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23-Dec-111 Adult Grear Northern Diver from Sheepwash.
1 White-fronted Goose with Canadas in fields at WLC Creek.
93 Pied Wagtail and 60 Meadow Pipit in front of Sheepwash Hide.
Continuous rain all morning.Roger Carrington23-Dec-11
22-Dec-11Great Northern Diver
12 Goosander
13 Pochard
6+ Goldeneye
2 Pintail
7 Dunlin
1 Redshank.
.Clive Ashton22-Dec-11
20-Dec-11Adult Great Northern Diver, White-fronted Goose with 125 Canada Geese. 2 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Redshank opposite the Wildlife Centre, 43 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, Sparrowhawk, Yellow-legged Gull and 30+ Siskin. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown20-Dec-11
20-Dec-11WLC: 1 each of Peregrine (f), Kestrel (f), Sparrowhawk (m), Willow Tit, Lapwing, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Lesser Redpoll

Also, White-fronted Goose and Greylag still with Canada Geese in fields below Shiningford Farm.

Great Northern Div
Water is now being pumped into the reservoir, current level approx 57%.James Owen (STW vol.)20-Dec-11
20-Dec-11WeBS count for December:Mute Swan 5,White-fronted Goose 1,Greylag Goose 1,Canada Goose 109,Shelduck 4,Wigeon 56,Gadwall 9,Teal 351,Mallard 190,Pintail 2,Shoveler 2,Pochard 15,Tufted Duck 324,Goldeneye 5,Goosander 2,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Grebe 2,GrNot big numbers (even with some lingering gulls waiting for snow to stop) of 1613 but good variety of 35 species, which includes the raptors.
Happy Christmas everybody from John and I.
Peter Gibbon and John Bradley20-Dec-11
17-Dec-11Great Northern Diver - from Stones' Island - it was near to buoy number 3 at approx. 11.40h..Richard Pittam17-Dec-11
17-Dec-11Red throated Diver, found by Mark Pass this morning. Still present off Stones Island at 09:45 hr..Clive Ashton17-Dec-11
15-Dec-11Adult Great Northern Diver, 84 Canada Geese, 10 Pintail (the usual 2 at Sheepwash plus another 8 in Brown Ale Bay, 5 female and 5 drake in total), 3 Shoveler, 6 Goldeneye, 9 Snipe, 10 Dunlin, Redshank, 2 Sparrowhawks and Yellow-legged Gull. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown15-Dec-11
14-Dec-11White-fronted Goose and Greylag still at Wildlife Centre among flock of c60 Canada Geese.John Matkin14-Dec-11
13-Dec-111 White-fronted Goose from Wildlife Centre at lunchtime (euroasian race), plus 15 feral Barnacle and 1 Greylag Goose.
11 Snipe at Paul Stanley Hide. Adult Great Northern Diver Off Stones Island
Counts of 45 Pied Wagtail, 55 Meadow Pipits, 31 Great Crest
White-fronted goose was last recorded in Jan 1999.Roger Carrington13-Dec-11
12-Dec-11Great Northern Diver
6 Goosander
21 Dunlin
Mediterranean Gull (adult)
3 Yellow legged Gull
20+ Herring Gull
5 Great black backed Gull.
.Clive Ashton12-Dec-11
08-Dec-11Great Northern Diver, 155 Golden Plover, c25 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 2 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Greylag, Peregrine, 2 Raven, Sparrowhawk, c50 Linnet, c50 Meadow Pipit, c10 Siskin, 10 Bullfinch, 10 Redwing, 3 Lesser Redpoll, Skylark, Yellow legged Gull..Clive Ashton08-Dec-11
05-Dec-11Adult Great Northern Diver, 6 Grey Heron, 60 Canada Geese, 10 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 2 Peregrine, 20 Dunlin, 87 Golden Plover, Redshank, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls, 1st winter GBB Gull, 35 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 9 Bullfinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll, B.Dave Newcombe05-Dec-11
03-Dec-11GN diver from Lane End Hide pm , 2 goosander (drake + redhead) at Millfields..john babb03-Dec-11
03-Dec-11GN Diver still present this afternoon. The drake Pintail at Sheepwash. Gull roost contained 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls,3 Yellow legged Gulls,3 Herring Gulls and a 1st winter Great black backed Gull.Forgot a few sightings from yesterday.
Roger had 9 Crossbills over Penn Carr.Also 2 Stock Doves and a Grey Wagtail by the sailing club.
Clive Ashton03-Dec-11
02-Dec-11c30x Linnets on Sheepwash Spit. 2x Stock Doves over Hopton Reedbed. Siskin, Goldcrest and a flock of 16x Long Tailed Tits in Hall Wood. Fishtail Creek: Large flock of c100x winter thrushes (mostly Fieldfares), flock of c40 Goldfinches (also included 3x LeNoticable influx of Blackbirds on eastern side of reservoir- mostly with darker bills.John Matkin02-Dec-11
01-Dec-111 Great Northern Diver
c150 Golden Plover
15 Dunlin
2 Pintail
Adult Mediterranean Gull
Peregrine male.
3 Herring Gull
2 Yellow legged Gull
.Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington01-Dec-11
30-Nov-115 Grey Heron, drake Pintail, 6 Goldeneye, 18 Dunlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Raven, 10 Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton30-Nov-11
29-Nov-11Popped up this morning where there was little of note. Returned at 12:30 when the adult Med Gull was present. Later a 1st Winter Little Gull dropped in at Sheepwash, and was then relocated by Roger at Lane End, in a downpour..Clive Ashton29-Nov-11
28-Nov-112 Pintail, 9 Gadwall, 5 Goldeneye, drake Goosander, 2 Buzzards. Female Kestrel caught and stashed 2 Bank Voles on the 'new' Sheepwash Spit. 22 Dunlin, 21 Golden Plover, c50 Meadow Pipits, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and 1st winter).Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton28-Nov-11
28-Nov-11WeBS count for November: Mute Swan 27,Canada Goose 90,Wigeon 75(320 in October),Gadwall 6,Teal 247,Mallard 158,Pintail 2,Pochard 4,Tufted Duck 307(578 on 14/11/10),Goldeneye 7,Little Grebe 6,Great Crested Grebe 28,Cormorant 17,Grey Heron 5,Moorhen 3,Coot .Peter Gibbon and John Bradley28-Nov-11
27-Nov-11All from Sheepwash Hide, 9 Pheasants, 13 Cormorants, 83 Canada Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Herring Gulls and c100 Linnets. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown27-Nov-11
24-Nov-112 Red crested Pochard at Millfields. From the dam wall,5 Goldeneye, a Peregrine causing mass panic amongst the wader flock (Lapwing,Golden Plover and Dunlin)
From Sheepwash,2 Pintail,c25 Dunlin,c100 Linnet,c30 Pied Wagtail,Raven and the late Greenshank s
.Clive Ashton24-Nov-11
23-Nov-112 Pintail, 8 Goldeneye, 50+ Golden Plover, 6 Snipe, Greenshank, male Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, c30 Meadow Pipit, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton23-Nov-11
23-Nov-1115 Dunlin flying with flock of Lapwings, landed near Dam Wall. 5 Redpoll with Gold and Bullfinches Millfield end of Fishtale Creek. 30 Lesser Blackback Gulls near Dam Wall. Nuthatch on feeder between Sheepwash and Visitor CentreRedpolls late morning, remainder early afternoon.Eric Dewhurst23-Nov-11
23-Nov-11c30x Golden Plover over Fishtail Creek (early am), 63x Tree Sparrows counted on and around Ranger Base feeders, Female Sparrowhawk took a Collared Dove at Ranger Base(second time this month) this bird is frequently seen hunting around Visitor Centre car p.John Matkin23-Nov-11
22-Nov-11The Black Redstart was still present until around 15.30 at least. It was quite mobile and was often moving further up the Dam past the draw off tower. Also seen from the Dam Wall was 6 Gadwall, 6 Goldeneye, 112 Golden Plover, 7 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 2 Yellow-l.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown22-Nov-11
22-Nov-11Black Redstart at Millfields by draw-off tower at 1325hrs.
14 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and pair Pintail at Sheepwash.
Note that a black redstart was present at the same location last year 18-22nd Nov.Roger Carrington22-Nov-11
21-Nov-115 Grey Heron, 72 Canada Geese, 7 Pheasants, 2 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c250 Golden Plover, 26 Dunlin, 530 Lapwing, Greenshank, Redshank, 6 Snipe, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 120+ Common Gulls, Herring Gull, 15.Dave Newcombe21-Nov-11
19-Nov-1124 Dunlin
1 Greenshank
100+ Golden Plover
2 Pintail
4 Goldeneye
1160 Wood Pigeon over north east
7 Skylark over
10+ Lesser Redpoll
.Clive Ashton19-Nov-11
17-Nov-11Mediterranean Gull 1 adult
Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult
Greenshank 1
Dunlin 20
3.15 to 4.15. Most gulls far away and into the sun tonight.Paul Mollatt17-Nov-11
16-Nov-112 Pintail, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Grey Partridge on Stones Island, 51 Golden Plover, 20 Dunlin, Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 160 Common Gull, c5'500 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, 4 Herring Gulls, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Skylark, c30 Meadow Pipit, 24 Blackbirds, 3.Dave Newcombe16-Nov-11
15-Nov-11Early morning, at Sheepwash 1 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 2 Goldeneye, c.80 Linnet. 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Lane end.
Sailing Club: 14 Dunlin, c.90 Golden Plover.

WLC: c.80 Pink-footed Goose over heading NE, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Gadwall. 1 Peregrine - app
Our volunteer range team worked all day around the WLC, causing some disturbance. Hopefully good news on this soon.James Owen (STW vol)15-Nov-11
14-Nov-113 Whooper Swans flew North East at 10:30, 361 Golden Plover, 300+ Lapwing, 27 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 1 Greenshank. Wildfowl included 3 Pintail (2 drakes),6 Goldeneye, 1 Common Scoter and 32 Pochard. Large flock of 92 Linnet at Sheepwash,12 Lesser Redpoll, Skyla.Clive Ashton/Dave Newcombe14-Nov-11
13-Nov-11Female Pintail, 350+ Golden Plover, 21 Dunlin, Oystercatcher, 4 Snipe, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 8 Herring Gulls, GBB Gull, male Sparrowhawk, Raven. We didn't see the 11 Bewick's Swans on site, although we did luckily see them.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown13-Nov-11
10-Nov-113 Little Egret,3 Goldeneye,284 Golden Plover,19 Dunlin,7 Snipe,3 YL Gull,100+ Linnet, Peregrine..Clive Ashton10-Nov-11
09-Nov-115 Grey Herons, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Shoveler, 276 Golden Plover (202 in front of Sheepwash and 74 in front of Sailing Club), 16 Dunlin, Redshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, 115 Common Gulls, 56 Pied Wagtails, Kingfisher, 2 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunti.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton09-Nov-11
08-Nov-11Grey Plover in front of Sheepwash Hide from 1530hrs, still there at dusk..Roger Carrington08-Nov-11
08-Nov-11Female Pintail, Goldeneye, 4 Snipe, Raven, 55 Linnet, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Snipe, 148 Golden Plover (MAP had 151), Mark also had 17 Dunlin. Most of the Golden Plover are in front of Sheepwash Hide. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown08-Nov-11
07-Nov-1117 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Goldeneye( 3 females and a 1st winter male), 25 Golden Plover, 7 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 90 Common Gulls, 11 Herring Gulls, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Great-black Backed Gulls on Dam Wall early a.m, 65 Pied Wagtails, 50.Dave Newcombe07-Nov-11
05-Nov-11Small flock of circa 20 SiskinSeen near Brownale Bay at noon todayDavid Naylor05-Nov-11
02-Nov-113 Grey Heron, drake Shoveler, 20 Pochard, 210 Lapwing, 7 Dunlin, 9 Golden Plover, Buzzard, Sparrohawk, Kestrel, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull, 84 Common Gulls, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 7 Skylark, 105 Wood Pigeon south, 90 Redwing, 10 Fi.Dave Newcombe02-Nov-11
01-Nov-11WLC: 1 Redshank, 1 Peregrine (f), 1 Kestrel (f) took prey - vole species, 1 redhead Goosander over.

