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2009-01-01 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers. Millfields Spit, Stones Island, Dam Wall. 1 drake Common Scoter PSHide/ Hopton Arm. 1 Female Scaup PSHide. Kingfisher, Buzzard, etc. 53 species by 1200hrs..Roger Carrington
2009-01-02 00:00:00From Paul Stanley Hide at around 1500 hours: Previously reported female Scaup not seen by me. The Common Scoter was still around, being seen most often c.20 metres off the far shore to the left of the island whilst diving a lot. Stunning views-albeit at 60x magnification! One Marsh/Willow Tit briefly seen by the feeders from the hide-I got too brief a look to tell but the chap next to me called it as a Willow Tit. Heard Willow Tit from nearby trees soon afterward. On the feeders were Blue Tit, Great Tit, and a host of Long-Tailed Tits. One Redshank browsing on the waterline just in front of the hide. Many hundreds of wildfowl on water in front, including Pochard, Wigeon, Coot, Tufted Duck. One Moorhen decided to come up to the bank just a few feet in front of the hide before rapidly deciding that it was a bad idea! On island directly in front were c. 20 Cormorant, along with about 50 Black-headed Gull and some Lesser Black-backed Gull. Last visit for quite some time now-happy new year to all Carsington birders.Chris Richards
2009-01-02 00:00:00Of note: Great Northern Diver (2) - off Watersports Island & between Stones Island and Fishtail Creek. Grey Heron (1), Redshank (2), Fieldfare (1) and Redwing (1). Seen on the way to Carsington at Pikehall: Common Buzzard (2) - one on a fence and one on the ground. Little Owl (1) - sitting on the roof of a small barn.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-01-05 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers, drake Common Scoter, 2 Ravens, 2 Kestrels, female Sparrowhawk, 80 Redwings, 4 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 7 Bullfinch, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Herons, Kingfisher, 6 Goldeneye, also female Scaup reported by P.Bennet..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-01-07 00:00:00From the Paul Stanley hide ca 3.15pm: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult Goosander 7 Common Scoter 1 male Gadwall 1 pair.Paul Mollatt
2009-01-12 00:00:00A miserable day weatherwise. Heavy mist/fog until gone midday, then heavy rain. From the wildlife centre only: Six species of duck. Lapwing (~100); Snipe (5) - Horseshoe Island; only two species of tit - Blue and Great; plenty of Chaffinches and Tree Sparrows; only one Great Crested Grebe but dozens of Little Grebes; corvids - Magpie, Jackdaw and Crow; calling Dunnocks and plenty of singing Robins.Reported to us as having been seen earlier in the day: Great Northern Diver (2), Common Scoter and a female Scaup - one each.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-01-13 00:00:00Drake Common Scoter from P S Hide. Female Scaup from Sheepwash Hide. 3 Great Northern Divers. Gull Roost: 3000 Black-headed Gulls, 500 Common Gulls, 250 Lesser Black-backed, 3 Great Black-backed, 10 Herring and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls..Roger Carrington
2009-01-14 00:00:007 Lesser Redpolls by path down to Wildlife Centre, 2 Great Northern Divers, female Scaup, drake Common Scoter, Yellow-Legged Gull, c440 Lapwings, 28 Gadwall, 8 Goldeneye, Kingfisher, Raven, Buzzard,,3 Snipe. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-01-19 00:00:00Strange weather on site today. All the seasons within an hour! Snow on the low hills near by and a mist. The temperature rose a bit but snow showers blew in quite strongly. The sun then came out and blue sky was seen. Finally, the sky clouded over and we had drizzly rain. Of note: Lapwing (over 300) - all in the sky at once; Snipe (14) - 3 by Wildlife Centre Creek and 11 on Horseshoe Island; Redshank (1) - Horseshoe Island; Fieldfare (1); Redwing (5); Lesser Redpoll (6) and Bullfinch (5)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-01-23 00:00:003 GN Divers from Sheepwash, Drake Common Scoter, and female Pintail from Paul Stanley and 7 Lesser Redpoll on Stones Island..Clive Ashton
2009-01-26 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers form Sheepwash, female Scaup, female Pintail, Yellow Legged Gull, Raven, Kingfisher, 12 Goldeneye, 3 Reed Buntings, 7 Pheasants, Grey Heron, 2 Nuthatch, Redshank..Dave Newcombe
2009-01-26 00:00:00Of note today: Great Northern Diver (1) - near Lane end hide; Barnacle Goose (43); Pheasant (1 male) - feeding ON a Wildlife Centre bird table! Lapwing (~360) - in two flocks, one on Horseshoe Island & one by the sailing club; Snipe (5) - Horseshoe Island; Redshank (1) - edge of Wildlife Centre Creek; Robin (15) - all visible and singing; Redwing (2) - Stones Island; WILLOW TIT [Red listed] (2)- near the Wildlife Centre. .Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-01-30 00:00:004 Great Northern Divers, all together in front of Sheepwash at 1430hrs, 3 stayed together until dusk, 1 drifted to Fishtail still in view at dusk. Heron carried a live adult rat to shoreline, killed it and gradually swallowed it whole, head first, infront of 3 astonished onlookers in Sheepwash Hide..Roger Carrington
2009-02-04 00:00:002 Great Northern Divers, female Scaup, male Stonechat, 15 Goldeneyes including 13 females, 5 Snipe, 2 Redshanks, 2 Meadow Pipits, Raven, 6 Bullfinch, 4 Siskin..Dave Newcombe
2009-02-09 00:00:00A very cold and foggy morning. The only highlights were: Wildlife Centre:1 Male Sparrowhawk Watersports Centre - to - Visitor Centre:1 Possible Merlin.Richard, Frances and Ken Pittam
2009-02-11 00:00:004 Great Northern Divers, female Scaup, Raven, 2 Redshanks, 10+ Goldeneye, Grey Heron, also a Buzzard eating prey below Willow tree to left of Sheepwash hide..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-02-16 00:00:00OF NOTE: Great Northern Diver (2), Barnacle Goose (~30) - with Canada Geese in a Shiningford Farm field, Common Buzzard (1), Oystercatcher (1), Lapwing (~110), Curlew (1), Redshank (2), Lesser Redpoll (4)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-02-17 00:00:003 Great Northern Diver distant from Sheepwash in the morning, singles beyond Horseshoe Is after that. WLC: 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 45 Barnacle Geese, 1 Snipe Paul Stanley: 2 Oystercatcher (Flat Is), 3 Buzzard, 11 Goldeneye, 2 Willow Tit, 1 GS Woodpecker, 8+ Siskin Sheepwash: 3 Redwing, 1 Redshank.James Owen (ABB)
2009-02-17 00:00:00Checked my notebook - also had a Peregrine fly over Sheepwash about 9:30..James Owen
2009-02-19 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers from Sheepwash Hide. Female Scaup near Big Island. Female Pintail from PS Hide late pm. 5 Goosander near Millfields Is. 27 Great Crested Grebe, 49 Little Grebe. 8 Oystercatchers:2 on Millfields Is, 2 on Sailing Club Is, 2 on Big Island, 2 around Sheepwash and Flat Is. 1 Curlew over Stones Is. 2 Skylarks over Millfields. Gull roost:1200 Black-headed, 250 Common, 130 Lesser Black-backed Gulls..Roger Carrington
2009-02-23 00:00:00Not many sightings today as I was doing the walk round with the family. Drake Common Scoter at Millfields, good views of 2 Ravens whilst walking between Hall and Middle Woods. 5+ Oystercatchers, 2 Redshanks, 20+ Robins, 8 Bullfinch, 6 Song Thrush..Dave Newcombe
2009-02-23 00:00:00WeBS count for February: 3 Great Northern Divers, 19 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Little Grebe, 53 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Mute Swan, 125 Canada Goose, 40 Barnacle Goose, 4 Shelduck, 90 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 117 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Scaup,532 Tufted Duck, 1 Scoter, 15 Goldeneye, 13 Moorhen, 458 Coot, 12 Oystercatcher, 295 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 7 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel. .Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
2009-02-23 00:00:00Mediterranean Gull, adult near full summer plumage from Sheepwash somwhere between 15:00 & 16:00.Keefe Murphy
2009-02-24 00:00:00We saw a male Garganey from the sheepwash bird hide.Although we believe the presence of this bird is unusual for the area and the time of year we are confident of the identification. The slender head with the prominent white stripe matched the picture in our bird book. It was among a Mixed group of Teal and Golden eye not far off the hide.Robert Newing and Sheila Carr
2009-02-24 00:00:00WLC: 2 Great Northern Diver throughout the day, 18 Snipe on Horseshoe Island, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 8 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Barnacle Geese,Also, 40 Barnacle Geese on Stones Island.James Owen (ABB)
2009-02-25 00:00:004 Great Northern Divers all together at dusk, drake Common Scoter, 21 Snipe, 6+ Oystercatcher, 12+ Goldeneye, female Pintail, 4 Curlew, 3 Buzzards, Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-02-26 00:00:003 drake Common Scoter between Millfields and Fishtail this morning. 16 Curlew at Wildlife Centre early morning. At least 10 Oystercatcher - very mobile in pairs. Female Pintail from PS Hide. 3 GN Divers from Sheepwash Hide. Raven and 2 Buzzard from Sheepwash..Roger Carrington
2009-03-02 00:00:00Of note today: Grey Heron (1), Barnacle Goose (47), Goldeneye (pr) - off Stones Island, Oystercatcher (2 prs), Lapwing (~60), Snipe (11), Song Thrush (1).Gorse is just begiining to come into flower. Masses of green Hazel catkins can be seen and Pussy Willow is now showing.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-03-04 00:00:00At least 2 Great Northern Divers still present, 26 Curlew, 25 Snipe, 10+ Goldeneye, female Sparrowhawk, Raven, several Buzzards, 8+ Oystercatcher, female Pintail, Greylag Goose, 2 Treecreepers..Dave Newcombe
2009-03-04 00:00:00Gull roost count, 1630-1730hrs from Lane End Hide; 2500 Black-headed, 220 Common, 210 Lesser Black-backed and 2 Herring Gulls. 4 Great Northern Divers together from 1645hrs to dusk.I, and other observers, have seen these divers together towards dusk on several occasions and I have also seen them together in the early morning, suggesting they roost overnight together, then spend the daytime mostly well apart.Roger Carrington
