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ADNR Blog December 2017

Posted: Sunday 3rd December 2017 by AdelDam

Jay on feeder - 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 December
   Marsh hide

Single jay
3 Blackbird (two male; one female)
6 Blue tit
3 Carrion crow
7 Chaffinch (four male; three female)
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female - drumming was heard several times close to the hide)
5 Great tit
3 Magpie
7 Mallard (five male; two female)
5 Mandarin (three male; two female)
3 Moorhen
3 Robin
3 Stock dove
2 Woodpigeon

   Lake hide (frozen over)

Single grey heron (fishing near the outflow), jay, magpie and nuthatch
4 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great tit
6 Long tailed tit
6 Mallard (three male; three female)
3 Moorhen
4 Robin

Contribution from CRH

29th December
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), carrion crow and wren
7 Blue tit
10 Chaffinch (five pairs)
3 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (both male - drumming heard during most of the session to the left of the hide)
6 Great tit
4 Jay
6 Long tailed tit (on the fat feeder)
2 Magpie
6 Mallard (four male; two female)
2 Mandarin (both male)
3 Moorhen
4 Robin
5 Stock dove
3 Woodpigeon
20 Goldfinch (a flock flew down (briefly) to the old loosestrife stems)

   Lake hide (frozen over)

Single coal tit and great tit
3 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
3 Robin

   Other locations

Flocks of fieldfare and redwing were seen flying over the reserve

Contribution from DAJ

    Nuthatch & Long-tailed tit   -  credit Chris Hardy

24th-25th December

Visitors [MC, P-J] reported great tit, robin, great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch

22nd December
   Marsh hide

Single red kite (overhead), sparrowhawk (male), treecreeper and wren
10 Blue tit
10 Chaffinch (five pair)
4 Coal tit
5 Great tit
3 Jay
5 Long tailed tit
4 Mallard (two pair)
14 Mandarin (nine male; four female)
3 Moorhen
4 Nuthatch
3 Robin
5 Siskin

   Lake hide

Single moorhen, sparrowhawk (female [SB]) and teal (male [SB])
7 Blue tit,
3 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Mallard (pair)
2 Nuthatch
4 Robin

Contribution from DAJ

21st December
    Marsh hide

Single dunnock, jay and robin
4 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female)
6 Great tit
2 Magpie
3 Mallard (two male; one female)
2 Mandarin (pair preening in the stream)
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
3 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single blackbird (male), carrion crow, mallard (male) and nuthatch
56 Black-headed gull
6 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
8 Great tit
3 Moorhen
3 Robin

Contribution from CRH

Visitors [Ritch & Lind] reported blue tit, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, jay moorhen and robin

         Coal tit & male mandarin - credit Dave Johnston

17th December
   Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, jay and magpie
2 Blackbird (male)
4 Blue tit
2 Buzzard (circled/called over the hide area)
7 Chaffinch (four male; three female)
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great spotted woodpecker (three male; one female)
3 Great tit
10 Mallard (six male; four female)
12 Mandarin (seven male; five female)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide – lake almost completely frozen over

Single moorhen
3 Blue tit
3 Great tit
6 Mallard (three male; three female)
2 Robin

Also two roe deer entering the reserve from Cooks field

Contribution from CRH

An anonymous visitor reported [via BT] seeing a sparrowhawk take a dunnock at the marsh hide

16th December

A visitor [GP] saw siskin feeding in alders near the lake and a stoat chasing a rabbit. At the eastern edge of the reserve a woodcock was flushed out; three buzzard (circling) and four redwing were also seen

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

15th December
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), bullfinch (male), woodpigeon and kingfisher (adult female). A kingfisher was also seen earlier (7.56 am [SB]) but too dark to be sure of sex/age
7 Blue tit
10 Chaffinch (five pairs)
3 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male - together at times - and one female)
6 Great tit
3 Jay
5 Long tailed tit
4 Magpie
4 Mallard (two pairs)
7 Mandarin (four male; three female)
3 Moorhen
3 Robin
2 Wren

