Monthly Notes from the Carsington Bird Club Recorders
Recorder: Rob Chadwick – firstname.lastname@example.org
|Current Bird Notes for 2022/23|
April 2022 BIRD NOTES
HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Osprey, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Sand Martin and Grasshopper Warbler
Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 16th unless dated otherwise. 12 Mute Swan 22nd, 30 Whooper Swan (flew West 08:30) 3rd,1 Pink-footed Goose 3rd, 7th, 10th, 25th and 30th, 45 Greylag Goose, 135 Canada Goose, 11 Barnacle Goose 10th and 11th, 6 Shelduck 25th, 2 Mandarin 30th,12 Wigeon 3rd, 27 Gadwall, 63 Mallard, 9 Teal 2nd, 3 Shoveler 10th, 66 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter 27th, 8 Goldeneye 9th, 1 Goosander 23rd, 1 Great Northern Diver present all month, 13 Little Grebe, 82 Great Crested Grebe 3rd, 2 Red-necked Grebes reported most days till month end, 26 Cormorant 11th, 2 Little Egret 7th and 18th, 1 Great White Egret 10th,8 Grey Heron, 10 Moorhen, 78 Coot, 1 Kingfisher 2nd, 3rd and 11th.
Raptor sightings included 3 Red Kite 3rd and 5th, 3 Sparrowhawk 8th, 8 Buzzards 8th, 1 Osprey 12th and 13th, 2 Kestrel 13th,15th, 16th and 20th, 1 Peregrine reported 6 dates within the month.
Thirteen species of waders through this month with 13 Oystercatcher 1st, 4 Little Ringed Plover 17th, 1 Ringed Plover reported on 11 dates within the month 2 Lapwing 29th, 1 Dunlin 12th and 28th, 4 Ruff 23rd, 6 Common Snipe 2nd, 1 Black-tailed Godwit 1st, 21st and 23rd, 3 Whimbrel flying North on the 22nd, 5 Curlew 9th, 12 Redshank 16th, 3 Greenshank 27th, 2 Common Sandpiper 28th.
Maximum Gull numbers were 1 Mediterranean Gull on 9 different dates, 9 Little Gull 11th, 1000 Black-headed Gull 17th, 10 Common Gull 14th and 22nd, 80 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 17th, 30 Herring Gulls 14th, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 18th, 2 Caspian Gull 30th, 10 Great black-backed Gulls 12th and 13th, and a single Kittiwake 3rd and 26th.
Terns have started to pass through with 2 Sandwich Terns 12th, 1 Common Tern 19th and 22nd, 5 Arctic Tern 29th, 2 Black Tern 14th.
Among other species were, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker reported on 10 dates, 3 Tawny Owl 9th, 1 Swift 29th, 5 Skylark 27th, 200 Sand Martin 13th and 100 reported on 5 different dates, 50 Swallow 27th, 10 House Martins 25th and 27th, 444 Meadow Pipit 8th, 2 Yellow Wagtail 26th, 3 Grey Wagtails 8th, 9th and 29th, 15 Pied Wagtail 8th, 5 Redstart 18th and 24th with males singing at various locations around the reservoir, 3 Wheatear (2 male 1 female ) 13th, 104 Blackbird with 42 singing 29th, 37 Song Thrush with 25 singing 29th, 32 redwing 2nd, 12 Mistle Thrush 29th, 1 Grasshopper Warbler 20th, 10 Sedge Warbler 25th and 29th, 2 Reed Warbler 26th one in WLC creek and one from Hopton reedbed, 5 Lesser Whitethroat all singing 29th, 1 Whitethroat 13th, 9 Garden Warbler 29th, 85 Blackcap 29th, 90 Chiffchaff 29th, 22 Willow Warbler 29th, 4 Pied Flycatcher 29th, 4 willow tit 30th.
Perimeter count conducted on 29th.
A total 117 species for this month compared to 99 in 2020, 118 in 2019, 117 in 2018, 124 in 2017.
March 2022 BIRD NOTES
HIGHLIGHTS: Scaup, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull and Blackcap
On 20TH WeBS count 23 species were recorded which helped towards an end of month total of 107 species being noted.
Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 20th unless dated otherwise. 15 Mute Swan 11th, 14 Whooper Swan (flew West) 7th,1 Pink-footed Goose 5th, 13th, 20th, 26th and 31st, 45 Greylag Goose 5th, 222 Canada Goose, 44 Barnacle Goose 1st, 8 Shelduck 4th, 2 Shoveler 31st, 38 Wigeon 22nd, 2 Pintail 8th, 22 Gadwall, 68 Mallard, 10 Teal, 3 Mandarin 15th, 2 Pochard 10th, 1 Scaup (female) 11th and 12th, 51 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter 4th and 20th,13 Goldeneye 4th, 1 Goosander, 1 Great Northern Diver present all month, 22 Little Grebe, 93 Great Crested Grebe 26th, 2 Red-necked Grebes reported most days till month end, 24 Cormorant 11th, 1 Little Egret 7th, 8th, 30th and 31st, 7 Grey Heron 29th, 1 Water Rail 11th and 18th, 14 Moorhen, 130 Coot, 1 Kingfisher 8 dates within the month including on the WeBS count.
Raptor sightings included 1 Osprey 21st, 10 Buzzards 19th, 4 Red Kite 6th, 2 Sparrowhawk on 9 dates within the month, 3 Kestrel 6th, 1 Merlin 29th, 1 Peregrine reported 6 dates within the month.
Eleven species of waders through this month with 12 Oystercatcher 12th, 2 Avocet 5th and a single 25th, 2 Little Ringed Plover on 7 dates within the month, 1 Ringed Plover 12th and 31st, 45 Lapwing 4th, 4 Dunlin 4th, 2 Woodcock 2nd, 1 Jack Snipe 21st, 15 Common Snipe 10th and 21st, 51 Curlew 7th, 8 Redshank reported on the Webs.
Maximum Gull numbers were 1 Mediterranean Gull 10th, 7000 Black-headed Gull 7th, 102 Herring Gulls 28th, 2 Yellow-legged Gull 30th, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 4th, 4 Great black-backed Gulls 24th, Common Gulls present most of the month.
Among other species were, 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker 29th, 2 Tawny Owl 2nd, 3 Skylark 24th, First Sand Martin 13th with 3 on 30th, 29 Meadow Pipit 31st, 4 Grey Wagtails 22nd and 29th, 44 Pied Wagtail 31st, 41 Dunnock of which 27 were singing 29th, 132 Robin with 101 singing also on 29th, 296 Fieldfare 19th, 350 Redwing 31st, 40 Song Thrush 29th, 14 Mistle Thrush 29th, first Blackcap 22nd, 148 Chiffchaff 29th, 5 Goldcrest 9th, 15 Long-tailed Tit 2nd, 7 Willow Tit 24th with a pair seen excavating a nest hole, 3 Coal Tit 4th, 5th and 15th, 5 Treecreeper 27th and 29th, 5 Jay 29th, 103 Carrion Crow 30th, 7 Raven 5th, 750 Starling 12th, 11 Tree Sparrow 7th, 28 Chaffinch 29th, 38 Goldfinch 29th, 8 Greenfinch 29th, 15 Siskin 5th, 10 Linnet 23rd, 3 Lesser Redpoll 1st, 12th and 22nd, 15 Bullfinch 29th, 9 Reed Bunting also 29th.
A total 107 species for this month compared to 95 in 2020, 100 in 2019, 102 in 2018, 110 in 2017 and 108 in 2016.
FEBRUARY 2022 BIRD NOTES
HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Mediterranean Gull and Turnstone
On 26TH WeBS count 27 species were recorded which helped towards an end of month total of 93 species being noted.
Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 26th unless dated otherwise. 13 Mute Swan 23rd, 170 Pink-footed Goose flew Northwest 10th, 41 Greylag Goose 11th, 133 Canada Goose, 45 Barnacle Goose 9th, 2 Shelduck 3rd, 50 Wigeon, 6 Pintail 6th, 148 Gadwall 7th, 157 Mallard, 205 Teal 7th, 21 Pochard 7th, 86 Tufted Duck 7th, 16 Goldeneye 16th, 2 Goosander 3rd and 15th, 1 Great Northern Diver present all month, 31 Little Grebe 7th, 65 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebes reported most days till month end, 20 Cormorant 7th and 12th, 2 Little Egret 6th, 3 Grey Heron 21st, 1 Water Rail 4th, 7th, 15th and 26th, 19 Moorhen 7th, 714 Coot 7th, 1 Kingfisher 7 dates within the month including on the WeBS count.