2009-03-09 00:00:00Sunny today but with a cold NW breeze blowing. Few visitors on site. OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (10) - in a Shiningford Farm field with Canadas, Goldeneye (pr) - just off Stones Island, Oystercatcher (2) - Stones Island, Curlew (14) - Horseshoe Island, arrived about 1230hrs, Redshank (3) - one by Wildlife Centre Creek & two on Stones Island.Birch, Larch and Hazel catkins were much in evidence along with Pussy Willow. A Tittesworth Water Snippet: The site bird report for 2007 is now available from Tittesworth reception, price £2.50. All proceeds to wildlife charities.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-03-10 00:00:00the marsh tit i reported at paul stanley hide, is in fact a willow tit, after closer inspection of photographs..michael johnson
2009-03-11 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers, together from Sheepwash. 8 Buzzard. 2 Raven. 12 Goldeneye. .Clive Ashton/Dave Newcombe
2009-03-12 00:00:001 Sand Martin around Stones Island 0830hrs - early date for this site. 1 Chiffchaff singing at Millfields 0930hrs - could be a wintering bird. 1 Dunlin at Wildlife Centre. 7 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 6+ Oystercatcher. 18 Snipe at Wildlife Centre. 6 Redwing on Stones Island..Roger Carrington
2009-03-13 00:00:00A Chiff Chaff gave a half hearted attempt at singing at Millfields. 2 Meadow Pipits on dam wall. Walked around stones island and had 15 Redwings and 4 Shoveler just off watersports island. Also 2 G.N Divers form there. 10 Snipe and a Greylag Goose at the Wildlife Centre. Went on to Sheepwash and had the 4 Shoveler from there, also 2 Sparrowhawks, 9+ Goldeneye, 900 BH Gulls, several Redshanks and Oystercatchers, 10 Curlew, Raven, Buzzard and Kestrel. The highlight for me was at 17.40 when I saw 11 wildfowl flying towards Hopton end. I managed to scope them briefly and could see at least 3 Pintial before I lost them. Then just before leaving I spotted the 11 birds again and could see that there were actually 10 Pintail....5 males and 5 females and 1 Wigeon amongst them. .Dave Newcombe
2009-03-13 00:00:00PS Hide 10 cormorants, Pied Wagtails building their nest Redshank, Oystercatchers, 25 Curlew, Nuthatch, Great Crested Grebes displaying, Reed Bunting,Dunnock, Jay, Pair of Goldeneye SW Hide 2 pair of Shovelers, pair of Sparrowhawks, LBB Gulls, GBB Gulls, Common Gulls.Leslie Fisher
2009-03-15 00:00:00Chiffchaff at Millfields and Male Sparrowhawk were notable sightings on brief visit.John & Fay Follett
2009-03-15 00:00:00Tufted Duck, Oystercatcher, Mallard, Wigeon, Wren, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Black-headed Gull, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Great-crested Grebe, Great Tit, Lapwing, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Redshank, Tree Sparrow, Snipe, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Woodpigeon, Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Little Grebe, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Magpie, Pheasant, Carrion Crow, Cormorant, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Reed Bunting, Chiff-chaff, Goldcrest, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jay, Buzzard, Goldeneye, SkylarkMost passerines were ones or twos, except for six Bullfinch on the feeders at Sheepwash; the Chiff-chaffs were my first summer visitors of 2009 (unless they were over-winterers) - I saw three in separate locations around the res; ducks, geese and gulls in multiples; the Snipe numbered around ten all around the wildlife centreGary Atkins
2009-03-16 00:00:00Fairly quiet on site. Warm sunny weather. OF NOTE: Greylag Goose (1) - Horseshoe Island (HI), Barnacle Goose (21), Teal (2), Goldeneye (pr) - off Stones Island (SI), Buzzard (1) - over Millfields, Oystercatcher (6) - SI and HI, Snipe (4) - HI & Wildlife Centre Creek, Chiffchaff (1) - in trees close to the Wildlife Centre (WC) and Reed Bunting (pr) - WC feeding station. Plants in flower: Lesser Celandine (yellow). A good display in the turf on the WC roof! This species flowers March-May. Coltsfoot (yellow). By the pond next to the WC. This species flowers March-April.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-03-16 00:00:00An oversight!! In addition seven Redshanks present today (SI & HI)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-03-18 00:00:00At least 3 G.N.Divers still present. 4 Chiff Chaffs in song at Millfields, Stones Island, WLC creek and one by P.Stanley hide. Female Scaup showing well to the left of P.Stanley hide. 8+ Snipe, several Redshanks and Oystercatchers. 2 Meadow Pipits, Buzzard, Kestrel, 12 Goldeneye. Great Spot Woodpecker drumming. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-03-20 00:00:003 GN Divers 17 Goldeneye 2 Raven 5 Snipe.Clive Ashton
2009-03-21 00:00:00Walked the dam wall early morning; 50+ Meadow Pipit 7 Sand Martin 3 Skylark 8 Chiffchaff singing between Millfields and Wildlife centre..Clive Ashton
2009-03-22 00:00:0042 Species seen today, including the first 29nr recorded by the ABB count, before we left the WLC. Of note, at 09:20hr flock of 25 - 30 Wigeon circling over Millfields for 10 minutes before heading away from Carsington. No Wigeon were seen on the water today. 2nr GN Divers from SW hide from 14:40hr to 16:00hr. 6nr Shoveler, 5 male 1 female from PS at 14:20hr. (Surprisingly we have not seen these at Carsington since we joined last year) Saturday - Bright clear and beautiful spring day. Once we have got better at woodland bird songs, we'll maybe report a few more IDs.David & Sue Edmonds
2009-03-23 00:00:00Single Sand Martin, 5 Chiff Chaffs, 2 GN Divers, 2 Ravens, 2 Buzzards, male Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Greylag Geese, Kingfisher, 6 Teal, male Gadwall, 2 Curlew, 2 Snipe and several Redshanks and Oystercatchers..Dave Newcombe
2009-03-23 00:00:00WeBS count for March - 9 Mute Swan, 1Greylag Goose, 75 Canada Goose, 10 Barnacle Goose, 30 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 56 Mallard, 264 Tufted Duck, 16 Goldeneye, 8 Goosander, 4 Great Northern Diver, 32 Little Grebe, 41 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 24 Moorhen, 199 Coot, 3 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 6 Redshank, 10 Blackheaded Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher. .Peter Gibbon & John Bradley
2009-03-25 00:00:00WLC: 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 14 Barnacle geese, 2 snipe, 4 Lapwing, 1 Great Northern diver. PS Hide: 2 Gr Spotted woodpeckers (m and f) Millfields: 1 Chiffchaff (heard singing), 1 Nuthatch (nest preparation - Penn Carr), 6 Pied Wagtails, 1 Great northern diver. Very, very windy day.Richard and Frances Pittam
2009-03-25 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers, 3 Sand Martins, 8 Goldeneye, 4 Buzzards, 41 Barnacle Geese, 32 Pied Wagtails, 4 Curlews, 21 Wigeon. 2 Peregrine Falcons over Hall Wood seen by two observers. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-03-28 00:00:00Approx 12 swallows over water near dam wall.Bob and Gilll Smith
2009-03-28 00:00:00Full bird count from Sheepwash to Stones Island this afternoon. Canada Goose, c.30 Barnacle Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Lapwing, 5 Redshank, Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 2 Snipe, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Willow Tit, Meadow Pipit (Stones Island), c. 50 Pied Wagtail (Stones Island), 3 Swallow (Stones Island), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Buzzard (over Hall Wood), 2 Raven (over Hall Wood), Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Rook..Craig Morris
2009-03-30 00:00:003 G.N.Divers, 10 Buzzards, 2 Ravens, 20+ Sand Martins, 10+ Swallows, Blackcap by Millfields, 8 Redshanks, 7 Goldeneye, 11 Wigeon, 38 Pied Wagtails, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Kestrels..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-03-30 00:00:00Highlights From the visitor centre: 2 Great Northern Divers From the Wildlife Centre: 3 Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank, 5 Common gull, 1 Lesser Black Backed gull, 6 Tree sparrow, 2 Teal.Ken, Richard & Frances Pittam
2009-03-31 00:00:00Still at least 2 Great Northern Diver Of note from WLC: 3 Redshank, 5 Snipe, 1 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher (mated throughout the day), 2 Pied Wagtail.James Owen (ABB)
2009-04-01 00:00:003 Great Northern Divers, 4 Buzzards, Raven, 12 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 9 Goldeneye, 4 Curlew, 12 Chiff Chaffs, Blackcap, 12 Meadow Pipits, 3 Reed Buntings..Dave Newcombe
2009-04-03 00:00:002 Blackcap,Millfields/Stones Island 1 Wheatear(male),Sheepwash spit. 4 Goldeneye, Paul Stanley. 2 Raven,Sparrowhawk,Buzzard,Grey Wagtail,9 Swallow,17 GBB Gull. .Clive Ashton
2009-04-04 00:00:00Shown up well in the evening light were a bull finch singing at the top of a tree and a pair of gadwall in front of Paul Stanley hide..David and Sue Edmonds
2009-04-05 00:00:00Willow Warbler singing at Millfields. Male Brambling,with Chaffinches on Stones Island. 2 GN Divers. Cackling Goose with Barnacle Geese. 3 Willow Tit..Clive Ashton
2009-04-06 00:00:00Hall Wood - Treecreeper, Gt Spttd Woodpecker, Ponds North of by-pass Pair Reed Bunting,Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot. Near Paul Stanley - Long tailed tits, Chiff Chaff, Oyster Catchers Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. Nesting box Nth of Wildlife centre pair of Jackdaws seeing off Sparrow Hawk investigating box..Dave Williams
2009-04-06 00:00:00Of note: Barnacle Goose (26), Gadwall (pr), Pheasant (1 calling), Oystercatcher (2), Redshank (3), Pied Wagtail (9), Chiffchaff (4), Long-tailed Tit (2), Bullfinch (pr) and Reed Bunting (1 male).Plants in flower: Coltsfoot, Lesser Celandine (look on the Wildlife Centre (WC) roof and in the first field roughly to the north of the WC), Ground Ivy, Dandelion, Daisy, Gorse, Primrose, Blackthorn, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage and Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage. Both the latter species are close to the stream at the end of WC Creek. Opposite-leaved are found all over the country BUT Alternate-leaved are more local and are thus far less common. Look around the area where the footpath and cycleway come together again (when travelling approx northward). Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-04-07 00:00:00Still 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Ravens. Female Wheatear and 6 Meadow Pipits on dam wall. 12 Chiff Chaffs, 7 Willow Warblers and 3 Blackcaps. 30+ Sand Martins, 10+ Swallows, 4 Buzzards, 2 Goldeneye, Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, Common Sandpiper. .Dave Newcombe
