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ADNR Blog August 2017

Posted: Wednesday 2nd August 2017 by AdelDam

Purple loosestrife on the lake - credit Chris Hardy

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

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29th August
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, jay, mandarin (male with quite a lot of colour), nuthatch and robin
3 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (two male; four female)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (female and two juveniles)
5 Great tit
4 Magpie
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single chiffchaff [RH], coal tit, grey heron (adult), wood pigeon, buzzard, kestrel, kingfisher (also seen by visitors TD & RH), red kite and sparrowhawk (female)
5 Black headed gull (constantly bickering)
11 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
4 Long tailed tit
6 Mallard
5 Mandarin
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
4 Robin (two adults scrapping; one singing and one juvenile)
Also bank vole

Contribution from CRH and DAJ

27th August – Guide-in-the-hide session (DAJ; PJ; JMcA)
   Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff, grey heron (a juvenile which caught two bank voles and at least ten sticklebacks), jay, robin, spotted flycatcher (amongst a small fast moving group of warblers) and willow warbler
8 Blue tit
4 Coal tit
4 Great spotted woodpecker (male; female; two juvenile male)
5 Great tit
5 Long tailed tit
4 Magpie
4 Nuthatch

Also one stoat

   Lake hide

Single black headed gull, buzzard, dunnock, grey heron, red kite, robin (adult and juvenile) and wren
2 Kingfisher (adult and juvenile females)
3 Mallard
2 Mandarin (both female)
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
3 Swallow

Also three bank vole

Contribution from DAJ

      Chiffchaff in the umbellifers - credit Chris Hardy

26th August

Visitors [AC, APG, BF, CB and Rex] reported a pair of grey wagtail at the lake hide and great spotted woodpecker, grey heron and up to two kingfisher at unspecified locations

25th August

Visitors [G&I, J, Wfam, Aur) saw buzzard, great spotted woodpecker, jay, kingfisher, nuthatch, grey heron, red kite and willow tit (not verified)

24th August
   Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff (calling) and jay
7 Blue tit
8 Chaffinch (four male; four female)
2 Coal tit
4 Black headed gull
2 Great spotted woodpecker (female plus juvenile)
4 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single black headed gull, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (juvenile male) and kingfisher (juvenile female)
5 Blue tit
3 Great tit
7 Mallard
2 Mandarin
4 Moorhen

Also one red kite, three buzzard (circling overhead), five robin (calling) and three wren around the reserve
An anonymous visitor reported (heard?) two tawny owl at 21.00

Contribution from DAJ

         Juvenile heron - credit Chris Hardy                          Juvenile robin - credit Dave Johnston

23rd August  
   Marsh hide

Single grey heron (juvenile)
9 Mandarin (five male; four female)
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single kingfisher (juvenile female) and teal
9 Mallard
2 Moorhen

Contribution from DAJ

22nd August
   Marsh hide

Single magpie, stock dove, wood pigeon and a juvenile grey heron. The latter was photographed earlier in the morning with its beak completely immobilised by knotted vegetation. Having eventually freed itself, it prowled through the undergrowth, along the boardwalks and about the ponds and reeds for over an hour
3 Blue tit
3 Bullfinch
6 Chaffinch (three male and three female/juvenile)
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (female and two different juveniles feeding at various times during the session)
4 Great tit
3 Mandarin
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single buzzard (calling constantly for 15 mins from Dohertys field), chiffchaff (in vegetation close to the hide), coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (male), grey heron (adult), nuthatch and robin
2 Black headed gull
4 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
2 Jay
7 Mallard
2 Mandarin
2 Moorhen
5 Wood pigeon

Contribution from CRH

Visitors [L&D] also reported kingfisher, treecreeper and wren

      Grey herons (adult/juvenile) - credit Dave Johnston and Chris Hardy

21st August
   Lake hide

Single grey heron, mallard, little egret and wood pigeon
Also chiffchaff, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, kingfisher and nuthatch from unspecified locations

Contributions from AD, anon, DAJ and JBS

19th August

Visitors [LW and T&S ] reported grey heron (up to three at one time; one caught a mouse), kingfisher and two great spotted woodpecker

18th August
   Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, coal tit, dunnock, moorhen (juvenile), willowchaff and wren
3 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (male; three female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (female and juvenile)
5 Great tit
3 Magpie
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin (adult and juvenile)
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single juvenile chiffchaff (juvenile), dunnock, grey heron (fishing at far side of lake), magpie, nuthatch, robin (juvenile) and teal
2 Black headed gull
2 Blue tit
8 Great tit
6 Mallard
8 Mandarin
3 Moorhen
4 Wood pigeon
Also one skittish bank vole

   Other locations

Buzzard perching in trees overlooking Dohertys field ([SB] took some good images) and 50+ carrion crow feeding on Cooks field

