Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


Dave Hackett

2019-03-20

A surprisingly warm day with the temperature reaching 19 degrees by midday. Spring migrants have already arrived and the 3 Black-necked Grebes were still on No.3 bed together with the Little Gull which has been present for nearly a week. Good numbers of butterflies were on the wing - 12 Peacock, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma and 3 Brimstone were all well above average for mid-March. Other counts of interest were 18 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti’s Warbler at the eastern end of the reserve, 239 Tufted Duck and 59 Canada Geese. A Raven flew north over No.1 bed. An interesting report from a member of the public was of a singing Skylark over the fields to the north of No.1 bed. Photo; Comma by the river

Submitted by: Dave Hackett

 

Dan Gornall

2019-03-20

Yesterdays pair of Mediterranean Gulls were still present today, one of which is wearing a white darvic ring (code E718). It was ringed as chick in the Netherlands in 2012. Subsequently being seen in a number of other places, just showing how much these birds can move around, details below:

20/08/2012 Damp, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY 24/08/2012 Damp, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY 15/02/2014 Bray harbour, Wicklow, IRELAND 06/03/2014 Booterstown Sandymount Strand, Sandymount, Dublin, IRELAND 21/01/2016 Bray harbour, Wicklow, IRELAND 19/04/2016 Woolston Eyes, Warrington, Cheshire, England 19/04/2016 Woolston Eyes, Warrington, Cheshire, England 02/04/2017 Cemlyn Lagoon, Isle of Anglesey, Wales 07/07/2017 Benllech, Isle of Anglesey, Wales 19/03/2019 Woolston Eyes, Warrington, Cheshire, England

Also today, still 3 Black-necked Grebes and the adult Little Gull.

Submitted by: Daniel Gornall

 

John Bradford

2019-03-20

Common Toad.

Submitted by: John Bradford

 

john Bradford

2019-03-20

Great Crested Grebe with fish.

Submitted by: John Bradford

 

John Bradford

2019-03-20

Great Crested Grebe with Fish

Submitted by: John Bradford

 

John Bradford

2019-03-20

Great Crested Grebe With Fish

Submitted by: John Bradford

 

John Bradford

2019-03-20

Great Crested grebe with fish

Submitted by: John Bradford

 

2019-03-19

The first 3 Black-necked Grebes arrived overnight and were active throughout the day. Also present were 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Little Gull and 5 Sand Martins. Dan and I surveyed No.4 bed for Willow Tits and were encouraged to find 11 territories and observe 18 individuals.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Dan Gornall

2019-03-15

Another picture of the Little Gull today.

Submitted by: Daniel Gornall

 

2019-03-15

Yesterday’s Little Gull was still present this morning and had been joined by an adult Kittiwake. Also present this morning: 1 Raven and 1 Pink-footed Goose associating with the Greylags.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2019-03-14

The Little Gull was refound at lunchtime and was still present early evening at least. Also 4 Sand Martins late afternoon feeding low before heading north west.

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2019-03-14

An adult winter Little Gull was sheltering in the north east corner this morning, in front of the Rotary Hide. It appeared to fly off high east late morning. Only earlier record on the Reserve is on 5/2/1990!

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

David Bowman

2019-03-04

Well, that was a busy afternoon, starting on No.3 bed, where a female Merlin was perched on the South Bank before dashing away towards the centre of the bed. Other reports from the day included: 3 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Peregrine and 2 Ravens. Then David Spencer, Dan Gornall and I walked over to the Loop of No.4 bed to ponder over the logistics involved in re-shingling the three breeding islands. Three Lesser Redpolls were in the trees around the Loop, with Snipe, Gadwall, Teal and Shoveler also noted. Then briefly back to the Morgan Hide to meet Dave Steel before joining up with Brian Martin, George Dunbar and Daniel Owen for a trip on to No.1 bed, where, despite the passing squalls, we were treated to the spectacular sight of between 150,000 and 200,000 Starlings whirling overhead before eventually dropping in to roost. One Peregrine and at least three Sparrowhawks were actively hunting through the murmuration, while Redwings, Fieldfares and Reed Buntings were dropping in to roost, a single Snipe flushed and Water Rails were calling as the light faded. Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2019-03-02

A very pleasant morning on No.3 bed, where David Spencer, Steve Atkins and I were running a workshop on “Surveying Breeding Wildfowl” for the Carbon Landscape project. A great bunch of attendees made the event a pleasure to run and hopefully, people went away keen to extend our knowledge of the wildfowl breeding population in the area. Along the way, as ever, we picked up some good records, including: 7 singing Chiffchaffs, 3 singing Cetti’s Warblers, 9 Lesser Redpolls, 12 Bramblings, 450 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Sparrowhawks, 12 Common Buzzards, 1 Water Rail, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 Common Gulls. There were plenty of bees in flight, too, plus Peacock and Comma butterflies. Photo of the attendees at the workshop Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman