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ADNR Blog April 2017

Posted: Monday 3rd April 2017 by AdelDam

'Pecking order' - credit Chris Hardy'Pecking order' - credit Chris Hardy

To report your wildlife sightings at Adel Dam, please email adel.dam@ywt.org.uk. Thank you.

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30th April – monthly ‘Guide in the Hide’ session
   Marsh hide

Single buzzard, carrion crow, chiffchaff, dunnock, magpie, robin, treecreeper, wood pigeon, wren and tawny owl (which flew along the wood at the far side of the pond with many complaints from resident birds)
2 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (two male; one female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (both male and female seen during the session)
4 Great tit
2 Jackdaw
2 Jay
2 Long tailed tit
2 Mallard (male)
10 Mandarin (single male and a female with eight juvenile)
2 Moorhen (nest building)
2 Nuthatch
3 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single black headed gull (on the lake), chaffinch (male), chiffchaff (several heard - one seen briefly on the far side of the lake), dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), grey heron (spent about 30 min stalking some mallard chicks before being driven off by the female mallard), grey wagtail, kingfisher, magpie, nuthatch and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Coot
2 Jay
11 Mallard (one group of six males and a group of two male, one female and two juvenile)
9 Mandarin (presumably the same group seen at the marsh hide - a female and eight juvenile keeping mostly to the lake margins)
3 Moorhen
2 Reed bunting (male and a possible female)
2 Wood pigeon

Also orange tip butterfly and two bank vole

Contributions from CRH and PJ

     Buzzard and protective female mandarin - credit Pam Jones

28-29th April

Visitors [K&S and WG] saw three song thrush, a jay, a treecreeper on a fallen tree and a bank vole

27th April
   Marsh hide

Single tawny owl [Jul]
5 Mandarin (four male; one female)

   Lake hide

12 Mallard (six male; one female; five juvenile)
4 Mandarin (three male ; one female)
2 Moorhen
2 Shelduck (pair)
4 Teal (two male; two female)

Contribution from SL (mainly)

26th April

An adult mallard and twelve ducklings were reported [Gene] at an unspecified location

     Song thrush and wren - credit  Pam Jones

25th April
   Marsh hide

Single dunnock, moorhen, robin, stock dove and tawny owl (landed in trees behind the pond and sat for 15 min ignoring the noisy attention of two jays. The juvenile tawny owl was still visible in the nesting box)
2 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Mallard (pair)
2 Mandarin (pair)
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single black-headed gull (landed on the lake), chaffinch (female), chiffchaff, dunnock, grey wagtail (foraging close to the hide), nuthatch and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Coot
3 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Mallard (two pairs)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
4 Wood pigeon (perching in trees overlooking the lake)
Also single bank vole

    Other locations

A kingfisher was flying along the stream beside the bridleway at 7 am.
Two volunteers [BT, CRH] working in the central marshy section of the reserve disturbed two woodcock

Contribution from CRH

   Nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker (with food) - credit Chris Hardy

23rd April
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap, chiffchaff, coal tit, curlew, mallard (male), dunnock, jackdaw (on feeders), jay, robin, song thrush, sparrowhawk (scolded off by several birds near the marsh hide entrance) and willow warbler
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Chaffinch (one male; one female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
6 Mandarin (all male)
3 Moorhen (one dragging an injured leg – both stoat and mink have been seen in the area recently?)
2 Nuthatch
Also one juvenile rabbit

   Lake hide

Single blue tit, chiffchaff, jay, robin and sparrowhawk (passed through the area at speed)
2 Blackbird (male)
2 Coot (mating)
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
2 Magpie
3 Mallard (males)
4 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
3 Wood pigeon
Also single bank vole

Visitors [ACERN, T&M and Thal] reported bank vole, great spotted woodpecker, jay, mallard, mandarin, nuthatch, wood pigeon, robin and rabbit

    Wren - credit Dave Johnston                          Jay - credit Joel Ireland

22nd April

A volunteer [PJ] saw two coot on the lake (in opposite corners) and a tawny owl chick (just visible in a nesting box)

21st April

Visitors [A&W, Ell, Jo and Rich] reported chaffinch, great tit, grey heron, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher (flew through) and mink at the marsh hide; also bank vole, blue tit, chiffchaff, great tit, jay, long tailed tit, nuthatch, robin and sparrowhawk at the lake hide.
Treecreeper and jay were seen at unspecified locations

19th April

A tawny owl was seen in the evening by a visitor [LJ] close to a nesting box - a chick was heard calling from inside the box (and was seen several days later [PJ] still in the box]
An anonymous visitor reported great spotted woodpecker, mandarin, nuthatch (displaying) and treecreeper

18th April
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler (all calling close to the hide)

   Lake hide

Single blackcap (male), bullfinch (male), chiffchaff, dunnock, grey wagtail (female), kingfisher, mandarin (male), red kite, reed bunting (male) and willow warbler
4 Blue tit
5 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Moorhen
2 Robin
4 Teal (two pair)
Also two bank voles

   Other locations

Four blackcap (male), two treecreeper (pair), blue tit, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker, jay, magpie, mallard, moorhen, nuthatch, robin and teal

Contributions from DAJ(mainly) and A&B, A&C et al and IS

    Grey heron - credit Pam Jones                       Stock dove - credit Chris Hardy

17th April
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap (male), chiffchaff, jay (took eight peanuts before it flew off), moorhen, willow warbler and wood pigeon
5 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (three male; three female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
7 Great tit
2 Mallard (male)
7 Mandarin (five male; two female)
2 Nuthatch
4 Stock dove
Also two bank vole

