Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


David Bowman

2019-05-18

An early start on No.3 bed began well, with a drake Garganey skulking around the reeds at the back of the bed. A trip on to No.1 bed then confirmed breeding for the Peregrine pair under the Viaduct, with the female brooding small young, as well as for a pair each of Swallow and Grey Wagtail, which were entering nest sites under the piers. Meanwhile, back on No.3 bed, a flurry of wader activity produced fly-throughs by 37 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Oystercatchers. Two other records of note were of a female Pochard with five small young, our first Pochard brood of the season and a Skylark in song over the centre of the bed, reported by Kieran Foster, an unusual potential breeding record for the Reserve.

Photo of a Cormorant from this morning.

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Helen Wynn, Alan Warford, Sue Haddock, Les Jones and Brian Baird)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

Daniel Owen

2019-05-17

Photo of the Osprey that headed South over No.3 Bed, seemingly following the River Mersey before cutting across the reserve toward the Canal. Marsh Harrier and Cuckoo were also present today.

Submitted by: Daniel Owen

 

2019-05-17

Male Garganey from the John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

2019-05-17

Photo of the Garganey which has been visiting the scrape over the last few days

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Brian Baird

2019-05-15

Photo of freshly emerged female Azure Damselfly with Exuvia still present on No.1 bed today.

Submitted by: Brian Baird

 

Brian Baird

2019-05-15

The first Azure Damselflies were present today. Photo of a male on No.1 bed.

Submitted by: Brian Baird

 

David Bowman

2019-05-13

It was one of those hot, somnolent, late spring days on No.3 bed, with not much moving but plenty of breeding activity in evidence. The first Great Crested Grebe young were riding around on their parent’s backs, a handful of Black-headed Gull chicks were being brooded on the nest rafts, and broods of Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard and Coot were sailing around the bed. When things are quiet it’s nice to take a few photos of the common birds or of the increasing numbers of emerging insects. My first Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly of the year was patrolling the south bank and there were plenty of small beetles, bees and hoverflies around.

Photo of a drake Gadwall

Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

Andy Weir

2019-05-12

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) from The John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2019-05-12

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)and chicks from The John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2019-05-12

Gadwall (Anas strepera) from The John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2019-05-12

Tufted duck (Aythya filigula)from the John Morgan Hide

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir

2019-05-12

Distant shot of Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

Submitted by: Andy Weir

 

2019-05-12

2019 is proving a good year for Gardens Warblers with at least 8 singing males including this showy individual along the footpath between the weir and Ship Canal (near the old screen).

Submitted by: David Spencer

 

Keith Gallie

2019-05-11

Grey Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria. also known as Ashy mining bee this is a first for me on No3 Bed

Submitted by: Keith Gallie

 

David Bowman

2019-05-11

Another stunning morning on No.3 bed, starting at 6.30 am and managing to complete both a Breeding Wildfowl Survey and a combined Common Bird/Breeding Warbler Survey. After that, it was relaxing in the Morgan Hide and seeing what we could find. Highlights of the day were a Cuckoo, which flew across the North Meadow, a Hobby hunting over the North Bank, A marauding Peregrine, a couple of Ravens, 18 Black-necked Grebes (with more, no doubt, on nests), a single Garden Warbler (though we have found eight territories across the whole Reserve), an influx of Reed Warblers, 75 Swifts and among the commoner breeding wildfowl, evidence for at least three breeding pairs each of Shoveler and Teal. All in all, an excellent day.

Photo of a Black-necked Grebe

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Helen Wynn, Alan Warford, Brian Baird, Les Jones and Damian Smith)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2019-05-09

Record shot of today’s Kittiwake on No.3 bed.

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2019-05-09

With low cloud, a light northerly wind and intermittent drizzle, it looked good for migrant terns today. I was in the Morgan Hide by 5.30 am, to be greeted by a passing Redshank. The Lapwings on the scrape have now had their third set of eggs predated, presumably by some of the local Greylags, based on previous observations. At 7.00 am, Dave Steel and I set off to do a breeding bird survey of No.1 bed, highlights of which were: 2 pairs of Little Ringed Plover and 4 pairs of Lapwing, while singing birds included: 10 Reed Warblers, 14 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Whitethroats and 23 Wrens. Meanwhile, back on No.3 bed, singles of Dunlin and Oystercatcher had flown through. Back in the Morgan Hide, increasingly heavy showers then brought down two Common Terns, followed by a Kittiwake and two Black Terns (the latter two picked up by the sharp-eyed Daniel Owen!), while a Hobby also made frequent passes over the bed. My kind of day.

Record shot of one of the Black Terns

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Dave Steel, Daniel Owen, George Dunbar and Sue Haddock)

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

Daniel Owen

2019-05-09

One of the 2 Black Terns that passed through No.3 Bed today

Submitted by: Daniel Owen

 

Daniel Owen

2019-05-09

The rain and easterly winds certainly delivered today, with 2 Common Terns and a Dunlin through No.3 Bed early giving hope of things to come. This was realised when a Kittiwake passed through, before being chased away by the Black-headed Gulls. 2 Black Terns followed suit shortly after before heading NW above the tree line – all in all another brilliant day at Woolston

Submitted by: Daniel Owen

 

Dave Hackett

2019-05-05

A lovely early morning in spite of the low temperature. I carried out a common bird survey on the northern half of No.4 bed which produced some excellent totals, much higher than in 2018. These included 35 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 32 Whitethroats, 19 Robins, 21 Wrens, 14 Pheasants, 15 Song Thrushes, 9 Blackbirds, 4 Reed Warblers and singles of Garden Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting. Most of the above were singing males. Photo; male Orange Tip taken on Friday.

Submitted by: Dave Hackett

 

David Bowman

2019-05-04

Today, in brilliant sunshine but with an increasingly cool northerly wind blowing, there was an excellent passage of aerial feeders. As ever, when there are plenty of hirundines around, a marauding Hobby appeared and made a few passes over No.3 bed before soaring off to the east. Totals over the morning included: 80 Swifts, 600 House Martins, 165 Swallows and 140 Sand Martins. Other activity included an estimated 140 breeding pairs of Black-headed Gulls (including two pairs with eggs on the Morgan Hide scrape), two singing Lesser Whitethroats (along the Canal Track), two Sedge Warblers, one Raven and the Lapwing pair in front of the Morgan Hide, which now has three eggs. Photo of an incoming Cormorant from this morning.

Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Helen Wynn, Alan Warford, Les Jones, Sue Haddock, Brian Baird and Dave Steel)

Submitted by: David Bowman