Thursday, 31 December 2015

Thursday 31st December 2015

1020 - 1120 sunny, cold SW wind, 6c : Common Gull 5, Bh Gull 150+, Herring / LBb Gull 80+, Great Black-backed Gull 40, Cormorant 2, GC Grebe, Mute Swan 3, Goosander, Pochard, Shoveler 2, Teal 8, Tufted 25, Lapwing 97, Moorhen 8, Coot 28, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird.
Crows & Gulls at Highfields South Landfill this afternoon. (GWR)

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Wednesday 30th December 2015

1115 - 1225 rain, strong Southerly wind, 9c : Scaup female on Swan Pool, new site record, Pochard, Wigeon 2, Tufted 32, Goosander 2, Shoveler 7, Teal 4, Mallard 30+, Herring / LBb Gull 150+, Caspian Gull, GBb Gull 60, Common Gull 4, Bh Gull 300+, Cormorant 7, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan 2, Pied Wagtail. Lapwing 50+ at brickworks field 1530.
Female Scaup this morning. (GWR)

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Tuesday 29th December 2015

1230 sunny, 10c : Only a few Herring & Lesser Black-backed Gulls present, GBb Gull 6, Bh Gull 200+, Common Gull, Lapwing 80+ at brickworks field, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 2. Caspian Gull early afternoon. Caspian & Mediterranean Gull reported yesterday via RBA.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Monday 28th December 2015

0930 - 1040 light cloud, SE breeze, 9c : Fieldfare 5, Mistle Thrush 3, Blackbird 6, Robin 2, Dunnock, Wren 2, Jay, Jackdaw 2, Sparrowhawk, Pied Wagtail 2, Wigeon 2, Teal 11, Tufted 20, Shoveler 4, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant 5, Moorhen 14, Mute Swan 2, Lapwing 15, Common Gull 3, Herring Gull 12, Great Black-backed Gull 6, Lesser Black-backed Gull 4, Black-headed Gull 100+, etc.
Wigeon, Great Blacks & Black-headed Gull with dark blue ring 2H16 today.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Sunday 27th December 2015

0930 - 1120, 8c becoming overcast but still, after overnight rain & winds : Common Gull 5, GBb Gull 7, LBb / Herring Gull 30, Bh Gull 100+, Cormorant 2, Mute Swan 2, GC Grebe, Moorhen 18, Coot 25, Goosander 3, Shoveler, Teal 3, Tufted 18, Mallard 35, Canada Geese 40+, Lapwing 74, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 3, GS Woodpecker male, Jay, Magpie 12, Jackdaw 2, C Crow 4, Mistle Thrush 2, Song Thrush, Blackbird 3, Robin 2, Dunnock, Wren 2, Starling 6, Long-tailed Tit 8, Great Tit 4, Blue Tit 3, Lesser Redpoll 18, Siskin 20, Chaffinch, Goldfinch 4, Reed Bunting male, Wood Pigeon 5, Feral Pigeon 22, Kestrel. (42 species). At Linley Wood a Buzzard & Nuthatch were seen.
A forlorn-looking Heron in the rain on Christmas Day.(GWR)

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Saturday 26th December 2015

1000 - 1045 Very windy, some drizzle : Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull 12, Herring / Lesser Black-backed Gull 40, Common Gull 2 + 4 on Winterley Lane fields with 100+ Bh Gulls, Black-headed Gull 200+, Mute Swan 3, Heron, Cormorant 5, Teal 2, Shoveler 2, Tufted 26, Moorhen 16, Coot 25, Lapwing 33, Pied Wagtail 2, Starling 20, Mistle Thrush in song, Dunnock, Goldfinch, plus usual common sp.
Med. & Yellow-legged Gulls today. (GWR)

Friday, 25 December 2015

Friday 25th December 2015

1030 - 1200 drizzle, 6c : Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull 3, Great Black-backed Gull 44, Lesser Black-backed Gull 20, Herring gull 60+, Black-headed Gull 100+, Lapwing 20, Moorhen 18, Coot 28, Heron, Cormorant 5, Mute Swan 3, Great Crested Grebe, Teal 6, Shoveler 3, Goosander 4, Tufted 26, Mallard 30+, Pied Wagtail 2, Starling 50, Blackbird 8, Redwing 7, Robin, Wren, Goldfinch 12, Greenfinch, usual Wood Pigeons/Magpies/C Crows/Jackdaws/Canada's. Sparrowhawk over Rushall at 1225.
Seasons Greetings.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Thursday 24th December 2015

1115 - 1130 & 1300 - 1415 rain easing, sunny but bitter wind, 9-7c : Mediterranean Gull ringed adult, Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine 2, (KC, RC). Shoveler 5, Teal 4, Tufted 12, Goosander 3, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 5, Moorhen / Coot 30+, Herring / LBb Gull 150+, Black-headed Gull 200+, Lapwing 85, Starling 80+, Blackbird 2, Redwing, Goldfinch 8.
Med. Gull today. (GWR)

