Chard reservoir sign

2003 sightings Swallow


December 31st 2003

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal present
  • Shoveler 7
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

December 29th 2003

  • Little Egret 7
  • Teal 110
  • Shoveler 7
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

December 27th 2003 Saturday

The record count of Egrets beaten so soon.

  • Great Crested Grebe 51
  • Little Egret 16
  • Teal 138
  • Shoveler 5
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Canada Goose 19
  • Chiffchaff 1 heard
 

December 26th 2003 Boxing Day

  • Cormorant 28
  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 144
  • Shoveler 5
  • Pochard 1
  • Common Gull 2
  • Great Black-backed Gull 1 adult
  • Kingfisher 1
 

December 25th 2003 Christmas Day

A record count of Little Egrets

  • Little Egret 14
  • Teal 156
  • Shoveler 4
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted duck 2
  • Water Rail 1
  • Common Gull 8
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 3
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Mistle Thrush 1 in song
 

December 21st 2003 Sunday

  • Great Crested Grebe 45
  • Cormorant 26
  • Little Egret 8
  • Teal 169
  • Shoveler 12
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted duck 5
  • Kingfisher 1
Little Egret 21st December 2003

December 19th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 39
  • Little Egret 9
  • Wigeon 8
  • Teal 100+
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 12
 

December 18th 2003

  • Little Egret 8
 

December 17th 2003

I remember being so excited many years ago at the prospect of seeing a single Little Egret in this country. The scene below at lunchtime today is just after one Little Egret had flown off.

  • Little Egret 8
 

December 13th 2003 Saturday

  • Little Egret 4
  • Cormorant 27
  • Teal 126+
  • Shoveler 8
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Black Headed Gull 625
  • Kingfisher 1
 

December 12th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 41
  • Little Egret 4
  • Teal 130
  • Shoveler 7
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Common Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

December 9th 2003

  • Teal 120
  • Pochard 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

December 8th 2003

  • Teal 50+
  • Shoveler 8
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Kingfisher 1
 

December 6th 2003 Saturday

The Lapwing landed thanks to a low water level. They usually fly over (if seen at all).

  • Great Crested Grebe 52
  • Teal 104
  • Shoveler 21
  • Wigeon 5
  • Goldeneye 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Lapwing 48
  • Black Headed Gull 530
 

December 5th 2003

  • Little Egret 6
  • Teal 76
  • Shoveler 6
  • Pochard 4
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Black Headed Gull 530
 

November 30th 2003

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal c.50
  • Shoveler 14
 

November 29th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 52
  • Cormorant 24
  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 80+
  • Shoveler 7
  • Marsh Tit 2
 

November 28th 2003

  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 70+
  • Shoveler 9
  • Snipe 2
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 1 adult
 

November 27th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 48
  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 80+
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Wigeon 3
  • Shoveler 14
  • Water Rail 1 (North reedbed)
  • Common Gull 1
  • Siskin 1
 

November 24th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 43
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Cormorant 25
  • Teal 54
  • Wigeon 1 pair
  • Shoveler 12
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Goldeneye 1
  • Common Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

November 23rd 2003

  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 85
  • Shoveler 16
  • Herring Gull 75
  • Common Gull 2
  • Snipe 3+
  • Kingfisher 1
 

November 21st 2003

The Water Rail was seen at the Duck feeding area

  • Cormorant 25
  • Teal 53
  • Shoveler
  • Snipe 7
  • Water Rail 1
 

 

November 19th 2003

  • Cormorant 16
  • Little Egret 4
  • Fulvous Whistling Duck 1
  • Teal 42
  • Shoveler 14
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
Fulvous Whistling Duck -  Although this is not a very brightly coloured duck, it is certainly exotic and stands out from the crowd, literally, with its long legs and long neck. Its natural habitat is South Africa, South America or Asia. This bird is reasonably tame and must be presumed to have escaped from a collection.

November 18th 2003

  • Cormorant 23
  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 54
  • Shoveler 12
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 1
 

November 16th 2003 Sunday

A Somerset Ornithological Society day out probably should have attracted more than 4 people but I can't complain as I was in Wales myself. Dave Helliar did the honours. In all 51 species were recorded, but surprisingly no Kingfisher was seen or heard today!

