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ADNR Blog March 2018

Posted: Friday 2nd March 2018 by AdelDam

Credit - Beth Thomas

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

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30th March
   Marsh hide

Single dunnock, goldcrest, moorhen, pheasant (male) and woodpigeon
3 Blackbird (one male and two female)
7 Blue tit
4 Great spotted woodpecker (three male and one female)
4 Great tit
2 Long-tailed tit
4 Mandarin (two pairs)
3 Nuthatch
2 Robin
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single chiffchaff (calling from the left of hide), reed bunting (calling from the reeds) and teal (male)
2 Greylag goose
4 Mallard (three male and one female)

   Other locations

Single curlew (in field to east of reserve), great spotted woodpecker (calling and drumming near goit), red kite (overhead)
2 Goldcrest (near goit)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (alongside field boundary to the west)
40-50 Redwing (flying through trees at south side of reserve)
Also scarlet elfcup and jelly ear fungi

Contribution from DAJ

                                               Scarlet Elfcup and Jelly Ear fungi - credit Dave Johnston

28th March
    Lake hide

2 Kingfisher

27th March
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, moorhen, nuthatch, robin and stock dove
3 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (four male and two female)
5 Great tit
9 Mandarin (six male and three female)
2 Pheasant (cocks)

   Lake hide

Single blackbird (male) and dunnock
6 Blue tit
5 Carrion crow (overhead)
4 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Long-tailed tit
7 Mallard (six male and one female)
2 Mandarin (pair)
3 Moorhen
2 Red kite (overhead)
3 Robin
7 Teal (four male and three female)
2 Woodpigeon

Contributions from DAJ and SL

26th March
Lake hide

Single lesser spotted woodpecker
3 Bank voles

Contribution from KTH

23rd March
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), moorhen and robin
6 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female)
4 Great tit
2 Jay
2 long-tailed tit
4 Mallard (three male and one female)
2 Mandarin (pair)
4 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male) and grey heron (seen to catch and eat six frogs)
4 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great tit
4 Long-tailed tit
3 Mallard (male)
2 Moorhen
3 Robin
2 Shelduck (pair)
10 Teal (five pairs)

   Other locations

Bullfinches were heard calling all round the reserve
2 Goldcrest (at eastern edge of reserve)
2 Mistle thrush (calling)
25 Redwing (approximately, at eastern edge of reserve)

Contributions from SB and DAJ

                              Teal, fieldfare, mistle thrush and redwing - credit Chris Hardy

20th March
   Marsh hide

Single moorhen
7 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
10 Chaffinch (five pairs)
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female)
4 Great tit
4 Jay
2 Mallard (pair)
7 Mandarin (five male and two female)
4 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove
5 Woodpigeon

   Lake hide

Single great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, grey wagtail and sparrowhawk (female)
5 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
4 Dunnock
3 Great tit
5 Long-tailed tit
7 Mallard (five male and two female)
2 Moorhen
2 Red kite (overhead)
7 Robin
2 Shelduck (pair)
10 Teal (five pairs)

   Other locations

Single curlew and treecreeper
2 Goldfinch
4 Siskin

Contributions from JB and DAJ

   Great spotted woodpecker - credit Stephen Beech                           Chaffinch - credit Dave Johnston

19th March
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, jay, moorhen and nuthatch
2 Blackbird (pair)
4 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (four male and two female)
3 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (two male)
3 Great tit
3 Mallard (two male and one female)
2 Goldcrest
2 Robin
3 Treecreeper

   Lake hide

Single kestrel (overhead)
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
2 Greylag goose
6 Long-tailed tit
2 Magpie
9 Mallard (seven male and two female)
4 Redwing
2 Robin
2 Shelduck (pair)
18 Teal (ten male and eight female)

Contributions from CRH, DAJ, PM and SL

18th March
(Guide in the Hide)
   Marsh hide

Single goldcrest, great spotted woodpecker (male), moorhen and redwing
Small groups of blue tit, great tit and robin
Chaffinches singing
5 Mallard (males)
2 Mandarin (pair)
Nuthatches calling
4 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single dunnock and reed bunting (male)
Small number of blue, coal and great tit
7 Long-tailed tit
6 Robin
2 Shelduck (pair)
2 Sparrowhawk (pair overhead)
9 Teal (four male and five female)

