stoppard
2006-03-27 00:00:00Sightings for Saturday 25th March: Two Sand Martins over Stones Island at 07:15 (RC) One Chiffchaff singing by Stones Island feeding station (RC) Two Wheatears reported to RC on the Dam Wall at 08:15 One Chiffchaff reported to me as singing at the bottom of Tail Bay One Swallow reported to RC as being seen from Lane Ends Hide One Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen at the Paul Stanley Feeders at 10.30 and 13.00 Two Common Scoter seen from Paul Stanley Hide (I think) (SJH) Sunday 26th March Two Sand Martins along the Dam Wall at 17.00 Monday 27th March Up to five Sand Martins all day between the Visitor Centre and the Wildlife Centre One Stonechat on the Dam Wall.Paul Bennett Ranger Service, Severn Trent Water Ltd
2006-03-29 00:00:00The Red-Necked Grebe fishing at Millfields near the tower. c100 Sand Martins along the dam wall and on Stones Island, along with c20 Swallows and a single House Martin near the Sailing Club. 3 Chiffchaff ( Millfields,Paul Stanley and W.L.C.) 4 Buzzard seen soaring around the site. 2 Little Owl at Shiningford Creek. 3 Goldcrest and 1 Willow Tit seen at Wildlife Centre Creek. 7 Redpoll and 2 Redwing on Stones Island. Good numbers of Tree Sparrow seen, with 20 around the feeding station on Stones Island. A Kingfisher seen flying from the Wildlife Centre towards Shiningford farm. Several sightings of Meadow Pipit along the dam wall. Also seen at various locations, though difficult to count with confidence,Redshank, Oystercatcher,Curlew,Snipe and healthy numbers of Reed Bunting..Clive Ashton and Dave Newcombe
2006-03-30 00:00:00More spring migrants arrived: Tues 28th, 1 House Martin. Thur 30th, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Blackcap but it could be a wintering bird, and a pager report of a first winter Little Gull..Roger Carrington
2006-04-05 00:00:00Red-necked Grebe showing well from the Dam wall, near to the tower with Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin over the water in the sailing club bay. Buzzard and Raven showing well from several places Several Chiffchaff around, Blackcap, Redstart, Willow Tit and Reed Bunting have all been seen today.None
2006-04-07 00:00:00The Red-Necked Grebe showing very close from the amphitheatre at the end of the dam wall. Also from the Millfields end of the dam wall 2 female Wheatear. Stones Island proved productive with 2 Little Ringed Plover,1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Yellow Wagtail. A male Redstart in the field behind the Wildlife Centre..Clive Ashton and Dave Newcombe
2006-04-09 00:00:00Round the reservoir: 19 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler. Millfields: 1 Red-necked Grebe off towards the water tower, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Sparrowhawk taking a Woodpigeon corpse away. Dam Wall: Approx. 50 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows through in five minutes heading north over the water, with more feeding over the reservoir as the day progressed. Stones Island: 3 White Wagtails (m). WLC: 3 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher. North End: 2 Oystercatcher on shingle spit..Matthew Kelly
2006-04-10 00:00:002 Buzzard - Soaring over Hall Wood 2 Goldeneye - left of Sheepwash Hide 3 Swallows - Sheepewash and Paul Stanley Hide 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker- Paul Stanley Hide feeders 2 Bullfinch - Paul Stanley Hide feeders 1 Blackcap - Drinking from a pool left of the path to Paul Stanley Hide.Sam Pedley
2006-04-11 00:00:00Two migrating Ospreys sighted on Tuesday 11th Ð one over the River Wye above Rowsley and the other above the Derwent near Chatsworth..Neil Venables
2006-04-11 00:00:00The Red-necked Grebe was still by the draw-down tower this morning (11th). A Whooper Swan was found behind Horseshoe Island at 10:30 yesterday. It hung around there all day until at least 17:00. The Common Sandpiper that's been on site for a few days now, was on Horseshoe Island early on yesterday, along with a Little Ringed Plover, but it later moved to the Watersports Island. There were also one or two White Wagtails on Stones Island and Horseshoe Island throughout the day. This morning I found a burgundy RSPB note pad on the track to the wildlife Centre. It has notes in it from Spurn, Donna Nook, Old Moor, Blacktoft and Linacre. I will keep hold of it at the Ranger Base. Any enquiries to the reception desk (01629 540696) or this website..Paul Bennett, Ranger Service
2006-04-12 00:00:00On Stones Island this morning (08:00): 1 Wheatear (female) 1 Yellow Wagtail (male) 4 White Wagtail 1 Common Sandpiper 4 House Martins (in trees on eastern end) 63 Swallows (in trees on eastern end) 3 Meadow Pipits 1 Willow Warbler.Paul Bennett, Ranger Service
2006-04-17 00:00:00At least 14 Yellow Wagtails (including one blue headed), eight White Wagtails and over 30 Pied wagtails were seen feeding on the south side of Stones Island in the evening (19:15). There was also a female Brambling (found by John Bradley), a Little Ringed Plover and good numbers of Reed Buntings, Tree Sparrows and Hirundines. Two male Common Redstarts were in the field north-west of the Wildlife Centre (RH side of the track, heading north-west)..Paul Bennett STW Ranger
2006-04-18 00:00:00At least 36 Species seen on the Bird Club walk this evening just going round Stones Island and up to the Wildlife Centre between 7 and 8.15pm. Species included: Good views of the White, Pied and Yellow Wagtails (included one blue headed), Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Swallow, House Martin, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew and Raven..None
2006-04-24 00:00:00Highlights for last week as follows: 24/04 Garden Warblers arrived on site. At least two on Stones Island and two at Sheepwash car park. Also a Little Egret was seen flying over the reservoir by John Bradley and Alan Stewardson at around 18:45. 25/04 Alan Stewardson drew my attention to a pair of Cackling Geese on Horseshoe Island. Alan found these on Stones Island on the 24th and after consulting the appropriate field guides, decided on the aforementioned identification. They are superficially similar to Canada Geese, but are at least half the size and have a darker breast. They also appear to be slightly smaller than Barnacle Geese. Cackling Geese occur naturally in north-west America (I think) and it is unlikely that they are genuine vagrants, but are still interesting to see on site. 28/04 Thirty-nine Black-tailed Godwits were found spread between fields around the Wildlife Centre and Stones Island this morning. Jim Craw counted 42 in to roost on Horseshoe Island in the evening, along with three Whimbrel. Also seen today were three Arctic Terns, which were off Stones Island briefly in the morning. 29/04 Nine Black-tailed Godwits still present this morning, feeding in the fields opposite the Wildlife Centre. Also of interest locally was an Alpine Swift, found at Ogston on the evening of the 27th. It was seen over Ogston Hall at around 18:45 and then moved over to Carr Wood. It was relocated at 06:05 the following morning, but didn't hang around long. It has not been seen since..Paul Bennett, Ranger Service
