Chard reservoir sign

2012 sightings

 

 

 

December 31st 2012

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 2
  • Snipe 8
  • Bullfinch 3 together


December 30th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Cormorant 8
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 5
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Black-headed Gull 112
  • Herring Gull 98
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Bullfinch 1 pair


December 29th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Snipe 3
  • Herring Gull 27
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1


December 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Canada Goose 6
  • Mandarin 2 +1
  • Teal 12
  • Snipe 2
  • Black-headed Gull 10
  • Herring Gull 59
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Marsh Tit 2


December 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 11
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1


December 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 12
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 14
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Black-headed Gull 16
  • Herring Gull 47
  • Grey Wagtail 1


December 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Cormorant 11
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 17
  • Snipe 6
  • Herring Gull 95
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Siskin 1 heard


December 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 5
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Snipe 4
  • Herring Gull 78
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1


December 23rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 12
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 13
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Snipe 5
  • Herring Gull 110
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 16


December 22nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Mallard 87
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Snipe 6
  • Goldcrest 2


December 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Snipe 5


December 19th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 4
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Black-headed Gull 10
  • Herring Gull 26
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Jay 1


December 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 16
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 32
  • Snipe 3
  • Black-headed Gull 13
  • Herring Gull 36
  • Pied Wagtail 1


December 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 18
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Snipe 3
  • Black-headed Gull 13
  • Herring Gull 37
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1


December 16th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 1 flew over
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 17
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Black-headed Gull 5
  • Herring Gull 7


December 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Cormorant 0
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 30
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Black-headed Gull 0
  • Herring Gull 0
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 0
  • Goldcrest 1


Dave Helliar: Pochard

The unusual absence of any Gulls or Cormorants reported at 3:30pm


December 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 30
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 4
  • Black-headed Gull 7
  • Herring Gull 22
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1


December 13th 2012

  • Little Egret 9
  • Teal 24
  • Herring Gull 58
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Raven 1


December 12th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Cormorant 26
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Wigeon 3
  • Teal 13
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Black-headed Gull 254
  • Common Gull 9


December 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 15
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Nuthatch several heard
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 18


December 9th 2012

  • Little Egret 5
  • Teal 19
  • Black-headed Gull 60
  • Herring Gull 57
  • Common Gull 2
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Bullfinch 1


December 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 16
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mallard 98
  • Teal 15
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Black-headed Gull 72
  • Herring Gull 14
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 1


December 7th 2012

  • Cormorant 19
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 11
  • Teal 14
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Pheasant 1 flew across the open water
  • Common Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1

Kevin Harris: Teal

December 6th 2012

  • Little Egret 11
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Kingfisher 1

December 5th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 11
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 8+
  • Mallard 93
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 12
  • Herring Gull 30
  • Song Thrush 1


Kevin Harris: Teal

December 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 11
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Teal 11
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Grey Wagtail heard
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 1

Kevin Harris: A Wagtail has a lucky escape after it flies up in front of a male Sparrowhawk

December 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 15
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Jay 1
  • Reed Bunting 1

November 30th 2012

  • Cormorant 15
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Teal 1
  • Black-headed Gull 48
  • Herring Gull 41
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Jay 1

November 29th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 15
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 8
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 15
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 8

Hide open, but the floor is slippery


November 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 14
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great White Egret 1 (DWH)
  • Little Egret 13
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Herring Gull 26

November 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Herring Gull 60
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Bullfinch 1 pair
  • Long-tailed Tit 7
  • Goldfinch 9

Hide entrance under 6-8 inches of water (but much better than yesterday)


November 26th 2012

  • Treecreeper 1
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Marsh Tit 1

Hide still under water. Difficult to view the reservoir except at the dam end.


November 25th 2012

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Siskin c.10 over
  • Redwing heard

Hide under water, more flooding today than anyone remembers.

Photos by Dave Helliar (Click pictures to enlarge).


November 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 23
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Herring Gull 34
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Goldcrest 1



Hide entrance clear today, but more rain forecast tonight.


November 23rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 31
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 5
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1



Water levels extremely high after many days of heavy rain and general flooding.
The hide entrance was under water.


November 22nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 34
  • Cormorant 20
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Pochard 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Snipe 1
  • Black-headed Gull 6
  • Herring Gull 14
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 8

November 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 50
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mandarin 1 pair in SE corner
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Black-headed Gull 4
  • Herring Gull 20
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Goldcrest 2
  • Chiffchaff 1 heard
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Nuthatch 4
  • Bullfinch 1 pair

November 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 23 in SW corner
  • Cormorant 15
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Teal 8
  • Mallard 88 in SW corner
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Snipe 2
  • Black-headed Gull 16
  • Herring Gull 21

November 19th 2012

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 10
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 25
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Common Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 2

November 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 58
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 15
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 13
  • Tufted Duck 17

November 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 27
  • Cormorant 11
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 6
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Black-headed Gull 177
  • Mediterranean Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 56
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Jay 1

November 16th 2012

  • Cormorant 21
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Teal 16
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Black-headed Gull 96
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 83
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 1
  • Bullfinch 2

November 15th 2012

  • Cormorant 20
  • Little Egret 1
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Black-headed Gull 200+
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 adult
  • Common Gull 4
  • Herring Gull 43
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1


Roger Harris: Med Gull


November 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 22
  • Cormorant 20
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 5
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 280+
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 adult
  • Common Gull 2
  • Herring Gull 64
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1

November 12th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 52
  • Cormorant 17
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Duck sp. with pinky red bill
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 100+
  • Kingfisher 2+
  • Goldcrest 3



Kevin Harris: Hybrid duck?

Red Crested Pochard x Mallard? The head has a purple sheen with some metallic green between the eye and bill. It seems to have a speculum similar to a Mallard


November 11th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 36
  • Cormorant 16
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Black-headed Gull 134
  • Common Gull 4
  • Herring Gull 74
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 3
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Nuthatch 4

November 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 36
  • Cormorant 18
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Snipe 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 89
  • Common Gull 4
  • Herring Gull 22
  • Pied Wagtail 2

November 9th 2012

  • Cormorant 18
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 4
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Stock Dove 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Jay 1

November 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 42
  • Cormorant 17
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Snipe 3
  • Black-headed Gull 250+
  • Herring Gull 105
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 6+

November 7th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 34
  • Cormorant 17
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Teal 6
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull c.400
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 adult
  • Herring Gull 104+
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1



Kevin Harris: Med Gull (right) with Black-headed Gull for comparison.


