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Sightings 2012

 Posted by on January 12, 2013

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01/01/2012Great Northern Diver off Stones Island, also 1 Redshank and 4 Dunlin.
1 White-fronted Goose in WLC Creek fields with Canadas.
Pair of Pintail at Sheepwash plus 3x1W and 1 adult GBBGulls.
All this afternoon.Roger Carrington
06/01/2012Great Northern Diver between Millfields and Fishtail.
1 Redshank, 60 Meadow Pipit and 7 Lsr Redpoll on Stones Island.
1 Oystercatcher on Shiningford Island.
5 Dunlin between Sailing Club and dam.
Pair Pintail at Sheepwash. 132 Wigeon.
Sightings this morning 0800-1200hrs.Roger Carrington
08/01/2012SNOW BUNTING on ground near feeding table outside wildlife centre then in flight over bayapprox 12.30 pm. Inflight appeared to be mobbed by wagtails.JOHN WINNARD
10/01/2012Great Northern Diver in front of Sheepwash Hide this morning, plus 1 Shelduck and pair of Pintail.
18 Barnacle Geese and 1 Redshank on Stones Island.
1 Oystercatcher and 40 Linnet from WLC.
Will photographer (initials DR) of Snow Bunting on Sunday please email me a copy or take a photo in to Wldlife Centre for STW volunteers on a Sunday or Tuesday please.Roger Carrington
13/01/2012Sparrowhawk, 9 Bullfinch at Fishtail Creek. Oystercatcher, c30 Pied Wagtails from Sheepwash hide. c20 Meadow Pipits from Lane End hide. 2x Redshanks with c40 Lapwings on Horseshoe Island. 5x Dunlin on front of the Sailing Club. c200 Pink-footed Geese overHouse Sparrows collecting nesting materials on 10/01. Also counts of 13 Collared Dove and 46 Tree Sparrows on 10/01. Unidentified gull sp among Black-headed Gulls at Sheepwash Hide (13/01)JohnMatkin
16/01/2012WeBS count for January - Mute Swan 2,Pink-footed Goose 1,Greylag 2,Canada Goose 100,Wigeon 128,Gadwall 10,Teal 242,Mallard 212,Pintail 2,Pochard 11,Tufted Duck 117,Goldeneye 12,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Grebe 2,Great Crested Grebe 20,Cormorant 6,Grey .Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
17/01/2012WLC: Great Northern Diver, 3 Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 2 Willow Tit, c.20 Siskin, c.50 Lapwing over.
At least 1 Pink-footed Goose still in fields with Canada Geese.

Also, 5 Dunlin at Lane End early morning. Reed B
Water level now at 67.1%.James Owen (ST vol)
21/01/2012Great Northern Diver, just north of Fishtail Creek , seen from Lane End.
4 drake pochard + 1 female Millfields.

Willow Tit and several Bullfinch ( mixture male and female) at Sheepwash feeders.
.john babb
25/01/2012Adult Great Northern Diver, Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 600 Lapwing, 7 Dunlin, Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull, c300 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, c40 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Reed Bunting. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
31/01/2012from the Dam Wall c20 Teal, 10 Meadow Pipit, c10 Dunlin with 1 Redshank, 1 male Goldeneye, 1 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan
from Wildlife Center female Bullfinch, Gadwall, Little Grebe, c15 Wigeon,
Cold Grey morningEric Dewhurst
31/01/20121 Pinkfooted + 23 feral Barnacle with Canada Geese flock from Wildlife Centre this afternoon.
A flock of 21 Dunlin at Sheepwash from 1500hrs and at 1630hrs a Sanderling flew in with 2 more Dunlin.
Also Great Northern Diver still, 700 Common Gulls in roo
.Roger Carrington
02/02/20126 Sanderling (3 at Millfields, 2 on Stones Island, 1 at Sheepwash).
58 Dunlin in small flocks around the site.
Adult Great Northern Diver.
2 Goosander at Millfields. 2 Pintail at Sheepwash. 30 Meadow Pipit on Stones Island.
On site 0800hrs - 1200hrs.Roger Carrington
04/02/2012GN Diver.
2 Sanderling at sailing club and later Sheepwash.
11 Dunlin at Sheepwash, with others around site.
3 Redshank.
2 Peregrine, hunting waders.
2 Pintail.
1 Goosander.
c60 Linnet.
.Clive Ashton
07/02/2012From Visitor and Wildlife Centers.
G N Diver, Redshank, Snipe, Wigeon, Cormorant, Teal, Willow Tit, GC and Little Grebe, Tree Sparrow, Dunnock. Fieldfare.
.Eric Dewhurst
07/02/201211 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and 1 Redshank mobile around Stones Island, Sailing Club and Wildlife Centre.
Great Northern Diver off Lane End.
Willow Tits - 2@Millfields, 2@Lane End, 1@Sheepwash.
Counts of 28 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Pochard, 14 Gadwall.
Still 2 inch of snow this morning but all car parks open.Roger Carrington
08/02/2012Adult Great Northern Diver, Pink-footed Goose, 257 Canada Geese, 4 Pintail, 17 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 6 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 3 Redshank, 2 Raven. Gull roost very poor due to the weather. With the fields covered in snow .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
11/02/2012Great N. Diver, 2 X Sanderling, Redshank, Peregrine, 2 x Pintail (male & female),Goldeneye, Willow Tit etc..John & Fay Follett
13/02/201220 Fieldfares on Stones Island, 3 juv Great Black-backed Gulls among B.H. Gulls off Stones Island, Snipe in ditch by path to Wildlife Centre, Peregrine, Barn Owl hunting at Sheepwash car park at dusk.1 Woodcock at Fishtail Creek on 11/02John Matkin
13/02/2012Walked all round reservoir (0730-1120), seeing: Carrion Crow, Gt Tit, Jackdaw, Black-hd Gull, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Coot, Tufted Duck, Gt Crested Grebe, Goldeneye, Rook, Meadow Pipit, Coal Tit, Long-tail Tit, Blue Tit, Dunnock,I don't actively count, but got the impression that there were between 100-200 Teal around the site, plus 100+ Mallard and Wigeon, and certainly 15-20 Goldeneye in three or four locations. Surprisingly few gulls; no diver (just my luck), and no Moorhens.Gary Atkins
14/02/2012WeBS count for February (07.30-10.30)Mute Swan 2,Pinkfoot Goose 1,Canada Goose 322,Cormorant 8, Wigeon 170,Gadwall 37,Teal 488,Mallard 249,Pintail 2,Pochard 8,Tufted Duck 197,Goldeneye 14, Great Northern Diver 1,Great Crested Grebe 40,Moorhen 5,Coot 143,L.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
14/02/2012Very quick visit whilst doing nest box work, Great Northern Diver still, 1 Ringed Plover (Stones) and Willow Tit at the WLC were highlights..Steph Hicking
14/02/2012Adult Great Northern Diver gave good close views from Lane End hide. Also 3 Oystercatchers, c20 Gadwall, c12 Goldeneye, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Raven, 2 Skylark over west at 13.20. No sign p.m of this mornings Grey Plover. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
14/02/2012WLC: 2 Pintail, 1 Oystercatcher, c.30 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Willow Tit, 3 Gadwall, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Redshank, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Little Grebe.James Owen (STW vol.)
15/02/2012Adult Great Northern Diver, 9 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 22 Barnacle Geese, 4 Pintail, 21 Gadwall, 10 Goldeneye, 8 Pochard, 2 Peregrine, 5 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Sanderling, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Dunlin, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 3.Dave Newcombe
16/02/2012Around Stones Island early morning: 2 Sanderling, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, Great Northern Diver, 6 Greylag, 23 feral Barnacle geese, 25 Linnet, 2 Skylark over NE.
1 Oystercatcher on Millfields Island.
4 Pintail at Sheepwash and 3 Skylark over.
Water levels still rising, now over 80% full.Roger Carrington
21/02/2012WLC: 2 Oystercatcher, c.30 Linnet, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 3 Gadwall, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Tit, 3 Goldeneye, 4+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Barnacle Goose, 35+ Redwing over Shiningford Farm.

Also early morning, 3 Greylag Geese on Stones Island, and 2 Pintai
Slight disturbance at WLC due to work beginning on the Sand Martin bank, which will continue over the next few Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is aimed to be completed just before the birds arrive back!James Owen (STW vol.)
22/02/201211 Pheasants, 13 Barnacle Geese, 3 Pintail, 8 Goldeneye, Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank, 4 Snipe, Buzzard, 6 Herring Gull, 2 GBB Gull, c25 Linnets. 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers at P Stanley hide. A pair near feeders saw a 2nd pair off. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
23/02/2012Fishtail Creek to Hall Wood. Good numbers of gulls around inc. Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Common Gull, 3 Buzzards, Oystercatcher, Raven, Peregrine, flocks of 8 and c25 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin, Nuthatch with nesting material in Middle Wood, flock of Black-headed Gull in Summer plumage (17/02), c200 winter thrushes (mostly Fieldfares) overhead and moving North (18/02), Stoat by VC car park (22/02)John Matkin
23/02/2012G N Diver off Stones Island and 2 Redshank and 2 Greylag Geese there.
9 Oystercatchers between Big Island and Millfields.
5 Skylark and 1 Grey Wagtail over.
3 Pintail and 2 Curlew at Sheepwash.
26 Siskin and Willow Tit at P S Hide. 180 Lapwing.
0730-1200hrs this morning.Roger Carrington
27/02/2012Great Northern Diver from Dam/Millfields.Pair Shelduck, 4 Pintail, returning Oystercatcher with barcode leg ring and 7 Curlew from Sheepwash.Gull roost from Lane Ends Hide: 250 Common G, 60 LBBG, 1 GBBG, 3000 BHG and Curlew numbered 11 and mobile at dusk..Roger Carrington
28/02/2012Great Northern Diver off the dam wall. 4 Pintail, 10 Goldeneye, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 10 Curlew, 115 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 8+ Oystercatcher, 4 GBB Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 50+ Linnet and 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
28/02/2012WLC: 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Meadow Pipit, c.25 Linnet, 1 Redshank, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Tit, 14 Barnacle Goose
Also, 1 plover sp., probable Grey Plover, and 3 unidentified small waders
Visitor reported a Red Kite over Idridgehay.

Water level 85.4%
James Owen (STW vol.)
01/03/2012Great Northern Diver - Off Dam wall.10:00 amMatthew Birkin
04/03/2012Great Northern Diver off the Dam Wall. 108 Canada Geese, 21 Barnacle Geese, 8 Goldeneye, 8+ Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 30 Linnet, Raven, 3 Mistle Thrush. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
06/03/2012WLC: 2 Curlew through, 2 Oystercatcher (mated), 2 Redshank, 3 Buzzard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow Tit

Also, Great Northern Diver off Dam Wall
.James Owen (STW vol)
07/03/2012Adult summer plumage Mediterranean Gull.
15 Curlew.
Med Gull briefly at 10:00hr, but no further sign at 12:00hrClive Ashton
09/03/2012Great Northern Diver off the Dam Wall, 23 Cormorants, 3 Greylag Geese, Shelduck, 23 Curlew, 10 Oystercatchers, 3 Redshank, 2 GBB Gull, 19 Meadow Pipits and 2 Raven. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Keith Bunting
12/03/2012WeBS count for March (0700-1000hrs)Mute Swan 3,Canada Goose 89,Barnacle Goose 16, Wigeon 148,Gadwall 7,Teal 357,Mallard 136,Tufted Duck 78,Goldeneye 6,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Grebe 1,Great Crested Grebe 26,Cormorant 14,Moorhen 5,Coot 67,Oystercatche.No name given
12/03/2012WeBS count for March done by Peter Gibbon and John Bradley.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
12/03/2012Great Northern Diver and 4 Shelduck off Stones Island this afternoon.
1 Drake Shoveler at Millfields.
20 feral Barnacle Geese at WLC + Stones Island.
Gull roost: 400 Common, 2000 Black-headed, 40 Lesser Black-backed,3 Great Black-backed Gulls.
11 Phea
.Roger Carrington
15/03/2012Great Northern Diver, Grey Heron, 23 Barnacle Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 4 Gadwall, Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 10+ Oystercatchers, 4 Curlew, 4 Redshank, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 210 Common Gull, 51 LBB Gull, 4 GBB Gull, 2 Herring Gulls, 17 Meadow Pipits, 3 Reed Bunt.Dave Newcombe
16/03/20121 Chiff Chaff. Sheepwash carpark..B & G
16/03/2012Great Northern Diver off Lane Ends Hide.
2 Chiffchaff, 1 singing in Fishtail Creek, 1 near Stone shelter only calling. 1 Crossbill mobile around Middle Wood.
3 Little Grebe, 6 Moorhen, 1 drake Pochard at Millfields, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark
Counted on a walk around the reservior this morning. Chiffchaffs are probably wintering birds, but after no records all winter here, then 2 on my walk (1 singing) and another report of 1 in Sheepwash car park today, coincidence!!Roger Carrington
17/03/2012Fishtail Creek to Hopton Arm early am:5 Fieldfare, 4 Curlew, Redwing in Middle Wood, Raven, Jay, and 4 Chiffchaff. Pair of Garganey flew from Fishtail Creek at 07:35 headed North over Sitch Farm. Fox across path in Middle Wood. Also 7 Buzzards on 02/03 and c120 Fieldfares over on 03/03John Matkin
17/03/2012First Wheatear of the year at Millfields.
Great Northern Diver,Pintail,8 Curlew,22 Meadow Pipits,c10 Redwing.
No further sign of Garganey.Clive Ashton
19/03/2012Adult Great Northern Diver, 20 Barnacle Geese, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, 69 Teal (Sheepwash), 2 female Pintail at Wildflife Centre, 4 Goldeneye, 11 Buzzard all seen from Sheepwash though well spread out, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c12 Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank.Dave Newcombe
20/03/2012WLC: 2 female Pintail, 1 drake Shoveller, 1 Curlew over, 2 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher.

