Chard reservoir sign

Recent sightings

What to look for in August


August 16th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14 + 2 chicks
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
  • Nuthatch heard

 


August 14th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4
  • Shoveler 1
  • Little Egret 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 15 + 2 chicks
  • Buzzard 1
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Reed Warbler 1 SW reeds

The 2 Grebe chicks seen are 2 of the 3 first seen at the south end on 13th July. The new chicks from the north end may still be around, but were not seen today or yesterday from the south end. Treecreepers and Jays were reported from the nearby cycle track.


August 13th 2017

  • Mute Swan 3
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Shoveler 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14 + 2 chicks
  • Reed Warbler 1 SW reeds

 


August 12th 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 (BXN & CDS plus 3 unringed)
  • Tufted Duck 19
  • Shoveler 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 16 + 4 chicks
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
  • Swallow 20+
  • House Martin 20+
  • Reed Warbler 1 still very mobile (probably feeding young)

The last known Grebe nest has produced 2 or more chicks and so it should be OK to let the water level down now.
Also 2 young Bullfinches on the cycle path just outside the reservoir area and a Fritillary butterfly (probably Silver Washed) in Touches Lane, also just outside the area.


August 11th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 (BXN & CDS)
  • Mallard 4 new ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Shoveler 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18 + 2 chicks
  • Little Grebe 1 in reeds near hide
  • Reed Warbler 1 very mobile (probably feeding young)

BXN seems to have gotten his way and chased off all the other swans, some of which have been present since March when BXN himself arrived.


August 10th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18 + 1 chick
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
  • Kingfisher 1

 


August 9th 2017

  • Mute Swan 5
  • Shoveler 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 16 + 2 chicks
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Swallow c.50
  • House Martin c.50
  • Sand Martin a few

 


August 7th 2017

  • Mute Swan 7
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12 + 2 chicks
  • Kingfisher 1

The dominant male Swan BXN has become more aggresive in recent days and appears to have successfully moved some of the other swans on to other areas.


August 6th 2017

  • Mute Swan 7
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 16 + 2 chicks

 


August 5th 2017

  • Mute Swan 7
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • House Martin 15+
  • Long-tailed Tit 13

 


August 4th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Little Egret 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 14 + 2 chicks

 


August 3rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (inc. BXN & DKL )
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Mallard c.50
  • Little Egret 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 14 + 2 chicks
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Black-headed Gull 14
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Wren 1
  • Reed Warbler brief song

 


August 2nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 10
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Mallard 47
  • Great Crested Grebe17 + 2 chicks
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Wren 1

 


July 31st 2017

  • Mute Swan 12
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Little Egret 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 2 chicks
  • Common Sandpiper 2 (north end)
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Nuthatch heard

 


July 30th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 17 ad. + only 2 chicks
  • Little Gull 1 adult (evening)
  • Kingfisher 1


Dave Helliar: Little Gull


July 29th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 21 ad.+ 3 chicks
  • Black-headed Gull 5 ad. 1 juv.
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1


Sue Heselton: Common Sandpiper


July 28th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Shoveler 3
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 10 ad. + 3 chicks
  • Black-headed Gull 34
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9


Sue Heselton: Shoveler


July 27th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 3 chicks
  • Black-headed Gull 5 ad. 1 juv.
  • Green Woodpecker 1 in Buttercup Meadow
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 by Touches Lane



July 26th 2017

  • Mute Swan 12 (inc. BXN and CDS)
  • Tufted Duck 4 ad.
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 12 + 3 chicks
  • Black-headed Gull 10
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8


Kevin Harris: Grebe and chicks


July 25th 2017

  • Common Sandpiper 1



July 24th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (inc. DKL and unringed )
  • Tufted Duck 1 ad.
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Oystercatcher 1
  • Redshank 1
  • Black-headed Gull 7
  • Herring Gull 53
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1


Kevin Harris: Oystercatcher and Redshank

Also Red Admirals and Peacock butterflies.


July 23rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

July 20th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Canada Goose 3
  • Little Egret 3
  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

July 19th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Cormorant 1
  • Black-headed Gull 8
  • Marsh Tit 2
 

July 18th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 19 Adults + 3 young
  • Little Egret 2
 

July 16th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 24 ad. + 3 young
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 13 + 3 chicks
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 4
  • Herring Gull 73
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Swallow 1
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing


Kevin Harris: Female Demoiselle

Also Beautiful Demoiselles, Red Admirals, Comma and Peacock.


July 15th 2017

  • Great Crested Grebe 1 new nest
  • Common Sandpiper 1
 

July 14th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 10 ad. + 3 young
  • Shoveler 2 pairs
  • Great Crested Grebe 11 + 3 chicks
  • Black-headed Gull 2
  • Herring Gull 7
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Swift 12+

 


July 13th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Great White Egret 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14 + 3 chicks
  • Black-headed Gull 4 ad. + 1 juv.
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 3
  • Marsh Tit heard
  • Reed Warbler heard


Kevin Harris: Great White Egret (with Little Egret) and grebe chicks
Surprisingly this is the 9th record of Great White Egret at the reservoir.


July 12th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Black-headed Gull 8
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Swift 4
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 2

Also Gatekeeper, Peacock and Meadow Brown butterflies.


July 11th 2017

  • Tufted Duck 21 ad. + 3 young
 

July 10th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 3 young
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Common Tern 1
  • Black-headed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 60
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Swift 6
  • Reed Warbler several
  • Blackcap several
  • Chiffchaff several
  • Grey Wagtail 1


Kevin Harris: Tufted Duck with young and Common Tern catching fish


July 9th 2017

  • Mute Swan 15
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Common Sandpiper 18 (north end)
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Warbler several


Sue Heselton: 18 (13 shown) is the largest number of Common Sandpipers since 1998 when there were about 30


July 8th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 10 + 3 young (a few weeks old)
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Common Tern 1 (passed through)
  • Black-headed Gull 6
  • Herring Gull 433
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 30
  • Swift 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Warbler several
  • Blackcap several
  • Chiffchaff several


Kevin Harris: Common Tern (1st Tern of the year) and Ringlet

This is the first recorded breeding of Tufted Ducks since 1989.
Also seen Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Ringlets, six spot Burnet moth, Banded Demoiselles and Broad-bodied Chasers.


A Blackcap sings on the meadow edge with distant Chiffchaff


July 7th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Common Sandpiper 7
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 233
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 18
  • Reed Warbler several
 

July 5th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Warbler several
  • Bullfinch 1 pair


Kevin Harris: Bullfinch near hide


A Reed Warbler sings in the south reed bed


July 3rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Reed Warbler several
  • Song Thrush 1
 

July 2nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Coot a new family of 3 chicks near hide
 

July 1st 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Herring Gull c.300
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
 

June 29th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Moorhen chicks in 2 areas
  • Herring Gull 47
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 12+
  • Reed Warbler several heard
Also a Small White butterfly.

June 28th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin a few
  • Sand Martin a few
  • Swallow a few
 

June 27th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 8
 

June 26th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Moorhen 3 chicks
  • Coot 2 chicks
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin several
  • Reed Warbler several
  • Bullfinch 2 pairs

Kevin Harris: Young Kingfisher near the hide

June 25th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Mallard brood of 8
  • Tufted Duck 22
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Moorhen 1 chick
  • Coot 2 chicks
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin c.40
  • Reed Warbler several heard
Also a fox walked under the entrance to the hide.

June 24th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Mallard brood of 10 small chicks
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Moorhen 3 chicks
  • Coot 2 chicks south end, 1 north end
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 4 (family party)
  • House Martin several
  • Reed Warbler several both ends
  • Chiffchaff 6 singing
  • Blackcap c.10 singing
  • Treecreeper 1 north end
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Pied Wagtail pair at Dam end
  • Chaffinch
 

June 22nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Mallard brood of 4/5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Herring Gull 123
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Swift 20+
  • Kingfisher 1
  • House Martin 4
  • Reed Warbler heard
  • Blackcap 2
  • Song Thrush 1 with food
 

June 21st 2017

  • Mute Swan 13
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Mallard 2 broods
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 5 + 1 well grown young bird
  • Moorhen 3 young
  • Coot 2 young
  • Herring Gull c.300
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 12
  • Reed Warbler heard
  • Chiffchaff singing
  • Blackcap singing
  • Song Thrush 1 with food
  • Bullfinch 1

Kevin Harris: Well grown juvenile grebe (not raised at the reservoir)

June 19th 2017

  • Mute Swan 12
  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Moorhen 3 young
  • Coot 1+4 young
  • Herring Gull c.300
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
  • Reed Warbler 2
 

June 18th 2017

  • Mute Swan 12
  • Mallard 12 new ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Herring Gull 200+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Reed Warbler heard
 

June 17th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Buzzard 1
  • Herring Gull 150+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Swift 3
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Swallow 6
  • House Martin 10
  • Blue Tit fledged young
  • Long-tailed Tit family party
  • Reed Warbler c.15
Also Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Beautiful Demoiselle

June 16th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Buzzard 1
  • Swift 2
  • Swallow 4
  • House Martin 14
 

June 15th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Blackcap 1
 

June 14th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
 

June 12th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
 

June 11th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (inc. BXN and CDS)
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Swift 3
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Swallow 15

 


June 10th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Tufted Duck 6 (4 males)
  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Swift 8
  • Swallow 6
  • House Martin c.60 around SE reedbed

 


June 9th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (inc. DKL and unringed)
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Long-tailed Tit family group with 6-8 young
  • Great Tit nest near hide

 


June 8th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (4 adults)
  • Tufted Duck 7 (5 males)
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Swift 6
  • House Martin c.50

 


June 7th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10
  • Mallard duckling 2 (older ones than the 3 seen on 5th)
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Buzzard 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Swift 1
  • Swallow a few

I'm off on holiday to Scotland so there will be no updates for a couple of weeks.


June 5th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10 (4 adults inc. BXN/CDS & DKL)
  • Mallard duckling 3
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Swift 1
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin c.150

 


June 4th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (5 adults inc.BXN/CDS)
  • Mallard duckling 5
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Coot 3 chicks near SE reeds
  • Swallow 40+ (intermittant rain)
  • Reed Warbler heard


Sue Heselton: Great Crested Grebe in the rain


June 3rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (inc.BXN/CDS & DKL)
  • Mallard duckling 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 11 including pair with nest
  • Swift 2
  • Swallow 3
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Reed Warbler (north and south ends)
  • Blackcap 2 heard
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Bullfinch 1 pair


Kevin Harris: Swift and Common Blue butterfly


June 1st 2017

  • Mute Swan 12 (inc.BXN & CDS)
  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Carrion Crow 1 just out of nest


Kevin Harris: Thousands of fish fry under the hide


May 31st 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (5 adults, inc. BXN/CDS & DKL)
  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Blue Tit family
  • Blackcap + 1 young
  • Reed Warbler heard
  • Bullfinch 1 pair near the hide


Kevin Harris: Blackcap and Blue Tit young were being fed near the hide


May 30th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (5 adults, inc. BXN & CDS)
  • Mallard 8 medium sized ducklings
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 6

 


May 29th 2017

  • Mute Swan 12 (4 adults, BXN & CDS, others unringed)
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Reed Warbler 3 seen in SE reed beds

 


May 28th 2017

  • Mute Swan 12 (4 adults inc. BXN & CDS)
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Coot just 1 chick in reedbed
  • House Martin 50+
  • Swallow 8

 


May 27th 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (6 adults inc. BXN & CDS)
  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Reed Warblers heard

 


May 26th 2017

  • Mute Swan 15 (5+ adults)
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Coot 1 chick in SE reedbed
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • House Martin c.12
  • Swallow c.12
  • Reed Warblers heard

 


May 25th 2017

  • Mute Swan 12 (5 adults)
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 3 singles

 


May 23rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 12 (5 ad. inc BXN/CDS)
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Great Crested Grebe 14

2 pairs of Grebes nest prospecting south end


May 22nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 12 (5 ad. BXN/CDS DKL/unringed + 1 unringed)
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 nests still active
  • Mistle Thrush 2
  • Spotted Flycatcher 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1 with 1 young
  • Chaffinch pair with young and another on nest
  • Bullfinch 1 pair

 


May 21st 2017

  • Mute Swan 10 (3 ad. BXN & CDS +1)
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Cormorant 1 juv.
  • Great Crested Grebe 9 inc display

 


May 20th 2017

  • Shelduck 2

 


May 19th 2017

  • Great Crested Grebe 14

2 pairs of Grebes nest prospecting north end


May 18th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10 (inc. 2 ad. BXN & CDS)
  • Cormorant 1 juv.
  • Great Crested Grebe 4

 


May 17th 2017

  • Mute Swan 8
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Swallow c.150
  • House Martin c.150


Kevin Harris: Swallow and House Martin
The Hirundines were down skimming the surface of the water in the rain


May 16th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (4 adults inc. BXN & CDS)
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Swift 15
  • Swallow c.20
  • House Martin c.150
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 nests with young
  • Reed Warbler singing (also seen south end)
  • Blackcap singing south end
  • Spotted Flycatcher 1

 


May 14th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10 (4 adults)
  • Mallard ducklings 5 at north end
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Coot chicks 5 at north end
  • Reed Warbler singing both ends of res
  • Spotted Flycatcher 2+ heard at north end

 


May 12th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (4 adults)
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Kingfisher heard
  • Reed Warbler singing
  • Blackcap singing
  • Spotted Flycatcher 3 at north end

Also the Carp are spawning with much thrashing around in the shallows


May 11th 2017

  • Long-tailed Tit family


Kevin Harris: Long-tailed Tit carrying food for its young.
One of the young birds flew right into the hide and landed, but didn't stay long enough to have its picture taken.


May 10th 2017

  • Mute Swan 14 (6 adults)
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Chiffchaff singing
  • Reed Warbler singing (North and South ends)
  • Blackcap singing
  • Wren singing

Not quite a record number of Swans, but the most seen together here since 1960 when there were 16. Hopefully this is related to an increase in the amount of water plants available as food.