   Other locations

Single fieldfare, grey heron (overhead), redwing and reed bunting (male)

Contributions from PM and BT

15th March
    Marsh hide

Single coal tit, curlew (overhead), dunnock, jay, long-tailed tit, mallard (male), nuthatch, robin and treecreeper
3 Blackbird (male)
2 Blue tit
9 Chaffinch (four male and five female)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female)
4 Great tit
2 Mandarin (pair)
2 Moorhen

    Lake hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male), grey heron (overhead), kingfisher, moorhen, reed bunting and unidentified goose
5 Blue tit
7 Great tit
4 Long-tailed tit
9 Mallard (eight male and one female)

Contributions from SL and visitors

Reed bunting - credit Stephen Beech                                Chaffinch - credit Steve Leahy
 

9th March
    Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, moorhen, and pheasant (male)
7 Blue tit
10 Chaffinch (six male and four female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (pair)
4 Great tit
4 Jay
2 Magpie
2 Mallard (pair)
6 Mandarin (four male and two female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Sparrowhawk (pair; no evidence of a kill)
2 Treecreeper (seen together on the dead tree to the left, usually used by woodpeckers)
6 Stock dove
3 Woodpigeon

    Lake hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), jay, kingfisher, nuthatch, and red kite (overhead)
12 Black headed gull (overhead)
4 Blue tit
4 Carrion crow (in trees at the end of the lake)
3 Great tit
4 Long tailed tit
2 Magpie
8 Mallard (five male and three female)
2 Moorhen
4 Robin
2 Sparrowhawk (overhead; no evidence of a kill)
8 Teal (five male and three female)
Also 4 bank vole under the feeders

    Other locations

Single buzzard (overhead), mistle thrush, red kite (overhead) and song thrush.
The (milk chocolate coloured) stoat was once again seen.

Contributions from DAJ and SL

   Blackbird - credit Stephen Beech                                Great spotted woodpecker - credit Stephen Beech

8th March
    Marsh hide

A peregrine was seen in the trees at the back of the pond.

    Other locations

A visitor reported blackbird, blue tit, chaffinch, coal tit, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, long-tailed tit, jay, mallard, mandarin, moorhen, eight redwing, robin and teal.

Contribution from FH

6th March
    Marsh hide

Single pheasant (male)
4 Blue tit
7 Chaffinch (four male and three female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (pair)
3 Great tit
2 Jay
3 Long-tailed tit
5 Mallard (three male and two female)
9 Mandarin (five male and four female)
2 Nuthatch
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
3 Stock dove

    Lake hide

Single coal tit, curlew (overhead) and nuthatch
6 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
3 Dunnock
3 Great tit
4 Long-tailed tit
12 Mallard (nine male and three female)
4 Mandarin (three male and one female)
3 Moorhen
2 Red kite (overhead)
4 Robin
2 Teal (two male)
Also 3 bank vole and a young otter

    Other locations

Single grey heron, jay (mimicking a red kite) and song thrush
3 Mistle thrush
2 Nuthatch (close to the feet of volunteers and noisily chasing each other)
2 Treecreeper

Contributions from DAJ, SB and SL

   Robin - credit Steve Leahy                                                 Dunnock - credit Steve Leahy

2nd March
    Visitors’ sightings

Single buzzard (landed on the lake ice in a failed attempt to take a duck), goldcrest, long-tailed tit, red kite (overhead), reed bunting (lake hide feeders) and rook
15 Chaffinch
3 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (pair)
8 Great tit
2 Jay
3 Nuthatch
7 Robin
8 Siskin
4 Stock dove
Also four wren were seen flying close together fast to and fro at waist height and then landing on a tree trunk apparently looking for a roost in the very cold weather.
In the field to the west of the reserve boundary around 500 jackdaw were seen pouring out of the trees at dusk.

Contributions from BT, GP and RH

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