Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings

2018-10-18

Late entry for the 13th October WeBS count. The conditions were difficult thanks to Storm Callum with severe gale force winds and at times heavy rain. The figures obtained were as follows:- little Grebe 14, Cormorant 8, Mute Swan 12, Grey Heron 5, Pink footed Goose 34, Canada Goose 92, Wigeon 3, Gadwall 14, Teal 265, Mallard 188, Pintail 3, Shoveler 91, Tufted Duck 89, Water Rail 3, Moorhen 22, Coot 13, Lapwing 220, Black tailed Godwit 34, Snipe 4, Kingfisher 1, Black headed Gull 50,Sparrowhawk 1, Peregrine falcon 3. The flock of Pink-footed Geese were on land just to the south of the Ship Canal and are normally only recorded over flying Woolston.

Submitted by: Brian Martin

 

David Bowman

2018-10-17

A dawn till near-dusk day, with a very productive four hour habitat development meeting sandwiched between two birding sessions. It was nice to host our visitors from Ramboll, Natural England/Carbon Landscape and the RSPB and to make such good progress in terms of our ideas for improving the Reserve. The birding was as good as ever, with Black-tailed Godwits, Snipe, Water Rails, Kingfisher, Redwings, Willow Tits, Wigeon, Pintails, Peregrine, Sparrowhawks, nearly 200 finches and buntings (100 Greenfinches, 40 Chaffinches, 30 Linnets and 14 Reed Buntings) plus over 1,000 Woodpigeons leaving a roost at dawn.

Photo of the meeting attendees!

Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

2018-10-17

A pleasant autumn day with plenty of interesting sightings. On No.1 bed were 2 Cetti’s Warblers and a Green Sandpiper whilst a Peregrine was in its usual spot on the viaduct. 61 of a reserve total of 62 Shoveler were on No.3 bed together with 4 female Pintail, 2 female Wigeon and about 20 each of Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwit. Reserve-wide totals included 113 Tufted Duck, 84 Mallard, 25 Moorhen and 11 Grey Heron. At the locks were a pair of Pied Wagtails and a single Grey Wagtail. Robin numbers totalled 78 with 25 Magpies counted. A single Speckled Wood was on the river to the north of No.2 bed.

Submitted by: Dave Hackett

 

David Bowman

2018-10-16

A productive morning showing Jim Wardill, Northern Regional Director for the RSPB, around the Reserve, in company with Jane Birch. Brian Martin, David Spencer and Ashley Radford. Managed to squeeze in a bit of birding along the way with highlights of: 1 Swallow, 1 Redshank, 34 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Water Rails, 1 Kingfisher, 16 Redwings, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Pintails, 7 Wigeon and a juvenile Peregrine which made its daily appearance to beat up the godwit flock. I also enjoyed watching a Kestrel which spent the whole morning on the Morgan Hide scrape , initially trying unsuccessfully to catch Greenfinches at the feeding station, then fluttering around the scrape looking for insect prey before perching on the frame of the feeders and waiting, patiently, for a small mammal to wander past.

Photo of this morning’s Kestrel

Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2018-10-13

Well, that was a really nice morning, with the weather moving from drizzly to squally to sunny and with plenty of birds found during the monthly BTO Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS). We started at dawn on No.3 bed , with the pick of the birds being Water Rail, Kingfisher and 33 Black-tailed Godwits. Then a walk through No.1 bed and down to Bollin Point produced: 2 adult Peregrines, 34 Pink-footed Geese feeding on a field near Lymm Golf Club, one Chiffchaff, 25 Redwings, 5 Mistle Thrushes and a single Snipe. We fortunately made it back to No.3 bed before the first of the heavy squalls hit and from the Morgan Hide added 4 Snipe, 2 Wigeon and 3 Pintail to the count. The main wildfowl totals were: 155 Mallard, 80 Shoveler, 250 Teal, 23 Tufted Duck, 92 Canada Geese, 34 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Mute Swans and 25 Teal. The final few hours were spent scanning for movement, picking up a couple of Ravens and a few hundred Woodpigeons. Finally, we were treated to a flying display by the third Peregrine of the morning, a juvenile male which made several unsuccessful stoops at the Godwit flock. Cheers David Bowman (with George Dunbar, Helen Wynn, Kelly Ainsworth and David Spencer)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

2018-10-08

A nice mid-morning to late afternoon wander round Nos.1,2 and 3 beds today. On No.3 bed birds of note included: 8 Redwings, 3 Goldcrests, 1 Pintail, 2 Wigeon, 34 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Common Snipe, 220 Lapwings, 4 Cetti’s Warblers, 1 Water Rail and 1 Kingfisher. On the Mersey, alongside Nos.1 and 2 beds, 112 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall and a couple each of Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe were looking settled. In the riverside trees three more Redwings, two more Goldcrests and a Nuthatch were moving through, while, out on a ploughed field to the north of No.1 bed, 70 Linnets, 6 Mistle Thrushes, 12 Pied Wagtails and 150 Lapwings were feeding. Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2018-10-06

Nice to be back on No.3 bed this morning, with good species variety and a crossover between departing summer migrants and incoming winter visitors. Highlights were: 3 Redwings, 1 Pintail, 4 Swallows, 5 Cetti’s Warblers, 140 Pink-footed Geese, 61 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Snipe, 18 Reed Buntings, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 81 Shoveler, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Kingfisher and 510 Lapwings.

Photo of some of the Godwits from this morning.

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

Submitted by: David Bowman