2009-04-08 00:00:00Early evening walk, Stones Island area: 40 Pied Wagtail on Stones Island. 1 White Wagtail on Watersports Island. 1 Yellow Wagtail between Watersports and Wildlife Centre. 1 Redpoll near steps to cafe,interesting looking bird for a possible Common, but lost sight of before better views could be obtained. 1 Common Sandpiper on Watersports Island/Horseshoe Island. Earlier from Sheepwash 2 GN Divers, with a third reported by a visitor.Clive Ashton
2009-04-12 00:00:00Quiet again from the Wildlife Centre, with 4 Redshank, who appear to be attracted to the roof, squabbling Oystercatchers, squabbling Barnacle Geese - guess its the time of year. View of the GND from rear of Watersports Centre. From Stones Island - 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher (nesting?), 12 Barnacle Geese, numerous Chiffchaff, at least 4 Willow Warblers, 1 possible Garden Warbler, 2 Bullfinch, 10 Sand Martin. From Visitor Centre - 4 House Martins, 2 Swallows.Richard and Frances Pittam
2009-04-13 00:00:004 Common Scoter, 2m2f,from Stones Island this evening. 2 GN Divers from Sheepwash..Clive Ashton
2009-04-14 00:00:00Sandwich Tern off Stones Island, mid morning. 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 GN Diver..Clive Ashton
2009-04-15 00:00:00Misty and rather dull on site today. A very strong northerly wind was blowing. White horses on the res!OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (13), Oystercatcher (3), Lapwing (4), Redshank (7), Swallow (~50), House Martin (1), Chiffchaff (2) and Willow Warbler (1).Plants newly into flower: Forget-me-not (blue), Cowslip (yellow), Common Mouse-ear (white) and Marsh Marigold (yellow).Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-04-17 00:00:00Swallows (8 - 10nr), difficult to count in the strong wind Yellow Wagtail (5nr) looked like 4 male 1 female, Pied Wagtail (11 - 12nr) including 1nr possible White Wagtail, Goldfinch (2) Redshank (4), Little Ringed Plover (2), Oystercatcher (3), Barnacle Goose (2) 6:30 to 7:30pm. Windy and cold evening, poor light and low cloud. Walk out to Stones Island, 9nr in group plus Ranger, IDs well observed and recorded. Yellow/Pied WTs and Goldfinch acting as single flock. David & Sue Edmonds
2009-04-17 00:00:00At Sheepwash this evening: 35 Arctic Terns 12 Little Gulls 2 Mallard young. Also 4 Yellow Wagatils over Stones Island..Clive Ashton
2009-04-20 00:00:00Nice day on site. Wall to wall sunshine and a blue sky. OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (19), Mallard (inc 10 ducklings) - near Sailing Club; Pheasant (1), Oystercatcher (3), Lapwing (2), Redshank (2), House Martin - several around the visitor centre; COMMON WHITETHROAT (1) - in hedge by path next to Shiningford Creek [near post 5G]; Blackcap (4) - 3 singing males & 1 fem; Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.Plants newly into flower this week: Herb Robert (pink), Barren Strawberry (white) - a species new to us for this site; Bogbean (pale pink), Greater Stitchwort (white) and Cuckooflower or Lady's-smock (pale pink). Small White Butterfly.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-04-21 00:00:007:45pm Millfields Bay - Mandarin Duck pair M&F..David & Sue Edmonds
2009-04-21 00:00:00WeBS count for April(7.00-10.00) 1 Great Northern Diver, 31 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Little Grebe, 9 Mute Swan, 98 Canada Goose, 12 Barnacle Goose, 2 Shelduck, 38 Mallard(+10 young), 215 Tufted Duck, 16 Moorhen, 115 Coot, 2 Lapwing, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 113 Black-headed Gull. Also big numbers of swallow..Peter Gibbon
2009-04-21 00:00:002 Great Northern Divers towards the dam early morning.Of note from WLC: 2 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Shelduck, 1 Cackling Goose (among many Canadas and Barnacles). 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch all on bird table.Elsewhere, 1 White Wagtail on Flat Is, many singing Blackcaps between WLC and Sheepwash.Visitors today reported 1 Grasshopper Warbler in Fisheries car park and 1 drake Goosander apparently flew from Stones Island.James Owen (ABB)
2009-04-22 00:00:00A Honey Buzzard circled over the Hopton Inlet from about 12.20-12.30.p.m. having come in from the West. Escorted east by 2 Common Buzzards. Also 1 Dunlin briely on Stones mid-morning and a Garden Warbler singing quietly behind Sheepwash Hide at dinnertime. Both Great Northern Divers still present and a Shelduck of Lane End Hide..rOD kEY
2009-04-23 00:00:00CBC Evening walk of the 21st April: The 2 Great Northern Divers were seen clearly and 1 Shelduck. All the Wagtails seen were pied and summer migrants included House and Sand Martin Swallow in good numbers. Little Ringed Plovers on the yachting launch area were seen plus Oystercatcher, Redshank and 3 Curlew. Before the walk a Snipe was flushed on Stones Island and at 16.30 a Common Tern appeared on a buoy before being found again with the Black-headed Gulls at the Wildlife Centre. Unfortunately by the time the group came to the centre at 20.15 it had gone. .Peter Gibbon
2009-04-24 00:00:00Black TernViewed from Lane End hide from 11.45 to 1.15. Still present when I left.John Mowbray
2009-04-25 00:00:00The two Great Northern Divers still present off Fishtail Creek pm..Alan Lewin
2009-04-27 00:00:00Highlights.... 1 Avocet (Horseshoe), 1 (summer plumage) Bar tailed Godwit (SFord Creek), Lesser Whitethroat (SFord creek), Redshank 2plus pairs displaying etc, 1 pair Mandarin. Late evening visit.Steph Hicking
2009-04-27 00:00:00Steady rain until late afternoon. Barnacle Goose (10), Oystercatcher (2), Lapwing (2), Curlew (2) - Horseshoe Island; Redshank (3), Sand Martin (1), Swallow (over 50), House Martin (1), Song Thrush (2), Chiffhaff (1), Willow Warbler (5), Bullfinch (pr) and Reed Bunting (1 male).Plants newly into flower: Red Campion, Cow Parsley (a few specimens only) and some white Bluebells. A Brown Hare and two leverets in a field near the Knockerdown Inn. Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-04-28 00:00:001 Bar tailed Godwit 1 GN Diver 1 LRP c8 Swift 2 Greylag.Clive Ashton
2009-05-01 00:00:001 Great Northern Diver,between Lane End and Watersports. 2 Lesser Whitethroat,and 2 Common Whitethroat between Sheepwash and WLC. Butterflies: 30+ Green veined White,3 Orange Tip,2 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.The Great Northern Diver is now in full summer plumage, and well worth a look, it was seen to catch and eat a large fish by Watersports Island.Clive Ashton
2009-05-02 00:00:00Sheepwash Hide Common Sandpiper (1), GN Diver (1) 4:45pm - 6pm.; Kestrel(1): 6pm Paul Stanley same Diver still well visible, Little Ringed plover (1), Redshank (1). Pied Wagtail (2, see notes)Diver as reported in summer plumage. Kestrel caught prey, then eating prey on the bank under willows. Pied Wagtail at PS hide maybe be nesting in the stone structure in front of hide. If anyone else observes this would be nice to confirm.David & Sue Edmonds
2009-05-04 00:00:00Great Northern Diver (Adult Summer) from Sheepwash Hide late afternoon. 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher from Wildlife Centre. 20+ Barnacle Goose, 3 Cackling Canada Goose, 12+ Swift from Stones Island..Paul Thomas
2009-05-04 00:00:00Barnacle Goose (7), Mallard ducklings (9), Oystercatcher (3), Redshank (3), Common Gull (1), Garden Warbler (1) - Stones Island, Blackcap (2), Chiffchaff (1).Plants newly into flower: Meadow Buttercup, Thyme-leaved Speedwell (pale blue) and Bush Vetch or Crow-peas (purple). Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-05-06 00:00:00Whilst checking the CCTV function in the Wildlife Centre this morning, I found three Whimbrel on the back of Horseshoe Island at 07.20. They were still there at 08.45, but were still in the same place, so frustratingly, could still only be viewed with the camera!(at least we've got one I suppose!). I also had a Yellow Wagtail on Stones Island at 18.40 on Monday 4th..Paul Bennett
2009-05-06 00:00:004 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper on Horseshoe Island, 2 Dunlin on Stones Island and then 5 on Sheepwash Spit later in the day. Good views of the Great Northern Diver from the Wildlife Centre and then at Lane End Hide. Shelduck, c50 Swifts, Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Raven. Lots of Hirundines in the early morning drizzle. Female Teal, Mallard with 8 young and Canada Geese with 6 young. A lot of Warblers in now including Lesser Whitethroat by brick tower, 5+ Common Whitethroats and numerous Chiff Chaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Garden Warblers. Also Robin feeding young in Hall Wood. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-05-08 00:00:00Yesterday afternoon, Phil and Mike from Fisheries towed the tern raft back into position, in front of the Wildlife Centre. Whilst locking up the Wildlife Centre at 18.30, I had a look around and noticed the two Common Terns, which I believe have been hanging around the site for a few days. They were both sat on the new Watersports raft initially, but then one moved over to the tern raft and fought off five Black-headed Gulls. It was then joined by the other tern. Chris Johnstone informed me that they were both still on the raft this morning..Paul Bennett
2009-05-09 00:00:00DAWN CHORUS WALK :Willow Warbler,Chiffcaff,Garden Warbler,Blackcap and Whitethroat all singing well and showing themselves for the group. Also Robin,Dunnock,Wren,Blackbird,Song Thrush,Great and Blue Tit,Chaffinch,Bullfinch,Woodpigeon,Tree Sparrow and Reed Bunting singing or calling.Great Spotted Woodpecker and Kestrel.Pair of Common Terns trying valiantly to fight for the tern raft against Black-headed Gulls.A Whimbrel and two Dunlin seen from the hide at the end of the walk.Finally the Dunlin and a Redshank were scared off from the west bank by a Fox that slowly made its way along the shoreline looking for food. 14 people joined us on a beautiful May morning with little wind to start with and bright. Started at 4.30 (temperature 7 degrees) and ended the walk at 6.30 for breakfast in the hide made by Gary Atkins and Steph and Paul Hicking.Peter Gibbon & Roger Carrington
2009-05-09 00:00:00Great Northern Diver (1) - Still present against the dam wall, sailing club end, immediately after the dawn chorus walk.We'd like to thank Roger and Peter for the excellent, informative and enjoyable walk, and the committee members who organised the breakfast afterwards. Made setting the alarm for 03:30am worth the trouble.David & Sue Edmonds
2009-05-11 00:00:00Pair of Oystercatchers with 2 chicks on Millfields island.Bob and Gill Smith
2009-05-12 00:00:00From WLC: 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 1 Buzzard over toward pylons on left, 8 House Martins, 6 Swift. From Paul Stanley: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin (in plumage), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Pheasants (1 male), 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sand Martin (north).Evenining visitRichard and Frances Pittam
2009-05-13 00:00:00With the weather being wet and windy today I thought there was a good chance of getting some migrants blown in but I didn't expect it to be quite so good. Spoke to a birder first thing who said he had had about a dozen distant Terns but couldn't quite ID them so they went down as 'Commic Terns' I made my way to Sheepwash and sat there a while before the first flock of Terns flew through....17 Arctics and 1 Black Tern followed by a further 7 Arctics 10 minutes later. Another Black Tern flew through and then 4 more later in the day. Throughout the day there were more flocks including one of 27 Arctics around 17.00. In total there was at least 80 Arctic Terns throughout the day plus 2 Common Terns. Other highlights include 3 or 4 Common Sandpipers, at least 2 Sanderlings, a Turnstone, several Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, at least 2 Little Ringed Plovers, female Yellow Wagtail and a stunning adult Med Gull on Horseshoe Island to end the day. There were also literally 100's of Swifts, Housemartins and Swallows with a fair few Sandmartins too. .Dave Newcombe
2009-05-15 00:00:00Quick visit this morning: 8 Turnstone,5 on the raft near Watersports and 3 on the Island. 1 Sanderling on Sailing Club Island 3 Gadwall on Horseshoe Island. 100+ Swallows, and many House Martins/Swifts..Clive Ashton
2009-05-17 00:00:00Belated WeBS count done on Sunday 10th May. Mute Swan 13,Canada Goose 107,Barnacle Goose 14,Mallard 34,Tufted Duck 101,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Grebe 16,Great Crested Grebe 24,Cormorant 1,Grey Heron 1,Moorhen 19,Coot 80,Oystercatcher 12,Little Ringed Plover 2,Lapwing 4,Redshank 5,Common Sandpiper 2,Black-headed Gull 20,Common Tern 2..Peter Gibbon
2009-05-18 00:00:00Not a lot about today but did get two cracking birds. A Cuckoo flew over Wildlife Centre Creek and perched long enough for me to get my scope on it before disappearing. And then a Hobby flew from the east and headed over Sheepwash hide shortly before 15.00. Also of note was a pair of Barnacle Geese with 4 young on Stones Island, a single Dunlin on Horseshoe Island, a flock of 7 Waders flew across the water which I think were also Dunlin. .Dave Newcombe
2009-05-22 00:00:00A Whitethroat probably female, near the reed beds by the Hopton crossing..Bob and Gill Smith
2009-05-24 00:00:00Millfields Island late afternoon - Barnacle Geese 3 pairs with 4nr goslings between them. Looked like 1+1&2. Swallows nesting inside the wooden furniture house.Had young and noisy boys with us, so no careful spotting possible.David & Sue Edmonds
2009-05-28 00:00:00Because of half-term and the sunny weather it was very busy on site today. We found 40 species of bird around midday. Of note: Barnacle Goose (4), Mallard - including a female with 5 very well developed ducklings, Common Buzzard being harrassed by Crows near the dam wall, Pheasant (2 heard), Common Tern (2) - on the raft near the Watersports Centre, Swift (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 female) - next to Shiningford Creek, Common Whitethroat (2), Garden Warbler (1), Blackcap(2), Chiffchaff (2), Willow Warbler (2) and Reed Bunting (2 singing males). Butterflies: Orange Tip, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall and Red Admiral. Also Water Boatmen and hundreds, perhaps thousands of tadpoles in the pond next to the Wildlife Centre.Plants: 37 species identified today including Ribwort Plantain, Common Sorrel, Prickly Sow-thistle, Red Clover, Yellow-rattle, Germander Speedwell, Bugle, Cleavers, Jack-by-the-Hedge (or Garlic Mustard), Silverweed, Water Forget-me-not, Stinging Nettle, Horsetail (flowerless), Brooklime, Ox-eye Daisy, Self-heal, Water Avens, Eyebright, Meadow Crane's-bill, Sweet Cicely and Guilder Rose.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-06-01 00:00:00This morning: 1 Black Tern, at least 2 Common Terns, pair of Common Scoter, Reed Warbler singing in Hopton Arm Reedbed, Pied Flycatcher still singing in Fishtail Creek but distant, 2 Spotted Flycatchers in Hall Wood and 1 in Middle Wood, Treecreeper singing and 1 family party in Hall Wood and another Treecreeper singing in Middle Wood..No name given
2009-06-01 00:00:004 Black Terns now present at 17:30hrs, and the 2 Common Scoters also. Reed Warbler singing at base of Sheepwash spit..Clive Ashton
2009-06-01 00:00:00As already stated a Black Tern this morning, also 4 Black Terns to at least 17.15. Reed Warbler briefly singing to the left of Sheepwash Hide. Not many more highlights apart from several Buzzards and a Raven. A pair of Oystercatchers feeding 2 young on flat island, Coots feeding 5 young to the left of Paul Stanley hide and a family of Blue Tits by Sheepwash Hide..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-06-04 00:00:00Of note: Barnacle Goose (4), Gadwall (pr), Mallard inc. a female with 3 very small ducklings & a female with 3 well grown youngsters, Oystercatcher (2), Redshank (1), Common Tern (2) - sitting on orange buoys near Horseshoe Island, Song Thrush (2): WARBLERS: Sedge, Garden, Willow, Whitethroat, and Blackcap + Chiffchaff; Blue Tits feeding young in box 0305, Great Tits feeding young in box 0304. A Great Tit youngster could occasionally be seen poking its fluffy head out through the hole in the box. Reed Bunting (singing male). Insects: Common Blue damselfly - a mating pair, Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Small White, Large White and Painted Lady butterflies.Plants in flower: 36 species identified. Newly into flower - Spear Thistle, Meadow Vetchling, Dog Rose, Cut-leaved Crane's-bill, Lesser Stitchwort and Bulbous Buttercup.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-06-10 00:00:00A few highlights for today. At the Wildlife Centre was 3 Gadwall, and a pair of Redshank with one small youngster. A pair of Common Terns, and Oystercatcher with one young on Flat Island. Reed Warbler singing at Hopton End and also a Spotted Flycatcher there. 3 Broods of Mute Swan 3/5/6..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-06-10 00:00:00Of note: A pair of Mute Swans with five quite small cygnets. A pair of Gadwall. A female Mallard with four sturdy ducklings. Four Oystercatchers. A Common Tern fishing near the sailing club. A pair of Redshanks behaved as if defending a nest or young. Another observer told us he thought he had seen a very young bird but we did not see it. The Redshank pair attacked a Moorhen and also drove off a Crow and a Jackdaw. They were very aggressive. The pair were active at the water's edge between the wildlife centre and the watersports centre.Three pairs of Common Blue damselflies, each pair in tandem, were ovipositing on the surface vegetation of the wildlife centre pool. The only plant species newly into flower this week is Yarrow. Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-06-11 00:00:003 Black-tailed Godwits on Stones Island, 0730hrs. At least 2 Swifts around the Visitor Centre eaves, breeding would be a first at Carsington. Jay carrying food in Hall Wood, showing breeding. Pair of Reed Bunting feeding young in Hopton Arm Reedbed, and Reed Warbler still singing. Common Tern pair with nest on Flat Island, but hidden behind vegitation when viewed from P S Hide..Roger Carrington
2009-06-14 00:00:00A Yellowhammer (red listed) seen at Bullhill Farm Kirk Ireton. The first I have seen in the Parish for years. 54 sightings in the parish in 1988. Appears not to have been recorded in CBC sightings so be aware that they are in the neighbourhood..dave williams
2009-06-15 00:00:00Thought you'd be interested to hear that during a walk from Carsington Water I spotted a Red Kite being mobbed by crows! I'm not sure if they've been seen in the area before but thought I'd contact you just in case they haven't. Seeing it made mine and my husband's day! A brilliant sight. Regards, Glen.Glenys Torr
2009-06-16 00:00:00Fairly quiet on site, of note were; Broods of 3 Moorhen at Sheepwash,and 4 at WLC pond. Single drake Gadwall still at WLC. Common Tern on Flat Island. Pair of Bullfinch on Paul Stanley feeding station.Female Broad bodied Chaser at Paul Stanley and quite a few Common Blue Damselflies at WLC pond.Clive Ashton
2009-06-16 00:00:00WeBS count for Sunday 14th June 07.15 to 10.15 hours. 16 Mute Swan,537 Canada Goose,6 Barnacle Goose,47 Mallard,129 Tufted Duck,10 Little Grebe,25 Great Crested Grebe,4 Cormorant,3 Heron,11 Moorhen,68 Coot,8 Oystercatcher,2 Lapwing,4 Redshank,25 Black-headed Gull,2 Common Tern,1 Kingfisher and 1 Sparrowhawk.These figures only include adult birds and no figures for young are included or needed by the BTO.Peter Gibbon
2009-06-16 00:00:00WLC: 2 Gadwall, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Common Tern, 4 Cormorant, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Lapwing, c.20 Tree Sparrow (including fledglings) on the bird tables at one time. Also at PS Hide: 9 Mallard ducklings with apparently no mother, 3 Redshank, 2 Raven, and a Treecreeper on the path down. In the morning a Buzzard took what ominously looked like a fairly large chick from Flat Island and was mobbed by a BH Gulls and the Common Terns - both of which are still on eggs. The well grown Oystercatcher chick was still present later on.Uncertain therefore just what the Buzzard took. And one Orchid, possibly Common Spotted, along the path to PS hide.James Owen (ABB)
2009-06-17 00:00:00Of note: Mute Swan - including two broods of cygnets, 5 & 6 respectively. Barnacle Goose (3), Oystercatcher (6) - all adults. Redshank (1). Song Thrush (1). Reed Bunting (1). Common Blue damselfly (13) - including one female over the wildlife centre pond. Painted Lady butterfly.Plants in flower: The Elder trees are in flower. There are carpets of Self-heal (purple & maroon) and Daisies together on Stones Island. Also in flower but not previously mentioned: Yellow Iris, Hogweed, Foxglove and Meadow Thistle. On the eastern side of Stones Island Water Betony (or Water Figwort) is in bud and should be in flower within a couple of weeks.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-06-29 00:00:00A pair of Red crested Pochard and a male Wigeon at the Wildlife centre. A Hobby flew over the fields towards Wildlife centre creek. Swift twice went under the eaves of the visitor centre.Butterflies were Small white,Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Ringlet and a single Small Skipper.Clive Ashton
