Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


David Bowman

2018-05-20

On a warm, still, Saturday morning, we started at 6.30 am with a Breeding Bird Survey of No.2 bed. Highlights were the warblers in song, including 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 2 Garden Warblers, 18 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 11 Whitethroats and 6 Willow Warblers. In addition, it was good to see the Peregrine pair well-settled at their Viaduct nest-site, with the female appearing to be brooding young. The rest of the morning was spent recording the breeding activity on No.3 bed, with, notably: two broods of Black-necked Grebe (with at least 4 young), a first Pochard brood of 5 young, three Mallard broods and two of Coot. Other sightings included: two adult Mediterranean Gulls which flew through, a Water Rail in front of the Morgan Hide, two KIngfishers on the Ship Canal and at least eight Broad-bodied Chasers around the bed. The link is to a short video clip showing:, the drake Garganey which had been present for more than a week, a pair of Black-necked Grebes feeding young, a Sedge Warbler in song and a less-than-welcome Terrapin on the River. https://youtu.be/Pyg3zgb_BFo The photo is of a female Broad-bodied Chaser Cheers David (with David Spencer, Brian Martin,Alan Warford, Helen Wynn, Kelly Ainsworth, Brian Baird and Les Jones)

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David Bowman

2018-05-17

A rather somnolent early morning on No.3 bed, with not much moving through, though the breeding birds were busy getting on with things. The male Lapwing on the Morgan Hide scrape now has a female partner on three eggs and has managed to pull in a second female, which he was trying to tempt into inspecting a nest scrape on an adjacent island. Highlight of the day was undoubtedly the drake Garganey, which was feeding in front of the Tower Hide. As I was leaving I did a circuit of No.3 bed, photographing some of the many insects and other “mini-beasts” which throng in the flower rich edges of the paths. On the way round I did a count of the newly emerged dragonflies, which totalled: 2 Four-spotted Chasers, 23 Azure Damselflies and 16 Blue-tailed Damselflies.

Photo of a Blue-tailed Damselfly

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer and Alan Warford)

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2018-05-16

An early start on No.3 bed this morning, with a chilly north-easterly blowing. On arrival at the Morgan Hide, 24 Swifts were swirling around the nest boxes on the hide, called in by the tape of their calls. We’re hoping to get some nesting this year. Later, another 40 Swifts dropped in, along with 30 Swallows, 8 Sand Martins and a couple of House Martins. Yesterday’s Marsh Harrier also put in a brief appearance and a pair of Black-necked Grebes with at least one young showed well. Black-necked Grebes almost always nest in Black-headed Gull colonies, where they gain protection from the gulls’ anti-predator behaviour, so we’ve put in place a number of artificial nesting platforms to supplement the more natural sites. This morning, there were 81 sitting Black-headed Gulls on the various platforms, almost all on eggs, including, for the first time, 11 on the scrapes in front of the Morgan Hide. The male Lapwing, which has been haunting the scrape for the past couple of months, has at last found a partner and they were jointly brooding three eggs. The link is to a brief video clip of some of this morning’s activity.

https://youtu.be/xlpunDXA7-s

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Bert Lloyd and John Verdon)

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2018-05-15

This afternoon Brain Martin found the first Black-necked Grebe brood of the year; a pair were feeding at least one young in front of the Tower Hide. They were still in the same area this evening. In the morning, a Little Ringed Plover was seen by Ash Radford on the scrape from the John Morgan Hide. This evening a female Marsh Harrier passed through and a Hobby was seen hunting over No.2 bed. The Garganey is still showing well in the south channel.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2018-05-10

After two months of displaying, it looks as though the male Lapwing has finally attracted a mate! Also today the drake Garganey is still present. It can be elusive and is best viewed from the Tower Hide. Other sightings included 1 Common Tern, 2 Raven, 1 Snipe, c50 Swifts and 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2018-05-09

Drake Garganey this morning from the Tower Hide. It was first seen yesterday by Derek Britch from the south Screen_

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2018-05-09

One of three Arctic Terns seen last Saturday (5th)

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Green-veined white ?

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Greylag chick testing out its wings !

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Lapwing ( Warrington Rotary hide )

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Greylag gosling enjoying the water !

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Kestrel(m) (record shot)

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Speckled Wood butterfly

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

Hazel Rothwell

2018-05-08

Another beautiful day with plenty of butterflies around, Orange Tips, Green-veined white, Peacoock, Brimstone, Small White and a very tatty Tortoiseshell along with various bumblebees and birds singing: Common Whitethroats, Sedge Warbler and Blackcaps. A kestrel was quartering above the winter seed area and a wild rabbit was munching on dandelions !
(photo of Wild Rabbit)

Submitted by: Hazel Rothwell

 

David Bowman

2018-05-04

Here is a photo of an Early Mining Bee.

Cheers David

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David Bowman

2018-05-04

Having sorted out the identification of some of the scarcer bees from this week, here is the first photo, of a Vestal Cuckoo Bee.

Cheers David

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David Bowman

2018-05-03

A productive morning on No.3 bed, meeting with Steve Atkins from the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, helping to organise some training events, as part of the Carbon Landscape Project. We’ll be offering training in: Dragonfly ID and surveying, Breeding Wildfowl ID and surveying, Wetland Bird ID and Surveying and a certificated course in Managing Invasive Plant Species. All the events will be advertised by the Carbon Landscape Team. There was a bit of time afterwards for some birding, with 12 Black-necked Grebes counted (with a few more no doubt on nests), plus a both Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warblers in song. Photo of a bee sp.

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Brian Martin, Alan Warford, Brian Baird, Ashley Radford and Steve Atkins)

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David Bowman

2018-05-01

It was a breezy morning on No.3 bed, though warm enough by mid afternoon for good numbers of bees and quite a few butterflies to be feeding on the proliferation of dandelions. Butterfly totals were: 1 Brimstone, 4 Orange Tips (including three males), 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Commas, 1 Green-veined White, 4 Small Whites, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 8 Peacocks. Apart from a few Swifts and House Martins passing through, there wasn’t much visible passage, though there had been an arrival of Reed Warblers, with six in song on the east side of the bed.

Photo of what I think is a Tawny Mining Bee, Andrena fulva

Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman