Chard reservoir sign

2007 sightings

December 31st 2007

  • Teal 22

 

 


December 29th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 17

 

 


December 27th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 20
  • Shoveler 1
  • Chiffchaff 1

 

 


December 25th 2007

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Shoveler 2
  • Snipe 3
  • Sparrowhawk 3
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 3
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Raven 2 flew over

 

 


December 24th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 33
  • Shoveler 3
  • Common Gull 4

 

 


December 23rd 2007

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Teal 40
  • Shoveler 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Goosander 2
  • Water Rail 1 seen
  • Common Gull 4

 

 


December 22nd 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Shoveler 1
  • Siskin heard

 

 


December 20th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 5
  • Teal 72
  • Shoveler 5
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 

 


December 19th 2007

  • Little Egret 6
  • Teal 69
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Black Headed Gull c.500

 

 


December 14th 2007

  • Teal 30

 

 


December 12th 2007

  • Teal 16
  • Herring Gull 116
  • Black Headed Gull 197

 

 


December 11th 2007

  • Teal 6+
  • Herring Gull 82

 

 


December 8th 2007

  • Teal 3
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Stock Dove 1

 

 


December 7th 2007

  • Teal 13
  • Sparrowhawk 1

 

 


December 6th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 45+
  • Cormorant 11
  • Teal 14
  • Tufted Duck
  • Snipe 3
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Treecreeper 1
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Long Tailed Tit 15+
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Bullfinch 3
  • Siskin 3

 

Click here for a rainbow picture taken at Chard which can be used as wallpaper

A day of heavy showers and dramatic skies

 


December 5th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 64
  • Teal 23
  • Tufted Duck 4

 

 


December 4th 2007

  • Teal31
  • Shoveler 1

 

 


December 3rd 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 65
  • Cormorant 18
  • Teal 21
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 

 

A new all time record count of Great Crested Grebes by Dave Helliar.

 


December 2nd 2007

  • Goosander 1
  • Teal 15

 

 


December 1st 2007

  • Goosander 1
  • Shoveler 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 

 


November 30th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 50+
  • Goosander 1
  • Teal 18
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Snipe 4

 

 

The Goosander was close to the hide today at lunchtime

 


November 27th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 59
  • Goosander 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Shoveler pair
  • Teal 22

 

Another great evening count of Great Crested Grebes by Dave Helliar. This time only 4 short of the all time record of 63 in 1979.

The Goosander arrived in the evening again and is assumed to be feeding locally during the day away from the reservoir.

 


November 26th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 52
  • Goosander 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Shoveler 1
  • Teal 16
  • Tufted Duck 5

 

A good evening count of Great Crested Grebes.

The Goosander arrived in the evening.

 


November 24th 2007

  • Goldeneye 1
  • Wigeon pair
  • Teal 15+
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Siskin heard

 

Goldeneye average about one a year at Chard. This is the second bird this year.

 


November 23rd 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 42
  • Cormorant 17
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 

Another good midday count of Great Crested Grebes. They tend to peak at about 50 in winter and drop to about 20 in summer.

 


November 22nd 2007

  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 

 

 


November 21st 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 4
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 

38 is a good midday count of Great Crested Grebes. They tend to congregate in open water in the evenings which is when the higher counts are made.

 


November 20th 2007

  • Wigeon pair
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Snipe 3
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 

A very wet day - leading to fairly high water levels.


November 18th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 49
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Goosander 1
  • Wigeon pair
  • Teal 55+
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Pochard 3
  • Siskin

 

This is the first Goosander since 2004 and the first Pochard this year.