2009-07-01 00:00:00From Sheepwash: Yellow-Legged Gull, 2 Shelduck, 9 Oystercatcher, 5 Raven, female Gadwall, Common Tern, Common Gull. From Wildlife Centre: Pair of Red Crested Pochards, male Wigeon. Little Ringed Plover in front of Sailing club. .Dave Newcombe
2009-07-03 00:00:00No messageJust for the record,the Small Skipper I reported on 29/06/09, was infact a Large Skipper.Clive Ashton
2009-07-04 00:00:00oystercatcher canada geese common tern blackbird dunnock chiffchaff mute swan with six cygnets lapwing coot moorhen tufted duck buzzard black headed gull great crested grebe little grebe house martins crows jackdaws sparrows pied wagtail wood pigeon cormorant swifts magpie.tom wareham
2009-07-08 00:00:00A Barn Owl was flying around Shiningford Creek area at 10.00 this morning. 2 Little Ringed Plovers in front of sailing club. 5 Linnets over Stones Island. 12+ Bullfinches including 4 juveniles, 2 Common Terns, 2 Ravens, 2 Buzzards, Curlew, Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and female Tufted Duck with 6 very small young. .Dave Newcombe
2009-07-10 00:00:00The pair of Common Terns on Flat Island were feeding 1 young this morning. Also the Black-headed Gull pair on this Island have at least 1 chick. 3+ Spotted Flycatchers in Hall Wood. Reed Warbler singing from Hopton Reedbed and from Hopton Pond. Adult Yellow-legged Gull on Sailing Club jetty..Roger Carrington
2009-07-14 00:00:00WeBS count for July:Mute Swan 26(plus 5+6+6 cygnets),Canada Goose 334,Barnacle Goose 8,Gadwall 4,Mallard 81,Red-crested Pochard 1,Tufted Duck 113 (plus two broods with one of 10, Little Grebe 17, Great Crested Grebe 18, Cormorant 2,Grey Heron 3,Moorhen 11,Coot 377,Oystercatcher 4,Lapwing 27,Black-headed Gull 8,Common Tern 2(feeding hidden young) and 1 Buzzard.Done between 08.00 and 11.00 on sunny and warm morning.Peter Gibbon
2009-07-14 00:00:00A juvenile female Peregrine from Paul Stanley hide at 11.00, female Gadwall, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzards, 2 Linnets, Common Tern, Grey Heron, Tufted Duck broods of 9&12, female/imm Red Crested Pochard. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-07-16 00:00:0038 species seen around midday. Of note: LITTLE EGRET (1)- Horseshoe Island & Wildlife Centre Creek; Barnacle Goose (1); Red-crested Pochard (1 juv/fem)- from Wildlife Centre (WC); Tufted Duck - including a female with 9 ducklings; Sparrowhawk (1 fem); Lapwing (34) - Horseshoe Island; Song Thrush (1); Blackcap (2); Chiffchaff (1); Bullfinch (pr) - on the WC feeding table; Reed Bunting (1) - Stones Island. Insects: Bumblebees: Red-tailed & Buff-tailed. Damselflies: Common Blue & a Beautiful Demoiselle (Stones Island). This latter species is a first for us! Great views. Butterflies: Green-veined White, Small White and Gatekeeper. Plants in flower: Forty species identified. The following have not been previously reported this year:- Broad-leaved Dock (O-R), Welted Thistle (P), Red Dead-nettle (R), Water Betony (M), Cat's-ear (Y), Autumn Hawkbit (Y), Nipplewort (Y), Meadowsweet (pale Y), Common Knapweed (M), Greater Knapweed (M), Common Spotted Orchid (v. pale P), Rosebay Willowherb (P), Great Willowherb (R), Broad-leaved Willowherb (P), Redshank (P-R), Great Burnet (v. dark R), Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Y), Upright Hedge-parsley (W & P). Code: M = mauve, O = orange, P = pink, R = red, W = white, Y = yellow Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-07-20 00:00:00Few birds on site today. A tufted duck family has been reduced to 8 ducklings since last week. Only two Lapwings found on Horseshoe Island. Of the warblers only Chiffchaff and Blackcap found. Common Blue damselflies over the pool close to the wildlife centre. Butterflies: Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Copper & Small Tortoiseshell. The plants in flower last week are the same except that a small patch of Black Medick was found.A Tittesworth Snippet: A Gannet was found about a week ago but was obviously ill and was dispatched to the RSPCA sanctuary near Nantwich, Cheshire. Unfortunately it died the following day.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-07-22 00:00:00Little Egret on Stones Island and later on Watersports Island, Male Redstart in field behind the Wildlife Centre, juvenile Perergine over Middle Wood, Gadwall and Kingfisher at Sheepwash. Two Tufted Duck broods of 5 & 10. Two Common Terns still presumably feeding one young on Flat Island..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-07-25 00:00:00Just a walk today with wife so not really birding but spotted a single Little Tern close to stones island.Leslie Fisher
2009-07-27 00:00:00Little Egret still present around Stones Island area. Kingfisher and drake Pochard at the Wildlife Centre. The pair of Common Terns have successfully raised one young which made several brief flights around flat island today. Other sightings include Hobby, Whimbrel,and Common Sandpiper. Several Tufted Duck broods around including one of 13 plus three more of 3/3 and 8. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-07-27 00:00:00It was very noticable today that there was hardly any birdsong. Very few species located. Of note: Barnacle Goose (6), Common Tern (1), Swift (3), Goldfinch (10) - Stones Island, Bullfinch (a pair). Plants: A large mass of Redhank noticed on Horseshoe Island. Plants in flower but not previously noted: Hedge Bindweed, Large Bird's-foot Trefoil, Common St John's-wort and Short-fruited Willowherb..Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-08-02 00:00:00House Martin (50+) near Visitor Centre; Swift (20-30) end of Stones Island; Tufted Duck (3 families); Litte Grebe (12) engaging in squabbles; Gold Finch (20 appx) Stones Island; Little Egret (1) flying past Stones Island towards watersports ctr.Quite misty murky and damp. Hirundines all flying very low. These all might seem like very ordinary sightings, but after 2 months away in blistering and desert heat all this seemed just incredibly beautiful. The Egret was a first for us at Carsington.David & Sue Edmonds
2009-08-03 00:00:00Overall quite busy on-site but few birders about. Weather: quite warm and no rain for a change! Of note: Lapwing (10), Wren (1) - juvenile, hit Wildlife Centre (WC)window but seemed unharmed. Dunnock (2 juveniles) - feeding at the WC feeding station, Willow Warbler (2) - one adult and a juvenile in the willow in front of the WC. House Sparrow - several including a juvenile being fed by adults, Bullfinch (pr) - feeding at the WC feeding station. A Weasel observed from the WC front window. Great! Butterflies: Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Painted Lady, Peacock and Meadow Brown. Buff-tailed and Red-tailed Bumblebees seen on Stones Island.Flowering plants not previously reported: Great Plantain (wide, almost round leaves), Water Mint (purple/blue), Gipsywort (very pale pink), Tufted Vetch (purple), Marsh Bedstraw (white), Buddleja (purple), Purple Loosestrife (purple). A Tittesworth Snippet: The latest site newsletter is available from reception. Observations cover the months April - June.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-08-05 00:00:00Little Owl in field between main car park and wildlife centre. Yellow-Legged Gull, drake Common Scoter, Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpipers, Oystercatcher, Kinghfisher, 2 Buzzards, male Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Grebe young, Whitethroat. .Dave Newcombe
2009-08-11 00:00:00An angler reported an Osprey flying south along the west bank, from near the brick bombing tower at 15.00 today. This was subsequently radioed through to STW staff by Phil from Fisheries. Fortunately, I happened to have a pair of binoculars in the van and after a few minutes, I managed to locate it flying south down the centre of the reservoir. It then started circling just north-east of Watersports Island. I then carried on with what I was doing, so I'm not sure where it went after that. I believe that this is at least the second Osprey sighting in the last few days here.Paul Bennett (STW Ranger Service)
2009-08-13 00:00:00Very busy on site today because it was sunny. However, few birders about. Of note: Tufted Duck (female with 5 quite small ducklings), Lapwing (10) - on Horseshoe Island, Yellow-legged Gull (1) - on the raft opposite the wildlife centre, Goldfinch (10) - on Horseshoe Island, Bullfinch (pair) on wildlife centre feeding station. It was reported to us that an Osprey was seen over the dam on the 12th August. Also the Little Egret was seen.Butterflies: Small White - many, Painted Lady - good numbers (this species has travelled here from North Africa), Peacock, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White. Odonata: Southern Hawker dragonfly, Common Blue damselfly. Plants in flower and not previously reported: White Dead-nettle, Great Reedmace (or Bulrush), Kidney Vetch and Rape. Woody Nightshade was found but shows no flowers. It has red berries, normally first observed in September. Please note that all parts of this plant are poisonous. The plant contains the poison solanine. This plant is less deadly than - Deadly Nightshade!Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-08-13 00:00:00Oversights! Thistles are mainly over, just showing fluffy white heads instead of purple flowers. This situation is very good for Goldfinches. Also very noticable today were masses of Hover flies and various bee species. We had a very enjoyable time on site today. .Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-08-15 00:00:00A pair of Hobbies were hunting hirundines over Shiningford farm, for at least an hour this morning.One was observed with prey, which it ate on one of the pylons. Also present from the Wildlife centre,Sparrowhawk,Raven, 2 Buzzard,4 Gadwall,Shoveler and Teal. Common Sandpiper at Sheepwash..Clive Ashton
2009-08-16 00:00:00Osprey from sheepwash 15:35-15:45, mobbed by Peregrine, before flying over Hall Wood. Also Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher and YL Gull.5+ Wheatear on nearby Carsington pasture this morning.Clive Ashton
