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Sightings 2013

 Posted by on January 9, 2014

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01/01/20132 x Great Northern Divers from Stones island @ 1140h..Richard pittam
01/01/2013Adult plus Juvenile Great Northern Divers from Stones Island this morning.
1 Pink-footed Goose and 26 feral Barnacle Geese from Wilflife Centre.
3 Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls and 12 Lesser Redpoll on/from Stones Island.
47 species noted this morning.Roger Carrington
02/01/2013Great Northern Diver 1, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander 1, Kestrel 1, Pheasant 2, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe 2, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser-Black Backed Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull 2, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Willow Tit 2, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow c20, CHaffinch, Greenfinch 2+, Goldfinch, Siskin c60Arrived 13:00 - Departed 15:05T.D.Goddard
04/01/20133 Great northern Divers (2 Juvs near Sailing Club, adult mid water)
300+ Lapwing,2Redshank,5 Shelduck,2Kingfisher,3 Yellow legged Gulls,10+ Herring Gulls.
.clive ashton
09/01/20133 Great Northern Divers. 16 Cormorant. 21 Barnacle Geese. 1 Oystercatcher on dam wall early morning. 1 Dunlin at Wildlife Centre. 3 Snipe. 1 Redshank. 2 Yellow-legged Gull. 17 Woodpigeon. 1 Tawny Owl. 12 Meadow Pipit. 20 Wren. 12 Dunnock. 67 Robin most singing. 32 Blackbird. 3 Song Thrush. 19 Redwing. 13 Long-tailed Tit. 5 Coal Tit. 3 Willow Tit. 28 Blue Tit. 39 Great Tit. 3 Treecreeper including 1 singing. 16 Magpie. 25 Carrion Crow. 18 Chaffinch. 15 Goldfinch. 16 Siskin. 18 Lesser Redpoll. 23 Bullfinch58 Species noted during a steady circular walk around the water in the sunshine today.Roger Carrington
10/01/2013Just a flying visit to Sheepwash this afternoon. 2 distant Great Northern Divers, Grey Heron, several Goldeneye, Redshank, male Sparrowhawk, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls pre roost. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
11/01/20132 G N Divers by Watersports at 0915hrs.
165 Pochard, 13 Goldeneye, pair Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 11 Redwing on Stones Island.
2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 GBBGull from Sheepwash.
5 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 'aylesbury' duck at Wildlife Centre.
All 0800-1130hrs.Roger Carrington
14/01/2013Fishtail Creek (early am): flock of c30 Siskin, 22 Redwing over, Woodcock across path.Late morning: Little Owl briefly calling from Sitch fields on north side of Fishtail Creek (offsite)John Matkin
15/01/20132 Great Northern Divers seen from Stones Island. Dark-bellied Brent Goose from Stones Island looking towards Millfields. Grey Heron, 2 Pink-footed Geese with 113 Canada Geese. 124 Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 15 Goldeneye, Redshank, Dunlin, 4 Snipe, male Peregrine, male Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
16/01/2013WeBS count for January - Mute Swan 9,Pink-footed Goose 1,Canada Goose 129,Wigeon 34,Gadwall 2,Teal 73,Mallard 155,Pochard 187,Tufted Duck 251,Goldeneye 18,Great Northern Diver 2,Cormorant 13,Grey Heron 2,Great Crested Grebe 35,Moorhen 4,Coot 613,Lapwing 192,Redshank 2.Done with John BradleyPeter Gibbon
17/01/20132 Great Northern Divers Adult+Juv.
Barn Owl hunting around Sheepwash car park at dawn and Tawny Owl calling.
2 Whooper Swans from 1145hrs.
35 Tree Sparrow and 20 Chaffinch around Wildlife Centre feeders.
1 Redshank and 2 Fieldfare on Stones Island.
6 Redwing at Millfields.
All this morning 0720-1200hrs.Roger Carrington
20/01/2013Walk around site 9:00 onwards. 2 Grey Herons, 12 Cormorants, 3 Moorhens, Goosander, Redshank, 211 Pochard, 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls. 74 Blackbirds, 8 Song Thrush, 16 Robins, 16 Dunnocks, 18 Wrens, 31 Blue Tits, 22 Great Tits, 10 Willow Tits, 3 Coal Tits, 7 Long-tailed Tits, 12 Carrion Crows, 49 Jackdaws, 11 Magpies, 7 Jays, 21 Woodpigeons, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Nuthatch, 47 Tree Sparrows, 7 House Sparrows, 15 Chaffinch, 17 Bullfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 46 Siskin, 3 Reed Buntings, 1 male Sparrowhawk in Middle Wood another in Hall Wood (may have been same bird), Tawny Owl calling in Hall Wood. 48 species.2nd Yellow-Legged Gull left site and was later scouring nearby farmland.John Matkin
22/01/20133 Great Northern Divers seen from Stones Island mid-afternoon (looked like an adult and 2 juvs), 13 Cormorants, Grey Heron, female Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 167 Pochards, 17 Goldeneye, 2 Redshank, Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull. Also a Barn Owl hunting over Sheepwash Spit at 15.50hrs. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
23/01/20132 Great Northern Divers, Grey Heron, 15 Cormorants, 9 Gadwall, 228 Pochard, Sanderling on Horseshoe Island, 2 Redshank, Dunlin, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Ravens. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
25/01/2013Flock of Brambling mobile over and around Fishtail Creek for most of the day, highest count of 14. Flock of 13 Herring Gulls high over at 13:15.John Matkin
27/01/2013First winter Little Gull briefly in gull roost at Sheepwash at 1600hrs.
Ad+juv Great Northern Divers off Stones Island still.
Female Pintail at Wildlife Centre.
8 Greylag and pair Goosander at Sheepwash early morning and 16 Cormorant.
7 Tree Sparrow and 8 Pheasants around Sheepwash car park feeder.
3 Reed Bunting, 7 Chaffinch, 4 Robin and Great Spotted Woodpecker on PSHide feeder.
.Roger Carrington
28/01/2013The 1st winter Little Gull was still present at 15:25hr today.
Also 2 Yellow legged Gulls,3 Herring Gulls and a 1st winter Great black backed Gull.
.clive ashton
29/01/20133 GN Divers,1st winter Little Gull,Yellow legged Gull,191 Pochard,12 Goldeneye,1 Goosander,2 Redshank,5 Skylark over..Clive Ashton/ Roger Carrington
01/02/2013First winter Little Gull still from Sheepwash Hide this morning.
3 Great Northern Divers around Stones Island.
4 (2 drakes) Red-crested Pochard at Millfields.
5 Fieldfare, 7 Siskin, 2 Mistle Thrush in Sheepwash car park and 3 Skylark and 1 Stock dove over.
1 Yellow-legged Gull, 48 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher on Shiningford Island.
All 0730-1200hrs.Roger Carrington
02/02/2013Little Gull from Sheepwash @ 15-15.I Scrimshaw
08/02/20133 (probably 4) Great Northern Divers, Ad+juv off Stones and juv at Millfields at 0900hrs and juv near Flat Island at 1015hrs.
Little Gull at Millfields at 0900hrs.
F Goosander, 9 Rooks on dam.
2 Oystercatcher and 2 Redshank at Wildlife Centre.
Woodcock, Tawny Owl, 2 Raven and 15 Siskin in Hall Wood.
All 0800-1200hrs.Roger Carrington
11/02/2013WeBS count for February - Mute Swan 2,Canada Goose 72,Wigeon 12,Teal 60,Mallard 83,Pochard 17,Tufted Duck 93,Goldeneye 18,Goosander 1(m),Great Northern Diver 3(although another juvenile at Brown Ale Bay an hour later than other three counted in southern part of reservoir),Great Crested Grebe 51,Cormorant 10,Lapwing 95,Curlew 2,Redshank 4,Black-headed Gull 1600,Common Gull 300,Lesser Black-backed Gull 35,Yellow-legged Gull 2Count started at 07.30 and usually most gulls have gone or are wheeling around by dawn so not added to count. This time all these gulls were on the water and showing no sign of moving.A dim morning of poor visibility and snow may have been the reason.Peter Gibbon & John bradley
13/02/20133 GN Divers at dusk, with one bird heard calling.
800+ Common Gulls in the roost.
.Clive Ashton
15/02/2013Small groups of skylarks were moving north all morning, 24 counted in total.
1 Brambling flew east over Sheepwash.
7 Oystercatchers have returned, including the one with barcode ring for what is at least the 6th breeding season.
4 GN Divers visible from Sheepwash for much of the afternoon, though for best views Stones Island was the place to be.
Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail in Brown Ale bay.
6 Buzzard over the woods on the east bank, also 2 Raven and 2 Sparrowhawk.
An adult Mediterranean gull in the roost from Sheepwash from 15:00hr.
.Clive Ashton/ Roger Carrington
19/02/20133 GN Divers , Watched between 2.00pm and 5.00pm , hanging about together at the mouth of Fishtail Creek and the shore south of that, where the water was not frozen ( many bays and open water covered in ice ).John Babb
20/02/2013Adult Mediterranean Gull at Sheepwash at dawn with roosting BHGulls, then flew east at 0720hrs.
2 (or 3) Great Northern Divers off Stones Island plus another in Millfields Bay at 0900hrs.
