Saturday, 10 December 2011

10th December 2011

Redwing (30+), Redpoll (7), Goldfinch (21), Greenfinch (1), Bullfinch (2), Peregrine (1)

Feeding Station/Woods: Long-tailed Tit (15), GS Woodpecker (2 male), Pheasant (5 female), Chaffinch (3), Willow Tit (1), Marsh Tit (1), Fieldfare (1)

Pools frozen what little water is still left.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

20th November 2011

Feeding Station: Willow Tit (1), Coal Tit (1)

Flashes: Lesser Redpoll (4), Redwing (80+), Fieldfare (5+), Goldfinch (4), Kestrel (1)

Saturday, 5 November 2011

05 November 2011

Lesser Redpoll (6), Siskin (7), Willow Tit (3), Redwing, Fieldfare, Jay, Buzzard, Goldfinch (16), Long-tailed tit (18), Chaffinch (4), Reed Bunting (2), Bullfinch (2), GS Woodpecker, Coal Tit (1)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

October 28th

John started feeding on Friday October 28th. At the feeding station we saw great, blue and willow tit, wren, robin, chaffinch, GSW soon after filling feeders. Flock of long tailed tit in the woods. Green woodpecker very noisy. Tree creeper and goldcrest reported by a photographer.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

16th October 2011

Very little water left in any of the pools now except fish pool.

Flashes: Kestrel (1), Redwing (14)

The Scrape: Buzzard (1), Green Sandpiper (1 flew over calling), Bullfinch

Fish Pool: Water Rail (1), Long-tailed Tit (small flock)

Woods: Redwing (small flocks), Bullfinch (1m 1f), Willow Tit (1), Peregrine over trying to take a Mallard, Green Woodpecker (1), Goldfinch (4)

Recorded in the logbook:

River Pool: 23/09/2011 Cetti's Warbler (calling)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

15th September 2011


Green Sandpiper
Flashes: Wheatear (1), Buzzard (1), Kestrel (1) Along path: Reed bunting (2), Blackcap (2m 8f/juv), Whitethroat (1), Chiffchaff (3 singing), Willow Warbler
River Pool: Green Sandpiper (1)
Fly Argaric, Peacock butterfly (2), Migrant Hawker (3)


Migrant Hawker

Sunday, 11 September 2011

11th September 2011

Redstart x2 (1m, 1juv) c200 Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin over cow field c40 Yellow Wagtail in cow field Whitethroat x2 Blackcap x6 Siskin x5 (fly overs) Buzzard (M.Pollock)

Monday, 5 September 2011

05th September 2011

Male Migrant Hawker today, Redstart calling in hedge and juv/f Whitethroat seen. (J.Harris)

Blue-Headed Wagtail with 9 Yellow Wagtail on Flashes. Also 2 Redstart still (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 4 September 2011

04th September 2011




Whinchat (distant record shot)
Whinchat (1), Redstart (2), Blackcap (3), Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Goldfinch (10), Swallow (30+), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Buzzard (1), Kestrel (pair)

Friday, 2 September 2011

02nd September 2011

Yellow Wagtail (8) on the flashes.

Recorded in the logbook for the 31st August:
Redstart (2 juv), Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail (6)

Monday, 29 August 2011

29th August 2011

Redstart (record shots)
Yellow Wagtail (2), Redstart (2), Buzzard (2), Swallow/House Martin flock (30), Green Woodpecker (2), GS Woodpecker (1), Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Goldfinch (2)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wednesday August 24th

John and I went for a walk round this morning. It is very dry and only the feeding station and scrape have any water.
We were expecting a blank morning other than a blackcap. However we came across a mixed flock of small birds in the wood which held at least 2 Nuthatch and 2 Tree Creepers.
We went down the the flashes, very brown, the cattle had just been fed and they were all up near the hide, there must have been 12 Yellow Wagtails in and among the feet of the cattle, not easy to see as they were hidden in the grass.