Sailing Club: 8 Golden Plover, 5 Dunlin, among many Lapwings.
.James Owen (STW vol.)01-Nov-11
31-Oct-11187 Lapwing, 10 Dunlin, 7 Golden Plover, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Buzzard, Kestrel, 4 Skylark, 11 Greylag Geese, c20 Meadow Pipits, 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton31-Oct-11
31-Oct-11Great Black-backed Gull 1 first winter
Herring Gull 6 adult and 1 first winter.
One bird with a noticeable dark band round the end of the bill, which on checking when I got home equated to a 3rd winter Herring Gull.
Yellow-legged Gull 2 first winter
A good evening for gull watching as the light was good. There were many loafing and washing in front of Sheepwash between 4-5pm.Paul Mollatt31-Oct-11
27-Oct-11No messageThat should of course, read ringed Mute Swans.Clive Ashton27-Oct-11
26-Oct-11Dear Clive,
Many thanks for your email regarding the colour ringed Mute Swans at Carsington.You have two very remarkable birds - good to know they are well and alive.Here are the ringing details:
Yellow JCA - metal ring W00590.
The bird was ringed as
Here are the details on the pair of ringrd Mute Smans at Carsington.Clive Ashton26-Oct-11
25-Oct-11Exceptionally quiet day at the WLC, on 32 species all day. Included 1 Redshank, 1 Gadwall, 22 Lapwing, flocks of c25 Redwing and c35 Fieldfare over, 2 Raven.Visitor reported a flock 50 Golden Plover landing midday at Sheepwash which was immediately flushed by a Peregrine and left site. Details in hide logbook.James Owen (STW vol)25-Oct-11
24-Oct-1116 Gadwall, 22 Pochard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Ruff, Redshank, 10 Dunlin, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull, 47 Common Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 90 Redwing, Raven and c100 Starlings. .Dave Newcombe24-Oct-11
21-Oct-1111 Dunlin, Ruff, Redshank, Kingfisher, Peregrine, 2 Yellowhammers over the Dam Wall, also 8 Skylark over, c55 Linnet at Sheepwash, 8 Pheasant, 27 Redwings and 3 Lesser Redpoll. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown/Clive Ashton21-Oct-11
21-Oct-11Oystercatcher, 10 Dunlin, Ruff, 2 Yellow legged Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and 1st winter). .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown21-Oct-11
19-Oct-116 Grey Herons, 140 Greylag Geese, 3 adult Whooper Swans arrived on site around 08.30 and was still present until around 12.15 at least. Pintail, 10 Dunlin, Ruff, Ringed Plover, Yellow legged Gull, 31 Common Gulls, 2nd winter GBB Gull, 3 Herring Gulls, 4 S.Dave Newcombe19-Oct-11
18-Oct-11WeBS count for October. Water level 57.1%.Mute Swan 19,Greylag Goose 220,Canada Goose also 220,Ruddy Shelduck 1,Wigeon 320,Gadwall 30,Teal 282,Mallard 141,Pintail 1,Red-crested Pochard 2,Pochard 33,Tufted Duck 265,Little Grebe 11,Great Crested Grebe 37,Co.Peter Gibbon18-Oct-11
17-Oct-11An adult Great Northern Diver was seen from Sheepwash Hide at around 10.30hrs. We watched it for a while before we left site. When we returned there was no further sign. Also of note today was c160 Greylag Geese, Pintail, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Ruff, 10 D.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton17-Oct-11
16-Oct-11Red Kite, sheepwash hide. Was being mobbed by two lapwings and a grey heron.Saw it approx 9am. Had been busy watching a kestral and didn't see which direction kite come in, but saw it in front of hide, relatively close to waters edge and flying low to the ground. Looked like it was searching / scavenging but the lapwings and heClaire Simpson16-Oct-11
13-Oct-11A massive 395 Greylag Geese,23 Barnacle Geese,5 Whooper Swans north at 09:25,21+Dunlin,2 Ringed Plover,8 Shoveler,c560 Redwing,c50 Fieldfare,and another birder reported c45 Skylarks over..Clive Ashton13-Oct-11
13-Oct-11Stones Island 10.45 to 12.15
meadow pipits 15.goldfinches 20.greenfinchs5.long-tailed tits about 10.coal tits 2.wilow tits2.dunlin 2.lessar bkack back gulls 2. kestrel 1.
.Maurice Tilford13-Oct-11
13-Oct-11Redwings passing over all day: flocks of c150 at 11:10 and 11:30, flocks of c200 at 12:00 and 18:00, another further flock of c100 feeding at Fishtail Creek. Flocks of x12 Siskin, 7x Bullfinch and 15x Tree Sparrows also feeding at Fishtail Creek. 1x Skyla.John Matkin13-Oct-11
13-Oct-11Redwings passing over all day: flocks of c150 at 11:10 and 11:30, flocks of c200 at 12:00 and 18:00, another further flock of c100 feeding at Fishtail Creek. Flocks of x12 Siskin, 7x Bullfinch and 15x Tree Sparrows also feeding at Fishtail Creek. 1x Skyla.John Matkin13-Oct-11
12-Oct-1142 Cormorants, 7 Grey Heron, 750 Canada Geese, 265 Greylag Geese, 23 Barnacle Geese, 2 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 2 drake Red Crested Pochards, Peregrine, 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, Curlew Sandpiper in front of Sailing Club still, 32 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, Yellow-le.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton12-Oct-11
11-Oct-117 Grey Heron, Pink footed Goose, 5 Shoveler, Pintail, 2 Red crested Pochards, 31 Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Yellow-legged Gull. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown11-Oct-11
10-Oct-118 Grey Heron, 230+ Greylag Geese, 5 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 29 Pochard, female Peregrine caught and devoured a Teal in front of Sheepwash Hide, Sparrowhawk, 34 Dunlin, Grey Plover at Sheepwash, Curlew Sandpiper in front of Sailing Club with the majority of t.Dave Newcombe10-Oct-11
09-Oct-11The massive numbers of Geese continues with:
236 Greylag
802 Canada
13 Barnacle
These birds continue to come in from the south west early morning and leave late afternoon.

Waders still about in good numbers:
29 Dunlin
2 Ruff, west
1 Grey Plover
.Clive Ashton09-Oct-11
07-Oct-114 Little Egrets at Millfields at 1835hrs, then flew towards Stones Island and lost from view as they headed up to the north end..Jonathan Bradley07-Oct-11
05-Oct-112 Rock Pipits and a Yellow Wagtail on the Dam Wall near Sailing Club at c1830hrs, then flew off west with Meadow Pipits..Jonathan Bradley05-Oct-11
04-Oct-11On Sailing Club shore viewed from dam wall this morning: 1 juv little stint, 8 curlew sandpiper, 14 dunlin, 5 ringed plover, 2 snipe.
Stones Island: 60 meadow pipit, 9 linnet, 2 chiffchaff.
Sheepwash: 335 wigeon, 5 snipe 46 greylag, 45 cormorant.
.Roger Carrington04-Oct-11
04-Oct-111 juv Little Stint, 4 juv Curlew Sandpipers and a juv Ruff with the Dunlin flock in rocks near the Sailing Club at dusk..Jonathan Bradley04-Oct-11
01-Oct-11Sheepwash: 2 Curlew Sandpiper,12 Dunlin,3 Snipe.
Sailing Club/Dam Wall: 2 Curlew Sandpiper,12 Dunlin(likely same birds seen earlier),4 Ruff, 1 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail with 60+ Pied Wagtail, probable Merlin (small falcon flew low ov
2.00-5.30pmPaul Thomas01-Oct-11
30-Sep-11A group of 4x Raven over Fishtail Creek early am heading southeast a 5th seen shortly after heading in the same direction. A furter 2x Raven seen later over Sheepwash. 1x male Blackcap by gate for Paul Stanley Hide, 1x Goldcrest at Shiningford Creek, 6x C.John Matkin30-Sep-11
30-Sep-11Sheepwash: 2 Curlew Sandpiper,12 Dunlin,3 Snipe.
Sailing Club/Dam Wall: 2 Curlew Sandpiper,12 Dunlin(likely same birds seen earlier),4 Ruff, 1 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail with 60+ Pied Wagtail, probable Merlin (small falcon flew low ov
2.00-5.30pmPaul Thomas30-Sep-11
29-Sep-11700 Canada Geese,146 Greylag Geese,22 Barnacle Geese,25 Dunlin,8 Ringed Plover,7 Snipe,4 Ruff,6 Skylark over,1 Wheatear,8Goosander,8 Yellow legged Gulls,4+Common Tern and 1 Black Tern.The numbers of Geese recently is far beyond the normal resident birds. Yesterday c1000 birds flew in from the south west at 08:00hr and are probably feeding on fields somewhere in that direction.Clive Ashton29-Sep-11
27-Sep-11Common Sandpiper12:00 noon Millfield end of dam wallJohn Eaton27-Sep-11
26-Sep-11c10 Grey Heron, 5 Greylag Geese, 9 Shoveler (poss 11), 3 Buzzards, Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawks, 24 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, c5'000 LBB Gulls, 45 Swallows, 7 Skylark, 2 Wheatear, Green Woodpecker and 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe26-Sep-11
26-Sep-11A juvenile Arctic Skua was found by Jon Bradley late Saturday evening. It was watched by Jon and myself, scattering the gull roost, until dark.The Skua was seen again early this morning ,by Roger Carrington,before it flew to the north east at 06:45hr.Also.Clive Ashton26-Sep-11
22-Sep-11The Waders that Roger mentioned were still there late afternoon, also 3 Turnstone flew in but flew off South shortly after. A Little Egret dropped in onto Sheepwash Spit and 4 Jays were in Brown Ale Bay. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown22-Sep-11
22-Sep-11Dam wall 0700hrs; 177 Pied Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wag, 1 White Wag, 1 Wheatear. Millfields; 1 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Shoveler, 3 Goldcrest. Sailing Club Shore; 3 Ruff, 22 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin. Sheepwash; juv Black Tern still this morning, 111 Wigeon,.Roger Carrington22-Sep-11
21-Sep-11c10 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, 45 Cormorants, 140 Wigeon, 63 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 18 Pochard, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 21 Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff, 10 Dunlin, Redshank, juvenile Black Tern, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 170+ Meadow Pipits a.Dave Newcombe21-Sep-11
20-Sep-112 juvenile Black Tern
18 Ringed Plover
10 Dunlin
2 Ruff
1 Redshank
5 Yellow legged Gull
4 Shoveler
103 Meadow Pipit
2 Yellow Wagtail
.Clive Ashton20-Sep-11
19-Sep-11WeBS count for September 07.30 to 11.30.
As well as the birds mentioned by Dave and Clive the following were counted: Mute Swan 25,Canada Goose 470,Wigeon 167,Gadwall 43,Teal 357,Mallard 236, Shoveler 4,Pochard 24, Tufted Duck 394,Little Grebe 31,Great C
Thank you to Dave, Clive and Roger for their input and figures.Peter Gibbon19-Sep-11
19-Sep-1143 Cormorants, 10 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, Pink-footed Goose, 3 Shoveler, 130 Wigeon, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel. The Sailing Club area is still pulling in the Waders. The Curlew Sandpipers have now gone but today there was 23 Ringed .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton19-Sep-11
16-Sep-111 Curlew Sand, 3 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover at Sailing Club early morning. No sign of Curlew Sand at 1200hrs, but 2 juv LRP there.
1 Golden Plover over Stones Island calling, also 4 Linnets.
440 Canada Geese including a large flock in from south.
.Roger Carrigton16-Sep-11
16-Sep-11Hobby over Millfields/Hays Lane at about 18:45.John Matkin16-Sep-11
16-Sep-11Further to Roger's records:
2 Green sandpipers at Sheepwash this afternoon.
Large number of Swallows moving through, including a count of 100 in a 15 minute period,attracting the attention of a Hobby.
Waders still near sailing club this evening were, 5
.Clive Ashton16-Sep-11
15-Sep-11Waders still on Sailing Shore this morning: 4 Ruff, 3 Curlew Sands, 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin and 9 Ringed Plover.
Dam Wall 0645-0715hrs: 160 Pied Wagtails, 6 Yellow Wags, 1 Grey Wag, 1 Wheatear and 1 adult Arctic Tern fishing along the wall then went south with
.Roger Carrington15-Sep-11
14-Sep-114 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 1 Knot,1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin in front of Sailing Club.12 Ringed Plover on Stones Island.A Gannet was found by Steph Hicking flying past Sheepwash, seen by me and others, then on the water behind the spit, then flew off NE mobbMany birders on site today, so I have included their records but will have missed some.Roger Carrington14-Sep-11
13-Sep-11I'll start with the stand out highlight. A near adult Gannet was found by Steph and Roger from P Stanley hide shortly after 15.30hrs. We managed to catch up with it from Stones Island and then on the new path near Hopton End where it had a brief altercati.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Chris Brown13-Sep-11
13-Sep-11Short visit around midday. Of note: Grey Heron (2), Sparrowhawk (1), Curlew Sandpiper (1) - on the dried out area by the Stones Island causeway - opposite the Sailing Club, Swallow (30), Goldcrest (1), Long-tailed Tit (2) and Willow Tit (2).Butterflies: .Ray and Margaret Perry13-Sep-11
13-Sep-113 peregrines just north west of Carsington village (around Old Knoll). Two adults and a younger bird. Also one briefly above Carsington village.Watched from around 9.30 - 10.30. Easily visible from the path to Brassington. Seen interacting with Kestrel and later with three Buzzards.Adam Summerhayes13-Sep-11
12-Sep-114 Curlew Sandpipers, 5 Ruff and a Knot all in front of Sailing Club. At least 11 Ringed PLover and several Dunlin flitting between Sailing Club and Stones Island. Greenshank, Green Sand and Common Sand in Brownale Bay. 65 Meadow Pipits scatterd across sit.Dave Newcombe12-Sep-11
11-Sep-11Waders in front of Sailing Club this evening: 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot.
Also drake Mandarin and 2 Red Crested Pochard in front of Sheepwash, 44 Wigeon, 203 Teal, 3 Ruff past Stones Island heading towards Sailing Club
.Roger Carrington11-Sep-11
10-Sep-11An observation about the osprey seen by Dave Newcombe on 7th at 3pm - this was certainly Rothiemurchus, one of Roy Dennis' Scottish satellite tagged ospreys which was reported flying S over Ladybower Res at 1pm and then south over Carsington at 2.50pm. Go.nick brown10-Sep-11
08-Sep-11Sailing Club shore: 2 Ruff, 1 Curlew sandpiper.
Stones Island: 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Wheatear, 16 Meadow Pipit.
WLC Creek: 1 male Redstart.
Sheepwash: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Pintail.
Brown Ale Bay: 4 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.
All 0630-1000hrs.Roger Carrington08-Sep-11
08-Sep-11An Osprey flew south mid-afternoon. It came over Hall Wood and flew straight through. Hobby at Millfields early morning. 6 Grey Heron, 29 Wigeon, 195 Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Red Crested Pochard, Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Turnstone, 3 Greenshank, 2 Ringed.Dave Newcombe08-Sep-11
06-Sep-115 Greylag Geese, Pintail, 24 Wigeon, 47 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, 2 Peregrine, 4 Greenshank (1 at Millfields and 3 in Brownale Bay), Black-tailed Godwit in Brownale Bay, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper. 2 Ruff and the Curlew Sand.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton06-Sep-11
06-Sep-11Curlew Sandpiper with Ruff still, mid-afternoon on Stones Island facing the sailing club/dam.