November 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 55
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 12
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Teal 16
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 3
  • Herring Gull 525+ with more flying over
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Common Gull 1
  • Black-headed Gull 250+
  • Nuthatch 2
  • Jay 1

November 5th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 46
  • Cormorant 21
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Tufted Duck 26
  • Teal 7
  • Buzzard 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Snipe 1
  • Herring Gull 211
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Tawny Owl 1 heard
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Goldcrest 3
  • Long-tailed Tit 10+

November 4th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 41
  • Cormorant 20
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Teal 8
  • Mallard 83
  • Gadwall 1
  • Coot 21
  • Snipe 1
  • Black-headed Gull 20
  • Herring Gull 12



Dave Helliar: Gadwall


November 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 41
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 13
  • Little Egret 6 (5 north of dam)
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Mandarin 1
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 adult
  • Black-headed Gull 280
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 36
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Jay 1



November 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 32
  • Cormorant 13
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + juv
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 211
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 89
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 16
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Nuthatch 2

November 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 17

October 31st 2012

  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 4 + juv
  • Teal 3
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Black-headed Gull 200+
  • Herring Gull 40
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Jay 1


Also 2 Roe Deer


October 30th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 34
  • Cormorant 14
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 31
  • Coot 19
  • Moorhen 12+
  • Black-headed Gull 300+
  • Herring Gull 108
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Coal Tit 2
  • Nuthatch 4
  • Jay 1

October 29th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 29
  • Cormorant 11
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Mandarin 1
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 325
  • Herring Gull 106
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Great Black-backed Gull 1
  • Wren 4 near hide
  • Treecreeper 1



Kevin Harris: Rainbows are a benefit of changeable weather


October 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 23
  • Cormorant 12
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 28
  • Black-headed Gull 350+
  • Herring Gull 56
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1

October 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 22
  • Cormorant 11
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Shoveler 1
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Black-headed Gull 66
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Pied Wagtail 2

October 26th 2012

  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Black-headed Gull 33
  • Herring Gull 19
  • Nuthatch 2
  • Pied Wagtail 2

October 24th 2012

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 8
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Black-headed Gull 110
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 60
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1

October 23rd 2012

  • Cormorant 11
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Long Tailed Tit several

October 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 3 + cygnet
  • Teal 6
  • Snipe 2
  • Black-headed Gull 57
  • Herring Gull 44
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Pied Wagtail 4
  • Grey Wagtail 1

October 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Cormorant 15
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 4
  • Black-headed Gull 134
  • Herring Gull 37
  • Grey Wagtail 1

October 19th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Teal 2
  • Common Snipe 2
  • Jack Snipe 1 possible (SH)
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 112
  • Herring Gull 82
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Goldcrest 3


Only the 3rd possible record of Jack Snipe at the res. Small size, crouching position, short bill and strong barring on the back all noted. Against that are distance of view, inexperience with species and no other observers. The bird would not have been noticed but for a Green Sandpiper landing nearby.


October 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 13
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 9
  • Black-headed Gull 60+
  • Herring Gull 37
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Pied Wagtail 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 12+ close to hide

October 16th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 8
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 5 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Black-headed Gull 67
  • Herring Gull 36
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1

October 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 8
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Black-headed Gull 85
  • Herring Gull 70
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Common Gull 1
  • Kingfisher heard
  • Long-tailed Tit 4+



Roger Harris: Larinioides sclopetarius (Bridge Spider) inhabiting the hide.


October 13th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 14
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 2

October 12th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 3
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit numerous heard
  • Coal Tit 2+


Lots of fungi in this wet weather.
This unusual one is White Saddle (Helvella Crispa)

Several dragonflies today in the intermittent sunshine.


Nick Earley: Grey Heron

October 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Mallard 66
  • Black-headed Gull 29
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 10+


Sue Heselton: Grey Wagtail and fungi


October 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Black-headed Gull 59
  • Herring Gull 37
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Wren 1
  • Nuthatch 1

October 9th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Black-headed Gull 37
  • Herring Gull 34
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1


Heavy rain today


October 7th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 5
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Black-headed Gull 84
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

October 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Kingfisher 1

October 5th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Pheasant 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Wren (on seed tray)
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Nuthatch 1
  • Jay 4 flying SW over res

October 4th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Black-headed Gull 48
  • Herring Gull 88
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1

October 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Black-headed Gull 60
  • Herring Gull 38
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Nuthatch 1
  • Coal Tit several

Also 4 Rats and some interesting looking fungi

Kevin Harris: 2 of the 4 Rats seen today


October 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Black-headed Gull 73
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 21
  • Nuthatch 2
  • Goldcrest 3
  • Long-tailed Tit 16
  • Marsh Tit 1

October 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 8
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Black-headed Gull 83
  • Herring Gull 21
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Goldcrest 4
  • Nuthatch 1

September 29th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

September 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 1
  • Herring Gull 23
  • Black-headed Gull 30+
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Swallow a few
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Coal Tit several
  • Long-tailed Tit party
  • Bullfinch 1

September 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 6
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Redshank 1 probable reported
  • Tawny Owl 2 heard
  • Swallow 30+
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Long-tailed Tit party

September 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Black-headed Gull 46
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1

September 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • House Martin a few
  • Swallow a few
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Nuthatch 1

September 22nd 2012

  • Cormorant 11
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 10

September 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1+
  • House Martin 10
  • Grey Wagtail 2
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Magpie 5

September 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4

September 19th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 10
  • Dunlin 1
  • Chiffchaff 1


Kevin Harris: Dunlin and a splendid Fox today


September 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Buzzard 2
  • Black-headed Gull 54
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • House Martin 50+ high up
  • Raven 1

September 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 2


Kevin Harris: Chiffchaff catching a fly in the reeds


September 16th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Black-headed Gull 27
  • Swallow 100+
  • House Martin a few
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Treecreeper 1


.Also a young Rat dragging a whole jam donut into the reeds!