May 9th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10 (4 adults)
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Kingfisher 1

 


May 6th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (inc BXN & CDS)
  • Mallard ducklings 5
  • Great Crested Grebe 2 displaying pairs
  • Dunnock pair mating


Kevin Harris: Mallard Ducklings and Hover Fly (Merodon Equestris?)


May 4th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (4 adults)
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Buzzard 3
  • Swift 6

 


May 3rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (4 adults inc BXN)
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Swallow a few
  • Reed Warbler 1 heard
  • Long-tailed Tit 1

 


May 2nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 13 (6 adults)
  • Mallard ducklings 12
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Reed Warbler 1 seen and several heard
  • Treecreeper nesting evidence from North and South ends

 


May 1st 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (4 adults)
  • Mallard ducklings 10-12
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Common Sandpiper 2
  • Swallow 6
  • Chiffchaff singing
  • Blackcap singing

 


April 30th 2017

  • Mute Swan 9 (2 adults)
  • Wigeon 1
  • Gadwall 1pair
  • Tufted Duck
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Sand Martin 100+
  • Swallow 500+ (light rain)

 


April 29th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (4 adults)
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 4

 


April 27th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11 (2 adults)
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 calling
  • Reed Warbler singing
  • Chiffchaff singing
  • Blackcap singing


Kevin Harris: Common Sandpiper


April 26th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10 (2 adults)
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Herring Gull 160+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Swallow 1
  • Reed Warbler heard
  • Chiffchaff heard

 


April 24th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Wigeon 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Sand Martin 20+
  • Reed Warbler heard

 


April 22nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 10
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Common Sandpiper 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 calling
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Blackcap several singing
  • Chiffchaff several singing


Kevin Harris: Common Sandpiper and Early Purple Orchid


April 20th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Blackcap several singing
  • Chiffchaff several singing

 


April 19th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 13
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Blackcap several singing
  • Chiffchaff several singing
  • Song Thrush 1

 


April 18th 2017

  • Mute Swan 10
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 16
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Common Sandpiper 1

 


April 16th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Canada Goose 4
  • Wigeon 1
  • Gadwall a pair
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Swallow 150+
  • Sand Martin 6

 


April 15th 2017

  • Mute Swan 9
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Cormorant 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6

 


April 14th 2017

  • Mute Swan 9
  • Canada Goose 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Cormorant 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 11
  • Herring Gull 200+
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
  • Green Woodpecker calling
  • Swallow 20+
  • House Martin 20

 


April 13th 2017

  • Mute Swan 9
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Swallow 50+

 


April 12th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Greylag Goose 1
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Swallow 20+

 


April 11th 2017

  • Mute Swan 11
  • Gadwall 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 11
  • Herring Gulls
  • Green Woodpecker heard
  • Chiffchaff 3singing
  • Blackcap 3 singing
  • Treecreeper 1

 


April 10th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 ad. (BXN&CDS) + 6 imm.
  • Gadwall 3
  • Wigeon 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Herring Gulls
  • Swallow a few
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing
  • Blackcap 1 singing


Kevin Harris: Buzzard over the meadows


April 9th 2017

  • Mute Swan 3 ad. and 5 imm.
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Common Sandpiper 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Herring Gull 143
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing
  • Blackcap 1 singing


Kevin Harris: This penguin dance was rather one sided after the male dropped his offering of leaves and twigs


April 7th 2017

  • Mute Swan 3 ad. and 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 10

 


April 6th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 ad and 5 imm.
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Herring Gull 201
  • Chiffchaff singing
  • Blackcap singing

Also Brimstone, Orange Tip and Peacock butterflies


April 5th 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Buzzard 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 9
  • Herring Gull 260
  • Chiffchaff several singing


Kevin Harris: Buzzards interacting over the res.


April 4th 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose none
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 10 (2 pairs mating)

 


April 3rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 ad (no rings) and 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose none
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Chiffchaff singing
  • Blackcap singing

 


April 2nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 ad. and 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Pheasant 2
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 10 (5 pairs displaying)
  • Grey Wagtail 2
  • Willow Warbler 2
  • Blackcap 3


Kevin Harris: Goldeneye


April 1st 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 12
  • Greylag Goose 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Great Black-backed Gull 1 (2nd Winter)
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 3


Kevin Harris: Greylag and Great Black-backed Gull


March 31st 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 4
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 8
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Pheasant 2
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Great Black-backed Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Herring Gull 78
  • Sand Martin 30+
  • Swallow 2
  • House Martin 1
  • Chiffchaff several singing
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Jay 1
  • Blackcap 1 singing

 


March 30th 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 1 (injured wing)
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 6
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 5 (pair mating)
  • Great Black-backed Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Green Woodpecker 1 calling
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
  • Raven 1 over calling
  • Sand Martin 15
  • Swallow 8
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Chiffchaff 5 singing
  • Willow Warbler 2 heard north end
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Song Thrush nest building
  • Pied Wagtail 1 pair
  • Bullfinch singing

 


March 29th 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 1 (injured wing)
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 5
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Sand Martin c.100
  • Swallow a few
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chiffchaff 2


Kevin Harris: A lame fox chasing the injured Goose, stops when he gets his feet wet.


