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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

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31st January
   Lake hide

Single chaffinch (male), dunnock and kingfisher (perched at far side of lake)
3 Blue tit
5 Great tit
3 Long tailed tit
5 Mallard (three male; two female)
3 Robin

Contribution from CRH

         Coal tit and female bullfinch - credit Chris Hardy

30th January
    Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male) and sparrowhawk (female)
7 Blue tit
9 Chaffinch (six male; three female)
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great tit
2 Jay
5 Long-tailed tit
7 Mallard (five male; two female)
11 Mandarin (seven male; four female)
2 Moorhen

   Lake hide

Single grey wagtail (on lake spillover), jay and sparrowhawk (female [SB])
5 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
4 Long-tailed tit
10 Mallard (seven male; three female)
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
4 Teal (two pairs)

   Other locations

Single buzzard and red kite circling over the reserve most of morning. Also a great spotted woodpecker and 40+ siskin feeding in alders along the goit

Contribution from DAJ

27th-29th January

Visitors [A&C and CH] saw great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, siskin, sparrowhawk, teal (male) and treecreeper

     Grey wagtail - credit Dave Johnston

26th January
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit and wren
2 Blackbird (pair)
3 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
2 Dunnock
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female - occasional drumming also heard close to the hide)
4 Great tit
2 Long tailed tit
2 Mallard (pair)
4 Mandarin (partially hidden on the stream - one ventured into the pond)
4 Moorhen
3 Nuthatch
2 Robin
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male) and nuthatch
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Dunnock
2 Great tit
2 Magpie
3 Mallard (two male; one female)
3 Moorhen
3 Robin
4 Teal (two male; two female motionless in the margins)

Also an otter which swam under the surface from the far side of the lake surfacing occasionally near the reeds on the righthand side and then disappeared into the willows

Contribution from CRH

      Otter - credit Chris Hardy

24th January

A visitor [DH] reported coal tit, nuthatch and sparrowhawk

23rd January
   Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and sparrowhawk (a female flying away from near the hide with a bird in its talons)
7 Mandarin

   Lake hide

Single grey wagtail and sparrowhawk (flew low past the hide)
2 Goldcrest (on 'Fox bank' at far side of lake)
10 Mallard (seven male; three female)
2 Teal (both male)

A flock of 40+ siskin were also seen around the reserve

Contributions from BW, DAJ and anon

22nd January

A visitor [JMS] saw a goldcrest on brambles near the entrance

21st January – Guide-in-the-hide session on a snowy day with CRH, DAJ and SL
   Marsh hide

Single buzzard, grey heron, long tailed tit, magpie, robin and treecreeper
2 Blackbird (male and female)
12 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
14 Chaffinch (ten male; four female)
3 Coal tit
4 Dunnock
4 Great spotted woodpecker (three different males and a female)
7 Great tit
2 Jay
7 Mallard (five male; two female)
14 Mandarin (nine male; five female)
3 Moorhen
3 Nuthatch
10 Stock dove (yes 10)
2 Woodpigeon

A fox was also seen

   Lake hide - lake almost completely covered in ice

Single bullfinch (female feeding in vegetation near the feeders), buzzard (flew erratically across the far side of the lake - chasing some small bird?), coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (male), nuthatch and red kite (circled over the lake)
7 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great tit
2 Jay
7 Long tailed tit
2 Magpie
11 Mallard (eight male; three female)
2 Moorhen
4 Robin
3 Teal (male and two females)

    Great spotted woodeckers & Coal tit & Mandarin (with snow) - credit Dave Johnston

19th January
   Marsh hide

Single buzzard (overhead), siskin (heard overhead but not seen), sparrowhawk (a female flew through twice - but no kill), treecreeper, woodpigeon and wren
2 Blackbird (pair)
14 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
12 Chaffinch (seven male; five female [starting to outnumber the tits!!!])
3 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female)
7 Great tit
3 Jay
7 Long tailed tit
3 Magpie
12 Mallard (nine male; three female)
7 Mandarin (four male; three female - lots more heard out of sight on the stream)
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single coal tit, kingfisher (adult female [SB]) and moorhen
5 Blue tit
2 Buzzard (circling together overhead [SB])
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
3 Jay
2 Magpie
8 Mallard (five male; three female)
3 Robin
2 Teal (pair)

Contribution from DAJ

18th January – lots of water!!
   Marsh hide - pond overwhelmed by floodwater

Single blackbird, dunnock, jay, magpie, moorhen and sparrowhawk (fly-through)
6 Blue tit
9 Chaffinch (four male; five female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (two different males)
8 Great tit
3 Mallard (two male; one female)
2 Mandarin (pair)
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin

   Lake hide

Single coal tit, magpie, moorhen, teal and reed bunting (female perching and calling in reeds to the right of the hide)
4 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
4 Great tit
2 Kingfisher (one perched for a while – far side of lake - but did not fish)
3 Mallard (two male; one female)
2 Robin

Contribution from CRH

     Chaffinch(m) - credit Chris Hardy                                      Wren - credit Dave Johnston

16th January
   Marsh hide

Several blue/great tit taking advantage of the freshly provisioned feeders
4 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; two female)
5 Long tailed tit
4 Mallard (two male; two female)
12 Mandarin (eight male; four female)
3 Moorhen

   Lake hide

Single coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (female), kingfisher and sparrowhawk (landed briefly near the feeders)
3 Blue tit
3 Great tit
6 Teal (two male; four female)

   Other locations

At the entrance, close to volunteers, visitors and food (!) were several blue tit, great tit, robin and nuthatch (very vocal) as well as a single male chaffinch. A red kite soared gracefully overhead looking very pale underneath in the watery winter sun)
Elsewhere in the reserve two treecreeper and a flock of 40+ siskin were seen

Contributions from DAJ and SL

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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