1 Shelduck and 2 Whooper Swans mobile about the site. At least 7 Oystercatchers around. 2 Redpoll Stones Island.
All 0700-1030hrs.Roger Carrington
26/02/20132 Great Northern Divers. Juvenile between Stones and Horseshoe Islands, and an adult at Sheepwash. 10 Cormorants, 25 Barnacle Geese in field off Shiningford Creek, 11+ Goldeneye, 6+ Oystercatchers, 120 Lapwings at the WLC, also 5 Snipe there. 180 Common Gulls mid afternoon, male Sparrowhawk in Paul Stanley woods. c40 Redwings and 3 Mistle Thrush over.
.Dave Newcombe
28/02/20134 Great Northern Divers all visible from Stones Island this afternoon. 3 towards Fishtail Creek and the 4th between Stones and Horseshoe Island. 26 Barnacle Geese at the WLC, also 165 Lapwings and 6 Snipe there. 7 Oystercatchers ( 2 at Millfields, 2 at Sheepwash and 3 at the WLC), 2 Redshank, 17 Wigeon, 13 Teal, Little Grebe, and 18 Goldeneye spread around the reservoir. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
01/03/20134 Great Northern Divers all visible from Sheepwash Hide, although distant. 26 Barnacle Geese on Stones Island. 28 Wigeon, 13 Pochard, 14+ Goldeneye. 5 Curlew over Stones Island early evening. 4 Dunlin in flight with Lapwing (136) around Horseshoe Island. 9+ Oystercatchers spread around various islands, 2 Redshank, 1 Snipe. 3 Buzzards over Hall Wood, also a male Sparrowhawk at Sheepwash. Gull roost held an impressive and site record 1'500 Common Gulls. Also 5'000 Black-headed Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Herring Gulls, 1st winter Great Black Backed Gull and a 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
03/03/20134 Great Northern Divers from Stones Island.
8 Magpie and 10 Redwing on Stones Island and 3 Curlew and 5 Greylags past.
First Winter Herring Gull. Grey Wagtail in Brown Ale Bay.
Counts: 86 Tufted Duck, 35 Wigeon,14 Teal, 93 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard and 19 Goldeneye.
All this morning and including sightings/counts by Clive Ashton, Rodney Key and Richard James.Roger Carrington
05/03/20132 Great Northern Divers (RC had 3), Little Grebe, 26 Barnacle Geese, 7 Cormorants, 5 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 11 Goldeneye, Kestrel, Buzzard, 8+ Oystercatchers, 7 Curlew, 5 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 3 Reed Buntings in song. .Dave Newcombe
07/03/20133 Great Northern Divers near Stones Island 0800hrs
3 Curlew heading north. 1 Shelduck mobile.
2 Barnacle Geese on Millfields Island.
Tree Sparrows - 32 at Wildlife Centre, 2 at Ranger Base, 17 on Sheepwash car park feeder.
.Roger Carrington
10/03/2013WeBS count 07.30 to 10.30- 4 Canada Goose;14 Wigeon,4 Teal,59 Mallard,1 Pochard,74 Tufted Duck,11 Goldeneye,2 Great Northern Diver,2 Little Grebe,46 Great Crested Grebe,6 Cormorant,1 Moorhen,202 Coot,10 Oystercatcher,64 lapwing,4 Snipe,1 Redshank,2 Kittiwake (1 early on and 1 at 10.10 by JB),1 Sparrowhawk,2 Buzzard,5 Skylark,1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Rock Pipit(JB)..Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
12/03/2013Some good birds on site today. Before I arrived Clive and Roger had a Red Kite that came over from the west and heading up the res and north. 4 Great Northern Divers seen from Sheepwash and Stones Island. An adult Kittiwake present all day. A single Whooper Swan at Millfields. 24 Barnacle Geese on Stones Island. 43 Wigeon, 16 Goldeneye, 9 Curlew, 8+ Oystercatchers, Redshank, c80 Lapwings, 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Stock Dove, 7 Redwings, Goldcrest, 4 Greenfinches on feeders outside visitor centre, 3 Ravens, and a Lesser Redpoll over Stones Island. Female Stonechat briefly at Sheepwash. A visiting birder also reported what he believed was a Stonechat on Stones Island earlier in the day. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
12/03/2013Additional to DN/CA sightings today; Barn Owl hunting over Sheepwash Spit and hide area around 15.00 hours..Stuart Maclean
13/03/2013Female Brambling on Ranger Base feeder. Good numbers of Curlew arrived late afternoon, were scattered and very mobile. 6 on Horseshoe Island & 31 on back of Stones Island/Sailing Club Island at 18:00.12/03: Barn Owl hunting around Sheepwash car park for approximately half an hour from 14:45. Frogspawn in ditch by path to Wildlife Centre.John Matkin
14/03/20133 GN divers from Stones Island pm
Whooper Swan still at Millfields.
.John Babb
15/03/20134 Great Northern Divers seen from Stones Island late afternoon early evening. The Whooper Swan still at Millfields. Greylag Goose, 6 Pintail, 90 Tufted Ducks, 9 Goldeneye, 4 Pochard, Little Grebe at P.Stanley hide, 29 Curlew at dusk, 7+ Oystercatchers, 2+ Redshank, adult Kittiwake in the roost, 3 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks over west early morning, 9 Reed Buntings spread around Stones Island and various feeding stations. Clive Ashton and Roger Carrington also helped with some of the sightings.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
18/03/20134 Great Northern Divers (3 immatures and an adult) seen together. Whooper Swan still at Millfields. 26 Barnacle Geese, 40 Canada Geese and 2 Greylag Geese. Grey Heron, 5 Cormorants, female Pintail, drake Gadwall, 42 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 14 Goldeneye, 4 Goosanders. 16 Snipe at the WLC early evening, 8+ Oystercatchers, 21 Curlew over near dusk, 4 Redshank, 5 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 4 Herring Gulls, Grey Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipits, 120 Starlings, Raven and 6+ Reed Buntings. .Dave Newcombe
20/03/2013Three Great Northern Divers(1 adult)off Stones Island at 18.15 plus 18 Curlew,11+ Oystercatchers and 4 Meadow Pipit,3 Goldeneye,2 Redshank, 2 Barnacle Goose and the Whooper Swan.Very cold wind N.E.Peter Gibbon
20/03/20134 Great Northern Divers still. Whooper Swan, 51 Great Crested Grebes, 26 Barnacle Geese, 5 Cormorants, 17 Wigeon, drake Gadwall, 12 Goldeneye, 10+ Oystercatchers, Dunlin, 4+ Redshank, pair of Peregrines at Hopton End, Buzzard, Kestrel, Kingfisher, male Stonechat at Hopton End, 3 Meadow Pipits, Chiff Chaff, 17 Redwings, 2 Ravens. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
24/03/20134 Great Northern Divers all seen together from Sheepwash Hide this afternoon. 77 Canada Geese, 39 Wigeon, 8 Goldeneye, 10+ Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank, 8 Snipe. Kingfisher in Brown Ale Bay. Barn Owl hunting around Sheepwash at 16.05hrs. Kestrel near the Wildlife Centre with prey which looked like a Blackbird.
56 Curlew roosted on Stones Island this evening.
.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
26/03/20133 Great Northern Divers. 9 Whooper Swans in front of Sheepwash for most of the day. We then watched them finally leave North at 17.02hrs. 2 adult Kittiwakes through this morning. 41 Curlews into roost. 70 Canada Geese, 6 Cormorants, 20 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 9+ Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank, Buzzard and a Kestrel. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
28/03/20134 Great Northern Divers. drake Red-breasted Merganser seen from Stones Island this morning. A couple of other birders saw it this afternoon. 46 Great Crested Grebes, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, 59 Canada Geese, 23 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Pochard, 13 Goldeneye, Buzzard, 8+ Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank, 40 Curlew, 2 probably 3 adult Kittiwakes, Grey Wagtail, 4 Skylarks over, 14 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Fieldfares, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Ravens, .Dave Newcombe
02/04/20133 Whooper Swan off dam wall early morning only.James Owen
04/04/2013In very windy choppy conditions only 2 juv Great Northern Divers seen this morning.
Kingfisher at Wildlife Centre.
19 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 22 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye.
6 Cormorant, 1 Heron.
At least 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank.
2W Herring Gull, 9 Meadow Pipits north.
2 Siskin, 1 singing. A few silent Chiffchaff.
.Roger Carrington
05/04/20134 Great Northern Divers visable simultaneously from Stones Island (3 juvs, 1 moulting adult), 2 Willow Tits coming to Wildlife Centre feeders, 25 Barnacle Geese, 5+ Redshank, 5+ Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe14:00-16:30Paul Thomas
06/04/2013Counted during a walk around the reservoir 7:00-11:00: 128 Woodpigeon, 80 Starling, 52 Blue Tit, 46 Jackdaw, 41 Fieldfare, 39 Great Tit, 34 Blackbird, 25 Chaffinch, 22 Robin, 22 Carrion Crow, 19 Tree Sparrow, 17 Bullfinch, 17 Wren, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Pied Wagtail, 11 Song Thrush, 9 Willow Tit, 8 Dunnock, 7 Reed Bunting, 7 Pheasant, 7 Chiffchaff (all singing), 6 Goldfinch, 6 Magpie, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming), 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Redwing (1 with Fieldfares,1 on Stones Island), 1 Raven, 1 Goldcrest. Also of note: 5 Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 2 Great Northern Diver, c60 Wigeon over at 10:30, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Fox sleeping on shoreline at Shiningford Creek. Horseshoe Island, 18:00: 3 Redshank, 6 Curlew and a Black-headed Gull with leg ring.John Matkin
07/04/20134 Great Northern Divers together early morning.