  • Great Crested Grebe 47
  • Cormorant 17
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Fulvous Whistling Duck 1 Adult calling alot !
  • Mallard c.280
  • Teal 73
  • Shoveler 14
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Pochard 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 2
  • Coot 5
  • Lapwing 1 over
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker pair +2
  • Jay 2+
  • Siskin 3
  • Redpoll 1 over
  • Reed Bunting 1 heard in South Reedbed

November 14th 2003

Very windy today. I was hopeful that something unusual would be blown in. The number of gulls increased during the day and that may be because the res is better sheltered than some places. Strangely, although the number of Common Gulls has been relatively high lately (5 at lunchtime today, more in recent days), there was only one left this evening when the Black Headed Gulls reached their peak. The Little Egrets are congregating in the evenings, but flying off before dark. There were 4 present even at lunchtime today. The Great Crested Grebe count was particularly good today when you consider the size of this reservoir. The Mute Swans were seen to leave early this morning, so that may be the last we see of these two.

  • Great Crested Grebe 45
  • Cormorant 17
  • Little Egret 7
  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Teal 70
  • Shoveler 17
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Black Headed Gull c1500
  • Common Gull 5
  • Kingfisher 1


November 13th 2003

  • Cormorant 16
  • Little Egret 7
  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Teal 35
  • Shoveler 5
  • Pochard 1
  • Common Gull 6
 

November 12th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 36+
  • Cormorant 10
  • Little Egret 5
  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Teal 43
  • Shoveler 6+
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Pochard 1
  • Common Gull 7
 

November 10th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 35+
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 58
  • Shoveler 12+
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Pochard 1
  • Common Gull 6
  • Kingfisher 1

November 9th 2003

  • Teal 76
  • Shoveler 7
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Common Gull 8
 

November 7th 2003

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 64
  • Shoveler 5
  • Common Gull 6
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Siskin 1

November 6th 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 54
  • Shoveler 6
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

November 5th 2003

The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was near the hide and associating with a party of tits (mainly Long-tailed Tit and Blue Tit) and Treecreeper.

  • Great Crested Grebe 44
  • Little Egret 4
  • Teal 33
  • Shoveler 15
  • Pintail 8
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Pochard 1
  • Common Gull 6
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Bullfinch 3

A record count of 8 Pintail.


November 4th 2003

  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 35
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Gull 5
 

November 3rd 2003

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 49
  • Shoveler 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4
  • Kingfisher 1

November 2nd 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 42
  • Teal 39
  • Shoveler 1
  • Water Rail 1
  • Common Gull 8
  • Black Headed Gull c.500
  • Herring Gull 46
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Jay 3+
 

October 31st 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 26
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Water Rail 2
 

October 28th 2003

  • Teal 40
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Common Gull 5
  • Kingfisher 1
Common Gull

October 27th 2003

  • Teal 63
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Sparrowhawk 1
 

October 25th 2003 Saturday

  • Teal 60
  • Shoveler 3
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Snipe 1
  • Common Gull 10
  • Black Headed Gull 450
  • Grey Wagtail 2
 

October 24th 2003

  • Teal 30+
  • Shoveler 11
  • Gadwall 1 male
  • Wigeon 7
  • Pochard 2
  • Common Gull 15
  • Kingfisher 2
 

October 23rd 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 39
  • Shoveler 3
  • Wigeon 7
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2 adults
 

October 21st 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 26
  • Cormorant 10
  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 30
  • Shoveler 2
  • Goldeneye 1
  • Common Gull 15
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

October 20th 2003

  • Teal 16
  • Wigeon 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Snipe 1
  • Herring Gull 136
  • Common Gull 10
 

October 18th 2003

  • Cormorant 9
  • Teal 20
  • Shoveler 5
  • Gadwall pair
  • Snipe 2
 

October 17th 2003

  • Teal 28
  • Shoveler 4
  • Common Gull 3
 

October 16th 2003

  • Teal 18
  • Shoveler 8
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Snipe 4
 

October 15th 2003

If all the Grebes' wings are like this no wonder they are staying around. The 5 Pochard arrived late evening and included 2 good males.

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Little Egret 1 flew over
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Shoveler 5
  • Teal 18
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Pochard 5
  • Snipe 6
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 3
  • Meadow Pipit heard

October 14th 2003

The winter thrushes are arriving from Scandinavia. Redwing can be heard now especially at night and parties of Fieldfare have been seen in the area. Also there are more Blackbirds than usual, their numbers boosted by migrants from the north. Wigeon have arrived and the duck numbers have increased in the last few days giving a real autumn feel to the place.

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Shoveler 6
  • Teal 39
  • Wigeon 18
  • Common Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Redwing heard
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

October 13th 2003

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 14
  • Wigeon 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
 

October 12th 2003 Sunday

A dull day after yesterday's bright weather, but all those geese honking and the Kingfisher and Ducks brightened the place up.