WLC: 1 Whinchat, 2 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 2 Gadwall, a single Lapwing was the only wader seen from h
.James Owen(STW vol)06-Sep-11
05-Sep-119 Grey Heron, 160 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 4 Pochard, Peregrine, Hobby, 3 Greenshank. Ruff and Curlew Sandpiper still present near Sailing Club late evening, Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, 6+ Yellow Wagtails, 10+ Me.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton05-Sep-11
05-Sep-111 curlew sandpiper, 1 ruff adjacent to causeway near sailing club..Richard pittam05-Sep-11
03-Sep-11The 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers were still present this morning in Hopton Bay. Also present today was 37 Cormorants, 8 Grey Heron, 19 Wigeon, 142 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Pochards, 2 Red Crested Pochards, 2 Kestrel, 4 Greenshank, 8 Little Ringed Plover, Green .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown03-Sep-11
03-Sep-11For those that don't know already, there were 2 Curlew Sandpipers at the Hopton end Friday night.
Also present in that area 2 Greenshank and Ruff.
Bar tailed Godwit near sailing club.
.Clive Ashton03-Sep-11
31-Aug-11A female/immature Marsh Harrier flew over Stones Island heading North East at 17.45 this evening. This was the only Raptor seen today but don't come much better. Also of note today was 34 Cormorants, 6 Grey Heron, 11 Wigeon, Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 3 Greensh.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton31-Aug-11
30-Aug-11The highlight today was an Osprey that flew South at 12.15hrs. Other birds of note were 33 Cormorants, 7 Grey Heron, 5 Greylag Geese, 3 Greenshank, 2 Dulin, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 6 Buzzards, Peregrine, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Yellow Legged Gu.Dave Newcombe30-Aug-11
29-Aug-1130 Cormorants, 7 Grey Heron, 5 Greylag Geese, 114 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 26 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, 4 Buzzards, 3 Greenshank, juvenile Knot, Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Yellow Wagtail .Dave Newcombe29-Aug-11
28-Aug-11Just a quick visit this afternoon;
3 Greenshank,1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpipers in Brown Ale Bay.
At Sheepwash Wigeon numbers are slowly rising, with 9 present.
On the way back to the car park at Sheepwash, a Hobby flew over.
.Clive Ashton28-Aug-11
28-Aug-11Fishtail Creek: several species taking advantage of large number of flying insects in sheltered spot. Several Willow Warblers, 2x Spotted Flycatcher and a Wood Warbler at 12:30. Also Hobby flew over heading southwest and 2x Raven..John Matkin28-Aug-11
27-Aug-118 Grey Heron, 30 Cormorants, 7 Wigeon, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Greenshank (another birder saw 3), Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Yellow-legged Gull, Arctic Tern, 2 Wheatear, 5+ Yellow Wagtail, M.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton27-Aug-11
26-Aug-11A good afternoon. Started at Sheepwash where there were 5 Shoveler, 23 Gadwall, 1 Pochard and 7 Wigeon.

Went onto Stones, in the rain, and had 3 LRP,3 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

The wildlife centre held a Snipe and the Red crested Poch
.Clive Ashton26-Aug-11
25-Aug-1111 Grey Heron all at Sheepwash, 6 Wigeon, c90 Teal, drake Red Crested Pochard, drake Common Pochard, 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrel.
5 Turnstone flew past Sheepwash and towards Stones Island. Unfortunately they couldn't be re-located. 2 Greenshank at Sheepwash. G
.Dave Newcombe25-Aug-11
25-Aug-11Dam Wall:3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sand Martin, 7 Rook, 1 Golden Plover flying low north, 1 Greenshank.
WLCentre: 1 Red Crested Pochard, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
Stones Island: 1 Yellow Wagtail. 1 Whitethroat.
Sheepwash: 1 Greenshank, 2 Peregrine together, 4 Wi
0600-0930hrs following heavy overnight rain.Roger Carrington25-Aug-11
24-Aug-118+ Grey Heron, 5 Wigeon, 71 Teal, drake Red Crested Pochard, Pochard, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 3 Ruff briefly at Sheepwash but couldn't be re-located, Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper, 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Yellow-legged Gull, 91 Pied W.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton24-Aug-11
22-Aug-11Short stay around midday. Only common bird species noted.
Butterflies: Peacock, Small White, Large White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper and Small Copper.
Plants in bloom: Red Goosefoot & Brooklime (blue) not previously reported. Berries:
.Ray and Margaret Perry22-Aug-11
22-Aug-11The main highlight today was seeing 19 Yellow Wagtails on Stones Island around teatime. We could hear some calling and then had a flock of 17 fly in front of us and then over our heads. We then picked out another 2 in flight. Also seen today was 11 Grey H.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton22-Aug-11
21-Aug-11A couple of hours on site this evening. Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper. A total of 10 Plovers, one of these was a Ringed Plover and the other 9 all looked like Little Ringed but viewed from distance. A total of 38 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon and drake Red Cres.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown21-Aug-11
20-Aug-118 LRP mainly juvs, 1 adult Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper all at Paul Stanley Hide.
403 Canada Geese total count, 6 Greylag at Millfields.
1 Juv Ruff with Lapwings around WLC.
All this evening.Roger Carrington20-Aug-11
20-Aug-11Only a few hours on site today. 78 Teal, 4 Wigeon, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Kestrel, 8 Common Sandpipers, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, and the Yellow Legged Gull. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown20-Aug-11
19-Aug-11No sign of yesterdays spotted redshank.
1 Wheatear on dam wall 0700hrs. 1 Yellow Wagtail over WLC Creek and Redstart there.
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover from Paul Stanley Hide.
Osprey from Sheepwash Hide at 0950hrs mobb
.Roger Carrington19-Aug-11
19-Aug-11Juvenile Spotted Redshank first found in Brown Ale Bay, the Paul Stanley side of Sheepwash Spit. This area is best viewed from the new path and is currently pulling in a few Waders. Also seen there was 6 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 Common San.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton19-Aug-11
17-Aug-11Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, 5 juvenile Shelduck flew in just before lunch, Wigeon, c25 Gadwall, Red Crested Pochard, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, Ruff flew in late evening, Curlew, Gr.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton17-Aug-11
16-Aug-11Sheepwash: 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 3 Raven, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove.

WLC: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Linnet.

Also, 1 Redstart near Shiningford Creek.
.James Owen (STW vol)16-Aug-11
16-Aug-11WeBS count for August:Mute Swan 13(adults and excluding 6 cygnets),Canada Goose 247,Gadwall 15,Teal 25,Mallard 319,Red-crested Pochard 1,Tufted Duck 277,Little Grebe 19,Great Crested Grebe 42,Cormorant 23, Little Egret 2, Grey Heron 4,Moorhen 7,Coot 664,Done between 06.45 and 10.30.Thanks to Dave Newcombe being on site some additional records have been added to BTO records.Extremely helpful Dave. Thank you.Peter Gibbon16-Aug-11
15-Aug-1132 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 12 Grey Heron, Wigeon, 25 Teal, 15+ Gadwall, eclipse drake Red Crested Pochard, 5 Buzzard, juvenile Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel flew in late eve.Dave Newcombe15-Aug-11
15-Aug-11Comprehensive bird reports already submitted for today by others but it's worth mentioning Chiffchaff singing on Stones Island plus a Willow Warbler seen. Very few birds seem to be singing.
Also seen: 7-spot Ladybird and Common Blue Damselfly.
Many but
.Ray and Margaret Perry15-Aug-11
15-Aug-1154 species seen. Including: Yellow Wagtail and Yellow-Legged Gull at Sheepwash, Spotted Flycatcher between Sheepwash carpark and bombing tower, Redstarts showing well (x1 Shiningford Creek, x2 WLC Creek),x2 Grey Wagtail on far bank of Shiningford Creek, x.John Matkin15-Aug-11
14-Aug-11The juvenile Little Stint that was found by Clive on Friday evening was still present early on Saturday morning but then more than likely left site. Some sightings for Friday include 11 Grey Heron, 2 Greenshank, 3 Turnstone, 12 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, Cu.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton14-Aug-11
14-Aug-11Dam wall 0700hrs: 70 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail. Stones Island: 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail. Shiningford Creek: 1 Greensandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper. Millfields: 1 Drake Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper. Sheepwash: 1 Greensha.Roger Carrington14-Aug-11
14-Aug-112 calling curlews over visitor centre at 12.00noon, heading south..David Bennett14-Aug-11
10-Aug-1125 Cormorants, 10 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 29 Mute Swans including the pair with 6 young, 261 Canada Geese, 11 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Wigeon, female Tufted Duck with 2 young (was 5 on Monday), 2 Buzzards, juvenile Peregrine. Green Sandpiper at Millfields. 7 .Dave Newcombe10-Aug-11
09-Aug-11Of note: Grey Heron (1), Tufted Ducks including a female with 5 tiny ducklings, Little Ringed Plover (3) - adult & 2 juvs, edge of Stones Island; Black-tailed Godwit (1) - in small bay between the Wildlife Centre [WLC] & Watersports Centre; Common Sandpip.Ray and Margaret Perry09-Aug-11
08-Aug-118+ Grey Heron, Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, Shoveler, female Tufted Duck with 5 fresh young and female Mallard with 6 fresh young. 3 Peregrines together from Sheepwash. Also 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. At least 6 Ringed Plover. 4 of these we.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton08-Aug-11
03-Aug-119 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 27 Mute Swan including the pair with 6 young, 16 Teal, 7 Gadwall, female Peregrine, 2 Buzzard, Greenshank, c5 Common Sandpipers, Oystercatcher, adult Yellow-Legged Gull, 3 Common Tern, Kingfisher, c75 Housemartin,, 7 Willow T.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton03-Aug-11
02-Aug-11Of note: A Great Crested Grebe on a nest at the edge of Wildlife Centre Creek (northern side). Two female Mallards with 2 young & four young respectively. Lapwing (~20) - Horseshoe Island [HI]. Common Sandpiper (2) - HI. Common Tern (1) - fishing by the SA Tittesworth Snippet: The latest edition of the Tittesworth Bird News newsletter is now available on this website. The bird sightings cover the months of April - June.Ray and Margaret Perry02-Aug-11
01-Aug-117 Little Grebe, 10 Grey Heron, 11 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Sparrowhawk with prey, 3 Oystercatchers, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 4+ Little Ringed Plovers, Black-Tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern (adult and 2 juveniles straight through South), .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton01-Aug-11
31-Jul-111 Greenshank
1 Black tailed Godwit
3+ Common Sandpiper
2 Common Scoter
1 Teal
YL Gull
Roger saw the Little Egret early morning.
Another birder recorded Green Sandpiper.
Clive Ashton31-Jul-11
30-Jul-11Sheepwash hide at 18:00hr-2 Greenshank1 Little Egret4 Common ScoterA mole crawling on the dry bank was attacked and killed by 3 Magpies.A Southern Hawker dragonfly was taken by a Blackbird..Clive Ashton30-Jul-11
30-Jul-112 ravens soaring high over visitor centre. 2 greenshanks were feeding at sheepwash hide.ravens were seen about 4 p.m. greenshanks were seen about 3 p.m.Alex Barnett30-Jul-11
29-Jul-112x Red Kites over Fishtail Creek at 18:45. Observed for about half an hour then drifted northeast..John Matkin29-Jul-11
29-Jul-112 Greenshank at Sheepwash
1 Little Egret at Sheepwash
3 Common Sandpiper
1 Dunlin
c8 Little ringed Plover
24 Cormorant
8+ Heron
Wigeon,Gadwall,Yellow legged Gull.