Elsewhere, 4 Redwing near Sheepwash hide early morning, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Shelduck flew West over Shiningford Creek, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Curlew on Sheepwash Sp
Water level 91%James Owen (STW vol.)
21/03/20122 Sand Martin thru' early morning. 2 female Pintail at Wildlife Centre. 24 Meadow Pipit and 24 Pied Wagtail on dam early morning. Great Northern Diver off Stones Island.
1 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Curlew, 1 Linnet on Stones Island late afternoon.
Also Da
.Roger Carrington
22/03/2012Bullfinch 2 pairs, Treecreeper 4, Greylag 1, Curlew 7, Heron 1, Oystercatcher 10+, Buzzard 1, Chiffchaff at regular intervals all the way round.Seen on round trip this morning. Curlews flew past Lane end 11:15Eric Dewhurst
23/03/2012Adult Great Northern Diver, 11 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 2 female Pintail at Wildlife Centre, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Pheasants, 10+ Oystercatchers, 4+ Redshank, 2 Buzzards, GBB Gull, 19 Chiff Chaff in song between Millfields and Hopton End, 8 Redwing, 20+ Meadow Pi.Dave Newcombe
24/03/2012Fishtail Creek to Visitor Centre: 16 Chiffchaff, 6 Linnet, Jay, 2 Reed Bunting. 23 Pied Wagtail & 16 Meadow Pipits on the damc50 Fieldfare overhead (23/03), Little Owl in field by Fishtail Creek and 2 Tawny Owls calling from Fishtail Creek at dusk (21/03)John Matkin
24/03/20126 Whooper Swans at 1730hrs off Stones Island, then flushed by boat at 1750hrs and flew north..Roger Carrington
26/03/2012Black tailed Godwit at Sheepwash.
GN Diver,5 Shoveler.
.Clive Ashton
27/03/2012Black tailed Godwit still at Sheepwash.
Blackcap singing Sheepwash car park.
1 Shelduck off Stones Island.
.Clive Ashton
28/03/2012All seen from Sheepwash Hide, unless stated. Great Northern Diver, 2 Grey Herons, 19 Barnacle Geese (Dam Wall), 4 Shoveler, Goldeneye, 6 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 7 Meadow Pipits (Dam Wall), and 2 Raven. 16 Chiff Chaff and 6 Blackcap between Millfiel.Dave Newcombe
30/03/2012First Little Ringed Plover of the year, on sailing club island today..Clive Ashton/Dave Newcombe
31/03/2012Wren 4, Bullfinch 12+, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Song Thrush 3, Blackcap, Chifchaff, Buzzard, G S Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Teal, Redshank, Meadow Pipit, Raven. Round trip AM. Also Red Kite low over Duffield Thursday eveningEric Dewhurst
02/04/2012Fishtail Creek to Visitor Centre (via Millfields)birds in song: 22 Chiffchaff, 19 Wren, 11 Blackbirds, 11 Dunnock, 10 Robin, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap, 1 Starling (Oldfield Lane) and 1 Greenfinch (VC car park). Other sightings inJackdaws nesting at Fishtail Creek, a Woodpigeon nesting off Oldfield Lane and a Chiffchaff with nesting material near Stone shelter.John Matkin
02/04/2012Dam wall- 1 Wheatear,30 Pied wagtail,1 Grey Wagtail,15+ Meadow Pipit,1 Linnet,1 Skylark (grounded).
Stones Island- 2 Ruff,1 Little ringed Plover.
Sheepwash- GN Diver towards Millfields,2 Greylag,Shoveler,Curlew,Raven.
Also on the dam wall a Bunting sp.flushed by bikes and not refound. Can't rule out Reed Bunting but would have liked a closer look!
Clive Ashton
02/04/2012Following is a list (no note taken of numbers, sorry!) of the birds seen during the monthly Birdwatching for Beginners walk, led by David Bennett: Curlew, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Lapwing, Redshank, Coot, Tufted Duck, Ruff, Black-hd Gull, Greylag Goose, BaWalk takes place 10am-12noon, and this month's 20-strong group were a little disappointed to dip on the diver!Gary Atkins
03/04/2012Willow Warbler singing near Visitor Centre 0800hrs. 2 Ruff mobile around Stones Island.
Great Northern Diver off Stones Island early a.m.
Osprey from Sheepwash car park 0935-1015hrs, then flew high north.
Drake Red-breasted Merganser off Lane End at 14
.Roger Carrington
05/04/2012Osprey flew between Stones Island & Watersports Island at 16:20, was carrying a fish and being mobbed by 2 Black-headed Gulls, an Oystercatcher & a Carrion Crow. It then headed over the water towards Millfields. Also on Stones Island; 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Single Fieldfare & a Treecreeper was singing at Fishtail Creek (03/03), 1 Red-Legged Partridge, 7 Pheasants & a Jay at Fishtail Creek (04/03).John Matkin
05/04/2012Osprey again at 1920hrs flying around Hopton Arm then went to roost in a tree close to the osprey platform at Lane Ends at 1940hrs.
Also Great Northern Diver and 2 Ruff around Stones Island.
This osprey is different to the bird present 2 days ago (Tuesday).Roger Carrington
06/04/2012Osprey, at height, approx 3pm observed from Stones Island flying in direction of Tail Bay from distance over Fishtail Creek..JOHN WINNARD
06/04/2012Nuthatch on bird table near Shiningford approx 2.30pmFirst time for us but it might be a regular sighting for othersJOHN & BETTY WINNARD
06/04/2012Birds seen or heard between Fishtail Creek & Visitor Centre (via Sheepwash): 50 Tree Sparrow (inc. 28 at Wildlife Centre & 7 on Stones Island), 49 Blackbird, 44 Blue Tit, 43 Wren, 42 Great Tit, 34 Chiffchaff, 30 Dunnock, 24 Robin, 22 Bullfinch, 18 ChaffinOsprey at Fishtail Creek (0620) then by Hall Wood (0650). Also 2 Buzzard, 3 Raven, 3 Jay, 1 Stock Dove, 12 Pheasant, 1 Skylark over new track, 1 Grey Wagtail over Stones Island. 45 Fieldfare (2 at Fishtail Creek, flocks of 26 over Hopton Pond & 17 over ShJohn Matkin
06/04/2012All from Sheepwash Hide, unless stated. The adult Great Northern Diver is now moulting into summer plumage and is looking quite smart. 19 Barnacle Geese (Stones Island), 2 Grey Heron, Ruff (Stones Island), Little Ringed Plover in front of Watersports, Cur.Dave Newcombe
07/04/2012Osprey10:50 in trees at Hopton end ,before flying over reservoir towards Sheepwash Hide and out of sightPaul Highman
07/04/2012Notes today - 12:30hr to 13:30hr flock of mixed hirundines low over Sailing club boats and Stones Island - When briefly settled counted 21nr Swallow, 17nr House Martin (appx), 2 or 4nr Sand Martin. 3nr Common Scoter [2 drake female or juv], GN Diver, WheDavid Edmonds
08/04/2012WeBS count (0700-1030hrs) Great Northern Diver 1, Little Grebe 1, Great Crested Grebe 41, Cormorant 4, Grey Heron 1, Mute Swan 3, Greylag Goose 9, Canada Goose 88, Barnacle Goose 18, Teal 19, Mallard 98, Tufted Duck 68, Goldeneye 1, Mandarin 1, Moorhen 3.John Bradley
08/04/20122 Ospreys possibly 3; PeregrineVolunteers and the public, in the WLC from 10.30 to 12.00(when I left)had regular sightings of Ospreys. The first single bird (10.30) headed over Hall Wood, in thick mist; 2 birds seen at 10.45 over Fishtail Creek area drifted north and away over Hall WooDavid Bennett
10/04/2012 07:05hr Osprey caught fish, on east side of resevoir, and flew north pursued by BH Gulls. Presumably the same bird was seen 10 minutes earlier,on the east bank, by John Matkin.Clive Ashton
10/04/2012Osprey at 0655 over water along side of Hall Wood. Small numbers of hirundines: 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin & 1 Sand Martin. 1 Goldcrest singing behind Lane End hide. 2 Linnet on Stones Island, 3 Fieldfare at Fishtail Creek (34 over on 09/04).Fishtail Creek to Visitor Centre: 72 Woodpigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 6 Collared Dove. 50 Jackdaw (7 active nests), 16 Carrion Crow (3 active nests), 2 Raven (1 active nest), 2 Rook, 13 Magpie (1 active nest) and 1 Jay.John Matkin
10/04/2012Sacred Ibis flew from Carsington Pastures over the edge of the reservoir but quite high then left towards the Knockerdown pub but unable to relocate.
Over the reservior around 11-45
.Ian Scrimshaw
10/04/2012Osprey again at 17:00hr over the dam wall, then at 17:15hr caught large fish in the same spot as this morning. Flew over Blackwall plantation pursued by Gulls at 17:25hr.
4 White Wagtail on Stones Island.
Curlew at Sheepwash, LRP sailing club.
.Clive Ashton
11/04/2012Adult Great Northern Diver still. Also 15 Barnacle Geese, Greylag Goose, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Redshank, Curlew, 13 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 5 White Wagtails on Stones Island, 110 Black-headed Gull, 90 Common Gull, 26.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
12/04/20121 Common Sandpiper in front of Wildlife Centre at 6.00 pm.Neil Moulden
12/04/20121 Great Northern Diver (adult still distant towards Millfields/Dam Wall), 1 Raven, 2 Sparrowhawk (pair), 8+ Common Buzzard, 6 Black-tailed Godwit (circled and flew towards Wildlife Centre), 1 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Goldeneye,
2 Willow Warbler
All from Sheepwash Hide 13:30-17:00
No sign of any Osprey, though another birder said apparently one of the staff had seen one from Paul Stanley early morning.
Paul Thomas
13/04/2012Fishtail Creek to Visitor Centre via Sheepwash (early am): 43 Chiffchaff, 31 Blackcap (including 4 males pursuing 1 female by Lane End hide), 11 Willow Warbler. 1 Jay, male Sparrowhawk carrying prey through Hall Wood, 4 Willow Tit, 1 female Goldeneye, MalWarbler numbers up considerably from same walk yesterday (17 Blackcap & 5 Willow Warblers). Also on 12/04: Buzzard feeding on ground in front of Paul Stanley hide, 5 Greylag geese on Horseshoe Island, 3 Mistle Thrush between Sheepwash & Shiningford Creek John Matkin
13/04/2012Great Northern Diver, 22 Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Goose of unknown origin, female Mallard with 12 young, female Goldeneye, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, 2 Skylark, 2 White Wagtails, c150 Swallow, 2 Raven .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
14/04/20122 Yellow Wagtails & pair of Redshank on Millfields Island, 2 Curlew, c30 Fieldfare briefly in ash tree at Millfields then headed north, 15 Carrion Crow on dam, Nuthatch with nesting material over Oldfield Lane, c15 Swallows & Sand Martins, 20+ Willow Warb.John Matkin
14/04/2012pink footed goose, scaup and great northern diver all from sheepwash.scott linacre
15/04/2012Great Northern Diver still.
7 Pheasants at Sheepwash. 3 Linnet on Stones Island. 1 Wheatear in WLC Creek. 1 Yellow Wagtail flew past Sheepwash and Pink-footed Goose there. 30 Sand Martin. 2 Shelduck mobile.
.Roger Carrington
16/04/2012Adult Great Northern Diver, Pink-footed Goose, 20+ feral Barnacle Geese, female Mallard with 2 young at WLC, also a female with 7 young off S'ford Creek, female Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, female Redstart on S'ford Creek, 4 Linnets (2 on Stones Island .Dave Newcombe
16/04/2012Bird sightings adequately covered by others.
Plant life in flower: Red Campion, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage (yellow), Gorse (yellow), Cowslip (yellow), Dandelion, Daisy, Lesser Celandine (yellow), Coltsfoot (yellow), Red Dead Nettle, Blackthorn (wh
.Ray and Margaret Perry
17/04/2012WLC: 2 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 16 Barnacle Geese, 2 Teal (pair), 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow Tit, Mallard still with 2 ducklings.
Water level 94.9%James Owen
18/04/2012Lots of Arctic Terns throughout the country today and Carsington didn't miss out. Roger had 1 fly straight through just before 09.30. Shortly after, there was 7 birds which over the course of the day built up to 28. 7 of these flew North at 15.15. The rem.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Keith Bunting
19/04/20129 Yellow Wagtails on Stones Island.
GN Diver almost in summer plumage.
.Clive Ashton
20/04/2012Adult Great Northern Diver still present. Roger saw a Whooper Swan fly in with 2 Mute Swans at 07.30. I saw it at around 08.45 but no further sign after that. Pink-footed Goose at the Wildlife Centre, Mallard with 2 young near Big Island, 2 female GoldeneI witnessed something quite incredible this evening whilst on Stones Island. At 19.10 I saw an unidentified Bat flying around just off the causeway. A Black-headed Gull and a Magpie srarted chasing it. The Magpie then caught the Bat mid-air before flyingDave Newcombe
23/04/2012Great Northern Diver.
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Pinkfooted Goose on Stones Island.
Pied Flycatcher singing.
Lapwing with 4 chicks at Wildlife Centre.
1 Whimbrel and 2 Curlew over.
.roger Carrington
23/04/2012Adult Great Northern Diver almost in full summer plumage. 1 Little Gull seen from Sheepwash Hide for most of the day. Later from Stones Island it was joined by a 2nd bird. Arctic Tern east at 11.15. A 'commic' Tern east at 16.30. Garden Warbler singing in.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
23/04/20122 female Goldeneye, Pied Flycatcher, 3 pairs of Nuthatch between Millfields and Oldfield Lane, Green Woodpecker over Millfields, Common Sandpiper on Watersports Island. On the dam: 28 Pied Wagtail, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Linnet, 14 Meadow Pipits..John Matkin
24/04/2012Great northern Diver off Stones Island.
1 Common Sandpiper,1 Yellow Wagtail,1 Curlew,1 Swift.
.Clive Ashton
24/04/2012Mandarin DuckPair arrived in Millfield Bay at around 9am, stayed about 10 minutes before flying off towards Kirk IretonEric Dewhurst
25/04/20124 Whimbrel on Stones Island at 5.25 pm, but flew off NW after a couple of minutes..Neil Moulden
25/04/20121 Marsh Tit seen and heard calling near Millfields car park at 8.00 am. Also redhead Goldeneye at Millfields and 1 Common Sandpiper on Stones Island. At 5.30 pm 4 Whimbrel were on Sailing Club Island.The Marsh Tit was my first ever at Carsington.Neil Moulden
25/04/201212.55h - Black Tern and c.60 Arctic Ternsnoneper Birdguides
25/04/201215:00 - Little Gull, 13 mid-afternoon, then 6 flew off and 7 still present.
.per Birdguides
25/04/2012Arctic Tern still c.60 at 13:50; also 2 Black Terns and 4 Little Gulls (13:50)
.per Birdguides
25/04/2012Heavy and persistant rain nearly all day meant good weather for a bit of passage. 2 Black Terns were present early morning and remained until early afternoon. The first Arctic Terns didn't arrive until 12.50, but it was a flock of over 60. Then over the n.Dave Newcombe
27/04/201207.15-09.45 - Black-tailed Godwit flying low over Sheepwash Island. 5 Swifts.
No sign of Great Northern Diver in this period.
.Peter Gibbon
27/04/2012Adult Great Northern Diver in stunning summer plumage, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 female Goldeneye, Hobby from Sheepwash at 15.02, then over the woods opposite the hide several minutes later, male Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, Kestrel, 2 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel flew North .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
28/04/201215 Fieldfare in trees at Fishtail Creek at 12:30. Later found feeding with c20 Starlings in fields by Fishtail Creek.Great Northern Diver present on 26/04. Also 1 Curlew on Horseshoe Island & Stoat at Shiningford Creek.John Matkin
30/04/20122 Black Terns from 1000hrs off Stones Island.
1 Sedge and 2 Garden Warblers singing on Stones Island 0700hrs.
Great Northern Diver in superb breeding plumage off Stones Island.
2 Whitethroats singing near Stone Barn and Swallows in the barn.
1 Lesser
Oystercatchers lost nests on Big Island and Sailing Club Island in yesterdays atrocious weather.Roger Carrington
30/04/2012Bar-tailed Godwit on Sailing Club Island 1800hrs..Roger Carrington
01/05/20122 Black Tern still present at 18:30. 11 of 12 Mallard eggs hatched in the VC courtyard.Litle Gull seen from back of Stones Island (29/04) at c0920John Matkin
02/05/2012Oldfield Lane to Hopton Arm (early am).23 Blackcap, 21 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warblers. Fishtail Creek: Kestrel, 8 Linnets, Curlew, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 9 Swifts over. In Middle Wood: Jay, Treecreeper & male SparrowhFox in Middle Wood. 1 adult & 2 juv Grey Squirrels near drey in Hall Wood. Great Northern Diver heard calling at 0620John Matkin
02/05/2012Bar-tailed Godwit Sailing Club Island (also at dusk yesterday).
1 female Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Oystercatcher and 14 Rooks on dam.
2 female Goldeneye still at Millfields.
Oystercatcher pair with at least 2 chicks on Millfields Island.
2 Lesse
All 0600-1100hrs on a calm clear morning for change.Roger Carrington
02/05/2012Dam Wall - 1 Weatear(female)
Stones Island - 1 GN Diver (showing well!), 12 Whimbrel (same group seen 4 times in flight and calling), 2 Garden Warbler,Blackcap,Willow Warbler,Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat (all singing), 8+ Barnacle Goose(feral), 1 Re
Dam Wall - 11:30-12:15
Stones Island - 13:00-16:00
Sheepwash - 16:30-17:30
Paul Thomas
03/05/201223 Arctic Tern + 1 Black Tern in front of Sheepwash then flew NE at 0600hrs.
1 Arctic Tern past Stones Island 0710hrs.
9 distant 'commic' terns thru 0800hrs.
2 Common Sandpiper on Stones Island and 1 at Millfields.
2 female Wheatear at Millfields end
On site 0545-1000hrs. Only a few warblers singing on this cold windy early morning.Roger Carrington
04/05/20122 Bar-tailed Godwit on Sailing Club Island 0845hrs.
2 Lesser Redpoll Hall Wood and 5 in Middle Wood.
Redstart singing between Middle Wood and Warrington Knob.
2 female Goldeneye still at Millfields, latest spring record at Carsington.
2 female Yellow
Arctic Terns at:
6 NE@0845hrs, 2 NE@1105, 5 NE@1130, 1 NE@1210,
25 NE@1225, 14 N@1240, 2 lingering@1300hrs.
Roger Carrington
05/05/2012Pink-footed Goose, 3 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, Mallard with 2 young, 5 Buzzards, Kestrel. Oystercatchers with 2 young on Millfields Island. 2 Bar-tailed Godwits on Sailing Club Island. 2 Whimbrel (1 on Sailing Club Island and 1 flew North), Curlew on Stones Isl.Dave Newcombe
05/05/2012Pair of Willow Tits by Hopton Reedbed. Hall Wood: Tawny Owl calling, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Jays, c10 Lesser Redpoll mobile over & Redstart singing between Hall & Middle Woods. Fishtail Creek: Garden Warbler, 10 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch & c150 Fieldfare over.2 Foxes and Brown Hare at Fishtail Creek. Diver heard calling at c0545John Matkin
07/05/2012Bar tailed Godwit on Sailing Club Island.
2 Little ringed Plover.
2 Shelduck on Horseshoe Island.
3 Yellow Wagtails over Stones Island.
Several Garden Warblers and Whitethroat singing, also a Lesser Whitethroat in Wildlife centre creek.
.Clive Ashton
07/05/2012Birdwatching for beginners walk (10am-noon - Stones Island-Wildlife Centre): House Sparrow, House Martin, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Swallow, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Mallard, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, MaSpecies counted, but not quantitiesGary Atkins
08/05/2012An Osprey appeared over the Dam Wall c10.30 and flew past Sheepwash heading North 5 minutes later. Another bird appeared at Millfields at 18.20 and eventually headed North East at 18.40. Neither birds attempted to take a fish.
Also today was 2 Bar-tailed
.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
09/05/2012Red Kite low over Visitor Centre at 1305hrs then high north.
Reed Warbler singing in Hopton Arm reedbed.
.Roger Carrington
10/05/20122 Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, 7 Cormorants, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Buzzards. Bar-tailed Godwit still on Sailing Club Island. 2 Dunlin on Horseshoe Island. 2 Common Terns. 3 female Wheatear on Dam Wall, 6 Garden Warblers, 3 Whitethroats and a Sedge Warbler.Dave Newcombe
11/05/2012Treecreeper 2, Blackcap pair, Willow Warbler several, Willow Tit 2, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Oystercatcher, Grey Heron, Buzzard 3, Mute Swan 5. .Eric Dewhurst
12/05/2012Bright morning. - Stones Island 07:10 to 07:30hr 10nr Arctic Tern sitting on raft. 1nr Sandwich Tern, to 08:30hr - 1nr Common Sandpiper, 1nr Kestrel, 5nr Oyster Catcher, mixed flock appx 20+ Swallows + H Martins, 1nr Swift. 2nr Raven, plus Black Cap, WreTerns - see with Mark Pass. Sandwich Tern showed clear dark primaries.David Edmonds
13/05/2012Redshank pair with 4 tiny young on an island in the Hopton Arm.
Reed Warbler singing - Hopton Arm reedbed.
Raven - 2 pairs displaying independently at Hopton arm end, but at times only a few hundred yards apart. No aggression shown between the pairs (St
Does anyone have any idea why two pairs of Ravens should be displaying at this time of year? (they all had partially moulted wing feathers, presumably adults).Paul Mollatt/Derek Brownlee
15/05/20121 Dunlin on Sheepwash Spit at 4.15 pm..Neil Moulden
16/05/2012Everything counted during a circular walk. Tail Bay also included. 73 Blackbirds, 17 Song Thrush, 60 Blue Tits, 41 Great Tits, 6 Coal Tits, 21 Dunnock, 59 Robins including 2 juveniles, 66 Wrens, 75 Blackcaps, 70 Chiff Chaff, 39 Willow Warbler, 17 Garden W.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
16/05/20121st summer Med Gull briefly at Shinningford Creek at 1940hrs then flew off south also Arctic Tern present.
Red Kite at Middleton Top by the bridge over the road 1800hrs.
.Jonathan bradley
17/05/20122 Whimbrel and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit on Sailing Club Island early morning then saw them flying north over Visitor centre at 0745hrs.
Redstart singing in Shiningford Creek.
Pair Common Scoter mid-water 1030hrs.
.Roger Carrington
20/05/2012Osprey on Lane End Platform until 0800hrs then flew towards Hall Wood.
3 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper on Sailing Club Island at 0830hrs.
For the past 2 evenings and early mornings osprey has been seen on this platform and may well be repeated this evening. The leg ring is dark blue suggesting it is a Scottish bird still travelling north.Roger Carrington
23/05/2012WeBS count for May:Mute Swan 7,Greylag Goose 2,Canada Goose 94,Barnacle Goose 8,Mallard 72,Tufted Duck 85,Cormorant 4,Little Grebe 2,Great Crested Grebe 38,Moorhen 5,Coot 41,Oystercatcher 10,Lapwing 7,Redshank 4,Black-headed Gull 70. Also male SparrowhawkFemale Mallard with 2 very young ducklings between Brown Ale Bay and Flat Island.Peter Gibbon
26/05/2012Fishtail Creek: Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 2 Willow Tits, Reed Bunting, Jay, Raven, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 juv Great Tits. Blue Tits, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Bullfinch and Chiffchaff all carrying food. 11 Starling and 5 Rooks over. Little Owl calling (early am).4 Starlings fledged from Visitor Centre (17 & 18/05). 2 Green Woodpeckers over track at Tailbay (21/05). Weasel at Sheepwash carpark (22/05). Speckled Wood Butterflies at Fishtail Creek (25/05).John Matkin
27/05/2012Pair of Barnacle Geese with 5 very young goslings swam past Wildlife Centre at about 11.00..Don Newing
29/05/2012Osprey over Millfields Bay at 16:14. Flew off east-north eastI took a poor photograph, but it's easily identifiable as an ospreyJames Brooke
29/05/2012WLC: 5 BH Gull chicks on the raft, and 1 on Horseshoe Island. Also, 3 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew bathed mid-afternoon, the single Rook again on the bird tables, 2 Sand Martin.

