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2010 Sightings

Date of SightingSightingsCommentsName SuppliedRecord Created
01/01/20101 Little Egret-Wildlife Centre near the fence that runs to the water on the left. 1 male Bullfinch-Wildlife Centre Feeders.Sam Pedley01/01/2010
04/01/2010Juv Great Northern Diver near Watersports Island. Little Egret near Wildlife Centre until 1100hrs when it flew over dam and probably landed. 25 Barnacle Geese on Horseshoe Island. 35 Siskin by path to P S Hide..Roger Carrington04/01/2010
07/01/2010Juvenile Great Northern Diver off Stones Island, Yellow-legged Gull at Sheepwash, 8 Goldeneye, 18 Gadwall, Skylark, 10 Siskin, female Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Raven..Dave Newcombe07/01/2010
11/01/2010Female Scaup, female Pintail, Yellow-legged Gull, Little Egret, Raven, c40 Siskin, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 6 Bullfinch and 2 Grey Heron. .Dave Newcombe11/01/2010
19/01/2010Great Northern Diver, juv, near Millfields, 1200hrs. Little Egret near Wildlife Centre. Adult Yellow-legged Gull eating a Little Grebe on shoreline in front of Sailing Club, left the carcase and skin with feathers floating on the water. 2 Skylark flying east.If you see this bird eating on site please send me any details, this is the third occasion of it eating a Little Grebe.Roger Carrington19/01/2010
19/01/20103m + 1f Goldeneye Dam wall 4m Goosander Millfields island 2 small egrets Horseshoe Island.Bob and Gill Smith19/01/2010
19/01/20104 Goosanders, 8 Goldeneye, 4 Snipe, Peregrine, Raven, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 6 Siskin and Skylark. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton19/01/2010
20/01/2010Great Northern Diver, female Scaup, female Peregrine, male Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens, drake Goosander, Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Greylag Geese, 45 Barnacle Geese. .Dave Newcombe20/01/2010
25/01/2010Of note: Great Northern Diver (1) - off Horseshoe Island, Grey Heron (1) by Wildlife Centre Creek, Barnacle Goose (10) - flying with Canadas, Yellow-legged Gull (1) - by Wildlife Centre Creek eating a dead fish! Bullfinch (4; 3 males & one female) - near ranger base.A Tittesworth Snippet: The latest Tittesworth site wildlife newsletter is available from the visitor centre reception. The bird sightings cover October to December 2009.Ray and Margaret Perry25/01/2010
29/01/2010WeBS count for January: Mute Swan 28,Canada Goose 107,Wigeon 23(compared with 210 last Jan),Gadwal 36,Teal 49,Mallard 122,Pochard 134,Tufted Duck 596,Scaup 1, Goldeneye 12, Goosander 3,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Grebe 46,Great Crested Grebe 45,Cormorant 31,Grey Heron 3,Moorhen 11,Coot 1424,Lapwing 7,Snipe 2,Black-headed Gull 7,Common Gull 19,Lesser Black-backed Gull 27,Yellow-legged Gull 1.Virtually all these numbers are well down on 18/01/2009.Quite incredibly the number of Mallard counted last year was 122 as well.Sorry for posting these so late on the web page.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley29/01/2010
01/02/20101 Great Northern Diver off Stones Island. 46 feral Barnacle Geese on Stones Island. 1 drake Goosander on Millfields Island. 149 Lapwing on Sailing Club foreshore. 55 Teal and 1 female Shoveler from Sheepwash..Roger Carrington01/02/2010
02/02/20102 Great Northern Divers present, a juvenile off Stones Island and an adult behind Millfields Island. 3 Shoveler at WLC. .Clive Ashton02/02/2010
10/02/20102 Great Northern Divers, 6 Buzzards, 2 Ravens, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Snipe, 2 Grey Herons and 43 Barnacle Geese. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton10/02/2010
11/02/20103m + 1f Goldeneye, 1m Goosander and 1 Redshank. Between Millfields and Holiday cottages..Bob and Gill Smith11/02/2010
11/02/2010It was cold on site today with few visitors. We just worked from Stones Island to the Wildlife Centre. Nothing very unusual seen except for a high number of Magpies (15). We only found 23 species, all quite common but just as important and interesting to us. It was good to see various catkins and Daffodil shoots pushing up. Maybe Spring is on the way. Let's hope so..Ray and Margaret Perry11/02/2010
15/02/20101 Redshankin creek left of Wildlife centre 1 M Goldeneye Shining Ford Creek 1 Red Necked Grebe off Lane end hide..Bob and Gill Smith15/02/2010
15/02/2010Red-necked Grebe at Sheepwash at c13.20 heading towards Lane End. I went to Lane End and had quite good views before it then headed back towards Sheepwash. I then went back to Sheepwash only to watch it disappear behind the spit. Unfortunatley it couldn't be re-located despite several birders looking. After a bit of perseverance some birders located 2 adults in Hopton Arm at 17.00. Also on site today was 2 Great Northern Divers, 8 Goldeneye, female Goosander, Oystercatcher, Yellow-legged Gull, S.Dave Newcombe15/02/2010
16/02/2010Red-necked Grebe at extreme end of Hopton arm. 50+ Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing,3 GS Woodpecker,2 Reed Bunting. A Grey Heron was struggling to swallow the carcase of a gull at Sheepwash.No sign of second RN Grebe, but could well still be on site.Clive Ashton16/02/2010
16/02/2010Goldeneyes close in at Sheepwash 2 male 5 female. Courting calls and male displays very advanced!For birds that are supposed to breed only in north Scotland I was surprised to see male mounting females.Dave Farrer16/02/2010
17/02/2010Very foggy on site around midday. Visibility at best 100m, therefore birding difficult. Low species count at 24. Of note: Lapwing (1), Redwing (1), Lesser Redpoll (10) - next to wildlife centre, and a pair of Bullfinches..Ray and Margaret Perry17/02/2010
19/02/20101 Red-necked Grebe Hopton Arm. 1 Jack Snipe Hopton Arm near Reedbed area on mud at waters edge. Also sev' Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Pochard and 2 plus Buzzard in the top end area.The Jack Snipe showed exceptionally well feeding and roosting on the waters edge for over 2 hours this PM after being seen to fly in. The Red-necked Grebe also showed well in the top end of the Hopton Arm.Steph Hicking19/02/2010
20/02/20102 Red necked Grebes (Between Big and Flat Islands) 2 Great Northern Divers(Sheepwash) 5 Shoveler (4m 1f Sheepwash) Oystercatcher (returning bird with bar code ring on Sheepwash spit)The 2 Grebes can be hard to locate as they hug the near bank at times, making viewing over the mounds of earth from the new path tricky.Clive Ashton20/02/2010
23/02/2010On arrival at Carsington yesterday I was shocked to see so much ice. I reckon around 80% of the water was frozen over. In all my years of going I have never seen it so bad. There was still several large pockets of water where the wildfowl had gathered and one such area was sheepwash. From here I had 11 Goldeneye, 6 Gadwall and many Teal, Wigeon and Tufted Ducks. Also seen was 7 Oystercatchers, 4 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 2 Grey Heros, 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. As the day went on I eventually.Dave Newcombe23/02/2010
23/02/2010One Red-necked Grebe just south of Big Island watched between 16.00 and 16.30 on Sunday. It was viewed from the lower track at the bottom of Hall Wood and occasionally drifted round to the eastern side of the island.As Dave stated, the surface of the reservoir was frozen from one bank to the other. Fortunately, there was a pocket of open water, just south of Big Island.Paul Bennett23/02/2010
23/02/2010February WeBS count : 2 Great Northern Diver,4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 22 Little Grebe, 6 Mute Swan,60 Canada Goose, 29 Cormorant, 6 Gadwall, 42 Teal,141 Mallard, 442 Tufted Duck, 19 Goldeneye, 2 Moorhen, 401 Coot, 4 Oystercatcher, 36 Lapwing,1 Woodcock(seen by Roger Carrington), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine(seen by RC),1 Kestrel.Extremely cold and 30% ice cover. This was supposed to be done on Sunday but snowfall prevented me from getting to Carsington.Peter Gibbon23/02/2010
23/02/2010Since submitting WeBS count figures I am adding the following as seen by Roger Carrington later in the day. Great Crested Grebe will be 14, an extra 3 Moorhen makes a total of 5 and he also saw 6 Wigeon. Thank you Roger..Peter Gibbon23/02/2010
25/02/20102 Great Northern Divers together from Sheepwash. 5 Shelduck flew north at Hopton end before returning a few minutes later,(with another or one of the same from Sheepwash later.) 2 Goosander towards Millfields, with probably several more on Millfields island. No sign of Red necked Grebes at Hopton end. 2 Raven from Sheepwsh and an Oystercatcher on Big island..Clive Ashton25/02/2010
28/02/201010 Oystercatchers this morning - 2 on Big Island, 5 on Stones Is, 1 in front of Sailing Club and a pair mating on Millfields Is. 13 Goldeneye near dam wall. 2 Pochard at Millfields. 1 Skylark flying north. 2 Curlew flew east and 3 landed at Sheepwash. At Sheepwash - drake Shoveler, drake Pintail, 48 Wigeon, juv Great Northern Diver. In the air - 5 Buzzard, 2 Raven, Sparrow Hawk, Peregrine. 4 Song Thrush singing.Very few wrens seen in recent weeks, obviously due to the weather, just 1 singing at Sheepwash this morning.Roger Carrington28/02/2010
01/03/2010Fairly quiet on site today. Very few birders and walkers. We only managed 29 species from Stones Island to the end of Wildlife Centre Creek around midday. Weather was good, sunny and quite mild. Of note: Barnacle Goose (46) - Horseshoe Island (HI), Pheasant (1,m) - calling near the Wildlife centre (WC), Oystercatcher (2) - Stones Island, Lapwing (~120) - HI, Curlew (3) - overflying WC creek, Redshank (1) -HI, Robin - many singing. Of note: a single Squirrel - near WC. We see very few of this mammalian species at Carsington. Gorse has started to come into flower and two types of lichen have been seen on many of the trees. The yellow type lifts the trees, providing added colour at this dull time of year. We think the yellow variety is Xanthoria parietina. The blue-grey variety is difficult to pin down, many species are possible, thus we will not attempt an identification. A Tittesworth Snippet: Tittesworth Water, anotheRay and Margaret Perry01/03/2010
02/03/2010Large area of the reservoir frozen over today, but an interesting day all the same.3 Curlew on Sheepwash spit, 2 More flew east and later a flock of 7-8 flew over middle wood.2 GN Divers beyond Fishtail creek.Pintail(f) at Sheepwash. Scaup(f) at Wildlife centre.2 interesting records, both of which I missed, were sightings of an Otter at the Hopton end, and a male Garganey at the Wildlife centre.Clive Ashton02/03/2010