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Wednesday 23rd December 2015

1015 - 1130, clear & sunny, bitter wind, 7c : Kestrel male, Buzzard, Jay, Jackdaw 3, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush 2, Redwing, Blackbird 6, Robin 2, Wren, Long-tailed Tit 7, Blue Tit 3, Great Tit 6, Siskin 12, Lesser Redpoll 8, Goldfinch 2, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Pied Wagtail 2, Kingfisher, Starling 25, Feral Pigeon 11, Goosander 4, Shoveler 5, Tufted 19, Teal 2, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen 18, Coot 25, Lapwing 100+, Black-headed Gull 150+, Lesser Black-backed Gull 4, Common Gull, plus usual Mallard/Canada's/Wood Pigeon/Magpie/Carrion Crow. A few dozen Herring & GBb Gulls present during the afternoon were disturbed and flew to roost early. (GWR)
Robin, Siskin & Jay this morning.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

1230 - 1300 rain, blustery, 10c : Caspian Gull 3, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull 3, Herring/LBb Gull/GBb Gull 100+ (not counted), Lapwing 110, Cormorant 5, Pied Wagtail 2, Shoveler 4, Goosander 2, Starling 50+, Wren (GWR). A Med. Gull was seen briefly before flying off. (RC/KC)
Caspian Gulls today.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Monday 21st December 2015

1015 - 1125 overcast, blustery, drizzle, 10c : Lapwing 110 at brickworks field, GBb Gull 40, Herring / Lesser Black-backed Gull 150+, Black-headed Gull 250+, Common Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Starling 25, Pied Wagtail 2, Shoveler 2, Tufted 26, Mallard 20+, Moorhen 16, Coot 20, Cormorant 2, Mute Swan 2, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Jackdaw / Carrion Crow 40+ at quarry, Magpie 20+, Lesser Redpoll 6, Siskin 2, Chaffinch, Blackbird 3, Robin 3, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit., Wood Pigeon, Canada Geese 55. Redwing 4 over Rushall. (GWR)
Lapwings & gulls at the flooded field near Ibstock brickworks.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sunday 20th December 2015

1100 - 1130 sunny, 10c but bitter SW : Mute Swan 2, GC Grebe, Cormorant 4, Lapwing 80, Teal 11, Shoveler 2, Tufted 20, Moorhen 8, Coot 12, Pied Wagtail 2, Starling 25, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Common Gull 5, Bh Gull 150+, GBb Gull 16, Herring / LBb Gull 104. Sparrowhawk over at 1245 mobbed by 10 Jackdaws and a few Starlings.
Black-headed Gull in summer plumage already. (GWR)

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Saturday 19th December 2015

1000 - 1100 overcast, drizzle, strong SW, 13c : Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull 22, Lesser Black-backed & Herring Gull 100+, Black-headed Gull 300+, Common Gull 4, Lapwing 100+, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Wren, Starling 151, Goosander 2, Teal 2, Tufted 34, Shoveler 2, Cormorant 8, etc. (GWR)

Friday, 18 December 2015

Friday 18th December 2015

1000 - 1120 lightly overcast, 11c : Siskin & Lesser Redpoll & Goldfinch mixed flock of at least 30, mainly Redpolls, Skylark over, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting 2 at lagoon, Fieldfare 14, Blackbird 3, Robin, Wren 2, Carrion Crow 21 at quarry, Jay 2, Magpie 12, Jackdaw 5, Great Spotted Woodpecker male, Green Woodpecker, Starling 25, Sparrowhawk, Lapwing 110, Moorhen 17, Coot 27, Tufted 27, Pochard, Shoveler 4, Teal 12, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant, Wood Pigeon 2, Feral Pigeon, Black-headed Gull 100+, Common Gull 3, only a few larger gulls due to yachts being out. Jackdaw over 120 seen flying north-west at 1500. (GWR)
Redpoll, Pied Wag & GS Woodpecker today.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Thursday 17th December 2015

1130 - 1200 mild 12c, but strong SW winds across the water : Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull 4, GBb Gull 12, Herring/LBb Gull 150+, Black-headed Gull 300+, Lapwing 218, Pochard, Goosander, Shoveler 4, Teal 12, Tufted 20, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 4, Coot / Moorhen 40, Starling 50, Pied Wagtail 2. (GWR)
Yellow-legged and other gulls today.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Wednesday 16th December 2015

0940 - 1030 overcast, SW wind, 11c : Heron, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 6, Yl Gull, Common Gull 3, GBb Gull 7, Herring Gull 60, LBb Gull 20, Bh Gull 200+, Lapwing 30 (73 later, KC), Goosander 4, Teal 8, Shoveler 4, Tufted 28, Mallard 30, Moorhen 21, Coot 20, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Starling 12.(GWR)