September 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 8
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Black-headed Gull 47
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2


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September 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1


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September 13th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Black-headed Gull 55
  • Swallow 1


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September 12th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 1
  • Common Gull 1 (2nd CY)
  • Black-headed Gull 45
  • Nuthatch 1


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September 11th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 53


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September 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Guinea Fowl 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1


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Kevin Harris: Guinea Fowl


September 9th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Black-headed Gull 69
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Swallow 12


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September 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 8
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Hobby 1
  • Kingfisher 2
  • House Martin c.60 (morning)
  • Swallow 100+ (evening)

.One of the Kingfishers landed very briefly on the viewing port of the hide about 1 foot from me


September 7th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 19
  • Buzzard 3
  • House Martin c.40
  • Swallow c.15
  • Sand Martin 2

Also Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell on nearby wasteground.


Kevin Harris: Grey Heron


September 6th 2012

  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Teal 1

September 5th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Black-headed Gull 9
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Herring Gull 79
  • House Martin 4
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 8


Rachael Thorne: Goldcrest


September 4th 2012

  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Common Sandpiper 3

September 3rd 2012

  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Teal 1
  • Common Sandpiper 5

Also 2 Purple Hairstreak butterflies in Oak tree tops near the entrance to the hide wood.


September 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 1

September 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Black-headed Gull 39


The water level is receding again fortunately.


August 31st 2012

  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Swallow 5
  • House Martin 5
  • Long-tailed Tit a small flock at the tops of the trees


I found this feather in the woods today and believe it to be a Jay's secondary feather

Pleasant weather for a change. There's very little shoreline available for waders.


August 30th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 8
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 10

Also 1 Roe Deer
The water level has risen considerably, but not surprisingly, given the very heavy recent rain.


August 29th 2012

  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 28
  • Sparrowhawk 1 (chasing Common Sandpiper)
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Swallow hundreds
  • House Martin hundreds


A swarm of hundreds of hirundines seen over the trees just before lunch in the pouring rain. Later about 150 hirundines low over the water - an equal mix of Swallows and House Martins.


August 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 22
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Common Sandpiper 4


Also 3 foxes


August 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Sand Martin 1

August 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Common Sandpiper 4

August 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Peregrine 1
  • Hobby 1 chasing Martins (1st for 5 years)
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Black Tern 3 (2 early morning) +1 eve
  • Swallow 5
  • Reed Warbler 2+
  • Blackcap 1
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Goldcrest
  • Pied Flycatcher 1 (AG)

1st Record of Pied Flycatcher for Chard Reservoir at the north end.


August 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Swallow 10
  • House Martin 15
  • Bullfinch 4


Kevin Harris: Sparrowhawk


August 23rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Black-headed Gull 76
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7

August 22nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 23
  • Coot 7 chicks from north end still all well
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Black-headed Gull 63
  • Reed Warbler 1 singing

August 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 6
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Greenshank 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Black-headed Gull 49
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 19
  • Herring Gull 59
  • Kingfisher 2

August 19th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Greenshank 1
  • Common Sandpiper 6
  • Black-headed Gull 47
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5

Also 3 Roe Deer


August 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Common Sandpiper 6
  • Greenshank 1
  • Black-headed Gull 54
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 45
  • Tawny Owl 1 calling
  • House Martin 20
  • Swallow 3

Kevin Harris: Common Sandpiper

Dave Helliar: Juvenile Common Sandpiper


August 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Greenshank 1
  • Black-headed Gull 77
  • Common Tern 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 50
  • Swallow 5
  • Bullfinch 2

Kevin Harris: Common Tern

Kevin Harris: Kingfisher

August 16th 2012

  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Black-tailed Godwit 2
  • Greenshank 2
  • Black-headed Gull 86
  • Herring Gull 74
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Kingfisher 1 pair
  • House Martin 100+

Roger Harris: Black-tailed Godwits

Dave Helliar: Greenshank

August 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Coot 16
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 74
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
  • Herring Gull 34
  • Common Tern 2
  • Swallow 10
  • House Martin 150+

August 14th 2012

  • Cormorant 3
  • Common Sandpiper 7
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • House Martin 100+
  • Kingfisher 1 pair
  • Blackcap 1

Also a fox asleep in front of the reeds


Roger Harris: Kingfisher


Kevin Harris: Green Sandpiper

August 13th 2012

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Swallow 10
  • House Martin c.75

August 12th 2012

  • Cormorant 4
  • Tufted Duck 22
  • Ringed Plover 1
  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Black-headed Gull 65
  • Herring Gull 234
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Stock Dove 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 40+
  • Reed Warbler 2
  • Bullfinch 2
  • Jay 1

Also 1 Fox and 3 Roe Deer


Roger Harris: Ringed Plover

Dave Helliar: Red Fox

August 11th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 7
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 21
  • Teal 2
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Green Sandpiper 9
  • Black-headed Gull 56
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 20
  • Reed Warbler 2 singing south end


Dave Helliar: Kingfisher

The previous maximum for Green Sandpipers was 4


August 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Great White Egret 2 (Dave Helliar)
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Mallard 120+
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Greenshank 1
  • Black-headed Gull 64
  • Herring Gull 157
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6


Dave Helliar: 2 Great White Egrets and Greenshank

In 2009 a Great White Egret turned up at Chard (along with a Spotted Redshank) on August 13th. Within a few days of that date 3 years later we have 2 Great White Egrets and a Greenshank,


August 9th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Common Sandpiper 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 66
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
  • Herring Gull 58
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Swallow 4
  • House Martin 12

August 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Tufted Duck 19
  • Common Sandpiper 7
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 14
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Herring Gull 17



Roger Harris: Green Sandpiper


August 7th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Mute Swan 2 + 1 cygnet
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Common Sandpiper 6
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Black-headed Gull 55
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 61
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin 40+

August 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 4 + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Green Sandpiper 2
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Black-headed Gull 63
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 57
  • Common Tern 1
  • Swift 18
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin 12


Roger Harris: Common Tern

Also 2 Roe Deer


August 4th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 7
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 56
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Swallow 3
  • House Martin 25

Beautiful Demoiselles seen on the eastern inlet stream. The Tufted Ducks included the one with the blue nasal saddle.


