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ADNR Blog April 2018

Posted: Wednesday 4th April 2018 by AdelDam

Tufted duck - 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

17th April
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap (calling), buzzard, coal tit, kingfisher (flew upstream along the beck), long-tailed tit, mallard (male), red kite (flying low over the trees) and woodpigeon
3 Blue tit
5 Chaffinch (two male; three female)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female)
3 Great tit
2 Jackdaw (on the same feeder)
8 Mandarin (seven male being very rough with a solitary female [anon])
3 Nuthatch (very noisy and agitated)
2 Stock dove
2 Willow warbler (calling)

   Lake hide

Single blackcap (male on suet feeder), curlew, lapwing (heard from west side of reserve), magpie (attacked by carrion crows), mandarin (male), nuthatch, reed bunting (male in the feeding area) and woodpigeon
2 Blue tit
3 Buzzard (overhead)
2 Canada goose
3 Carrion crow
2 Chaffinch (pair)
2 Chiffchaff
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
4 Greylag goose
2 Mallard (male)
2 Mistle thrush
2 Moorhen (one with nesting material (right hand reed bed))
2 Red kite (overhead)
3 Robin
2 Song thrush (one calling behind the lake hide another close by)
2 Teal (pair)
2 Willow warbler

Also a rabbit in the marshy ponds area and a female grey wagtail (near the stream)

Contributions from CRH and DAJ

    Long-tailed-tit (with feather) - credit Chris Hardy       Greylag goose - credit Dave Johnston

15th April - Guide-in-the-hide session with BT, CC, CRH, DAJ, PJ and PM
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap (seen and heard), buzzard, carrion crow, chiffchaff, moorhen, pheasant (female), sparrowhawk (male), treecreeper, woodcock (far side of the beck) and wren
3 Blackbird (two males and a female)
5 Blue tit
8 Chaffinch (five male; three female)
3 Coal tit
2 Curlew (heard from east field)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two males and a female)
6 Great tit
3 Jay
2 Long-tailed tit (one with nesting material)
4 Mallard (all male)
5 Mandarin (all male)
3 Nuthatch
4 Stock dove
3 Woodpigeon

   Lake hide

Single blackbird (male), coal tit, curlew, grey heron, jay, magpie, nuthatch, red kite, song thrush (close to hide), sparrowhawk (female), willow warbler (calling) and wren (stream behind the hide)
2 Blackcap (both male close to the hide - one on suet feeder)
4 Blue tit
17 Carrion crow (together)
2 Chaffinch (pair)
2 Chiffchaff
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
6 Greylag goose
2 Long-tailed tit (one with nesting material)
8 Mallard (seven male; one female)
4 Mandarin (all male)
2 Moorhen
2 Pheasant (pair close to the hide - right hand side)
3 Robin
5 Teal (two pair oplus single male)
2 Tufted duck (pair)
2 Woodpigeon

Also two goldcrest in the yews between the two hides

           Goosander(f) and Blackcap(m) - credit Pam Jones  

14th April

A volunteer [PJ] reported pairs of Canada goose, greylag goose and goosander at the lake hide.
A verbal report [anon] of a possible lesser-spotted woodpecker sighting remains unconfirmed

13th April - part of a breeding birds survey carried out by AD volunteers
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), chiffchaff, magpie and robin
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
5 Chaffinch (two male; three female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Long-tailed tit
4 Mallard (three male; one female)
2 Mandarin (male)
2 Nuthatch
6 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single coal tit, curlew, nuthatch, reed bunting (male) and robin
3 Blue tit
3 Carrion crow
2 Chiffchaff
4 Great tit
2 Long-tailed tit
5 Mallard (four male; one female)
2 Moorhen
3 Teal (two male; one female)
3 Tufted duck (two male; one female)

   Other locations

Two goldcrest (with nesting material) and two redpoll on the eastern edge of the reserve - a visitor [Ava] reported five at the marsh hide later in the day
Also two curlew on Cooks field; eleven goldfinch with a pair of chaffinch near nest box 50; and a red kite, three mistle thrush, four siskin and nine treecreeper around the reserve

       Treecreeper - credit Dave Johnston              Reed bunting(m) - credit Chris Hardy

11th-12th April

Visitors [anon & WC & anon] reported great spotted woodpecker, goosander, jay, mandarin, nuthatch, robin and treecreeper

10th April
   Lake hide

Single great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher ([DAJ, BT]) and reed bunting
2 Canada goose (pair)
2 Goosander (pair)
2 Greylag goose (pair [SB])
2 Jay
2 Mandarin (male and female)
3 Robin
2 Teal (pair)
6 Tufted duck (three pair)

   Other locations

Twelve goldfinch and four siskin (one male; three female) feeding on the ground underneath a silver birch); four male mandarin and a female grey wagtail on 'flood water' at the edge of Dohertys field

Contributions from DAJ and TG

 Singing dunnock & neck-stretching male mandarin - credit Chris Hardy 

6th April
   Marsh hide

Single dunnock, robin, woodpigeon and pheasant (male)
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
2 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Long-tailed tit
2 Magpie
4 Mallard (three male; one female)
3 Mandarin (two male; one female)
2 Mistle thrush (a fly through)
2 Moorhen
4 Nuthatch (lots of calling and chasing)
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single blackbird (male), grey wagtail (female [DAJ]), red kite, reed bunting (male calling for over an hour in the reeds came to the feeders briefly) and sparrowhawk
3 Blue tit
2 Canada goose (spent some time investigating in the woods)
2 Carrion crow
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Dunnock (lots of singing)
4 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Magpie
2 Mallard (males)
3 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
3 Robin (no conflict!)
3 Teal (a pair - much head bobbing - joined by a second male)

   Other locations

Single treecreeper, two blackbird (both male), two song thrush and a pair of bullfinch seen on the eastern edge of the reserve; two mistle thrush, a pair of pheasant and two red kite on Dohertys field [SB]; also three, possibly four chiffchaff around the reserve plus a group of four treecreepers in the panhandle area [DAJ]

Contribution from CRH

Also, anonymous visitors reported green woodpecker (unspecified location) and otter (lake hide)

5th April

A visitor [AO] reported a hen harrier on the reserve but this has not been confirmed

3rd April
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (male), jay, long tailed tit, mallard (male), moorhen, red kite (overhead) and stock dove
3 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (two male and one female)
3 Great tit
4 Mandarin (three male and one female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Treecreeper

Contribution from SL

Also, two otters were seen on the lake (likely a female and juvenile) by several visitors and photographed by SB

   Otters on the lake - credit Stephen Beach    

2nd April – constant sleet and rain – reserve awash with floodwater, lake partially slushed over
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, moorhen and robin
2 Blackbird (pair)
2 Blue tit
5 Chaffinch (two male; three female)
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Long-tailed tit
2 Magpie
3 Mallard (two male; one female)
3 Mandarin (two male; one female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide

Single moorhen and teal (male)
4 Blue tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great tit
2 Robin
2 Tufted duck (pair)

   Dohertys field

Two carrion crow and flocks of starling (approx 50) and woodpigeon (at least 25)

Contribution from CRH

 

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