March 28th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 6
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Herring Gull 79
  • Pied Wagtail 1

 


March 27th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults (CSB and DAC) + 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Wigeon 1
  • Teal 5
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Chiffchaff 2

A Fuijifilm lenscap was found at the hide today. Let me know if you've lost one.


March 26th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4 adults inc BXN and CDS + 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 8
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7

 


March 25th 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 7
  • Gadwall 1
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Goldeneye 1 imm

 


March 24th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4 adults (inc. CDS&BXN) + 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 1 (may be ill?)
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Herring Gull 100+
  • Sand Martin 12
  • Pied Wagtail 1

 


March 23rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Canada Goose 1
  • Teal 7
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 5
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Sand Martin 25
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Chiffchaff 2
  • Wren 1
  • Pied Wagtail 2
  • Bullfinch 1 pair


Kevin Harris: The young Herring Gull from yesterday was ringed at Bath on 29th June 2016 as a nestling.


March 22nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 5 imm.
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Mediterranean Gull 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Herring Gull One colour ringed (red G+D)
  • Green Woodpecker heard
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard
  • Sand Martin several
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Coal Tit 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Chiffchaff 3
  • Wren 2 singing


Kevin Harris: Grebes displaying, Med Gull and Chiffchaff


March 21st 2017

  • Mute Swan 6 adults (inc. CDS&BXN) + 4 unringed imm.
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 4
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Sand Martin 14
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Chiffchaff singing
  • Wren singing

 


March 20th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4 adults (DAC&CSB, CDS&BXN) + 4 unringed imm.
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 7
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Wood Duck/Mandarin 1
  • Pheasant 1 pair
  • Cormorant 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
  • Sand Martin 40+ (in heavy rain)

 


March 19th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults (DAC&CSB) + 4 unringed imm.
  • Teal 9
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 1
  • Black-headed Gull 37
  • Common Gull 3
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Stock Dove 2 (South end)
  • Green Woodpecker heard
  • Sand Martin 30+

 


March 18th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 4 unringed imm.
  • Teal 15
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Stock Dove 2 (South end)
  • Green Woodpecker 2
  • Sand Martin c.30


Dave Helliar: Goldeneye


March 17th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 4 unringed imm.
  • Teal 11
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 11
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 24
  • Common Gull 4
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
  • Sand Martin 10

 


March 16th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults + 4 unringed imm.
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 13
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 4
  • Little Gull 1 moulting into 2nd Summer (DWH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 10
  • Sand Martin 8
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 1
  • Chiffchaff 3


Dave Helliar: Little Gull
Still lots of Toads mating around the hide area


March 15th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults (DAC&CSB) + 4 unringed imm.
  • Teal 9
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe Some displaying
  • Buzzard 2
  • Common Gull 4
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Goldcrest 1


Kevin Harris:Shoveler on high alert as two Buzzards circle over.

Also lots of Toads mating around the hide area


March 14th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4 unringed imm.
  • Teal 12
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Common Gull 12+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Sand Martin 4
  • Pied Wagtail 1

 


March 13th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 9
  • Tufted Duck
  • Teal 9
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 41
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 160+
  • Raven 2 over
  • Chiffchaff several heard (1 seen)
  • Treecreeper 1
  • Wren 2
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Grey Wagtail 2


Kevin Harris: A Crow finds an easy meal in a pair of mating Toads

A small all black Cormorant was reported today looking much like a Shag - has anyone else seen this?


March 12th 2017

  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Teal 16
  • Pochard 2
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 8
  • Buzzard 1
  • Green Woodpecker 1
  • Raven 1 over
  • Sand Martin 21
  • Chiffchaff 2 singing
  • Grey Wagtail 2


Dave Helliar: Pochard


March 11th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Teal 17
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Pheasant 1
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Lapwing 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Sand Martin 6
  • Pied Wagtail 1


March 10th 2017

  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck
  • Teal
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Little Egret 5
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming
  • Sand Martin 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 7
  • Nuthatch

March 9th 2017

  • Teal 18
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 11
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 4
  • Chiffchaff singing north end
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Kevin Harris: As a very interesting comparison, a Goldcrest has today replaced the Firecrest in this area.

March 8th 2017

  • Mute Swan 3 imm.
  • Canada Goose 3
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Teal 15
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 26 at 17:30
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Snipe 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
  • Firecrest 1 near the hide
  • Long-tailed Tit 6

Kevin Harris: The Firecrest was seen again today with several Long-tailed Tits and a Blue Tit.

