Chard reservoir sign

2006 sightings

December 31st 2006

  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Common Gull 3
  • Coal Tit 2 males in song

 


December 27th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 42
  • Teal 2
  • Black Headed Gull 1100
  • Herring Gull 79
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 6
  • Common Gull 3

 


December 26th 2006

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming

 


December 25th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 35
  • Coot 14
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 3
  • Nuthatch 1
  • Treecreeper 5
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Bullfinch 2
  • Roe Deer 3
  • Grey Squirrel 20

 


December 18th 2006

  • Snipe 2

 


December 17th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Common Gull 3

 


December 13th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 35
  • Cormorant 16
  • Mallard 221
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 4

 


December 12th 2006

  • Cormorant 13
  • Teal 2
  • Coot 10
  • Common Gull 2

 


December 10th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 29
  • Mute Swan 2 adults
  • Shoveler 1 pair

 


December 8th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 9

 


December 6th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 27
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 2
  • Black Headed Gull 570
  • Herring Gull 59
  • Common Gull 8
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 18

 


November 30th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 34
  • Little Egret 4
  • Wigeon 2
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Redwing 40+ at dusk

 


November 29th 2006

  • Wigeon 2

 


November 28th 2006

  • Teal 3

 


November 24th 2006

  • Teal 15

 


November 23rd 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 45
  • Teal 7
  • Reed Bunting 1 heard

 


November 21st 2006

  • Little Egret 2
  • Shoveler 2
  • Wigeon 2
 

November 20th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Shoveler 2
  • Wigeon 2
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Common Gull 4
  • Jay 2

Jay in the meadow

A Jay shows off all its colours


November 18th 2006

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Shoveler 2
  • Teal 7
  • Wigeon 2
  • Common Gull 3
 

November 17th 2006

  • Shoveler 10
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Kingfisher 1
 

November 16th 2006

  • Shoveler 5
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1

Carp Jumping

This one is far too big for the Kingfisher

November 15th 2006

  • Teal 12

 


November 14th 2006

  • Shoveler 5
  • Wigeon 2
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 7

 


November 13th 2006

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Wigeon 2
  • Teal 10
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 1

 


November 12th 2006

  • Cormorant 23
  • Little Egret 1
  • Shoveler 2
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Black Headed Gull 700
  • Herring Gull 160
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 11
  • Common Gull 8

Autumn colours and Gulls


November 10th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 40
  • Shoveler 7
  • Wigeon 2
  • Teal 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


November 9th 2006

Black Tailed GodwitLittle Egret

Black Tailed Godwit and a Little Egret present at lunchtime. Later 4 Shoveler, 1 Green Sandpiper and a Reed Bunting

November 8th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 37
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Moorhen 29
  • Snipe 3
  • Green Sandpiper 3
  • Common Gull 2

 


November 7th 2006

  • FOG

 


November 6th 2006

  • Shoveler 2
  • Green Sandpiper 2

 


November 3rd 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 32
  • Little Egret 4
  • Canada Goose c.95
  • Shoveler 2
  • Goldeneye 1
  • Tufted Duck 10

 


November 2nd 2006

  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Shoveler 2

 


November 1st 2006

  • Teal 3
  • Black Headed Gull 240
  • Herring Gull 130
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2
  • Common Gull 1

 


October 30th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Teal 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Pheasant 1
  • Kingfisher 1

Great Crested Grebe


October 29th 2006

  • Snipe 1

 


October 28th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Moorhen 19

 


October 25th 2006

  • Kingfisher 2
  • Redwing c.50 to SW

 


October 25th 2006

  • Teal 5

 


October 24th 2006

  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Kingfisher 2

 


October 22nd 2006

  • Teal 4
  • Snipe 1
  • Sparrowhawk 3
  • Kingfisher 2

 


October 21st 2006

  • Teal 15
  • Snipe 2

 


October 20th 2006

  • Teal 10
  • Green Sandpiper 2

 


October 19th 2006

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Canada Goose 9
  • Shoveler 1
  • Teal 5
  • Tifted Duck 10
  • Buzzard 1
  • Pheasant 1 on shore
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

    It's a good time to look out for fungi now.