2 Oystercatcher chicks on Sheepwash Spit.
Adding to today's Osprey report, the bird circled above Lane End at 15:50 and was first mobbed by a Carrion Crow, then a Black-headed Gull, it then headed east towards Fishtail Creek where it probably landed in a tree.James Owen (STW vol ranger)
04/06/20121 Black Tern off Lane End 1000hrs..Roger Carrington
05/06/2012We thought we saw an Osprey over the lake at Kedleston Hall being mobbed by gulls and an Oystercatcher. It's not far away so may be the same one seen at Carsington..B @ G
05/06/2012Breeding Signs. Dam Wall 06:30hr; Pied Wagtail - 2 single adults each feeding 1 young, Barnacle Geese 2 pairs with 3 and 5 goslings, Pair of Jackdaws carrying food. Mallard with 4 young, B H Gulls with 6 chicks now. Correcting earlier postingDavid Edmonds
11/06/20121 Peregrine near Millfields Car Park at 14.40 hrs.Neil Moulden
12/06/2012Early am: 3 Reed Warblers (2 singing) in the new reedbed, 1 Reed Warbler singing in Brownale Bay. 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Reed Buntings & 2 family groups of Blue Tits along new track. 1 family of Great Tits at Sheepwash. Millfields: Green Woodpeck.John Matkin
19/06/2012Fishtail Creek: Linnet, group of 4 Bullfinch and another group of 7 overhead. Sitch Plantation: 2 Garden Warblers, Nuthatch. Warrington Knob: Treecreeper, Goldcrest and male Redstart. Hall Wood: Jay, Spotted FlycatcherWeasel across the path through Sitch Plantation. 19/06: Pair of Great Crested Grebe by Millfields Island with one chick.John Matkin
20/06/2012Stones Island (early am): 169 Canada Geese, 12 Mute Swans, juv Robin, Carrion Crow with 4 young on Watersports Island, 2 family groups of Blue Tits, 3 Whitethroat.19/06: Fishtail Creek (pm): Blue Tit with 5 chicks, pair of Long-tailed Tits with 6 chicks, Nuthatch with 2, Carrion Crows with 2, Great Crested Grebes with 2 and Coots with 1. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk.John Matkin
26/06/20121 Osprey flew north up the reservior at 17.40 hrs..Neil Moulden
26/06/2012WeBS count for June:Mute Swan 13, Barnacle Goose 9(with 3+4 juv)Greylag 4,Canada Goose 311(4 juv),Cormorant 6,Great Crested Grebe 25(2 pairs seen with young and 4 still on nest),Mallard 42,Tufted Duck 67,Coot 97,Moorhen 4,Lapwing 3,Oystercatcher 4,Little 07.00-11.00 - Very cold and strong wind creating waves at the beginning.Peter Gibbon
27/06/2012Coot with 1 chick at Brownale Bay. New Reedbed: 3 Reed Warblers, Moorhen with 4 chicks. Hall Wood: 3 Nuthatches, 3 GS Woodpeckers, 5 Song Thrushes, Willow Warbler carrying food. Middle Wood: Nuthatch, 2 GS Woodpeckers, 4 Jays (at least 2 were newly-fledgeHall Wood: 7 Grey Squirrels, 2 Red Admiral Butterflies. Fishtail Creek: Meadow Brown Butterfly.John Matkin
01/07/2012Osprey with fish perched on telegraph pole in Callow (by Fishtail Creek). Took off carrying fish, flew towards Carsington Water then arced around and flew northeast..John Matkin
04/07/20123 Coot broods from Wildlife Centre of 3+1+1.
2 Reed Warbler still singing at WLC.
Spotted Flycatcher still in WLC Creek.
3 pairs of Swallow feeding young around Millfields.
3 pairs of Great Crested Grebe with 2+2+3 young in Millfields Bay.
2 Whitethr
All between 1300-1800hrs.
Also butterflies between showers: Ringlet, Meadow Browns, Speckled Wood and a Chimney Sweep Moth.
Roger Carrington
05/07/201211 Barnacle Geese including 6 young around Stones Island/Wildlife Centre area.
3 Greylag Geese on Stones Island.
3 Common Sandpipers-1 at Sheepwash, 1 on Sailing Club Island and 1 in front of Sailing Club.
Adult Redshank and 2 small young to the lef
.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
07/07/2012Sheepwash: group of 6 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Goldfinch, drake Pochard, pair of Great Crested Grebes with 2 young chicks. Whitethroat feeding a juv by Brownale Bay. A pair of Chaffinches with 3 young & a further 3 juv Whitethroats by new reedbed. A group of 1Water Vole at new reedbed. A Brown Hare in wildflower meadow at Fishtail Creek.John Matkin
09/07/2012A total of 11 drake Common Scoters. 9 were present early morning, but by mid morning only 1 remained. Then by mid afternoon the 1 that was left was joined by 2 more. Also of note: Grey Heron, 10 Barnacle Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, drake Pochard, Great Creste.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
09/07/2012Wildlife Centre: Mallard with 5. Hall Wood: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff & Blackcap all feeding fledged young. Goldcrest with at least 3 fledged chicks. 2 Buzzards over. Fishtail Creek: 2 family groups of Willow Tits (total of 8 counted around the reservoirTawny Owl calling at Fishtail Creek (pm)John Matkin
10/07/20123 Greylag Geese, 1 Greylag/Canada hybrid, Great crested Grebes still feeding 3 young at Sheepwash, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Raven, 4 Buzzard, adult Yellow legged Gull..Clive Ashton
12/07/2012An Osprey on site this evening. First seen from Stones Island at 18.20 flying south. Both myself and Roger watched it seemingly disappear over Blackwall Plantation. Then just before 19.00 as we were standing on the causeway to Stones Island the Osprey re-.Dave Newcome
17/07/2012WLC: 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 Yellow-legged Gull on raft, Coot pair with 2 chicks, Great Crested Grebe pair with 3 chicks, 8 Lapwing