August 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 26
  • Herring Gull 36
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Swallow 1
  • House Martin 15

August 1st 2012

  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Mallard 71
  • Tufted Duck 29
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Black-headed Gull 42
  • Swallow 1
  • House Martin 12

July 31st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Canada Goose 16
  • Tufted Duck 21
  • Black-headed Gull 21
  • Herring Gull 71
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Swallow 3
  • House Martin 20+

The water level is being dropped now that the waterside nesting birds have finished. This should give some shoreline for autumn migrants.


July 30th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck
  • Herring Gull 111
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Black-headed Gull 10
  • Swift 1
  • Kingfisher 1 (south end)
  • House Martin 10
  • Swallow 1


Kevin Harris:
The cygnet tries out its stubby wings and the Tufted Ducks' eyes shine out from their drab eclipse plumage.


July 29th 2012

  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 29
  • Common Sandpiper 4 (north end)
  • Swift 1
  • Kingfisher 1 (north end)
  • House Martin 12
  • Swallow 2

Many Moorhens seen with young and a Coot pair with 7 young at the north end.


July 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 9 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 27
  • Black-headed Gull 42
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Sand Martin 12

July 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 36

July 26th 2012

  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Black-headed Gull 10
  • Herring Gull 300+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 36
  • Reed Warbler 1

July 25th 2012

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Reed Warbler 1

July 24th 2012

  • Herring Gull 400+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 50+
  • Reed Warbler 2

Roger reports loads of Gulls, but nothing unusual amongst them. A record count of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.


July 23rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 ad and 1 cygnet
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Herring Gull 74
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Black-headed Gull 12


Kevin Harris: Six Spot Burnet Moth
Another sunny day, bringing out Burnet Moths, a couple of Marbled Whites and a Large White


July 21st 2012

  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Herring Gull 40
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Black-headed Gull 4
  • Reed Warbler 1

July 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 2 ad and 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Herring Gull 13
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Swift 1
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin 6
  • Blackcap 1 juvenile
  • Reed Warbler singing
  • Chiffchaff heard

Reasonable weather at lunchtime and even a few butterflies (just a few though) with more female Meadow Browns than I have seen for a while, a few Gatekeepers and several Commas adding a welcome touch of colour.


July 18th 2012

  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 ad and 1 cygnet
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin 5
  • Reed Warbler singing


July 16th 2012

  • Cormorant 1
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin 7
  • Sand Martin 5


July 14th 2012

  • Tufted Duck


Dave Helliar: Tufted Duck with nasal saddle (probably from France).


July 11th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2 ad and 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Common Sandpiper 3 at north end
  • Swift 1
  • House Martin 10
  • Swallow 10


Kevin Harris: Dramatic skies with this changeable weather.


July 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Reed Warblers heard

Hide open again


July 8th 2012

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2 adults and 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Common Sandpiper 7 at north end
  • Redshank 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 2
  • Reed Warbler 2

The hide was flooded today.


Dave Helliar: Redshank and Common Sandpipers


Roger Harris: Redshank

July 7th 2012

  • Mute Swan 2 adults (anyone seen the cygnet?)
  • Common Sandpiper 2


Dave Helliar: Common Sandpiper


July 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10 (no sign of chicks)
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • House Martins 10
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff 3


Kevin Harris: Meadow Brown and a sunny evening after many wet days.


July 4th 2012

  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2 plus 1 cygnet
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • House Martin 15
  • Swallow 5
  • Chiffchaff 4
  • Blackcap 2




Lewis Bates: A single cygnet


A Song Thrush celebrates the 4th of July


July 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Hirundines 150+ (mostly House Martins)
  • Reed Warbler singing
  • Bullfinch 1


The one surviving Grebe nest was unoccupied today - failed? - Let's hope we see some chicks.


July 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • House Martin 50+
  • Swallow 4
  • Warblers
  • Bullfinch 1



There were warblers in the bushes behind the hide, but none were calling or singing in the rain today.


July 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 26
  • Coot 2 small chicks
  • Common Sandpiper 2 at dam end
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • House Martin 12+
  • Reed Warbler heard

June 30th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 19
  • Moorhen 6 chicks
  • Common Sandpiper 5
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Hirundines 12+
  • Reed Warbler 2

June 29th 2012

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck
  • Moorhen 6 chicks
  • Swallow 10+
  • House Martin 10+
  • Chiffchaff 3+
  • Blackcap 1
  • Reed Warbler




Kevin Harris: Female Blackcap


June 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 16

June 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Swallow 5
  • House Martin 5
  • Reed Warbler singing
  • Chiffchaff 4
  • Blackcap female seen and song heard elsewhere

June 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Coot 1 medium sized chick
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Swallow 12+

June 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 (south car park)
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing

June 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Coot only 1 chick seen
  • Swallow 8
  • House Martin 8



The visible Grebe nest is still occupied despite more rain.


June 22nd 2012

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Swallow 5
  • House Martin 1
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing



Also the water level has risen yet again since yesterday and the one visible Grebe nest looks very perilous now.


June 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Swallow 10
  • House Martin 10

June 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Swallow 10
  • House Martin 10
  • Blackcap 1 singing
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing south end

June 19th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Coot 3 chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Swallow 5
  • House Martin 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1 north end
  • Reed Warbler 3/4 heard north end

June 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Coot 2 chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Swallow 1
  • Blackcap 1 singing
  • Chiffchaff 3 south end

June 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Mallard at least 3 broods of ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Coot 3 chicks
  • Herring Gull 76
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Swallow 6
  • Reed Warblers 2+ at south end
  • Chiffchaff 2 heard

June 16th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Coot 4 chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Swift 7
  • Sand Martin 50+
  • Swallow 12
  • House Martin 50+

June 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Coot 2 chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing

June 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3

June 13th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Mallard 11 ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Reed Warbler 1 seen
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing

June 12th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Mallard 7 ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Coot 3+ chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3

June 11th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 heard
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff singing

June 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Swift 10
  • Swallow 10
  • Reed Warbler singing
  • Chiffchaff singing
Swifts and Swallows driven low by rain and high winds


June 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Reed Warblers singing
  • Chiffchaff singing

June 4th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 1 pair mating
  • Mute Swan 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Reed Warblers singing

June 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mallard 2 families of 4+5 ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Herring Gull 66
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3

June 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Mallard 4 ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Black-headed Gull 13
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Song Thrush 2
  • Reed Warbler singing
  • Chiffchaff singing


Kevin Harris: Many orchids in the meadow.