.Clive Ashton /Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown29-Jul-11
28-Jul-11Little Egret on Horseshoe Island 0800hrs.
9 linnet on Stones Island.
2 Green Sandpiper in flight then settled at Millfields.
1 Wheatear on dam wall.
Young Common Buzzards calling from Hall Wood.
11 Great Tit on Paul Stanley feeders and pair of Moorhe
.Roger Carrington28-Jul-11
28-Jul-11We were only on site for a couple of hours yesterday. 12 Grey Heron, 21 Cormorants, 3 Common Sandpipers at Sheepwash. Dunlin, Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Tern. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton28-Jul-11
28-Jul-111 Little Egret flew N over the Hopton Reedbed at @7.45pm (seemed to be flushed by a Hot Air Ballon Launched from behing Carsington Village) 2 Common Scoters in centre of reservoir.
1 Common Sandpiper Hopton Arm. 8 'red head' Goosander
.Steph and Paul Hicking28-Jul-11
25-Jul-11Short visit: Species worth a mention: Little Grebe (1), Swallow (1), House Martin (12), Grey Wagtail (1), Pied Wagtail (10) - mostly juveniles, Willow Warbler (2), Rook (2) and Reed Bunting (1). Dave and Clive : Re: juvenile Little Ringed Plovers comment.Common Blue damselfly. Red & White-tailed Bumblebees.
Butterflies: Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell (many), Red Admiral, Meadow Brown & Small Copper.
Plants in bloom: 63 species identified. Not previously reported: Hareb
Ray and Margaret Perry25-Jul-11
25-Jul-115 Little Grebe, 19 Cormorants, 25 Mute Swan including 6 juveniles, 2 Teal, 2 Pochard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk with prey at Millfields, 2 Oystercatchers, 10+ Little Ringed Plover including an adult with 4 small young, 5 Common Sandpipers, Yellow-legged Gull.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton25-Jul-11
24-Jul-11White Tailed Eagle flying not at great height towards Castleton area away from Hope/Bradwell. Looked like a mature bird certainly not a juvenile bird. Having watched these birds in the North West Highlands for 12 plus years I was amazed to see this bird oTime was 2.50pm and bird not at great height, clearly seen from the ground. Wonderful!Ryan24-Jul-11
24-Jul-11I know nothing about this eagle report! I do not know why it has been sent to our Website as the record was so far away from Carsington. It will be removed when possible..Roger Carrington24-Jul-11
21-Jul-114 Pochard, 5+ Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatchers, Curlew, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Yellow-legged Gull, 270 Black-headed Gulls including 55 juveniles, 180 Lesser-black Backed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, Common Tern, 2 adult an.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton21-Jul-11
19-Jul-11Still several Common Sandpipers on site, but nowhere near yesterdays count of 18.
6 Dunlin,1 Sanderling,3+ Little Ringed Plover,2 Oystercatcher,Several sightings of Peregrine,Adult Yellow legged Gull,Juvenille Mediterranean Gull,Common Tern.
Thanks to Richard Lowe for putting us on the Med Gull, we eventually clinched the id when it woke up!Clive Ashton19-Jul-11
19-Jul-11The water levels at Carsington are dropping fast and providing ideal conditions for Waders. Yesterday we had at least 18 Common Sandpipers. 14 together at Sheepwash including 2 juveniles and 4 at the Wildlife Centre. We believe this to be a site record afJust a note for Ray and Margaret. Most of the Little Ringed Plovers on site at the moment are juvenile birds and are lacking the eye ring, and can look quite plumpish. In fact, Roger and I had 2 plumpish plovers lacking eye rings on Horseshoe Island last Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton19-Jul-11
18-Jul-11On site for a short time in the early afternoon. Of note:
Mallard including a female with 3 tiny ducklings. Moorhen (1) - on Wildlife Centre (WLC) feeding station! Where have all the Moorhens gone? Oystercatcher (1). Ringed Plover (1) - just outside WLC
Meadow Brown butterfly.
Plants: The following were new species into bloom this week:-
Poppy (red). Nipplewort (yellow). Common Mallow (mauve and white varieties) and Great Reedmace or Bulrush (brown). Well over 50 species noted.
Ray and Margaret Perry18-Jul-11
18-Jul-11WeBS count for July:Great Crested Grebe 32,Little Grebe 4,Cormorant 9,Grey Heron 5,Mute Swan 25,Canada Goose 359,Mallard 228,Tufted Duck 182,Pochard 2,Moorhen 7,Coot 408,Dunlin 7,Common Sandpiper 11,Redshank 1,Little Ringed Plover 3,Lapwing 16,Black-headeDone 18th between 07.30 and 11.00 hrs. Weather 'atrocious'. Very wet and windy.Peter Gibbon18-Jul-11
17-Jul-11Pair of Dunlin, in bay between water sports centre and Stones Island, at midday.Neil Venables17-Jul-11
15-Jul-111 Green Sandpiper flying and calling around Stones Island 0830hrs.
1 Black-tailed Godwit at Wildlife Centre.
110 Black-headed Gulls on Horseshoe Island, 2 Common Tern past Stones Island, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull on Sheepwash Spit, 326 Canada Geese.
.Roger Carrington15-Jul-11
14-Jul-1113 Cormorants, 7 Grey Heron, drake Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 drake Pochard, 7 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Oystercatchers, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Terns. Spotted Flycatcher family still at Millfields. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown14-Jul-11
13-Jul-1112 Cormorants, 8 Grey Heron, Mute Swans with 6 young, 4 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 6 Buzzards, female Sparrowhawk, 3 Oystercatcher, 7 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, 1st summer Herring Gull, adult Yellow Legged Gull, juv Great Spotted Woodpec.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton13-Jul-11
11-Jul-11Of note: Common Pochard (1 male), Common Buzzard (1), Oystercatcher (1); Common Sandpiper (2) - immediately in front of the main Wildlife Centre window. They were very lively! Sand Martin (1), Pied Wagtail (2). Only 28 species identified around midday.Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady. Common Blue damselfly.
Plants in bloom: 55 species identified. Newly discovered today: Evening Primrose (yellow), Lady's Bedstraw (tiny yellow flowers) - new to us
Ray and Margaret Perry11-Jul-11
11-Jul-118 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, drake Pochard, female Tufted Duck with 3 young, Mallard with fresh brood of 10 young, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, 5 Oystercatchers, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, Yellow Legged Gull, Green W.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton11-Jul-11
06-Jul-1128 Mute Swans, 4 Grey Heron, 347 Canada Geese, 5 Gadwall, 4 Teal, female Tufted Duck with 4 young, 2 Peregrines, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk seen on 3 occasions including one with prey, Kestrel, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 2 juvenile Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatch.Dave Newcombe06-Jul-11
04-Jul-11Of note: Little Grebe (1), Little Egret (1) - by the causeway to Stones Island, Moorhen (1), Oystercatcher (4), Little Ringed Plover (1) - Horseshoe Island, Lapwing (30), Redshank (1), Warblers - Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap & Chiffchaff, and alsoButterflies (many): Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small White, Large White and Small Copper.
Common Blue Damselfly. Red and White - tailed Bumblebees.
Plants in bloom: 57 species identified. Fragrent Orchid still in flower. New this wee
Ray and Margaret Perry04-Jul-11
30-Jun-11Not a bad day today considering it's late June. c30 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe. Little Egret still present around Stones Island area. 7 Grey Heron, Mute Swans still with 6 young. 3 Gadwall, 3 Teal. 5 drake Common Scoter for most of the day then a.Dave Newcombe30-Jun-11
28-Jun-11Little Egret present around Horseshoe Island/Stones Island. Grey Heron, 19 Mute Swan, Shelduck hybrid, c5 Little Ringed Plover including a flighted juvenile at Sheepwash, 276 Canada Geese, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Redshank at Sheepwash. 2 Common Tern, 29 .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton28-Jun-11
27-Jun-11A very hot day. Of note: Cormorant (4 inc. a juvenile) - Horseshoe Island; Oystercatcher (3); Little Ringed Plover (1); Lapwing (6); Redshank (2); Sand Martin (1); Whitethroat (2) - Stones Island; Reed Bunting (1).Butterflies present: Meadow Brown; Common Blue (f); Brimstone; Small Tortoiseshell; Painted Lady.
Common Blue Damselfly.
Plants in bloom but not previously reported: Fragrent Orchid (pale blue); Comfrey (pale pink); Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil (yellow);
Ray and Margaret Perry27-Jun-11
26-Jun-11Little Egret on causeway to Stones Island at 0800hrs. Fifth day on site.
Reed Warblers breeding in Hopton Arm Reedbed, first confirmed RW breeding for this newish reedbed.
1 Dunlin on Sheepwash Spit.
Female Mallard + 13 fresh chicks on bank below Middl
.Roger Carrington26-Jun-11
22-Jun-11Little Egret flew north at 09.25. 3 Grey Heron, 15 Mute Swans (not including the pair with 6 young), 211 Canada Geese, 2 Sparrowhawks, female Peregrine, 2 Buzzards, Kestrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 4+ Oystercatchers, Common Tern, 2 Sedge.Dave Newcombe22-Jun-11
21-Jun-11The June Club walk took place today when we started at Hopton at 9.15 and went along the eastern side of the reservoir to Millfields Car Park arriving at 12.15. We recorded 48 species after aiming for 50.Highlights included a close view of a preening fema.Roger Carrington and Peter Gibbon.21-Jun-11
21-Jun-11Red-rumped swallow 3.30pmConfirmation of sighting as requested by James from RSPBNo name given21-Jun-11
21-Jun-115 Grey Heron (RC had 6 at Hopton End), Mute Swans with 6 young, Shelduck hybrid at Wildlife Centre, 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, several Oystercatchers and Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 10 LBB Gull, Sedge Warbler singing behind WLC,.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton21-Jun-11
21-Jun-11WLC: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Grebe, male Kestrel (successfully hunted), 1 Common Tern. 10 Black-headed Gull chicks (7 on raft, 3 on Horseshoe Island). 1 presumed Shelduck x Mallard hybrid, 2 Lapwing chicks t.James Owen (STW vol)21-Jun-11
20-Jun-11Of Note: Mute Swan (13), Sparrowhawk (1), Oystercatcher (2), Redshank (1), Common Tern (1) - fishing by Stones Island, Sedge Warbler (1), Whitethroat (3) and Reed Bunting (1).Common Blue damselfly, Large White and Gatekeeper butterflies.
Plants in flower but not previously recorded: Meadow Vetchling (yellow), Broad-leaved Willowherb (pink), Rape (yellow) and Rosebay Willowherb (pink).
Ray and Margaret Perry20-Jun-11
16-Jun-11Little Grebe and 1 young at Wildlife Centre, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin at Sheepwash, 2 Common Tern, 5 Buzzard, and 8+ Black Headed Gull young at the Wildlife Centre. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown16-Jun-11
16-Jun-11WeBS count for June: Mute Swan 14, Canada Goose 207, Gadwall 2, Mallard 98, Tufted Duck 171, Little Grebe 1, Great Crested Grebe 47, Cormorant 11, Grey Heron 1, Moorhen 8, Coot 142, Oystercatcher 3, Little Ringed Plover 2, Lapwing 9, Redshank 4, Black-heaThese figures are only adults and this year's young are not counted.Peter Gibbon16-Jun-11
14-Jun-11Tonight at around 7.30 there was an arctic tern feeding at the wirksworth end of the reservoir..Ruth14-Jun-11
13-Jun-1135 species logged around midday. Area covered - Stones Island to end of Wildlife Centre Creek (WCC). Adult Little Grebe + 1 chick; Gadwall (2 males and 1 female); Moorhen (1); Oystercatcher (4); Ringed Plover (1); Lapwing (5); Redshank (pr) - one seemed tButterflies: Speckled Wood, Small White.
Plants in flower: 44 species identified. Species not previously noted: Foxglove, Welted Thistle, Field Thistle, Cleavers, Woody Nightshade, Prickly Sow-thistle and Honeysuckle.
Ray and Margaret Perry13-Jun-11
09-Jun-11Immature Black-throated Diver at Sheepwash. Juvenile Grey Heron, Little Ringed Plover also at Sheepwash, 5 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 50+ Swift, adult and 2 juvenile Pied Wagtails on the new mud at Sheepwash, Common Tern and Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton09-Jun-11
08-Jun-11Of note: Gadwall (1 male), Common Pochard (2), Buzzard (just off southern end of site), Moorhen (1), Oystercatcher (2), Little Ringed Plover (1) - Stones Island; Ringed Plover (1) - Horseshoe Island; Lapwing juveniles (3), Redshank (2) plus 2 chicks; SwifPlants in bloom: 33 species seen. Not previously recorded this year: Common Knapweed (purple), Cat's-ear (yellow), Elderflower (off white), Sweet Briar (pink centre & red edge), Upright Hedge-parsley (white or pink, umbrella shaped) and Meadow Crane's-bilRay and Margaret Perry08-Jun-11
07-Jun-11Juv Black-throated Diver mid-morning from Sheepwash, later 1 juv Heron, 1 Garden Warbler singing by the first gate.

