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ADNR Blog for May 2017

Posted: Wednesday 3rd May 2017 by AdelDam

Sparring partners - credit Elizabeth Russell

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

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30th May
   Marsh hide

4 Blue tit (two adult; two juveniles)
2 Bullfinch
3 Carrion crow
3 Chaffinch (male and two female)
3 Coal tit (one adult; two juveniles)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male; female and juvenile. The juvenile did not come down out of the trees and was fed by a parent)
6 Great tit (two adult and four juveniles busy on the feeders)
2 Kingfisher (single juvenile feeding on the pond; a second bird calling from the stream)
3 Magpie
2 Mallard (pair)
6 Mandarin (five male; one female)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove
Also a rabbit feeding on the boardwalk

   Lake hide

Single long tailed tit (juvenile), nuthatch, reed bunting (male called from the right of the hide during most of the session occassionally perching in full view atop the reeds) and sparrowhawk
2 Blackcap (a pair in the willows next to the feeders)
2 Great tit
3 Kingfisher (at least three birds (including juveniles) fished or passed through the area during the session)
14 Mallard (two male; two female and two family groups consisting of females plus three large and five small duckling)
11 Mandarin (three male and two groups of female with three small or three large duckling)
2 Moorhen
3 Swallow
5 Tufted duck (two pair and a single male)
3 Wood pigeon
Also bank vole picking up seeds under the feeders

   Other location

A kingfisher was seen in the stream near the entrance and two oystercatcher flew over

Contribution from CRH

    Kingfisher - credit Chris Hardy                                      Reed bunting(m) - credit Pam Jones

28th May – Guide in the Hide session (12.00-16.00)
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap (male calling), chiffchaff, jay (the 'crested' jay managed 11 peanuts in a single visit to the feeder), magpie, robin and wren
2 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (male and female calling)
3 Chaffinch (one male; two female)
4 Coal tit (possible family group)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
2 Jackdaw
2 Mallard (pair)
12 Mandarin (a pair; female plus six small duckling; and a pair plus one large duckling)
2 Moorhen (mated twice)
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove
Also single bank vole and two rabbit

   Lake hide

Single blackbird, curlew (calling), dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male), jay and reed bunting (heard frequently during the session but not spotted),
2 Tufted duck (a pair - curiously only the female seemed to be diving (taking on nutrients for egg creation??))
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow (one took a serious interest in the various ducklings but was much harassed by parents)
2 Chiffchaff
4 Great tit
2 Kingfisher (mostly passing through (sometimes carrying fish) but one fished occasionally in the far left corner of the lake)
2 Magpie
15 Mallard (five male plus two females with six small and two large ducklings)
21 Mandarin (three family groups: two female with four and seven ducklings and a third female with two large ducklings; plus four males taking it easy!)
3 Moorhen
2 Shelduck (pair)
5 Swallow
2 Wood pigeon
Also single bank vole

   Other locations

Singe mistle thrush, stock dove and treecreeper were seen near entrance area

Contributions from CRH and DAJ

      Shelduck(f) - credit Dave Johnston                                                   Nuthatch - credit Pam Jones

26th May
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap, chaffinch (male), great spotted woodpecker, magpie (juvenile) and tawny owl (seen twice in an hour)
3 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
2 Coal tit
4 Great tit
2 Jackdaw
2 Jay
6 Mandarin (male plus separate female with four duckling (different to Lake hide group))
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single coot (calling but not seen), nuthatch and sedge warbler (calling from reedbed to the right of the lake)
2 Blue tit
2 Great tit
2 Kingfisher (flying back and forth all the time.- one carrying a fish (youngsters downstream ? ))
15 Mallard (seven male; three female plus sets of three small and two half-grown duckling)
8 Mandarin (two female with two and four small duckling)
3 Moorhen
6 Tufted duck (three pair)