2006-04-29 00:00:00Willow Warbler - trees at the back of the Wildlife Centre 10 Black-Tailed Godwits & 1 Bar-Tailed Godwit - On Horseshoe Island and flew to the field to the left of the Wildlife Centre 1 Little Ringed Plover - Running around Horseshoe Island 2 Barnacle Geese - Swam past the Wildlife Centre 1 Little Owl - Siting on a post behind the electricity pylon at the Wildlife Centre.None
2006-05-04 00:00:00Today was the warmest day of the year so far - at 22-24C. Visited Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre (WC). 39 species of bird identified. OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (10). Pintail (1 male) - Horseshoe Island. Oystercatcher (2) - Horseshoe Island. Dunlin (1) - Horseshoe Island. Redshank (2) - Horseshoe IslandRay and Margaret Perry
2006-05-07 00:00:00*****Another first for Carsington!! A Roseate Tern along with other Tern species dropped in at Carsington for a couple of hours today. This is the first seen in Derbyshire since 1979.None
2006-05-11 00:00:00Three Black Terns were just north-west of Watersports Island between 15:30 and 17:00 at least. Two Whimbrel flew in from the south at 15:30 and landed on Horseshoe Island. One was reported as still being there at 18:00 (five Whimbrel passed through on Monday 8th). Other waders of note were three Little Ringed Plovers flying around Watersports Bay, a Common Sandpiper on Watersports Island, a Dunlin on Horseshoe Island and a Turnstone along the shoreline by the fishery office (present, on and off, since Friday 7th)..Paul Bennett, STW Ranger Service
2006-05-20 00:00:00A male Pied Flycatcher in the small wood at the side of Lane End hide (Sheepwash side.) Also c30 Swifts in front of Lane End hide. 3 Dunlin on Horseshoe Island. 1 Little Ringed Plover on Stones Island. 1 Curlew flew over by Shiningford Farm. Clive Ashton. 2 Coots - One on the nest in front of the Wildlife Centre while the other one kept fetching sticks 1 Redshank - Flew and landed right in front of the Wildlife Centre 3 Dunlin - Feeding on Horseshoe Island 3 Tree Sparrow - On the feeders next to the Wildlife Centre 1 Little Owl - Sat on the same post as last time then dropped down & caught something then flew to the nest box.Sam Pedley
2006-05-22 00:00:00Approx 14.00 to 16.00: Large numbers of Sand and House Martins around the Visitor Centre in the aftermath of a severe downpour. One Little Ring Plover and a male Wheatear on Stones Island, the latter only for about 30 seconds before flying north. Very little activity around the Wildlife Centre - three Redshank, four Oystercatcher, three Tree Sparrows and a Dabchick - until a Short Eared Owl appeared along the shoreline in the vicinity of Horseshoe Island. It was quickly mobbed, first by a pair of Oystercatchers and then by Jackdaws before disappearing in the trees. A group of visitors claimed to have seen a hobby hawking over the fields behind the Wildlife Centre but investigation revealed a merlin being harrassed by a kestrel before settling briefy on a fence post and then departing in a westerly direction. Male Pied Flycatcher and Greater Spotted Woodpecker seen later from the (strongly recommended) tea room at Lea Rhododendron Gardens and a Little Owl was on its usual telegraph pole at Ridgway near Belper. Two Hobby were also seen in the afternoon (RC) at Carsington.None
2006-06-01 00:00:00Visited Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre (WC) around midday. Sunny but a strong breeze noted when on Stones Island. Water level very high. Horseshoe Island (HI) has become four smaller islands. 37 species of bird identified. The following were of note: Pink-footed Goose (1) - with Canada Geese near WC Creek. Greylag Goose (1) - on HI. Barnacle Goose (10) Bar-headed Goose (1) - on HI then joined Canada Geese in fields near Shiningford Farm. Oystercatcher (1) - field by WC Creek. Redshank (4) - on HI. Reed Bunting (1) - Stones Island. Very young birds of the following species were seen: Mallard, Moorhen, Coot and one Lapwing chick was seen on HI. The following sightings were entered in the logbook by others for today: Hobby (1) and Whitethroat (2). BUTTERFLIES: Green-veined White and Brimstone. PLANTS in flower: Hawthorn, Gorse, Meadow Buttercup, Daisy, Silverweed, Germander Speedwell, Bogbean, Water Forget-me-not, Field Forget-me-not, Cow Parsley, Red Campion, Cowslip, Bluebell, Bush Vetch (or Crow-peas), Ribwort Plantain and Common Sorrel. A DIP into the LOGBOOK for the last few days: MAY 31st: Little Ringed Plover (2), Shelduck (1), Common Buzzard (4), Raven (2), Lesser Whitethroat (1) and a Great Crested Grebe with striped young on its back. MAY 28th: Turnstone (1) and Curlew (1).A Tittesworth Snippet: As at Carsington water levels are very high so no muddy edges. However, Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper are around but their nests have been washed out. Curlews are also being seen Male and female Pied Flycatchers have been on site for a while but thus far no breeding has occured. Spotted Flycatchers on the other hand have bred and young have been seen being fed. Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Nuthatches have been seen taking food to nest sites. A short staying Turnstone was recorded on the 24th May.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-06-08 00:00:0033 species of birds identified during the morning. Main viewing sites were Stones Island and from the Wildlife Centre (WC). Hot and sunny. Hottest day so far this year 26-27degrees C. OF NOTE: Great Crested Grebe - two females were carrying striped young on their backs. Greylag Goose (1) - off Stones Island. Barnacle Goose (10) - mainly on Horseshoe Island (HI). Shoveler (one male) - off HI. Oystercatcher (2) - one HI and one seen from Stones Island. Lapwing - including one chick on HI. Redshank (2) - HI. Reed Bunting (2) - Stones Island. Also identified today but found by others: Curlew (1), Grasshopper Warbler (one heard between Sheepwash and Lane Ends hide), Bullfinches. BUTTERFLIES: Only Orange Tip and Small White seen. DAMSELFLY: Common Blue - 16 pairs of this species were laying eggs in plant material on the pond by the WC. Each male was in tandem with the female, the tail of the male locked onto the neck or head of the female while she deposited the eggs from her tail. Quite a sight! PLANTS: Most of the plants reported on the 1st June are still in bloom but the following additional species were noted today: Yellow Iris, Yellow-rattle, Dog Rose, Hogweed, Common Mouse-ear, Marsh Marigold and Broad-leaved Willowherb. FROM the LOGBOOK for the last few days: 7th JUNE: Bar-headed Goose (1); Redshank (5). 6th JUNE: Redshank - two very young birds on HI; Red-crested Pochard (one hybrid or leucistic bird) - on HI. Lapwing - including three chicks. 5th JUNE: Curlew (1); Common Tern (1)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-06-24 00:00:004 Tree Sparrows - On the feeders next to the Wildlife Centre 2 Common Terns - On the tern rafts in front of the Wildlife Centre 3 Barnacle Geese - Right in front of the Wildlife Centre 3 Little Grebes - 1 adult with two young 1 Little Ringed Plover - On Horseshoe Island 1 Male Red-Crested Pochard - on Horseshoe Island 2 Curlews - Flew in and landed on Horseshoe Island 3 Cackling Canada Geese - To the left of the Wildlife Centre 1 Little Owl - Sitting on a dead tree near the electricity pylon 1 Bar-Headed Goose - With Canada Geese near the childrens' play area.Sam Pedley