Friday, 19 August 2011

18th August 2011

Recorded on TameValleyBirding

Curlew over (K.Wimbush)
Wheatear (S Cawthray)

Saturday, 13 August 2011

12th August 2011

The Scrape: Green Sandpiper (1), Kingfisher (2), Buzzard (1)

Woods: Willow Tit, Sparrowhawk (3 youngsters? circling calling for food near feeding station)

Sunday, 24 July 2011

24th July 2011

Hobby (1), Buzzard (1), GS Woodpecker (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Willow Tit (2), Kingfisher (along river)

Brown Hawker (3)

Gatekeeper (6), Speckled Wood (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Peacock (3), Meadow Brown, Comma (1), Large White, Small Copper (1), Brown Argus (2)

Friday, 8 July 2011

8th July 2011

Pools pretty low, very little water left on main pool.

Flashes: Sparrowhawk (2), Skylark (1), Goldfinch (2), Buzzard (1), Swallow (15), Swift (6), Oystercatcher (1)

Around the reserve: Green Woodpecker (4 feeding in the sandy area)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

5th July 2011

The Flashes: Buzzard (2), Sparrowhawk and Peregrine on pylon beyond warehouse. (P.Casey)

Saturday, 2 July 2011

02 July 2011

Little Egret
Main Pool: Green Sandpiper (1), Little Egret (1), Grey Heron (4), Teal (4), Coot (2), Reed Warbler

River Pool: Buzzard (1), Coot (2 + 1 juv)

Meadow Brown

The Scrape: Whitethroat (numerous), Buzzard (3)

The Flashes: Curlew (calling), Black-headed Gull (70+ feeding on insects)

Northern Pasture: Grasshopper Warbler (reeling)

Around the Reserve: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Bullfinch, GS Woodpecker

Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter, Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue, Brown Hawker

Comma, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Large White

Recorded in the logbooks:

River Pool, 18th: Green Sandpiper
The Flashes, 18th: Corn Bunting  (heard)
River Pool, 26th: Green Sandpiper
Main Pool, 28th: Green Sandpiper (5)

Friday, 3 June 2011

03rd June 2011

Common Spotted
Southern Marsh

Main Pool: Little Grebe (2 + 1 young), Mute Swan (2 + at least 5 young), Tufted Duck, Shoveler (pair), Mallard (3)

The Scrape: Grey Heron

Around the Reserve: Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Swift, House Martin, Kestrel

Common Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Red Admiral (2), Common Blue, Large Skipper, Brown Argus

Sunday, 15 May 2011

15th May 2011

Red Fox
Flashes: Kestrel (1), Swift (8), Swallow (1), Lesser Whitethroat (1)

The Scrape: BH Gull (9 feeding on pool), Grey Heron, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting (pair), Red Fox, Muntjac Deer

Main Pool: Reed Warbler, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck (pair), Mute Swan (pair)

Woods: Blackcap (feeding young), Long-tailed Tit (family), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Stock Dove, Song Thrush

Northern Pasture: Grasshopper Warbler (reeling)

Railway Bridge: Shelduck (2)

Sunday, 1 May 2011

1st May 2011

Red Admiral
Flashes: Osprey, high over reserve. Buzzard (3), Sparrowhawk (1), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Whitethroat

Main Pool: Teal (pair), Gadwall (3m), Little Grebe, Cuckoo (1m), Bullfinch, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Mute Swan (pair)

The Scrape: Canada Goose (pair), Grey Heron

River Pool: Grey Heron (2)

Car Park: Swift (4), Swallow (1)

Woods: Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Treecreeper, GS Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush

Northern Pasture: Grasshopper Warbler (1 reeling)

Ingrams Field: Skylark

Butterflies: Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood

Damselflies: Common Blue and Azure.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

26th April 2011

Main Pool: Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Mute Swan (2)
The Scrape: Sedge Warbler, Grey Heron, Canada Goose (2), Female Gadwall, Mallard (3 m 2 f) Whitethroat in front of hide


River Pool: Grey Heron, Coot, Buzzard being mobbed
Grey Heron

Car Park: Swallow (3), Buzzard , Sparrowhawk (1)

Woods: Garden Warbler (4+), Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Cuckoo (calling), Bullfinch (Calling).