   Around the reserve

Single buzzard, great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, curlew, jay, song thrush, tawny owl (calling) and willow warbler
7 Blackbird
3 Blackcap
5 Blue tit
4 Carrion crow
4 Goldcrest
4 Great tit
15 Greylag goose (flew over)
4 Magpie
2 Mistle thrush
2 Oystercatcher
7 Robin
2 Stock dove
5 Wood pigeon
22 Wren
Also a close view of a stag roe deer

Contributions from DAJ (mostly), K&B, Pam, Val and anon

     Jackdaw - credit Chris Hardy                                             Great spotted woodpecker - credit Dave Johnston

25th May

Visitors [CAW, L&co and Lea) reported tawny owl at the marsh hide and mallard, moorhen, two great spotted woodpecker, three mandarin and two roe deer from unspecified locations

23rd May

A volunteer [DAJ] and visitors [FC and Tom] reported two grey heron, two kingfisher and eight tufted duck (four pair) from the lake hide; also sparrowhawk and five mandarin (male and female plus three duckling) from unspecified locations

22nd May
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap (male), bullfinch (male), chaffinch (female), chiffchaff, jay, kingfisher [anon], wood pigeon and wren
2 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (a male and female visited the feeders many times. An anonymous visitor reported seeing a juvenile)
2 Great tit
2 Magpie
2 Mallard (pair)
6 Mandarin (two male plus female with three large ducklings)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single blue tit, blackcap (male), bullfinch (male close to the hide), carrion crow, chaffinch (female), dunnock, gadwall (male feeding), great spotted woodpecker (female), grey heron, kingfisher (female fishing around the lake for 20 mins), mandarin (male), reed bunting (calling continuously from the reeds to the right of the lake), robin and wood pigeon
2 Chiffchaff (one close to the hide)
2 Coot
3 Great tit
16 Mallard (two pairs plus two family groups including six small and two large duckling)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
8 Tufted duck (four male and four female feeding around the lake)
Also a bank vole under the feeders

Contributions from CRH and DAJ

     Bullfinch - credit  Chris Hardy                                            Mandarin ducklings - credit Pam Jones

20th May – incorporates sightings from the ‘dawn chorus’ session
   Marsh hide

Single jay and moorhen
4 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
2 Mandarin (both male)
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single chiffchaff, dunnock, gadwall (male), great spotted woodpecker (female), grey heron, jay, kingfisher, and willow warbler
3 Blue tit
3 Coot
3 Great tit
16 Mallard (nine male; one female; six duckling)
4 Mandarin (all male)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
2 Shelduck (pair)
7 Tufted duck (four male; three female)

   Other locations

Curlew (calling), pheasant (male) and tawny owl (calling)
4 Blackcap
8 Carrion crow
2 Chaffinch (both male)
2 Goldcrest
2 Great spotted woodpecker (at least two drumming between the lake hide and panhandle area)
2 Magpie
20+ Robin (around the reserve)
12 Starling (a group of ca 12)
3 Treecreeper
2 Willow warbler
7 Wood pigeon
20+ Wren (around the reserve)
Also fox, mink and two rabbit

Contribution from DAJ

    Nuthatch - credit Dave Johnston                                Red kite - credit Pam Jones

19th May
   Marsh hide

Single bullfinch (male), moorhen and robin
3 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Chiffchaff
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
2 Jackdaw
2 Magpie

   Lake hide

Single blackbird (male singing), chiffchaff, grey heron, hobby, jay, kingfisher, reed bunting (male singing) and robin
3 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Coot
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
3 Greylag goose (one displaying)
24 Mallard (nine male; five female plus a female with three duckling and a female with five duckling)
4 Mandarin (female and three duckling)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
8 Swallow (flying over the lake until chased off by the hobby)
5 Tufted duck (three male; two female)

Contribution from DAJ

    Greylag geese - credit Dave Johnston

18th-15th May

Visitors reported two red kite [D&A], great spotted woodpecker and jay at the marsh hide [Carol], kingfisher at the lake hide [Andy] and a treecreeper collecting moss from the stream near the reserve entrance [K&S]