2006-06-30 00:00:001 Black-Tailed Godwit - Flew onto Horseshoe Island 2 Snipe - On Horseshoe Island 1 Kestrel - Hunting over the back of Horseshoe Island 1 Song Thrush - In the Visitor Center Car Park.Sam Pedley
2006-07-04 00:00:0040 species of bird identified. OF NOTE: Mute Swan (6) - one adult with cygnet. Greylag Goose (1) - with Canadas near the sailing club. Barnacle Goose (5) Kestrel (one female) Oystercatcher (3) - Horseshoe Island (HI). Little Ringed Plover (2) - HI. Black-tailed Godwit (1) - HI, in full summer plumage. Redshank (1) - HI. Lesser Black-backed Gull (~200) - centre of reservoir. Common Tern (2) - nesting on raft in front of the WC. One bird frequently hunted by Stones Island and often caught small fish. It was reported to us verbally that one tern egg had been stolen by a gull. Little Owl (1) - seen from WC on far side of WC creek. BUTTERFLIES on the wing: Meadow Brown, Small Blue, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell. ODONATA: Common Blue damselfly - pool by WC. (also many Water Boatmen). PLANTS in bloom: Thirty one species noted including Black Medick, Kidney Vetch, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Bush & Tufted Vetches, Meadow Vetchling, Bramble, Sweet Briar, Cleavers, Great Willowherb, Broad- leaved Willowherb, Woody Nightshade (or Bittersweet), Meadow Crane's-bill, Common Knapweed, Spear & Field Thistles, Hawkweed, Oxeye Daisy, Selfheal, Common Ragwort and Nipplewort. An "Aren't Birds Brilliant" event was started on Sunday and will run for a week in the WC. Volunteers are present with telescopes to introduce the public to birds. This is a joint venture between Severn Trent Water and the RSPB. A DIP INTO THE LOGBOOK on recent dates: 2nd JULY: Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Redshank chick. 1st JULY: Lapwing chicks, Pochard. 30th JUNE: Common Sandpiper (2), Curlew, Redshank (2), Ruddy Duck. 29th JUNE: Common Scoter (one male), Gadwall (one male). The arrival of the first Common Tern was on the 21st JUNE.Another hot day! Visited Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre (WC). A Tittesworth Snippet: Due to hot weather and increased water usage the reservoir has dropped four feet in the last two weeks. The most interesting finds in the last few weeks have been the return of the American Whistling Swan for one day (presumed to be an escape), eleven Common Scoter on the 17th June and a Lesser Scaup on the 1st July, a first for the site and only the second sighting for Staffordshire.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-07-13 00:00:00Visited Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre (WC) as usual. Only 33 species of bird identified around midday. OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (4) - WC. Oystercatcher (2) - Horseshoe Island (HI). Redshank (4) - Stones Island (SI). Common Tern (2) - raft opposite WC. One bird sitting in place, presumably on a nest and the other hunting for fish. Warblers only sing occasionally now or not at all. However, the following were noted; Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler. Juvenile birds from the following species were noted: Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Redshank, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling and Greenfinch. INSECTS present: Water Boatmen, Common Blue damselfly (~10) - some laying eggs. (WC pond). Large White, Meadow Brown and Brimstone butterflies. PLANTLIFE: Plants identified on the 4th July are still in bloom plus Perennial Sow-thistle, Welted Thistle, Cat's Ear, Autumn Hawkbit (starts flowering in June), Tufted Vetch and Hedge Bedstraw. A dip into the logbook: 10th JULY: Cackling Goose (1) - looks like a small Canada Goose. 9th JULY: Whistling Swan (1) - like a Whooper Swan but its beak is completely black. Was this the same bird that visited Tittesworth on the 18th June? 7th JULY: Tawny Owl (2) - juveniles.The last one week session of "Aren't Birds Brilliant" lead by Matthew Capper of the RSPB, on a two year secondment to Carsington, was a great success. Matthew and many volunteers showed birds to the public from the WC. Matthew will run a further session from the WC from the 14th JULY.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-07-13 00:00:00A few records for today from Roger Carrington, our club recorder: 2 Blacktailed Godwits at Wildlife Centre pair of Common Terns breeding at Wildlife Centre 2 Reed Warblers singing in Hopton Arm reedbed 1 Reed Warbler singing in Brown Ale Bay reedbed. 1 Common Sandpiper Sheepwash. For Sunday 9th 1 Whistling Swan [escape] in front of Sailing Club.Roger Carrington
2006-07-16 00:00:00Terns seem to have hatched 3 young on raft in front of WLC on Friday14th July, I only saw one but RSPB team have seen 3. Was at a meeting so didn't note much else of note just the Cackling Geese still on Horseshoe and male Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly on WLC pond. Steph' Hicking 1 Wren - Wood behind Sheepwash Hide 7 Shelduck - Sheepwash Hide 1 Common Tern - Feeding in front of Sheepwash Hide 2 Oystercatchers - Sheepwash Spit 1 Common Scoter - Drake from Sheepwash Hide 1 Garden Warbler - Woods behind Sheepwash Hide.Sam Pedley
2006-07-17 00:00:00A female/imm Marsh Harrier flew towards Fishtail Creek at 5.00.p.m., 3 Black Tailed Godwits on Sheepwash Spit and a Green Sandpiper by the Wildlife Centre.None
2006-07-22 00:00:00Short afternoon visit to Wildlife Centre produced: 1 adult Whistling Swan at wildlife centre (WLC) (presumed escape) - see picture gallery for photograph 3 Cackling Geese (WLC) (escapes). 200+ Tufted Duck (WLC). 1 Snipe (WLC). 2 Common Sandpiper (WLC). 4 Common Tern adults (2 pair) 3 chicks seen 1 on left hand raft 2 on right hand (have they been swimming?). 8 Mute Swan plus the usual numbers of Lapwing, Redshank, Oystercatcher etc..Steph Hicking
2006-07-25 00:00:004 Barnacle Geese - Came and fed under the bird feeders 1 of the Common Tern chicks fell off the Tern Raft and was bobbing up and down until a boat came and rescued it and put it back on the Tern Raft. then a few minutes later the two of them on that raft fell out again. 1 Cormorant - Few and landed near the Wildlife Centre and then disappeared 1 Whistling Swan - To the left of the Wildlife Centre.Sam Pedley
2006-08-11 00:00:00Ruddy Shell Duck from the Wild Life Centre (far bank). Also lots of activity around the W.L.C. feeders including Male Bull Finch and Tree Sparrows feeding juveniles. Common Sandpiper x 2 from Paul Stanley hide. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker and Willow Tit on the feeders..Mick Sharp
2006-08-19 00:00:001 Common Sandpiper - Horseshoe Island 1 Cormorant - Flew in next to one of the Tern Rafts 18 Teal - feeding on Horseshoe Island and on the bank to the far left of the Wildlife Centre 1 Male Bullfinch - On the the Wildlife Centre feeders for about 3 minutes.Sam Pedley
2006-08-21 00:00:002 Common terns,1 Kingfisher & 1 Common sand from WLC plus 1 Common sand & 1 LRP on Stones Island.Geoff Barter, Hook, Surrey
2006-08-25 00:00:002 Red-Crested Pochard - Sighting on Horseshoe Island 1 Sparrowhawk - Flew over Horseshoe Island making all the Lapwings and Teal fly up 1 Buzzard - Flew over Horseshoe Island.Sam Pedley
2006-08-28 00:00:00Just to let you know that on my walk around Carsington today (Monday 28th August 2006) I saw 2 Female Teal in front of the Paul Stanley Hide at around 5pm..Anita Dale
