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ADNR Blog January 2018

Posted: Friday 5th January 2018 by AdelDam

Moorhen - credit Chris Hardy

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

Link to the previous blog

12th January - misty morning
   Marsh hide

Single dunnock, magpie and sparrowhawk that flew through the area close to the ground
2 Blackbird
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
6 Chaffinch (three male; three female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
3 Jay
6 Mallard (four male; two female)
11 Mandarin (six male; five female)
2 Moorhen
4 Nuthatch
2 Robin
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single buzzard (perching in trees to the right of the lake), coal tit, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male), jay and nuthatch
2 Black headed gull
5 Blue tit
6 Great tit
4 Long tailed tit
2 Magpie
6 Mallard (four male; two female)
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
3 Teal (two male; one female skulking in the lake margins)

Contribution from CRH

       Robin - credit Joel Ireland                                                                 Nuthatch - credit Chris Hardy

9th January
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit and robin
2 Blackbird (male)
6 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (three male; three female)
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (two fractious males)
3 Great tit
2 Magpie
4 Mallard (three male; one female)
5 Mandarin (three male; two female)
4 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide - lake still part-frozen

Single red kite overhead
6 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great tit
7 Mallard (five male; two female)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
8 Redwing (flock flew over the lake)
2 Robin

Also two bank vole feeding on scattered peanut debris

   Other locations

A volunteer working in the central marshy area flushed out two woodcock (separate but close locations). A woodcock was also seen on the previous day (8th Jan) by a visitor [RL?] at an unspecified location

Contribution from CRH

6-7th January

A staff member [BT] saw a sparrowhawk flying close to the entrance and noted sightings from anonymous visitors, including otter (swimming across the lake) and merlin (flew past both hides)

5th January
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), brambling (also seen by a visitor [GrotW?]), coal tit and dunnock
9 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (pair)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Mallard (two pairs)
13 Mandarin (nine male; four female)
2 Moorhen
2 Robin
4 Stock dove

   Lake hide

2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female [SB])
12 Mallard (nine male; three female)
4 Mandarin
2 Moorhen
2 Mute swan (flew over)
6 Teal

   Other locations

Mixed flocks of fieldfare/redwing and also starling in fields surrounding the reserve; a male great spotted woodpecker drumming on a dead silver birch close to the marsh hide

Contribution from DAJ

      Long tailed tit - credit Joel Ireland                                                            Blue tit - credit Chris Hardy

2nd January
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), jay and robin
7 Blue tit
10 Chaffinch (five pairs)
3 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
3 Magpie
6 Mallard (four male; two female)
20 Mandarin (fifteen male; five female, mostly posing in the pond)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

7 Black-headed gull
8 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
6 Great tit
8 Long tailed tit (on the fat balls)
38 Mallard (22 male; 16 female)
2 Mandarin (pair)
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
4 Teal (two male; two female)

   Other locations

Song thrush, sparrowhawk (flew across the northern marshy area), wren and also approximately 50 siskin flying over the reserve [AB]

Contributions from CRH and DAJ

1st January

Several redwing and fieldfare were seen on fields around the reserve and a dipper was spotted in the stream near the lake hide [BT, BB]

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