2009-08-20 00:00:00Yellow-Legged Gull, 3 Wigeon, 4 Buzzards, adult male Peregrine, female Gadwall, 50+ Goldfinches including 40+ juveniles, Common Sandpiper, Raven..Dave Newcombe
2009-08-23 00:00:00WeBS count for August done today between 7.30 and 10.30. 27 Mute Swan, 224 Canada Goose, 3 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 83 Mallard, 309 Tufted Duck, 46 Little Grebe, 27 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Moorhen, 575 Coot, 55 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Black-Headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher..Peter Gibbon
2009-08-24 00:00:00I was out for a walk yesterday afternoon and took the second footpath off the track, after entering the site at the North End. Whilst crossing the third field, heading for Stainsborough Lane, a flock of Common Crossbills flew over (heading ESE)and into the trees on the edge of Rough Pitty Side. They were quite active, but hung around in the same area in the tops of the trees. I managed a best count of 19..Paul Bennett
2009-08-24 00:00:00From WLC, all usual suspects, but along with Chris from RSPB-ABB between 09:30 and 10:30 we observed :- Pochard (1), Yellow Leg Gull (1), Chiff Chaff (1) and Willow Warbler (1).David & Sue Edmonds
2009-08-24 00:00:00Not a bad day today. Black Tern towards Millfields, Wheatear on Millfields Island, Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, 3 Wigeon, Great Crested Grebe with 3 small young, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Swifts, Curlew, male Sparrowhawk, adult Common Gull. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-08-27 00:00:00A family walk round the res today, so whilst not really birding I did note the following; Brood of 3 GC Grebe at Lane End Brood of at least 3 GC Grebe at Shiningford Creek, 2 youngsters in the water and at least 1 on adults back. A pair of Pochard in Shiningford Creek and 3 males in Fishtail Creek. 6 Wigeon at Millfields. 5 Painted Lady, and 4 Small Tortoiseshell on the dam wall. Quite a few Common Darters on the path at Hopton End. Clive Ashton
2009-08-27 00:00:00Of note: 19 Mute Swans including 5 cygnets, Gadwall (2 prs) - from wildlife centre (WC); Lapwing (~60) - on Horseshoe Island; Yellow-legged Gull (1) - on Tern raft; Swallow and House Martin (20+ each); Tree Sparrow (20+) - all around and on the WC feeding table; many were youngsters.Butterflies: Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Small Copper. Odonata: Common Blue damselfly, Common Darter dragonfly (female). Plants: Most are now over and finished. The only species in flower and not previously reported is Spreading Hedge Parsley (white). This is an uncommon species but is scattered throughout England and Wales.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-09-04 00:00:00Of note: Cormorant (14) - Stones Island, Gadwall (4 prs) - from the Wildlife Centre(WC), Teal (2) - Horseshoe Island (HI), Pheasant (1 male) - by the WC feeding station, Lapwing (~30) - HI, Yellow-legged Gull (1) - Tern raft and KINGFISHER (1) - flew past the WC THREE times within 10 minutes around midday. Weather was dull with heavy rain at times so insects are now rarely flying. However, a single Red Admiral butterfly was spotted. Most flowers are over and the ST rangers have now mown some of the fields and path edges. The seeds will now set and provide a splendid, colourful display next year. A few specimans are still to be seen - particularly the Autumn Hawkbit species (yellow). Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-09-07 00:00:00An Osprey flew south today at 15.00, also 14 Buzzards in the air together, 12 high over sheepwash spit and 2 over the dam wall, Pintail, 2 Common Sandpipers, 19 Gadwall, 11 Wigeon, 2 Meadow Pipits, good sized tit flock on stones island with maybe as many as 20 Warblers with most if not all being Chiff Chaffs. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-09-09 00:00:00On site for around 9 hours today and saw 23 Pochard, 21 Gadwall, 14 Wigeon, Yellow-Legged Gull, 2 Sparrowhawks including one chasing Pied Wagtails near Dam wall, 35 Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipits, 4 Buzzards, 3 Ravens, Kestrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Grey Herons, Kingfisher, Oystercatcher (poss 2). On shiningford creek by the bend near the farm there was a lot of bird activity. I stood there for a good half hour and watched Willow Warblers, Chiff Chaffs (including 3 singing), male Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Bullfinches including 3 juveniles, 2 Willow Tits and lots of other common birds. .Dave Newcombe
2009-09-09 00:00:00Of note: Grey Heron (1) - on Horseshoe Island (HI), Gadwall (4 prs) in amongst the mass of Tufted Ducks (several hundred!) immediately in front of the Wildlife Cente (WC) and in WC Creek, Teal (10) - HI, Lapwing (~50) - HI, Swallow (10) and Willow Warbler (1)- Stones Island. Butterflies: Speckled Wood, Small White, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Dragonflies: Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker. Plants in flower: In flower for sometime but unnoticed previously: Groundsel, Creeping Buttercup, Scentless Mayweed and Thin-leaved Bird's-foot Trefoil. Species now with berries: Elder, Guilder Rose, Dog Rose (hips) and Hawthorn (haws). Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-09-15 00:00:00107 Pied Wagtails, 6 Meadow Pipits, Yellow-legged Gull, 91 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, Pintail, 2 Redshanks, 43 Cormorants, 3 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 50+ Housemartins, 10+ Swallows..Dave Newcombe
2009-09-17 00:00:00Overcast today but no rain. Few birding visitors seen. Of note: Cormorant (25) - Horseshoe Island, Grey Heron (1) - Shiningford Island, Mute Swan - two pairs of adults with 4 & 5 very large grey cygnet broods respectively, Teal (~ 100) - much increased in numbers since last week, Mallard - including 5 well formed ducklings innocently feeding at our feet on the edge of Stones Island, GARGANEY (1 imm) - in front of the Wildlife Centre and Lapwing (~40) - Horseshoe Island. Brown Hawker dragonfly - northern end of main carpark. Although most of the flowers are now over about 20 plant species were showing the odd specimen in bloom. The Meadow Vetchling is still showing dozens of flowers (yellow), particularly on Stones Island. An overlooked species - Smooth Hawk's-beard (yellow), was noted today.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-09-20 00:00:00WeBS count for September done between 7.30 and 11.00. Mute Swan 23, Canada Goose 158, Wigeon 270, Gadwall 19, Teal 57, Mallard 170, pochard 48, Tufted Duck 1008 (double the number for this time last year), Little Grebe 53, Great Crested Grebe 41, Cormorant 41, Grey Heron 4, Moorhen 25, Coot 1,379. Lapwing 111, Snipe 4 and Kingfisher 1. Also 2 Buzzard. Total 3375.24 C temperature at the end of the count and no wind. Still water with much weed and low levels.Peter Gibbon
2009-09-22 00:00:001 Yellow-legged Gull at WLC on the usual raft.Kingfisher showing very well at WLC and Paul Stanley.Also notables at PS Hide, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 1 Greylag Goose among many Canadas on Flat Is, 2 Heron, several Long-tailed Tits, 300 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew in at 6pm.WLC: 5 Snipe, 3 Swallow, 1 Kestrel, 32 Cormorant, 6 Wigeon, many Teal, c.35 Lapwing, a pair of Little Grebe with 1 very small chick, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Pochard, 1 Black-headed GullStones Island, 1 calling Chiffchaff, 2 Great Crested Grebe with 2 young.Sparrowhawk flew from Shiningford Creek.The Severn Trent rangers will soon be placing a post in front of the Wildlife Centre for the Kingfisher to pose on.James Owen (RSPB vol)
2009-09-24 00:00:00Of note: Little Grebe - adult feeding a very tiny young bird (in front of the wildlife centre (WC) main window), Great Crested Grebe - adults with three striped young, Mute Swan - inc. one pair with 6 large grey cygnets, Cormorant (24) - Horseshoe Island (HI), Pochard (5) - Shiningford Creek, Lapwing (~60) - in the air and on HI, House Martin (2), Swallow (1), Chiffchaff (1) - singing on Stones Island and a Jackdaw flecked, with many white feathers, feeding at the WC feeding table.Butterflies: Speckled Wood and Comma. Bees: Honey Bee, Common Carder Bee and Buff-tailed Bumblebee. Plants: The only plant not previously reported is the shrub - Spindle Tree, in the hedgerow near to the entrance to the water sports centre jetty. It now sports bright orange-red berries, which contain poisonous orange seeds (poisonous to humans that is). It is harmless to birds and is a favourite delicacy for Blackbirds.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-09-28 00:00:00On site today was a drake Chiloe Wigeon (presumably the same bird that's been at Ogston since early summer). Also on site a Shoveler, 85 Pochards, 10 Housemartins, Swallow, 2 Kingfishers, Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipits, 4 Linnets, 4 Chiff Chaffs, 3 Buzzards, 2 Ravens, 6 Grey Herons, 54 Cormorants and a Greylag Goose. .Dave Newcombe
2009-09-29 00:00:00First visit this year! 44 species seen and a further 4 either heard or probables. All 4 Hides and Stones Island visited, on a very drizzly day. Highlights include: Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Tree Sparrow, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Snipe, Kingfisher, Pochard, Teal, Pheasant, Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Jay, House Martin (in good numbers considering its nearly October!), Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, and both Black-backed Gulls. Nothing major, and several notables missing! However, there was the male Chiloe Wigeon (unringed) showing very well from Sheepwash. Presumably this is an escape rather than a first for Britain? Also seen were several Rats at PS Hide, and a Water Vole at WLC pool..Peter Charlton
2009-09-30 00:00:001 Skylark flew over Stones Island. A Dunlin flew past past Sheepwash towards Stones Island at 1700hrs. An adult Kittiwake was in the gull roost from 1700hrs. A female Common Scoter was off Stones Island at dusk..Roger Carrington
2009-09-30 00:00:00Of note: Grey Heron (1) - Wildlife Centre Creek, Kestrel (1) - over Watersports Island, Collared Dove (8) - on Wildlife Centre feeding table and in the trees behind, Blackcap (1) - singing male on Stones Island. Butterflies: Small Tortoiseshell and Small Heath. On Stones Island there was a plant with an yellow/orange flower in bloom not previously reported. It was Common Fleabane. This species normally flowers from the end of July until the end of September. Caught it just in time!Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-10-01 00:00:002 Kingfishers, 2 Ravens, Peregrine, Chiloe Wigeon, still present. 2 Jays.Kingfishers are delighting visitors at the moment, and can be seen regularly fishing/hovering from Sheepwash and Paul Stanley hides.Clive Ashton