2006-08-30 00:00:00Very busy on the site today but there were few people walking around Stones Island or visiting the Wildlife Centre. Teal numbers have increased and there are five smart looking Gadwall present. The best find of the day was a Ruddy Shelduck on Horseshoe Island. Two Pochards were spied in Shiningford Creek and there were plenty of Tufted Ducks about. The only wader species present was Lapwing but in good numbers. The only warbler detected today was Willow Warbler. One bird was detected because it was making a contact call and a second bird was found because it sang part of its song - a descending trill or warble. Arctic Terns were seen yesterday but unfortunately not today. According to the logbook there was an immature Peregrine present on the 28th. Most plants have finished flowering but the following were in bloom today: Greater Reedmace, Water Mint, Silverweed and a small patch of Redshank on Stones Island.A Tittesworth Snippet: Unlike at Carsington the water level remains very low. The exposed mud has attracted a number of wader species - notably Dunlin, Whimbrel, Ringed Plover, Greenshank and a single Green Sandpiper, the latter species remaining for eleven days. Kingfisher and Yellow Wagtails were also good recent finds.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-09-01 00:00:00Paul Stanley Hide - 10.00 - 12.30hrs Very little activity - highlight was 2 Common Sandpipers on "Cormorant" Island (far side). WLC - 13.30 - 15.30h - highlights: Gadwall - 6 Pied Wagtail - 20+ Grey Wagtail - 1 Ruddy Shelduck - 1 Tree Sparrows - 15+.richard Pittam
2006-09-05 00:00:001 Ruddy Shelduck - On Horseshoe Island 2 Snipe - Feeding on Horseshoe Island 1 Buzzard - Flew over Horseshoe Island making everything fly off 1 Little Owl - On a dead tree near the pylon to the left of the Wildlife Centre.Sam Pedley
2006-09-07 00:00:00Visited Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre. Mute Swan (14); Teal (6); Kestel (female); Lapwing - the only wader. Swallow (30); House Martin (6); Pied Wagtail (16); Willow Warbler (1); Tree Sparrow (~40) - around the Wildlife Centre & on Horseshoe Island. Insects: Gatekeeper butterfly; Southern Hawker dragonfly (male): Water Boatman; Pond Skater. Plantlife: Hips and Haws: Flowers in bloom: Redshank, Yarrow, Silverweed, Hawkweed, Meadow Vetchling, Selfheal, Daisy, White Dead-nettle, Water Forget-me-not, and Gipsywort - not noted by us before at Carsington. There were also a few specimens only of Tufted Vetch, Great Willowherb and Field Thistle. The most interesting observation was as follows; A Grey Squirrel was seen in the shallows of the Sailing Club Island. It then proceeded to swim strongly to Stones Island. When it arrived it ran off quickly into the trees. We have never seen a squirrell swim before! A dip into the Wildlife Centre logbook: 3rd September: Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine, Swift. 5th September: Little Owl, Snipe (2) - Horseshoe Island; Ruddy Shelduck. 6th September: Stoat, Water Vole, Red Fox and the Ruddy Shelduck.A Tittesworth Water Snippet: Heavy rain in late August raised the reservoir level a little but much of the Conservation Pool remains without water. The best recent find was a Little Egret at the end of August. Tittesworth hosted a Fun Day in late August focussing on wildlife and farm animals plus a farmers market. It was a great success attracting over 6000 visitors.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-09-10 00:00:00Buzard (1) Wigeon (15) Teal (4) Dunlin (3) Grt Spotted Woodpecker (1 young female) Bullfinch (heard only) Wren (1) Dunnock (1 + 1 young) Lesser Black backed (3 x 1st winter) + 1 adult House Martins (11) Wildlife Centre - 11.00 - 16.00hr Teal (5) Black Tailed Godwit (1 non-breeding or young)) Snipe (1) Tree Sparrrows (15) Little Grebe (8) Kestrel (1 on camera) Red Crested Pochard (1 female) Little Owl (1 showing) Willow Warbler (by pond) Water Vole (3 - on pond o/s Wildlife Centre) Southern Hawkers ( 8 - on pond) Common Darters (6 - on pond)a bit quietRichard and Frances Pittam
2006-09-15 00:00:00Mute Swan (24 including two well developed cygnets); Gadwall (6). Common Buzzard (1); Kestrel (1 female) - caught a small mammal on Horseshoe Island; Snipe (2); Collared Dove (1); Little Owl (1); Swallow (1); House Martin (4); Willow Warbler (2); Linnet (2). OTHER SIGHTINGS: A Water Vole was found at the back of the pool next to the WC. It could not be seen with the naked eye. Although partially hidden by vegetation, it could be seen feeding by using binoculars. Odonata: Common Hawker & Common Darter dragonflies; Common Blue damselfly. Butterflies: Large White & Speckled Wood. Plants: As well as Hips & Haws berries of the Elder and Woody Nightshade (or Bittersweet) were noticed. All parts of the Woody Nightshade plant are poisonous. It contains the alkaloid solanine. A DIP INTO THE LOGBOOK: Recent interesting sightings: 14th September: Black-tailed Godwit (2); Dunlin (1); Snipe (6). 13th September: Arctic Tern (2 juveniles); Wigeon (88); Pochard (32). These observations were reported by Roger Carrington. 12th September: Yellow-legged Gull (1); Yellow Wagtail (5); Red-crested Pochard (1 female); Curlew Sandpiper (1 juvenile).A Tittesworth Water Snippet: In spite of some really heavy downpours of late the reservoir level remains quite low and most of the Conservation Pool empty. Good recent finds were two female Mandarins, two late staying Common Redstarts, a juvenile Treecreeper - thus confirming breeding this year, and most impressive of all a juvenile Goshawk, which was probably fledged in Macclesfield Forest just a few miles from the site.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-09-22 00:00:00Wigeon (2); Gadwall (2 males); Pintail (one female) - off Horseshoe Island; Red-crested Pochard (one female) - Horseshoe Island; Common Pochard (2); House Martin (9); Willow Warbler (1); Linnet (5); Reed Bunting (one male) - on WC feeder. OTHER SIGHTINGS: Mammals: Weasel (1); Wood Mouse (1) - both just outside the WC. Insects: Southern Hawker dragonfly (one male); Pond Skater (dozens) - pond by the WC. Plants: Herb Robert; Water Forget-me-not. A DIP INTO THE LOGBOOK: Recent interesting sightings: 21st September: Golden Plover (1); Snipe (1). 18th September: Shoveler (1); Kestrel (1); Snipe (2); Bullfinch (1); Nuthatch (1); Jay (2).Weather - overcast followed by rain in the afternoon. Observations made from Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre (WC). 37 species counted around midday. A Tittesworth Water Snippet: An Osprey flew south on the 15th. Two Whitethroats were located on the 16th. Eleven Common Buzzards were counted on the 17th. The following were also noted on the 17th: Snipe (13), Common Tern (1), Kingfisher (1), Willow Tits, Nuthatch (1) and Reed Bunting (4).Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-09-23 00:00:004 Grey Heron - 3 from Sheepwash Hide and 1 from Paul Stanley Hide 3 Pochard - From Sheepwash Hide 1 Pintail - Wildlife Centre.Sam Pedley
2006-09-28 00:00:00Fem/Imm Garganey at the WLC 1st winter Caspian Gull in roost off Stones. Late news concerned a Black Tern reported on the 27th..Steph' Hicking