March 7th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 pair + 3 imm.
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 17
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Pheasant 1
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Firecrest 1 near the hide (SH)
  • Long-tailed Tit several
The Firecrest was seen again today in association with several Long-tailed Tits.

March 6th 2017

  • Mute Swan 3 imm.
  • Canada Goose 4
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Teal 4
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Little Egret 26 in SW corner at 17:45
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 4+
  • Stock Dove 1
  • Firecrest 1 near the hide (KGH)
  • Marsh Tit 2 at the south end
A lovely bright Firecrest seen today on the east side of the hide. Too quick for me to get photos unfortunately.

March 5th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults (ringed)
  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Teal 2
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 18
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Bullfinch 1 pair
 

March 4th 2017

  • Teal 18
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

March 3rd 2017

  • Gadwall 1 pair
  • Teal 11
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
 

March 2nd 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 10
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 3
  • Cattle Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 1
  • Black-headed Gull 121
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 adult
  • Common Gull 2
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3

Kevin Harris: Med Gull

March 1st 2017

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 11
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Cattle Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 6
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Green Woodpecker heard calling
  • Long-tailed Tit 3
  • Jay 1
 

February 28th 2017

  • Canada Goose 1
  • Teal 21
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
  • Mistle Thrush 2
  • Marsh Tit 1 (north end)
 

February 27th 2017

  • Teal 16
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 5
  • Cattle Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 1
  • Common Gull 2
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 4

Kevin Harris: Cattle Egret

February 26th 2017

  • Canada Goose 1 dead on Jim's field
  • Gadwall 4
  • Teal 19
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Goldeneye 1 imm
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 1
  • Cattle Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 0
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tits
  • Chiffchaff 1

Dave Helliar: Cattle Egret and Goldeneye which is looking more like a young drake than a female now.

February 25th 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 19
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Shoveler 1
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 8
  • Cattle Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Goldcrest 1
 

February 24th 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Gadwall 3
  • Teal 22
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 6
  • Little Egret 10
  • Cattle Egret 1
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Green Woodpecker 1 heard
 

February 23rd 2017

  • Teal 17
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 14 inc. orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Snipe 1
  • Common Gull 8
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 3

Kevin Harris: Goldeneye
Strong winds today from storm Doris created sea like conditions with the Goldeneye nearly lost in the waves.

February 22nd 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 (CSB and DAC)
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 14
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Cormorant 6
  • Little Egret 18
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Common Gull 3
  • Goldcrest 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Grey Wagtail 1
  • Chaffinch 2

Kevin Harris: Goldcrest and Teal

February 21st 2017

  • Teal 21
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 9
  • Little Egret 32 (SH,KGH)
  • Cattle Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
  • Goldcrest 1

Kevin Harris: Cattle Egret behind Little Egret and flying off moments later.
3rd res record of Cattle Egret. Unfortunately it flew off after only being observed for a few minutes. The first 2 records in Oct/Nov 2009 probably referred to a single bird.

February 20th 2017

  • Teal 21
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 4 inc. orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 7
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
  • Kingfisher 1

Kevin Harris: Little Egrets
Also a fox on the shoreline.

February 19th 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Gadwall 7
  • Teal 16
  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
 

February 18th 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Gadwall 7
  • Teal 16
  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 3
  • Great Crested Grebe pair displaying
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Green Woodpecker 1 heard calling
 

February 17th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 19
  • Shoveler 6
  • Ring-necked Duck 1 (SH)
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 12 inc. orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Green Sandpiper 1
  • Snipe 1
  • Black-headed Gull 123
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 134
 

February 16th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Teal 17
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Cormorant 26
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Snipe 1
  • Black-headed Gull 137
 

February 15th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Gadwall 2
  • Teal 9
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Cormorant 5 (inc. orange ringed bird - Ken Tucker)
  • Little Egret 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Snipe 1
 

February 14th 2017

  • Teal 6
  • Shoveler 5
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 14 inc. orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Black-headed Gull 72
 

February 13th 2017

  • Mute Swan 4 adults (CSB and DAC plus 2 others)
  • Canada Goose 5
  • Teal 6
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 21 (plus 1 dead one)
  • Little Egret 1
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

February 12th 2017

  • Canada Goose 3
  • Teal 8
  • Shoveler 9
  • Tufted Duck 5
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 14
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 4
  • Black-headed Gull c.200
 

February 11th 2017

  • Teal 16
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 15
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Black-headed Gull 300+ dropped in to bathe and left again
 

February 10th 2017

  • Canada Goose 4
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Black-headed Gull c.220
  • Stock Dove 1
 

February 9th 2017

  • Canada Goose 6
  • Gadwall 4
  • Shoveler 6
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Teal 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Coot 16
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
 

February 8th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 new pair (CSB and DAC)
  • Canada Goose 9
  • Teal 6
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 10 (one with red chest, presumably injured)
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 0
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull c.300 dropped in to bathe
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Kevin Harris: Black-headed Gulls (mostly) and 2 new swans, CSB is the male

February 7th 2017

  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 0
The Canada Geese have gone, the Teal have gone, the Wigeon have gone, the Gadwall have gone and most unusual is a zero count of Great Crested Grebe. Where have they all gone? Looking at past records I see that the Grebe counts at this time of year are very variable, going from record high counts to zero. The water quality is believed to be poor right now (various dead fish reported) and I wonder if this is affecting the birds.