2009-10-05 00:00:003 Whooper Swans flew north at 10.05, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher at Sheepwash, Chiloe Wigeon still present, Raven, 3 Buzzards, 4 Linnets, Greylag Goose, Chiff Chaff, Yellow-legged Gull, 3'000 Lesser black Backed Gulls, 7 Common Gulls, 6+ Crossbils flew over Paul Stanley hide (RC)..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-10-05 00:00:00Of note: Grey Heron (2) - Horseshoe Island & Shiningford Island, Barnacle Goose (45) - Sailing Club Island, Common Buzzard (1) - over Shiningford Farm, Yellow-legged Gull (1) - from Wildlife Centre (WC), Robin - at least 10 singing near WC, and Blackcap (1) - singing on Stones Island.Butterflies: Red Admiral and Small Heath. Another overlooked plant still in bloom - Marsh Hawk's-beard (Stones Island).Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-10-06 00:00:0041 species during today's event in the Wildlife Centre. Notable were a Raven and Peregrine mobbing each other (or playing?) around the pylons near Shiningford Farm. A single Snipe and Yellow-legged Gull, the Kingfisher showed exceptionally well on the new post. A Kestrel caught prey on the bank beyond Horseshoe Is, a Buzzard flew low into WLC Creek, and a Sparrowhawk caught prey by the bird table. A single Little Grebe chick still present. 1 Mistle Thrush overflew. Stones Is: 1 Chiffchaff singing again, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over the Visitor Centre.Very rainy day, poor visibility, the raptors all active in a one hour window of dry weather at midday.James Owen
2009-10-07 00:00:00Rock Pipit on the Dam Wall early morning, 5 Buzzards, Yellow-legged Gull, Raven, Kingfisher, 107 Pochard, 54 Cormorants, Chiloe Wigeon and 5 Chiff Chaffs including one singing..Dave Newcombe
2009-10-08 00:00:00Good No's of Duck species at Sheepwash, Pochard, Tufted, Teal and Wigeon, plus the Chiloe Wigeon drake which seems to be displaying aggressively to the female Wigeons! Lapwings were roosting on the floating weed mats out in the middle of the water, some sinking up to their bellies!The roost was a few thousand Lesser Black Backs, with 2 or 3 Yellow-legged Gulls and 3 or so Herrings....(ads and Imms).Best views were of a Kingfisher fishing for over an hour in the small pool to the right of Sheepwash Hide! Cracking views.The Kingfisher, on very close scrutiny was seen to be missing a few mm of the tip of the lower mandible! I wonder if they crash into things in the water when they dive???Steph' Hicking
2009-10-09 00:00:00Afew hours this afternoon: 3 Pintail 1 Red crested Pochard 1 Chiloe Wigeon 295 Wigeon 143 Pochard 65 Teal 1 Tern sp. probably an Arctic. 3 Buzzard,Sparrowhawk,Kestrel,Raven and 2 Kingfishers..Clive Ashton
2009-10-10 00:00:00From Sheepwash and Paul Stanley: 2(f) Goldeneye, 1(f) Common Scoter, 2 Pintail, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Gull WLC: 2(m) Red-crested Pochard.James Owen
2009-10-12 00:00:004 Buzzards at Millfields, 6 Meadow Pipits on Dam Wall and a Skylark over, also 3 Skylarks over Stones Island. From Sheepwash, 2 Ravens, Kingfisher, Dunlin, Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Grey Herons, 16 Redwings, Shoveler and Pintail..Dave Newcombe
2009-10-12 00:00:00Nice sunny day. Birds of note: Common Buzzard (1) and Common Sandpiper (1) - Horseshoe Island. Dragonflies: Common Hawker; Common Darter (pr) - this species is on the wing until mid-November. Butterfly: Speckled Wood only. Plants: Stunted plants by the edge of Stones Island. Area covered in water until relatively recently. Drying out and recent sunshine has brought Brooklime (deep blue), Water forget-me-not (pale blue) and Redshank (pink) into flower. Very late flowering Lesser Periwinkle (dark blue) found elsewhere. Probably seeds had been dormant, then disturbed in late summer. Also found Scented Mayweed or Wild Chamomile (yellow domed centre with white petals). A Tittesworth Water Snippet: The autumn edition of the Tittesworth Bird News newsletter now available from Tittesworth reception. Details of public activities, site upgrades and environmental improvements plus the usual focus on the most interesting bird and other natural history observations for the months July, August and September.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-10-13 00:00:00WeBS count for the month:- Mute Swan 40,Canada Goose 157,Shelduck 6,Wigeon 590,Gadwall 39,Teal 123,Mallard 132,Pintail 1,Shoveller 3,Pochard 148,Red-crested Pochard 12,Tufted Duck 733,Little Grebe 83,Great Crested Grebe 42,Cormorant 57,Grey Heron 3,Moorhen 49,Coot 1770,Lapwing 160,Kingfisher 4,Black-headed Gull 27,Lesser Black-backed Gull 51,Peregrine 1,Sparrowhawk 1,Buzzard 1.Carried out between 07.15 and 10.30.Although Tufted Duck numbers have dropped since last month's count the BTO still describe it at as 'an unusually high number' and the same description is given for the numbers of Little Grebe, Coot and Red-crested Pochard.It also looks like there were 2 Kingfishers in both the north and south of the water.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
2009-10-15 00:00:005 Common Scoter near Dam Wall, 5 Pintail around Sheepwash, also 2 Shoveler, Yellow-legged Gull, Dunlin, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks and 55 Redwings. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-10-15 00:00:00Tuesday 13th Oct 2009 Mediterranean Gull - 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull - 1 adult The gulls formed in two flocks pre-roost, one of which parked themselves between the spit and the far bank, affording good views from the Sheepwash hide. I picked up the Med Gull towards 5.45 (including a short view in flight) and the Yellow-legged Gull shortly after and towards 6.15 they drifted towards the middle of the reservoir with the other gulls..Paul Mollatt
2009-10-15 00:00:00A Great Northern Diver has been reported on the BirdGuides website this morning. I'm afraid that I have no information as to where it was seen or if it is still on site..Paul Bennett
2009-10-15 00:00:00Regarding the Great Northern Diver. The report was that it only circled Carsington before flying off North..Dave Newcombe
2009-10-15 00:00:00Shoveler (1), Pintail (5) Eclipsed and maybe single drake, Gadwall (4), Pochard, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, (all large numbers) Coot, Moorhen, Grey Heron (2), Cormorant (7). Gulls Ð BH, LBB, Herring, Yellow Leg, Mediterranean (1) and a probable Caspian Gull (1) in gull roost [17:45 Ð 18:25hr]. Dunlin (6-7) flying north . The GN Diver was seen by MAP near Dam at Millfields end. Circled and flew off north without settling. In Winter Plumage [Posted this report only after ID. help and consultation with MAP & J.Bradley.] .David Edmonds
2009-10-17 00:00:00Gull roost 16:40hr to 18:25hr from Lane End. Mostly LBB Gull interspersed with BH Gull, Yellow Leg, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Med Gull adult (1), Juvenile GBB Gull 1st winter (1). Unable to confirm presence of Caspian Gull.The roost was initially very clear, with perfect light. However the birds were flushed 3+ times by returning fishing boats, and moved into less good light.David Edmonds
2009-10-19 00:00:00Adult Yellow-legged Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull, 20 Meadow Pipits, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, Dunlin, c100 Starling, 20 Redwing, 15 Collared Doves, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzard and Kestrel. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-10-23 00:00:00Adult Y.L.Gull Sheepwash Hide 3 Male & 2 Female Red-crested Pochard WLC.Ian Scrimshaw
2009-10-24 00:00:002 Mediterranean Gulls in the roost last night, an adult came in at 16:05 and a 1st winter at 16:20..Clive Ashton
2009-10-25 00:00:00Adult Med. Gull again at 14:50 3 Pintail 1 Shoveler 1 Common Scoter fem/imm 2 YL Gulls.Clive Ashton
2009-10-26 00:00:00great crested grebe, adult mediteranian gull, canada goose, herring gull, redwing, sparrowhawk, buzzard, greylag goose flying over, osprey, great and lesser black backed gulls. keep up the good work carsington water i hope you have good sighting of birds and other animals.Niall
2009-10-27 00:00:00Approximately 400 Fieldfares were roosting in the trees, within the reservoir boundary, just south of Hays Lane at 16.00 this afternoon (SE corner of Millfields Bay). As I drove the Land Rover around the track, they alighted and moved into the trees in Riddings Farm, just over the fence. A good record of a species I rarely see within the recording area. .Paul Bennett
2009-10-28 00:00:00A Peregrine flew through just before 11.00, c40 Redwings and several Fieldfare around wildlife centre creek, 15+ Siskin including several Lesser Redpolls, 10+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 2 Kingfishers, Raven, 2 Buzzards, 3 Snipe and a Grey Wagtail. At around 16.00 many of the Gulls and Wildfowl took to the air in what seemed to be a mass panic. Something had clearly upset them but we never found out what. At around dusk several flocks of Starlings totalling around 200 were flying towards the wildlife centre. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-10-29 00:00:00Highlights were a Garganey (female/imm) Sheepwash, Common Scoter (1 fem), Yellow legged Gull 3 (2 adults 1 1st winter)..Steph Hicking
2009-10-29 00:00:00Busy on site today. Half-term. Quite warm and no wind. Just visited the wildlife centre (WC) and Stones Island. Of note: Grey Heron (1 juv) - on the end of Watersports Island. Barnacle Goose (30+) - in a Shiningford Farm field. Shoveler (pair) - seen from the WC. Wigeon Gadwall, Teal, Mallard and Tufted Duck also present. Lapwing (~10) - Horseshoe Island. Song Thrush (1). Goldfinch - a few near the WC.A Tittesworth Snippet: Tittesworth Water is a ST site just 45 minutes drive from Carsington. Please consider visiting this quiet site. About 220 species of bird have been identified on site over the years. It's smaller than Carsington Water but can produce some interesting sightings. The latest site newsletter (Tittesworth Bird News, autumn edition) is available from reception at the visitor centre.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-10-30 00:00:00In the gloom of dusk this evening it looked like 2 Little Egrets flew across the water and into Fishtail Creek to roost [viewed distant from Sheepwash Hide].Roger Carrington