2006-10-02 00:00:00Visited Stones Island (SI) and the Wildlife Centre (WC). Four large parties of secondary school children on site. All visited SI and the WC. Most seemed to be interested in the information given to them and the birds that they observed. A very good sign! Weather: Warm. Slightly overcast. BIRDS OF NOTE: Red-crested Pochard (1 female) - Horseshoe Island, Wigeon, Gadwall (6), Teal, Pochard (1) - Shiningford Creek, Snipe (10) - seen from the WC, Little Owl - seen from the WC, Goldfinch (~ 70) - on SI. OTHER SIGHTINGS: Mammals: Red Fox - WC Creek, Weasal - immediately in front of the WC, spotted by one of the students! Water Vole - feeding at the back of the WC pool. Excellent views! Plants: Several clumps of Redshank were noticed on SI. This has to be the birdwatchers plant! A DIP INTO THE LOGBOOK: 2nd October: Stonechat. Noted by another observer. 1st October: Meadow Pipit (8), Swallow (3). 30th September: Mediterranean Gull - first winter bird. 29th September: Cackling Goose (3). 27th September: Kingfisher, Water Vole.A Tittesworth Water Snippet: As the Conservation Pool has been largely empty for the last few months, contractors have been brought in to enlarge and stabilise the Small Island. The work done looks very substantial, so hopefully the island will remain as it is and provide a breeding ground and roost for water birds, particularly waders. Recent bird observations have included 53 Snipe, 223 Lapwings, two Chiffchaffs, a male Blackcap, 13 Mistle Thrushes, 15 Siskins, two Meadow Pipits, a Kingfisher and a Barn Owl.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-10-05 00:00:00Snipe - 14 (continually mobbed by Coot) Pochard - 8 Wigeon - 150+ (put up by some idiot in a speedboat) Red Crested Pochard - 2 Tree Sparrows - 20 Goldfinch - 20+ Pied Wagtail - 4 Little Grebe - 8 Great Crested grebe - 5 Kestrel - 1 (being mobbed by Lapwings).Richard and Frances Pittam
2006-10-08 00:00:00Black Headed Gull, Bullfinch, Cormorant, Gadwall (5), Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Heron, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pintail (2) Sheepwash, Pochard (60), Red-crested Pochard (2) Millfields, Wigeon (60) Millfields, Greenfinch, Siskin (2) Stones Is, Tree Sparrow (20) Stones Is.Very little activity at the Wildlife Centre due to conservation works but highlights seen around the site todayRichard and Frances Pittam
2006-10-09 00:00:0036 species of bird seen on or near the site around midday. The following are worthy of note: Barnacle Goose (2) - near the Sailing Club; Gadwall (6) - from the Wildlife Centre (WC); Red-crested Pochard (1) - female on Horseshoe Island; Common Pochard (2) - from WC; Sparrowhawk (1) - Brassington; Pheasant (4) - near Millfields; Snipe (3) - edge of WC Creek; House Martin (2) - over the WC; Long-tailed Tit (13) - Stones Island. Butterflies: Red Admiral and Speckled Wood. Plants: Common Knapweed, Ragwort and Water Forget-me-not. Only the leaves of the Horse Chestnut are beginning to change colour, heralding a very late autumn. A Dip into the Logbook: 6th October: Red-crested Pochard. 5th October: Snipe (15); Pink-footed Goose (2) - overflying the site..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-10-10 00:00:00A knot dropped in mid-afternoon and stayed for an hour before flying off. It was re-found at 5.15pm by Ben Young in front of the Fisheries building. 9 Snipe commuting between horseshoe island and shiningford creek A kingfisher belted past twice in the morning The female red-crested pochard present all day Due to the fog, the Little Owl was just an indistinct blob for much of the day Wildfowl numbers at the Wildlife Centre much reduced on previous days. We even struggled to find the visiting school party a Canada Goose! Of other note, a Ringed Plover reported from Paul Stanley (also at Sheepwash on 8th) Two Water Voles showed well all day outside the wildlife centreA quiet day at Carsington with the reservoir shrouded in mist for much of it. 34 species seen from the Wildlife Centre.Matthew Capper
2006-10-12 00:00:003 Male Common Scoter -Best seen from Stones Island, but visible from Lane End and Sheepwash. 1 Common Sandpiper- Seen from Paul Stanley and Sheepwash (probably same bird.) At least 6 Pintail- Including 3 Drakes in breeding plumage. 1 Dunlin and 1 Stonechat- from Wildlife Centre. 1 Grey Wagtail- Sheepwash Spit. Also seen-Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Raven and Snipe.Of note also was a steady stream (at least 40 seen) of Red Admiral butterflies moving South across the reservoir.Clive Ashton / Dave Newcombe
2006-10-12 00:00:0041 species were seen from the Wildlife Centre during the day with the following highlights: Three drake Common Scoter on the main lake were visible from the Wildlife Centre but gave exceptional views from Stones Island. A Stonechat on the fence opposite the Wildlife Centre was first seen a week or so back but had gone awol for a few days. A Dunlin stopped in only briefly but 12 Snipe were visible for much of the day. The female Red Crested Pochard is still present in front of the wildlife centre - it is the laziest bird you will ever see! The Little Owl showed in the morning but not in the afternoon and the Water Vole was only sporadic today. Dave Newcombe also reported Pintail and Common Sandpiper from Stones Island and another visitor saw Shovelor from Paul Stanley Hide.Pleasant weather at Carsington brought in good numbers of people and also a good variety of birds.Matthew Capper
2006-10-15 00:00:00Wildlife Centre (8.30am) 31 Pochard ,12 Gadwall ,50+ Lapwing ,95 Wigeon ,2 Cormorant ,11 Snipe ,1 Pheasant (on the feeder) ,1 Kingfisher ,1 Shelduck ,15 Teal ,Stones Island (10.30am) ,3 Little Grebe ,75 Lesser Black-backed Gull ,1 Shelduck (it followed me around all day) ,25 Teal ,1 Tree Sparrow (only 1 at the feeder, although lots of ground rats!) ,2 Robin ,2 Long-tailed Tit ,No sign of the Common Scoters Paul Stanley (12.30pm) 13 Gadwall 1 Shoveler 56 Teal 85 Wigeon 1 Kestrel 87 Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Shelduck (I told you it followed me!) 2 Pintail 45 Lapwing Sheepwash (1.40pm) 43 Cormorant 2 Grey Heron 90 Wigeon 5 Little Grebe 36 Teal 31 Pochard Millfields (2.30pm) 1 Kingfisher 20 Pochard 62 Wigeon 28 Canada Geese 1 Barnacle Goose 8 Great Crested Grebe.Richard Pittam
2006-10-22 00:00:00Millfields: Coot 150, Long-tailed tit 2, Pochard 20, Tufted 80, Wigeon 55. WLCentre: Barnacle goose 5, chaffinch 10, Coot 200, Cormorant 3, Gadwall 4, goldfinch 2, great Crested Grebe 6, Lapwing 55, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Little Grebe 5, Mallard 30, Moorhen 15, Mute Swan 3, Pochard 45, Snipe 5, Teal 45, Tree Sparrow 20, tufted duck 40 and Wigeon 65.A surprisingly bright day, despite the BBC's dire prediction of heavy rain (which didn't arrive until later in the afternoon).Richard, Frances and Ken Pittam