WLC: Male Pintail, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew. 1 Little Grebe with chick plus another
.James Owen07-Jun-11
07-Jun-11just seen a black ibis sat on a barn roof at arbour low.the farm just below the site. not sure if its escaped from some where as it wasnt to fussed about us taking pictures but it had not i.d rings in its legs.chris07-Jun-11
07-Jun-11Black-throated Diver seen from Sheepwash. Great Crested Grebe with one juvenile at the Wildlife Centre. Drake Pintail, drake Wigeon, pair of Red-crested Pochard, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, several Buzzards and 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton07-Jun-11
03-Jun-1152 species. Of note: Curlew, Little Grebe and 1x chick, Pintail drake, Pochard drakes (x2) and Wigeon drake, from Fishtail Creek to Hall Wood family groups of Blue Tit (x3 groups), Great Tit (x2 groups) and Willow Tit (x1 group)- another Willow Tit group .John Matkin03-Jun-11
02-Jun-11Swifts nesting at Visitor Centre once again. Cuckoo heard calling just offsite by Fishtail Creek..John Matkin02-Jun-11
01-Jun-11OF NOTE: Barnacle Goose (3), Wigeon (male), Red-crested Pochard (male), Common Pochard (2 males), Oystercatcher (2), Little Ringed Plover (1), Lapwing - on nest, Horseshoe Island; Redshank (1), Reed bunting (1) - Stones Island. Small and Large White butterflies.
PLANTS: 38 species seen Stones Island - wildlife centre. Species not previously reported: Black Medick (yellow), White and Red clovers, Spear Thistle (purple), Bramble (white), Dog Rose (pale pink with red edges) and Ra
Ray and Margaret Perry01-Jun-11
31-May-11Black-throated Diver still present. Adult Little Grebe with 1 young. 11 Cormorants. Grey Heron, drake Wigeon, 4 drake Gadwall, pair of Red-Crested Pochards, 2 drake Pochard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, Peregrine, pair of Oystercatchers with 1 young,.Dave Newcombe31-May-11
27-May-11Reed Warbler singing in Hopton Arm Reedbed, another on causeway to Stones Island.
2 family parties of Long-tailed Tit. Pair of Swallows in Stone Barn and another pair under draw-off tower.
Big Island has 3 well grown Redshank young and at least 1 near a
.Roger Carrington27-May-11
26-May-11Black-throated Diver first seen near Flat Island early afternoon. It then drifted past Sheepwash and was later seen in front of the Wildlife Centre. Also seen today was 2 Shelduck, drake Wigeon, pair of Red-crested Pochards. 7+ Little Ringed Plover, 2 Rin.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton26-May-11
25-May-1136 species of bird identified on a short visit. OF NOTE: Black-throated Diver (1) - seen from Stones Island and was roughly opposite Lane End's hide. Mallard - inc, a female with 4 well developed young. Red-crested Pochard (pr) - seen from the wildlife ceSmall White butterfly and White-tailed bumblebee.
PLANTS in bloom: 31 species identified. Species not previously reported: Lesser Stitchwort (white), Self-heal (blue-purple), Yellow Rattle, Broad-leaved Dock (browny orange), Groundsel (yellow), Lady's Ma
Ray and Margaret Perry25-May-11
24-May-11The Black throated diver was refound,and was close to the sailing club all afternoon.
8 species of wader,with Sandeling,Ruff,Ringed Plover and 5+Dunlin being the pick.
.Clive Ashton24-May-11
24-May-11No sign of Black-throated Diver by midday.
Ruff and pair Red-crested Pochard still at Wildlife Centre.
Spotted Flycatcher in Hall Wood.
1 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 4 Common Tern, 12 Black-headed Gull all in front of Sheepwash Hide and a female Peregrine
.Roger Carrington24-May-11
23-May-11An Osprey first seen by Roger over Stones Island and then Millfields at around 08.00hrs was then seen by Roger, Clive and myself over the Dam Wall around 09.00hrs. The Black-throated Diver was seen near the Dam Wall. Also seen today was a pair of Little G.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton23-May-11
22-May-11One Whimbrel landed and preened twice at Horseshoe Island, between 3pm and 4.30pma good number of members of the public enjoyed the opportunities to see the distinctive head stripesDavid Bennett (Vol Rgr)22-May-11
22-May-11Immature Black-throated Diver spent most of the day in Hopton Arm then flew to Lane End this evening. Peregrine also over Hopton End.
At Sheepwash 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern.
At Wildlife Centre a female Ruff, 1 Curlew, pair Red-crested
A photo by John Bradley of the BTD in flight shows it is moulting flight feathers. A similar bird in 2003 resulted in it staying and moulting throughout the summer, finally leaving in September. Can we hope for a repeat?Roger Carrington22-May-11
22-May-11The Black-throated Diver was still present but quite mobile. At first it was to the right of Sheepwash Hide before drifting past the P.Stanley hide into Hopton Arm and then back out again. 8 Cormorants, 2 Grey Heron. Pair of Red-crested Pochards still at .Dave Newcombe22-May-11
19-May-11Black-throated Diver still, 1 Common Tern, 2 Raven, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Whimbrel (flew off NE at 14:25), 1 Common Sandpiper, pair Red-crested Pochard, pair Redshank with 4 chicks and pair Lapwing with 2 chicks from Wildlife Centre. No sign of Adult GND.Black-throated Diver hugging Western shoreline. At times about 12ft from Lane End Hide!Paul Thomas19-May-11
19-May-11The Black-throated Diver was still present today and couldn't have been much closer in front of Sheepwash Hide. No sign of the adult Great Northern Diver though. Also seen was the pair Red-crested Pochards, 4+ Little Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown19-May-11
18-May-11Great Northern Diver.dan taberner18-May-11
18-May-11No messageA red kite sighted at Cross o'th' Hands (between Turnditch and Hulland Ward) at 09.45 flying west.Neil Venables18-May-11
18-May-11highlights Great Northern Diver (1x ad summer) Black-throated Diver (1x 1st summer)
Sanderling 2 (1 summer 1 winter).

Of interest a Hornet came in PSHide briefly and a single Orange Hawkweed (fox-and-cubs) is in flower on the track to PSHide
The Black-throated Diver was hugging the bank sides around Brown ALe Bay viewed from either the new track or Paul Stanley Hide.Steph Hicking18-May-11
18-May-11Immature Black-throated Diver first seen from Sheepwash Hide around 10.30. It then spent several hours in Brown Ale Bay to the left of Paul Stanley hide before swimming back past Sheepwash. It could still be seen from Stones Island at 19.00hrs. The adult.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton18-May-11
17-May-11WeBS count for May: Mute Swan 5,Canada Goose 61,Barnacle Goose 14,Mallard 66,Red-Crested Pochard 2,Tufted Duck 80,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Grebe 4,Great Crested Grebe 41,Cormorant 4,Grey Heron 2,Moorhen 3,Coot 68,Oystercatcher 11,Little Ringed Plover2 Oystercatcher young on Millfields Island. 2 Lapwing young on Horseshoe Island and 1 on Big Island. Also 2 Redshank young on Big Island.Peter Gibbon17-May-11
17-May-11In addition to those already reported...

From WLC: 3 Redshank chicks and 2 Lapwing chicks on Horseshoe Island, 1 Wigeon, Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover.
3 Curlew - following a pattern developed in recent weeks of bathing individually wi
.James Owen17-May-11
16-May-11Adult Great Northern Diver still. Grey Heron. Pair of Red Crested Pochards at the Wildlife Centre. 3+ Buzzard, Sparrowhawk with prey, Kestrel. Dunlin, 4+ Little Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 2 Lapwing chicks on Horseshoe Island. 4 Arctic Terns through early mo.Dave Newcombe16-May-11
16-May-11A pair of Mandarin to the right of Sheepwash Hide at 15.45 hrs.

1 Curlew at Wildlife Centre
.Neil Moulden16-May-11
15-May-11A Red Kite drifted over Sheepwash car park at 1430hrs heading SE.
Adult Great Northern Diver still. 1 Ringed Plover on Stones Island.
27 Common Tern high North (may have been 1 or 2 Arctics among them).
2 Common Tern on Flat Island. Peregrine over. 2 R
.Roger Carrington15-May-11
14-May-11Adult summer plumage Great Northern Diver.
2 Red Crested Pochard from Wildlife Centre.
1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin and 2 Common Tern from Sheepwash.
.Roger Carrington14-May-11
12-May-11Adult summer plumage Great Northern Diver flying around early morning, then calling from the water.
Sedge Warbler and Linnet singing on Stones Island.
Tree Sparrow multi nest box on Stones showing 10 units being fed.
Black-headed Gulls have returned to
.Roger Carrington12-May-11
11-May-11Adult Great Northern Diver giving great views from Stones Island this morning. 2 Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, 2 Teal, Sanderling, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Terns, 10 Housemartins, 4 Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesse.Dave Newcombe11-May-11
11-May-11Highlights from the WLC: Adult Great Northern Diver, 3 Curlew, 2 Common Tern, Lapwing with at least 3 chicks, male Sparrohawk, 2 Buzzard.