03/03/2010GarganeyMale showed well on far side of bay from Visitor Centre from 14:20-14:40.Dermot Smyth03/03/2010
07/03/201024 Whooper Swans flew in at 09:30 and were still present when I left site at 10:30. Also present 1 Dunlin on Stones Island,1 GN Diver and 4 Curlew..Clive Ashton07/03/2010
08/03/2010One kingfisher along stream leading into Brownale Bay.Nice to see at least one survived the freezing weather.dave williams08/03/2010
08/03/20106 Snipe in flight Warrington Knob 1 Redshank just Sth of Oldfield Lane holiday lets.dave williams08/03/2010
08/03/201024 Whooper swans 1 Pink footed goose I Snipe 3 Redshank from wildlife centre swans still there at 4-00pm.Pete Furniss08/03/2010
08/03/2010Oystercatcher 1each from Paul Stanley, Sheepwash and Wildlife Centre Hides. G N Diver, 4 Curlew, 24 Whooper Swan, Raven(heard),Redshank seen from Sheepwash Hide. Willow Tit,Tree Sparrow,Bullfinch & Reed Bunting at Feeding Station between Sheepwash and Wildlife Centre. Water Rail & @ 50 Barnacle Goose from Wildlife Centre. Little Owl seen in field to right of track from Wildlife Centre to Car ParK.Philip Burnham c/o Netherfield wildlife Group, Nottingham08/03/2010
10/03/2010Sheepwash.. 1 GN Diver,48 Wigeon and 18 Goldeneye. Wildlife centre.. adult Mediterranean Gull at 16:20 until 17:05 when flushed to middle of res..Clive Ashton10/03/2010
10/03/2010Of note: Pink-footed Goose (1) - feeding with Canadas on Stones Island, Barnacle Goose (39) - on the Sailing Club Island, Common Buzzard (1), Kestrel (1), Pheasant (a pr), Oystercatcher (4), Dunlin (2) - Horseshoe Island, Redshank (1), Yellow-legged Gull (1) - seen from the Wildlife Centre, Pied Wagtail (~10), Song Thrush (1) and an over-wintering Blackcap in trees near the Wildlife Centre..Ray and Margaret Perry10/03/2010
14/03/20103 Oystercatcher in field between water and footpath close to Sheepwash Car Park. Early afternoon..David Meredith14/03/2010
14/03/2010All from Sheepwash hide 10:50 - 11:50, 7 oystercatchers, 5 curlew, 7 goldeneye, 1 Great Northern Diver off Fishtail Creek .Martin Kaye14/03/2010
14/03/2010WeBS count for March: Mute Swan 7, Pink-foot Goose 1, Canada Goose 102, Barnacle Goose 46, Wigeon 23, Gadwall 3, Teal 9, Mallard 59, Pintail 1, Tufted Duck 325, Goldeneye 14, Great Northern Diver 1, Little Grebe 25, Great Crested Grebe 35, Cormorant 14, Grey Heron 3, Sparrowhawk 2, Buzzard 8 (6 at once over Hall Wood), Kestrel 1, Moorhen 8, Coot 247, Oystercatcher 7, Lapwing 8, Curlew 10, Redshank 4Very low count for Moorhen with only 3 in the northern half and 5 in the southern half of the reservoir. Can observers please add any records from now on to monitor the numbers. Thanks.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley14/03/2010
14/03/20102 Snipe,2 Oystercatchers,1 Redshank,1 G.N.Diver from Wildlife Centre Reed bunting and Willow tit on feeding station .Pete Furniss14/03/2010
15/03/2010Ring-billed Gull, first winter. A little smaller than the Lesser Black-backeds and a paler mantle than the obviously smaller Commons. Very heavily blotched underparts and back of the neck, heavily streaked head. Bill, eye, legs and upper wing good for the species. I am sure of the identification , but would like confirmation. Also an adult Great Northern Diver. I saw it at about 4.30pm on the spit opposite the Sheepwash Hide. It flew off in the direction of the visitor centre but I couldn't relocate it from Lane End.Paul Mollatt15/03/2010
15/03/2010Of note: Pink-footed Goose (1), Barnacle Goose (41), Wigeon (pr), Oystercatcher (3), Lapwing (11), Redshank (1), Song Thrush (1) and Goldfinch (10).Plants in flower: Snowdrops and Lesser Celandine.Ray and Margaret Perry15/03/2010
16/03/2010Gull roost: Adult Mediterranean Gull + Ad G N Diver from Lane Ends Hide, no sign of the described gull of last night, but only half the roost checked as gulls were widespread. 1 Pink-footed Goose on Stones Island. Several pairs of Oystercatcher. 5 Curlew..Roger Carrington16/03/2010
16/03/201010+ Goldeneye, 5+ Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlin, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven and 120+ Common Gull. All seen from Sheepwash Hide. .Dave Newcombe16/03/2010
19/03/20101 Male Wheatear, 12 Sand Martin, 13 Pied Wagtails, 1 Meadow Pipit, all on dam wall 0630hrs. 5 Chiffchaff - 1 singing 0700hrs near Sailing Club, 2 Millfields, 1 Stones Island, 1 Sheepwash. Adult Great Northern Diver, 2 Greylag Geese, 18 Moorhen between Millfields and P S Hide, 5 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 2 Redwing, 1 Skylark fly-over.Must be spring!Roger Carrington19/03/2010
19/03/2010Further to Roger's sightings there was a Rock Pipit on Sheepwash spit..Clive Ashton19/03/2010
20/03/20108 Snipe 4 Oystercatchers 3 Redshank 2 Curlew 1 Willow Tit 1 Raven adult Great Northern Diver from Wildlife Center Weasel in front of Center.Pete Furniss20/03/2010
21/03/20100 Moorhen,32 Tufted Duck,10 Coot,6 Mallard,6 Blue Tit,4 Blackbird,1 Great Crested Grebe,1 Pied Wagtail08-45 to 09-30 section between Hays Lane and Oldfield LaneColtsfoot in flowerConsidering that part of this section is now designated a 'Conservation Area' is it not strange that powered fishing boats are operating just 'Off shore' ?dave williams21/03/2010
22/03/2010The adult Mediterranean Gull present from Sheepwash at 15:45, before flying high over the Hopton end..Clive Ashton22/03/2010
22/03/20102 Wheatear WLC 3 Chiffchaff Sheepwash to WLC.Ian Scrimshaw22/03/2010
22/03/2010Only 33 species seen around midday. Raining. Hardly any birdsong. Of note: Barnacle Goose (32), Teal (5), Oystercatcher (2), Lapwing (2), Snipe (3) - Horseshoe Island, Redshank (5), Bullfinch (pr) and Reed Bunting (pr) - from Wildlife Centre..Ray and Margaret Perry22/03/2010
23/03/2010Adult Great Northern Diver, no sign of the Red Throated Diver from yesterday. 3 Snipe, 6+ Redshank, 5+ Oystercatcher, 12+ Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, pr Shoveler, Meadow Pipit over Shiningford Creek, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Raven and 2 Chiff Chaffs. .Dave Newcombe23/03/2010
26/03/2010OspreyFrom boardwalk near Wildlife Centre, 3.50 pm. Observed fishing (nothing caught)then disappeared north.Neil Venables26/03/2010
29/03/2010Of note: Barnacle Goose (9), Pheasant (1), Oystercatcher (6), Lapwing (1), Curlew (1), Redshank (4), Chiffchaff (1), Willow Tit (1) - frequently feeding from the wildlife centre feeding station, and Reed Bunting (pr)..Ray and Margaret Perry29/03/2010
01/04/2010Great Northern Diver still present, 30+ Barnacle Geese, Grey Heron, 2 Swallows by dam wall, 12 Wigeon, 9 Goldeneye, Curlew, 6+ Oystercatchers, 6+ Redshanks, 5 Buzzards, female Sparrowhawk, 12 Chiff Chaff, 2 Meadow Pipits and 2 Raven..Dave Newcombe01/04/2010
03/04/2010Great Northern Diver, 37 Barnacle Geese, 11 Goldeneye, drake Gadwall, drake Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, 5 Teal, male Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallows, Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Raven and c100 Jackdaws..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton03/04/2010
04/04/201010:00am - from WLC: Swallow 1nr, Drake Gadwall 1nr - Paul Stanley: Tree Creeper posing for Photographers, Redshank 1nr.Sue04/04/2010
04/04/20108-45am chiff chaff 2 woodpigeon 3 carrion crow 1 pheasant 1 bluetit 2dunnock 1 blackbird 1 house martin 2 swallow 1 moorhen 2 coot 1coal tit 3Hays Lane to Oldfield LaneDave Williams04/04/2010
07/04/2010Pair Red Crested Pochard from the WLC..Stuart Maclean07/04/2010
07/04/20101 great northen diver 7 wigeon 1 chiffchaff 1 redshank 4 oystercatcher swallows house martins 1 ravan 2 buzzard.Tom Wareham07/04/2010
07/04/2010Of note: Barnacle Goose (29), Teal (2), Common Buzzard (1), Oystercatcher (4), Lapwing (2), Bar-tailed Godwit (1) - edge of Wildlife Centre Creek, Curlew (1), Redshank (4) - two mating on Horseshoe Island, Chiffchaff (3) - all singing, Willow Warbler (2) - both singing and Reed Bunting (1 male).The pond next to the Wildlife Centre has dozens of mating Common Frogs! Plants in flower: Lesser Celandine, Coltsfoot, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage and a few specimens only of Gorse, Dandelion and Daisy.Ray and Margaret Perry07/04/2010
08/04/2010Cycled round today, in beautiful sunshine. 52 Chiffchaff 13 Blackcap 8 Willow Warbler Bar tailed Godwit Wheatear (female) Greylag Goose Pochard (male)Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone butterflies also seen.Clive Ashton08/04/2010
09/04/2010Late evening Bar Tailed Godwit still present on Stones plus a min of 5 pristine male White wags.Geoff Barter09/04/2010
13/04/20101 Great Northern Diver from Sheepwash in the morning, later from Lane End. Notable at WLC, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Teal, 2 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, several Reed Buntings visiting the feeding station. Willow Warblers singing widespread - on Stones and Watersports Islands, also in Wildlife Centre and Shiningford Creeks..James Owen (RSPB vol.)13/04/2010
13/04/2010In addition to some of the sightings already posted for today there were also 6 Teal, 9 Goldeneye, 5 Oystercatchers, 5 Redshank, 3 Buzzards, pr of Sparrowhawks, 8 Chiff Chaff, 5 Willow Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, 2 Meadow Pipits, Grey Heron and 2 Raven. At least 68 Swallows flew through, and on Stones Island around 17.30 there was possibly as many as 100 Swallows, several Sand Martins, 2 House Martins and many Pied Wagtails including a possible White Wagtail. .Dave Newcombe13/04/2010
16/04/20101 Arctic Tern off Stones Island at 1915hrs. 1 Yellow Waqgtail, 1 White Wagtail on Stones Island..Roger Carrington16/04/2010
19/04/2010WeBS count for April:1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Little Grebe,42 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 1 Heron,4 Mute Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 18 Barnacle Goose,2 Gadwall, 5 Teal,48 Mallard,189 Tufted Duck,106 Coot,19 Moorhen,9 Oystercatcher,6 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 3 Little Ringed Plover,2 pairs of Black-headed Gull and 1 Little Gull at 9am.Done between 06.30 and 09.15. Total of 24 species and only 577 birds.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley19/04/2010
19/04/2010A pretty good day today. An Osprey flew in from the south at 12.30hrs and hung around a while before flying north at 13.05, 4+ Yellow Wagtails, White Wagtail, Arctic Tern, 22 Meadow Pipits, Wheatear, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 3+ Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Curlew, unbelievable amount of Hirundines and these figures are probably quite conservative, 500+ Swallow, 35+ Sand Martin and 17+ House Martin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 2 Teal, female Goldeneye and a drake Gadwall. .Dave Newcombe/Ian Scrimshaw19/04/2010