2006-10-24 00:00:00Quite warm and sunny on site today. Many visitors about because of the half term school holidays. The "Aren't Birds Brilliant" event was run again today by Matthew Capper who manned a stall in the open area within the visitor centre. His band of RSPB volunteers showed birds to people in the Wildlife Centre (WC). Many telescopes were available for use by the general public. There were no birds on Horseshoe Island today due to the presence of rangers reinforcing the edges of the island's pools. Very few species of bird were found but the following are worth a mention: Barnacle Goose (1), winter ducks - Wigeon & Pochard as well as Teal (mostly winter visitors), Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck. Also Kestrel (male) and Long-tailed Tit (4). A Commn Hawker dragonfly was found by the water's edge near the WLC. Holly trees are full of berries, a month earlier than normal. The "fall" of autumn leaves has barely started. Horse Chesnut leaves are rapidly turning to yellow and gold and some are dropping onto the ground. Most other species of trees are still very green. The splendour of autumn tints will be very late this year. A dip into the logbook for the last few days: 23rd October: Whooper Swan (1), Pied Wagtail (40), Meadow Pipit (18), Skylark (2), Red-crested Pochard (2), Kingfisher (2). 22nd October: Barnacle Goose (3), Gadwall (2), Pochard (80), Snipe (5). 21st October: Garganey (female), Water Vole. 18th October: Barn Owl (1) - near WC, Snipe (20+).A Tittesworth Water Snippet: After much heavy rain recently the reservoir is now almost full again. The repaired and enlarged Small Island in the Conservation Pool is holding up well now that water has surrounded it. The Tittesworth Bird Report for 2005 is now with the printers and should be available for purchase within two weeks. Severn Trent sponsor the report and all proceeds are donated to wildlife charities.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-10-29 00:00:005 Snipe - Bank to the left of the Wildlife Centre 2 Red-Crested Pochards - Infront of the Wildlife Centre 3 Barnacle Geese - In the the field to the left of the Wildlife Cenre 1 female Goldeneye - Swimming and diving near the bank to the left of the Wildlife Centre.sam Pedley
2006-11-02 00:00:002 Whooper Swans were seen briefly in front of Sheepwash hide but,harassed by Mute Swans,flew away South/East.They were later relocated in Fishtail Creek. At least 10 Goldeneye were seen,4 Drakes and 6 Female/immature. 1 Reed Bunting and several Lesser Redpoll were seen on Stones Island. 2 Jays were seen on the bank below Hall Wood. Also seen were Snipe,Buzzard,Sparrowhawk and Great Spotted Woodpecker.Despite the colder weather still a few butterflies around, namely a couple of Commas and a Red Admiral.Clive Ashton / Dave Newcombe
2006-11-03 00:00:00Wildlife Centre: Mistle Thrush (2), Bullfinch (m and f), Wren (2), Canada Geese (110), Gadwall (2), Barnacle Geese (5), Little Grebe (10), Wigeon (40), Little Owl (1), Dunnock (1), Redwing (21), Kestrel (1), Red Crested Pochard (2), Collared Dove (2), Jackdaw (2), Goldfinch (6), Redshank (1), Snipe (1), Pochard (10) Paul Stanley Hide: Willow Tit (1), Coal Tit (1), Tree Sparrow (4), Lesser Black backed Gull (50), Yellow-legged Gull (1), Pheasant (1), Wigeon (245), Little Grebe (12), Cormorant (15), Sheepwash Hide: Wigeon (36), Teal (18), Pied Wagtail (2), Lesser Black backed Gull (50), Grey Heron (1), Cormorant (13), Moorhen (3)A really sunny, but chilly day.richard and Frances Pittam
2006-11-04 00:00:00Sunny on site around midday, with a stiffish breeze. A total of 38 species found on Stones Island and at the Wildlife Centre. OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (2), Gadwall - many pairs, Snipe (2), Lapwing (100+), Little Owl (1). The best sighting of all was of a Water Vole seen at the back of the pond next to the Wildlife Centre. It sat there quite happily in full view munching on leaves, taking no notice of the audience (about 8 of us) leaning on the rail by the pool. It performed for us for about 10 minutes before disappearing into the undergrowth. GREAT!! A dip into the logbook: 3rd November: Bullfinch (a pair), Barnacle Goose (5), Kestrel (1). 2nd November: Dunlin (1), Meadow Pipit (8), Skylark (1), Brambling (1). 1st November: Red-crested Pochard (2 females), Redshank (1), Snipe (3), Brown Hare (1). 31st October: Garganey (one female), Redwing (25). 30th October: Kittiwake (one adult), Golden Plover (1).A Tittesworth Water Snippet: The bird report for 2005 is now available for purchase from reception in the visitor centre. All proceeds are sent to wildlife charities.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-11-05 00:00:00At ten to four, as we were going home in our car over the dam, I noticed a long-winged grey bird of prey. It had a longish tail . It was was battling with the wind trying to hunt on the grass on the dam wall. I thought it was a Hen Harrier but I am not 100% sure.Did anyone else see this bird?Sam Pedley
2006-11-09 00:00:00Goosander (1 female), Kingfisher (1), Goldeneye (pair)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-11-10 00:00:00An adult Ring billed Gull was reported on the Birdnet pager as being outside Paul Stanley Hide at 2.50pm. Presumably this is the returning bird from 2003 and 2004 following an apparently blank year last year. Hopefully it may remain in the gull roost for a while as it has done previously in 2003/2004. It can, on past experience, if it's the same bird, be a little erratic in its' visits and difficult to pick out at times..Steph' hicking
2006-11-12 00:00:00Highlights - Wildlife Centre highlights: Snipe (8), Red Crested Pochard (2 male, 2 female), Gadwall (8), Wren (2), Willow Tit (1), Redwing (12), Fieldfare (15), Goldfinch (4), Redpoll (8), Dunnock (2), Jackdaw (2), Carrion Crow (10), Tree Sparrow (8), Brambling (1), Siskin (1). Stones Island: Greenfinch (1), Brambling (1), Bullfinch (2), Goldfinch (4). Sheepwash: Redshank (1 - ringed) Paul Stanley: Lesser Black Backed Gull (78), Gadwall (8), Wigeon (95), Black Headed Gull (70).A sunny but very cold day. The Red Crested Pochards took centre stage at the Wildlife Centre.richard Pittam
2006-11-13 00:00:00Kittiwake (1) - juvenile..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-11-15 00:00:00Snipe (21), Redshank (1), Goldcrest (2)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-11-15 00:00:00Gull Roost on 14th included 1 adult Caspian Gull, 1 adult Yellow Legged Gull.50-100 Common Gulls (moving around!), around 3000 Lesser Black-backs and around 2000 Black Headed Gulls. Also present of note, 10 plus Goldeneye around Sheepwash area,20 Gadwall (Sheepwash/Paul Stanley) 1 or 2 Redshank (Sheepwash, 3 Snipe (Paul Stanley Hide.Gulls were difficult tonight as they were very spread out with groups everywhere!Steph' Hicking
2006-11-16 00:00:00Birdnet pager again reports adult Ring-billed Gull from Paul Stanley Hide at 2.50pm this pm..Steph' Hicking
2006-11-17 00:00:00Adult Ring-billed Gull showed in the roost from around 3.15pm till dusk. Viewed from Sheepwash Hide.Adult Ring-billed Gull showed in the roost from around 3.15pm till dusk. Viewed from Sheepwash Hide.Steph' Hicking
2006-11-17 00:00:005 Snipe were on Horseshoe Island and the two Red Crested Pochards were quite active for a change. A Weasel showed in front of the Wildlife Centre and two Water Voles showed on and off in the pond outside. A Little Owl sat on its usual post near the pylon on the hill opposite the Wildlife Centre and another was heard closer by. Kingfisher and Grey Heron also showed well down at Tailbay early morning.One word sums up today - fog. It eventually lifted somewhat around lunch time but light rain set in by late afternoon. 33 Species seen from the Wildlife Centre with the following highlights. 64 school children got a wildllife experience with some of them clearly keen to come back again, despite the fact that the fog made it hard to see anything!Matthew Capper