Monday, 25 April 2011

25th April 2011

Flashes: Numerous Whitethroat along path, Kestrel (1 male), Skylark (1), Reed Bunting (1)

Main Pool: Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Little Grebe (2), Mute Swan (2)

The Scrape: Sedge Warbler, Grey Heron, Canada Goose (2)

River Pool: Grey Heron, Coot

Car Park: Swallow (5), Buzzard (2), Sparrowhawk (1)

Woods: Garden Warbler (4+), Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Cuckoo (calling), Green Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker, Song Thrush (2), Bullfinch (2)

Recorded in River Pool Log Book:

22nd April - Dunlin

Saturday, 23 April 2011

23rd April 2011

Shot out for an hour or so and had the usual birds. This Fellow stood out though by the feeding station.

Male Pheasant 

Added to this there were 3 male blackcaps singing in various parts of the reserve. GS woody and LS woody drumming and best for me was 4 oystercatchers displaying in the field by the Bevin hide and 2 Cuckoo calling.

A few flowers that were showing off.

Red Campion

Common Storksbill
Common Storksbill

Butterflies that I saw, 10 speckled wood and at least 35 orange tips.

Friday, 22 April 2011

22nd April 2011

Grasshopper Warbler reeling (J.Harris)

Wheatear (posted on TameValley Blog)

Sunday, 17 April 2011

17th April 2011

Main Pool: Bullfinch (2), Little Grebe (2), Coot (2 pair nesting), Mute Swan (1 pair nesting), Reed Warbler, Wren, Reed Bunting (3), Sparrowhawk (1), Gadwall (5m 1f), Moorhen (1), Grey Heron (1)

River Pool: Shelduck (2), Buzzard (1)

The Scrape: Kingfisher (1), Canada Goose (pair nesting)

The Flashes: Sparrowhawk (1), Kestrel (1), Buzzard (1), Reed Bunting (1m), Whitethroat (3), Oystercatcher (1 flew over)

Woods: Blackcap (10+m, 1f), Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, GS Woodpecker (3), Green Woodpecker (2)

Butterflies: Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip, Comma, Holly Blue

Recorded in the Flashes Log book:

6th April - Wheatear (male)
7th April - Avocet, flying left.

Friday, 8 April 2011

8th April 2011

Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Redpoll, 2 Reed Warbler Singing from Pool Hide. Grass Snake, Muntjac, Brimstone's. (B.Macloud)

Woods: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap

The Flashes: Red-legged Partridge (2), Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Snipe (1)

Orange Tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies (J.Wesson)

Monday, 4 April 2011

2nd April

Car park Green Woodpecker

Main Pool Hide 2 Kingfisher. (B.Berry)

Sunday, 27 March 2011

27th March 2011

Woods: Willow Tit (2), Chiffchaff (5 singing)

Feeding Station: Lesser Redpoll (3)

Main Pool: Gadwall (9), Little Grebe (2), Reed Bunting (5)

Flashes: Meadow Pipit (1)

River Pool: Kestrel (1), Teal (4), Little Grebe

The Scrape: Little Grebe, Canada Goose (2), Bullfinch (4)

Car Park: Buzzard (5), Sparrowhawk (2), Lesser Redpoll (3)

Also Comma Butterfly

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

23rd March 2011

Flashes: Kestrel, Buzzard (2)

River Pool: Little Egret (1 along edge of river), Chiffchaff (2)

Main Pool: Gadwall (11), Reed Bunting (2m 1f), Little Grebe (2)