May 30th 2012

  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Mallard 4 ducklings
  • Herring Gull 18
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Swift 1
  • Swallow 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Chiffchaff singing

The first Kingfisher seen since February.


Kevin Harris: Southern Marsh Orchid and Shield Bug


May 29th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 16
  • Swift 1
  • Swallow 3
  • Reed Warbler 3+ singing
  • Blackcap singing
  • Chiffchaff singing

May 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4 (pair seen mating)
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Herring Gull 77
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 11
  • Swallow 4
  • Reed Warbler 3+ singing (south end)
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing


Kevin Harris: Marsh orchids in the meadow


May 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Herring Gull 126
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 12
  • Sand Martin 3
  • Swallow 4
  • Reed Warbler 3 singing

May 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Common Sandpiper 1 north end
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Grey Wagtail 4
  • Reed Warbler 3
  • Blackcap 2
  • Willow Warbler 1
  • Treecreeper 1
  • Jay 1
  • Bullfinch 1


Roger Harris: Reed Warbler


May 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Herring Gull 103
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 17
  • Reed Warbler 1 singing
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Blackcap 1 singing

May 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9

May 23rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 8
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Herring Gull 128
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 17
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing
  • Reed Warbler 3 south end (all singing)
  • Long-tailed Tit 2


A rather worn Peacock butterfly and Yellow Rattle amongst other wild flowers in the car park meadow.


May 22nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Herring Gull 136
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 15
  • Swift 4
  • Swallow 2
  • Reed Warbler 4+ south end (all singing)

May 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Herring Gull 75+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Swift 4
  • Wren 1 singing
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Reed Warbler 4 north end, 2 south end (all singing)
  • Long-tailed Tit 2


Also a terrapin at the north end


May 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 14
  • Blackcap 2 singing
  • Chiffchaff heard
  • Reed Warbler 2 singing


Kevin Harris: Ferns


May 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Coot 2 chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Swallow 2
  • Wren 1
  • Blackcap heard
  • Chiffchaff heard
  • Reed Warbler 2

May 16th 2012

  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Coot 2 chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Blackcap 2
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Reed Warbler 3

May 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Herring Gull 71
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9

May 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Swallow 15
  • House Martin 100
  • Sand Martin 100
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Blackcap 2
  • Chiffchaff 1


Kevin Harris: Martins in the rain


May 11th 2012

  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 59
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Swift 1
  • Swallow 15
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Blackcap 2
  • Chiffchaff 2

May 9th 2012

  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Swallow 20+
  • Reed Warbler 2
  • Blackcap 2
  • Chiffchaff 1


Lots of birds singing in the lunchtime misty rain


May 4th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Swallow 20
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Blackcap 1
  • Chiffchaff 2

Also a male Sparrowhawk with prey flying over the cycle path next to the recycling centre.


May 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 0
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Black-headed Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Common Tern 1
  • Swallow 150+
  • House Martin 150+
  • Treecreeper 1

The water level has reduced again a little today.


May 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Herring Gull 28
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin 5
  • Blackcap 2
  • Chiffchaff 2

The water level has eased enough not to need wellies to get in the hide, but more rain is forecast for tomorrow. Swarms of St Mark's Flies in the meadows.


May 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Buzzard 4
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Herring Gull 22
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Swallow 2

Also a Terrapin at the north end. The hide was left locked today for safety as the walkway was partly under water (worse than yesterday).


April 30th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Buzzard 1 being harried by Crows
  • Sparrowhawk 1 carrying prey
  • Herring Gull 11
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Hirundines 400 (mostly House Martins)
  • Blackcap 4 singing
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Bullfinch 1


Water level very high with the entrance to the hide just under water. The Swan's nest has been washed out as has a Coot nest in the reeds. Another Coot nest has so far survived.


April 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Herring Gull 21
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Hirundines 400-500 (mostly Swallows and quite a few Sand Martins)
  • Blackcap 2
  • Reed Warbler 1
  • Sedge Warbler 1
  • Chiffchaff 4
  • Bullfinch 1

April 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Buzzard 1
  • Herring Gull 69
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Swallow 6+
  • Goldcrest heard singing
  • Chiffchaff 1

April 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Coot 2 chicks
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Swallow 50+
  • Coal Tit 2

Also a Rat and a Terrapin


April 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Buzzard 1
  • Herring Gull 11
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Swallow 20+
  • Blackcap 1


A local Crow with a broken bill predated the Swan nest when the female left it for 10 minutes, but she came back and settled on the remaining eggs.

Water at a very high level and it seems that all the Grebes are on the water so any nests may have been washed out.


April 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3 pairs
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 72
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Swallow c.2 dozen

April 22nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3 pairs and a single
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Buzzard 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Herring Gull 35
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Swallow lots passing through at lunchtime
  • Blackcap 5
  • Chiffchaff 3

Also a count of 20+ Swallows at 3pm


April 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3 singles
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Buzzard 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Swallow 6

April 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3 singles
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Buzzard 2
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Swallow too many to count
  • Bullfinch 1

Too many Swallows to count this evening in a rain shower. Swallows everywhere, skimming the surface from one end to the other and more up in the sky.



April 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Buzzard 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 14
  • Hirundines 100+


Heavy showers


April 16th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe pair mating
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Blackcap 2
  • Chiffchaff 1

April 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 32 north end
  • Pheasant 1
  • Buzzard 1
  • Herring Gull 67
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8

April 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Teal 1
  • Herring Gull 94
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
  • Sand Martin 6+
  • Swallow 4

April 13th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Buzzard 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 12

April 12th 2012

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Mallard ducklings 5+
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 12
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Chiffchaff 3
  • Long-tailed Tit 2

April 11th 2012

  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Chiffchaff 3

April 9th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Sand Martin 10
  • Reed Bunting 1

April 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 3
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Buzzard 4
  • Sparrowhawk (north end)
  • Black-headed Gull 5
  • Herring Gull 91
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 12

April 5th 2012

  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Sand Martin 3
  • Swallow a few
  • House Martin 1
  • Willow Warbler 2 singing

April 4th 2012

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Black-headed Gull 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Sand Martin 9
  • House Martin 1
  • Chiffchaff 2


Lewis Bates: Bank Vole




Also Bank Vole

April 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 3
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Swallow 2
  • Reed Bunting 1 pair

 


April 2nd 2012

  • Cormorant 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Buzzard 1
  • Iceland Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Blackcap 1 singing
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing


Kevin Harris: Iceland Gull

Sunny but cold air with the northerly wind


April 1st 2012

  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Shoveler 4
  • Willow Warbler 1 at north end

 


March 31st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 26
  • Shoveler 4
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 12
  • Sand Martin 2
  • Swallow 1



Yesterday was warm and sunny, today grey and colder, but today some hirundines appear.