Also, 1 Common Sandpiper at Sheepwash.
.James Owen11-May-11
09-May-11Adult Great Northern Diver. 4 Greylag Geese, Osprey over Sheepwash at 13.30hrs, Hobby, 5 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Turnstone, Whimbrel, Curlew, Lapwing chick on Horseshoe Island, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, several Redshanks and Oyste.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton09-May-11
09-May-1144 species seen Sheepwash to VC including: adult Great Northern Diver, 2x Common Tern, Little Grebe (carrying nesting material in first arm of Shiningford Creek), Lesser Whitethroat (singing at Sheepwash and in the dip just after Shinigford Creek) and 3x .John Matkin09-May-11
08-May-11Adult and 1 juvenile GN diver together in middle of water between Lane End hide and Fishtail Creek, watched for an hour(late afternoon) until the juvenile flew off. Adult produced ritualised aggression display to the juvenile which lasted several minutes .John Babb08-May-11
07-May-11Osprey sitting on nest platform for two hours from 07.00 despite mobbing by Jackdaws and Black-headed Gulls. Also 2 divers, 1 Whimbrel and 4 Common Tern..Peter Gibbon07-May-11
06-May-11No sign of Osprey this evening, but 4 Little ringed Plovers,4 Common sandpipers and 7 Mute Swans..Clive Ashton06-May-11
06-May-11Osprey still on Lane End perch early morning, flew from perch about 0900hrs and was fishing near Millfields at 1010hrs when disturbed by helicopter, no sign by 1100hrs.
Adult and juv Great Northern Diver also.
.Roger Carrington06-May-11
06-May-11As Roger has already mentioned an Osprey was found yesterday evening on the new perch at Lane End. Although I didn't see it catch a fish it was seen flying around the wildlife centre with a fish being chased by an Oystercatcher. Also seen yesterday was th.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton06-May-11
05-May-11Osprey found at 1840hrs on Lane End Osprey perch by John Bradley. Still there at 2000hrs eating a fish. White ring on left leg marked KR..Roger Carrington05-May-11
04-May-11Barnacle Goose (14), Little Ringed Plover (2) - Horseshoe Island (HI), Lapwing (8), Black-tailed Godwit (1) - Stones Island (SI), Dunlin (2) - SI, Redshank (1) - HI, and Song Thrush (2).Butterflies: Small White & Orange Tip.
Plants not previously recorded: Greater Stitchwort (white), Ribwort Plantain (the green head has a ring of fluffy buff flowers), Water Avens (maroon), Bugle (blue), Bush Vetch (purple-blue), Sorrel (brown), Ground I
Ray and Margaret Perry04-May-11
04-May-11Both the adult and juvenile Great Northern Divers still present. The wild Barnacle Goose (ADZ) with the feral flock. 6 Mute Swan, Shelduck, 4 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5+ Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, Curlew, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, 3+ Common Sandpi.Dave Newcombe04-May-11
03-May-112 Great Northern Divers (adult and juvenile). Grey Heron, 3+ Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, female Peregrine, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, Lapwing chick on Horseshoe Island, Dunlin, Snipe, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpipers, Bla.Dave Newcombe03-May-11
02-May-11During the monthly 'birdwatching for beginners' walk (1st Sunday of month, 10am-noon), led by STW volunteer ranger David Bennett, the following were recorded ...
Highlights: Adult Gt Northern Diver was giving great and close views in front of the watersp
.Gary Atkins02-May-11
01-May-111 Waxwing perched and calling at entrance to Sheepwash car park 0600hrs.
2 Stock Doves under Sheepwash feeders.
7 Swift and 1 Yellow Wagtail over Stones Island.
2 Snipe at Wildlife Centre.
3 Great Northern Divers including summer plumage adult.
1 Com
.Roger Carrington01-May-11
29-Apr-111 Artic Tern on Sheepwash Island early morning only. 4 common sandpiper and 2 LRP later.
2 juv + 1 summer plumage adult great northern diver.
Wild Barnacle with leg ring ADZ still on Stones Island with feral flock.
.Roger Carrington29-Apr-11
29-Apr-112 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel past, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper all at Sheepwash.
46 Arctic Terns thru North at 1920hrs.
2 Common Terns thru North at 1950hrs.
.Roger Carrington29-Apr-11
27-Apr-11The following were of particular interest on our short visit to the site:Great Northern Diver (adult) - off Horseshoe Island (HI), a Great Crested Grebe sitting on a nest just off HI near the wildlife centre, Barnacle Goose (3), a Moorhen standing by a neButterflies: Small White and Orange Tip.Mammal: Weasel.Tadpoles are still present in the pool described on the 18th April.Plants newly into flower in the last nine days: Garlic Mustard or Jack-by-the-hedge (white), Cow Parsley (white), Water Forget-me-notRay and Margaret Perry27-Apr-11
27-Apr-113 Great Northern Divers still present. Both juveniles were seen flying around several times. And with the adult also being seen in flight over the last few days it looks like all three will soon be leaving us. The adult in breeding plumage really is worth.Dave Newcombe27-Apr-11
26-Apr-11A Green Woodpecker flew over towards the visitor centre at 08:30hr, an Arctic Tern flew north between 10:10 and 10:25hr. Still 3 GN Divers with the adult now looking very smart,2 Common Sandpipers and 4 LR Plovers.
Barnacle Goose ADZ still present.
.Clive Ashton26-Apr-11
25-Apr-11Sacred Ibis seen on Horseshoe Island. First reported 15:30(some missing wing feathers)John Matkin25-Apr-11
24-Apr-11WeBS count for April: Mute Swan 4, Canada Goose 59, Greylag 1,Barnacle Goose 15, Mallard 55, Tufted Duck 126, Great Northern Diver 3,Little Grebe 2,Great Crested Grebe 46, Cormorant 3, Moorhen 4, Coot 67, Oystercatcher 9, Little Ringed Plover 6, Lapwing 1.Peter Gibbon24-Apr-11
22-Apr-111 Yellow Wagtail, 32 Carrion Crow and 12 Rooks on dam wall and fields.
Pied Flycatcher and 2 Goldcrest singing in Hall Wood. 2 Lesser Whitethroat, at top of Sheepwash car park and Hopton End. 2 Common Whitethroat, at Wildlife Centre and Hopton End. 2 Com
All this morning 0600-1130hrs.
Watch out for wasp nests in the hides, 7 small ones dealt with in recent days. Please inform Visitor Centre or Rangers if you find any.
Roger Carrington22-Apr-11
21-Apr-111 Ringed Plover flying around Stones Island with 3 Little Ringed Plover at 07.45 hrs..Neil Moulden21-Apr-11
21-Apr-11Much the same as yesterday but with 5 Shellduck coming into land just in front of the Paul Stanley hide this morning. Whitethroat this afternoon around the reed beds..Adam Jones21-Apr-11
20-Apr-112 Wheatear and 3 Meadow Pipits on the Dam Wall and a female Sparrowhawk over. Sedge Warbler singing on Stones Island. Lesser Whitethroat singing at the back of Sheepwash Car Park. 3 Great Northern Divers from Sheepwash (2 juvs and adult). Pair of Goldeney.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton20-Apr-11
20-Apr-11Sheepwash car park feeders:2 Willow Tit,6 Bullfinch,3 Tree Sparrow, Paul Stanley Hide:1 Great Northern Diver (juv),1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher,4 Lapwing, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker on feeder, Reed Beds: 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Reed Warbler.Adam Jones20-Apr-11
20-Apr-11Sheepwash car park feeders:2 Willow Tit,6 Bullfinch,3 Tree Sparrow, Paul Stanley Hide:1 Great Northern Diver (juv),1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher,4 Lapwing, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker on feeder, Reed Beds: 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Reed Warbler.Adam Jones20-Apr-11
20-Apr-1108:45 - 11:30 Millfieds and Penn Carr. - (4+)nr Swallow, 4nr Black Cap in 2 pairs M/F, 10 pairs G.C Grebe courting / nest building & sitting. 1nr Oystercatcher near possible nest site on island, 2nr Little Grebe possible pair in Penn Carr, 1nr Mute Swan n.David Edmonds20-Apr-11
19-Apr-111 Garden warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler singing on Stones island. 1 Redstart singing in the field behind the Wildlife Centre. 2 Great Northern Divers with the adult coming into summer plumage..Clive Ashton19-Apr-11
19-Apr-11Of note: Barnacle Goose (8), a female Mallard with 10 ducklings, a nesting Moorhen on very small island next to Horseshoe Island, Oystercatcher (2), Lapwing (2) plus Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Tadpoles seen in ditch to the left of path between main carpark and wildlife centre. The small pool is at the carpark end.
Butterflies: Orange Tip and Small White.
Plants newly into flower: Cuckooflower (white or v.pale pink), Germander Speedwell (blue
Ray and Margaret Perry19-Apr-11
19-Apr-111 Black-tailed Godwit on Horseshoe Island until 08.25 hrs at least. Wild Barnacle Goose on Stones Island. 2 Little Ringed Plover at Sailing Club.Neil Moulden19-Apr-11
19-Apr-11Paul Stanley Hide:1 Great Northern Diver (Adult) towards dam wall, 2 Redshank, 2 G C Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Lapwing, GSW (drumming)Sheepwash feeders: 6 Bullfinch, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow Tit, Stones Island: 2 Barnacle Geese.Adam Jones19-Apr-11
18-Apr-11Visitor Centre:1 Great Northern Diver (juvenile)4 Barnacle GeesePaul Stanley Hide:4 Great Crested Grebe1 OystercatcherLapwings3 Cormorants2 Nuthatch1 Reed Bunting1 TreecreeperSheepwash Car park feeders:6 Bullfinch3 Tree SparrowsMany Chaffinch1 Green Woodp.Adam Jones18-Apr-11
17-Apr-111 lesser whitethroat top of Sheepwash car park 0630hrs.
5 greylag south over dam.
drake shoveler, pair gadwall and wild barnacle ADZ all on stones island.
4 broods of mallard; 11+7@WLC and 6+7@sheepwash.
1 common sandpiper at sheepwash.
7 common buzz
.Roger Carrington17-Apr-11
17-Apr-11In addition to Roger's sightings, there was a Green Sandpiper on Sheepwash spit(now Island!)early afternoon, and still present at 17:00hr..Clive Ashton17-Apr-11
15-Apr-11Still 3 Great Northern Divers, with the adult bird coming into summer plumage. 5+ Little ringed Plover,2 Dunlin,4 Curlew,3 Goosander over west and another north later. .Clive Ashton15-Apr-11
14-Apr-112 G N Divers displaying, initially the two faced each other flapping wings before one, using its feet reared upright with its wings forming a crucifix shape but not flapping. This occurred over a 10 minute period around 11-30 just off of buoy 9 on the dam.Ian Scrimshaw14-Apr-11
14-Apr-11Bullfinch (at least 3 pairs). Redstart (1male) SFCreek area. Plenty of Chiffchaffs etc. Buzzard several in area showing very well, one in particular being mobbed by corvids over SFCreek..Steph Hicking14-Apr-11
13-Apr-113 Great Northern Divers, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 100+ Swallow, 50+ Sandmartin, 2 Yellow Wagtails, White Wagtail and 11 Linnet. Also a male Redstart on Shiningford Creek found by RC..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton13-Apr-11
12-Apr-113 Great Northern Divers between Tower Bank and Stones Island, viewed from Paul Stanley and Sheepwash hides.Jim Clarke12-Apr-11