The Scrape: Teal (3m 2f)

Feeding Station: Willow Tit (2)

Also Curlew calling, Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies

Saturday, 19 March 2011

19th March 2010

Red-legged Partridge (2 from flashes hide), also Chiffchaff (2, possibly 3 singing around the reserve) (J.Harris)

Mealy Redpoll still with Lesser Redpolls (TameValleyBirding)

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

15th March 2011

A dozen or so L.Redpoll, plus 1 Mealy on the feeders, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Raven over. (M.Burnett)

Monday, 14 March 2011

14th March 2011

Feeding Station: 3 Goldfinch, 4 Redpoll, GSW (m), Blackbirds, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Treecreeper, Willow Tit, G & B Tit. (Johns)

Mealy Redpoll one still with 17 Lesser Redpoll on feeders this morning (Birdguides)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Saturday, 12 March 2011

12th March 2011

Chiffchaff (1 singing), Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Skylark (1), Meadow Pipit (2), Oystercatcher (1), Fieldfare (40+), Buzzard (1), Kestrel (1), Green woodpecker, GS woodpecker, Treecreeper (2), Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Willow Tit, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk (1 male), Little Egret (1 from railway bridge)

(c) AJ Hale
Also Lesser spotted woodpecker x2 (D.Hutton, A Hale)

Friday, 11 March 2011

11th March 2011

Posted on Birdforum

Single Sand Martin over the flashes.

Curlew and Oystercatcher heard. On the scrape were a number of teal, 2 little grebe. At the lake we had pr. swan, gadwall, shoveler, heron, GSW, tufted duck, teal and at least 3 little grebe. Also Sand Martin (1) on the flashes. (Johns)

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Contractor Work

Friday 18th March

Work will be carried out on the 18th March by the Wildlife Trust and contractors at the reserve removing dead elm trees by the road, also removing dangerous limbs from the Black Poplar by the car park.

9th March 2011

Posted on TameValley Birding

Mealy Redpoll (1), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (1)

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

8th March 2011

Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in trees from feeder hide 2 GS Woodpeckers car park,2 Mealy Redpolls 10+ Lesser Redpoll & Sparrowhawk, Curlew (1) (D.Hutton)

Sunday, 6 March 2011

06th March 2011

River Pool: Siskin (30+ along path), Teal on pool

Main Pool: Little Grebe (1)

The Scrape: Shoveler (1 male), Bullfinch (1 male)

Feeding Station: Willow Tit, Siskin (2), Lesser Redpoll (12, upto 20 reported earlier incl. Mealy), Reed Bunting (1 male), GS Woodpecker (2)

The Flashes: Fieldfare (40+), Starling (10), Buzzard (3), Red Fox (1)

Saturday, 5 March 2011

3rd March 2011

10 Redpoll on the feeders and at least 2 were mealy, significantly lighter than the others and slightly larger, 2 goldfinch came down and also 1 siskin. Many blue and great tit, a willow tit, 3 dunnock, many chaffinch, 3 blackbird, reed bunting, on leaving the hide we had your flock of siskins 20/30 at least in the trees. Back at the car park there were more redpoll and some gold finch. On the lake a pr of swan and a little grebe. At the river hide another pr of swan. Redwing (20) in the trees. (per The John's)

Also reported earlier in the week Stonechat. (24/02/2011)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

1st March 2011

Lesser spotted woodpecker
Great spotted woodpecker
Siskins (4)
Lesser redpolls (3)
Little Grebes (2)
(Paul C)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

26th Feb 2011

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (2), Siskin (30+), Lesser Redpoll (5), Willow Tit, Fieldfare (50+), Redwing (3), Treecreeper, GS Woodpecker (2), Reed Bunting (2), Shoveler, Bullfinch, Kestrel, Buzzard, Teal (2), Long Tailed Tit (5) (Matt Pollock)