Raptor sightings included 10 Buzzards 7th and 26th, 5 Red Kite 3rd and 26th, 3 Sparrowhawk 8th and 22nd, 2 Kestrel 7th, 1 Merlin 4th and 6th, 1 Peregrine reported 7 dates within the month.
Seven species of waders through this month with 12 Oystercatcher 23rd,650 Lapwing 3rd, 5 Dunlin 25th and a single bird reported 16th, 52 Common Snipe 11th, 1 Turnstone 15th, 38 Curlew 27th, 5 Redshank reported on the Webs.
Maximum Gull numbers were 21 Herring Gulls 21st, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd, 22nd and 24th, 300 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 21st, 2 Great black-backed Gulls 8th, 2000 Common Gulls 1st, 1 Caspian Gull 6th, 1 Kittiwake 23rd, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull in summer plumage 21st.
Among other species were 3 Woodcock 12th, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker 27th, 4 Tawny Owl 12th, 12 Skylark 22nd, 30 Meadow Pipit 11th in Tail Bay below the dam wall, 4 Grey Wagtails 26th, 6 Pied Wagtail 6th, 370 Redwing 14th, 10 Song Thrush, 6 Mistle Thrush 4 Goldcrest 21st, 15 Long-tailed Tit 2nd, 5 Willow Tit 15th, 4 Coal Tit 5th, 4 Treecreeper, 3 Jay 14th, 70 Rook 1st, 8 Raven 8th, 200 Starling 23rd,10 Tree Sparrow 10th, 30 Goldfinch 5th and 8th, 5 Greenfinch 26th, 107 Siskin 5th, 3 Linnet 22nd, 5 Lesser Redpoll 9th, 5 Bullfinch 1st, 10th and 28th.
A total 93 species for this month compared to 93 in 2020, 92 in 2019, 87 in 2018 (no Birdnotes for 2021).
JANUARY 2022 BIRD NOTES
HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Grebe and Bewick’s Swans
The return on the 6th of the Great Northern Diver was welcomed by all, making this 17 consecutive years that we have enjoyed this visitor.
On 23rd WeBS count 26 species were recorded which helped towards an end of month total of 100 species being noted.
Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 23rd unless dated otherwise. 16 Mute Swan 5th and 12th, 13 Bewick’s Swan 14th (12 adults and 1 juvenile), 18 Whooper Swan 22nd, 140 Pink-footed Goose 4th, 350 Greylag 18th, 500 Canada Goose 18th, 49 Barnacle Goose 21st, 3 Shelduck 29th, 1 Shoveler 13th, 15th, 26th and 29th, 227 Wigeon 12th , 4 Pintail 5th, and 7 other dates within the month, 159 Gadwall 12th a record number for this site, 186 Mallard 12th, 554 Teal, 46 Pochard 2nd, 213 Tufted Duck 12th, 13 Goldeneye (5 male and 8 female), 6 Goosander 15th and 24th, 1 Great Northern Diver 6th till month end, 42 Little Grebe, 108 Great Crested Grebe another site record, 2 Red-necked Grebes present all month, 30 Cormorant all month, 2 Little Egret 9th and 26th, 1 Great White Egret 10th, 3 Grey Heron 18th, 20th and 21st, 2 Water Rail, 23 Moorhen, 1195 Coot 5th, 2 Kingfisher 10th.
Raptor sightings included 7 Buzzards 20th, 4 Red Kite 4th, 29th and 31st, 3 Sparrowhawk 13th, 20th and 22nd, 1 Kestrel on 5 occasions, 2 Peregrine 7th and 31st.
Six species of waders through this month with 1034 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher 29th, 42 Common Snipe, 2 Redshank reported all month, 1 Black-tailed Godwit 5th to 13th, 3 Curlew 15th, 21st and 22nd.
Maximum Gull numbers were 10000 Black-headed Gulls 14th, 13 Herring Gulls 29th, 2 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd and 24th, 200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 14th, 2 Great black-backed Gulls 9th, 10th and 27th, 1300 Common Gulls, 1 Caspian Gull 5th, 1 Kittiwake 6th and 7th.