November 13th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Wigeon pair
  • Teal 25
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Coot 8
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


November 12th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Wigeon pair
  • Teal 25
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Shoveler 5
  • Coot 8
  • Kingfisher 1

Wigeon at the duck feeding station

 


November 11th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 42
  • Teal 28
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Snipe 5
  • Common Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1

 

 

 


November 9th 2007

  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 30

 

 


November 8th 2007

  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 26
  • Common Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1

 

 


November 6th 2007

  • Wigeon 1
  • Shoveler 1
  • Teal 15

 

 


November 5th 2007

  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 13
  • Kingfisher 2

 

 


November 2nd 2007

  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Shoveler 2
  • Teal 9

 

 


November 1st 2007

  • Shoveler 2
  • Teal 7

 

 


October 31st 2007

  • Little Grebe 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Cormorant 6
  • Wigeon 1
  • Kingfisher 1


October 30th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 2

No ducks today apart from Mallard.

 


October 29th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Shoveler 1
  • Teal 31+

 

 


October 28th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Shoveler 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 33
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Gull 3
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 ad winter
  • Kingfisher 1

 

 


October 26th 2007

  • Little Egret 2
  • Cormorant 14
  • Shoveler 1

 

 


October 25th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 5

 

 


October 24th 2007

  • Little Egret 3
  • Teal 50
  • Shoveler 3
  • Kingfisher 2


October 23rd 2007

  • Teal 34
  • Wigeon 1

 


October 22nd 2007

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Fieldfare 10+
  • Redwing 20+

 


October 21st 2007

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Teal 39
  • Wigeon 1

 


October 19th 2007

  • Teal 35+
  • Shoveler 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 


October 18th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Buzzard 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 2

 


October 17th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 44
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 39
  • Sparrowhawk 2
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Snipe 4
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Redwing 2

 


October 16th 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 6
  • Canada Goose 18
  • Teal 38
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Gull 1
  • Black Headed Gull c.400
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

The Egrets come and go through the day with 6 reported first thing, then none at 10 am, one arrived by lunchtime and 2 seen later in the afternoon.


October 15th 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 33
  • Merlin 1
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Common Gull 2 imm.
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 1
  • Grey Wagtail heard

 


October 12th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 30+
  • Kingfisher heard
  • Grey Wagtail heard

 


October 11th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Teal 33
  • Snipe 3

 


October 10th 2007

  • Little Egret 2
  • Teal 34
  • Med Gull (adult winter)


October 9th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 35
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 2
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


October 8th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 19+
  • Kingfisher 1

 


October 7th 2007

  • Teal 31

 


October 5th 2007

  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Teal 13
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


October 4th 2007

  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 30
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1

One Little Egret remains motionless while the other goes for a fish and the Green Sandpiper feeds on the bank.


October 3rd 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 22
  • Grey Wagtail 1

The Blackbirds are devouring the wild plums on the Bullace trees which are quite ripe.

There's quite a heavy green algal growth on the water at the moment.


October 2nd 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 10
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 4

Thanks to Rachael Lappage for counting the Great Crested Grebes. Some of the Grebes are paired and displaying although why they are doing it at this time of year I am not sure.


October 1st 2007

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Teal 20
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Hirundines 12

This is a much more normal looking Little Grebe compared with the one on 13th September.


September 27th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 16
  • Wigeon 1
  • Shoveler 3
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1

A cold snap coincides with the arrival of some ducks.


September 25th 2007

  • Teal 6
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1

 


September 24th 2007

  • Shelduck 1
  • Teal 8
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Common Tern 1 adult
  • Kingfisher heard


September 21st 2007

  • Shelduck 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Grey Wagtail 2

 


September 20th 2007

  • Shelduck 1
  • Teal 6
  • Common Sandpiper 1

 


September 19th 2007

  • Shelduck 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


September 18th 2007

  • Shelduck 1
  • Teal 5

 


September 17th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 45
  • Shelduck 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Racing Pigeon 1 in hide

 


September 16th 2007

  • Canada Goose 20
  • Shelduck 1
  • Teal 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


September 14th 2007

  • Shelduck 1
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


September 13th 2007

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Shelduck 1 imm.


This grebe caused some excitement with its almost permanently extended neck recalling Slavonian grebe.


September 12th 2007

  • Shelduck 1 imm.
  • Buzzard 1
  • Knot 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher heard

I can find no previous record of Knot at Chard. It is of course normally a coastal bird only occasionally found on inland reservoirs. This one was found by Dave Helliar.