Friday, 25 February 2011

25th Feb 2010

Flashes: Red fox, Corvid roost (200 - 300)

24th Feb 2011

River Pool: Teal (7), Shoveler, Mute Swan (2). Along path Siskin (40+), LS Woodpecker (2), GS Woodpecker (1), Cetti's Warbler (1), LT Tit (5)

Main Pool: Little Grebe (3), Gadwall (3), Shoveler, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Redwing (2), Tufted Duck (1)

The Scrape: Little Grebe (1), Teal

Feeding Station: Reed Bunting (1), Lesser Redpoll (12, 20 reported earlier in day), Willow Tit (1)

Flashes: Lesser Redpoll (1), Fieldfare (5), Buzzard (2), Kestrel (1), Sky Lark (2), Bullfinch (3)

Several butterflies on the wing.

Reported on Tame Valley Birding blog

2 Raven displaying over Coton Road (K Wimbush)

Friday, 18 February 2011

18th Feb 2011

Fieldfare (100+), Redwing (2) this evening.

17th Feb 2011

Recorded on TameValleyBirding Blog:
Mealy Redpoll, 12 Lesser Redpoll, Marsh Tit, WIllow Tit, Siskin (S Valentine, P Satch)

Sunday, 6 February 2011

6th Feb 2011

Around the reserve today: Green Sandpiper (1), Goosander (1m 1f), Little Grebe, Woodcock (2), Goldcrest (3), Sparrowhawk, Buzzard

Feeding Station: Lesser Redpoll (2), Coal Tit (1)

Friday, 4 February 2011

4th Feb 2011

River Pool: Teal (4), Shoveler (3)

Main Pool: Teal (8), Wigeon (10), Gadwall (34), Shoveler (2), Mallard (4), Tufted Duck (1)

Feeding Station: Coal Tit, Willow Tit

Car Park: Goldfinch (c.50), Kestrel, Reed Bunting (2 male)

Flashes: Kestrel (1), Fieldfare (6)

Sunday, 30 January 2011

30th Jan 2011

Flashes: Kestrel

Feeding Station: Siskin (1 male), GS Woodpecker (1 male), Bank Vole (2), Mole moving about in mole hill.

Friday, 21 January 2011

20th Jan 2011

Posted on TameValleyBirding Blog:

Barn Owl at Birmingham Road at 21:05hrs (K Wimbush)

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

19th Jan 2011

River Pool: Teal (8m 4f), Siskin(c.20 along the path), Reed Bunting (1), Bullfinch (3), Lesser Redpoll (1), Goldfinch (12)

Main Pool: Gadwall (26), Tufted Duck (1), Little Grebe (1), Teal (4), Wigeon (11), Shoveler, Jay (3), Reed Bunting (1)

The Scrape: Bullfinch (2), Long-tailed Tits, Teal (calling along river)

The Flashes: Buzzard (1), Kestrel (1), Pied Wagtail (2)

Woods: Redwing (5)

Railway Bridge: Curlew (1), Canada Goose (22), Wigeon, Lapwing (30+)

Sunday, 9 January 2011

9th Jan 2011

Posted on TameValley Birding Blog

Little Egret, Green Sandpiper at the pool next to the railway line in Birmingham Road (K Wimbush)

Saturday, 8 January 2011

8th Jan 2011

Woods: Bullfinch (3f 2m), Buzzard (1), Sparrowhawk (1), Kestrel (1)

Feeders: Goldfinch (6), Chaffinch (4), Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Blackbird (5), Pheasant (1f), GS Woodpecker (1m 1f), Robin, Dunnock (2), Jay (2), Magpie (1), Bank Vole (2)

The Scrape: Teal (6), Long-tailed tit (4)

Main Pool: Mallard (2), pool still frozen

Car Park: Fieldfare (1)

Recorded in sightings book on the 5th Jan 2011: Lesser Redpoll (2), feeding station.