Among other species were 2 Woodcock 1st and 4th it is believed that there could be up to 9 birds in 6 different locations this month, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker 15th, 3 Tawny Owl 1st, 1 Skylark present, 6 Meadow Pipit 20th, 3 Grey Wagtails 1st,3rd and 12th, 20 Blackbird 20th, 50 Fieldfare 4th and 29th, 200 Redwing 3rd, 4 Mistle Thrush 2nd , 5th and 29th, 3 Goldcrest 29th, 6 Willow Tit 10th, 1000 Jackdaw 10th,11 Tree Sparrow 15th and 22nd, 30 Goldfinch 30th, 4 Greenfinch 26th, 200 Siskin 25th including a single flock of 150 over the Wildlife Centre creek, 12 Lesser Redpoll 21st, 8 Bullfinch 19th.
A high 100 species for January is the best on record compared to 91 in 2019, 97 in 2018, 91 in 2017 (no reports for 2021 due to lockdown).
Recorder: Robert Chadwick: email@example.com
December 2021 BIRD NOTES
HIGHLIGHTS: Whooper Swans, Smew, Kittiwake, Red-necked Grebe and calling Tawny Owls
Sadly the Great Northern Diver failed to appear after a run of over wintering birds running back till 1998/99 with the only exception of a no show in the winter 2004/05. Hopefully they will return next year.
On 22nd WeBS count 33 species were recorded which helped towards an end of month total of 97 species being noted.
Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 22nd unless dated otherwise. 27 Mute Swan 7th and 11th, 13 Whooper Swan, 46 Pink-footed Goose, 65 Greylag 30th, 300 Canada Goose 9th, 18 Barnacle Goose 22nd, 2 Shelduck 21st, 11 Shoveler 26th, 270 Wigeon, 3 Pintail 2nd and 7 other dates within the month, 145 Gadwall, 274 Mallard 11th, 475 Teal 11th, 46 Pochard 11th, 205 Tufted Duck, 12 Goldeneye 2nd, 1 Smew (female) 9th seen for around 50 minutes the first since 2011, 7 Goosander 24th, 39 Little Grebe, 74 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebes 22nd and 25th then 1 seen most days till the end of the month, 32 Cormorant 31st, 2 Little Egret 4th, 5th and 9th, 2 Grey Heron 12th and 22nd, 1 Water Rail 3rd, 23 Moorhen 2nd and 22nd, 1268 Coot, 2 Kingfisher 26th.
Raptor sightings included 7 Buzzards 8th, 3 Red Kite 8th, 4 Sparrowhawk 2nd, 2 Kestrel 9th, 1 Peregrine 1st, 8th and 29th.
Six species of waders through this month with 750 Lapwing 29th with a steady increase in numbers all month, 1 Ruff seen from the 1st to the 21st, 1 Dunlin 11th the only report this month, single Jack Snipe 11th, 22 Common Snipe 31st and 5 reported 29th and 30th, 4 Redshank 2nd and 3 28th, singles reported most days.
Maximum Gull numbers were 10000 Black-headed Gulls (Roost count), 9 Herring Gulls 8th, 3 Yellow-legged Gull 31st, 1000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 3rd (roost count), 2 Great black-backed Gulls 3rd, 10th, 29th and 30th, 1500 Common Gulls (roost count), 1 Caspian Gull 22nd and 25th, an adult Kittiwake flew around the reservoir 7th.
Among other species were 3 Woodcock 2nd, 7th,18th and 22nd, 2 Green Woodpecker 9th, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker 9th, 3 Tawny Owl 2nd, 7th and 22nd heard calling, 2 Skylark 7th, 12th and 28th, 6 Meadow Pipit 9th, 4 Grey Wagtails 2nd, 30 Blackbird 2nd, 6 Fieldfare 5th, 600 Redwing 1st , (mainly in two large flocks), 4 Mistle Thrush 1st, 1 Chiffchaff 5th, 3 Goldcrest 1st, up to 5 Willow Tit most days, 1400 Jackdaw 4th and 5th post-roost, 7 Tree Sparrow 1st, 1 Brambling 26th and 29th, 15 Goldfinch 4th, 6 Greenfinch 10th, 100 Siskin 24th, 1 Linnet 21st, 20 Lesser Redpoll 31st, 11 Bullfinch 8th, 1 Yellowhammer 9th over Stones Island and 24th.
A high 97 species for December is the best since 2006 compared to 93 in 2020, 93 in 2019, 87 in 2018, 92 in 2017.
Recorder: Robert Chadwick: firstname.lastname@example.org