Contribution from CRH

Later in the day, visitors [T&T&G] saw a kingfisher

     BHGs fighting over a stick! - credit Pam Jones                  Catch of the day - credit Chris Hardy

13th August
   Marsh hide

Single dunnock, robin, wood pigeon and wren
3 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
2 Chaffinch
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
2 Magpie
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single buzzard, coal tit, dunnock, jay, kingfisher (female perching close to the hide) and red kite
2 Black headed gull
2 Great tit
5 Long tailed tit (on suet feeder)
6 Mallard
6 Mandarin
4 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
3 Robin (including a juvenile)
3 Teal
2 Wood pigeon

Contribution from CRH

12th August
   Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (adult male), kingfisher (juvenile female caught one stickleback from three dives), mandarin (female), stock dove, wren and treecreeper
9 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (two male; one female)
4 Great tit
5 Long tailed tit
3 Magpie
2 Nuthatch
2 Willow warbler (including one juvenile)

   Lake hide

Single grey heron (adult), grey wagtail, nuthatch and kingfisher
2 Black headed gull
3 Blue tit
2 Great tit
8 Mallard
6 Mandarin
2 Moorhen
3 Teal

Contributions from B and DAJ (mainly)

     Willow warbler  - credit Joel Ireland                                       Blue tit - credit - Dave Johnston

11th August

The Bedfords saw great spotted woodpecker, grey heron and kingfisher (fishing) at the marsh hide.
Other visitors [GF&MF] reported great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, kingfisher, song thrush and hedgehog at the lake hide

10th August
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), nuthatch and robin
4 Blue tit
5 Chaffinch (one male; four female/juvenile)
6 Great tit (including juveniles)
2 Magpie
8 Mandarin (six male; two female)
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single juvenile black headed gull, carrion crow, kingfisher (fished around the lake - also reported by visitors [S&T]), magpie and swallow
2 Blue tit
2 Canada goose (flew over)
2 Great tit
2 Mallard
10 Mandarin
4 Moorhen
4 Teal
4+ Willowchaff (at least four amongst the willows in the lake margins)
2 Wood pigeon

Also sparrowhawk carrying prey (thrush-sized bird?) on Cooks field

Contribution from CRH

6-7th August

Visitors [El, Er, LC and T&G] reported blue tit, magpie, nuthatch, robin and grey heron (lake hide)
A juvenile grey heron was also photographed [DAJ] sitting for 20 min. on the feed table at the marsh hide

     Hobby - credit Stephen Beach  

5th August
   Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, dunnock, moorhen (juvenile), robin, wood pigeon and wren
2 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch
4 Chaffinch (one male; three female/juvenile)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
3 Magpie
4 Mandarin (three male; one female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single black-headed gull, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male), jay, kingfisher (mostly fishing at the far side of the lake - brought one fish to a perch in front of the hide), magpie, mandarin (female) and sparrowhawk (seen several times in the far left corner of the lake – frightened off the black-headed gull )
4 Blue tit
4 Canada goose (flew over)
5 Chiffchaff (4-5 juveniles feeding/playing in the willows around the lake - one came close to the hide)
2 Coal tit
3 Great tit
10 Mallard
5 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
3 Robin (including one juvenile)
3 Swallow
4 Teal

Also a red kite over Dohertys field (spectacular colour in the early morning sunlight!)

Contribution from CRH

    Feeding time  - credit Dave Johnston                                      Grey wagtail - credit Chris Hardy

4th August
   Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, jay, kingfisher, moorhen (near full grown juvenile), stock dove and wren
10 Blue tit
8 Chaffinch (three male; four female; one juvenile male)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male, female and juvenile)
4 Great tit
2 Jay
8 Magpie (family group? - five on the feed table)
3 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single black-headed gull, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male), grey wagtail (female), kingfisher and hobby (tried to catch a swallow [SB])
9 Blue tit
3 Great tit
18 Mallard
4 Mandarin
3 Moorhen
3 Teal
Also two bank vole

Other locations

Roe deer (Dohertys field), two red kite and three treecreeper

Contributions from DAJ (mainly), L?, MH and PM

2nd August

A visitor [LN] reported kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, mandarin and nuthatch

     Roe deer - credit Dave Johnston                                           Coal tit - credit Chris Hardy

1st August
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), moorhen and robin
5 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (flew over while calling)
4 Chaffinch (male and three female)
6 Great tit
2 Magpie
5 Mandarin (all female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Wren

   Lake hide

Single coal tit, grey wagtail, jay and kingfisher (several flybys and a female that fished successfully), red kite and robin
2 Black headed gull (one juvenile)
2 Carrion crow
2 Chiffchaff (flitting through the willows around the lake)
5 Great tit
2 Grey heron
6 Mallard
10 Mandarin
3 Moorhen
2 Swallow
4 Teal
2 Wood pigeon

Contribution from CRH
 

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