   Lake hide

Single blackcap (male), chiffchaff, jay and mandarin (male)
2 Dunnock
2 Robin
2 Teal (male and female)
Also two bank vole

   Other locations

Two buzzard (low down in the panhandle area) and three treecreeper

16th April

A volunteer [BT] saw a stoat attacking a rabbit near the entrance
Visitors [Kri and Ram] reported blue tit, chaffinch, great tit, jay, mallard, mandarin, robin and swallow

    Adult robins passing food - credit Dave Johnston

15th April
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), carrion crow, chiffchaff, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), jay, magpie, mallard (male), moorhen and stock dove
3 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (one male; two female)
2 Coal tit
3 Great tit
4 Mandarin (three male; one female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin (passing food)
2 Wood pigeon
Also two young rabbits

   Lake hide

Single chiffchaff, jay, kingfisher (flew directly over the lake three times during the session) and nuthatch
3 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Dunnock
4 Great tit
2 Magpie
3 Mallard (one male; one female; one 'manky mallard')
2 Mandarin (both male)
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
2 Shelduck (pair)
4 Teal (two pairs)

Contribution from CRH

13th April

A visitor [Lin] saw great spotted woodpecker at an unspecified location

     Great tit and song thrush - credit Chris Hardy   

11th April
   Marsh hide

Single stock dove
6 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
5 Great tit
4 Jay (together)
2 Mandarin
3 Moorhen (a pair plus one day old chick)
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin (passing food)
Also one young rabbit

   Lake hide

Single brambling (female), chiffchaff (calling near the hide), great spotted woodpecker (male), grey wagtail (male), kingfisher (seen three times by visitors before 9.30 am), reed bunting (male) and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
4 Mallard (two pairs)
2 Moorhen
3 Robin
2 Shelduck (pair – the male was very territorial and terrorised the mallard)
3 Teal (two male; one female)
Also at least three bank vole seen by several visitors during the morning

   Other locations

Single buzzard and red kite (between hides), two blackcap (both male - calling), a pair of bullfinch (between hides), two curlew (on Waltons field) and a male roe deer seen at 8 am [AB] close to the fence on Waltons field

Contributions from DAJ (mainly) plus AB, AS, CH and Jam

10th April

An anonymous visitor reported seeing a grey heron

9th April
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), coal tit, mallard (male) and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow (one carrying nesting material)
3 Chaffinch (one male; two female)
2 Great tit
3 Mandarin (two male; one female)
2 Moorhen (one sitting on nest in the reeds)

   Lake hide

Single chaffinch (male), curlew (calling), jay, kingfisher (flew over the lake towards the stream), magpie, mallard (male), mandarin (male), rabbit (in the open area at the far side of the lake) and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Chiffchaff (at least two calling)
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
3 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
6 Teal (four male; two female. Two pairs left after 15 mins)
5 Wood pigeon (four flew over. one perching)
2 Wren

Also two song thrush from the path between the two hides

Contribution from CRH

    Jay and male pheasant  - credit Chris Hardy

7th April

Visitors [Jo and Ni] reported blackcap, blue tit, chiffchaff, great spotted woodpecker, mandarin, robin and treecreeper at unspecified locations

6th April

Visitors [Ro, A&B, Er and L&O&A] saw blue tit, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, grey heron, jay, long tailed tit, mandarin, moorhen, rabbit, robin and wren at unspecified locations

4th April
   Marsh hide

Chiffchaff (singing from several locations), curlew, kingfisher (perched very briefly on one of the log feeders), pheasant (male), robin, stock dove and treecreeper
2 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
2 Great tit
3 Mallard (male)
2 Mandarin (pair)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch

  Lake hide

Single black headed gull (landed on one of the lake perches and remained there for a long while), blackbird (male), blackcap (male flitted through the willows near the feeders – no singing - but a singer was heard later at the marsh hide [AB]), grey heron (flew over several times), jay, kingfisher (male perched in the willows to the right of the lake – no fishing) and robin
2 Blue tit
3 Carrion crow
2 Chiffchaff (at least two were heard at one time; several were sighted at different times and locations)
2 Dunnock
2 Great tit
2 Greylag goose
4 Moorhen
5 Teal (three male; two female dozing in the lake margins)
2 Wood pigeon

Contribution from CRH

Also willow warbler (singing near the entrance [BT]) and single lapwing on Walton/Doherty field [PM])

   Blue tit (+ willow pollen) - credit Chris Hardy                                  Young rabbit - credit Liz Russell

3rd April

Visitors reported great spotted woodpecker at the marsh hide [O&A] and two frogs around the reserve [R&D]

1st April
   Marsh hide

Chiffchaff (calling heard from several directions during the session. One bird seen briefly to the left of the hide), blackbird (male), curlew (flew over), dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), jay, nuthatch, pheasant (male), robin, wood pigeon and wren
4 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (two male; one female)
3 Great tit
2 Jackdaw
2 Mallard (both male)
4 Mandarin (three male; one female. Later in the day visitors [E&C] saw 14! on the pond)
2 Moorhen (one sitting on a nest in reeds)
3 Stock dove

Other species: bank vole and young rabbit (both disappeared under the boardwalk)

   Lake hide

Chiffchaff (at least two calling at one time. One bird seen near the feeders), bullfinch (male), great spotted woodpecker (female), magpie, mandarin (male), nuthatch, red kite and wren
2 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
3 Mallard (two male; one female)
2 Moorhen
2 Robin
2 Shelduck (pair)
2 Teal (pair)
3 Wood pigeon

   Other locations

Mistle thrush (calling from a tree – north edge of the reserve), red kite (over Waltons field), two blackbird (near the boardwalk area), three jay (near entrance - one calling like a red kite) and seven magpie (Cooks field)

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