Also, 1 female Redstart with at least one fledged young near Shiningford Creek, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Raven at Shee
.James Owen (STW vol. ranger)
19/07/20124 drake Common Scoter present all day off Stones Island. Grey Heron, 9 Barnacle Geese. 3 Common Sandpipers and 4 Oystercatchers.
A male Sparrowhawk inside the Wildlife Centre was released unharmed. The adult Yellow-legged Gull. 6 Common Terns (5 adults a
.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
20/07/201224 Common Scoter (13 drakes) at 1630hrs then flew high SW at 1815hrs.
At least 6 Common Terns including a pair displaying on Watersports raft.
Tree Sparrow feeding young in box 0304 WLC Creek.
7 Oystercatcher flying around together.
1 Turnstone, Dunli
.Roger Carrington
22/07/2012Sheepwash hide: Tufted Duck with 4 fresh young, Stock Dove, group of 5 Jays. New Reedbed: 2 broods of x4 Tufted Ducks, 2 Reed Warblers singing. Great Crested Grebes with young chicks at Brownale Bay, New Reedbed & Big Island (2, 2 & at least 1). Yellow-LeHobby over the dam & 2 Meadow Pipits on Stones Island (18/07). Siskin at Fishtail Creek (20/07). Rabbit on Watersports Island (22/07).John Matkin
23/07/2012WeBS count for July:Mute Swan 25,Canada Goose 282,
Barnacle Goose 9,Cormorant 6,Mallard 133,Gadwall 2,Tufted Duck 116(four broods of 6,7,2 and 5),Great Crested Grebe 32(eleven broods of 1,3,2,2,2,2,1,1,4,2 and 3),Little Grebe 5,Coot 212,Moorhen 1,Common
Thanks to Roger Carrington for some of these figures.Peter Gibbon
24/07/2012Juv Redstart near Shiningford Creek, and a Yellow Wagtail over mid-morning. 4 or 5 Common Tern around Sailing Club Island.