 


October 18th 2006

  • Teal 3
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


October 16th 2006

  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 2

 


October 13th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 28
  • Shoveler 1
  • Grey Wagtail 3+

 


October 12th 2006

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Mute Swan 1

 


October 11th 2006

  • Canada Goose 16
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


October 10th 2006

  • Little Egret 4
  • Green Sandpiper 2

 


October 9th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Snipe 3
  • Common Tern 2

 


October 7th 2006

  • Teal 1
  • Jay 2

 


October 6th 2006

  • Canada Goose 9
  • Green Sandpiper 3
  • Kingfisher 2

 


October 4th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 24
  • Little Egret 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Pied Wagtail 16 overhead

 


October 3rd 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 22
  • Teal 5
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


October 2nd 2006

  • Little Egret 3

 


October 1st 2006

  • Green Sandpiper 3

 


September 30th 2006

  • Green Sandpiper 2

 


September 29th 2006

  • Teal 4
  • Green Sandpiper 3
  • Snipe 2

 


September 28th 2006

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Arctic Tern 1

 


September 27th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Arctic Tern 1

 


September 25th 2006

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Wigeon 3
  • Teal 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


September 23rd 2006

  • Wigeon 3
  • House Martin 200+
  • Swallow - a few amongst the House Martins

 


September 22nd 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Wigeon 3
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Common Tern 1
  • Black Tern 1

 


September 21st 2006

  • Snipe 1
  • Common Tern 1

 


September 20th 2006

  • Wigeon 2
  • Common Tern 1

 


September 19th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 1 imm
  • Teal 2
  • Kingfisher 2

 


September 15th 2006

  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Herring Gull 51

 


September 14th 2006

  • Greeen Sandpiper 2

 


September 13th 2006

  • Cormorant 8
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 6

 

 


September 12th 2006

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 4
  • Kingfisher 1

 

 


September 11th 2006

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Common Tern 2
  • Kingfisher 1

 


September 4th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 20
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser-black Backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 3

 

 


September 3rd 2006

  • Little Egret 7
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Dunlin 1

 

 


September 2nd 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 22
  • Little Egret 7
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Green Sandpiper 3
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Dunlin 1
  • Sand Martin 7+
  • House Martin 3
  • Swallow c.60
  • Reed Warbler 2

 

Also recorded was a Hornet


September 1st 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 19
  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Green Sandpiper 3
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Dunlin 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 

 


August 31st 2006

  • Great Creted Grebe 22
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 3
  • Dunlin 1

 

 


August 30th 2006

  • Dunlin 1 juvenile

This bird has been hiding up by Jim's Field and is difficult to see from the hide. Thanks to Dave Helliar for the great picture.


August 29th 2006

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Dunlin 1

 

 


August 28th 2006

  • Dunlin 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2

 

 


August 27th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Dunlin 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2

 

 


August 25th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Common Sandpiper 3

 

 


August 24th 2006

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Dunlin 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 4

 

 


August 23rd 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Dunlin 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 

 


August 22nd 2006

  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Dunlin 2
  • Kingfisher 2

The Sparrowhawk chased the 2 Dunlin, but it was made to feel unwelcome itself when this Kingfisher flew straight at its head while it sat on a log.


August 21st 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 21
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 5
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Cormorant Heron and Moorhen


August 20th 2006

  • Teal 1

 


August 19th 2006

  • Little Egret 1 adult
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 


August 18th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Spotted Flycatcher family party

 


August 17th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 1

 


August 16th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Black Tern 2
  • Kingfisher 1

One less Moorhen chick today eaten by a young Herring Gull.


August 15th 2006

  • Teal 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Hobby 1
  • Chiffchaff 6+
  • Willow Warbler 1

There was a real sense of migration today with juvenile warblers moving through the bushes and reeds at the south end of the reservoir.

A Roe Deer was feeding on the shoreline in the south west corner


August 14th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 2

Not always recorded, but the 2 young Mute Swans have been resident since May


August 13th 2006

  • Common Tern 2
  • Common Sandpiper 3

 


August 11th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 21
  • Cormorant 6
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 6
  • Black Headed Gull c. 40
  • Common Gull 1 imm
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Swallow c.20

Roe Deer also seen today


August 9th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 20
  • Green Sandpiper 3
  • Kingfisher 1

 


August 8th 2006

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Common Gull 1 juv
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

More waders seen in the evening, but they weren't present in the afternoon.


