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ADNR Blog October 2017

Posted: Wednesday 4th October 2017 by AdelDam

Credit - Dave Johnston

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

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30th and 31st October

A goldfinch was seen feeding on niger seed from the marsh hide.
Two cormorant flew over the lake.
An estimated 20 siskins are currently present on the reserve, keeping at present to the tops of trees.
Views from each of the hides have shown 4 kingfisher -  adult male and female and juvenile male and female.

29th October
   Lake Hide

Black headed gulls were fishing successfully and a little grebe was present for about an hour.
A red kite flew overhead as a lone heron stood sentinel like in the shallows.
Five kingfishers (all female) were seen. Two chased each other around the lake much to the delight of a packed hide.

Contribution from PJ

   Red kite - credit Pam Jones                                               Little grebe - credit Pam Jones

27th October
   Marsh Hide

Single blackbird (male), bullfinch (male), goldcrest, jay, kingfisher (juvenile male), moorhen and wren
4 Blue tit
5 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
7 Great tit
2 Magpie
2 Mallard (male and female)
5 Nuthatch

   Lake Hide

Single grey heron and kingfisher (adult female which caught four small fish)
9 Black headed gull
3 Moorhen
2 Pheasant (female, overhead)
4 Teal (two male and two female)
Additionally a male sparrowhawk was seen pursuing first a crow, then a jay before being chased off by the crow.
An otter was seen swimming across the back of the lake. As it came out of the reeds a kingfisher chose to follow its wake and then fish in the water it disturbed

Contributions from BT, DAJ and SS

   Wren - credit Dave Johnston                                    Otter - credit Stephen Whipp

22nd October (Guide in the Hide session (12-5))
   Marsh Hide

Single moorhen and sparrowhawk (flew through the area four times during the session - no casualties)
5 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (two males on show around the pond)
2 Carrion crow
8 Chaffinch (four male and four female)
5 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two different male and a female)
6 Great tit
7 Magpie
9 Mallard (six male and three female)
10 Mandarin (six male and four female. Some showing off on the feeder rail and table)
5 Nuthatch
2 Robin
3 Woodpigeon
2 Wren

   Lake Hide

Single dunnock, goldfinch, grey wagtail, kingfisher (adult female), sparrowhawk (attacked the female kingfisher perching at the far end of the lake - no damage done) and wren
10 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (two males arrived together at the same feeder and quickly separated!)
6 Great tit
5 Long-tailed tit
5 Mallard (three male and two female)
5 Mandarin (three male and two female)
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
Also two wood mice under the feeders - even shyer than the bank voles

   Other location

An anonymous visitor spotted six redwing flying over

Contributions from CRH and DAJ

20th October
   Marsh Hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male), robin and wren
3 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (male and female)
6 Chaffinch (three male and three female)
4 Coal tit
2 Great tit
5 Mallard (three male and two female)
5 Nuthatch

   Lake Hide

Single dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male), grey heron, kingfisher (adult female) and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Great tit
2 Mallard (male and female)
4 Moorhen
100 (approximately) redwing (overhead)

   Other locations

Single buzzard (overhead), and treecreeper.
2 Red kite (overhead)
Siskins heard calling but not seen

Contribution from DAJ

   Female bullfinch - credit Beth Thomas           Nuthatch - credit Dave Johnston

17th October
   Marsh Hide

Single coal tit, kingfisher (caught two fish), nuthatch, robin and treecreeper
2 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two male and two female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
2 Magpie
5 Wood pigeon

   Lake Hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, grey heron, jay, nuthatch, robin, treecreeper (close to the feeders) and wren
12 Black headed gull
2 Blue tit
5 Great tit
2 Mandarin (male and female)
2 Moorhen

Contribution from CRH and SB

14th October
   Marsh Hide

Single dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), redwing (overhead), siskin and sparrowhawk
2 Lesser redpoll
Several each of blue tit, chaffinch, coal tit and great tit

   Lake Hide

Single grey heron and grey wagtail
2 Kingfisher
2 Moorhen
Several of following species seen or heard: black headed gull, blue tit, coal tit, jay, nuthatch, mallard
2 Red kite (overhead)
Other visitors reported sparrowhawk sparring with buzzard and later three buzzard seen at the same time (overhead)

Contribution from AT, KT and other visitors.

13th October
    Marsh Hide

Single bullfinch (female) and magpie
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
3 Chaffinch (two males and one female)
3 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and fermale)3 Great tit
4 Long tailed tit
2 Mallard (male and female)
3 Nuthatch

   Lake Hide

Single coal tit, grey heron, kingfisher (female), magpie and red kite (overhead)
5 Black headed gull
3 Blue tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
2 Jay (screeching loudly in trees to the left)
4 Long tailed tit
3 Mallard (two male and one female)
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
3 Robin
4 Woodpigeon (overhead)

Contributions from CH, SL and visitors

   Mallard - credit Dave Johnston                                                        Female kingfisher - credit Pam Jones

10th October
    Lake Hide

Single blue tit, chiffchaff (heard), grey heron, jay, magpie, mandarin (male), muscovy duck (female), robin and sparrowhawk (flying low to the side of the hide)
22 Black headed gull
2 Carrion crow
6 Great tit
2 Kingfisher (male and female)
6 Long tailed tit
3 Mallard (two male and one female)
3 Moorhen (two adult and one juvenile)
3 Teal (3 female)

Contributions from CH, SL and visitors

Additionally, on 9th October, a report of two redwing seen in a tree to the side of the marsh hide

   Grey heron - credit Dave Johnston                          Muscovy duck - credit Beth Thomas

8th October
    Marsh Hide

Single bullfinch (male), coal tit, nuthatch and wren
3 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (one male and 3 female)
4 Great tit
2 Robin

   Lake Hide

Single great tit, grey heron, muscovy duck (female) and robin
16 Black headed gull
2 Blue tit
2 Kingfisher (including one female)
7 Mallard (four male and three female)
3 Moorhen (two adult and one juvenile)
3 Teal (3 female)

   Other locations

Single jay, magpie, nuthatch, treecreeper and woodpigeon seen from the paths in addition to a group of four blackbird.

Contributions from CH and SL

6th October
    Marsh Hide

Single chaffinch (female), dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male) and kingfisher
2 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
3 Mallard (two male and one female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin
Also a bullfinch calling

   Lake Hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, goldcrest, goosander (female), great spotted woodpecker (male), grey heron, nuthatch, robin and sparrowhawk (overhead)
15 Black headed gull
2 Blue tit
3 Dunnock
2 Gadwall (male and female)
2 Great tit
200 (approx) Greylag goose and Canada goose in several mixed honking groups flying overhead west to east
2 Kingfisher (including one female)
15 Mallard (ten male and five female)
12 (approx) Mandarin (mixed group)
2 Moorhen
2 Teal (male and female)

   Other locations

Lots of robins and wrens calling near the paths. A willow tit was seen near the marsh hide. A few blackbirds as well as magpie and woodpigeon seen. A small flock of long tailed tits seen at the eastern side. A mistle thrush was heard calling

Contributions from BT, PM, SL and an anonymous visitor

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