WLC: 1 Common Sandpiper on Horseshoe Island, Great Crested Grebe pair with two chicks, Little Grebe pair with two chicks.
.James Owen (STW vol ranger)
24/07/2012Several pairs of Great Crested Grebes with young. 9 Barnacle Geese, 5 Grey Heron, female type Shoveler, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers, Redstart on WLC Creek, adult Yellow-legged Gull eating a Bh Gull in front of Sailing Club, 50+ LBB Gulls, 2 Comm.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
28/07/20124 Grey Heron, 9 Barnacle Geese, 18 Cormorants, 3 Buzzards, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 9 Black-tailed Godwits late evening, Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, Yellow-legged Gull, Herring Gull, 43 LBB Gulls, juv Common Gull, 5 Common Terns, c350 Starlings on Stone.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington
16/08/20121 Greenshank,2 Common Sandpiper,3 Grey Heron,3 Linnet,Sparrowhawk..Clive Ashton
19/08/2012Kingfisher around Millfields.
Eclipse male Red-crested Pochard, 1 Greylag, female Tufted with bill saddle 'AAS' still near Sailing Club.
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroat in WLC Creek.
8 Heron, 2 Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper from Sheepwash.
All 0700-1100hrs.
Also 50+ Tree Sparrows regularly around Wildlife Centre feeders and a Little Egret was reported yesterday in Brown Ale Bay.
Roger Carrington
20/08/20121 Little Egret,1 Ringed Plover,2 Common Sandpiper,1 Greenshank,4 Snipe,5 Teal,1 Pochard,c400 Starling and 1 Green Woodpecker.Stones Island and Wildlife centre early morning.Clive Ashton
21/08/201221 Cormorant from Sheepwash.
Greenshank, 2 Snipe on Horseshoe Island.
Osprey through low past Stones Island at 1920hrs, flushing the gathering gull roost, then high south. Hobby flushed the starling roost on Stones Island then chased hirrundines at 2000
All from 1600hrs to dusk.
The starling roost has been regular over the past few weeks, holding up to 400 birds.
Water levels have now dropped a little leaving a narrow mud margin in places to attract passage waders.
Roger Carrington
21/08/2012WLC: 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Raven, 3 Teal, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, Little Grebe pair with 2 large chicks, Great Crested Grebe pair with two large chicks, and another pair still nesting, juv Grey Heron.

Also, Kingfisher by Sheepwash
Water level 96%James Owen (STW vol ranger)
21/08/2012In addition to James' sightings. 4 Grey Herons, 6 Barnacle Geese, Wigeon, Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, Pochard, 3 Whitethroats, c35 Goldfinch. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
23/08/2012Yellow-legged Gull killed and ate Dabchick in front of WLC. 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat and c8 Linnet Stones Island. Sightings between 08.30 and 09.30 hrs.Neil Moulden
27/08/2012Webs count for August - Mute Swan 23, Canada Goose 306, Barnacle Goose 9, Cormorant 15, Grey Heron 4, Little Egret 1, Great Crested Grebe 31, Little Grebe 3, Moorhen 2, Coot 263, Mallard 124, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 143, Lapwing 37, Curlew 1, Common Sandpiper.Jonathan Bradley
28/08/2012An Osprey flew south this morning between 10.10 and 10.15. 43 Cormorants in front of Sheepwash. 28 Mute Swans, 4 Grey Heron, 8 Teal, 6 Gadwall, drake Wigeon, 3 Pochard, Greenshank, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, Hobby south at 13.18, 3 Buzzards, 25+ Swallow.Dave Newcombe
28/08/2012WLC: Osprey over heading south at 10:10 and possibly a second bird but too distant to confirm.
Plus, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe (and still one large chick), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Little Grebe (w
.James Owen (STW vol ranger)
01/09/2012Juv. Marsh Harrier at 16:45 heading southwest past Fishtail Creek towards Millfields.Swift over Visitor Centre (22/08), Fishtail Creek: 9 Magpies, 2 Redstarts, & 2 Kestrels mobbing another bird of prey poss Hobby (28/08), 4 Mistle Thrush, 16 Goldfinch (31/08)John Matkin
04/09/201248 Cormorants in front of Sheepwash. 10 Grey Herons (8 at Sheepwash, 1 at Millfields and 1 on Watersports Island), 28 Mute Swans, 5 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 23 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, Common Sandpiper, 70 Swallows, 3 Me.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
05/09/2012Ringed Plover north over Stones Island at c1715hrs..Jonathan Bradley, Mark Pass.
07/09/20122 Tawny Owls in Sitch Plantation (1 calling and being mobbed by a Jay, 2nd on opposite side of the track was being hassled by Blackbird & Wrens before flying off), 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Grey Heron, 16 Mute Swans, 3 Greylag Geese, 8 Little Grebes, 2 Kestre.John Matkin
08/09/2012A Red Kite flew south over Stones Island at 17.51hrs. 47 Cormorants, 13 Little Grebes, several Grey Herons, 26 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 75 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, 50+ House Martins, Meadow Pipit, 2 Mistle Th.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
08/09/2012Osprey flew north along the east side just after 8am. Also 2 Wheatear on the Dam Wall..Eric Dewhurst
10/09/201245 Cormorants, 4 Grey Heron, 301 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, Barnacle Goose, 7 Shoveler, 29 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 2 Common Sandpipers, 55 Lapwings, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 225 Black-headed Gulls, 130 Swallows, 60 House Martins, Wheatear.Dave Newcombe
11/09/2012WLC: Hobby over, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Gadwall, 2 Pochard.James Owen (STW vol ranger)
13/09/2012Little Egret at Millfields, Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, 14 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, c70 Goldfinch, 10+ Meadow Pipit and a Wheatear on Dam Wall, 2 Kingfishers at Sheepwash, 6 Sand Martins off Ston.Dave Newcomeb/Clive Ashton
16/09/2012A Great White Egret was found by Roger this morning at 08.50 from Sheepwash Hide. It was then seen on and off at several locations until around 10.00. I was lucky enough to see it in flight at 10.10 from Sheepwash car park. Unfortunately it was never seen.Dave Newcombe
17/09/2012WeBS count done on Sunday 16th September between 06.45 and 10.45.
Mute Swan 19,Canada Goose 12,Grey Heron 3,Great White Egret 1, Cormorant 36,Great Crested Grebe 35,Little Grebe 19,Mallard 207,Teal 42,Gadwall 9,Wigeon 12, Tufted Duck 120,Pochard 6,Goosan
During the day Dave Newcombe had 47 Cormorant,13 Wigeon and 3 Common Sandpiper.
One Mute Swan has yellow leg-band on with JCA written on.
Peter Gibbon
17/09/201216.30 to 17.30 today after 'low turn out of geese for WeBS count yesterday' there were 111 Canada Geese and 1 Barnacle Goose. Also 28 Lapwing and 50 Cormorant..Peter Gibbon
18/09/20125 Grey Herons, 42 Cormorants, 66 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 7 Pochards, 48 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover through west this morning, 2 Common Sandpipers, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Sand Martin, 290 Swallows through south-most between 10.30-11.30, Gre.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
21/09/2012At around 18.00 this evening whilst Roger and myself were standing on Stones Island we picked out 4 adult dark phase Arctic Skuas that had just put the gulls up. Light primary patches and a short pointed tail projection around half the tail length was evi.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington
24/09/20121 Common Scoter, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper all around Sheepwash. Brief Visit between 14.30 - 15.30.Neil Moulden and Alf Moulden
24/09/20121 Juv Arctic Tern from early morning to 1530hrs.
At least 1 (possibly 4) Juv Common Tern early evening. 2 Sand Martin.
Drake Common Scoter near Fishtail at 1900hrs.
1 Dunlin + 1 Little Stint mobile around Stones Island at dusk.
.Roger Carrington
25/09/2012WLC: 1 Hobby through, 1 juv Common Tern (a single bird appeared to stay all day), 1 Snipe, 2 Grey Heron, at least 1 Sand Martin among c.50 Swallow and c.10 House Martin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull devoured a Little Grebe leaving 4 remaining .James Owen (STW vol ranger)
29/09/20126 GoosanderNear the little island in Millfields Bay at around 8am.Eric Dewhurst
01/10/2012Stones Island: 11 Pochard, 20 Mute Swans, 40 Teal, c80 Starlings, 2 Chiffchaff singing and 8 Siskins. Wildlife Centre: 4 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 28 Lapwing, Reed Bunting. Fox along shoreline in Wildlife Centre Creek29/09(Stones Island): 5 Chiffchaffs with Long-tailed Tit flock, 10 Barnacle Geese, 87 Pied Wagtails gathered on Visitor Centre roof before roosting in bushes on Stones Island causeway.John Matkin
01/10/201225 Barnacle Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, 18 Pochard, 12 Little Grebe, Peregrine, 2 Buzzards, 90 Lapwings, 2 Common Sandpipers, Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, several 1000 LBB Gulls, c400 Bh Gulls, 10 Swallows, 11 Chiff Chaffs, 4 Goldcrests, c30 Meadow .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
02/10/20123 Swallow through, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk (juv male), 2 Kestrel, 7 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron

2 foxes by WLC Creek.
.James Owen (STW vol ranger)
03/10/20122 presumed escaped Cape Shelduck types at Millfields, 4 Grey Herons, 63 Great Crested Grebes, 17 Little Grebes, 11 Buzzards all in the air from Sheepwash Hide, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 79 Teal, 28 Wigeon, 23 Pochard, 60 Lapwings, Yellow-legged Gull, Herring .Dave Newcombe
05/10/2012Grey Heron, 18 Greylag Geese, Barnacle Goose, female type Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 103 Teal, 34 Wigeon, 31 Pochard, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, c30 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 9 Lesser Redpoll, Kingfisher, 3 Mistle Thrush, Greenfinch, 7+ Chiff Chaffs,.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
05/10/2012A few sightings for today that I forgot to add. 1 Dunlin commuting between the Wildlife Centre and Stones Island, 6 Golden Plover in front of Sailing Club. Also 19 Little Grebe. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
06/10/2012Wheatear on dam wall early morning.
Also Grey Wagtail over dam.
.Clive Ashton
07/10/20122 Grey Heron in the trees at Hopton Hall + 1 in Wildlife Center creek. 8/10 Widgeon east side near Hopton. 2 Nuthatch on the Lane End feeder. Chiffchaff calling in Sitch Plantation..Eric Dewhurst
08/10/20121 first winter Little Gull from Sheepwash Hide at 14.30hrs. Flew off with Black-headed Gulls towards the Dam after a few minutes..Neil Moulden and Alf Moulden
08/10/201225 Mute Swans, 30 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 15 Little Grebes, Pink-footed Goose with Canadas, Barnacle Goose, 41 Greylag Geese, female Pintail, 53 Wigeon, 113 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 28 Pochard, Tufted Duck with bill saddle AAS, 2 Sparrowhawks, Buzzard, c75 Lap.Dave Newcombe
10/10/20121 Common Sandpiper on Stones Island at 18.00 hrs..Neil Moulden
10/10/2012A Rock Pipit flew over Stones Island just after 18.15 this evening. c350 Pink-footed Geese flew west this morning at 09.40. 17 Little Grebes, 4 Grey Herons, female Pintail, 90+ Teal, 59 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 38 Pochard, Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
12/10/2012Some good birds on site today, perhaps brought in with yesterday's wind and rain. 4 Scaup (2 drakes and 2 fem/imm) were present all day, either in front of Sheepwash Hide or in the bay to the right of the hide.
There was 5 fem/imm Common Scoter towards
.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
13/10/2012Possible baltic gull: an adult with LBBGs at sheepwash after dinner then flew off, it was a little smaller than the LBBGs and had a pure white head with a dark back and black wingtipsscaup: 1 drake at sheepwash with a tufted duck around 11-12 in the morn.scott linacre
15/10/2012Fishtail Creek, early am: c50 Redwing over heading southwest, 14 pheasants from roost in trees, 2 Tree Sparrows with 11 Chaffinches, 7 Linnet, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5 Lesser Redpoll over.200+ Jackdaws over early am in the space of half an hour (06/10). Sparrowhawk took Collared Dove from Rangerbase (09/10). c10 Redwing at Fishtail Creek on 12/10, Redwing on other days but very mobile and in small numbers. c65 Pink-footed Geese high over hJohn Matkin
15/10/2012Gull in the roost tonight showing many characteristics of Baltic Gull (Larus Fuscus). Dark back, long winged, all black wing tips, small clean head. Also in the roost was a 3rd winter Caspian Gull, 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 6 Herring Gulls and 38 Common Gul.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
16/10/2012WeBS count for Oct.08.00 to 11.00.
Mute Swan 32,Canada Goose 2,Wigeon 119,Gadwall 9,Teal 116,Pochard 79,Tufted Duck 136,Little Grebe 15,Great Crested Grebe 54,Cormorant 39,Moorhen 4,Coot 631,Lapwing 52,Common Sandpiper 1,Kingfisher 1. Sparrowhawk
.Peter Gibbon + John Bradley
17/10/20121st winter Grey Phalarope first seen from Sheepwash Hide at 15.45. I lost it for around 25 minutes when it suddenly reappeared behind the spit only for it to get mobbed by a Lesser Black Backed Gull and disappear again. By this time a few more birders tur.Dave Newcombe
19/10/2012The 1st winter Grey Phalarope is still present and being seen mostly from Sheepwash Hide. It's very mobile and at times distant and spent some considerable time down towards Lane End Hide. It was still present this evening at 18.00 opposite Sheepwash Hide.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
19/10/2012The probable Baltic Gull - (larus fuscus fuscus) first reported on Sat. 13th October, seen and videoed subsequently, is now considered by expert opinion to be more likely an 'intermedius' based on primary moult, despite showing many other typical features.Richard Lowe
20/10/2012I'm not on site today but for anybody interested the Grey Phalarope is still present as of 14.00hrs for its 4th day (per Bird Guides). It still sounds very mobile and is commuting between Sheepwash Hide and Lane End Hide..Dave Newcombe
21/10/2012We was on site from just after light until 12.15pm and there wasn't any sign of the Grey Phalarope. The drake Scaup is still at the Wildlife Centre. 41 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 112 Lapwings, 2 Grey Herons, Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, c20 Meadow Pipits, 26 .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
22/10/2012Drake Scaup still at the Wildlife Centre. A little later in the day two other birders had the drake and 3 more Scaup. 2 Grey Herons, 8 Little Grebes, 45 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Cormorants, 28 Mute Swans, 95 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 174 Teal, female Pintail, 85.Dave Newcombe
25/10/20123 Gadwall, 3 Pintail, Scaup, 162 Pochard, Curlew, Kingfisher, 2 Skylarks, c100 Redwings, 6 Goldcrests, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Chris Brown
26/10/20124 Whooper Swans present at Sheepwash all day. 54 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Cormorants, female Pintail, 170 Teal, 87 Wigeon, 134 Pochard, 9 Goldeneye, Dunlin, 2 Buzzards, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, 2 Skylarks, Kingfisher, 9 Meadow Pipits, 220 Fieldfare, 64 Redw.Dave Newcombe
28/10/2012Pair + 1 juv Whooper Swans 0945-1015 then flew east.
4 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler,1 Pintail, 62 Pochard, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Sheepwash.
70 Pochard at Millfields.
Kingfisher, 15 Meadow Pipit and 1 Dunlin flying around Stones Island.
Fly-over Redpoll, Bram
Records this morning 0700-1200hrs by RC,JB,MAP, NJM.
Slav Grebe yesterday but no sign today.
Roger Carrington
29/10/201233 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 49 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, Shoveler, 213 Teal, 204 Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, redhead Goosander, 2 Buzzards, Kestrel, 2 Dunlin, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipits, 9 Skylarks, 35 Siskin, c350 Starlings, c100 Redwing, 2 Raven. 220 .Dave Newcombe
01/11/201222 Mute Swans, Grey Heron, 200 Teal, female Pintail, 113 Wigeon, 13 Gadwall, 271 Pochard, Redshank, female Sparrowhawk, 15 Meadow Pipits, Kingfisher, 2 Raven. 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost. Barn Owl hunting around Sheepwash car park at dusk. Also 2 T.Dave Newcombe
10/11/2012WLC: 5 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Willow Tit