11-Apr-11Of note: Great Northern Diver (1), Barnacle Goose (17), Shoveler (pr)-Horseshoe Island, Oystercatcher (4), Lapwing (4), Redshank (3), Swallow (over 80), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch (pr), Read Bunting (a female).Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Marsh Marigold (yellow) - back of pond next to Wildlife Centre.Ray and Margaret Perry11-Apr-11
11-Apr-113 Great Northern Divers all seen from Stones Island. c30 Barnacle Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Shoveler, Mallard with 13 ducklings, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew, numerous Redshank and Oystercatcher, 5 Buzzard, male Peregrine, female Sparrowh.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton11-Apr-11
06-Apr-11Warm today. Only viewed from wildlife centre and Stones Island for about an hour. 32 species identified. Of note: Barnacle Goose (28), Oystercatcher (3), Lapwing (4), Redshank (1), Blackcap (1), Chiffchaff (4)and Reed Bunting (1 male)A Brimstone butterfly was seen.Ray and Margaret Perry06-Apr-11
06-Apr-112 Great Northern Divers from the Dam Wall early morning then both seen from Stones Island later on. A Red Kite drifted over the Dam Wall and then disappeared behind Sailing Club. A Little Ringed Plover in front of Sailing Club. Common Sandpiper on Horsesh.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton06-Apr-11
04-Apr-113 Great Northern Divers, 32 Barnacle Geese including (ADZ), Curlew, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, c10 Oystercatchers, several Redshank, 19 Swallow, 9 Sand Martins, 2 Housemartins, 22 Chiff Chaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 120+ Lesser-blac.Dave Newcombe04-Apr-11
02-Apr-11An Osprey first seen by Jon Bradley at 08:30, later put on a good show between 10:25 and 10:45 from the Wildlife centre. A total of 4 Wheatear seen..Clive Ashton02-Apr-11
02-Apr-11Early am Fishtail Creek to VC- 46 species. Highlights: Red-Legged Partridge (x2) flew from path to adjacent fields at Fishtail Creek, Little Owl (heard but not seen) calling from overgrown hedge in fields by Fishtail Creek, Willow Warbler, 2x Great Northe.John Matkin02-Apr-11
02-Apr-113 GN Divers. Willow Warbler singing by sailing club. 2 Blackcaps singing, Stones Island/Wildlife centre. 3 Snipe, Wildlife centre. ADZ Barnacle Goose still present as was the marked Tufted Duck AAS. A Common Tern was reported, though not seen by me as I lNo sign of the Black Redstart.Clive Ashton02-Apr-11
30-Mar-11The Black Redstart was still present at 15.00 in Wildlife Centre Creek. 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Pink-Footed Geese, c30 Barnacle Geese including the colour ringed bird (ADZ), 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, c10 Oystercatchers, 6+ Redshan.Dave Newcombe30-Mar-11
30-Mar-11Little Egret at Brownale Bay then flew down Hopton End and then back to land on far side below Hall WoodLate News!! Site was unavailable on Monday night!Steph and Paul Hicking30-Mar-11
30-Mar-11Female Black Redstart still between Wldlife Centre and Creek mid morning. Also Willow Warbler nearby and blackcap singing near Sailing Club early morning [DN]..Roger Carrington30-Mar-11
29-Mar-11Still 3 Great Northern Divers on site including an adult and 2 juveniles. One of the Divers was seen catching and eating a Crayfish near the Dam Wall in the morning. 32 Barnacle Geese including the colour ringed bird (ADZ). 3 female Goldeneye, 3 female Go.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton29-Mar-11
29-Mar-11Female type Black Redstart, half way between the Wildlife Centre and the bend on Wildlife centre creek. Viewed from the gap in the hedge where the reeds are. The bird was perching in Hawthorn bushes and dropping down to feed on the grass. Still present at.Clive Ashton29-Mar-11
28-Mar-1131 species identified early pm. Of note: Barnacle Goose (35), Oystercatcher (2), Lapwing (4), Chiffchaff (6) and Reed Bunting (1 female).Plants, shrubs and trees in flower: Coltsfoot (yellow), Lesser Celandine (yellow), Daisy, Dandelion, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage (yellow) - near post 5F, Common Mouse-ear (white), Cowslip (yellow), Gorse (yellow) and Plum Cherry (white). Ray and Margaret Perry28-Mar-11
28-Mar-11Redstart - male09.15 in shrubs at end of Wildlife Centre CreekNeil Venables28-Mar-11
25-Mar-111 Curlew --WLC
22 Barnacle geese --WLC
2 -Gt. Nortern Divers -- From Stones Island
1 - Redshank --Stones Island
2 - Oystercatcher -- From stones Island
.Paul Highman25-Mar-11
24-Mar-11Great Northern Diver, at Sheepwash/Lane End Hide end of reservoir, Carsington Water. Also Raven, Chiffchaff, 2 Goosanders, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Goldeneyes.I thought I'd send report as you are missing one for 22nd at present.Alan Hobson24-Mar-11
23-Mar-113 Great Northern Divers off Stones Island. All together in scope and one displaying to two others..Peter Gibbon23-Mar-11
21-Mar-112 juv Great Northern Divers, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Greylag Geese, 29 Barnacle Geese including the colour ringed bird. pr Mandarin, 24 Wigeon, 4+ Buzzard, male Sparrowhawk, pr Peregrine, 12 Oystercatcher, 6 Snipe, 6 Redshank, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Mea.Dave Newcombe21-Mar-11
20-Mar-113 GN Divers 2 Shelduck 5 Snipe 5+ Chiffchaff The colour ringed barnacle Goose still present.Please be aware that extensive habitat improvement is now underway on the base of sheepwash spit. This work includes the use of heavy machinery, and will be on going for the next week or so.Clive Ashton / Roger Carrington20-Mar-11
18-Mar-113 swallows circling around stone shelter Millfields Snipe on Millfields island..Bob and Gill Smith18-Mar-11
18-Mar-11Regarding the colour ringed Barnalce Goose that has been seen with the regular feral flock of Barnacle Geese. Orange ADZ was ringed on 8/2/99 at Caerlaverock WWT in Dumfriesshire, Scotland as a male first year bird hatched in summer 1998. It was last seen.Dave Newcombe18-Mar-11
17-Mar-112 Great Northern Divers, 2 Grey Heron, 20 Barnacle Geese, 21 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 9 Goldeneye, female Goosander, 5 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 2 Curlew, several Oystercatchers, 2 Chiff Chaff, 12 Meadow Pipits, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 4+ Reed Bunting and 55 Redwing. Severa.Dave Newcombe17-Mar-11
14-Mar-113 Great Northern Divers and a probable 4th Diver seen entering bay near holiday cottages. c8 Goldeneye, drake Pochard, drake Gadwall, 18 Wigeon, female Goosander, 4 Snipe, 6 Curlew, 3+ Redshank, male Sparrowhawk, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Raven, and the Barn Owl .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton14-Mar-11
13-Mar-11WeBS count for March:2 Mute Swan,2 Greylag,51 Canada and 2 Barnacle Goose,1 Wigeon,81 Teal,81 Mallard,2 Pintail,3 Shoveller,270 Tufted Duck,8 Goldeneye,2 Great Northern Diver,1 Little Grebe,38 Great Crested Grebe(one pair building nest),7 Cormorant,8 MoorLast year on 14th March there were 25 Little Grebe but in March 1997 there was also only 1.This shows the fluctuations in numbers of this species.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley13-Mar-11
13-Mar-11ChiffchaffOne singing on Stones Island in the afternoon.Alein Shreeve13-Mar-11
12-Mar-111x Greylag goose, 3x Lesser redpoll, 2x Reed bunting, 23x Pied wagtails in and around VC courtyard at 17:30, 1x Tawny owl at Fishtail Creek c20:00..John Matkin12-Mar-11
10-Mar-112 GN Divers off the dam wall. 2 Pintail Sheepwash, Redwing, c30 Sailing Club, c25 Sheepwash, 5 Stones island, 1 WLC. Curlew flock c40 seen briefly flying to fields by brick tower. The colour ringed Barnacle Goose on the dam wall, and then later on Stones Locally 9 Waxwings at Middleton Top, flying towards the reservoir at 07:50hrClive Ashton10-Mar-11
09-Mar-112 Great Northern Divers, 32 Barnacle Geese including a colour ringed bird which I'm currently persuing. Greylag Goose, pr Pintail, drake Shoveler, 18 Goldeneye, pr Goosander, 17 Wigeon, c50 Curlew near dusk landed on Millfields Island, 3 Dunlin, 3+ Redsha.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton09-Mar-11
09-Mar-11Flock of c. 20 Curlew circling opposite Watchtower 12.50; Bean Goose with group of Canada Geese 2.45, close in at left side of path towards Stones Island.G.S. Woodpecker and two Nuthatches on feeder at Paul Stanley, 11.00I got several good shots of the Bean Goose and can send copies as attachments if needed. Conforms exactly with illustration in Hume's RSPB Birds.John Bell09-Mar-11
08-Mar-11A male Snow Bunting on the tip Sheepwash Spit at 0650hrs this morning. Its calls attracted me to it, after taking a very distant record photo I could not re-find it, also checked Stones Islands, no sign by 0930hrs..Roger Carrington08-Mar-11
07-Mar-11Birding only at wildlife centre and Stones Island. Of note: Barnacle Goose (21) - by Stones Island, Oystercatcher (3), Redshank (2), Wren (1) - the first found by us since the harsh December weather, Raven (1) and Tree Sparrows & Moorhens displaying.Plants: Coltsfoot - several clumps, Snowdrops - one patch, a few specimens of Lesser Celandine, Daisy, Dandelion and Red Dead Nettle.Ray and Margaret Perry07-Mar-11
07-Mar-11A Rock Pipit on Sheepwash Spit today. Also on site 2 Great Northern Divers, 30+ Barnacle Geese, drake Pintail, 104 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 15 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 5 Buzzards, 7 Curlew, c8 Oystercatchers, 4+ Redshank, adult Mediterranean Gull, 6 Bullfinch, 3 R.Dave Newcombe07-Mar-11
07-Mar-1110.45am. viewed from the tip of Stones Island and looking towards Fishtail creek, 2 Great Northern Divers swimming together , and a third opposite Lane End Hide. Seen by all 21 people on Beginners Bird Watch.David Bennett ( S/T VR)07-Mar-11
07-Mar-1125 curlewA flock of some 25 Curlew flying South across Fishtail Creek.No name given07-Mar-11
06-Mar-11A flock of 36 Curlew flew around Sheepwash spit,then lost to sight over Fishtail creek.
The pair of Pintail still close in from Sheepwash.
2 GN Divers,4 Buzzards,2 Kestrels,Raven,13+Goldeneye.A pair of Oystercatchers mating on Sheepwash spit (bar code r
.Clive Ashton06-Mar-11
03-Mar-112 Whooper Swan on Stones Island at dawn, then circled and flew north at 0740hrs.
12 Redwing on Stones Is.
2 Gadwall, 1 Dunlin and 5 Curlew at Wildlife Centre.
2 Great Northern Divers distant.
3 first winter GBBGulls on Flat Island.
Pair Pintail at Sh
All recorded this morning.
Water levels are now high.
Roger Carrington03-Mar-11
02-Mar-11No sign of yesterday's 22 Whooper Swans so I guess they must have departed early this morning. The 2 Great Northern Divers still remain, as does the pair of Pintail. Also 32 Barnacle Geese, 12+ Goldeneye, 17 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Dunlin,.Dave Newcombe02-Mar-11
02-Mar-11Viewed from Wildlife Centre and nearby area. Of note: Barnacle Goose (20), Goldeneye (pr), Oystercatcher (2), Curlew (1), Pied Wagtail (6), Willow Tit (2) and Bullfinch (1 male)..Ray and Margaret Perry02-Mar-11
01-Mar-11As well as flock of 15 whooper swans reported already, a further group of 6 (2 adults, 4 cygnets) in Shiningford Creek..Neil Venables01-Mar-11
01-Mar-1115 Whooper swans between Millfields and lake centre