  • Canada Goose 103
  • Shoveler 5
  • Teal 9
  • Buzzard 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 2
3 of the 5 Shoveler at the res today

October 11th 2003 Saturday

  • Shoveler 1
  • Snipe 4
 

October 10th 2003

Also a fox reported asleep in an old grebe nest.

  • Teal 8
  • Mandarin Duck Pair
  • Snipe 1
  • Common Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 2
  • Kingfisher 1+
 

October 9th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Canada Goose 42
  • Teal 7
  • Mallard 270+
  • Mandarin Duck Pair
  • Coot 5
  • Swallow 3

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October 8th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Canada Goose 82
  • Teal 15
  • Shoveler 5
  • Mandarin Duck Pair
  • Snipe 2
 

October 3rd 2003

  • Snipe 4
  • Common Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

October 2nd 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Herring Gull 58 inc 28imm
 

October 1st 2003

  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Snipe 4
  • Kingfisher 2
 

September 30th 2003

  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 5
  • Stock Dove 1
 

September 29th 2003

  • Teal 9
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Goldcrest influx
 

September 28th 2003 Sunday

  • Teal 5
  • Shoveler 3
  • Snipe 4
  • Grey Wagtail 4
 

September 27th 2003 Saturday

  • Snipe 4
 

September 26th 2003

  • Shoveler 3
 

September 25th 2003

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Canada Goose 102
 

September 22nd 2003

  • Shoveler 3
  • Teal 11
  • Common Sandpiper 2
 

September 21st 2003 Sunday

  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Shoveler 3+
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Green Sandpiper heard
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

September 20th 2003 Saturday

  • Shoveler 6
 

September 19th 2003

  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 3
 

September 17th 2003

Also a Roe Deer seen on the shore today

  • Teal 5
  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

September 16th 2003

  • Teal 5
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Green Sandpiper (heard)
  • Tawny Owl heard
  • Grey Wagtail 2
  • Blue Budgie !!
 

September 15th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 37
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • House Martin 15
 

September 14th 2003

  • Teal 6
  • Shoveler 3
 

September 13th 2003

  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 12
 

September 12th 2003

Also a Roe Deer seen on the shore today

  • Teal 4
  • Shoveler 2
  • Snipe 2
  • Swallow/House Martin 100+
 

September 11th 2003

  • Cormorant 10
  • Teal 6
  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

September 10th 2003

  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 3
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

September 9th 2003

Dave Helliar reports that he released an adult Herring Gull that had become caught up in a carrier bag and snagged on a log.

  • Teal 6
  • Shoveler 5
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 2
  • Kingfisher 2
 

September 7th 2003

  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

September 2nd 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Cormorant 8
  • Pochard 1
  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 11
 

September 1st 2003

  • Herring Gull 78
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2 adults
  • Tufted Duck 8
 

August 30th 2003

  • Common Tern 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

August 29th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 39 inc 6 large young
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Shoveler 1
 

August 28th 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Teal 5
  • Shoveler 3
 

August 27th 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Teal 4
 

August 25th 2003 Bank Holiday

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1+
 

August 24th 2003 Sunday

  • Great Crested Grebe c.40
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Teal 2
  • Greenshank 1
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 1+
 

August 23rd 2003 Saturday

  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Moorhen 11
  • Kingfisher 2
 

August 22nd 2003

  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Green Sandpiper 1
 

August 21st 2003

Also fox and Roe Deer seen on the shore

  • Little Egret 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
 

August 20th 2003

  • Teal 3
  • Common Sandpiper 7
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

August 19th 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

August 18th 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 7
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 3
 

August 17th 2003 Sunday

  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Common Tern 1
 

August 16th 2003 Saturday

One of the large Carp had to be freed from some discarded or broken fishing line in front of the hide.

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

August 14th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 41 inc new chick
  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Common Sandpiper 1+
  • Green Sandpiper 4
  • Kingfisher 2
 

August 13th 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 2
 

August 11th 2003

One fox seen on the shore

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4
 

August 10th 2003 Sunday

  • Grey Heron 5
  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Spotted Flycatcher family party near car park
 

August 9th 2003 Saturday

  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

August 8th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 24
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Common Sandpiper 3+
 

August 7th 2003

  • Green Sandpiper 3
 

August 6th 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 7
  • Herring Gull 16 juv
  • Kingfisher 2+
 

August 5th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 27
  • Cormorant 22
  • Grey Heron 7
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Common Sandpiper 4
 