Also early morning, female Pintail, adult GBB Gull on Sheepwash Spit, and a stoat all day on Horseshoe Island.
Water level 87.4%James Owen (STW vol ranger)
13/11/20122 Redshank and 1 Red-crested Pochard at Wildlife Centre. 22 Collared Dove in Visitor Centre car park. Drake Goosander at Sailing Club.
81 Pochard total count.
142 Lapwing and a female Pintail at Sheepwash.
20 Fieldfare over Sheepwash car park and 7 Tre
All 0730-1200hrs.Roger Carrington
18/11/201237 Waxwing feeding on red berries between Wildlife Centre and main car park 0845-0915hrs.
120 Jackdaw and 2 Raven over Sheepwash at Dawn.
2 Redshank and 11 Meadow Pipit on Stones Island.
.Roger Carrington
19/11/2012WeBS count for November - 07.30 to 10.30
Mute Swan 28,Canada Goose 36,Wigeon 41,Gadwall 9,Teal 116,Mallard 146,Red-crested Pochard 1,Pochard 143,Tufted Duck 168,Goldeneye 4,Great Crested Grebe 53,Cormorant 18,Moorhen 6,Coot 633,Lapwing 80,Redshank 2,King
.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
19/11/20125 Woodcock noted during a short Woodland Survey in Hall Wood this morning.
Great Northern Diver at dusk, found by RJL checking the gull roost from Lane Ends Hide.
.Roger Carrington
21/11/2012WLC: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Linnet, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.James Owen (STW vol ranger)
23/11/2012Great Northern Diver mobile but mainly between Sheepwash and Stones Island.Drake Red-crested Pochard at Wildlife Centre.245 Lapwing in front of Sailing Club at 0900hrs.12 Lesser Redpoll on Stones Island. 5 Reed Bunting in Wildlife Centre Creek. 2 Willow TAll 0730-1130hrs.Roger Carrington
26/11/2012Great Northern Diver off Stones Island this morning. Red-crested Pochard in Hopton Arm.
1 Chiffchaff PSHide. 1 Dunlin flying with Lapwing.
151 Teal. 168 Mallard.
.Roger Carrington
27/11/2012Further to Roger's sightings,C280 Lapwing,30 Blackbird,c30 Chaffinch,c20 Siskin,Peregrine,Sparrowhawk,Kingfisher,2 Yellow legged Gull,5 Herring Gull,Great black backed Gull.Roger also had 67 Pink footed Geese west at 12:15hrClive Ashton
27/11/2012A Slavonian Grebe was found at the Wildlife centre,this morning,by Mark Pass and Roger Carrington.
3 Scaup were found by James Owen at Sheepwash,and were present all day.
shortly after 2pm a second Great northern Diver was found,from Sheepwash,and whils
.Clive Ashton
27/11/2012The adult Great Northern Diver still present today was joined by a 2nd bird. We first spotted it at 14.10 and shortly after both birds could be seen together. It was too distant to age with any certainty but could be the immature that was briefly at Ogsto.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Chris Brown
29/11/2012Slavonian Grebe still from Wildlife Centre all day.
I could only find 1 Great Northern Diver today.
Female Common Scoter early morning, 2 female type Red-breasted Merganser, 111 Pochard and 5 Goldeneye all found by RMRJ. Mergansers still present from PS
.Roger Carrington
30/11/201215 Shoveler,in 2 flocks of 4 and 11, consisting of 5 drakes and 10 females.
Slavonian Grebe still at the Wildlife Centre.
Great northern Diver, Fishtail creek.
Redshank on Watersports Island.
.Clive Ashton
30/11/2012Bullfinch 10+ spread around. Kinfisher near Hopton, Kestrel pair over Sheepwash Carpark, Nuthatch 2 on Lane End Feeder, Gadwall Wildlife Center Creek, Redshank from Wildlife Center, Goldeneye 5 (3M 2F) with Tufted Ducks off the Dam Wall Seen on a round trip this morning.Eric Dewhurst
30/11/20124 adult Whooper Swans from Sheepwash, late afternoon, then flew south at 1610hrs.
Only 1 Great Northern Diver seen at dusk.
.Roger Carrington
01/12/20122 kingfishers at sheepwash. Yellow legged gull at both sheepwash and wildlife centre. Redshank at wildlife centre. At least 5 raven around the reserve. 3 shelduck between sheppwash and lane end hide. Great northern diver from lane end hide. Partial albino.scott linacre
02/12/2012redshank in front of lane end hide at midday, great northern diver from lane end hide at about 2pm right across in fish tail creek, slavionion grebe showing well from wildlife centre.colin penny
03/12/201210am-12noon (regular 'Birdwatching for Beginners' walk, taking in Stones Island, Wildlife Centre and areas in between): Siskin, House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Coot, Mallard, Slavonian Grebe, Mute SwNo counts undertaken, so this is just a list of species seen chronologically by 10-strong group; views of Slavonian Grebe superb, just off Stones Island around 10.20; Diver spotted in centre of reservoir, viewed from the wildlife centre at some distanceGary Atkins
04/12/2012Slavonian Grebe - From wildlife centre at 10.30am. Good views..Richard Pittam
04/12/2012Both Great Northern Divers present today although both quite distant from Sheepwash Hide.
Slavonian Grebe from Wildlife Centre.
18 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 121 Canada Geese, Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose, 49 Wigeon, 150+ Pochard, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Reds
.Dave Newcombe
06/12/2012Adult and Juvenile Great Northern Divers this morning. Slavonian Grebe near Lane End.
150 Jackdaw + 40 Crow over Sheepwash at Dawn.
2 Redshank on Stones Island.
Counts of 167 Mallard and 115 Teal.
.Roger Carrington
08/12/2012Slavonian Grebe from WLC. Juv. Great Northern Diver from Stones Island at 1300h..Richard Pittam
09/12/2012Local news - Ashbourne : 36 WaxwingThe flock has been present for 4 days and swelled in numbers from 11 to 36 today. The birds can be seen from Belper Road near the phone box and letter box.Rosie Hamilton
09/12/20121 Slav Grebe, 1 Dunlin from Wildlife Centre.1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Redshank and 4 Waxwing[seen by MAP] briefly from Stones Island.Roger Carrington
11/12/2012Slavonian Grebe still from Wildlife Centre.
Adult Great Northern Diver showing very well from Millfields Car Park in fading light this evening -mostly feeding less than 10m from shore!
13:50 - 16:00Paul Thomas
13/12/20122 Great Northern Divers, juv in Millfields Bay, adult in next bay towards Oldfield Lane at 1000hrs.
Slav Grebe still at Wildlife Centre.
.Roger Carrington
17/12/2012WeBS count for December- Mute Swan 16, Canada Goose 65,Wigeon 44,Gadwall 5,Teal 109,Mallard 137,Pochard 192,Tufted Duck 220,Goldeneye 21,Great Northern Diver 1,Cormorant 17,Little Grebe 1,Great Crested Grebe 44,Slavonian Grebe 1,Moorhen 4,Coot 784,Lapwing.Peter Gibbon and Roger Carrington
18/12/2012Adult Great Northern Diver from Sheepwash Hide although mostly distant. Slavonian Grebe at the Wildlife Centre.
49 Greylag Geese circled around Sheepwash and then flew West. 100+ Canada Geese, 12 Goldeneye, 140 Pochard, Redshank, 110 Lapwings, Kestrel,
.Dave Newcombe
27/12/2012Two Great Northern Divers close in at Millfields at 10.30 hrs..Neil Moulden
27/12/2012Juvenile Great Northern Diver at Sailing Club, attempting to swallow a large fish.
Adult GN Diver at Millfields.
6+ Goldeneye, 2 Redshank.
.Clive Ashton


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