2006-11-18 00:00:002 Black Swans and 9 Goosander off Millfields/Dam wall. 1 Black-tailed Godwit at W.Centre..Richard and Frances Pittam / Barry and Jose
2006-11-19 00:00:00Black Swan still present today between Stones Island and the Wildlife Centre. Adult Male Red Crested Pochard also at the Wildlife Centre and at least 7 Snipe. Matthew Capper ( Aren't birds brilliant! Project Officer ).Matthew Capper
2006-11-20 00:00:00A Tittesworth Water Snippet: A Ring-billed Gull turned up on the site today..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-11-21 00:00:003 Redshank, 1 at Wildlife Centre, 1 at Millfields, 1 at Paul Stanley Hide. 1 Black-tailed Godwit at WLC. 1 Dunlin at WLC. 3 Snipe at WLC. 1 Black Swan at WLC. 1 Stoat seen several times on Horseshoe Island today. 1 Peregrine reported from WLC..Roger Carrington
2006-11-21 00:00:00Wildlife centre- 1 Black Tailed Godwit,1 Dunlin,1 Redshank, 1 Black Swan, 1 Red Crested Pochard and 1 Peregrine. Sheepwash-Peregrine again sighted (could be same bird) 4 Meadow Pipits,1 Grey Wagtail also a Singing Song Thrush in the car park. Lane End-2 Goldeneye..Clive Ashton / Dave Newcombe
2006-11-23 00:00:00Cormorant (51), Goldeneye (4), Grey Wagtails (2)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-11-24 00:00:00Black Swan (1), Kestrel (one male), Snipe (3), Black-tailed Godwit (1), Redshank (1), Collared Dove (10).It was very quiet on site today. It was rather cloudy but the temperature was around 10C, quite reasonable for November.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-11-26 00:00:00W. Centre - 8 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel, 6 Redwing, 1 Redshank Stones Island - 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush Paul Stanley - 1 Red-breasted Merganser (F), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (M+F), 2 Willow Tit, 1 Dunnock Sheepwash - 1 Redshank, 1 Pied Wagtail Millfields - 10 Goosander (8F+2M), 1 Redshank, 1 Meadow Pipit Richard and Frances Pittam.None
2006-11-26 00:00:00Adult Ring-billed Gull present in roost from 3.30pm, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 5000+ Lesser Black backed Gulls,3000-4000 Black headed gulls, 30 Common Gulls, about 10 Greater Black backed Gulls. (All from Sheepwash Hide) Good numbers of wildfowl present in the Sheepwash area.I note that a Ring-billed Gull has been seen in the week at Tittesworth...bet its the same individual!Paul and Steph Hicking
2006-11-28 00:00:00A juv. Great Northern Diver found mid-morning on Nov. 28th mid way along the damThe last one reported was on 12th Nov 2005Derbyshire Ornithological Society website
2006-11-28 00:00:00A respectable 45 species seen from the Wildlife Centre today. The best bird however, was the juvenile Great Northern Diver found by Roger Carrington first thing this morning. Present all day giving close views at time from the dam wall. The Black Swan is still present, as is the Black Tailed Godwit - both from the Wildlife Centre where Little Owl also showed on and off. Other sightings included 1 redshank at Millfields Island and 2 on Horseshoe Island; 1 Dunlin on Stones Island; 14 Snipe from Paul Stanley Hide and 11 from the Wildlife Centre; 5 Goldeneye off Stones Island; 2 Buzzard over Blackwall Plantation; 7 Lesser Redpoll on Stones Island and a female Goosander at Millfields..Matthew Capper (Aren't birds brilliant! Officer)
2006-11-29 00:00:00Just to let you know that the Diver was just north of the draw-down tower, just off the dam wall at 09:15 this morning..Paul Bennett Ranger Service, Severn Trent Water Ltd
2006-12-01 00:00:002 GNDivers near draw-off tower this afternoon. 1 Black-necked Grebe from Sheepwash Hide at 1200hrs. 2 Whooper Swans flew northwest over Sheepwash at 1130hrs..Roger Carrington
2006-12-01 00:00:00In addition to the sightings submitted by Roger Carrington, the female red breasted merganser was also reported today..Matthew Capper
2006-12-02 00:00:00adult Ring billed Gull again present in roost from Paul Stanley Hide. 4 adult Yellow Legged Gulls. 2 Great Northern Divers Millfields/Draw off Tower (one showing very well just off car park..Paul and Steph Hicking
2006-12-02 00:00:00Great Northern Diver showing well at Millfields (tower) and Dam wall. Also at Wildlife Centre and Shiningford Creek.richard and Frances Pittam
2006-12-02 00:00:00Further interesting sightings for this date taken from the Wildlife Centre logbook:Woodcock (2), Siskin (10), Raven (1), Common Buzzard.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-12-03 00:00:00Two Great Northern Divers.Roy Smith
2006-12-03 00:00:00 Two Bar - tailed Godwit observed fling off muddy shore of Millfields Bay @ 0805hrs today as I arrived , no white wing bars and whitish V between wings with white rump identifies. Also two Great Northern Diver, one seen very well at damwall and the other out in Millfields, but could still be followed between dives. Possibly Godwits came in to shelter from storm or blown off course during night?Gavin Lord
2006-12-03 00:00:00A busy day at Carsington with plenty of birders on site. A respectable 43 species seen during the day from the wildlife centre including the regular Little Owl and the long staying Black Tailed Godwit. The Canada Goose flock included 18 Barnacle Geese - a much improved number and with them for the first time in a while were three Cackling Geese. Also here were several snipe and 5 Redshank including a flock of 4. The biggest talking point of the day was the Great Northern Divers with several people reporting three birds - and one report positive about 2 juvenile birds and one adult winter. Certainly two of the birds showed very well just off the dam near the draw off tower for much of the day. The Black Necked Grebe was seen from Sheepwash Hide and the Black Swan was also in this area. Late on, the bird news services reported the adult Ring Billed Gull again in the roost as well as a first winter Yellow Legged Gull. The roost is best observed from Paul Stanley or Sheepwash hides and you need to be in place by about 2.30 - 3pm. Matthew Capper (Aren't birds brilliant! Officer)
2006-12-04 00:00:00A good number and range of birds seen today from the Wildlife Centre. The most unusual observation was of 50 Barnacle Geese, quite a high number.Warm and sunny today. Few visitors on site.Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-12-05 00:00:00Very quiet at Carsington today not helped by the windy weather and frequent heavy showers.4 Redshank and 6 Snipe at the Wildlife Centre and both juvenile Great Northen Divers from the dam - three divers were again seen yesterday.43 Barnacle Geese were counted along with the three Cackling Geese which are still present. Look for a Canada Goose that is much smaller - smaller than the Barnacles. Also, whilst Canada Geese have a pale breast, these birds are a chocolate brown all over giving a much darker appearance and less contrast between the breast and black neck.No reports of the Black Necker Grebe but not to say that it isn't still present. The Gull roost this evening seemed to be building off Stones Island rather the Sheepwash / Paul Stanley area.Matthew Capper
2006-12-07 00:00:00Black-necked grebe seen from Sheepwash Hide from 2.30pm. No sign of Ring-billed gull in large roost spread out from Lane end hide south.