February 6th 2017

  • Canada Goose 7
  • Shelduck 2
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 14
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
  • Redwing 7

Kevin Harris: Shelduck and distant Lttle Grebe in the rain

February 5th 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 10 inc orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 2
  • Jay 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

February 4th 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Tufted Duck 6
  • Cormorant 10
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
 

February 3rd 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Gadwall 6
  • Shoveler 1
  • Tufted Duck 27+
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 9
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Snipe 2
The Grebe, Gadwall, Snipe, Goldeneye & Shoveler were all in the SE corner in front of the reeds

February 2nd 2017

  • Canada Goose 5
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 13
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 7 (all at south end by reeds)
 

February 1st 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Gadwall 2
  • Teal 5
  • Wigeon 1
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Cormorant 12 inc orange ringed bird (TB6)
  • Little Egret 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Lapwing c.1100 (KGH)


Kevin Harris: Lapwings swirling over the res like starlings, but didn't land. There's almost no shoreline with high water levels.

January 31st 2017

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Gadwall 2
  • Teal 20
  • Wigeon 1
  • Shoveler 1
  • Cormorant 19 inc orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 6
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

January 30th 2017

  • Canada Goose 4
  • Gadwall 2
  • Teal 21
  • Wigeon 3
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Cormorant 20
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 7
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

January 29th 2017

  • Teal 39
  • Gadwall 2
  • Wigeon 3
  • Shoveler 12
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 26
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 5
  • Peregrine 1 flew the length of the res
  • Snipe 1
  • Common Gull 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

January 28th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 juv.
  • Gadwall 2
  • Teal 37
  • Wigeon 7
  • Shoveler 14
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 28 inc orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 5
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Grebe 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Kingfisher 2
  • Skylark 1 over
  • Pied Wagtail 1
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Sue Heselton: New juvenile Mute Swan

January 27th 2017

  • Gadwall 4
  • Teal 26
  • Wigeon 3
  • Shoveler 10
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Pheasant 1
  • Cormorant 28 inc orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 21
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Little Grebe 1 (north end)
  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Grey Wagtail 2
 

January 26th 2017

  • Gadwall 2
  • Teal 25
  • Wigeon 5
  • Shoveler 10
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 39
  • Little Egret 35
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Buzzard 1 heard
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Kevin Harris: Egrets
A week ago, 35 Little Egrets would have been a record count. No sign of the Ring-necked duck today

January 25th 2017

  • Gadwall 6
  • Teal 38
  • Wigeon 3
  • Shoveler 12
  • Ring-necked Duck 1 (DWH)
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Cormorant 6
  • Little Egret 23
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Buzzard 1
  • Common Gull 2
  • Pied Wagtail 1

Dave Helliar: Ring-necked Duck

January 24th 2017

  • Gadwall 5
  • Teal 31
  • Shoveler 9
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Cormorant 16
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
 

January 23rd 2017

  • Wigeon 7
  • Gadwall 4
  • Teal 27
  • Shoveler 18
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Cormorant 13
  • Little Egret 4 (plus at least 22 north of reservoir)
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Common Gull 1
Partly frozen at south end again today

January 22nd 2017

  • Wigeon 3
  • Gadwall 5
  • Teal 15
  • Shoveler 7
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 21
  • Little Egret 43 (AG)
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 15
Partly frozen at south end today. Yet another record breaking count of Little Egrets and there were a further 5 Little Egrets just north of the reservoir making 48 altogether in the area.

January 21st 2017

  • Wigeon 8
  • Gadwall 5
  • Teal 45
  • Shoveler 5
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Goldeneye 1/imm
  • Cormorant 21
  • Little Egret 23
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 23
 

January 20th 2017

  • Wigeon 4
  • Gadwall 5
  • Teal 55
  • Shoveler 5
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Cormorant 27
  • Little Egret 40 (SH)
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 27
  • Kingfisher 1
I should have done the count today as 40 Little Egrets reported in the reservoir area by Sue Heselton, smashing all previous records.

