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Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


A damp morning ringing on No1 bed although 3 Redwings and Cetti’s Warbler were ringed in between the showers. Sightings included a Green Woodpecker, a Little Grebe, 20 Skylarks in one flock and 20 Fieldfares flying south

Submitted by: Eyesbirder


A sub-zero morning with clear skies and light South-easterly breeze were ideal for a visible migration session. We started at first light in the Morgan Hide and were kept entertained by a steady passage of thrushes and Woodpigeons. The movement lasted until the sky clouded over around 10.30 am. Key totals were: 4,800 Woodpigeons, 830 Redwings, 360 Fieldfares (all heading South-east) and 500 Pinkfeet (heading East). In addition, 3 Woodcocks and 100s more thrushes were feeding around No.3 bed. The link is to a short video clip showing some of the more photogenic species seen from the Morgan Hide during the week. The photo is the dawn view from the Morgan Hide. Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Helen Wynn, Kelly Ainsworth, Alan Warford, Daniel Owen, George Dunbar, Brian Baird)

Submitted by: David Bowman


A very soggy morning on No.3 bed with almost constant heavy rain. The water level has risen well towards our winter maximum and is starting to pull in some diving ducks. After yesterday’s drake Goosander, two female Goldeneyes dropped in, while 3 drake Pochards and 30 Tufted Ducks were present at dawn. The usual spread of common residents included highlights of: 4 Cetti’s Warblers, 3 Willow Tits, 5 Grey Wagtails, 3 Water Rails, 10 Pied Wagtails, 1 Kingfisher, 200 Greenfinches, 100 Goldfinches and 60 Chaffinches. Photo of a Coal Tit Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer)

Submitted by: David Bowman


Photo of a Kingfisher on No.3 bed today.

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman


Its been a good autumn on the Reserve, so far, with records in the past four weeks including: Kumlien’s Gull, Little Bunting, Firecrest, Bearded Tits, Hawfinch, Great White Egret, Bittern, Egyptian Geese, Garganey and Jack Snipe. The year list now stands at 152 species, hopefully with more to come. This afternoon offered another minor surprise, when a drake Goosander dropped in to No.3 bed, as they are an uncommon visitor to the Reserve. Other sightings included Willow Tits, Water Rails, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warblers and small roosts of Starling, Pied Wagtail and Redwing. Record shot of the Goosander Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman


After the flood of migrants on Thursday, it was more of a trickle today, as a westerly depression slowly moved in. 70 Redwings, 20 Fieldfares and 9 Skylarks were the totals noted. As ever, though, there were plenty of other birds to be found, with a noticeable increase in our common, autumn/winter visitors. As we arrived on the car park a Woodcock flew over our heads and soon afterwards we watched 5,000 Starlings leave a roost in the reed-bed. Greenfinch numbers were at their highest yet, with 230 in a single flock, while other finches included 3 Bramblings, 60 Chaffinches and 50 Goldfinches. Of the resident species, Willow Tit and Cetti’s Warblers were the pick. Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Alan Warford and Brian Baird)

Submitted by: David Bowman