Also 2 Muntjac at north end.


March 30th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 4
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Shoveler 2 pairs
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 15
  • Grey Wagtail 2

March 29th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Shoveler 5
  • Iceland Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 137
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 14
  • Blackcap 2



Roger Harris: Iceland Gull


March 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 3
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Teal 4
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Iceland Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
  • Sand Martin 2
  • Nuthatch 2
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Reed Bunting 1 pair




Beth Easdale: Nuthatch


Kevin Harris: Iceland Gull

March 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 3
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Shoveler 5
  • Herring Gull 22
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 14
  • Sand Martin 7
  • Blackcap 1 singing
  • Reed Bunting 1

March 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 25
  • Teal 7
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Blackcap 1 singing
  • Reed Bunting 2


Kevin Harris: Lesser Black-backed Gull


March 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 20
  • Teal 10
  • Shoveler 2 pairs
  • Buzzard 4
  • Snipe 1
  • Herring Gull 60+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 12
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
  • Sand Martin 5
  • Chiffchaff 4

Also just north of the reservoir - 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Pied Wagtails.


March 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Teal 8
  • Shoveler 5
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Chiffchaff 3+

Also just north of the reservoir - 3 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Pied Wagtails and 2 Grey Wagtails.


March 23rd 2012

  • Cormorant 4
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Teal 8
  • Shoveler 3
  • Buzzard 1
  • Iceland Gull 1 first winter (KGH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
  • Chiffchaff 4 singing

The Iceland Gull arrived at 13:05, flew around looking like it was going to land, but didn't stay long enough to get a photograph. It was in that lovely creamy plumage of the first year. It's the first record for the reservoir as far as I can tell.

6 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons at dusk in trees to the north of the reservoir, none on the reservoir itself.


March 22nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 9
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Teal 10
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 11
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
  • Chiffchaff several singing

Also a terrapin has been reported at the north end.


March 21st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 10
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Shoveler 1
  • Teal 6
  • Buzzard 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 13
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Long-tailed Tit several heard
  • Reed Bunting 1

Also 3 Roe Deer and a Comma butterfly

Kevin Harris: An early Comma in the meadow


Kevin Harris: 3 Roe Deer seeking out the new willow growth.


March 20th 2012

  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Shoveler 1 pair

March 19th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 15
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 5
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Teal 7
  • Buzzard 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Song Thrush 2
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Long-tailed Tit several heard
  • Bullfinch 1 pair

March 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 20
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 12
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7


Also 2 Muntjac Deer at the North End


March 16th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Little Egret 20
  • Cormorant 5
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Teal 10
  • Sparrowhawk 1 pair
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
  • Treecreeper 1

March 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Teal 6
  • Black-headed Gull 6
  • Herring Gull 40
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2

14 Little Egrets in trees to north of the reservoir
Murky


March 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 19
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 6
  • Pheasant 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Reed Bunting 1


Misty


March 13th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 6
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Black-headed Gull 10
  • Herring Gull 31
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Long-tailed Tit 4


Foggy again


March 12th 2012

  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 13
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Reed Bunting 2


Foggy


March 11th 2012

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 17
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Teal 8
  • Buzzard 2
  • Herring Gull 59
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Grey Wagtail 1

March 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 8
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Teal 9
  • Buzzard 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Pheasant 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 drumming
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Treecreeper 1
  • Marsh Tit 1 at north end
  • Reed Bunting 1


Kevin Harris: Mandarin at north end

Also 19 Little Egrets in nearby trees


March 9th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 18
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Mandarin pair mating
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Teal 13
  • Buzzard 1
  • Pheasant 1
  • Black-headed Gull 88
  • Common Gull 5
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Herring Gull 56
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 pair
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 3

March 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 18
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Teal 10
  • Shoveler 4 (1 pair mating)
  • Common Gull 5
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Reed Bunting 2

March 7th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 18
  • Teal 11
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Treecreeper 1

March 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 18
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 17
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Buzzard 2
  • Black-headed Gull 60+
  • Herring Gull 35
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Reed Bunting 4 incl 1 male


Roger Harris: Reed Bunting


March 5th 2012

  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 18
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 16
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Gull 11
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Bullfinch 1 pair
  • Reed Bunting 3

March 4th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 17
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 6
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7

March 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 20
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Black-headed Gull 89
  • Herring Gull 85
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Treecreeper 1
  • Reed Bunting 3

March 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Cormorant 14
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 19
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 5
  • Shoveler 2
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7

March 1st 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Cormorant 11
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 20
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 4
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Black-headed Gull 63
  • Herring Gull 58
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Long-tailed Tit 3


Jeff Farley: Egrets today in the trees


February 29th 2012

  • Cormorant 14
  • Little Egret 19
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 6
  • Wigeon 1
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Jay 1
  • Bullfinch 1

 


February 28th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe some displaying
  • Cormorant 17
  • Little Egret 19
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 6
  • Pochard 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Pheasant 2
  • Black-headed Gull 55
  • Herring Gull 65
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3

 


February 27th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe some displaying
  • Little Egret 19
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 7
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Buzzard 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Goldcrest singing

 


February 26th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Cormorant 13
  • Little Egret 20
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 7
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Shoveler 1
  • Pheasant 2
  • Black-headed Gull 49
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Herring Gull 40
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 6

 


February 25th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Cormorant 17
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 19
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 3
  • Teal 4
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Black-headed Gull 120
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Common Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
  • Redwing 10+
  • Goldcrest 2
  • Wren 4
  • Coal Tit 2
  • Goldfinch small party
  • Reed Bunting 3

 