August 7th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Ringed Plover 1
  • Dunlin 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4

Yet more waders...


August 4th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Greenshank 2
  • Black headed Gull 162
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
  • Spotted Flycatcher family

It's good to see some more interesting waders with the low water level.


August 3rd 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Redshank 2
  • Black Headed Gull c.130
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 5
  • Reed Warbler 2

GreenbottlesThere are lots of flies around at the moment. I would call them Greenbottles. I watched a Reed Warbler catch one while still holding two others in its bill.

The two Redshank went for a swim with the Black Headed Gulls. They do look odd floating in the water.

Also a large Fritillary Butterfly seen in the Meadow today.


July 29th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Stock Dove 2

 


July 26th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4

 


July 24th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1

 


July 23rd 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 1 juv
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 5
  • Mallard 93
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Redshank 1
  • Black Headed Gull 97
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4
  • Spotted Flycatchers with young in nest
  • Bullfinch













July 22nd 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Mallard 95
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Redshank 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4
  • Turtle Dove
  • Spotted Flycatchers with young in nest
  • Bullfinches feeding young





July 21st 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 21
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Stock Dove 1

 


July 20th 2006

  • Cormorant 5
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


July 19th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Black Headed Gull 65
  • Herring Gull 70

 


July 18th 2006

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Redshank 1
  • Black Headed Gull 60
  • Herring Gull 50
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 1

Also Demoiselles and Marbled Whites today in this very hot weather.


July 14th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 19
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Mallard with 12 young
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Black-headed Gull 42
  • L-B-B Gull 8
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Blackcap
  • Chiffchaff
  • Reed Warbler
  • Dunnock with young
  • Spotted Flycatcher 3
  • Song Thrush with young












July 13th 2006

  • Common Sandpiper 1

A Purple Hairstreak Butterfly also reported


July 12th 2006

  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Common Sandpiper 3

 


July 11th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Black Headed Gull 12
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Warbler 1

 


July 8th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Common Sandpiper 3

 


July 7th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1 imm.
  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Black Headed Gull 28
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 5

 


July 6th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Tufted Duck 15

 


July 5th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1 imm.
  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Black Headed Gull 22
  • Kingfisher 2

 


July 4th 2006

  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 1 imm.
  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Reed Warbler 2
  • Chiffchaff 3

 


July 3rd 2006

  • Mute Swan 2 imm.
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4
  • Black Headed Gull 11

 


June 19th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
  • Reed Warbler 2
  • Willow Warbler

 


June 2nd 2006

  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Coot pair with 6 young
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 12
  • Spotted Flycatcher 1 with nesting material
  • Reed Warbler 3

 


May 31st 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Reed Warbler
  • Blackcap

 


May 28th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Moorhen with young
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker with young
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Marsh Tit
  • Jay

 


May 25th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2 juvs
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker at Nest with young
  • Green Woodpecker
  • 5 species of Tits, inc.Great Tit with young
  • Willow Warbler
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Blackcap 2 males
  • Jay

 


May 24th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe several pairs
  • Mute Swan 2 juvs
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Robin 1 juvenile
  • Willow Warbler
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Bullfinch pair

There are several pairs of Great Crested Grebes at the reservoir and they were displaying back in April, however there is no evidence of nesting yet this year.


May 23rd 2006

  • Mute Swan 2 juvs
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker at Nest with young
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Grey Wagtail 2
  • Marsh Tit
  • Willow Warbler
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Blackcap
  • Reed Warbler calling at the north end

 


May 22nd 2006

  • Mute Swan 2 juvs
  • Black Tern 1
  • Marsh Tit
  • Willow Warbler

 


May 21st 2006

  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Black Tern 1
  • Marsh Tit
  • Willow Warbler

 


May 20th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Swift 30+ (feeding over tree-tops in horrendous conditions!)