20/04/20101 Great Northern Diver flew briefly past Sheepwash in the morning, roosting off Lane End late afternoon.At WLC: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Jay, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Teal, 1 Little Owl.Also, 3 Yellow Wagtail on Stones Island/near Visitor Centre, 1 Goldeneye (f) and 1 Little Ringed Plover from Paul Stanley.Thanks to Roger Carrington for a great spot in the Little Owl, many visitors enjoyed the view.James Owen (RSPB vol.)20/04/2010
21/04/2010Great Northern Diver, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtails, White Wagtail, 4 Buzzard, 2 Raven, female Goldeneye, Whetear, and a Linnet over..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton21/04/2010
22/04/2010Lovely sunny day on site. 40 species seen around midday. Of Note: Grey Heron (1), Barnacle Goose (16), Gadwall (1 male), Mallard - a female with 10 ducklings in Shiningford Creek, Pheasant (3 heard), Coot - several fighting visciously, Oystercatcher (6), Little Ringed Plover (4), Ringed Plover (1), Lapwing (6), Redshank (2), Common Sandpiper (2), Song Thrush (1) and Reed Bunting (1).Many Small White butterflies observed. 13 plant species in flower. Newly in flower this time: Ground Ivy (blue), Blackthorn - or Sloe (white), Barren Strawberry (white), Primrose (yellow), Cowslip (yellow) and Wild Cherry (white). In the first field to the north of the wildlife centre there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of the yellow flower Lesser Celandine. Not far from post 5D, at the end of Wildlife Centre Creek, there is a host of Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage. There is a stream, which flRay and Margaret Perry22/04/2010
24/04/2010Great Northern Diver 1 adult (well into summer plumage, off the Watersports centre). 2 displaying Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, all Shiningford Creek.Very brief visit in mid PM.Steph Hicking24/04/2010
24/04/20101 dunlin 3 redshank 1 little ringed plover 1 buzzard 2 blackcap 1 williow warbler 1 sparrowhawk 4 oystercatcher 1 reed bunting swallows and house martins.Tom Wareham24/04/2010
24/04/20103 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher,1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Buzzrd, 1 Bullfinch from W.L.C1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 Raven2 Blackcap,1 Willow Warbler, several Swallows and House Martins in area from Sheepwash .Pete Furniss24/04/2010
25/04/20102 adult + 4 first summer Little Gulls, 3 Common Terns and 2 Whimbrel early morning only. Adult Great Northern Diver developing summer plumage. Redstart singing, distant, upstream of Wildlife Centre Creek. 4 Shelduck. 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Linnet and 14 Meadow Pipits on/over dam wall. 2 Linnets Sheepwash car park.Yesterday evening (Saturday) other observers recorded the first Sedge, Reed and Garden Warblers on site this year.Roger Carrington25/04/2010
25/04/2010Male Whinchat WLC Creek, Garden Warbler Visitor Centre Exit and Lesser Whitethroat Sheepwash Car Park.Ian Scrimshaw25/04/2010
26/04/2010Female Scaup at the Wildlife Centre. Also Great Northern Diver, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine, 2 Raven, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, Little Owl, 2 drake Shoveler, pr of Gadwall, 3 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Garden Warblers. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton26/04/2010
26/04/2010Of note around midday: Barnacle Goose (14), Gadwall (2 prs), probable female Scaup - seen from Wildlife Centre, Oystercatcher (4), Lapwing (3), Redshank (2), Blackcap (1), Willow Warbler (4) and Chiffchaff (3). Butterflies: Small White, Peacock, and - Orange Tip (early on the wing - not usually seen until May). Plants in flower: 19 species noted. A few specimens only of the following species newly into bloom in the last four days: Greater Stitchwort (white), Bluebell, Cuckooflower [or Ladies Smock] (very pale pink), Forget-me-not (blue), Red Dead-nettle, Common Dog-violet (blue/violet) and Bogbean (very pale pink).Ray and Margaret Perry26/04/2010
27/04/2010At WLC: Female Scaup still and showing very well, 2 Shelduck, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 2 Raven, 3 Buzzard, 2 Willow Tit, and the Great Northern Diver reported by a visitor. Also, 1 Fox. Elsewhere, 1 Whimbrel on Flat Island (6pm), Garden Warbler singing in willows near visitor centre..James Owen (RSPB vol.)27/04/2010
28/04/2010Female Scaup and adult Great Northern Diver at the wildlife centre. Sanderling, Wheatear and 2 Linnet on dam wall. Other birds of note were 3 Common Tern, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper, Curlew, 17 Willow Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 14 Chiff Chaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Swift, 3 Buzzard, Raven and 3 broods of Mallard......9/10 and 14..Dave Newcombe28/04/2010
29/04/2010A flock of 60+ fieldfares in trees between Tail Bay and Hognaston Bridge... moved onto adjoining farmland before flying off in a southwesterly direction..John Matkin29/04/2010
30/04/2010Great Northern diver, 30+Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Terns and 4 Garden warblers during the evening..Jonathan Bradley30/04/2010
30/04/2010Adult Kittiwake from Sheepwash at 11:20, following rain shower. 1st Summer Mediterranean Gull at Wildlife centre all day. Female Scaup also at wildlife centre. Also present 2 Curlew, 3 Little ringed Plover,1 Dunlin, 2 Curlew. Great crested Grebes mating on horseshoe island. Mallard broods of 13 and 6. Great northern Diver in summer plumage. Yellow Wagtail on Horseshoe Island late evening. 25+Swifts, and lots of Hirundines..Clive Ashton30/04/2010
03/05/2010Blackbird 3 Great Tit 1 Wood Pigeon 4 Carrion Crow 2 Blue Tit 4 Goldfinch 2 Chaffinch 2 Cormorant 1 House Martin 2 Swallow 19-45 - 10-00am Hay's Lane to Oldfield Lane reserveDave Williams03/05/2010
05/05/2010Forty four species of bird seen around midday. Of note: Barnacle Goose (18), Mallard - 17 ducklings counted, Scaup (female), Common Buzzard (1), Oystercatcher (6), Lapwing (4), Redshank (1), Common Sandpiper (1), Little Ringed Plover (1), Common Tern (2), Song Thrush (1), Blackcap (6), Willow Warbler (4), Chiffchaff (4), Bullfinch (pr) and Reed Bunting (male).Twenty seven species of plant in bloom. The following are new this week with just a few specimens each: Red Campion, Self-heal, Ribwort Plantain, Bush Vetch, Cow Parsley, Common Mouse-ear and Black Meddick.Ray and Margaret Perry05/05/2010
05/05/2010Great Northern Diver, female Scaup, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Oystercatchers with 3 young on Millfields Island, Hobby, 2 Common Tern, 2 Raven, 30+ Swift and a male Whinchat. .Dave Newcombe05/05/2010
06/05/2010Approx two dozen Swifts Feeding high above the Wild Life Centre..Bob and Gill Smith06/05/2010
08/05/2010The adult Great Northern Diver still present today. Also 15 Whimbrel through in two separate flocks of 9 and 6. Turnstone, 4 Arctic Terns, 2 Common Terns, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Buzzards and 2 Linnets. More than 250 Swifts and many Swallows, Housemartins and Sand Martins feeding low to the water in the drizzly conditions. .Dave Newcombe08/05/2010
10/05/2010A Greenshank flew north early morning. Other birds of note was a Turnstone, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Shelduck, 2 Common Tern, Arctic Tern and Yellow Wagtail. Just like at the weekend there were 100's of Swifts, Swallows, Housemartins and Sandmartins feeding low to the water. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton10/05/2010
11/05/2010WLC: single Whimbrels at noon and then again at 3pm, Turnstone, Curlew, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 7 Oystercatcher (flock of 5 landed briefly on Horseshoe Island with one pair also present), male Sparrowhawk took a probable Tree Sparrow from the willow, 2 Willow Tits, 1 Pied Wagtail. Paul Stanley: 1 Common SandpiperFox with cubs also seen from WLC, and Water Vole showing well in the pond.James Owen (RSPB vol)11/05/2010
12/05/20102 Sanderling on the Dam Wall this morning, then one on Horseshoe Island a little later. A female Wheatear on the visitor centre roof. Curlew, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail all on Horseshoe Island. 2+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern. Also a Redstart singing from field off shiningford creek. A pair of Redshank with 2 young on Big Island. .Dave Newcombe12/05/2010
12/05/201043 bird species found around midday. Of note: Barnacle Goose (4), Mallard including a female with 6 ducklings, Kestrel (1), Red-legged Partridge (1)- just off site on the road (literally) to Brassington, Oystercatcher (4), Lapwing (4), Redshank (1), Swift (3), Song Thrush (1), Garden Warbler (2), Blackcap (1), Chiffchaff (3), Willow Warbler (2), Willow Tit (2) - RED listed species, Linnet (3) and Bullfinch (pr). Jack-by-the- hedge (or Garlic Mustard), the only plant species newly into flower this week. The flower is white. A Tittesworth Snippet: The latest annual bird report is now available from Tittesworth visitor centre. Also the latest newsletter, covering the first quarter of this year is also available.Ray and Margaret Perry12/05/2010
13/05/2010Between 11.30 and 16.00, single curlew (twice)alternating with single Whimbrel(twice) came to bathe on left of Horseshoe Island. On both occasions, the Whimbrel flew away left of WLC, landing at the same field, with cattle, beyond footpath..David Bennett (Vol Ranger)13/05/2010
15/05/2010PS Hide - 17:00 - 18:00hr:- Oystercatcher [1], Common Sandpiper [1], Redshank [2], GC Grebe [12], Tufted Duck [22], Mallard [10+] and chicks, Moorhen [3], Coot BH Gull [8] Mute Swan [3], (young pair, plus 1 older cob.) + Usual suspects on feeders - G.Tit, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Jackdaw, Pheasant, Tree Sparrow, Blackbird (on fence)Very few birds around, but nice to see having been away for a long time. Common bird counts, just roughly counted.David Edmonds15/05/2010
17/05/20102 Little Ringed Plover, 10+ Oystercatcher. Lapwing with 4 chicks at the Wildlife Centre, 2 Common Terns, Little Owl, 2 Grey Wagtails on Dam Wall near draw off tower, also Swallows nesting on Draw Off tower, Shelduck, Pied Flycatcher singing at Warrington Knob, Redstart singing in field from Shiningford Creek, 2 Raven. 42 Blackcaps, 29 Willow Warblers and 13 Garden Warblers all counted on the circular walk. No sign of Oystercatcher young at Millfields Island or Redshank young on Big island, altho.Dave Newcombe17/05/2010