3 Sandwich Terns SE over dam/Millfields at 0635hrs seen by Mark Pass.
1 Ringed Plover briefly on Stones Island early morning, 1 LRP, 1 Curlew over, 5+ Redshank, 8+ Oystercatcher. Kingfisher at Wildlife Centre, 16 Barnacle Geese, 1 Skylark over, 2 Lesser Redpoll.
All this morning 0630-1100hrs. The water was more than 50% ice covered.Roger Carrington
07/04/2013The Birdwatching for Beginners walk group had 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Snipe on Horseshoe island (and a total of 28 species)..Gary Atkins
07/04/2013Walking between WLC and Sheepwash - 15:00hr to 16:30hr - Redshank 1, Reed bunting 5, Barnacle Goose 19+, Oyster Catcher 4, Chiffchaff 3, Little Grebe 1, Collar Dove 1.David Edmonds
08/04/20134 Great Northern Divers still. All seen from either Sheepwash Hide or Stones Island. 22 Barnacle Geese, 11 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 7+ Redshank, 4+ Oystercatchers, 2 Buzzards, male Sparrowhawk, 600+ Common Gulls, Kingfisher, 6 Chiffchaffs in song, Raven. This morning there was 24 Meadow Pipits on the Dam Wall and 70+ in fields behind the Wildlife Centre. We suspected that the 24 were part of the flock of 70. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
09/04/20134pm Sheepwash hide - 1 Sand Martin feeding.
4.30 Field edge behind the Sheepwash hide - 1 Brambling (good views), several more small birds with white rumps also flew away (presumably this species too).
5pm Sheepwash carpark feeder - 1 Willow Tit.
4 GN Divers present. Good views from Lane End.
.Paul Mollatt
10/04/20133 Great Northern Divers including the adult now moulting into summer plumage. Little Grebe in Brown Ale Bay. 58 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 7 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, Buzzard, 8+ Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, male Wheatear on Dam Wall, 3 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 14 Chiffchaffs between Millfields and Hopton End, Grey Wagtail in Tail Bay, 70 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 70 Redwing in field near Lane End, Skylark over, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Ravens. .Dave Newcombe
14/04/2013Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Buzzards, Carrion Crows, Chaffinches, Chiffchaffs, Cormorants, Dunnocks, Great Crested Grebes, Great Tits, House Sparrows, Magpies, Oystercatchers, Pied Wagtails, a Redshank, Robins, a Song Thrush, a Swallow and Woodpigeons.Walked anti-clockwise from Millfields carpark. 12:00-16:30 hrs. Very nice walk, weather overcast but dry until about 16:00 hrs when light drizzle started.Richard Parry
15/04/20134 Great Northern Divers still. 1 juvenile having a fly around this morning. 35 Great Crested Grebes although counting accurately was difficult due to the very choppy water. Little Grebe in Brown Ale Bay. 25 Barnacle Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 6 Redshank, 7 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, 3 Little Ringed Plovers (2 in front of Sailing Club and 1 over Stones Island), 3 Common Sandpipers (2 at Sheepwash and 1 on Watersports Island), 9 Dunlin (2 on Horseshoe Island a.m and 7 on Sailing Club Island p.m), 2 Snipe, 3 Buzzards, male Sparrowhawk, 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull, Arctic Tern, 8+ White Wagtails on Stones Island this evening, they were very flighty so difficult to get an exact figure but there could have been well into double figures, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 18 Pied Wagtails, Skylark over the Dam, 7 Meadow Pipits, 12 Willow Warblers, 14 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps ( 2 females and a non singing male), 5 Song Thrush, 8 Redwings, 2 Treecreepers including 1 singing on Shiningford Creek, and 1 Linnet. .Dave Newcombe
15/04/2013WeBS count:Canada Goose 34,Barnacle Goose 14,Great Northern Diver 2,Great Crested Grebe 58,Cormorant 4,Wigeon 4,Teal 4,Mallard 38,Tufted Duck 64,Goldeneye 9,Coot 113,Oystercatcher 10,Lapwing 8,Redshank 4,Dunlin 1,Little Ringed Plover 2,Snipe 2. 07.20 to 11.20. Strong winds and choppy water.Peter Gibbon + Roger Carrington
17/04/20133 Great Northern Divers (adult and 2 juveniles), 3 Greylag Geese, drake Wigeon, 2 Teal, 7+ Redshank, 4 Common Sandpipers (2 at Sheepwash and 2 on Millfields Island), 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Curlews, Snipe, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull, 130+ Swallows this morning, 3 House Martins, 3 Sand Martins, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 5 White Wagtails, 25 Starlings on Horseshoe Island, 10 Siskins at Millfields, 3 Ravens. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
19/04/2013Water Pipit on Sheepwash Spit this afternoon. Showed well for most of the afternoon before being flushed by a male Sparrowhawk. Also seen by Mark Pass. Then this evening on Stones Island there was a phenomenal amount of Wagtails. We counted at least 40 White Wagtails and that was being conservative. There was probably well over 50. Also a male Blue-headed Wagtail and c15 Yellow Wagtails. DN/MAP/JB/AHS.
Also on site today: 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Mute Swans, 8+ Common Sandpipers (probably double figures), 12 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlin, 6 Redshank,
6 Arctic Terns, 150+ Swallows, 2 Common Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 19 Willow Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs and a Raven.
.Dave Newcombe
22/04/2013Highlights, Shelduck 7, GNDiver 2 (ad+1st summer), Arctic Tern 1Dubentons Bat feeding over the water near the Fisheries well before dusk, afforded fantastic views.Steph' Hicking
22/04/2013Highlights from evening visit, 2 GNDiver (1st summers), 5 Shelduck, 3 Arctic Terns, 150 Swallows, Sand Martin 2..Steph' Hicking
22/04/2013Adult and immature Great Northern Divers. Adult in very smart summer plumage now. Little Grebe, 7 Greylag Geese, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Shoveler, 7+ Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, Whimbrel, Curlew, 5+ Redshank, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Buzzards including a very pale bird in Tail Bay, c100 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 1st winter GBB Gull, 2 Arctic Terns, 27 Yellow Wagtails on Stones Island this evening, 7 White Wagtails, 200+ Swallows, Lesser Whitethroat singing just up from the Wildlife Centre, 23 Willow Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs, 17 Blackcaps, 5 Treecreepers, 5 Siskins, Raven, 3 Reed Buntings. Also a Water Vole in Hopton Reedbed. Also of note was quite an extraordinary sight of c10 Great Tits acting very aggressive towards each other in an almost free for all scrap! .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
24/04/2013highlights. 3 Little Gull (1st winters/summers), 3 Dunlin (1 WLC, 2 flew through), 2 GNDivers. 12+ Yellow Wagtails on Stones/ Sailing Club Island, 6+ White Wagatails on Stones/Sailing Club Island)..Steph' Hicking
24/04/2013A Whiskered Tern seen early this morning by Mark Pass. It was seen in Sailing Club Bay before being lost to view. Unfortunately It had left before I arrived. This is the first record of this species at Carsington.
Also today was the 2 Great Northern Divers still (adult in summer plumage and 1st summer). 5 Cormorants, 3 Mute Swans, 2 Wigeon.
4 Little Ringed Plovers (2 on Horseshoe Island and 2 in front of Sailing Club). 14 Dunlin (2 around Horseshoe Island/Stones Island and 3 flew past Sheepwash followed by a further 9). 5 Common Sandpipers, 7+ Redshank, Curlew and Whimbrel. 12+ Oystercatchers including 6 birds that came in high over Hall Wood, had a fly around and left high Northeast. 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroats, 15 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps (all Warblers counted between visitor centre and Sheepwash). 7 Yellow Wagtails and 3 White Wagtails on Stones Island this evening. Male Redstart singing in field behind Wildlife Centre this morning. This afternoon there was no sign but there was a singing male c100 yards north of the brick tower so it could have been the same bird that had moved on. Leucistic Coal Tit at Lane End feeders. 3 Lesser Redpolls on Stones Island. Also 5 Lesser Redpolls and 4 Siskins at Millfields RMRJ.
.Dave Newcombe
25/04/20132 Great Northern Divers (3 reported by AHS), 8 Redshank, 11+ Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, Whimbrel, 2 1st summer Little Gulls, 100's of Swallows, 13 Yellow Wagtails. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
26/04/20133 Great Northern Divers. 4 Little Gulls (adult and 3 first summers. 7 Black-tailed Godwits on Horseshoe Island at 19.00hrs until at least 20.00hrs. 6 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, Peregrine, Whimbrel, Curlew, 4 Common Sandpipers, 8+ Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Grey Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails, 9+ Swifts, 2 female Wheatear on Dam Wall, Redstart singing in field behind Wildlife Centre, Warblers counted between Millfields and Hopton End: 26 Blackcaps, 21 Chiffchaffs, 20 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskins. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
27/04/2013Early am- walk around the reservoir: 61 Blue Tit, 49 Willow Warbler, 47 Blackbird, 42 Great Tit, 41 Chiffchaff, 40 Wren, 30 Chaffinch, 29 Tree Sparrow, 25 Blackcap, 24 Robin, 18 House Sparrow, 17 Song Thrush, 15 Dunnock, 13 Goldfinch, 11 Long-tailed Tit (pair building nest in Hall Wood), 11 Pied Wagtail, 10 Willow Tit, 9 Whitethroat, 8 Reed Bunting, 7 Bullfinch, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 2 Siskin, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush & 1 Redstart (singing behind the Wildlife Centre). Also of note: 2 Sparrowhawks: Male at Wildlife Centre, Female in Hall Wood and another female (assumed to be the same bird) over the new reed bed, several hundred hirundines, a flock of c20 waders high overhead at 08:45 heading northwest. Shape, size, flight & colouring suggested Whimbrel but too distant for positive id.58 species recorded: Jay, Little Grebe & Moorhen not found.John Matkin
28/04/20133 Great Northern Divers, 5+ Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Arctic Tern, 11 Yellow Wagtails, 100's of Swallows. All seen from Stones Island between 18.00hrs-20.00hrs.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
29/04/2013Male Blue-headed Wagtail on Stones Island for the majority of the day. The 3 Great Northern Divers still present. 2 1st summer Little Gulls, 45 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, 5 Buzzards, 4 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6+ Redshank, 8+ Oystercatchers,
18 Yellow Wagtails, Sedge Warbler and Garden Warbler on Stones Island, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Meadow Pipits, 300+ Hirundines mostly Swallows, 10+ Swifts, 2 Ravens, 8 Lesser Redpolls, 7 Siskins.