September 11th 2007

  • Shelduck 1 imm.
  • Sparrowhawk 1


September 10th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


September 7th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Kingfisher catching fish near the hide


September 6th 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


September 5th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


September 4th 2007

  • Grey Heron 5
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


September 3rd 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


September 2nd 2007

  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1

 


September 1st 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 40
  • Teal 2

 


August 31st 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Grey Wagtail 2

 


August 30th 2007

  • Grey Heron 5
  • Teal 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 3

 


August 29th 2007

  • Teal 3
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Grey Wagtail 2

 


August 28th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 2

 


August 27th 2007

  • Little Egret 1

 


August 26th 2007

  • Snipe 1

 


August 25th 2007

  • Kingfisher 2

 


August 24th 2007

  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 4

 


August 22nd 2007

  • Little Egret 1

 


August 21st 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 1

 


August 20th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 3

 


August 18th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 2

 


August 17th 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1

 


August 16th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 1

 


August 15th 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 1

The young grebes are tackling bigger fish now.


August 14th 2007

  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2

 


August 13th 2007

  • Teal 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1

 


August 12th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 7

 


August 11th 2007

  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2

 


August 10th 2007

  • Kingfisher 2

The Kingfishers were fishing near the hide today on the many small fish that are in the shallow water.

 


August 9th 2007

  • Grey Heron 9 mostly immatures
  • Greenshank 1
  • Kingfisher 2

This Greenshank did land but was very flighty and didn't stay long.


August 8th 2007

  • Curlew 1

This is the first Curlew since February 2004 and that one did not land. The low water level is certainly helping to attract the waders.

Demoiselles are to be seen on the streams and over the main water


August 6th 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 2

 


August 3rd 2007

  • Kingfisher 1

 


August 2nd 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 4

 


July 31st 2007

  • Mediterranean Gull 1 1st summer
  • Common Sandpiper 1

 


July 30th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 2

 


July 29th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Common Scoter 1
  • Buzzard 2 juvs one very pale
  • Common Sandpiper 2 juvs
  • Kingfisher 3
  • Swift 1
  • House Martin 20
  • Swallow 5
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 5 moving with tit flock

Very Pale Buzzard

Juvenile Chiffchaff
Common Scoter

There is an extraordinary feeling of migration in the air today, more reminiscent of September. I expect this Buzzard will bring reports of Osprey from the reservoir, so I have posted this picture.


July 28th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Oystercatcher 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 


July 27th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 2

 


July 26th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 41+
  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Stock Dove 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1

16 Juvenile Great Crested Grebes are on the reservoir at present


July 24th 2007

A couple of the younger grebe chicks fight to get a free ride. The eldest chicks are flying already.


July 23rd 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 2

 


July 22nd 2007

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Grey Wagtail 2

Fox and Roe Deer also seen today


July 21st 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 2

 


July 20th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Buzzard 1 juvenile
  • Sparrowhawk 1

 


July 18th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Tufted Duck 19

 


July 17th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Dunlin 1 probable overhead

 


July 16th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 9th pair have raised young

 


July 13th 2007

  • Black Headed Gull 15

 


July 12th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Black Headed Gull 7

 


July 10th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Tawny Owl 1 juvenile

A horseshoe bat was seen flying around the hide today. Thanks to the Chard and Ilminster U3A birdwatching group for this record.

A young Tawny Owl flying around the woods at 7.20pm. Thanks to Andy Grinter for this record.


July 9th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Common Sandpiper 2

Yet another pair of Great Crested Grebes have hatched 2 young. This makes 8 successful pairs and one failed pair.


July 8th 2007

  • Cormorant 9

 


July 6th 2007

  • Little Egret 1

Grasshoppers are abundant at the moment and it's a good time for the butterflies and moths too.


July 4th 2007

  • Common Tern 1

 


July 3rd 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1


June 30th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe - Another pair have recently hatched young. This is just the best place to watch these birds. Below is the eldest youngster nearly matching his parents in size.