February 24th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Cormorant 16
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 18
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Mandarin 3
  • Teal 7
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Black-headed Gull 120+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 26
  • Goldcrest 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Chaffinch 4
  • Bullfinch 1
  • Reed Bunting 3

 


February 23rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Cormorant 20
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 17
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 14
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Buzzard 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Wren 1
  • Marsh Tit 2

 


February 22nd 2012

  • Cormorant 19
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 20
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 13
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Jay 2
  • Goldcrest 3
  • Long-tailed Tit 6+
  • Goldfinch 25+

 


February 20th 2012

  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 22
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 40+
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Buzzard 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 1

Also 3 Meadow Pipits at the nearby recycling centre



Kevin Harris: Little Egrets, Grey and Pied Wagtails


February 19th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Cormorant 21
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 22
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Mandarin 2
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 11
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 150+
  • Common Gull 5
  • Herring Gull 19
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Jay 1

 


February 18th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Cormorant 20
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 22
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Mandarin 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 18
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Pheasant 1
  • Black-headed Gull 55
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Jay 1
  • Bullfinch 2
  • Reed Bunting 1

 


February 17th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Cormorant 21
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Little Egret 22
  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Mandarin 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 9
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 6+
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Reed Bunting 4

 


February 16th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Cormorant 22
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Little Egret 22
  • Mute Swan 5
  • Canada Goose 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Common Gull 28
  • Black-headed Gull 300
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Bullfinch 1
  • Reed Bunting 4

 


Sue Heselton: Reed Bunting


February 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Cormorant 26
  • Grey Heron 6
  • Little Egret 22
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Canada Goose 3
  • Teal 6
  • Wigeon 1
  • Buzzard 3
  • Common Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 2
  • Jay 1
  • Bullfinch 2
  • Reed Bunting 4

 


Kevin Harris: 10 of the 22 Little Egrets today


February 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Cormorant 23
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 21
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Teal 19
  • Buzzard 1
  • Herring Gull 56
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Black-headed Gull 70+
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Bullfinch 1
  • Reed Bunting 1

 

 


February 13th 2012

  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 16
  • Buzzard 2
  • Common Gull 1
  • Black-headed Gull 80+

 

Most water clear of ice today


February 12th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 0
  • Cormorant 10
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Teal 28
  • Pheasant 2
  • Black-headed Gull 160+
  • Herring Gull 53
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 3

21 Little Egrets just outside the reserve again.

Much of the water was frozen again.


February 11th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 6
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Teal 33
  • Black-headed Gull 200+
  • Herring Gull 74
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1

21 Little Egrets just outside the reserve.

Much of the water was frozen again after a very cold night.

 


February 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Cormorant 20
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 2
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 22
  • Goosander 1 redhead
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Goldcrest 1 at southern end
  • Nuthatch 4+ at southern end
  • Chaffinch 30+
  • Goldfinch 25+
  • Bullfinch 8 (4 pairs in one tree SH)
  • Reed Bunting 2 at southern end

 

Cold but not windy and water unfrozen.

Another 8 Little Egrets north of the reservoir area.

8 Bullfinch is a record for Chard and so many together is unusual anywhere.


February 9th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Cormorant 21
  • Grey Heron 6
  • Little Egret 21
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Teal 18
  • Goosander 1 redhead
  • Black-headed Gull 81
  • Herring Gull 49
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 1 at northern end

 

 


February 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Cormorant 18
  • Grey Heron 7
  • Little Egret 21
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Teal 11
  • Goosander 1 redhead
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Redwing 1
  • Bullfinch 2

 

21 Little Egrets is the most on the res since the record year of 2006. The record count of 32 that year was on 9th Feb. The water is mostly clear of ice today, but more cold weather is forecast.


February 7th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 0
  • Cormorant 11
  • Grey Heron 6
  • Little Egret 1
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 18
  • Goosander 1
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Jay 1

 

 


February 6th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 0
  • Cormorant 0
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 0
  • Mute Swan 5
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 26
  • Black-headed Gull 170+
  • Herring Gull 70+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2

Still part frozen. Grebes, Cormorants and Egrets notable by their absence.

 


February 5th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 0
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 6
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 5
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Wigeon 2
  • Teal 26
  • Coot 23
  • Black-headed Gull 70+
  • Herring Gull 61
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1

Still part frozen but warmed up a little..

Also 16 Little Egrets to north of reserve

A Yellow-browed Warbler being found just 2 km away makes me wonder again about the birds on 25th Jan...


February 4th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Cormorant 3
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 13
  • Mute Swan 6
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 33
  • Black-headed Gull 110
  • Herring Gull 70+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 drumming
  • Pied Wagtail 2
  • Goldcrest 5
  • Treecreeper 4
  • Jay 2

A large part frozen but with some open water as yesterday.


February 3rd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Cormorant 14
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 9
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Teal 40+
  • Pheasant 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Long-tailed Tit 2

About -8 overnight and a large part of the water was frozen. This always leads to a reduction in the number of Great Crested Grebes and often an increase in some species such as Teal. There were no birds at all on the platforms and no Cormorants as I arrived. The 14 Cormorants flew in and landed on the restricted open water while I was watching.


Woodpecker drumming today


February 2nd 2012

  • Cormorant 38
  • Grey Heron 6
  • Little Egret 18
  • Mute Swan 6
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Shoveler 2
  • Teal 22
  • Goosander 2
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Black-headed Gull 116
  • Herring Gull 75
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 1
  • Bullfinch 2


Roger Harris: 2 Goosanders
Today -3 and very cold in the hide. The south west corner of the res was frozen.

18 Little Egrets is the most actually on the res since the record year of 2006.


February 1st 2012

  • Cormorant 35
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 10
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 11
  • Goosander 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1 washing in the inlet stream
  • Snipe 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Bullfinch 2


Freezing cold and a northerly wind.

A Great White Egret was reported from Hornsbury Mill area flying this way at 5pm yesterday. No sign today though.


January 31st 2012

  • Cormorant 31
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 9
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 8
  • Goosander 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Black-headed Gull 66
  • Herring Gull 27
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Jay 1


Freezing conditions. Tree lopping with chain saws going on at the north end.