August 4th 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
 

August 1st 2003

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2
 

July 31st 2003

  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 6
 

July 27th 2003

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Kingfisher 3
 

July 25th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 38+
  • Cormorant 6
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Kingfisher 1
 

July 23rd 2003

  • Spotted Flycatcher family party
 

July 22nd 2003

Possible Mediterranean Gull reported on the board

  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Canada Goose 7
  • Mute Swan 2
 

July 21st 2003

  • Cormorant 5
  • Black Headed Gull 50
  • Kingfisher 1
 

July 20th 2003

  • Canada Goose 31
  • Hybrid Goose (Dark Body, white patch on head like Barnacle?)
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Kingfisher 1
 

July 19th 2003

The 38 Great Crested Grebe includes 8 large juveniles and 2 new chicks plus adult on nest. Where do these large juvs come from?

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Moorhen 3 new chicks
  • Black Headed Gull 33
 

July 15th 2003

  • Canada Goose 15
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black backed Gull 3
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

July 13th 2003

  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

July 7th 2003

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Canada Goose 15
  • Mute Swan 2
 

July 2nd 2003

  • Kingfisher 1
 

June 30th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe adult on nest
 

June 27th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 15 ad 5 young
  • Black Headed Gull 3
 

June 24th 2003

Spotted Flycatcher pairs seen at both ends of reservoir

  • Spotted Flycatcher 2 pairs
 

June 23rd 2003

The main website cannot be updated at present, so this backup is a bit sketchy. However, it is really very quiet at this time of year and the list below is typical for a day in June. There are only 2 young grebes left out of about 10 hatched, but these 2 are doing well.

  • Great Crested Grebe 6 ad 2 young
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 12
  • Tufted duck 1 pair
  • Swallow/Martin c.20
 

June 22nd 2003

Little Tern seen late in heavy rain by Dave Helliar. The first record for the Res!

  • Little Tern 1
 

June 13th 2003

  • Reed Warbler 4 singing
 

June 5th 2003

The footpaths are being improved and access is restricted this weekend while the final top layer is added. You may find the hide locked, but it's pretty quiet anyway right now.

  • Great Crested Grebe present with young
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2
 

May 29th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe present with young
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Tufted Duck 2 pairs
  • Mute Swan 2
 

May 24th 2003

The 2nd Great Crested Grebe nest was successful, in fact so were 2 others giving 4 pairs that have raised about 10 young between them. The first pair with their 3 young can be seen close to the hide.

  • Great Crested Grebe 4 pairs with young
  • Tufted Duck 2 pairs
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 pairs
  • Reed Warbler 3
 

May 20th 2003

Kestrels are not unusual, but are more often seen over the surrounding fields. The 3 Great Crested Grebe chicks are thriving but I have not yet seen evidence that a second now abandoned nest produced any young.

  • Great Crested Grebe 3 chicks
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • House Martin 50
  • Swallow 20
  • Kestrel 1 over the reservoir
 

May 14th 2003

Another Red Kite was seen just a few miles North West of Chard today

May 10th 2003

A Red Kite was seen just a few miles South East of Chard today

May 7th 2003

  • Spotted Flycatcher
 

May 6th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 3 chicks
 

May 5th 2003

  • Little Egret 1
 

May 2nd 2003

  • Hobby 1
 

May 1st 2003

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Swallow 50
  • House Martin 50
  • Sand Martin 2
 

April 30th 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Swallow 100
  • House Martin 50
  • Sand Martin 1
  • Swift 2
  • Reed Warbler 1

April 23rd 2003

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Swallow 20
  • Sand Martin 3
 

April 16th 2003

No Swallows again over the reservoir although some seen locally.

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Buzzard 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

April 15th 2003

No Swallows today over the reservoir although some seen locally.

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

April 11th 2003

No Swallows today.

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Coot 6
 

April 10th 2003

These Swallows are the first hirundines that I have seen this spring. Some Sand Martins were reported on 2nd April, but none since. Last year Sand Martins were first seen on 17th March and on 19th March in 2001 with regular sightings thereafter.

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Lapwing 2 flew over
  • Swallow 10
Swallow

April 7th 2003

  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Coot 10+
 

April 5th 2003 Saturday

  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 6
 

April 4th 2003

Another in a series of sunny spring days. Brimstone butterflies in the meadows and 8 singing Chiffchaffs.