 


May 15th 2006

  • Cormorant 1
  • Lt Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Reed Warbler (singing male near hide)

 



May 14th 2006

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Reed Bunting (singing male in South reedbed)

 


May 13th 2006

  • Wood Duck 1
  • Spotted Flycatcher heard

 


May 12th 2006

  • Wood Duck 1
  • Moorhen with chicks
  • Green Woodpecker 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Long Tailed Tit pair with 8 young
  • Reed Warbler singing at the north end

 


May 11th 2006

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 4
  • Green Woodpecker 1

 


May 9th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Cuckoo 2
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Willow Warbler 4
  • Reed Warbler at north end
  • Nuthatch using nestbox

2 Cuckoos one at the north end and one calling from Chaffcombe


May 5th 2006

  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2
  • Cuckoo 2
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Willow Warbler 1
  • Blackcap 2
  • Jay 2

2 Cuckoos over Knapweed Meadow, calling and bubbling


May 3rd 2006

  • Mute Swan 3
  • Chiffchaff 3
  • Willow Warbler 2

 


May 1st 2006

  • Mute Swan 3
  • Common Sandpiper 3

 


April 28th 2006

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Swift 3
  • Swallow
  • House Martin
  • Sand Martin

 


April 25th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Whimbrel 1 flying over
  • L-B-B Gull 3
  • Swallow c.40
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Willow Warbler 2
  • Blackcap 3
  • Nuthatch 4 (pair nest building)

Thanks to Rosemary Ottery for the sightings and the fantastic Blackcap picture. The last and only record I can find for Whimbrel at Chard is 2 birds flying over in 1972.


April 23rd 2006 Sunday

  • Tufted Duck 13
  • L-B-B Gull 6
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Swallow 3
  • House Martin
  • Green Woodpecker heard
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Chiffchaff 3
  • Willow Warbler 10 (around whole res)
  • Blackcap 4

 


April 19th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 2 pairs displaying
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • L-B-B Gull 10
  • Swallow 60
  • Sand Martin 40
  • Chiffchaff
  • Willow Warbler
  • Blackcap - singing
  • Nuthatch - singing
  • 5 Tit species

Grebes display as an Egret watches


April 18th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 7
  • Swallow 40+
  • Sand Martin 5
  • Chiffchaff
  • Willow Warbler
  • Blackcap - singing
  • Marsh Tit 2

Thanks to Andy again


April 12th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Shoveler 13
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Buzzard 2
  • L-B-B Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Swallow 50+
  • Sand Martin 35+
  • House Martin 2
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Chiffchaff
  • Willow Warbler
  • Blackcap - singing
  • Jay - pair

Thanks to Andy again


April 10th 2006

  • Little Egret 4
  • Shoveler 6
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 3
  • Swallow
  • Sand Martins
  • Chiffchaffs
  • Willow Warbler
  • Blackcap singing
  • Marsh Tit 2 with nesting material
  • Treecreeper 2 pairs

Records from Andy Grinter


April 8th 2006

  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Shoveler 13
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 10
  • Swallows
  • Sand Martins
  • House Martin 2
  • Chiffchaff
  • Willow Warbler
  • Marsh Tit 2

 


April 7th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Shoveler 6
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 3
  • House Martin 1
  • Sand Martins
  • Swallows
  • Green Woodpecker 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff
  • Willow Warbler
  • Marsh Tit

Birds are appearing everywhere at the moment. This is a great time to visit the reservoir to see the birds.


April 6th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Shoveler 16
  • Sand Martin 15
  • Swallows
  • Sand Martins
  • Chiffchaff numerous
  • Willow Warbler
  • Blackcap 2

 


April 3rd 2006

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Shoveler 11
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2
  • Sand Martin 15
  • Swallow 9
  • Green Woodpecker 1
  • Chiffchaff heard
  • Willow Warbler heard

 


March 28th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Shoveler 11
  • Sand Martin 15
  • Swallow
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Chiffchaff 1

 


March 27th 2006

  • Cormorant 6
  • Yellow Billed Pintail (escape)
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Shoveler 11
  • Sand Martin 15
  • Swallow 2
  • Chiffchaff 1