January 30th 2012

  • Cormorant 25
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mandarin 2
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 4
  • Goldcrest 2
  • Greenfinch 1
  • Goldfinch 11
  • Bullfinch 2

January 29th 2012

  • Cormorant 24
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 10
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 3
  • Black-headed Gull 80
  • Herring Gull 76
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
  • Grey Wagtail 1


Also 2 Roe Deer


January 28th 2012

  • Cormorant 27
  • Little Egret 17
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Mute Swan 6
  • Mandarin 3
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 15
  • Herring Gull 57
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Bullfinch heard




Low gull numbers and worryingly 2 dead gulls found.


January 27th 2012

  • Cormorant 35
  • Little Egret 12
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Lapwing 25 over heading south
  • Black-headed Gull 120
  • Common Gull 31
  • Herring Gull 54
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Nuthatch 4
  • Goldcrest 1






January 26th 2012

  • Cormorant 22
  • Little Egret 13
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Common Gull 14
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Nuthatch 3
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 12
  • Bullfinch 1






Kevin Harris: 13 Egrets and one of the Herons


January 25th 2012

  • Cormorant 36
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 4
  • Jay 2
  • Goldfinch 5
  • Bullfinch 2

Also 2 very small warbler types at the base of the half dead Oak tree near the information sign. Could have been Goldcrests but looked very green, possibly Chiffchaffs, but again rather green, perhaps too small and I thought I caught a glimpse of wingbar. I never did get the binoculars on to them. They reminded me of Yellow-browed Warblers, but probably something more common. Worth another look tomorrow.




January 24th 2012

  • Cormorant 24
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Black-headed Gull 60+
  • Common Gull 5
  • Herring Gull 70+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3




Roger Harris: Wigeon


January 23rd 2012

  • Cormorant 29
  • Little Egret 12
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 22
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 (adult)
  • Common Gull 30+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Nuthatch 4
  • Long-tailed Tit 8

January 22nd 2012

  • Cormorant 26
  • Little Egret 15
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Teal 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 22
  • Mediterranean Gull 2 (RH - adult & 1st Winter)
  • Common Gull 44
  • Herring Gull 80+
  • Black-headed Gull 250+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1

January 21st 2012

  • Cormorant 26
  • Grey Heron 5
  • Little Egret 17
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Buzzard 2
  • Common Gull 12
  • Herring Gull 146
  • Black-headed Gull 150+
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 4
  • Goldfinch 5
  • Crossbill 1 calling (RH 3rd record)

January 20th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Cormorant 41
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 16
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Teal 6
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Goosander 1
  • Common Gull 21
  • Herring Gull 65
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 6
  • Goldfinch 4


Roger Harris: Teal



January 19th 2012

  • Cormorant 44
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 8 in NW corner
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Wigeon 1
  • Black-headed Gull 150+
  • Common Gull 8+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 5

January 18th 2012

  • Cormorant 31
  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 1
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Teal 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Black-headed Gull 180
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Bunting 1

January 17th 2012

  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 38
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Teal 10
  • Wigeon 1
  • Goosander 1
  • Pheasant 2
  • Black-headed Gull 170
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Marsh Tit 1

January 16th 2012

  • Lttle Grebe 2
  • Cormorant 26
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 5
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Mandarin 2
  • Tufted Duck 23
  • Teal 6
  • Wigeon 1
  • Goosander 1
  • Common Gull 1 imm.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Jay 1
  • Reed Bunting 1

January 15th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 26
  • Cormorant 28
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 8
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Canada Goose 9
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Teal 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Black-headed Gull 200+
  • Herring Gull 95
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Common Gull 3
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Treecreeper 1
  • Jay 1
  • Bullfinch 1


Paul Hopkinson: Wigeon



January 14th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 25
  • Cormorant 30
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Wigeon 1
  • Black-headed Gull 500+
  • Common Gull 17
  • Herring Gull 94
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 12
  • Reed Bunting 1


Roger Harris: Reed Bunting



January 13th 2012

  • Cormorant 20
  • Little Egret 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Pheasant 5
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Jay 2
  • Bullfinch 2

January 12th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 26
  • Cormorant 28
  • Little Egret 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 2
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 24
  • Pheasant 2
  • Kingfisher 1

January 11th 2012

  • Cormorant 34
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Goosander 1
  • Common Gull 2
  • Caspian Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1



Roger Harris: Caspian Gull
An unusual looking 2nd winter Gull, prompted Roger to send his pictures to the Gull Research Organisation forum.


January 10th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Cormorant 24
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Goosander 1
  • Pheasant 1
  • Black-headed Gull 160+
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 47
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1

January 9th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Cormorant 22
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 12
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Teal 2
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Goosander 1
  • Pheasant 1
  • Common Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Marsh Tit 2
  • Reed Bunting 3





Kevin Harris: Wigeon taking off


January 8th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 31
  • Cormorant 21
  • Little Egret 3
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Mandarin 3
  • Teal 1
  • Mallard 75
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Pheasant 1
  • Black-headed Gull 120+
  • Herring Gull 47
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Magpie 14

January 7th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 27
  • Cormorant 29
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 7
  • Mute Swan 5
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Wigeon 2
  • Black-headed Gull 140+
  • Herring Gull 25
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1

January 6th 2012

  • Cormorant 33
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Egret 4
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Wigeon 2
  • Common Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Bunting 2

Female Wigeon
Kevin Harris: Wigeon and Little Egret


January 5th 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 38
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Cormorant 25
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 8
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Wigeon 1
  • Herring Gull 140+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 6
  • Treecreeper 1
  • Bullfinch 1 pair
  • Goldfinch c.25

January 4th 2012

  • Little Egret 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Mute Swan 3
  • Mandarin 2
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Common Gull 2
  • Herring Gull 1 albino
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Bullfinch 1

January 3rd 2012

  • Little Egret 2
  • Mute Swan 4
  • Canada Goose 13
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Teal 3
  • Tufted Duck 18
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 9

January 2nd 2012

  • Great Crested Grebe 35
  • Cormorant 44
  • Little Egret 11
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Mute Swan 6
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Wigeon 10
  • Teal 1
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Goosander 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Common Gull 2
  • Black-headed Gull 170+
  • Herring Gull 100+
  • Kingfisher 1

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If anyone has information or observations on the wildlife at Chard reservoir:

email sightings to: kevbirder@gmail.com


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