June 27th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Goldeneye 1
  • Buzzard 1
  • Kingfisher heard
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Chiffchaff heard
  • Willow Warbler heard

 

A warm spell at lunchtime amongst all the recent heavy rain brought out some of the birds such as a sunning Blackbird as well as an assortment of Butterflies and Moths.

June 25th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 7 juvs + 5 pairs still nesting
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1

 


June 23rd 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 1

 


June 22nd 2007

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Coot 4 juvs
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Warbler 1


June 21st 2007

  • Common Tern 1

 


June 17th 2007

  • Kingfisher 1

 


June 15th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 7juvs + 3pairs nesting

 


June 8th 2007

  • Tern sp 1

 


June 7th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 6 juvs + 4 pairs nesting
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Moorhen 2 Juvs
  • Coot 2 juvs


May 29th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebes still doing well
  • Mute Swan 1


May 28th 2007

  • Hobby 1

 


May 26th 2007

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Black Headed Gull 1

 


May 24th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 3rd pair with at least one chick + 3 pairs on nests

 


May 21st 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 2nd pair with at least one chick

 


May 18th 2007

  • Mute Swan 3 sub adult

 


May 17th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe with 2 chicks
  • Coot with 3 chicks

 


May 14th 2007

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Swift c.30

 


May 12th 2007

  • Coot pair with 2 chicks

 


May 11th 2007

  • Shelduck 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Long Tailed Tit Pair with 8 young

 


May 10th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe pair with 2 chicks
  • Garganey 1
  • Swallow c.70
  • House Martin 10
  • Sand Martin 3+

These 2 Great Crested Grebe chicks appear to have come from the nest near the hide just before the water rose to critical levels. There are other occupied nests, so we wait in anticipation for further chicks.


May 9th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Swallow 18
  • House Martin 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

 


May 6th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 20
  • Reed Warbler 2
  • Blackcap 6
  • Willow Warbler 1
  • Chiffchaff 4

 


May 2nd 2007

  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Willow Warbler 2
  • Chiffchaff 2

 


May 1st 2007

  • Reed Warbler 1

 


April 30th 2007

Very quiet. More like June than April. The air is filled with fluffy Willow seeds. The Great Crested Grebes are still on the nest - the incubation period is about 4 weeks if anyone is watching their progress.


April 19th 2007

  • Willow Warbler 1 singing
  • Chiffchaff several
  • Blackcap 1 singing

Goldcrest in the woods


April 17th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Cormorant 3
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 60
  • Black Headed Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Swallow 7
  • Blackcap 2
  • Willow Warbler 1


April 16th 2007

  • Willow Warbler 1 singing
  • Chiffchaff several

 


April 13th 2007

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Blackcap 1 singing

It's fantastic to see the Great Crested Grebes attempting to nest again, but you have to wonder whether this insubstantial nest will survive.


April 12th 2007

  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 8

 


April 11th 2007

  • Willow Warbler 1 singing

Several House Martins investigated nest sites at Horton Cross today just 4 miles north of the reservoir.


April 10th 2007

  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 7

 


April 9th 2007

  • Common Sandpiper 1

 


April 8th 2007

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Shoveler 2 pair
  • Coot 12+

 


April 5th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Shoveler 5

 


April 3rd 2007

  • Shoveler 5
  • Tufted Duck 23
  • Sand Martin c.50
  • House Martin 1
  • Swallow 5


April 2nd 2007

  • Sand Martin 10

 


April 1st 2007

  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Sand Martin c.50

 


March 30th 2007

  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Sand Martin 35+
  • Swallow 1

 


March 29th 2007

  • Shoveler 3
  • Sand Martin 20+
  • Swallow 2

 


March 28th 2007

  • Shoveler 3
  • Teal 1 pair
  • Sand Martin 8
  • Blackcap 1

 


March 27th 2007

  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Teal 2 pairs

 


March 26th 2007

  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Teal 1 pair

 


March 23rd 2007

  • Sand Martin 3
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 3 singing

 