17/05/2010Over 40 species seen around midday. Of note: Barnacle Goose (12), six Mallard ducklings with female, Oystercatcher (4), Lapwing (2), Curlew (1) - Stones Island, Redshank (1), Whitethroat (1), Garden Warbler (1), Blackcap (3), Chiffchaff (2), Willow Warbler (2), Reed Bunting (1).Butterflies: Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Brimstone. 32 species of flowering plants. Newly into flower in the last few days: Herb Robert (dark pink), White Dead-nettle, Meadow Buttercup, Redshank (pink/red flower and red stalk), Germander Speedwell (blue). A Tittesworth Water Snippet: A Cape Shelduck on Tittesworth's Large Island - on the 13th. Ray and Margaret Perry17/05/2010
18/05/2010WLC: 4 Lapwing chicks at start and end of the day on Horseshoe Island, pairs of Great Crested and Little Grebes beginning to nest build in the willow. Also Sparrowhawk, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Common Gull, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, upto 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank.Elsewhere, a pair of Common Terns were courtship feeding on Flat Island mid-morning.3 Water Voles reported in the WLC pond, and 1 Bank Vole seen under the WLC bird table.James Owen (RSPB vol)18/05/2010
19/05/2010WeBS count for May: 8 Mute Swan,85 Canada Goose,12 Barnacle Goose,40 Mallard,147 Tufted Duck,16 Little Grebe,40 Great Crested Grebe,6 Cormorant,1 Grey Heron,15 Moorhen,57 Coot,12 Oystercatcher,2 Little Ringed Plover,8 Lapwing,4 Redshank,28 Black-headed Gull,2 Common Tern,1 Sparrowhawk,1 Kestrel..Peter Gibbon19/05/2010
20/05/2010Pair of Gadwall, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Lapwing still with 4 young at the Wildlife Centre, 2 Common Terns, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 1st summer Common Gulls, Raven..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton20/05/2010
21/05/2010Fishtail Creek (early am): chaffinch, wood pigeon (x6), jackdaw (x5), carrion crow, magpie, tufted duck (pair), pheasant (x2 male), blackcap, tree creeper, willow warbler, chiffchaff (x2), wren (x4), blackbird, coot (x2), willow tit (x2), whitethroat, black-headed gull, goldfinch, bullfinch, great tit, mallard (x5), kestrel, swallow (x3), grey heron, robin, blue tit (x3- & seen using nestbox),great crested grebe (x3- 2 nests being used) .John Matkin21/05/2010
26/05/2010An Osprey was sitting on the large blue buoy eating a fish for over half an hour just before lunchtime today. It then flew into dead trees near Fishtail Creek before flying down the creek not to be seen again. A Sanderling and a Dunlin on the Dam Wall. A pair of Gadwall at Millfields and a pair at Sheepwash (same pair?). Oystercatchers with 2 well grown young on Millfields Island. Lapwing still with 4 young on Horseshoe Island and another female seen with 2 young. Common Sandpiper on Sheepwash S.Dave Newcombe26/05/2010
26/05/2010Thirty eight species of bird seen around midday. Of note: Barnacle Goose (5), Oystercatcher (2), Lapwing (5) - including two chicks on Horseshoe Island, Curlew (1) - flew over Wildlife Centre Creek calling, Redshank (2), Swift (~15),Dunnock - one male singing & two fledged young seen, Whitethroat (1), Blackcap (2) and Willow Warbler (2).Thirty eight species of flowering plant identified plus the flowerless Horsetail. Hawthorn flowers were in abundance this week but not previously mentioned. New this week: Birdsfoot-trefoil (or Bacon & Eggs) [orange & yellow], Red Clover, Silverweed (yellow flower & silvery green leaves), Oxeye Daisy (white), Brooklime (blue), Rowan (white), Common Sorrel (orange/brown) and Bugle (blue). Ray and Margaret Perry26/05/2010
30/05/2010Canada Geese, 4 Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Great Crested Grebe, Common Tern, Hobby, House Martins, Swifts,Swallows, Redshank,Tree Sparrows,Oyster Catchers, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Tree Creeper feeding young, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler..Leslie Fisher30/05/2010
09/06/2010swifts house martins blackbird magpie canada geese tufted ducks great crested grebe coot cormorant dunnock blue tits great tits carrion crow oystercatcher black headed gull kestrel mallard wood pigeon swallow pied wagtail tree sparrow jackdaw robin mute swan chaffinch willow warbler buzzard.Thomas Wareham09/06/2010
09/06/2010Spotted Flycatcher between Hopton End and Hall Wood. Dunlin on Flat Island, also at least 2 Oystercatcher young there. At least one young Oystercatcher on Big Island plus 4 very young Coots. 5 Cygnets between Millfields and Penn Carr. 2 Little Ringed Plover Stones Island/Sailing Club. 3+ Moorhen young in wildlife centre pond. 6 juvenile Pied Wagtails on Stones Island and a further two young on Big Island. Reed Warbler singing at Hopton Pond. 3 Lesser-black Backed Gulls flew north, an adult and 2.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton09/06/2010
16/06/2010Grt Crested Grebe, Heron (4 + 1), Greylag and Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Grt Sptd Wdpkr, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Sedge Warbler (H), Whitethroat(H), Blackcap,Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (2), Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting. Our first Club walk in a morning rather than evening was a great success with ten other members joining us. On a beautiful summers day Roger took us round a circuit below the dam wall and brought us back along the top of the dam. Lasting three hours we will definitely do this again next year.38 species.Peter Gibbon and Roger Carrington16/06/2010
22/06/2010WeBS count for June: Mute Swan 13 (one family with 4 young), 2 Greylag Goose, 504 Canada Goose,1 Teal, 87 Mallard, 177 Tufted Duck, 1 Ruddy Duck, 4 Little Grebe,27 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen, 195 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank (Millfields), 2 Redshank, 18 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Tern.The Spotted Redshank was seen at Millfields at 06.00 and flew off in a westerly direction after being disturbed.Peter Gibbon22/06/2010
23/06/2010Two Common Tern chicks on Flat Island.Seen from Hall Wood using telescopePeter Gibbon23/06/2010
25/06/2010Having not been on site for four weeks it was interesting to note some young birds including two young Great Crested Grebes, Canada Geese goslings (5), Mallard juveniles - now very well developed, very tiny Moorhen chicks on the Wildlife Centre pond, four young Black -headed Gulls and two juvenile Grey Wagtails (Horseshoe Island). Also worth a mention - two Oystercatchers, two Lapwings, several singing Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, and six Willow Warblers in the same tree on Stones Island. Butterflies present: Small Copper and Red Admiral. Damselflies: Common Blue - mating, and Large Red. Plants in flower: Twenty six species noted. The following have not been previously reported this year: Spear Thistle (purple), Welted Thistle (purple), Meadow Crane's-bill (blue/purple), Ragged Robin (pink), White Clover, Meadow Vetchling (yellow), Yellow Rattle, Common Bird's-foot trefoil (yellow), Tufted Vetch (purple),Dog Rose (pink to off-white), Woody Nightshade (purple), Marsh Hawk's-beard Ray and Margaret Perry25/06/2010
25/06/2010Fishtail Creek (late evening): Oystercatchers (x 2), Little Owl (x2 in field on south side of Fishtail Creek), Great Crested Grebe (x2 adults- one with 4/5 chicks), Tawny Owl fledglings could be heard calling from Carr Wood/Conservation Area (x3 heard simultaneously).Lots of bats and a Brown Hare on track (north side of Fishtail Creek).John Matkin25/06/2010
27/06/2010Fishtail Creek (early am): hobby low over Carr Wood/Conservation Area, being mobbed by swallows. Passed over farmland then headed east..John Matkin27/06/2010
29/06/2010From WLC: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Owl, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Teal (m), 1 Buzzard over. On the raft 3 small BH Gull chicks and at least 1 Moorhen chick hatched. 2 Great Crested Grebe chicks with two adults in Shiningford Creek. Also a Fox took a Mallard duckling below the bird table. At Paul Stanley early evening, 5 Buzzard, 1 Hobby and 2 Raven high over Hall Wood. 2 Common Tern, and 40+ Lapwing on Flat Island..James Owen (RSPB vol)29/06/2010
30/06/2010A sunny day but only 25 species of bird noted around midday. Of note: Oystercatcher (4), Lapwing (4), Swallow (2), House Martin(6), many Wrens singing, Garden Warbler (1) and Blackcap (3). Damselflies: Common Blue, several pairs ovipositing on the wildlife centre pond: one Azure damselfly noted. Butterflies: Small and Large Whites, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown.Plants in flower: Thirty nine species noted this week. Species not previously seen or reported: Perennial Sow-thistle, Nipplewort, Ragwort, Rape,(all yellow); Broad-leaved Dock (green/brownish); Lesser Stitchwort, Hogweed, Elder, Yarrow, Hedge Bedstraw (all white); Stinging Nettle (pale green); Bramble (white to pale pink); Hedge Woundwort (maroon); Creeping or Field Thistle (pale purple), Broad-leaved Willowherb (pink), and finally at least twenty specimens of the COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID in the tRay and Margaret Perry30/06/2010
02/07/2010marsh harrier hunting around sheepwash around 2.30pm.No name given02/07/2010
04/07/2010Fishtail Creek (evening): Wood Pigeon (x2), Oystercatcher, Wren, Blackbird, Willow Tit (x2), adult Great Crested Grebe with 1x large chick, Great Crested Grebes (pair) with 2x smaller chicks, Swallow (x30), Swift, Little Grebe with 2x small chicks, Magpie (x2), Mallard with 5x small ducklings, Carrion Crow (x5), Coot (pair) with 2x large chicks, Jackdaws (x3), Collared Dove, Bull Finch (x3), Great Tit, Pheasant (pair), Grey Heron (roost). Also: Kestrel & Red Legged Partridge (x2) in adjacent fieRabbit, hundreds of froglets in verges, 4 Brown Hares (in adjacent field). NB. Stock Dove around Fishtail Creek/nearby farmland for past week.John Matkin04/07/2010
06/07/20104+ Common Sandpipers, 4 Oystercatcher, Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 adult and 2 juvenile Common Tern on Flat Island, 3 Gadwall, 2 Teal and 7+ Linnet. .Dave Newcombe06/07/2010
06/07/2010Fishtail Creek (evening): of note: oystercatcher (x2), nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker (juv.), large flock of (80 approx.)corvids(mostly jackdaw)flew from farmland behind Hall Wood then south over water.Ringlet and Meadow brown butterflies, Common blue damselflies, large mayfly sp., young grey squirrels.John Matkin06/07/2010
08/07/2010Bird species were hard to find today. Few species singing and vegetation now quite dense. Birds are not moving much at the moment. Of note: Grey Heron (1), Lapwing (22), Common Tern (3) - one may be a juvenile bird. The terns were fishing off Horseshoe Island at around midday. Wren - several singing lustily. Warblers have largely stopped singing but one Blackcap was heard. A male Reed Bunting was seen on Stones Island. A Yellowhammer was seen off site near Hognaston. Odonata: Southern Hawker dragonfly; Common Blue damselfly - pairs mating over the pond next to the wildlife centre. Butterflies: Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper and Ringlet (almost black). Plants: Forty two species identified. The following are newly into flower: Cat's-ear (yellow), Great Willowherb (dark pink), Hawkweed (yellow), Foxglove (dark pink), Purple-loosestrife, Water Betony (tight maroon flowers; squarish marooRay and Margaret Perry08/07/2010
14/07/2010Adult Yellow-legged Gull in front of Sailing Club in the morning and then on Sheepwash Spit in the afternoon. Also 6 Lesser-black Backed Gulls. 6+ Common Sandpiper, four Tufted Duck broods of 3,5,10 & 12. Adult Redshank with 1 young on Flat Island. 2 Buzzards, Kestrel and male Sparrowhawk. .Dave Newcombe14/07/2010
14/07/2010Not many birds found. Of note: Oystercatcher (1) - asleep on Horseshoe Island and Lapwing (16) - mainly on Horseshoe Island.Also found - two female Common Hawker dragonflies and the following plant species in flower but not previously reported: Rosebay Willowherb (dark pink) and Great Burnet (red/maroon). The great Burnet plants were seen in the meadow area between the wildlife centre and pond & the main path.Ray and Margaret Perry14/07/2010
19/07/2010Once again a low bird species count. Few birds singing or calling. Of note: Mute Swan (16 with 15 just off Stones Island), Red-crested Pochard (1 female) - Horseshoe Island, Common Tern (1) - fishing off Horseshoe Island, Goldfinch (sev. h), Reed Bunting (1 male) - Stones Island.Butterflies: Small, Green-veined and Large Whites, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell. Damselflies: Common Blue and Azure. Plants in flower but not previously recorded: Hedge Bindweed (white), Meadowsweet (v. pale yellow), Smooth Sow-thistle (yellow), Common Bistort (pink), Upright Hedge-parsley (white to pale pink) and Lady's Bedstraw (v. sm. yellow flowers).Ray and Margaret Perry19/07/2010
21/07/2010Female Red-Crested Pochard and 1 adult Dunlin on Horseshoe Island around 1pm.Sam Pedley21/07/2010
21/07/2010WLC: 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 1 Greylag type Goose. Tufted Duck with 8 chicks, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler in willow infront of window. Sheepwash: Adult Yellow-legged Gull on spit most of the day. Paul Stanley: 1 Redshank with chick on opposite side of bay, Tufted Duck broods of 8, 6 and 4 chicks.A stoat took what looked like a water vole on opposite side of Wildlife Centre creek.James Owen (RSPB vol)21/07/2010
26/07/2010WeBS count for July. 06.10 to 10.10. Great Crested Grebe 30 (and 1+2 juvs),Little Grebe 18,Mute Swan 21(and 5+3 young),Canada Goose 2004, Greylag Goose 2,Cormorant 11,Grey Heron 4,Mallard 158(and 7+6+2+2+2+2+1+1 young),Gadwall 2,Tufted Duck 155(and 3+6+3young),Coot 422,Moorhen 11,Lapwing 47,Black-headed Gull 16,Common Tern 1..Peter Gibbon26/07/2010
27/07/2010Adult Yellow-legged Gull, female/immature Common Scoter, 2 Common Terns flew through south, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers, c150 Jackdaw, 18 Magpies, female Sparrowhawk, 12 Lesser-black Backed Gulls and 3 Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton27/07/2010
28/07/2010Of note: Tufted Duck including a female with 5 ducklings, Red-crested Pochard (1 female) - off Horseshoe Island, Swallow (4), House Martin (~20) feeding low over Shiningford Creek, Long-tailed Tit (4) - Stones Island, Goldfinch flock (~20) - Stones Island. Bumblebees: Buff-tailed & White-tailed. Butterflies: Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Tortoiseshell. Plants in flower: Similar to the last couple of weeks plus White Dead-nettle noted by the boardwalk near the wildlife centre.Ray and Margaret Perry28/07/2010
03/08/2010Treecreeper, Jay (2), Buzzard (2), Heron (3), Bullfinch (several), Willow Warbler, Goldfinch (many), Whitethroat, Greylag Goose + most of the usual suspects on the water..Eric Dewhurst03/08/2010
05/08/2010Yellow Hammer Male at the back of our office in an industrial estate in Glasgow. As I have never seen one before I presume they must be rare in Scotland..Denis McInally05/08/2010
06/08/2010Only 25 species noted mid morning. Of note: Mute Swan - 17 adults; Grey Heron (1) - Shiningford Creek; Lapwing (11) - Horseshoe Island; Common Sandpiper (1) - Horseshoe Island; House Martin (~30) and Goldfinch (6).Around 30 flowering plant species noted, including Greater Plantain and Gipsywort - neither previously observed this year.Ray and Margaret Perry06/08/2010
11/08/2010WLC: 2 Shoveler (eclipse m + f) on Horseshoe Island, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Teal, Moorhen with 3 chicks (4 at start of day) and a Tufted Duck with 6 chicks. A juv Sparrowhawk hit the WLC window but recovered after a 5 minute rest. A Whitethroat came into the willow. Paul Stanley: Kingfisher on the rocks, a group of 26 Great Crested Grebes off Flat Island with 2 plus a large chick near the vegetation raft. 1 Raven, and a Nuthatch.2 Small Copper butterflies in Shiningford Creek and one at the WLC. A young fox sunbathed in the regular spot by the fenceposts.James Owen (RSPB vol)11/08/2010
12/08/2010Weather: Mainly cloudy with rain showers. Only 28 species located around midday. Of note: A Tufted Duck with six young; a pair of Moorhens with three very tiny chicks outside the wildlife centre main window; Little Ringed Plover (1) - Horseshoe Island; Lapwing (6); Curlew (1); Blackcap (1 male) - Stones Island; Willow Warbler (1) - Stones Island: Goldfinch (flock of ~80) - Stones Island.Butterflies: Small and Large Whites, Peacock and Small Copper. Common Blue damselfly. Plants in flower but not previously recorded this year: Water Mint (blue/purple), Great Reedmace (brown), Amphibious Bistort (pink), Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil (yellow) and Autumn Hawkbit (yellow). Plants now bearing nuts/berries: Woody Nightshade (also some flowers left), Hazel (Cob nuts), Hawthorn (Haws), Bramble (Blackberries). Ray and Margaret Perry12/08/2010
17/08/2010Productive day at the WLC with 42 species, including 4 juv Ruff (probably 2m and 2f) on Horseshoe Island briefly around midday, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Swift, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 1 Common Tern, 1 female Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and 1 Raven both distant. The Moorhen pair are down to 1 chick. Elsewhere, 2 Redstart in hedge/on fenceposts between WLC and Shiningford Creeks..James Owen (RSPB vol.)17/08/2010
18/08/2010WeBS count for August(07.00 to 10.40)Mute Swan 22,Canada Goose 43,Wigeon 2, Gadwall 12,Teal 23,Mallard 173,Red-Crested Pochard 1,Pochard 1,Tufted Duck 446,Little Grebe 24,Great Crested Grebe 41,Cormorant 39,Grey Heron 3,Moorhen 16,Coot 649,Lapwing 6,Common Sandpiper 3,Black-headed Gull 16,Yellow-legged Gull 2.Peter Gibbon18/08/2010
21/08/2010Kingfisher, fishing from rocks in front of Paul Stanley Hide, giving superb views. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls all day. 19 Teal, 1 imm/eclipse male Red Crested Pochard. 1 Common Sandpiper, 50 Swallows in 1 flock southwards. Gull roost has started: 1500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 juv Herring Gull and another YLGull..Roger Carrington21/08/2010
23/08/2010Frequent rain showers. Only 30 species of bird counted around midday. Of note: Grey Heron (1), Little Ringed Plover (1) - Horseshoe Island (HI), Lapwing (32) - HI, Common Sandpiper (1) - HI, Willow Warbler (1) - willow tree outside main Wildlife Centre window.Autumn is just around the corner. The Guilder Rose now has many yellow and red berries.Ray and Margaret Perry23/08/2010
01/09/2010122 Pied Wagtails leaving roost on dam wall early this morning. 4 Grey Wagtails at Millfields end of dam. Little Owl calling across road from Sailing Club at dawn. 2 juv Ruff on Stones Island 0800hrs. 3 Dunlin + 1 Common sandpiper on Horseshoe Island. 47 Cormorant, 34 Little Grebe, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 18 Wigeon, 1 Drake Pochard, 6 Willow Tit, Wood Pigeon on nest..Roger Carrington01/09/2010
03/09/20101 Greylag Goose at Millfields. 51 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler from Sheepwash. 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper WLC before ballons. 2 juv Ruff off causeway to Stones Is 1900hrs. 1 Curlew + 1 Ringed Plover in flight off Stones 2000hrs. Gull Roost: 2800 Lesser Black-backed, 7 Yellow-legged, 1 juv Great Black-backed, 40 Black-headed, and 5 Common Gulls joined the roost briefly.This evening 2 hot air balloons were inflated and took off from the field just behind the Wildlife Centre at 1830hrs. This is not Severn Trent land, hence outside their control. All birds in the area were flushed, not 1 bird could be seen on the water from the Wildlife Centre, there were no birds on the water between Stones Island and Shiningford Island. This has happened before and the operators were asked to review their location.Roger Carrington03/09/2010
06/09/20103 juvenile Ruff from the Wildlife Centre, also a Common Sandpiper and a Dunlin. Also of note was an adult Yellow-legged Gull, juvenile Common Tern, c50 Wigeon, 34 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, Snipe, 67 Cormorants, 3 Grey Heron, Meadow Pipit, 52 Swallows, 25 Housemartins, 4 Sandmartins and a Swift..Dave Newcombe06/09/2010
07/09/2010coot 34 mallard 7 great crested grebe 3 woodpigeon 1 jackdaw 1sightings 8-15am- 8-40am between hay's lane and oldfield lane.Dave Williams07/09/2010
07/09/2010Juv Common Tern at Sheepwash 1800hrs. Juv Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Whinchat on Horseshoe Island. 3 Juv Ruff and 1 Juv Redshank on Watersports Island. 4 Greenshank landed on Sailing Club end of dam at dusk..Roger Carrington07/09/2010