14th May
   Marsh hide

Single chaffinch (female) and song thrush
2 Blue tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two different males; one female. One of the males drove the other off. One male and the female were clearly coming to and from the direction of the known nesting hole)
3 Great tit
2 Jackdaw (came down to the feeders)
5 Mandarin (female and four juveniles - also seen later at the lake hide)
2 Moorhen (mating)
1 Pheasant (female near the marsh hide entrance)

   Lake hide

Single coot, great spotted woodpecker (didn't stay long enough to identify the sex), grey heron, kingfisher, nuthatch and red kite
2 Dunnock
2 Great tit
16 Mallard (seven male; four female; five duckling)
2 Moorhen

Also roe deer (grazing vegetation in the far left corner of the lake)

Contribution from CRH

        Roe deer and Tawny owl (early morning)- credit Chris Hardy

7th May
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, moorhen, nuthatch, robin and wood pigeon
2 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (two male; one female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
2 Great tit
2 Magpie
3 Mallard (one male; two female)
Also: young rabbit

   Lake hide

Single coal tit, coot, dunnock, jay, nuthatch, red kite, robin and sedge warbler (singing in the reeds on the righthand side of the lake for 10 min)
2 Blackbird (both male)
3 Blue tit
2 Canada goose
2 Chiffchaff
2 Great tit
2 Greylag goose
2 Kingfisher (flew over the lake together)
15 Mallard (male, female and seven duckling); (three male, one female and two larger duckling)
3 Mandarin (all male)
2 Moorhen
7 Wood pigeon (two perching; five flying over)

   Other location

A pair of great spotted woodpecker were observed going in and out of a nest hole

Contribution from CRH

    Grey heron - credit Pam Jones                 Greylag goose - credit Chris Hardy

6th May

An anonymous visitor reported chiffchaff, curlew, greylag goose, reed bunting, sparrowhawk, kingfisher, two great spotted woodpecker (male and female), a family of mallard (including seven ducklings) and a possible willow warbler. The location(s) were not specified

5th May

A volunteer [PM] saw bullfinch and kingfisher at the marsh hide; also kingfisher (passed through) and a family of mallard including nine ducklings at the lake hide.
At least 12 ducklings were reported [anon] at the lake hide later in the day (possibly some of these were mallard? - ed)
A buzzard was seen over Waltons/Dohertys field [SB]

4th May

Notable sightings from the regular breeding birds survey [PM, BT and SL] were reed bunting and two willow warbler at the lake hide and chiffchaff and blackcap in the scrub area next to the panhandle

3rd May

Visitors [Gl and MC] reported a kingfisher fly by (presumably at the lake) great spotted woodpecker and mandarins

2nd May
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), blackcap (heard only), chiffchaff (heard only), coal tit, dunnock, grey heron (flew over), jackdaw, jay, mallard (male), nuthatch, robin and wood pigeon
2 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (a male and a female were seen separately several times during the session)
4 Great tit
4 Mandarin (three male; one female)
4 Moorhen
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single chiffchaff (seen working its way through willows to the right of the hide), coot, jay, kingfisher (perched in willows at the far side of the lake), mandarin (male) and nuthatch
2 Blue tit
2 Great tit
2 Greylag goose
5 Mallard (four male; one female)
5 Mandarin (female and four juvenile (later visitors saw up to seven juvenile))
3 Moorhen
2 Shelduck (pair feeding on the lake)
3 Swallow
4 Tufted duck (two male; two female)
Also three bank vole

Contribution from CRH

  Great spotted woodpecker - credit Pam Jones               Shelduck(m) - credit Chris Hardy

1st May

Visitors [CB, FJ, LW and PS] reported a tawny owl (in the evening at the marsh hide) and bullfinch, great spotted woodpecker, grey wagtail, kingfisher, long tailed tit, mandarin (including ducklings), nuthatch, treecreeper and also up to two roe deer from unspecified locations
 

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