January 19th 2017

  • Grey Heron 3
  • Little Egret 31
I made a brave attempt to count the Little Egrets this lunchtime at the expense of duck counting. Max at the res itself at one time was 31, but there were an extra 6 at least, just north of the dam at that time. So a minimum of 37 in the area. They are very mobile between the locations making counting difficult. Walking the length of the reservoir is plenty of time for them all to have moved. So that's 31 at the south end, walk to the middle and can only see 14 at the south end now. walk to the north end and just one there. How many are north of the dam, crikey 33, so how many are still back on the res? There's still the lone one at the north end, walk to the middle and can only see 3 at the south end from there. Back to the south end and yes confirmed, only 3 of the 31 left there now.

January 18th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Teal 34
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Wigeon 6
  • Gadwall 4
  • Goosander 1 redhead
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (west side)
  • Cormorant 29
  • Little Egret 27
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Common Gull 9

Kevin Harris: Goosander

January 17th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Teal 30
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Wigeon 9
  • Gadwall 2
  • Pheasant 1
  • Cormorant 22
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 33
  • Green Sandpiper 2
 

January 16th 2017

  • Teal 27
  • Shoveler 7
  • Pintail 2
  • Tufted Duck 17
  • Wigeon 10
  • Gadwall 2
  • Cormorant 36
  • Little Egret 28
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 48

Kevin Harris: Pintail (1st for 8 years), Shoveler and Teal

January 15th 2017

  • Teal 45
  • Tufted Duck 21
  • Wigeon 10
  • Gadwall 2
  • Cormorant 39
  • Little Egret 34 (SH)
  • Grey Heron 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 28
  • Black-headed Gull 97
A record breaking count of Little Egrets today.

January 14th 2017

  • Canada Goose 8
  • Teal 42
  • Tufted Duck 7
  • Wigeon 9
  • Gadwall 4
  • Shoveler 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (west side)
  • Cormorant 33
  • Little Egret 32 (DWH)
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 52
  • Black-headed Gull c.140
  • Common Gull 3
  • Herring Gull 65
Today's count of Little Egrets equals the record breaking 32 in 2006.

January 13th 2017

  • Teal 47
  • Tufted Duck 10
  • Wigeon 7
  • Gadwall 5
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (west side)
  • Cormorant 33 inc. orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 27
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 31
  • Water Rail 1
Highest count of Little Egrets since the record breaking 32 in 2006.

January 12th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 adult
  • Teal 48
  • Wigeon 6
  • Gadwall 2
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (west side)
  • Cormorant 19
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 30
  • Snipe 11
 

January 11th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 adult
  • Teal 34
  • Shoveler 4
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Wigeon 10
  • Gadwall 2
  • Cormorant 38 inc. orange ringed bird (TB6)
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 29
  • Common Gull 3
 

January 10th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 adult no rings
  • Teal 43
  • Tufted Duck 12
  • Wigeon 10
  • Gadwall 5
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (west side)
  • Cormorant 25
  • Little Egret 14
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 34
  • Common Gull 3
 

January 9th 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 adults
  • Teal 27
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Wigeon 6
  • Gadwall 7
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (north end)
  • Cormorant 37 inc. orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 20
  • Common Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
 

January 8th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1 adult
  • Teal 17
  • Shoveler 5
  • Tufted Duck 8
  • Wigeon 7
  • Gadwall 3
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (west side)
  • Cormorant 22 inc. orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 6
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 31
  • Black-headed Gull 77
 

January 7th 2017

  • Mute Swan 1
  • Teal 32
  • Shoveler 2
  • Tufted Duck 21
  • Wigeon 9
  • Gadwall 5
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (south end) - also seen on 6th
  • Cormorant 20
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 40
  • Snipe 3
 

January 5th 2017

  • Canada Goose 8
  • Teal 40
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Wigeon 9
  • Gadwall 5
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (west side).
  • Cormorant 21
  • Little Egret 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 35

Kevin Harris: Goldeneye

January 4th 2017

  • Mute Swan 3 ad. + 4 juvs
  • Teal 28
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Wigeon 9
  • Gadwall 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (north end).
  • Cormorant 26 inc orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 6
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 48
  • Black-headed Gull 35
  • Herring Gull 24
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Nuthatch 1
 

January 3rd 2017

  • Mute Swan 3 ad. + 4 juvs
  • Canada Goose 3
  • Teal 23
  • Shoveler 3 females
  • Tufted Duck 14
  • Wigeon 10
  • Gadwall 4
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (north end).
  • Cormorant 25 inc orange ringed bird
  • Little Egret 10
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 50
  • Black-headed Gull 86
  • Herring Gull 37
 

January 1st 2017

  • Mute Swan 2 ad. + 4 juvs
  • Teal 34
  • Wigeon 5
  • Gadwall 6
  • Goldeneye 1/imm (north end).
  • Cormorant 19
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 35
  • Snipe 6 (2 on SW shore)
 

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