A brief pause in the rain this evening allowed me to see 3 migrant species and an unusual duck


March 24th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Shoveler 7

 


March 23rd 2006

  • Little Egret 2
  • Tufted Duck 19
  • Shoveler 10
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 19
  • Black Headed Gull 211
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Sand Martin 3

Sand Martins are the first of the migrants to arrive


March 10th 2006

  • Little Egret 2

Just 2 Little Egrets present at dusk


March 9th 2006

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 10
  • Jay 2
  • Meadow Pipit 1
  • Bullfinch 2

It's quite quiet at the moment although not as bad as the blackboard suggests where someone has written 'NONE' under the heading 'Latest Birds'. Spring is in the air now and we are only weeks away from the first migrants arriving from the south.


March 3rd 2006

  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Mallard 83
  • Buzzard
  • Common Gull 2
  • Black Headed Gull 238
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
  • Jay
  • Bullfinch 2

Thanks to Andy for these records while I was up in Scotland watching Hawfinches


February 24th 2006

  • Tufted Duck 21
  • Mallard 93
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 1
  • Black Headed Gull 227
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Siskin 2
  • Redwing 100+
  • Song Thrush 6+
  • Jay 4
  • Raven 2
  • Bullfinch 4

Thanks to Andy for visiting on a very cold afternoon


February 19th 2006 Sunday

  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Jay 3
  • Bullfinch

Thanks again to Andy


February 17th 2006

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Common Gull 2

Very quiet. Records courtesy of Andy Grinter


February 16th 2006

  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Tufted Duck 23

Another 3 Little Egrets were seen outside the Reservoir area, but nearby.


February 15th 2006

  • Cormorant 7
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Buzzard 1
  • Coot 10

No Little Egrets at lunchtime today


February 10th 2006

  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Teal 31
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Shoveler 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 1
  • Black Headed Gull 60+
  • Common Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Info from Andy Grinter today. The Res was mostly frozen


February 9th 2006

  • Grey Heron 4
  • Little Egret 32

Yet again breaks the record for Little Egrets and 32 exceeds the highest ever Grey Heron count as well.


February 5th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 40+
  • Grey Heron
  • Little Egret
  • Teal
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck
  • Snipe 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Bullfinch 2

Records from Lynn and Steve Osborne


February 1st 2006

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Teal 4
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Common Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Bullfinch 1

Note from Andy Grinter:
Sparrowhawk sat on waterside tree stump watching Pied & Grey Wagtail walking by its feet literally.Bizarre!


January 30th 2006

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 28
  • Teal 28
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Bullfinch 4 (3 males)

Breaks the record again for Little Egrets.


January 28th 2006

  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 27
  • Teal 30
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Yet another record count of Little Egrets. Thanks to Andy Grinter


January 23rd 2006

  • Little Egret 25
  • Shoveler 2

Equals the recent record count of Little Egrets. Incidentally the record count of Grey Herons stands at 31.


January 22nd 2006

  • Little Egret 6
  • Black Tailed Godwit 1

The fourth record of Black Tailed Godwit at the reservoir.


January 20th 2006

  • Little Egret 25

Another record count of Little Egrets


January 17th 2006

  • Little Egret 7
  • Teal 9

 


January 15th 2006

  • Little Egret 21
  • Shoveler 1

 


January 12th 2006

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 11

 


January 11th 2006

  • Grey Heron 4
  • Little Egret 20
  • Green Woodpecker 1


'Only' 20 Egrets today, but these were here at lunchtime.
About half of the group are shown below:


January 7th 2006

  • Great Crested Grebe 50
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Little Egret 24
  • Teal 18
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Shoveler 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Green Woodpecker 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Siskin 7


I had to see this for myself and I did. 24 Egrets which arrived at 4pm in 2 groups (15 and 9). They stayed for about 50 minutes and then flew off east as it got dark.



January 6th 2006

  • Little Egret 24 near the hide
  • Teal 15


Now this is a new record count. The previous highest count of Egrets was 17. Thanks to Dave Helliar for this new record of 24.


January 4th 2006

  • Little Egret 15 roosting nearby


Not quite a record count, but close. Thanks to Terry Williamson for this record.


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