Great to be back at the reserve for my first proper visit of 2018 - blown away by the amount of work the Tuesday work parties have got through. Also a first chance to take a prolonged at / from the new North Moors hide - might take a year or two to bed in but it has some real potential and is a real addition to the reserve. The combined sightings of myself and Andy P are as follows:
14 GC Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 20 Tufted Duck, 35 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, Green Woodpecker, small Sand Martin flocking peaking at 9 birds just before midday, Chiffchaff singing intermittently by the steps.
16 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin (winter plumage), 6 Snipe, 82 Lapwing, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 26 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Greylag Geese over, 9 Coot, 10 Moorhen, adult Med Gull, Med x BH Gull hybrid, 2 Raven, Treecreeper showing very well along path in silver birches opposite Hen Pool Hide, 3 Pheasant, 2 Buzzard.
Thanks to all 16 vols and Andy Harris for another successful day.
Alan D. Bob O. Bob R. Charles. Dave H. Graham L. Ian Joh. Ian Jos. Julie W. Kim W. Nick F. Paul M. Roger S. Terry W. Tony B and me.
The scheduled work was for the most part completed. But we came across a few log jams in the Salwarp. From which a large amount of plastic debris was removed. Tree trunks large branches were hauled out , luckily Ian Joh had is wet suit on which made the task manageable.
Several willows overhanging the Salwarp were pollarded.
This task took up most of the crew's day so we didn't complete the removal of all the trees on the SW islands.
The 2 domed islands in the scrape and the two large islands off shore were all cleared. All the tree stumps were treated with glysophate.
Tony and Bob O checked the FOX fence and modified the sluice at the FLASHES ready to be opened for the new levels.
The only photos taken with my camera were of the island in the SW marsh being cleared of trees.
I have posted other pics off my phone on Twitter.
Today's Yellow-legged Gull is a very distinctive bird, missing both feet. It was noted at Upton Warren on two days in early May last year (including the Spring All-Dayer) and then at Belvide on the 1st June.
Yesterday's Kittiwake formed part of a marked inland movement of the species during the day - not quite sure what conditions prompted such an occurrence as (other than the rain) the weather seemed relatively benign. Other inland records yesterday included:
Earlswood Lakes, Warwickshire - 4
Bartley Reservoir, West Midlands - 3
Priorslee, Shropshire - 1
Daventry Reservoir, Northamptonshire - 1
Rutland Water, Leicestershire - 2
Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire - 1
Ogston Reservoir, Derbyshire - 1
Idle Valley, Lound, Nottinghamshire - 1
Budby, Nottinghamshire - 1
Orgreave, South Yorkshire - 1
Willen Lake, Buckinghamshire - 1
Haversham, Buckinghamshire - 1
Annesley Pit Top, Nottinghamshire - 1
Fairburn Ings, North Yorkshire - 1
From the Flashes Andy P reports a big influx of Avocet with at least 30 birds present. Also adult Med Gull, hybrid Med x BH Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, Cetti's Warbler near Hen Brook hide plus 3 Sand Martins over Sailing Pool.