07/09/2010In addition to birds already reported today, 1 Peregrine over WLC. 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 6 Raven with many Jackdaw all mixing high over Shiningford Farm. Also from WLC 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker briefly on the bird table. A total of 48 species noted during today's event. Juv Grey Wagtail in WLC pond..James Owen (RSPB vol)07/09/2010
08/09/20103 juvenile Ruff still present, also 4 Common Sandpipers, juvenile Redshank, Dunlin, juvenile Common Tern, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Meadow Pipis, Linnet, 79 Swallows south, 8+ Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. .Dave Newcombe08/09/2010
09/09/2010Hobby Juvenile.John Mowbray09/09/2010
13/09/2010An Osprey at c11.30hrs caught a fish after several attempts and carried the fish down Hopton Arm around 30 minutes later. Also of note today was 37 Meadow Pipits, 34 Housemartins, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 23 Swallows, 4+ Grey Heron, Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 60 Cormorants, 72 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, female Sparrowhawk and c90 Goldfinch. Roger will no doubt post at some point but shortly after 17.30 this evening Roger found .Dave Newcombe13/09/2010
14/09/2010Wryneck. Found at 1740hrs, went into bushes, then showed from 1845 to 1930hrs. From Millfielfds car park, walk towards the dam wall, it was on the water side of the paved approach path to the large paved circle. The bird was feeding along the kerb between the paving and bushes. To give the bird space to come out of the bushes and feed we were viewing from the slipway behind the 'no swimming' sign.If the bird is present Friday, Park in Millfields Car Park, not on the verge or entrances. Currently the 'pay and display' machine is out of order and entry pole is open.Roger Carrington14/09/2010
14/09/2010Wryneck still present until at least 18:30 mostly feeding in leaf litter around the curbs near the slipway. With patience showed very well, no need to approach. Also, WLC: Osprey fishing in the middle waters. 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Grey Heron, c.60 Goldfinch and 2 Linnet before midday when STW ranger mowed Horseshoe Island after which little else arrived, however 1 Kestrel successfully hunted. 1 Sedge Warbler (briefly) and 2 Chiffchaff in the willow. 2 Willow Tits, 1 Yellow-leg.James Owen (RSPB vol.)14/09/2010
14/09/2010As well as the sightings already mentioned, 16 Greylags, 105 Wigeon, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 45 Swallows, Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawks, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Raven and 2 Buzzards. The Osprey has been spending quite a bit of time around the Fishtail Creek area and could well be roosting there. It now and again flies up the water giving good views from Sheepwash and P. Stanley hides. .Dave Newcombe14/09/2010
15/09/2010Osprey mid morning. 22 Greylag flew over Millfields. 26 feral Barnacle Geese on Stones Island. 450 Canada Geese at dusk. Up to 9 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 2 Oystercatchers flew in at dusk. 1 Adult Kittiwake flew thru east at 1630hrs. A Barn Owl used Sheepwash Hide as a hunting post around 6pm for 35minutes.No sign of the Wryneck today. Observers were searching from dawn to early afternoon when another (or the same!) was found in Heanor.Roger Carrington15/09/2010
17/09/2010Of note: Canada Goose (~200) - Wildlife Cente Creek & Shiningford Creek area, Gadwall (12), Teal (2), Lapwing (2), Redshank (1), Common Sandpiper (1), Tree Sparrow (~30) - all feeding on bird table at the same time!; Goldfinch (~40) - active flock on Stones Island.Butterflies: Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small White. Common Hawker dragonfly. Plants: Not previously noted - Smooth Hawk's-beard (yellow), Spindle Tree - with orange seeds (poisonous but harmless to birds): plenty of hips and haws (red), Woody Nightshade berries (red) and Guilder Rose berries (red). Fungi: A puff-ball, white, one of the bovista species. Ray and Margaret Perry17/09/2010
20/09/2010Of note today: 27 Meadow Pipit, c100 Starling and a Grey Wagatil on the Dam Wall. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, c12 Chiff Chaff, 102 Swallows south throughout the day, also 15 Housemartins. 6 Dunlin on Sheepwash Spit. 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Lesser Whitethroat on Wildlife Centre Creek. 2 Raven, 2 Buzzards, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. .Dave Newcombe20/09/2010
20/09/2010The level of the reservoir has dropped a couple of feet since last week. Of note: A juvenile Little Grebe observed. Grey Heron (2) - one adult and one juvenile. The juvenile was successfully fishing in a pool in front of the Wildlife Centre main window. Wigeon (6), Gadwall (8), Teal (4), Kestrel (1) - Horseshoe Island. Two well developed juvenile Moorhens seen. Lapwing (~20), Collared Dove (10), Willow Warbler (1) and Willow Tit (1).Butterflies: Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White. Dragonfly: Southern Hawker. Plants: About 20 species still in flower but very few specimens found. Nipplewort (yellow), however, is still doing well.Ray and Margaret Perry20/09/2010
21/09/2010WeBS count for September: 28 Mute Swan,213 Canada Goose,193 Wigeon,25 Gadwall,81 Teal,166 Mallard,15 Pochard,879 Tufted Duck,35 Little Grebe,47 great Crested Grebe,28 Cormorant,8 Grey Heron,17 Moorhen,1009 Coot,1 Ringed Plover,67 Lapwing,1 Common Sandpiper.This was before the 'Derbyshire Day' event at Carsington and there was a stall there manned by the committee to promote our club.Very good numbers of visitors stopped to ask questions and two walks were led by Roger Carrington. A good day and thanks to everybody who gave up their Sunday (ie.Roger, John, Gary, Maria, Paul and Steph,Dave).Peter Gibbon and John Bradley21/09/2010
22/09/2010A very good day today but the bird of the day was early this morning. I started walking the Dam Wall around 08.30 and was only getting a few Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails until I neared the Sailing Club. Around 150 yards from the Sailing Club I heard a bird call and more or less straight away I knew it was a Lapland Bunting. I looked up into the air expecting to see it flying over but saw nothing.I then looked onto the rocks in front of me and there it was about 10 yards away. It then walked a.Dave Newcombe22/09/2010
27/09/2010A very modest session today. Dull and foggy plus occasional drizzle so low light conditions. Just 29 species of bird located around midday. Of note: Grey Heron (1), Canada Goose (at least 300) - eastern edge of Stones Island; duck species present - Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard & Tufted Duck; Kestrel (1), Coot (over 150) - between Stones Island and the Sailing Club; Lapwing (3) - the only wader noted!; Pied Wagtail (10), Goldfinch (12). The Pieds and Goldfinches seemed to be flocking together oBecause of the wet weather there were no butterflies or odonata on the wing. Almost all flowers are over BUT some reasonably fresh blooms were seen on the foreshore on the western edge of Stones Island. The plants and their seeds were covered by water until relatively recently. With full exposure to daylight and sunlight these plants are colourful but severely stunted. These plants will continue to bear flower until at least late October, well beyond the fully land based plants. Obviously if we Ray and Margaret Perry27/09/2010
27/09/201011 Meadow Pipits on the Dam Wall and a further 20+ at Sheepwash. 8 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover on Stones Island then later in front of Sailing Club. A Ruddy Shelduck on Stones Island and then at Sheepwash with Canada Geese. A single Swallow through south. Adult Yellow-legged Gull on Sheepwash Spit. Female Sparrowhawk. Possible Hobby over Stones Island. Several Chiff Chaffs including one in song..Dave Newcombe27/09/2010
28/09/201010 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover on Stones Island. Over 30 Meadow Pipits present with some on the Dam and some around Sheepwash. 29 Swallows through south. 30+ Gadwall, 12 Pochard, female Peregrine, a Hobby east at 12.40, several Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Common Gull, Raven, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Ruddy Shelduck and a juvenile Common Tern. At 17.55 an adult Spotted Redshank flew in front of Stones Island then turned again and headed south. .Dave Newcombe28/09/2010
29/09/2010Pintail at Millfields, 4 Common Scoter off Stones Island, 9 Dunlin on Stones Island. Redshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwits at Sheepwash although the Godwits were only seen by Roger. Ruddy Shelduck, 6 Swallows and Yellow-legged Gull. At around 17.15 3 Rock Pipits were on the south side of Stones Island. .Dave Newcombe29/09/2010
30/09/2010At least 1 Rock Pipit still on Stones Island with meadow pipits at 0800hrs. A Lapland Bunting in flight over Stones Island 0810hrs. 4 Skylark, fly-over. 1 Dunlin.The Lapland Bunting was flying around Stones Island continuously calling for 2 minutes. It wanted to land on the foreshore, at one stage joined 2 flying meadow pipits, they landed, the bunting carried on. Eventually it flew high north towards Sheepwash. Further searching there found no sign of it.Roger Carrington30/09/2010
02/10/2010An Osprey appeared from over Hall Wood at 12.20hrs and slowly drifted south over the Dam Wall. Then at 13.05hrs presumably the same bird re-appeared and showed on and off until around 14.10hrs. A drake Red-crested Pochard was at the Wildlife Centre. c20 Meadow Pipits at Sheepwash. Also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Buzzard, male Sparrowhawk and 11 Swallows. .Dave Newcombe02/10/2010
04/10/2010Red-crested Pochard, Shoveler, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Swallow, 6 Skylark, 8 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 8 Linnet, Raven, Siskin and Redpoll..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton04/10/2010
05/10/20102 Rock Pipits on Stones Island at around 09.30hrs. Also one on Sheepwash Spit early afternoon and another flew over Stones Island just before 18.30hrs. Red-crested Pochard at Millfields and then at the Wildlife Centre. 6 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Reed Buntings on Stones Island. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, Snipe, Redpoll and 6 Skylark. At around 17.30 again on Stones Island the Goldfinches and Pied Wagtails that had been feeding quite happily all shot up in obvious alarm. Their reason for su.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton05/10/2010
