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ADNR Blog July 2017

Posted: Monday 10th July 2017 by AdelDam

Kingfisher - credit Kevin Agar

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


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25th July
   Marsh hide

Single great tit, grey heron (juvenile), jay, kingfisher, magpie, stock dove and wren
4 Blue tit (adult and three juvenile)
2 Bullfinch (calling)
2 Carrion crow
2 Chaffinch (female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (adult male and juvenile)
7 Great tit (three adults and four juveniles)
7 Greylag goose (overhead)
2 Mandarin (female)
5 Nuthatch
2 Robin
3 Siskin

   Lake hide

Single blackcap, carrion crow, chaffinch (female), dunnock, nuthatch and woodpigeon
2 Black headed gull
6 Blue tit (two adults and four juveniles)
2 Chiffchaff
2 Coal tit
7 Great tit (three adults and four juveniles)
2 Grey heron
2 Grey wagtail
2 Kingfisher (female and juvenile)
2 Magpie
22 Mallard
11 Mandarin
3 Moorhen
4 Teal
Also single bank vole and wood mouse

   Other locations

Single blackcap, chiffchaff, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker, kestrel, song thrush and stock dove
6 Blackbird (plus a further pair of birds feeding two juveniles)
4 Bullfinch
4 Canada goose (overhead)
17 Carrion crow (overhead)
2 Chaffinch
2 Goldcrest
2 Goldfinch
4 Great tit
2 Jay
7 Nuthatch
2 Red kite (overhead)
9 Robin (plus a family of five)
5 Song thrush (two adults and three juveniles)
4 Treecreeper
8 Woodpigeon
11 Wren (plus a family of approximately five)
Also single stoat (probably juvenile) near to the marsh hide

Contributions from AB, BT, DAJ, KA, and PM

23rd July
   Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff and great spotted woodpecker (male)
3 Blue tit
5 Chaffinch (male, female and three juveniles)
6 Great tit

   Lake hide

Single bullfinch (heard), jay, kingfisher, and teal
3 Black headed gull
2 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great tit
2 Grey heron
2 Grey wagtail
18 Mallard
7 Mandarin
2 Moorhen
2 Swallow
2 Woodpigeon

Contributions from CRH and SL

Great spotted woodpecker and kingfisher - credit Dave Johnston

21st July
    Marsh hide

Single blue tit, great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher (juvenile), mandarin (female) and woodpigeon
6 Chaffinch (two males and four females)
2 Coal tit
7 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Magpie
4 Nuthatch
2 Robin

   Lake hide

Single sparrowhawk (overhead)
3 Blue tit
4 Great tit
2 Grey heron (adult and juvenile)
2 Kingfisher
19 Mallard
8 Mandarin
2 Moorhen
4 Teal

Other locations

3 Bullfinch (male, female and juvenile)
4 Red kite

Contributions from DAJ, PM, J, K, B and T

17th July
   Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male), grey heron (juvenile), nuthatch, robin, stock dove and willow warbler
6 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
6 Chaffinch (two males and four females)
2 Coal tit
8 Great tit
3 Jay

   Lake hide

Single moorhen and red kite (overhead)
3 Black headed gull (juveniles)
2 Grey heron
2 Kingfisher
22 Mallard
12 Mandarin

   Other

A mink was seen taking and eating a moorhen. Additionally, on the 14th and 15th July, mink were seen from both hides and at the entrance.

Contribution from DAJ and KF

14th July
   Marsh hide

Single bullfinch (calling), dunnock, kingfisher, moorhen, nuthatch, sparrowhawk, stock dove and wren
4 Chaffinch (one male, two females and one juvenile)
4 Great spotted woodpecker (male, female and two juveniles)
9 Great tit (families)
2 Grey heron (two juveniles)
2 Magpie

   Lake hide

Single black headed gull, buzzard, carrion crow, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (juvenile), jay, nuthatch, red kite (in dispute with the buzzard) and swallow
5 Blue tit (family)
6 Great tit (family)
2 Grey heron (one spending some time behind the hide on the path)
2 Kingfisher
3 Magpie
25 Mallard (mix of male, female and juveniles)
5 Mandarin
3 Teal
2 Woodpigeon
2 Mink (running into undergrowth beneath the feeders)

   Other locations

Single grey wagtail (juvenile)
2 Blackbird (male)
2 Song thrush
2 Wren

Contributions fromm DAJ and SL

   Great tit - credit Steve Leahy                                               Kingfishers - credit Danny Virr

11th July
    Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (juvenile) and mallard (female)
8 Blue tit (family)
3 Chaffinch (two males and one female)
12 Great tit (including juveniles)
2 Jay (juveniles)
8 Stock dove (six adults and two juveniles)

    Lake hide

Single dunnock and grey wagtail
7 Blue tit (family)
8 Great tit (family)
29 Mallard
9 Mandarin
4 Moorhen
2 Robin
2 Teal
3 Bank vole (two adult and one juvenile)

    Other location

Single roe deer (female)

Contributions from AB, BT and DAJ

   Teasel - credit Pam Jones                                                                              Grey heron - credit Pam Jones

9th July
    Marsh hide

Single grey heron (juvenile) and kingfisher
5 Blue tit (family)
5 Chaffinch (two male and three female)
7 Great tit (family)
4 Goldfinch
3 Nuthatch (two adult and one juvenile)
2 Stock dove
2 Woodpigeon

6th and 7th July

A mink was seen from both hides
2 Kingfisher (male and female showing courtship behaviour and one of them taking a fish from the lake carrying it downstream suggesting another brood)

5th July
    Lake hide

Single grey heron (adult) and kingfisher (juvenile female)
2 Tufted duck (male and female)

    Other locations

Single reed bunting (male) and treecreeper
6 Blackcap (male, female and four juveniles)
4 Red kite (two adult and two juvenile)
Single bank vole and wood mouse

Contributions from BT, DAJ and PM

4th July
    Marsh hide

Single chaffinch (male), goldfinch, jay, kingfisher (adult male), mallard (male) and wren
2 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch
2 Great spotted woodpecker (adult male and juvenile)
6 Great tit (family)
2 Stock dove

    Lake hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (juvenile), kingfisher and nuthatch
2 Black headed gull
2 Blue tit
7 Great tit
30+ Mallard and a female with five fully grown juveniles. Also another female with small duckling
12 Mandarin
2 Moorhen
2 Robin (adult and juvenile)
2 Woodpigeon

    Other locations

A family of blackcap
2 Red kite
2 Robin
2 Mink

Contributions from AB, CRH and DAJ

3rd July
    Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff, goldfinch (juvenile), grey heron (juvenile), kingfisher (juvenile female) and mallard (female)
6 Blue tit
5 Chaffinch (family)
5 Great spotted woodpecker (male, female and three juveniles)
10 Great tit (possibly two families)
4 Mandarin (two males and two females)
2 Stock dove

    Lake hide

38 Mallard. Also a female with five fully grown juveniles and a female with one small duckling
8 Mandarin
4 Moorhen
2 Bank voles
1 Wood mouse

Contribution from DAJ

2nd July
    Marsh hide

Single grey heron seen taking sticklebacks and perching on the crossbar of the main feeders
A mink was seen catching and eating an adult mandarin

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