March 22nd 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe pair mating

 


March 21st 2007

  • Teal 3
  • Buzzard 1 carrying nesting material

 


March 20th 2007

  • Sand Martin 7

 


March 18th 2007

  • Stock Dove 2
  • Sand Martin 5
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Redwing 1

 


March 16th 2007

  • Sand Martin 6
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing


March 14th 2007

  • Stock Dove 2

 


March 13th 2007

  • Mandarin Duck 1
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing

 


March 11th 2007 Sunday

  • Chiffchaff 1

 


March 9th 2007

  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 8

 


March 8th 2007

  • Peregrine 1 flying over

 


March 5th 2007

  • ?

Even more heavy rain meant I couldn't get close to the reservoir today. The hide was locked as it was flooded.

Recent View


March 4th 2007 Sunday

  • Little Gull 3

Reported by Dave Helliar


March 3rd 2007 Saturday

A nice Redwing picture from Tony Keene.


March 2nd 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 8

Lesser Black Backed Gulls preening in unison


February 28th 2007

  • Little Egret 5

 


February 26th 2007

  • Reed Bunting 1

 

The water level is very high after heavy rains with few birds on the reservoir. Some of the Great Crested Grebes are displaying and Great Tits and Blue Tits are noticeably active at the woodland edges.


February 22nd 2007

  • Little Egret 6

 


February 21st 2007

  • Tufted Duck 15

Moorhen preening


February 19th 2007

  • Shoveler 1 pair

 


February 15th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 41
  • Med Gull 1 adult winter

Stop Press Med Gull at 17:00 today


February 10th 2007

  • Gadwall 1 pair

 


February 9th 2007

  • Teal 12

 


February 7th 2007

  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Cormorant 18
  • Coot 16
  • Common Gull 5

Some of the Coots at the duck feeding station


February 6th 2007

  • Little Egret 2

 


February 5th 2007

  • Little Egret 2
  • Shoveler 3
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Teal 19
  • Common Gull 5

 


February 2nd 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 6

 


February 1st 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 34
  • Shelduck 2
  • Teal 10

12 Little Egrets at nearby Eleighwater


January 29th 2007

  • Cormorant 16
  • Canada Goose 9
  • Teal 10
  • Sparrowhawk 2
  • Marsh Tit 1 pair

 


January 27th 2007

  • Teal 13
  • Moorhen 16+

10 Little Egrets at nearby Eleighwater


January 26th 2007

  • Little Egret 1
  • Teal 16

 


January 25th 2007

8 Little Egrets seen at nearby Eleighwater


January 23rd 2007

  • Little Egret 3
  • Herring Gull 155
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 2

 


January 22nd 2007

  • Herring Gull 2 oiled birds
  • Black Headed Gull 1 oiled bird

The Gulls have presumably picked up oil from Seaton


January 19th 2007

  • Cormorant 6
  • Canada Goose 7
  • Cairina Duck sp.
  • Wigeon 1

Muscovy Duck? The face looks wrong and more like a White Winged Wood Duck.

Later seen in flight and wings look wrong for White Winged. I guess it's just a Muscovy? Or Combed Duck?

 


January 18th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Teal 1

 


January 15th 2007

  • Snipe 2
  • Common Gull 3

 


January 13th 2007

  • Cormorant 17
  • Wood Pigeon 50+

 


January 12th 2007

  • Teal 2
  • Coot 17

 


January 11th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 37
  • Common Gull 2

 


January 8th 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 35
  • Black Headed Gull 350

 


January 6th 2007 Saturday

  • Teal 4
  • Common Gull 3

2 foxes also seen


January 5th 2007

  • Canada Goose 19
  • Teal 2

 


January 4th 2007

  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 5
  • Herring Gull 100

 


January 3rd 2007

  • Great Crested Grebe 37
  • Cormorant 15
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 1

 


January 2nd 2007

  • Pintail 1
  • Teal 1

Not a bad start to the year with a lovely drake Pintail.
Also 3 Roe Deer seen.

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