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Tuesday 15th December 2015

0930 - 1030 misty, overcast, 9c : Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail 3, Starling 25, Jay, Jackdaw 5, Lapwing 101, Moorhen 18, Coot 15, Shoveler 7, Teal 14, Tufted 18, Common Gull 5, Bh Gull 120+, GBb Gull 17, LBb Gull 20, Herring Gull 80+, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 4.(GWR) Early afternoon added Caspian Gull 2, Yellow-legged Gull and Goosander 2 (GE).
Caspian Gull adult, yesterday afternoon.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Monday 14th December 2015

0930 - 1115 lightly overcast, 9c : Heron, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 4, GC Grebe, Goosander, Shoveler 5, Teal 6 + 25 at brickworks field, Tufted 11, Mallard 30+, Canada Geese 20+, Moorhen 22, Coot 12, Common Gull, GBb Gull 7, LBb Gull 20, Herring Gull 30+, Bh Gull 80, Lapwing 77, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit, Redwing 8, Blackbird 8, Robin 3, Song Thrush, Dunnock 2, Wren 2, Starling 4, Jay 2, Magpie 10+, C Crow 8, Jackdaw 5, Long-tailed Tit 9, Great Tit 6, Blue Tit 5, Chaffinch 3, Lesser Redpoll 7, Siskin 2, Goldfinch 5, Greenfinch 6, Wood Pigeon 3, Feral Pigeon 22, Buzzard. (42 species). Caspian Gull present early afternoon until 1515 when flew north (CR / GWR).
Yellow-legged Gull on 9th December.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sunday 13th December 2015

1100 - 1130 rain, 4c : Goosander 4, Teal 9, Shoveler 3, Cormorant 5, Common Gull 3, GBb Gull 22, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 2, Lapwing 50+, Moorhen 25, etc.(PPN / GWR)
Caspian Gull yesterday.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Saturday 12th December 2015

1015 - 1115 rain, strong SW, 5c : Goosander, Shoveler 5, Teal 6, Tufted 13, Mallard 30+, Canada Geese 50+, Moorhen 13, Coot 20, Cormorant 5, Lapwing 13, Common Gull 2, Yellow-legged Gull, GBb Gull 44, Herring Gull 205, LBb Gull 40+, Black-headed Gull 120 + 200 at brickworks field, Pied Wagtail, Starling 12, Blackbird 4, Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch 2, Magpie 8, Jackdaw 2, C Crow 3, Wood Pigeon 5, Grey Squirrel. (GWR) Early afternoon - Caspian Gull different bird with yellowish legs. (KC)
Smallish white-headed Herring Gulls add to the interest!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Friday 11th December 2015

0930 - 1030 light cloud, 6c : Caspian Gull flew off to NW, Common Gull 2, GBb Gull 3, Herring Gull 10, LBb Gull 8, Bh Gull 120, Lapwing 162, Cormorant 5, Goosander 3, Shoveler 9, Teal 8, Tufted 21, Pochard, GC Grebe 2, Moorhen 21, Coot 22, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Starling 15, Wren, Long-tailed Tit 6, Goldfinch 2, Sparrowhawk mobbed by crow.(GWR)
Adult Caspian Gull this morning.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Thursday 10th December 2015

1045 - 1215 rain, 8c : Cormorant 4, Common Gull, GBb Gull 20, Herring Gull 80, LB b Gull 30, Bh Gull 220, Lapwing 5, Tufted 22, Teal 6, Shoveler 5, GC Grebe, Long-tailed Tit 11, Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Blue Tit 2. (GWR). More gulls dropped in after 1300 giving totals of - Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull 3, GBb Gull 85, Herring Gull 550, LBb Gull 90 & also Teal 19. (KC)
Siskins, Goldfinch & Redpoll yesterday.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Wednesday 9th December 2015

1000 - 1230 sunny start, SW breeze, 8c : Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull, GBb Gull 30+, Herring / Lbb Gull 100+, Bh Gull 300+, Cormorant 3, Mute Swan 2, Shoveler 3, Tufted 21, Teal 6, Coot 23, Moorhen 12, Lapwing 60, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 6 at quarry, Lesser Redpoll 5, Siskin 12, Goldfinch 3, Chaffinch, Jay, Starling 30+, Blackbird 3, Feral Pigeon 3, Sparrowhawk over twice. (GE/GWR) Usual Robin/Wren/Magpies/Crows/Jackdaws/Wood Pigs/Mallard etc. A Raven flew over Branton Hill at 1545, calling as it did so.
Record shot of female Blackcap in garden at Rushall early this morning.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Tuesday 8th December 2015

1030 - 1100 9c : Black-headed Gull well over 400, LBb / Herring gull 100+, GBb Gull 30, Common Gull 2, Lapwing 70, Shoveler 5, Teal 12, Tufted 21, Cormorant 5, Pied Wagtail 2, Blackbird, Sparrowhawk.
Gulls today including very clean white-headed Herring.(GWR)