2009-10-31 00:00:00Adult Ring billed Gull in the roost tonight along with up to 5 adult Yellow legged Gulls. The RBG is the returning bird from previous years..Steph Hicking
2009-11-02 00:00:00Ring-Billed Gull came into roost at 16.05 just behind the spit at sheepwash. Also seen today 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, female Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 7 Shoveler, 3 Pintail, 2 Raven, 3 Skylarks, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, c100 Redwings and c15 Meadow Pipits. Also seen today although not by us was the Garganey at the wildlife centre. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
2009-11-03 00:00:00Garganey again at Wildlife Centre,(and later from Sheepwash.) From Sheepwash.. 4 Pintail,Common Scoter,Mandarin(drake),Peregrine, Curlew,Raven,several Meadow Pipits and the usual showy Kingfisher. A lot of birders in for the Gull roost, one of whom picked out a Great Northern Diver, though no sign of the RB Gull..Clive Ashton
2009-11-04 00:00:00Highlights.... Ring-billed Gull 1 adult off Lane ends Hide from 4.25pm, Sheepwash produced Scaup 1 fem, Common Scoter 1 fem, 2 Shoveler male, 2 plus Yellow legged Gull (in the semi resident bird on spit showing well). Plus the usual other wildfowl etc..Steph' Hicking
2009-11-04 00:00:00Of note: Grey Heron (1) - Horseshoe Island (HI), Gadwall - many with some attempting to mate near WC, Lapwing (~50), Kingfisher (1) - seen from the Wildlife Centre (WC), Redwing (20-30) - in trees near the WC, Starling (flock of over 200) - on HI, Goldfinch (10) and Bullfinch (1 female)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-11-06 00:00:00Highlights... Common Scoter (Fm), Pintail (3), Yellow legged Gull (3+), Ring billed Gull (ad) (was located late at about 4.30pm off Lane Ends), Great Northern Diver (adult showing some summer plumage off Fishtail from Lane Ends). The Garganey was to the right of Sheepwash hide earlier but I didn't see it. The gull roost was very large with probably 3000 LBB and similar BHG's. There were well over 100 Common Gulls in the roost too.Steph' Hicking
2009-11-06 00:00:007 Pintail,1 Common Scoter, 1 Garganey and 1 GN Diver from Sheepwash also 2 Dunlin flew West. At the Wildlife centre 2 Shoveler,2 Snipe and a Redshank..Clive Ashton
2009-11-07 00:00:00First Winter Black Redstart on Sailing Club roof and dam wall area, second record at Carsington. Great Northern Diver still in summer plumage..Roger Carrington
2009-11-07 00:00:00Black Redstart (Dam wall), Common Scoter (fem), Scaup (fem), Great Northern Diver (adult summer), Ring billed Gull (roost off Lane Ends), Yellow legged Gull ad and 2nd winter in roost. Pintail 3plusWhat a day!Steph Hicking
2009-11-09 00:00:00Great Northern Diver - 1 seen distantly near Dam Wall from Sheepwash at around 11.30am. Yellow-legged Gull - 1+ at Sheepwash. Pintail - 2+ female at Sheepwash. Shoveler - 2+ at Wildlife Centre. Willow Tit - 1 in hedgerow near Lane End Hide. Barnacle Goose - 4 with Canada Geese at Wildlife Centre.My first trip to Carsington - hopefully the first of many!Pete Mella
2009-11-09 00:00:00Of note: From or near to Wildlife Centre. Grey Heron (1), Shoveler (1 male), Stock Dove (5), Bullfinch (pr). Sunny. No wind. Few people about..Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-11-11 00:00:00Great Northern Diver distant from Sheepwash, 6 Pintail and Raven. Not seen by me but in the Gull roost was the Ring-billed Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull..Dave Newcombe
2009-11-12 00:00:00Great Northern Diver and 6 Skylarks (over) from Stones Island,6 Pintail at Sheepwash.Ring billed Gull at Lane End.Also 7 Snipe and a Redshank at Wildlife Centre.Raven and Sparrowhawk at sheepwash.Thanks to Steph for picking out the RBG at Lane End. Also of note was a large flock of Starlings on fields between Sheepwash and the Knockerdown pub.Clive Ashton
2009-11-13 00:00:00Yellow-legged Gull - 4 adults Mediterranean Gull - 1 adult Great Northern Diver 1 From Sheepwash hide..Paul Mollatt
2009-11-16 00:00:004 plus adult Yellow Legged Gulls and 1-3rd/4th winter type. 1adult Med Gull, 1 adult Ring billed Gull, many more Herring Gulls in tonight (20+), Common Gulls very numerous 200+ Large roost tonight probably 3500-4000+ LBB and similar BHGulls. The Ring billed is probably best seen off Lane Ends in the main roost from 3pm but it has been seen on Flat Island and the Spit areas, its best to judge where the main roost is gathering.Steph Hicking
2009-11-16 00:00:00Rather quiet on site today but a few birders about. Mainly sunny around midday. Of note: Grey Heron (1), Garganey (1) - last reported on the 6th November - seen from the wildlife centre (WC); Lapwing (~30) - Horseshoe Island, Redshank (1) - on Tern raft, Stock Dove (2) - with 9 Woodpigeons in field near WC, Redwing (~20) in trees at the edge of a field near the WC.Very bright Guilder Rose berries seen near the WC. The leaves of this species have turned yellow but few have as yet dropped.Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-11-17 00:00:00Ring billed Gull and Mediterranean Gull on Flat Island 15:00 also Great Black backed and 2 Yellow legged Gulls. 2 Pintail at Sheepwash, with 11 Meadow Pipits also present.2 Raven being aggressive to Buzzards. Skylark over dam wall..Clive Ashton/Dave Newcombe
2009-11-20 00:00:00Drake mandarin at Wildlife centre, where also 1 Dunlin and 1 Redshank. Ring billed Gull again on Flat island. 1 Pintail at Paul stanley..Clive Ashton
2009-11-22 00:00:00WeBS count for November:Mute Swan 35,Canada Goose 32,Great Northern Diver 1(juv),Great Crested Great 32,Little Grebe 71,Grey Heron 3,Cormorant 39,Mandarin Duck 1,Mallard 183,Wigeon 407,Teal 253,Gadwall 70,Pintail 2,Tufted Duck 889,Pochard 256,Goldeneye 7,Moorhen 41,Coot 1645,Lapwing 255,Redshank 1,Dunlin 1,Kingfisher 1,Blackheaded Gull 82,Common Gull 2,Ring-billed Gull 1,Lesser Black-backed Gull 38,Yellow-legged Gull,Buzzard 1 and Sparrowhawk 1..Peter Gibbon
2009-11-22 00:00:00WeBS count done today by John Bradley and Peter Gibbon.Peter Gibbon and John BradleyW
2009-11-25 00:00:00Ring billed Gull at 14:55 on Flat island. Male Merlin flew down East bank. Female Pintail at Sheepwash and Paul Stanley. Female Shoveler at Wildlife centre. 2 Raven..Clive Ashton/Dave Newcombe
2009-11-28 00:00:00Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, BH Gulls, GBB Gulls, LBB Gulls, Teal, Pochard, Cormorants, Widgeon, Goshawk female at 09.33h. Little Grebes, Great Crested Grebes. At least 10 Goldeneye, Grey Wagtail. Female Peregrine harrying Lapwings,Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Gadwall.Leslie Fisher
2009-11-29 00:00:00Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Blackbird, Redwing, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Starling, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Raven, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Buzzard, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Pheasant, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank, Cormorant. .Craig Morris
2009-12-01 00:00:00Adult winter plumage Great Northern Diver from 0930hrs this morning off Stones Island. Escapee drake Chiloe Wigeon at Millfields. 3 Redshank. The adult Ring-billed Gull was reported in the roost at dusk last night.This GND is new to the site, the previous GND report was a juvenile over a week ago.Roger Carrington
2009-12-01 00:00:00The Ring billed Gull briefly on Flat Island at about 14:30, before being flushed, and lost to sight over the spit. Egyptian Goose on the spit. Female Goosander and Pintail at Paul Stanley..Clive Ashton
2009-12-02 00:00:00Pretty good day today. 2 Bewick's Swans in front of Sailing Club around 09.15 then flew towards Sheepwash. Got round to Sheepwash about 10.15 and they were just in front of the hide but before I could open the window they flew off west. Walking along Shiningford Creek and a Grey Plover flew over calling but I didn't see it land. Other sightings include adult winter Great Northern Diver, Yellow-legged Gull, Great-black Backed Gull, 4 Shelduck, female Pintail, male Shoveler, 3 Redshanks, 2 Ravens, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 30 Siskins, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Meadow Pipits and Kingfisher..Dave Newcombe
2009-12-02 00:00:00Ring-billed Gull in the roost from Lane Ends from c.3.40pm. Only 1 Yellow Legged Gull.Lesser Black back numbers seemed down tonight (1000 -1500?) the roost was very disorganized.Steph' Hicking
2009-12-06 00:00:00Highlights- 2xBuzzard over Millfields spit.Great Spotted Woodpecker-Sheepwash carpark. Male Bullfinch-Sheepwash carpark & nr Miners Arms,Carsington village.Widgeon- Millfields Bay.Flock of 20+ Goldfinchs-Carr Wood.First posting so hope its of use.Simon Moody
2009-12-10 00:00:002 Buzzards being mobbed by Rooks at Millfields 1 Great Northern Diver following Dam wall towards Millfields 1M and 1F Goldeneye off sailing club 1M AND 1F Tufted Ducks with bright blue/Turquoise Bills with other Tufted ducks at Millfields.Bob and Gill Smith
2009-12-10 00:00:002 Great Northern Divers, adult winter + juvenile. 44 Pinkfeet going northwest at 1205hrs. 1 adult winter Mediterranean Gull in roost from Sheepwash from 1430hrs.I did not see the bright blue bills reported by Bob and Gill but suggest they are bill tags/identification markings. There was one seen last year with an orange bill tag.Roger Carrington
2009-12-14 00:00:00A quiet morning from the Wildlife Centre. Highlight was a visit from the Yellow-legged Gull..Richard, Frances and Ken Pittam
2009-12-16 00:00:00Of note: Scaup (female) - from wildlife centre. Also seen yesterday by another observer. Lapwing (~80) and Redshank (2)..Ray and Margaret Perry
2009-12-23 00:00:00Great Northern Diver, adult Yellow-legged Gull, female Pintail, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 31 Gadwall, 6 Goldeneye, Redshank, Snipe, 12 Song Thrush, Buzzard and Raven. .Dave Newcombe
2009-12-27 00:00:00Little Egret at Sheepwash at 3pm then went into the small creek to right of hide. Adult Caspian Gull in roost from Sheepwash from 3:15pm. Adult Great Northern Diver off Stones Island. 9 Goosander (5 males) on Millfields Island..Roger Carrington
2009-12-31 00:00:002 Redshank from Stones Island. 3 Willow tits Millfields..Richard and Frances Pittam



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