06/10/201062 Cormorants, Red-crested Pochard, Pintail, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Chiff Chaff, 10+ Siskin, 2 Redpoll, c30 Meadow Pipits, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull and Raven. .Dave Newcombe06/10/2010
06/10/2010Bright and breezy on site today. Of note: Common Pochard (3 males). Hundreds of water birds in Wildlife Centre Creek sheltering from the wind. Predominately Tufted Ducks (~500). Sparrowhawk (1), Lapwing (44), Common Sandpiper (1). The Sparrowhawk tried to take the sandpiper but it got away. Later the sandpiper was seen feeding at the eastern end of Horseshoe Island. Goldfinch (53).Peacock butterfly noted. Plants: Fifteen species of flower seen BUT only a few specimens of each present.Ray and Margaret Perry06/10/2010
07/10/20101 Curlew SandpiperFeeding in front of Wildlife Hide at 15:00. Flew off in middle of flock of Starlings!Dermot Smyth07/10/2010
08/10/20102 Rock Pipits on the Sheepwash shoreline, along with Meadow Pipits. Kingfisher, Raven, Sparrowhawk,Kestrel,YL Gull..Clive Ashton08/10/2010
11/10/2010Rock Pipit in front of Sheepwash Hide with c20 Meadow Pipits. c300 Pink-footed Geese surprisingly heading west at 14.40hrs. Adult Yellow-legged Gull and 9 Common Gull on Sheepwash Spit. Also of note 2 Dunlin, Golden Plover heard only flying over Stones Island. 85 Lapwing, 3 Grey Heron, 62 Cormorants, Red-crested Pochard, several Siskin, 4 Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawks. .Dave Newcombe11/10/2010
11/10/2010Of note: Grey Heron (juvenile), Red-crested Pochard (1 male) - in Wildlife Centre Creek, Meadow Pipit (2) - dam wall area, Rook (1) - this species not often seen on site, and Goldfinch (~30) - on Horseshoe Island. .Ray and Margaret Perry11/10/2010
12/10/2010Quiet day at the WLC, notable were 17 Redwing over and 2 Buzzard. From Sheepwash, 2 Kestrel, 3 Dunlin, 1 Snipe. At least 5 Yellow-legged Gull in the early roost. Also, 5 Shelduck and 1 Jay..James Owen (RSPB vol.)12/10/2010
13/10/2010Rock Pipit on the Dam Wall this morning, 45 Pink-footed Geese over. 2 Dunlin, Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, Snipe, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 5 Siskin and 3 Lesser Redpoll. .Dave Newcombe13/10/2010
17/10/2010WeBS count for October: Great Crested Grebe 49,Little Grebe 47,Grey Heron 3,Cormorant 53,Mute Swan 27,Canada Goose 48,Greylag Goose 2,Wigeon 781,Teal 89,Mallard 103,Gadwall 38,Shoveler 5,Tufted Duck 741,Pochard 91,Goldeneye 1,Moorhen 16, Coot 972,Lapwing 182,Snipe 2,Kingfisher 1.Time 08.00 to 11.00.Unfortunately two Balloons came low over the reservoir during the count and got hundreds of birds up and flying. After consideration of our figures John and I thought this was a fair enough set of figures but perhaps not as accurate as usual. These balloons at the moment are a 'disturbing' development at Carsington.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley17/10/2010
19/10/2010Another quiet day at the WLC, highlights were 2 Brambling, 1 Snipe, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Siskin. A marauding Yellow-legged Gull hunted Little Grebes throughout the day but failed to catch any. At Sheepwash, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost, with c.9 Yellow-legs. 7 Shoveller. Many Redwing on site, 1 Fieldfare over Sheepwash car park. A visitor reported in the shop that a Red Kite overflew the dam wall, no further details.Also, an albino rabbit in Sheepwash car park.James Owen (RSPB vol.)19/10/2010
21/10/2010Red Kite.Drifting over the fields south of the dam wall in the area of Millfields. 10:15am I reported the sighting at the RSPB shop..Robert Stanley21/10/2010
22/10/2010According to Birdguides' Bird News Extra yesterday (ie 21st) the Red Kite was seen at 10.15 over the fields south of the dam and at 15.00 a Great Grey Shrike was seen at 15.00 by the Wildlife Centre before flying North. Today at 8.00 seven Whooper Swans were off the dam wall and a Rock Pipit at the east end of it. Again acording to Birdguides..Peter Gibbon22/10/2010
22/10/2010Whoopers and Rock Pipit are confirmed. Spoke to the finder of the GG Shrike, who is a well known Derbyshire birder,so no problem there. Not sure who had the Red Kite, but there was a report the previous day..Clive Ashton22/10/2010
23/10/20106 Yellow-legged Gulls (5 adults and a 1st winter), lots of Gulls in tonight but viewing wasn't easy due to bad light and distance. Also seen today was c20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylark, c50 Redwings, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven and a Dunlin. Not seen by myself but 17 Golden Plover were seen early this morning. .Dave Newcombe23/10/2010
27/10/2010Of note today; Skylarks were on the move, Dave had 8 over Stones Island, and I had 5+ over the dam wall moving s/w. A Pintail at Sheepwash,also 7 Goosander flew in towards dusk. The ad Med Gull showed well from Sheepwash from 15:15hr, along with a couple of YL Gulls. A Redshank also in the area of Sheepwash spit. Raptors seen, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel..Clive Ashton/Dave Newcombe27/10/2010
29/10/2010Mediterranean Gull (1 adult winter). Yellow legged Gull (3 adults). Herring Gull(c.6). Pintail (1). Lesser Black Back (c.3500). Black headed Gull (c.4000). Magpies (13 in one group outside SWhide). Buzzard. Raven (2+).Of note was one very slim, smallish very black Lesser Black back.... but that's all you can say really as it bore no rings... There were at least 3 other more classic dark looking intermedius types too amongst our normal graellsii. Steph' Hicking29/10/2010
01/11/2010Well the obvious highlight was a cracking male Bearded Tit,in the small reed bed to the left of Sheepwash hide at 10:45hr.The bird was heard pinging and then seen well on at least 3 occassions, before flying high to the north west at 12:35hr.We had the time to get the news out and at least 7 birders caught up with this Derbyshire rarity. 2 Pintail, 50+ Meadow Pipits,2 Redshank,4 Dunlin,7+ Snipe, male Mandarin, adult Mediterranean Gull, 3+Yellow legged Gulls and Kingfisher also on site today.The Bearded Tit had on 3 occassions flown up high as if to leave, but was obviously held back by the misty conditions. As soon as a patch of brightness swept across the reservoir the bird was up and away.Clive Ashton/Dave newcombe01/11/2010
03/11/20104 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adults and a 1st winter), 2 Pintail, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, Brambling, c50 Meadow Pipits, Kingfisher, 6 Siskin, Raven and Sparrowhawk..Dave Newcombe03/11/2010
03/11/2010Only a short time on site today so only visited the wildlife centre. Dull with some rain. Just 28 species found including Lapwing (~60), Redshank (2), Wren (2) - not often seen on site, Rook (2) and a Goldfinch flock on Horseshoe Island (20). Plenty of Guilder Rose and Spindle Tree berries seen today. Many trees with autumn tints. Beech is particularly noticable showing as a golden yellow. A Tittesworth Snippet: The latest quarterly newsletter is available from the Tittesworth visitor centre covering sightings during the months of July, August & September plus other site news.Ray and Margaret Perry03/11/2010
06/11/2010c200 Wood Pigeons over south early morning. 10+ Skylark over, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Med Gull, female Pintail, Raven, 6 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 2 Goosander and a female Goldeneye. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton06/11/2010
07/11/2010Great Northern Diver 1, Whooper Swan 10 (inc 3 juvs), Goldeneye 10, Mediterranean Gull 1 (adult winter), Yellow-legged Gull 3+ (adults), Herring Gull 20+ (argentatus and argenteus), Greater Black-back 1 (1st winter), Lesser Black Back c.3500+, Black Headed Gull c.4000, Common Gull 30+, Dunlin 1, Redshank 2.The Whoopers flew in at 2.30pm and rested up in front of Sheepwash Hide. Roger found the Great Northern at about 3.15pm not sure of the age yet. One of the Yellow legged Gulls has bad what appears to be oil staining on its head today.Steph Hicking/Roger Carrington/John Bradley07/11/2010
08/11/2010All from Sheepwash Hide. 10 Shoveler, 3 drake Red-crested Pochard, Pintail, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Herring Gull. No sign of the Whooper Swans or the Great Northern Diver reported yesterday. Although they could have been hiding away in one of the many bays keeping out the way of the worst of the weather. .Dave Newcombe08/11/2010
09/11/2010Yet another very quiet day after an exciting weekend. Notable from the WLC: 2 Redshank, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 female Kestrel (two prey consumed on Horseshoe Is - one unidentified vole and one probable Wood Mouse). 1 Yellow-legged Gull again terrifying the Little Grebes, 2 Meadow Pipit. 4 Dunlin at Sheepwash, and 1 Peregrine over just north of the reservoir..James Owen (RSPB vol.)09/11/2010
10/11/201033 species of bird seen in one hour of birding. Of note: Goldeneye (1 male) - by Stones Island (SI), Pheasant (1 female) - seen from the boardwalk, Lapwing (18) - Horseshoe & SI, Coal Tit (1) - rarely seen by us at Carsington, Goldfinch (10) - seen by the boardwalk.After recent high winds most of the autumn leaves have been stripped from the trees.Ray and Margaret Perry10/11/2010
11/11/2010A male Red-breasted Merganser on the Dam Wall early morning. A total of 255 Pink-footed Geese over East. 200 at 08.35hrs and 55 at 09.00. 2 Redshank at the Wildlife Centre. A total of 15 Goldeneye. Female Pintail, Dunlin, 2 Raven, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton11/11/2010
13/11/201038 species from the WLC today, included 2 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 6 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven. Late in the afternoon a Barn Owl swooped by the bird table and was chased away by Jackdaws..James Owen (RSPB vol.)13/11/2010
15/11/2010WeBS count for November: 25 Mute Swan,85 Canada Goose,277 Wigeon,32 Gadwall,209 Teal,263 Mallard,2 Pintail,62 Pochard,578 Tufted Duck,9 Goldeneye,1 Great Northern Diver,35 Little Grebe,58 Great Crested Grebe,33 Cormorant,3 Grey Heron,15 Moorhen,1330 Coot,293 Lapwing,3 Dunlin,3 Redshank and 1 Kingfisher.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley15/11/2010
15/11/2010Great Northern Diver seen from Sheepwash towards Dam Wall. Other highlights include 2 Pintail, 8 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Redshank, 2 Snipe, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Skylark, Kingfisher, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 (1st winter) Great-black-Backed Gulls, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Raven, 5 Siskin, c20 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton15/11/2010