Flock of Curlew (Approx 2 dozen) in cattle field South of Fishtail creek.

.Bob and Gill Smith01-Mar-11
01-Mar-11Still 2 Great Northern Divers present, 2 Grey Heron, pair of Pintail, 16 Goldeneye, 5 Curlew, 5+ Oystercatchers, c5 Redshank, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 525 Common Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 10 Redwing and a Raven. A Fox was near the Wildlife Centre early morning. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton01-Mar-11
26-Feb-111 GN Diver off dam wall flying north-west 11am
1 Sparrowhawk
~25 Barnacle Geese
.Chris Johnstone26-Feb-11
25-Feb-11From Sheepwash at 10.00 - 11.00 a.m. 2 G N Divers, Juv G B B gull, lots of LBB and BH gulls, 10 goldeneye, teal, tufted D.
Behind hide - buzzard, 4 Mistle thrush, sev red wing
.Martin Kaye25-Feb-11
24-Feb-11From sheepwash this afternoon,
1 GN Diver
12 Curlew
2 Pintail (m+f)
2 Shoveller (m+f)
10+ Goldeneye
3 Buzzard.
1000+ Gulls present at 13:00hrs,mainly Black headed,Common and LBBG.Clive Ashton24-Feb-11
21-Feb-11Very misty/foggy on site today. Of note: Great Northern Diver (1) - off Watersports Island, Little Grebe (1) - by the Sailimg Club, Goldeneye (3, 2 males & a female), Oystercatcher (2) - on top of the dam wall, Lapwing (~300) - Horseshoe Island, Song Thru.Ray and Margaret Perry21-Feb-11
17-Feb-1143 Great Black-backed Gulls on Sheepwash Spit 0730hrs.
7 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Lesser Redpoll.
3 Shelduck very mobile.
3 Great Northern Divers.
Pair Pintail at Sheepwash.
Pair Goosander at Millfields.
.Roger Carrington17-Feb-11
16-Feb-113 Great Northern Divers, 32 Barnacle Geese, 2 Pintail, c20 Goldeneye, 5 Oystercatchers, Curlew, 2 Redshank, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Yellow-legged Gull, 8 GBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull and 260 Common Gull. The Gull roost was c6000 birds but most were wel.Dave Newcombe16-Feb-11
15-Feb-1110:30hr - Millfields: Tufted Duck 2 rafts of [60+ each], G.C.Grebe[5]; 11:15hr - WLC, Lapwing [120], Drake Shoveler [1], Teal [22], Oystercatcher [3], Wigeon [14], Usual Birds on Feeder - Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Pheasant, Mallard, Robin, plus nearby DunnSnowdrops near path to Sheepwash Hide.David Edmonds15-Feb-11
14-Feb-11WeBS count for February 07.45 to 10.30- 12 Cormorant,2 Mute Swan,51 Canada Goose,33 Barnacle Goose,2 Great Northern Diver,2 Little Grebe,23 Great Crested Grebe,55 Wigeon,102 Teal,106 Mallard,2 Pintail,285 Tufted Duck,6 Pochard,18 Goldeneye,2 Moorhen,171 C.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley14-Feb-11
14-Feb-112 Great Northern Divers, 31 Barnacle Geese, 15+ Goldeneye, pair of Pintail, 5 Oystercatchers, 3 Redshank, Curlew, 3 Buzzard, male Sparrowhawk, Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Skylark. At 16.40 a Barn Owl flew in front of Sheepwash Hide to the delight of several .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton14-Feb-11
14-Feb-1133 species of bird observed around midday. Of note: Great Northern Diver (1) - off Stones Island (SI), Barnacle Goose (30+) - flew north away from SI, Gadwall (pr), Goldeneye (1 male) - seen from the Wildlife Centre (WLC), Oystercatcher (1) - on raft nearSnowdrops seen close to the visitor centre.Ray and Margaret Perry14-Feb-11
13-Feb-113 oystercatchers - stone island, shore furthest from the visitors centre 12am-ish.No name given13-Feb-11
12-Feb-11From Sheepwash 14:00-17:00
Probable 3rd winter Caspian Gull at 15:30 for 30mins before flying off towards wildlife centre and out of view
1 Adult Yellow-legged Gull on end of spit
2 Great Northern Divers together, distantly towards Millfields
5 Golden
.Paul Thomas12-Feb-11
09-Feb-11Of note: Barnacle Goose (25), Gadwall (1 male), Kestrel (1 male), Lapwing (140) - mainly on Horseshoe Island, Redshank (1), Pied Wagtail (2), Robin - many singing, Willow Tit (2) - Wildlife Centre (WLC) feeding station and Reed Bunting (1 male) - behind tDaffodil shoots seen near the visitor centre. Bright yellow lichen observed on some trees. It is Xanthoria parietina.

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Ray and Margaret Perry09-Feb-11
09-Feb-112 Great Northern Divers, 31 Barnacle Geese, 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, c20 Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Yellow-legged Gull, 15 Redwing, Fieldfare, 40 Rook, 2 Raven and a Linnet. Also a Stoat near the Sailing Club. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton09-Feb-11
08-Feb-11A Dark Bellied Brent Goose at Sheepwash today. The bird was on the spit in the morning and was still present to the right of the hide near dusk. Also seen today was 2 Great Northern Divers, 28 Barnacle Geese, 18+ Goldeneye, pair of Pintail, 4 Redshank, 23I didn't see the Smew myself but it was reported near Millfields.Dave Newcombe08-Feb-11
06-Feb-11from Sheepwash at 2.00 - 3.30 p.m.- teal, tufted d, 21 goldeneye, wigeon, mallard, pair pintail, herring, lesser black, black headed and 1 Y legged gull. Lapwing, coot, pied wagtail

from dam wall 4.00 - 5.00 p.m. pair goosander and female smew.
.Martin Kaye06-Feb-11
05-Feb-11Snipe at paul stanley memorial hide, feeding in runnoff to left of hide at mid-day on Thursday, 3rd Feb..jane burgess05-Feb-11
03-Feb-113 Great Northern Divers, female Smew near the Draw Off Tower then briefly at Sheepwash. Pair of Pintail, c35 Goldeneye, female Goosander, 207 Lapwing, 3 Redshank and Yellow-legged Gull. .Dave Newcombe03-Feb-11
02-Feb-113 Great Northern Divers,pair of Pintail(Sheepwash),3 Pink footed Geese(Stones Island)30+Goldeneye,c15 Redwing also on Stones Island. Gull roost very spread and mainly Common and Black headed, though the Yellow legged Gull was present as usual.The Smew eluded me, but was reported by others.Clive Ashton02-Feb-11
31-Jan-11Very misty on site. Of note: Wigeon (80+) - Horseshoe Island, Lapwing (6) - dam wall area, Snipe - one flew past the Wildlife Centre (WC) window, Fieldfare (1) - dam wall area and Willow Tit (1) - WC feeding station..Ray and Margaret Perry31-Jan-11
31-Jan-113 Great Northern Divers, 3 first reported several days ago so that could well be the answer to my 3 Divers that I saw last Wednesday. Although I'm still sure the third one that I had was smaller than a G.N.Diver. Also seen today was 2 drake Goosander, 3 P.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton31-Jan-11
28-Jan-11Smew still present, swimming amidst the Goldeneye, off the top end of the dam..john babb28-Jan-11
28-Jan-112 Great Northern Divers ( looked like the usual two) together just south of Fishtail Creek. No other divers spotted in 3 1/2 hours spent watching from various points..john babb28-Jan-11
26-Jan-11Both Great Northern Divers were seen together in front of Sheepwash around lunchtime. I then scanned the open water towards Millfields and picked out a third Diver. Although distant and in the mist it was clearly a Diver sp and due to its apparent smaller.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton26-Jan-11
26-Jan-11Half a dozen or so M and F Immature Smew. Hopton end..Bob and Gill Smith26-Jan-11
24-Jan-11Usual viewing time around midday. Thirty three species of bird observed. Only covered the Wildlife Centre (WC) and Stones Island (SI). Of note: Grey Heron (1) - Shiningford Creek, Barnacle Goose (33) - 31 on Watersport's Island, Pink-footed Goose (1) - wiA Tittesworth Water snippet: The next Tittesworth Bird News newsletter, with the latest site news and birding highlights for the months October - December 2010, will be available from the Tittesworth visitor centre shop from about the 28th January. Ray and Margaret Perry24-Jan-11
24-Jan-11Female Smew near the draw off tower and 3 female Goosander at Millfields. 2 juv Great Northern Divers seen well from both Lane End and Sheepwash. 43 Pink-footed Geese over west at 09.55hrs and 170 west at 11.00hrs. 24 Barnacle Geese, c25 Goldeneye, 2 Pint.Dave Newcombe24-Jan-11
19-Jan-112 Great Northern Divers, 2 Pink-footed Geese with Canada Geese on Stones Island, female Smew, 3 Pintail, 4 Goosander, c25 Goldeneye, 3 Redshank, 144 Lapwing, 5 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Grey Heron and a Meadow Pipit. .Dave Newcombe19-Jan-11
19-Jan-112 GN divers from Lane End hideOne initially in front of the hide, fishing. Then 1 hour later the 2 birds quite close together, fishing south of the hide.john babb19-Jan-11
17-Jan-1132 species seen around midday. Worth mentioning: Great Northern Diver (1) - off Stones Island, Little Grebe (1), Barnacle Goose (6) - on the back of Horseshoe Island, Moorhen (3), Lapwing (24) - mostly by the Sailing Club, Redshank (3) - Wildlife Centre C.Ray and Margaret Perry17-Jan-11
17-Jan-111 Great Northern Diver, 2 Pintail, c30 Goldeneye, 3 Redshank, Curlew over Stones Island at c09.00, Dunlin, 65 Lapwing, Snipe, 2 Shelduck on Stones Island and then later at Sheepwash. Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Herring Gull, Peregrine over Sheepwash, Kingfishe.Dave Newcombe17-Jan-11
16-Jan-11WeBS count for January - Mute Swan 10,Canada Goose 38,Barnacle Goose 33,Wigeon 231,Gadwall 2,Teal 110,Mallard 210,Pintail 2,Pochard 17,Tufted Duck 553(BTO say unusually high number),Goldeneye 25(also BTO says high) Smew 1,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Gre.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley16-Jan-11
13-Jan-112 Great Northern Diver.
Female Smew near draw-off tower, Millfields end of dam wall.
104 Teal. 3 Heron. 1 Skylark flew over west.
1 Little Egret briefly on Sheepwash Spit at 1045hrs, then at Hopton End reedbed, also 1 Grey Wagtail there.
.Roger Carrington13-Jan-11
12-Jan-112 Great Northern Divers, drake Pintail, 33 Goldeneye, female Goosander, 2 Redshank, Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 23 Herring Gulls, 4 GBB Gulls and a Raven..Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton12-Jan-11
12-Jan-1129 species of bird seen around midday. Only explored from the wildlife centre to Stones Island. Of note: Coot (~700) - mainly between Stones Island and the Sailing Club. Lapwing - just one by Wildlife Centre Creek, Redshank (1), Song Thrush (1), Coal Tit Hazel catkins have been out for awhile but now Pussy Willow (or Goat Willow) catkins have appeared, a sign that spring is on the way!Ray and Margaret Perry12-Jan-11
10-Jan-112 Great Northern Divers, 1 near the Dam Wall and 1 off Stones Island. Female Smew by the draw off tower. Drake Pintail, 41 Goldeneye (32 near the Dam Wall in two groups of 22 and 10, and 9 between Sheepwash and P.Stanley). 5 Pheasant, 2 Redshank, Kestrel,.Dave Newcombe10-Jan-11
08-Jan-119 Pintails, Male Goldeneye, Yellow Legged Gull 2 Sparrowhawks from PS Hide
35 Widgeon from SW hide
.Les Fisher08-Jan-11
06-Jan-1131 species around midday. Of note: Great Crested Grebe (8), Sparrowhawk (1), Lapwing (10), Willow Tit (3) - repeatedly feeding from wildlife centre feeding station, Coal Tit (1), Reed Bunting (1)..Ray and Margaret Perry06-Jan-11
06-Jan-11Sheepwash to Fishtail Creek- 38 species- including: Pochard (x5), Goldeneye, Little Grebe (x4), Great Crested Grebe (x17), Great Northern Diver. Hall Wood: Treecreeper (x2), Nuthatch (x3), Goldcrest (x2), Siskin (x35+)..John Matkin06-Jan-11
06-Jan-112 juv Great Northern Divers.
Female Smew off dam wall at 0915hrs but no sign later.
2 Drake Shoveler on Millfields Spit.
3 Skylark south over Stones Island.
Gull roost poor and widely spread, conservative estimate; 2500 Black-headed, 300 Common, 150 H
Hopton End, Paul Stanley, Wlidlife Centre, Sailing Club and Millfields Bays are still ice covered but the vast open area is now clear.Roger Carrington06-Jan-11
04-Jan-112 GN Divers, including 1 in flight,1 Drake Pintail,1 Female Goosander,1 Redshank,YL Gull and 2+GBBG.Gull roost c1000 birds mainly on the ice, best viewed from Lane End..Clive Ashton04-Jan-11
02-Jan-11Sheepwash Hide - 15:30hr. Cormorant [9], Pintail pair M&F, Teal, Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted, Coot, BH Gull, LBB Gull, Redshank [1], Only a small rough sample, but determined to do more watching and postings in 2011. Ice reducing, allowing more area for ducks to feed.David & Sue Edmonds02-Jan-11
02-Jan-11Female Smew in Hopton Arm near Big Island.
2 Great Northern Diver this morning near Fishtail.
1 Pinkfoot flew in to Millfields with Canadas.
2 Skylark NE over Millfields.
2 drake Goosander near Millfields Island.
Also 2 Redshank, Tawny Owl, Fieldfare
Ice reduced to about 50% cover. Still frozen over this morning at P S Hide, Sailing Club, Wildlife Centre and Millfields.
Currently best water bird numbers from Sheepwash, Lane End and Stones Island.
Roger Carrington02-Jan-11



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