.Dave Newcombe
30/04/20132 Whimbrel on Stones Island then Dam Wall early morning.
Also 2 Great Northern Diver (ad + juv), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 imm Little Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Swift, 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Buzzard, 4 Shelduck, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler.
.James Owen
30/04/2013Just to add a few things on to what James has already posted. All 3 G.N.Divers were close together near dusk. The 2 1st summer Little Gulls in Sailing Club Bay. Also a 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull..Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
01/05/2013Fishtail Creek: Garden Warbler, 3 Mistle Thrush, Mallard with 5 ducklings. Pair of Redstarts between Middle Wood & Warrington Knob. Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest & 2 Jays in Middle Wood. Pairs of Treecreepers in Middle Wood & Hall Wood. 1 Reed Warbler & Lesser Whitethroat singing at Hopton.1 Peacock butterfly at Fishtail Creek, Bank Vole at Sitch Plantation and Water Vole at Hopton. John Matkin
01/05/2013A magnificent sight of 3 Red Kites together at c14.00hrs today. We were in Sheepwash Hide when Clive picked up a Raptor flying over Blackwall Plantation towards the dam wall. We eventually realised that it was a Red Kite. As it got around the mid dam area we noticed a 2nd and 3rd bird with it. All 3 birds were soaring over the dam for a short while before drifting west. Also today was 3 Great Northern Divers, Mallard with 8 young at Sheepwash, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, 8 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 1st summer Little Gull, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail and 2 Ravens.
Also a Wood Warbler on Stones Island this evening (JB).
.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
03/05/20132 Great Northern Divers (adult and imm)), 2 Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, 3 Cormorants, 2 Mute Swans, 5 Gadwall, drake Shoveler, Dunlin, 5+ Oystercatchers, 5+ Redshank, 3 Curlew, Whimbrel, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Buzzards, 2 Arctic Terns, 1st summer Little Gull.
Warblers counted between Millfields and Warrington Knob (via Sheepwash) include: 36 Blackcaps, 10 Garden Warblers, 28 Willow Warblers, 27 Chiffchaffs, 15 Whitethroats and 2 Lesser Whitethroats. 2 Grey Wagtails at Millfields, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 50+ Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 2 Redstarts, 7 Reed Buntings, 10 Lesser Redpoll on Stones Island, 2 Linnets on Dam Wall.
.Dave Newcombe
07/05/2013I heard a cuckoo about 9-45 am on 1st May whilst doing a path survey in Millington Green. I thought this might be of interest to members of the bird club and possibly help to confirm other reports..Dave Williams
07/05/2013Still 2 Great Northern Divers (adult and imm both seen having a short fly around today). 6 Greylag Geese, Little Grebe, 3 Grey Herons, 3 Turnstones on Sailing Club Island this evening, 5 Oystercatchers, 7 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Terns, 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 9 Whitethroats, 11 Garden Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Linnets. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
09/05/2013Adult Great Northern Diver calling at 06:15am. Juv diver flying around the site at 08:00, 1 Little Gull, 4 Mute Swans, Grey Heron. 4 Jays & a Sparrowhawk in Hall Wood, Swift, pair of Redstarts at edge of big covert (female with nesting material), 2 Buzzards in Middle Wood and 2 at Fishtail Creek & Moorhen at Fishtail Creek.Grey Wagtail at Tailbay on 03/05, pair of Gadwall off Watersports Island early am 02/05, 3 Linnets at Fishtail Creek on 01/05 and again on 04/05, 1 Whimbrel briefly in field by Fishtail Creek at 14:00 on 05/05 before flying over Fishtail Creek towards Millfields. Comma & several Peacock butterflies at Fishtail Creek 05/05.John Matkin
09/05/2013Water Pipit on Horseshoe Island this morning just after 09.45hrs and present until just after 10.00hrs when it flew. However, the bird must have came back as somebody else reported it in the log book. No sign of any G.N.Divers today. 3 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 2 broods of Canada Geese (6 & 5), Mallard with 7 young at Sheepwash, 4 Greylag Geese, male Peregrine, Buzzard, male Sparrowhawk, Ringed Plover, Curlew, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Redshank, 4+ Oystercatchers, 1st summer Herring Gull, 6 Common Terns, White Wagtail on Sheepwash Spit, 8 Garden Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warblers, 12 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs (not many Warblers singing due to the wet and windy weather), 2 Stock Doves over Sheepwash, 9 Linnets on Dam Wall. This evening there were Hirundines everywhere all across the water. Maybe over a 1000 in total. Mostly Swallows with good numbers of House Martins and a few Sand Martins. Also 29+ Swifts. .Dave Newcombe
12/05/2013turnstone on left of island opposite Wildlife Centre
around 15.15

Also 2 little ringed plovers and two dunlins

Ian Weatherley
13/05/201310 broods of Canada Geese: Pair with 6 young at Millfields, 4 pairs with 2/5/5 and 6 young on Stones Island. 3 pairs at the Wildlife Centre with 4/5 and 6 young. 2 pairs at P.Stanley/Sheepwash with 4 and 7 young. 4 Greylag Geese and a Grey Heron at Sheepwash. 76 Tufted Ducks including 44 on Big Island. 8 Mute Swans including 6 having a scrap at the Wildlife Centre.
A Turnstone and a Sanderling on the Dam Wall this morning, then a further 2 Turnstones joined the other one and all 3 were together this evening. 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, pair of Lapwings with 2 young on Big Island. 6 Redshank, 8 Oystercatchers. 16 Dunlin this evening. 15 dropped on to Horseshoe Island at 16.50hrs during a hailstorm...and another bird on Stones Island. Hobby from Sheepwash at 11.26hrs, immature female Peregrine also from Sheepwash at 13.45hrs. 6 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 2 singing male Redstarts. 1 at the bend of WLC Creek and 1 c100 yards north of the brick tower. 50+ Swifts, 100's of Swallows and House Martins, 6 Linnets on the dam. Warblers counted between Millfields and Hopton include 11 Garden Warblers, 16 Blackcaps, 19 Willow Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 13 Chiffchaffs and 2 Sedge Warblers. Also a Stoat in the main car park.
.Dave Newcombe
14/05/2013WeBS count 06.00 to 11.40. Mute Swan 8,Greylag Goose 4,Barnacle Goose 6,Canada Goose 41 adults,Mallard 48,Tufted Duck 75,Cormorant 5,Grey Heron 2,Great Crested Grebe 46,Moorhen 3,Coot 53,Oystercatcher 8,Little ringed Plover 2,Lapwing 9,Common sandpiper 2,Redshank 4,Black-headed Gull 60. .Peter Gibbon
14/05/2013WeBS addendum a single Turnstone at 07.00 on Stones Island.Peter Gibbon
15/05/2013It turned out to be quite an incredible day today. Earlier on at 10.20hrs whilst Roger and I were in Sheepwash Hide Roger picked out a distant Black Tern . It remained until just after lunch. There was also a single Arctic Tern and 4 Common Terns.
This morning Roger had 17 Dunlin go through. Then a little later I had a flock of 27 go through followed by a further 2. A few more Dunlin later on made a total of 55. Then this evening Sailing Club Island was crawling with Turnstones. We counted 34 with a further 2 birds dropping in later on. 36 is certainly a site record and most probably a county record. The majority of these left site with only 7 remaining at dusk. There was also at least 8 Sanderling. 3 flew off high and 5 remained on Sailing Club shore. Also of note was a Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Peregrine, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, adult Common Gull, 8 Mute Swans and 5 Greylag Geese.

.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Roger Carrington
18/05/2013A much quieter day than Wednesday. 2 Ruddy/Cape Shelducks at the Wildlife Centre this morning. One was probably a Cape but the other looked good for a Ruddy. Either way, most probably escapes anyway. Also a Cackling Goose at the WLC which may have came in with the Shelducks but didn't leave with them as it was still present in the evening. At least 9 broods of Canada Geese and 3 of Mallard. 10 Mute Swans, Grey Heron, 3 Buzzards, Hobby, 2 Dunlin, 10 Oystercatchers (RC had 13), 7 Redshank, 2 LRP, 2 Sedge Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, 50+ Swifts, Redstart and 2 Linnets. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
21/05/2013Paxton Pits bird club trip.63 species recorded including Nightingale(there are 23 singing males on the Paxton Pits Reserve),Cetti's Warbler,Cuckoo(2)and Hobby(3).Complete list and report in the next NewsletterPeter Gibbon
21/05/2013Sedge Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Bullfinch, Good number of Swifts, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Goldfinches, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Long Tailed Tit, Grey Heron. Seen on round trip this morningEric Dewhurst
26/05/2013Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, 8 Mute Swans, 6 Cormorants, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, Hobby at Sheepwash at 09.28hrs, Buzzard, 100's of Swallows and House Martins, 6 Sand Martins, 1 young BH Gull on raft at Wildlife Centre. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
30/05/2013Little Egret mobile around Stones Island and Sheepwash this morning.