  • Great Crested Grebe nest building
  • Buzzard 4
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 8
buzzard

April 3rd 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 4
 

April 2nd 2003

First Sand Martins reported, numbers unknown

  • Sand Martin
 

March 30th 2003 Sunday

  • Blackcap 1
 

March 28th 2003

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1 male
  • Chiffchaff 3 singing
  • Willow Warbler 1
 

March 24th 2003

  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing
  • Willow Warbler 2
 

March 23rd 2003 Sunday

Watching out for Sand Martins, but none seen yet. The Little Egrets congregated to roost.

  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 7
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Grey Wagtail 1 singing
 

5 Little Egrets to roost


March 21st 2003

  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

March 19th 2003

Yet another warm spring day.

  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

March 17th 2003

Another warm spring day.

  • Cormorant 4
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing
  • Buzzard 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Bullfinch 2
  • Siskin heard
 

March 16th 2003

A good warm spring day. It's that time of year when you hear Redwings calling at the same time as the first Chiffchaff singing.

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Redwing calls heard
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Bullfinch 4
Marsh TitMarsh Tit at the feeding station

March 13th 2003

  • Little Egret 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
 

March 10th 2003

  • Cormorant 13
  • Little Egret 2
  • Tufted Duck 9
 

March 6th 2003

  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Tufted duck 8
  • Teal 2
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 6
  • Bullfinch 4
 

March 2nd 2003

Plenty of food at the feeding station today brought all the regular woodland birds out on show.

  • Great Crested Grebe 19
  • Cormorant 11
  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted duck 5
  • Teal 1
  • Siskin 2
Coal Tit

February 23rd 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 20
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Shelduck 1
  • Tufted duck 17
  • Teal 40
  • Reed Bunting 3
Heron

February 18th 2003

Some water frozen around the edges today.

  • Little Egret 1
  • Shelduck 1
  • Tufted duck 7
  • Teal 100
 

February 17th 2003

  • Cormorant 10
  • Shelduck 1
  • Tufted duck 4
  • Teal 50
 

February 15th 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Shelduck 2
  • Pochard 1
  • Teal 100
  • Tufted Duck 4
Shelduck

February 13th 2003

  • Shelduck 2
  • Tufted duck 7
  • Teal 40
  • Pied Wagtail 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

February 10th 2003

  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 40
 

February 9th 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Teal 83
  • Grey Wagtail 1
Teal and a single Mallard

February 7th 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Pochard 1
  • Teal 100
 

February 6th 2003

  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Pochard 1
  • Teal 30+
  • Reed Bunting 2
 

February 3rd 2003

  • Cormorant 7
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 80+
 

January 30th 2003

A cold northerly wind today with snow on local hills in the morning.

  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Teal 45
 

January 27th 2003

  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted duck 2
  • Teal 14
  • Grey Wagtail 2
 

January 26th 2003 Sunday

  • Little Egret 3
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted duck 13
  • Water Rail 1
 

January 25th 2003 Saturday

  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Tufted duck 13
  • Teal present
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

January 24th 2003

The Little Egrets are arriving to roost at dusk

  • Little Egret 6
  • Teal 60
 

January 23rd 2003

  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Teal 40
  • Pochard 2
 

January 22nd 2003

  • Little Egret 5
  • Teal 10
  • Pochard 5
 

January 21st 2003

  • Little Egret 6
  • Water Rail 1
 

January 20th 2003

  • Little Egret 5
 

January 19th 2003 Sunday

The Bittern was seen at dusk flying out across the water and back into the south reedbed.

  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Bittern 1
  • Black Headed Gull 160
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

January 17th 2003

  • Little Egret 6
  • Teal 90
  • Water Rail heard
  • Common Gull 5
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

January 16th 2003

  • Cormorant 20
  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 90
  • Canada Goose 27
  • Grey Wagtail 2
 

January 15th 2003

  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 115
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Wigeon 1
 

January 13th 2003

  • Little Egret 5
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 100
  • Pochard 4
 

January 12th 2003 Sunday

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal present
  • Shoveler 3
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Snipe 2
  • Siskin 8+
  • Raven 1 heard
 

January 11th 2003 Saturday

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 128
  • Shoveler 2
  • Snipe 5
  • Lapwing 1 flew over
  • Redshank 1
  • Little Gull 1
  • Common Gull 10
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Sparrowhawk 1
 

January 10th 2003

  • Teal 125
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 5
 

January 9th 2003

  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 81
  • Shoveler 4
 

January 6th 2003

  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Teal 37
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Water Rail heard
  • Grey Wagtail 2
 

January 3rd 2003

  • Cormorant 10
  • Teal 4
  • Coot 11
  • Herring Gull 97
  • Black Headed Gull 500+
 

January 1st 2003

  • Great Crested Grebe 29
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Water Rail 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

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