   Lake hide - almost completely frozen over

Single great spotted woodpecker (female), jay, moorhen and kingfisher (heard - but not seen - to the right of the hide)
3 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
2 Mallard (pair)

Contribution from DAJ

12th December
    Marsh hide

Single sparrowhawk (female
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Jay
3 Mallard (two male; one female)
8 Mandarin (four male; four female)
2 Moorhen
4 Nuthatch
5 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Singe grey heron and reed bunting (female)

Contribution from DAJ

    Sparrowhawk  - credit Joel Ireland

10th December - pond and lake almost completely frozen over
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), magpie and woodpigeon
7 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (three male; three female)
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
4 Mallard (two male; two female)
2 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin

   Lake hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, jay and nuthatch
2 Blackbird (male)
5 Blue tit
8 Great tit
7 Mallard (five male; two female)
3 Moorhen
3 Robin
2 Teal (pair)

Contributions from CRH and SL

6th December
   Marsh hide

Single magpie, mallard (male) and robin
3 Blackbird (three male - one first winter)
5 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (heard only)
9 Chaffinch (six male; three female)
2 Coal tit
4 Great spotted woodpecker (three different males and a female)
4 Great tit
12 Mandarin (seven male; five female)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single blackbird (male), chaffinch (male), dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), grey heron, nuthatch and robin
48 Black headed gull
8 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
3 Coal tit
5 Great tit
11 Mallard (eight male; three female)
3 Moorhen
2 Teal (pair)

Also two mistle thrush on Cooks field

Contribution from CRH

    Male chaffinch - credit Pam Jones                          Seasonal robin - credit Chris Hardy

3rd December – Guide-in-the-hide session (CRH, DAJ, JMcA, PM, PJ)
   Marsh hide

Single black headed gull (male), kingfisher (male), sparrowhawk (male) and treecreeper
4 Blue tit
8 Chaffinch (five male; three female)
3 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great spotted woodpecker (three different males; one female)
5 Great tit
3 Long tailed tit
18 Magpie (came to roost at 16.00)
7 Mallard (four male; three female)
15 Mandarin (ten male; five female)
3 Moorhen
4 Nuthatch
2 Robin
5 Stock dove
Also one bank vole and one rabbit plus squirrels!!

   Lake hide

Single grey heron (landed in a tree on the far side of the lake late in the afternoon - roosting?), kingfisher (several fly-throughs plus a male fishing - caught three small fish) and sparrowhawk (male landed briefly in willows near the feeders at dusk)
32 Black-headed gull
6 Blue tit
3 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (two different males on feeders)
4 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Magpie
22 Mallard (fifteen male; seven female)
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
3 Nuthatch
3 Robin
7 Teal (five male; two female)
Also two bank voles and a wood mouse

   Other location

A reliable visitor [Fran] saw a lesser spotted woodpecker on the ground near (or in?) Dohertys field

       Coal tit - credit Dave Johnston                                                     Grey heron - credit Chris Hardy

2nd December

A volunteer [DAJ] reported great spotted woodpecker (male), two pairs of mallard and ten mandarin (six male; four female) at the marsh hide; grey heron, kingfisher (male), sparrowhawk (half-hearted attack on the kingfisher), twelve pairs of mallard and six of teal at the lake hide; and a grey wagtail in the stream below the lake hide

1st December
   Marsh hide

Single kingfisher (male [SB]), mallard (one pair), sparrowhawk (female [SB]); also bullfinch and siskin calling but not seen
7 Blue tit
10 Chaffinch (five pairs)
3 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female)
7 Great tit
3 Jay
2 Magpie
3 Moorhen
4 Nuthatch
3 Robin

   Lake hide

Single dunnock
6 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
3 Great tit
2 Mallard (pair)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
3 Robin
Also bank vole

   Other location

Two red kite over Dohertys field

Contribution from DAJ

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