First summer Common Gull at Wildlife Centre. 2 Reed Warbler singing in Hopton Reedbed. Lapwing with 2 young still on Big Island and a drake Pochard there.
.Roger Carrington
31/05/2013Osprey westward over dam wall at 1340hrs..Roger Carrington
02/06/20134 Common Scoter, 5 Shelduck off Stones Island 0800hrs.
.Roger Carrington
02/06/2013Spotted Flycatcher in Wildlife centre creek.
Also Swift seen going under then eaves of the visitor centre.
Sedge warbler singing on Stones island, and House Sparrows feeding young on the ground by the visitor centre.
.Clive Ashton/ Roger Carrington
02/06/2013The 4 Common Scoters were still present in front of Sheepwash Hide at 17.25hrs. Also 5 Greylag Geese there and a Grey Heron. Lots of Warblers in song. Mainly Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Garden Warblers. But also a couple of Whitethroats. Several Oystercatchers and Redshanks. Nuthatch feeding young in nestbox just past Shiningford Creek. At least 8 BH Gull chicks on raft at WLC. Also male Redstart singing by bend on WLC Creek. c55 Lesser Black Backed Gulls mid water this afternoon. .Dave Newcombe
05/06/2013Counts done during a circular walk. 47 Chiffchaffs, 49 Blackcaps, 35 Willow Warblers, 24 Whitethroats, 11 Garden Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 13 Long-tailed Tits, 22 Blue Tits, 24 Great Tits, 38 Wrens, 32 Robins, 11 Dunnocks, 23 Song Thrush, 6 Mistle Thrush, 8 Pied Wagtails, 59 Blackbirds, 45 Chaffinch, 19 Goldfinch, 5 Redstarts (pair in field behind WLC and a pair plus another male between Middle Wood and Warrington Knob), 24 Magpies, 10 Reed Buntings.
Also of note was 148 Canada Geese inc 37 young, Greylag Goose, 2 pairs of Barnacle Geese each with 1 young, Great Crested Grebes with 1 young in Brown Ale Bay, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Spotted Flycatcher in WLC Creek, 10+ BH Gull young on raft at WLC, 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Terns.
.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
06/06/2013Spotted Flycatcher still in WLC Creek.
Redshank pair & 3yg on Millfields Island, also 15 black-hdd gull nests on there. Oystercatcher pair with 2 big young around Millfields c.p. Swallow pair repairing last years nest in Stone Barn. 2 drake Teal at WLC.
Count of 178 adult Canadas plus 88yg this morning.
.Roger Carrington
10/06/2013Marsh Warbler still behind toilet block on entrance to Stones at 5pm Osprey caught fish mid pm and landed to feed on post outside Lane EndsWell done to Clive A for finding the Marsh Warbler this am!Steph' Hicking
11/06/2013Osprey on Lane End post at 16:15. The bird sat/preened for 30 minutes, then made several aborted hunting attempts before being mobbed by BH gulls and flying off high over Hall Wood.Bird had light grey ring on left leg, possible dark blue ring on the right.James Owen
12/06/2013Great Crested Grebes with 1 large young in Brown Ale Bay, 8 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 7 Mute Swans, 215 adult and 69 young Canada Geese, 6 Greylag Geese, 19 Barnacle Geese including 2 pairs with 1 young each, 3 Mallard broods of 6/7 and 11, 4 Buzzards, male Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshank, 5+ Oystercatchers, 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull, 20 LBB Gulls, 17 BH Gull chicks at the WLC, 2 Lesser Whitethroats (1 on WLC Creek and 1 by the brick tower), Sedge Warbler, 2 pairs of Redstarts ( 1 pair in field behind WLC and another pair at the end of WLC creek, 60 Swifts, Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young in nest hole in Brown Ale Bay. .Dave Newcombe
29/06/2013WeBS count - 12 Mute Swan,7 Greylag Goose,289 Canada Goose,14 Barnacle Goose,4 Teal,67 Mallard,1 Pochard,60 Tufted Duck,2 Cormorant,31 Great Crested Grebe,1 Moorhen,68 Coot,8 Oystercatcher,5 Lapwing,1 Redshank,60+ Black-headed Gull,1 male Hobby amongst 100s Swift around Stone's Island.All these figures are for adults only for WeBS purposes.Peter Gibbon
30/06/2013Reed Warbler singing near P S Hide.
Tufted Duck with 1 young in Brown Ale Bay.
1 Green Sandpiper flew past P S Hide at 1000hrs towards Sheepwash.
Coot with 4yg from P S Hide, Coot with 3yg from Sheepwash.
8 Greylag, 2 Heron, 1 adult Common Gull.
21 House Sparrow, including begging juvs, feeding on ground together at Visitor Centre.
Willow Tit family at Millfields, dam end.
Swallow pair taking food in under draw-off tower.
All 0700-1100hrs this morning.Roger Carrington
05/07/20134 drake Common Scoters present all day in mid water. 361 adult and 51 young Canada Geese. Female Tufted Duck with 7 young, 9 Greylag Geese including a BTO ringed bird, 22 Barnacle Geese, Grey Heron, 20 Mute Swans, 4 Buzzards, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5+ Oystercatchers, pair of Coots with 3 young at Sheepwash and another pair with 5 young at P.Stanley. Common Tern, 6 Redstarts-male and 3 juveniles in field behind WLC, and a pair feeding young in nest box nearby. 2 Spotted Flycatchers in WLC creek, Raven, 6 Reed Buntings. .Dave Newcombe
17/07/20139 fresh broods of Tufted Duck this morning including 1 brood which came across the road from Hopton Pond.
Total of 7 broods of Great Crested Grebe on site.
2 Grey Heron and 7 more flew in at 0700hrs.
5 Pochard, 4 Teal, 69 Lapwing, Yellow-legged Gull.
Reed Warbler family plus pair feeding nestlings in Hopton Reedbed, also male Kingfisher and 2 Linnet there.
Sedge and Reed Warbler on Stones Island.
Swift in/out of Visitor Centre eaves.
26 Black-headed young visible on Millfields Island.
All records this morning.
Water levels are now dropping.
Butterflies - Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper and Gatekeeper at PSHide plus Brown Hawker dragonfly and blue Damselflies.
Roger Carrington
20/07/2013360 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 18 Barnacle Geese, Cackling Goose, 8 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 30 Mute Swans inc pair with 4 cygnets, 12 Tufted Duck broods of 6, 4, 7, 7, 2, 5, 7, 15, 6, 13, 7 & 3. Drake Pochard, 69 Lapwings, Redshank, 3 Oystercatchers, Kingfisher at Millfields, Spotted Flycatcher in WLC creek, 3 Grey Wagtails in Hopton End. And a Crossbill flew over Brown Ale Bay. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
24/07/201331 Mute Swans inc pair with 4 cygnets. 17 Cormorants at Sheepwash. 7 Grey Herons. 3 Little Grebes at WLC. 18 Barnacle Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, Cackling Goose, 2 female type Ruddy Shelduck. 3 Teal, female Mallard with 10 fresh young. 3 drake Pochard. Tufted Duck broods of 4, 4, 9, 6, 10, 2, 7, 4, 13, 9, 6 and 11. 6 Oystercatchers, Common Sandpiper, 65 Lapwings. Turnstone on Sheepwash Spit at 17.00hrs. Black-tailed Godwit on Stones Island at 19.10hrs. 2 Peregrines over Dam Wall. 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Common Terns flew east at 13.30hrs. 2 Linnets inc 1 juv. 10 Swallows, 10 House Martins, 2 Swifts and 20 Goldfinches. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
25/07/2013WeBS count 06.45 to 12.00.
31 Mute Swan,2 Greylag Goose,348 Canada Goose,14 Barnacle Goose,2 Shelduck,3 Teal,140 Mallard,3 Pochard,111 Tufted Duck,10 Cormorant,9 Grey Heron,4 Little Grebe,51 Great Crested Grebe (22 together at one time),6 Moorhen,379 Coot,3 Oystercatcher,1 Little Ringed Plover,3 Ringled Plover,58 Lapwing,2 Black-tailed Godwit,1 Whimbrel,2 Common Sandpiper,2 Redshank,2 Turnstone,7 Common Gull,1 Yellow-legged Gull,1 Common Tern.