15/11/2010Thirty four species of bird seen around midday. Of note: Lapwing (18), Dunlin (1) - Stones Island, Redshank (2), Common Sandpiper (1) - Stones Island, Goldfinch (4) and a pair of Siskins by the wildlife centre.Some stunted specimens of still flowering plants seen at the highwater shoreline on Stones Island, including Daisy, Oxeye Daisy, Perenial Sowthistle, Redshank, Dandelion and Groundsel. Groundsel is in flower all through the year but the others are normally over well before now.Ray and Margaret Perry15/11/2010
17/11/2010Juvenile Great Northern Diver still near the Dam Wall. Also of note today was 2 Pintail, 3 Goosander, 8 Goldeneye, 6 Redshank, 3 Dunlin, Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 41 Redwing and 4 Meadow Pipits. .Dave Newcombe17/11/2010
18/11/2010Black Redstart this afternoon. 130 Pinkfeet low NW at 0930hrs. Tufted Duck with Turquoise/Blue bill saddle marked AS at Millfields again. 267 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 5 Dunlin, 3 Snipe all at Sheepwash. Counts of 38 Little Grebe, 58 Great Crested Grebe, 156 Mallard, 8 Goldeneye.Black Redstart found by John Bradley, still present at 1500hrs. Favouring the overflow grill and washed up weed at Millfields end of dam, also on the control tower.Roger Carrington18/11/2010
18/11/20101 Brambling (Sheepwash feeders) 12.55 2 Willow Tits Lane End Feeders and 2 @ PS Feeders; Female Sparrowhawk causing chaos around the sheepwash spit; 4 Dunlin; 1 Redshank; 1 Yellow Legged Gull..David Bennett (VR)18/11/2010
20/11/2010Black Redstart still present near the overflow at the Millfields end of the Dam Wall. The juvenile Great Northern Diver close to the Dam Wall early morning. At least 6 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost and the resident adult was seen killing and eating a female Tufted Duck on Sheepwash Spit. 1st winter Med Gull also in the roost together with several Herring and GBB Gulls. Also seen from Sheepwash was 3 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 326 Lapwing, 2 Pintail, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Raven, Peregrine, 13 Redwi.Dave Newcombe20/11/2010
22/11/2010Black Redstart again present by the overflow at the Millfields end of the Dam Wall. Please note that Millfields car park is now open. Great Northern Diver off Stones Island. 2 Pintail, 9 Goldeneye, 4 Redshank, 3 Buzzards, 13 Meadow Pipit, 35 Redwing, c25 Blackbirds, 2 Fieldfare, 9 Pheasant, 6 Bullfinch, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, several Herring Gulls and a Raven. A joint effort from Roger and myself produced 282 Common Gulls..Dave Newcombe22/11/2010
22/11/2010Thirty one species around midday. Of note: Kestrel (female) - hovering & hunting on Stones Island (SI), Coot (at least 600) - in the bay next to SI and the sailing club, Lapwing (160) - Horseshoe Island (HI) and in front of the sailing club, Redshank (1) - HI, Bullfinch (male) - near wildlife centre. Some red berries of Hawthorn (Haws), Dog Rose (Hips), Woody Nightshade and Guelder Rose are still to be seen. Hazel catkins are showing. The needle-like leaves of Larch - a deciduous conifer - are now bright orange yellow. Needle drop should occur within a few weeks.Ray and Margaret Perry22/11/2010
23/11/2010Goldeneye 10 Millfields. Yellowhammer 1 flew over Millfields. Lapwing c.350. Common Gull 300+ (I stopped counting at 300!). Yellow Legged Gull 2 adult. Herring Gull 3.No sign Black Redstart at Millfields. GNDiver reported but I didn't see it.Steph Hicking23/11/2010
23/11/201042 species at the WLC today, included 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 1 Dunlin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 8 Fieldfare over, and 1 Little Owl. Very large and active flocks of Lapwing c.400 mobile throughout the day. Elsewhere 2 Redshank on Stones Island, and 1 male Sparrowhawk over the main car park.Only negative reports returned on the Black Redstart despite many observers visiting Millfields today.James Owen (RSPB vol.)23/11/2010
24/11/2010Great Northern Diver, 2 Pintail, Red-crested Pochard, 13 Goldeneye, 3 Buzzards, 4 Sparrowhawks, 8 Snipe, 5 Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Raven and a Brambling. .Dave Newcombe24/11/2010
25/11/20102 Whooper Swans behind Stones Island 1 Dunlin12.30pmMartin Hanks25/11/2010
25/11/20101 Snow Bunting on Stones Island from 0830hrs this morning. Elusive and mobile, calling when in flight. Mainly feeding on seed, creeping among short weeds on shore..Roger Carrington25/11/2010
28/11/2010Four waxwing, garden in Kirk Ireton.Neil Venables28/11/2010
29/11/20102 Whooper Swans located off Stones Island late afternoon before flying off West. 15+ Goldeneye, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, adult Yellow-legged Gull, c20 Siskin, 15+ Bullfinch, 2 Jays, c75 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush and a Kingfisher. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton29/11/2010
06/12/2010Great Northern Diver off Stones Island, 12 Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Redshank, Dunlin, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Great-black Backed Gulls, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Brambling, 5 Song Thrush and 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe06/12/2010
08/12/2010water rail, spotted by chance as i was at the kitchen sink, it was looking for food in the brook which runs past my house down speedwell mill ,millers green , wirksworth..chris wilbraham08/12/2010
10/12/2010From Birdguides - Slavonian Grebe - from Millfields...10/12/2010
11/12/2010Just a quick visit this morning. The Slavonian Grebe which was found yesterday was showing well in Millfields Bay best viewed from near the slipway. Also in the bay was 14 Goosander. Not seen by me but the Great Northern Diver was seen near Stones Island with there possibly being 2 birds present..Dave Newcombe11/12/2010
12/12/20102 Great Northern Divers seen at same time late pm. 1juv, the other too distant to age. 5 Drake Shoveler at WLC. 5 Curlew flew east at dusk. Slavonian Grebe early afternoon at Millfields, could not be found there late pm. Recorded by others; Yellow-legged Gull reported eating a grebe at Sailing Club late pm !!. 6 Whooper Swan flew west. 2 Waxings flew over P S Hide. .Roger Carrington12/12/2010
13/12/2010Slavonian Grebe still present in Millfields Bay. Great Northern Diver, pr of Mandarin, 3 Pintail (2 drakes and a female), drake Goosander, 16 Goldeneye, Redshank, Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 150 Common Gulls, 23 Hering Gulls, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail, 50+ Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe13/12/2010
14/12/2010Slavonian Grebe still present in Millfields bay at 08:00 this morning, 13 Goosander flew over east..Clive Ashton14/12/2010
15/12/2010Slavonian Grebe still in Millfields Bay. 2 Great Northern Divers, the juvenile in front of Sheepwash Hide late afternoon. A Knot on Stones Island. 23 Goldeneye between Millfields and Stones Island and a total count of 29. 3 Pintail, 2 female Goosander, Dunlin, Redshank. A Peregrine was having a mid-air battle with 2 Ravens over Hall Wood early afternoon, and then that or another bird was attacking BH Gulls near dusk. 2 Buzzards, Yellow-legged Gull, 17 Herring Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush and c75 Redw.Dave Newcombe15/12/2010
15/12/2010Low count of species today at 27. It was nice to see a black rumped male Gadwall by Stones Island, a very smart looking duck. We also noted 43 Barnacle Geese in Wildlife Centre Creek. There was also a Redshank on Stones Island. A Merry Christmas and a good birding 2011 to all fellow contributors.Ray and Margaret Perry15/12/2010
19/12/20102 Great Northern Divers off Stones Island, Slavonian Grebe in Millfields Bay plus 4 Ravens over and a redhead Smew in Shiningford Creek..Jonathan Bradley19/12/2010
20/12/2010Most of the reservoir was sitting under ice today with only a few small pockets of water. There was one pocket off Sailing Club Island where there was a couple of Goldeneye amongst the usual stuff. Also a Redshank on the back of the island. Another small pocket was near Lane End but I couldn't see anything of note there. I saw Roger who said that there was a narrow strip of water running along the East Bank where he had seen both GN Divers. There was a Dunlin on the Dam Wall and I had 4 Siskin n.Dave Newcombe20/12/2010
21/12/2010WeBS count for December:Mute Swan 27,Pink-footed Goose 44 flying over,Canada Goose 54,Wigeon 325,Gadwall 70,Teal 23,Mallard 204,Pochard 75,Tufted Duck 692('unusually high number'BTO),Goldeneye 19,Smew 1,Goosander 1,Great Northern Diver 2(UHN says BTO),Little Grebe 18,Great Crested Grebe 95(UHN),Slavonian Grebe 1,Cormorant 25,Sparrowhawk 1,Buzzard 1,Kestrel 2,Moorhen 6,Coot 1,783(UHN),Lapwing 5,Snipe 1,Redshank 2. .Peter Gibbon and John Bradley21/12/2010
21/12/20105 Waxwing feeding in small trees in the hedge along the path between Sheepwash and Paul Stanley hides at 9:00, but none present 30 minutes later. Also, 2 Great Northern Divers in the open waters on East Bank - one viewed from Sheepwash, the other throughout the day from WLC. And 1 Little Owl showing in the field behind WLC. From the Wildlife Centre: 1 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Grey Heron, and 1 Kingfisher. A group of upto 18 Wigeon in small area of water behind HorseshoeReservoir still mostly frozen, but very crowded stretches of ice-free water remain in several areas.James Owen (RSPB vol.)21/12/2010
24/12/2010Walked from Stones island to Paul Stanley,good to see some of the small birds are surviving the cold spell. 23 Fieldfare,16 Blackbird,6 Song Thrush,8 Willow Tit,8 Bullfinch,3 Treecreeper,2 Wren,plenty of Chaffinch and Tree Sparrow.A Peregrine flew over Sheepwash carpark. Reservoir still mainly frozen.Managed to lose the objective lens cover off my scope, Leica 62.In the unlikely event anyone finds it I would be greatful if they would let me know.Lost between Lane end and Sheepwash.Clive Ashton24/12/2010
24/12/20102 Great Northern Divers near the mouth of Fishtail Creek plus a hybrid Athya duck (Pochard x Tufted Duck)?, with small flock of Pochard in Upperfields Bay..Jonathan Bradley24/12/2010
27/12/2010Great northern diver. Raven. Smew..antony wilson27/12/2010
31/12/2010A low list today, as the reservoir is still partly frozen. Good flocks of Wigeon, Mallard and Coot from WLC..Richard, Frances and Ken Pittam31/12/2010


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