Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


David Bowman

2017-10-14

An unseasonally warm morning brought in some good birds. On No.3 bed, a Little Egret came out of its roost, early on, only to be pushed off by one of the five feeding Grey Herons. A trip to the Loop of No.4 bed turned up a few Wigeon plus the surprise of the day - a drake Garganey, the second latest ever for the Reserve. Back on No.3 bed, a single Ruff was located among the flock of 40 Black-tailed Godwits and 260 Lapwings. Later, the wader flock was scattered by a Peregrine which rattled through at low level before disappearing to the west. Other sightings of interest included: a few Redwings (ringed by Kieran Foster et al), the odd Lesser Redpoll, some Pink-footed Geese (heard but not seen) and 160 Teal. The linked video shows the Egret, Wigeon, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk plus the Ruff milling around with the Lapwings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnAJswuyxWg

Photo is of the Wigeon from this morning.

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Alan Warford and Helen Wynn)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Riley

2017-10-09

Spotted on No.1 Bed this morning by Ash Radford and photographed by David Riley a Pink Barred Sallow moth, Xanthi togata. This is a fairly common moth frequenting damp woods and marshy areas. Other sightings included an early morning Tawny Owl, a Woodcock, singing Cetti’s Warbler and passage of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, and Redwing.

Submitted by: John Blundell

 

2017-10-09

WeBS Count for 7th October with thanks for all those who took part in the count. Little Grebe 7,Great crested Grebe 3, Cormorant 15, Mute Swan 22, Grey Heron 11, Canada Goose 72, Wigeon 7, Gadwall 37, Teal 189, Mallard 88, Pintail 1, Shoveler 44, Tufted Duck 105, Water Rail 1, Moorhen 32, Coot 40, Lapwing 115, Snipe 5, Black-tailed Godwit 40, Redshank 1, Kingfisher 1,Peregrine 1, Kestrel 1, Buzzard 1, Black headed Gull 104, Common Gull 1, Lesser Black backed Gull 7, and Common Tern 1. The latter is the latest ever record for Woolston with few records in the County in October especially inland.

Submitted by: Brian Martin

 

2017-10-07

This morning saw five of us sitting on top of Butchersfield Tip at dawn, soaking up some driven rain, ready for the monthly Visible Migration Watch. After a slow start, we managed to pick up some decent sightings, including: A Ruff in with a flock of Lapwings (a first for one of our Migration Watches), 600 Lapwings, 6 Golden Plovers, 83 Meadow Pipits, 39 Skylarks, 17 Pied Wagtails, 60 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Siskins, among hundreds of commoner birds. Afterwards, Helen, David Spencer, Alan and I went into No.3 bed where, earlier, a late Common Tern had passed through. A single Redshank was among the Black-tailed Godwits and Lapwings, while 40 Siskins, 60 Linnets and 120 Greenfinches were were feeding actively. The video shows a few of this weeks birds, including: Grey Wagtail, Pintails, Black-tailed Godwit and Stonechat.

Click here to watch David’s video………….

or cut and paste the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBPAUhMuvtM into your broswer to view.

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Dave Steel, Alan Warford and Helen Wynn)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

Keith Gallie

2017-10-06

I only had a short time on number 3 bed on friday but i saw 1 wigeon a small party of Long tailed tits 6 snipe 1 terrapin 1 domestic cat by the tower hide.3 Red admirals butterflies, I couldnt find the Ruff among the Godwits. then at about 12.40 a Hobby made a show over the far side landing on the hide across from the J morgan hide I managed a record shot of it. Ray Eden was in the hide and let me view it through his scope (thanks Ray)

Submitted by: Keith Gallie

 

David Bowman

2017-10-04

A nice few hours on No.3 bed today, starting with two skeins of Pink-footed Geese passing over, totalling 137. Six Pintail were still in front of the Rotary Hide, with 46 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Snipe, 420 Lapwings, 60 Teal, 42 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 2 Kingfishers and 7 Little Grebes from the Morgan Hide. On a walk round the perimiter of the bed, photographing some of the emerging fungi, two Chiffchaffs were calling.

Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2017-10-04

After being away for nearly three weeks, it was good to be back on No.3 bed yesterday morning. There were some nice birds about, too. A Yellow-browed Warbler was calling near the path to the Tower Hide first thing, then two Golden Plovers dropped in (always a scarcity on the Reserve), five female Pintails were still in front of the Rotary Hide and a Stonechat was in the seed crop on the North Meadow. Of the more regular species, 46 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Snipe, Water Rail and Kingfisher are worth a mention.

Photo is of the Stonechat

Cheers David (with David Spencer)

Submitted by: David Bowman