Roger Carrington gave me many of these records as we crossed paths on the morning,especially waders and records for Fishtail Creek.Peter Gibbon
28/07/201322 Cormorants including a colour ringed bird. 33 Mute Swans, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Herons, 212 Canada Geese, Cackling Goose, Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatchers, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 32 LBB Gulls, 2 Common Gulls. Evening visit 19.30hrs-21.00hrs.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
30/07/201331 Mute Swans inc pair with 4 cygnets. 16 Cormorants, 211 Canada Geese, 5 Grey Herons, Little Grebe, Little Egret, female Mallard with 10 young, plus another female with 5 fresh young at WLC, 4 Teal, 2 Pochard, pairs of Coots with 2 & 4 yng at Millfields and a pair with 1 at Sailing Club. 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Oystercatchers, adult and fully flighted juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Yellow-legged Gull, 1st summer Common Gull, Whitethroat, 7 Linnets, 14 Goldfinch, 2 Swifts, 6 Swallows, 2 Grey Wagtails, 6 Willow Tits. .Dave Newcombe
02/08/20136 Teal, 1 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whitethroat, c5 Linnet with Goldfinches..Neil Moulden
02/08/201318 Cormorants, 6 Grey Herons, Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Sandpipers all at Sheepwash. Peregrine over Sheepwash car park. Redstart on Shiningford Creek. 5 Oystercatchers from Stones Island. .Dave Newcombe
03/08/20135 Common Sandpipers, 6+ Grey Heron, 3 Teal, Yellow legged gull, Common Gull, 3 Buzzard and a Kestrel took a vole and ate it in the dead tree at Sheepwash hide..Clive Ashton
05/08/20134 Common Sandpipers,2 Oystercatchers,Redshank,2 Sedge Warblers,4+ Linnets,11 Teal, Tufted Duck broods of 4+5 (fresh) on Stones Island, immature Peregrine. Yellow legged Gull attempting to eat a large dead Pike..Clive Ashton
07/08/20138+ Grey Herons, 23 Cormorants, 4 Little Grebes, 174 Canada Geese, 32 Mute Swans, 10 Teal, 3 Gadwall, Whimbrel south at 11.20hrs, 3 Oystercatchers, Turnstone, 6+ Common Sandpipers, Redshank, Snipe, juv Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzards, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Terns, Kingfisher. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
09/08/201325 Cormorants, 6 Grey Herons, 34 Mute Swans, 138 Canada Geese, 3 Gadwall, Redshank, Juv Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 54 LBB Gull. Evening visit only.Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
09/08/2013Whimbrel flew through and 1 Greenshank at Wildlife Centre early morning.
1 Black-tailed Godwit on Millfields Island, also 21 young/juv Black-headed Gulls still there.
At least 11 Grey Herons on site.
28 adult + 4 young Mute Swans.
58 House Sparrows feeding around the outdoor cafí© at the Visitor Centre at 0700hrs.
40plus Tree Sparrows on Wildlife Centre Feeders.
Adult + Juv Spotted Flycatcher in Wildlife Centre Creek and 2 Redstart there.
Also 4 Common Sandpipers, Redshank and Oystercatcher seen.
All this morning 0600-1100hrs.
Note that water levels are still dropping providing a wide mud margin (just need more waders to frequent it).
Roger Carrington
10/08/2013Little Egret at Sheepwash. 25 Cormorants, 9 Grey Herons, 4 Little Grebes, 6 Teal, 2 Pochard, 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Redshank, 2 Buzzards, male Sparrowhawk. Some counts done during a circular walk: Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 22 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 14 Bullfinch, 3 Willow Tits, Redstart, 3 Nuthatch. 24 Linnets in field on Shiningford Creek. Lesser Redpoll near Fishtail Creek. .Dave Newcombe/Harry Newcombe
14/08/20136 Little Grebes, 5 Grey Herons, 41 Cormorants, 32 Mute Swans, escaped Cackling Goose, 12 Teal, 2 Gadwall, drake Pochard, 7 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, Peregrine, Kestrel, 4 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, Whimbrel heard early morning, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Gulls, Kingfisher, 7 Spotted Flycatchers- 4 inc two juvs at Millfields and 3 inc one juv in WLC Creek, 2 Redstarts, 3 Swifts, 3 Lesser Whitethroats. 20+ Blue Tits with c15 Chiffchaffs and c8 Willow Warblers on Stones Island. There was a steady flow of Swallows and House Martins moving south throughout the day. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
23/08/2013Drake Mandarin and Drake Red-crested Pochard on Sailing Club shore at 0730hrs.
31 Curlew through heading WSW in 2 flocks 16+15 before 0900hrs.
2 Turnstone flew over Millfields at 0920hrs and may be on site, also 1 Common Sandpiper and juv Redshank with damaged leg at Millfields.
.Roger Carrington
24/08/20136 Black Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, Whimbrel, Dunlin,15 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Scoter, 8 Goosander, 6 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 2 Red crested Pochard, Kingfisher, Yellow legged Gull.5 Black terns and Common Scoter had left site mid morning.Clive Ashton
25/08/2013August WeBS count - Mute swan 31,Canada Goose 152,Wigeon 8,Gadwall 10,Teal 94,Mallard 221,Red-crested Pochard 2,Pochard 12,Tufted Duck 382,Cormorant 28,Grey Heron 5,Little Grebe 8,Great Crested Grebe 27,Moorhen 3,Coot 640,Lapwing 21,Black-headed Gull 50,Yellow-legged Gull 1,Arctic Tern 1,Kingfisher 1,Sparrowhawk 1,Peregrine 2.With help from Roger Carrington and Richard James.
Thank you.
Peter Gibbon
28/08/201311 Little Grebes scattered across site. 34 Mute Swans, 5 Grey Herons, 45 Cormorants, 90 Teal, 27 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 2 drake Red-crested Pochards, 4 Snipe, 2 juv Little Ringed Plovers at Paul Stanley hide, 2 Greenshank briefly this evening from Stones Island, Ringed Plover heard, 2 Buzzards, 2 Peregrines, Kestrel, Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear on Flat Island, 2 Yellow Wagtails. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
29/08/201310am Greenshank Stones Island
12:30 Kingfisher New Reesbeds
12:35 Kingfisher Brown Ale Bay
.Dave Oulsnam
03/09/2013Early AM, 1 Greenshank at Sheepwash, 1 Common Sandpiper at Paul Stanley, 1 Spotted Flycatcher in Shiningford Creek.

WLC: Osprey over at 15:00 (circled than left over Millfields), also 1 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine.
.James Owen
05/09/20133 Dulin at Wildlife Centre, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Sedge Warbler, c60 Goldfinch Stones Island..Neil Moulden
06/09/2013Brilliant day today as could be expected with the adverse weather conditions.Bird of the day was an adult Great Skua that flew in from the right of Sheepwash hide before moving over to the dam wall and lost to sight at the south end of the res.Other good birds of note were, a juvenile Black Tern all day,an adult Kittiwake through north.Ducks are building up with 59 Wigeon, 13 Pochard, 100 Teal and a Red crested Pochard.Waders of note were 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 2 Snipe and 5 Curlew.Add to that Raven,Kingfisher, Hobby, 2 Yellow legged Gulls,80 House Martins, 6 Sand martins, 80 Jackdaws over Stones Island and the first Meadow Pipits of the autumn (2) all in all not a bad day!Sightings are from myself, Roger Carrington and Mark Pass.Clive Ashton
09/09/20132 Common Sandpipers from Paul Stanley hide at 14.30 hrs..Neil Moulden
09/09/20135 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers 1 Ruff (all on Stones mid pm).Steph Hicking
09/09/201315 Little Grebes, although Brutus the Yellow-legged Gull was doing his best to reduce that number....luckily without success. 34 Cormorants, 33 Mute Swans, c400 Canada Geese, Greylag Goose, 8 Grey Herons, 206 Teal, 98 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 11 Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, 5 Buzzards, Peregrine, juv male Sparrowhawk having a drink from the waters edge at Sheepwash, 3 Ringed Plovers, 5 Dunlin and a Ruff on Stones Island, juv Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtails, Yellow Wagtail, 5 singing Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, juv Song Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipits, 4 Sand Martins, 50+ House Martins, several Swallows, 5 Willow Tits, 3 Linnets. .Dave Newcombe
10/09/20131 Female Scaup from Wildlife Center11.30am time of sightingPaul Highman
11/09/20132 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers on Stones Island this evening. They had earlier flown past Sheepwash Hide with 9 other Waders comprising of Ringed Plovers and Dunlin. Then later on Stones along with the Curlew Sands we counted 8 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plovers. Also on site today was 7 Greylag Geese, 33 Cormorants, 10 Gadwall, 252 Teal, 73 Wigeon, Red-crested Pochard, 17 Pochard, 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Greenshank on Stones Island early morning only, 2 Common Sandpipers, Redshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Yellow Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 100+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins, 17+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Kingfishers, 30+ Meadow Pipits on the Dam Wall, 2 Sand Martins and 2 Ravens. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
12/09/20136 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, juv Ruff, juv Redshank with damaged leg, all on Stones Island early morning.
Tree Pipit, 4 Linnet and Crossbill flew over calling.
Yellow Wagtail on dam wall.
Sightings 0630-0900hrs.
No sign of yesterday evening's curlew sandpipers this morning.
Roger Carrington
13/09/20137 Ringed Plovers, 5 Dunlin Stones Island late afternoon. Tree Pipit flew over Stones Calling..Steph' Hicking
13/09/2013A minimum of 590 Canada Geese. 7 Greylag Geese, 26 Barnacle Geese, 12 Little Grebes, 33 Cormorants, 26+ Mute Swans, 6 Grey Herons, 4 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 298 Teal, 90 Wigeon, 9 Pochard, Red-crested Pochard.