2006-12-08 00:00:00Of interest, on 6th December Severn Trent Ranger Paul Bennet found a dead Leach's Petrol whilst working on the east bank at Ogston Reservoir.The first record in Derbyshire since 1994 it ended up temporarily in the freezer at Carsington.Sadly I'm not sure the Bird Club Committee will therefore let me submit it as a record for Carsington but interesting never the less.Matthew Capper (RSPB)
2006-12-08 00:00:002 G N Divers, both juvenile, one in Millfields Bay from car park, one halfway along the dam wall.1 Black-necked Grebe at Sheepwash.Roger Carrington (Carsington Bird Recorder)
2006-12-09 00:00:00Wildlife Centre 1 Treecreeper, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Snipe, 2 Redshank Paul Stanley 6 Pochard, 1 Dunnock, 3 Snipe, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 11 Cormorant, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Grt Spotted W/Peckers(m f), 1 Redshank, 4 Tree Sparrow, 250 Lapwing, 2 Canada Geese, 6 Great Tit, 20 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 1 Black Swan, 2 Gadwall, 12 Grt Crested Grebe Sheepwash 4 Goldeneye (1m, 3f), 45 Teal, 1 Redshank, 2 Pied Wagtail, 12 Cormorant, 85 Wigeon, 150 Lapwing, 12 Grt Crested Grebe, 6 Gadwall Millfields 80 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Northern Divers (3.10pm)Richard and Frances Pittam
2006-12-09 00:00:00Black-necked Grebe commuting between Paul Stanley and Sheepwash Hides this pm..Steph' Hicking
2006-12-10 00:00:00Green Winged TealOne was found mid afternoon from the Wildlife Centre. A very well marked bird it was flushed by a Sparrowhawk at one point but soon was refound.Matthew Capper (Aren't birds brilliant! Project Officer)
2006-12-11 00:00:00Black Necked Grebe from Sheepwash Hide mid afternoon Ring Billed Gull again seen from Sheepwash Hide Great Northern Diver still present Green Winged Teal present to dusk yesterday but not reported today.All reported on bird info servicesMatthew Capper (Aren't birds brilliant! Project Officer)
2006-12-11 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers were seen together off the Sailing Club this pm, all juveniles. Close in between the jettys and near the dam at times. With reports of an adult present as well during the week are birds still moving through? Have there been 4?Steph' Hicking
2006-12-12 00:00:0035 species seen from the Wildlife Centre today - not as high a number as recently. No sign of the of the Green Winged Teal from the wildlife centre but reasonable numbers of gulls came in to roost. The Black Grebe and Diver(s) were not reported at the Wildlife Centre but are presumably are still on site..Matthew Capper (Aren't birds brilliant! Project Officer)
2006-12-13 00:00:00Green-winged Teal (drake) reported on Birdnet Pager as being in front of Wildlife Centre at 9.40am13th record for Derbyshire, 2nd for Carsington.Steph' Hicking
2006-12-13 00:00:00Green Winged Teal and PintailClive Ashton refound the Teal (and found the Pintail) this morning in front of the Wildlife Centre.Matthew Capper
2006-12-13 00:00:00Drake Green-winged Teal still present till just before dusk at least, to the left of the Wildlife Centre,1 adult Yellow-legged Gull in front of WLC at 3pm, 1 Great Northern Diver reported at the Sailing Club this am. Black-necked Grebe reported still at Sheepwash this pm. 20+ Common Gulls in area in front of WLC 3pm. The Teal can hide in creek left of the WLC and can be viewed from around the first bend walking left from the WLC, looking back on to the shore, if so. Steph' Hicking
2006-12-14 00:00:00Green-winged Teal (drake) again reported at WLC and 2 Great Northerns at Sailing Club (off Birdnet pager..Steph' Hicking
2006-12-15 00:00:00W.Centre 24 snipe, 60 Black-headed gull, 21 Pochard, 11 Teal (no green-winged), 9 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch(F), 1 Redshank Sheepwash 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Redshank, 3 Meadow Pipit, 23 Teal, 1 Goldeneye(f) Millfields 8 Long-tailed titsA pretty dull day, misty and drizzly.Richard, Frances and Ken Pittam
2006-12-16 00:00:00Highlights: W.Centre: Green Winged Teal, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Wren, Redwing Paul Stanley: Willow Tit(2), GS Woodpecker, Coal tit Millfields: Great Northern Diver(1)A cold but very sunny day.Richard and Frances Pittam
2006-12-17 00:00:00No sign today of the drake Green Winged Teal. Two juv. Great Northern Divers at Millfields at 12.00.p.m. with a third juvenile close to Horeshoe Island from the windsurfing club. Later at 3.00 p.m. a juv. Great Northern Diver was just behind Sheepwash spit. The Black necked Grebes was showing well from Paul Stanley Hide. A first winter Glaucous Gull spent about 20 mins on Flat Island before taking off and flying down the Reservoir at 2.55 p.m. and disappearing off to the West. An adult Yellow Legged Gull in a fair sized roost. Up to 6 Redshank about the reservoir.Richard James and Rod Key
2006-12-18 00:00:00The drake Green-winged Teal was seen today on the spit of land to the right of Sheepwash hide, before moving off with other Teal. The Black-necked Grebe was also present,catching many small fish in front of Sheepwash hide. c10 Goldeneye,2 Goosander (over Lane End hide),distant views of a Great Northern Diver (also from Lane End) were amongst the other highlights..CLIVE ASHTON and DAVE NEWCOMBE.
2006-12-18 00:00:0036 species of bird seen around midday. Main observation points: Stones Island (SI) and from the Wildlife Centre (WC). Very quiet on site. Quite misty to start with, then cleared up. Of note: Snipe (8) - Horseshoe Island; Redshank (3) - one SI & 2 Horseshoe Island; Redwing (1) - near WC; Bullfinch (pair) - near WC. .Ray and Margaret Perry
2006-12-20 00:00:00The drake Green Winged Teal briefly from Paul Stanley Hide at 2.15 p.m. and the Black Necked Grebe was also showing well from here. An adult Caspian Gull was on Flat Island up to at least 2.45 p.m. The adult Ring Billed Gull again in the roost at 3.40.p.m. along with 3 Yellow Legged Gulls-an adult and 2 first winters. At least 2 juvenile Great Northern Divers still present-1 near the dam by the sailing club, the other showing well from the Wildlife Centre. Also 1 was near Sheepwash about 2.45 p.m. Also present 4 Barnacle Geese from the Wildlife Centre and a Willow Tit near here, 3 Shoveler from Sheepwash and at least 5 Goldeneye and 3 Redshank around the reservoir.Rod Key
2006-12-21 00:00:00Green-winged Teal(WLC) and Black-necked Grebe (Paul Stanley Hide) and 1 Great Northern Diver (Lane Ends) reported on Birdnet Pager system today..Steph' Hicking
2006-12-22 00:00:003 Wrens - In front of Wildlife Centre 3 Redshanks - from Wildlife Centre 1 Goldeneye - Female from Wildlife Centre 1 Hen Harrier - Male flew over Horsehoe Island 1 Great Northern Diver - Very distant over the back of Horseshoe Island.Sam Pedley
2006-12-22 00:00:00Highlights: Wildlife Centre Bullfinch, 2 Redshank, 3 Barnacle Geese, 1 Male Hen Harrier (over boat shop/visitor centre) Paul Stanley 2 Goldcrest, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Willow Tits, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Grt Spotted Woodpecker(m)It turned out to be a superb day, despite the early fog.Richard and Frances Pittam
2006-12-24 00:00:00W. Centre Redshank, Teal (no Green-winged), Wigeon, Cormorant, Great Northern Diver, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Canada Geese, Barnacle Geese, 2 Bullfinch, Redwing, Robin Sheepwash 'Grey' Coot, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Teal, Wigeon, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, 5 Goldeneye (4 drake,1 duck), Little Grebe, 4 Bullfinch (car park) Paul Stanley Black-necked Grebe, Kingfisher, Wigeon, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Teal, LBB Gull, BH Gull, Common Gull .Richard and Frances Pittam
2006-12-26 00:00:00highlights:- W.Centre: Blackcap (Horeshoe Island), Kestrel, 2xRedshank Paul Stanley: Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, 27 chaffinch, 1xRedshank Millfields: Great Northern diver A misty and busy day.Richard, Frances and Ken Pittam
2006-12-30 00:00:00Quiet, usual wildfowl plus Black-necked Grebe (Paul Stanley Hide)1 adult Yellow-legged Gull in roost 150+ Common Gulls (Sheepwash).Rainy Day!!Steph Hicking
2006-12-30 00:00:00Highlights: W.Centre 37 Barnacle Geese, 55 Redwing, 2 Black-headed Gulls (with darkish head cap)A quiet day for birds sightings - there were lots of people visiting Carsington today.Richard and Frances Pittam
2006-12-31 00:00:002 GN Divers reported on Birdnet Pager as present this am, near dam and at the Sailing Club..Steph' Hicking
2006-12-31 00:00:00Highlights: W.Centre - 2 Redshank, 65 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher Sheepwash - 5 Goldeneye (2 Drake, 3 ducks)A quiet time on the reservoir for birds, other than the usual suspects.Richard and Frances Pittam


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