11 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and a Ruff on Stones Island this morning. 2 Common Sandpipers at Sheepwash. 2 Hobbies south over Tail Bay this morning. 7 Buzzards, Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, 70 Swallows south, 15 Chiffchaffs inc 8 in song, 9 Meadow Pipits on Dam Wall, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Ravens, 90+ Goldfinches on Stones Island, 4 Willow Tits, Wheatear on Dam Wall and one at Sheepwash but maybe same bird.
.Dave Newcombe
15/09/2013527 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, Pink-footed Goose, 15 Little Grebes, 31 Cormorants, 29 Mute Swans, 3 Grey Herons, 118 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 22 Pochard, Buzzard, Ruff, 8 Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Ravens. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
16/09/201338 Cormorants, 19 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, c25 Barnacle Geese, 3 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 122 Wigeon, 29 Pochard, Goosander. Juvenile Garganey around Stones Island/Sailing Club Island from early afternoon and still present near dusk. Ruff and Common Sandpiper at Paul Stanley. 10 Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin mostly around Stones Island area though mobile. Yellow-legged Gull, Wheatear on Dam Wall, Yellow Wagtail flew south past Sheepwash Hide. The Garganey was found by SJR and KR but seen by several more birders throughout the afternoon.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
18/09/201323 Mute Swans, 30 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 11 Little Grebes, 450+ Canada Geese, 19 Greylag Geese, Pink-footed Goose, 124 Wigeon, 283 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 33 Pochard, 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel. Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and Ruff at Paul Stanley Hide. 8 Dunlin and 7 Ringed Plover on Stones Island. 33 Meadow Pipits, 2 Kingfishers, c50 Goldfinch, 8 Chiffchaffs inc 5 in song, c50 House Martins, c75 Swallows, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail over Stones Island, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Ravens..Dave Newcombe
19/09/201322 Little Grebes, 25 Cormorants, 33 Mute Swans, 2 Grey Herons, 9 Gadwall, 134 Wigeon, 43 Pochard, Shoveler, 10 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail, Sand Martin, Stoat at Millfields. Female Tufted Duck with bill saddle AAS also at Millfields. .Dave Newcombe/Chris Brown
20/09/201313 Little Grebes, 4 Grey Herons, 33 Mute Swans, 25 Cormorants, 16 Barnacle Geese, 22 Greylag Geese, 450+ Canada Geese, escaped Cackling Goose, 29 Pink-footed Geese East at 10.00hrs, 156 Wigeon, juv Garganey at Wildlife Centre, 10 Gadwall, 29 Pochard, 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel. 47 Lapwings. 14 Ringed Plovers, Little Ringed Plover and 7 Dunlin from Stones Island, Snipe, Common Sandpiper. 4 Yellow-legged Gulls ( 3 in the roost plus the usual one), 100+ Swallows, 50+ House Martins, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 28 Meadow Pipits, several Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Linnet, 2 Ravens, Yellowhammer over Millfields early morning. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
23/09/2013Sept. WeBS count.
29 Mute Swan,2 Greylag Goose,473 Canada Goose,74 Wigeon,17 Gadwall,286 Teal,246 Mallard,1 Garganey,67 Pochard,408 Tufted Duck,24 Cormorant,1 Grey Heron,15 Little Grebe,36 Great Crested Grebe,4 Moorhen,1057 Coot,11 Ringed Plover,49 Lapwing,12 Dunlin,2 Yellow-legged Gull,36 Lesser Black-backed Gull,2 Kingfisher,2 Peregrine(Seen by Clive Ashton) and 3 Yellow Wagtail. Total birds 2879 and 25 Species
Very warm, still morning.Peter Gibbon & John Bradley
23/09/201320 Little Grebes, 5 Grey Herons, 27 Cormorants, 29 Mute Swans, 400+ Canada Geese, 11 Greylag Geese, 9 Gadwall, 180 Wigeon, Garganey on Watersports Island. 3 Pintail and a Shoveler at Sheepwash. 38 Pochard, 10 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 52 Lapwings, 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls inc several in the roost, 2 Herring Gulls, 2 Kingfishers, Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 11 Meadow Pipits, Raven. .Dave Newcombe
25/09/20134+ Pintail, 2 Shoveler and 10 Gadwall around Sheepwash/Paul Stanley area. 164 Wigeon and 32 Pochard scattered across site. Garganey still near Watersports Island. Grey Plover heard from Stones Island at 16.24hrs but not seen. 24 Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover and 9 Dunlin around Stones Island this evening. Common Sandpiper at P.S Hide. Also of note on site today: Juvenile male Sparrowhawk, 57 Pied Wagtails, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 30+ Meadow Pipits, Kingfisher, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 19 Siskins, 3 Linnets, several Chiffchaffs, and a Blackcap in sub song near Brown Ale Bay. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
27/09/2013c100 Pink-footed Geese over at 08:50 heading west.John Matkin
30/09/20135 Grey Herons, 14+ Little Grebes, 3 Pintail (Sheepwash), 9 Gadwall, Shoveler, 302 Wigeon, Garganey still near Watersports Island, 107 Pochard. Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers. 2 Rock Pipits commuting between Watersports Island and Stones Island this evening. 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (5 in the roost and the usual one), 4+ Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton/Chris Brown
02/10/2013The Garganey still present near Watersports Island today. Pink-footed Goose at Wildlife Centre. 4 Pintail at Sheepwash. 10+ Gadwall, 30 Mute Swans, 23 Cormorants, 2 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 3 Redwings. .Dave Newcombe
03/10/201319 Cormorants, 30 Mute Swans, 4 Grey Herons, 300+ Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, Pink-footed Goose. Garganey still by Watersports Island. 4 Pintail and 9 Gadwall from Sheepwash, 69 Pochard just at Sheepwash/P.Stanley Hides. Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plovers and 3 Golden Plover on Stones Island this morning. 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 18 Goldfinches, 2 Ravens. 15+ Meadow Pipits and 8 Linnets on Dam Wall. .Dave Newcombe
11/10/20132 Great Skuas flew in and landed mid water at c11.20 this morning. They remained on the water for about 15 minutes until they flew towards Sheepwash and circled around in front of the hide for several minutes giving myself and 2 other birders superb views. After upsetting the c50 LBB Gulls that were happily loafing about at Sheepwash they left in a SW direction.
Also of note: 27 Mute Swans, 18 Cormorants, 19 Little Grebes, 14 Greylag Geese, 3 Grey Herons, 324 Wigeon, Pintail, 19 Gadwall, Yellow-legged Gull, 1stW GBB Gull.
.Dave Newcombe
12/10/2013A first winter Gannet was on the water and also flying around from Sheepwash hide between 10:50 and 11:10 this morning. At one point it was seen to plunge dive when being mobbed by a LBBG.
1 drake Common Scoter also from Sheepwash.
1 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, YL Gull, 19 Redwing and 3 Chiffchaff, one of which was singing.
.Clive Ashton
13/10/2013Another Great Skua on site today. It flew in just after 10.00 and stayed on site until just before 12.00 when it flew NE.
All sightings seen from Sheepwash throughout the day. 3 Grey Herons, 17 Cormorants, Whooper Swan, 2 Shoveler, Pintail, Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 1st winter Little Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, Herring Gull, 2 GBB Gulls, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 3 Ravens.
Other observers include RMRJ, SJR, KB, DCM, RTT, DD. Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
14/10/2013An Arctic Tern flew through late afternoon. This is the latest at Carsington by a week. At least 2 Crossbills flew over Sheepwash Hide mid-afternoon. Also of note: 2 Grey Herons, 15 Cormorants, 4 Greylag Geese, 3 Pheasants, 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, 75+ Common Gulls, 2 Kingfishers, Grey Wagtail. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
15/10/2013Oct WeBS count (07.15 to 11.50)
27 Mute Swan,1 Greylag Goose,55 Canada Goose,266 Wigeon,14 Gadwall,462 Teal,100 Mallard,176 Pochard,448 Tufted Duck,6 Cormorant,2 Grey Heron,21 Little Grebe,34 Great Crested Grebe,2 Moorhen,1184 Coot,61 Lapwing,1 Common Sandpiper,42 Black-headed Gull,3 Lesser Black-backed Gull,1 Yellow-legged Gull,5 Common Gull and 2 Kingfisher.Also 3 Buzzard as raptors are now recorded for WeBS.
Also at Millfields a Stoat got to within 15 foot of me, looked me up and down and then proceeded to run past me about five foot away from my tripod's leg.Peter Gibbon
15/10/2013To help out Peter I was on site today and can add 4 Shoveler and the long staying Garganey to your records. Myself and James Owen had 8 Yellow legged Gulls in the roost of c5000 Gulls.Also present Kingfisher and Sparrowhawk.2 Ringed Plover also reported by birders..Clive Ashton
18/10/2013Immature Gannet on the water near Horseshoe Island this morning at c09.00hrs. We never saw it after this time but a pager message at 12.30hrs reported it still present and in flight from Stones Island.
The Garganey is still present and was near Sailing Club Island this morning. Other notable sightings include 15 Gadwall, 60 Lapwings, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Snipe, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, Kingfisher, 17 Fieldfares, Redpoll, c15 Meadow Pipits, c150 Jackdaws, Raven.
.Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
19/10/2013Two superb finds today: a Grey Phalarope towards the far bank from Lane End and Sheepwash Hides and a drake Green-winged Teal from the Wildlife Centre. Both birds were seen and enjoyed by other birders, including myself, and the birds were still present late afternoon.Also 1 Whooper Swan from Sheepwash and 2 Ringed Plover plus 2 Dunlin on Stones Island.The Phalarope and Teal are Derbyshire Rarities so can the finders (currently not known) please contact either The Derbyshire Ornithological Society or Carsington Bird Club through the appropriate websites. Confirmed that observer John Fermer discovered the GW Teal.Roger Carrington
20/10/201319-10-2013 - Green Winged Teal, found it at c12.40pm sleeping in a group of Eurasian teal and wigeon, on the left side of the island viewed from the wildlife centre hide..John Fermer
21/10/2013Drake Green-winged Teal still at the Wildlife Centre today. 280 Canada Geese flew in from the south near dusk along with 4 presumed Canada/Greylag hybrids. Male Stonechat on Wildlife Centre Creek. Also of note on site today: 2 Grey Herons, 5 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 74 Pochard, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Ringed Plovers, Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, c40 Redwings, c35 Goldfinches, c250 Starlings near Visitor Centre at dusk. The Wildlife Centre is currently having a refurbishment and is scheduled to be closed today (21st) and tomorrow (22nd). The Green-winged Teal could easily be seen today from the path on Wildlife Centre Creek.Dave Newcombe
22/10/2013Drake Green-winged Teal from Sheepwash Hide this morning, also juv Garganey there still but distant with Teal flock. Male Stonechat still in Wildlife Centre Creek on fence posts.All this morning.Roger Carrington
23/10/2013Drake Green-winged Teal still at the Wildlife Centre. Also the male Stonechat along WLC Creek on fence posts. Juv Garganey present all day to the right of Sheepwash Hide. 14 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 150 Canada Geese, 17 Greylag Geese, 8 Gadwall, Goldeneye, 2 redhead Goosanders, 255 Pochard, 3 Buzzards, 5 Snipe, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, c300 Lapwings, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Skylarks, 21 Meadow Pipits, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 125 Starlings. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
26/10/2013Green Winged Teal, Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank, Little Grebe.Wildlife Center and Stone Island this morning 8:00 - 10:00amEric Dewhurst
26/10/2013green winged tealin the area of the Paul Stanley hide at middaycolin penny
01/11/2013A half hour migration watch from the fields above Hopton end produced:
105 Wood Pigeon,46 Chaffinch,30 Starling,3+ Brambling and 1 Greenfinch also present up there Willow Tit and 20+ Pheasant.

5 Goldeneye at Sheepwash, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher.
No sign of GW Teal or Garganey, though visibility was poor.Dunlin and Snipe reported from Wildlife centre.Clive Ashton
04/11/2013All seen from Sheepwash and P.Stanley, unless stated. 3 Grey Herons, 14 Cormorants, Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 100 Pochard (site count), 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 204 Lapwings (site count), Redshank on Stones Island, 106 Common Gulls, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 GBB Gulls, Herring Gull, Grey Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipits on Stones Island, Kingfisher, 13 Bullfinch between Millfields and Sheepwash, Raven. .Dave Newcombe
05/11/2013Came across the Grey Phalarope at about 1.15 pm.Found the Phalarope looking from the footpath between sheepwash to the left & lane end to the right.about 200yards before the tower.Trevor West
06/11/2013Brutus the Yellow-legged Gull lived up to his reputation this afternoon when he attacked, killed and ate a 1st winter Black-headed Gull at Sheepwash. Pretty gruesome to watch! Clive disturbed a Sparrowhawk eating a Goldfinch outside Sheepwash Hide. 2 Grey Herons, 14 Cormorants, 2 Goldeneye, 81 Pochard. Green Sandpiper in front of Sheepwash Hide at 11.30hrs. Male Peregrine early morning then a female from Sheepwash early afternoon. Visible migration early morning produced 485 Wood Pigeons, 270 Starlings, 12 Fieldfares and 6 Redwings. 20+ Meadow Pipits on Dam Wall. 2 Kingfishers at Sheepwash. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
09/11/2013I'm not on site today but a Great Northern Diver is present. Presumably the returning bird. Per M.A.P..Dave Newcombe
10/11/2013Seen at Bird Feeding Station, past Visitor Centre Hide on Left along the bike path.I cannot ID this Bird. Its a little larger than a Blue Tit,With its beak slightly longer. Its much smaller than a Great Tit but was happy feeding with the two spices.Its colour is Black Andrew Wordsworth
11/11/2013WeBS for November :- Mute Swan 21,Canada Goose 7,Wigeon 96,Gadwall 4,Teal 173,Mallard 162,Pochard 101,Tufted Duck 265,Goldeneye 1,Great Northern Diver 1,Cormorant 18,Grey Heron 1,Little Grebe 7,Great Crested Grebe 31,Moorhen 3,Coot 1020,Lapwing 173,Redshank 1,Yellow-legged Gull 1,Kingfisher 1,Sparrowhawk 1,Buzzard 2.Also 2 skeins of Pink-footed Goose over between 08.00 amd 09.00 both going South-East. One of 170 and another of 60..Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
11/11/2013Adult Great Northern Diver seen from Sheepwash Hide, though distant. 2 Kittiwakes in the roost (adult and 1st w) RJL, DN, CA. Other notable birds: 2 Grey Herons, 14 Cormorants, 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 11 Goldeneye, male Sparrowhawk, 7 Snipe, Redshank, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, 1st w GBB Gull, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, c400 Starlings past Sheepwash in various sized flocks. .Dave Newcombe/Clive Ashton
13/11/2013Adult Great Northern Diver. Currently the best place to view the Diver is from Stones Island, although it can be seen from Sheepwash Hide, albeit distantly. 2 Grey Herons, 15 Cormorants, 2 Gadwall, 149 Pochard, 12 Goldeneye, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 267 Lapwings, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Herring Gull, 16 Collared Doves near Rangers Base, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff in Paul Stanley woods, 18 Blackbirds, Mistle Thrush, 34 Redwings, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Greenfinches, c250 Starlings. .Dave Newcombe
17/11/2013Grey PhalaropeI am a member of DOS and reported spotting to them but you may not have seen it. Myself and a friend were out sailing on the 19th and saw the bird down at the far about the same spot as reported. Being in a dingy we got within 30 ft of it and watched for about a minute. both of us independently looked it up on the internet and agreed it was a grey phalarope.Anthony Rae
22/11/201310:30am Jack SnipeOn right edge of small pool on WLC IslandDave Oulsnam
26/11/2013Adult Great northern Diver from sheepwash, also 5 Scaup there. 16 Goldeneye,7 Gadwall, 11 Siskin over Millfields and 2 Lesser Redpoll on Stones island.30+ Redwing and 15+ Blackbird behind WLC..Clive Ashton
29/11/20134 Bewick's Swans ( 2 adults, 2 young) - first sighted at 13.05h, they then left west at 13.15h, returning briefly. At dusk, they were in front of Sheepwash hide. Also, 1 Great Northern Diver. .Glyn Sellors and Richard Pittam
01/12/2013Birdwatching for beginners walk (this is purely a species list - no counts): Gt Northern Diver, Snipe, Gadwall, Pochard, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Coot, Gt Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Redshank, Lapwing, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Wren, Robin, Magpie, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit and DunnockTotal of five Snipe on Horseshoe IslandGary Atkins
04/12/2013At least 25 common snipe flushed from Horseshoe Island during ranger work.

Also, male peregrine, 1 redshank, 1 Great Northern Diver. 8 Greylag Goose
.James Owen
04/12/2013GN Diver, Common Scoter, YL Gull, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk also Wood Pigeons on the move 1050 heading east and north east between 09:30 and 10:15.Clive Ashton
16/12/2013Adult Great Northern Diver from Stones Island.
21 feral Barnacle Geese near Wildlife Centre.
At least 500 Lapwing on site.
Usual Yellow-legged Gull on Sheepwash Spit.
Gull roost from Sheepwash: 1500 Black-headed Gulls, 350 Common Gulls, 600 Lesser Black-backed and 2 Herring Gulls.
.Roger Carrington
16/12/2013WeBS count - Mute Swan 10,Canada Goose 110,Barnacle Goose 21,Wigeon 45,Gadwall 3,Teal 153,Mallard 160,Pochard 316,Tufted Duck 495,Goldeneye 14,Great Northern Diver 1,Little Grebe 1,Great Crested Grebe 23,Cormorant 15,Grey Heron 1,Moorhen 7,Coot 985,Lapwing 623,Green Sandpiper 1,Kingfisher 1.
Also Yellow-legged Gull on Sheepwash Spit and 2 Chiff Chaff outside Lane End Hide.
.Peter Gibbon and John Bradley
17/12/2013Great Northern Diver from Stones Island. 1 Redshank at Wildlife Centre. c10 Siskin at Millfields and c25 Goldfinch. 1 Kingfisher at Millfields..Neil Moulden
19/12/2013Gull roost this evening held an adult Mediterranean gull, 2 Yellow legged gulls and a leucistic Black headed gull with snow white upper parts..Clive Ashton
23/12/2013The adult Mediterranean gull in the roost again, along with 3 Yellow legged gulls..Clive Ashton
23/12/2013Adult Mediterranean Gull still from Sheepwash early morning only.
Adult Great Northern Diver still off Stones Island.
2 Redshank, drake Shoveler, still over 300 Pochard and 500 Lapwing on site, and 15 Cormorant and 2 Yellow-legged Gull on Sheepwash Spit.
.Roger Carrington
29/12/2013Now 2 Great northern Divers.
Also 2 Yellow legged gulls and Redshank.
.Clive Ashton

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