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ADNR Blog May 2018

Posted: Thursday 3rd May 2018 by AdelDam

Splashdown?? - credit Pam Jones

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

Link to the previous blog

20th May
   Marsh hide

Single buzzard (overhead), chiffchaff (calling), mallard (male), moorhen, robin and willow warbler (calling)
2-3 Blackcap (calling)
2 Bullfinch (pair)
3 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female)
5 Great tit
2 Magpie
3 Mandarin (two male; one female)
3 Nuthatch
2 Pheasant (pair)
2 Stock dove
3 Woodpigeon

   Lake hide

Single chiffchaff (calling), nuthatch and willow warbler (calling)
2 Black-headed gull
2 Blue tit
3 Carrion crow
2 Coot
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Greylag goose (pair with a single gosling)
16 Mallard (groups of two male, one female, five duckling and lone female with five duckling plus two lone males)
4 Moorhen,
2 Red kite (overhead)

   Around the reserve

Single treecreeper, two blackbird, two nuthatch and several robins and wrens

Contributions from DAJ and SL

17th May

A visitor [EH] reported blue tit, great spotted woodpecker, jay, mallard, pheasant, robin and yellowhammer (not confirmed)

15th May – Breeding birds survey (AB, CRH, DAJ, JGD, PM, SL)
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap, bullfinch, chiffchaff, coal tit, jay, stock dove, tawny owl and wren
3 Blue tit                   2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit                 2 Mandarin (male)
2 Moorhen               3 Nuthatch
2 Willow warbler      2 Pheasant (pair)

   Lake hide

Single carrion crow, chiffchaff, coal tit, coot, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male), great tit, reed bunting, sparrowhawk, willow warbler, woodpigeon and wren
2 Blue tit                3 Canada goose
4 Greylag goose (two adult and two juvenile)
10 Mallard (two male; one female with seven juveniles)
7 Mallard (three male; one female with three juveniles)
4 Moorhen            2 Robin
4 Tufted duck (two pair)

    Around the reserve
Single bullfinch (male), coal tit, dunnock, jackdaw and mistle thrush
4 Blackbird            2 Blackcap
7 Blue tit                5 Carrion crow
3 Chaffinch            2 Great spotted woodpecker
12 Great tit            6 Magpie
3 Red kite              2 Reed bunting
10 Robin               3 Song thrush
2 Stock dove         2 Treecreeper
4 Willow warbler    2 Woodpigeon
16 Wren

Also skylark over Dohertys field

      Unpopular coot!  - credit Dave Johnston

13th May
   Lake hide

Singe canada goose and coot
4 Greylag goose
20 Mallard (three male plus one female with six duckling)
8 Mandarin (two male plus one female with five duckling)
8 Tufted duck (four pairs)

Around the reserve

Singe willow warbler, four male blackcap, three chiffchaff and four goldcrest

Contribution from DAJ

   12th May

Visitors [S&C] reported blue tit, canada goose, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, mallard, mandarin, nuthatch, stock dove, tufted duck and red kite (2) at unspecified locations

11th May
   Marsh hide

Single coal tit, mandarin (male), pheasant (male), roe deer [anon], tawny owl (adult mobbed by two jays and a magpie)
3 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (pair)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female - together at one stage)
2 Great tit
2 Mallard (male)
2 Nuthatch

   Lake hide

Single buzzard, canada goose, coot, great tit, long-tailed tit (collecting spiders web from in front of the hide), red kite and sparrowhawk
3 Blue tit
2 Grey wagtail (pair)
4 Greylag goose
11 Mallard (two females with four and five ducklings)
9 Mandarin (female plus eight duckling)
3 Moorhen
2 Reed bunting (pair)
2 Tufted duck (pair)

   Around the reserve

Single bullfinch (male), garden warbler (singing close to the entrance [PM]) and nuthatch (adopting nest box 48)
2 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
3 Song thrush (different birids calling)

Contributions from DAJ

       Reed bunting(m) and song thrush - credit Pam Jones

8th May
   Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), blackcap, chiffchaff, magpie, nuthatch, pheasant (male), robin and stock dove
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female)
2 Great tit
2 Mallard (male)
4 Mandarin (male)
2 Moorhen

   Lake hide

Single buzzard, carrion crow, chiffchaff, dunnock (singing), grey wagtail, jackdaw, magpie and nuthatch
2 Blackbird (both male)
2 Blue tit
2 Canada goose (single goose for most of the session but partner joined for a circle of the lake and then disappeared into vegetation on the left of the lake)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
2 Great tit
13 Mallard (six male and two female (one with five small duckling))
3 Moorhen
2 Robin
2 Swallow (chased each other round the lake)
8 Tufted duck (four pair)
3 Woodpigeon

   Other location

Several lapwing and single curlew on Dohertys field [Ch]

Contribution from CRH

      Treecreeper & red kite - credit Pam Jones

7th May

Volunteer ([DAJ]) reported great spotted woodpecker (male and female, mandarin (pair) and pheasant (pair) at the marsh hide; also three blackcap, reed bunting (calling), sedge warbler (calling) and butterflies (orange-tip, brimstone) near the panhandle

A visitor ([anon]) saw two grey wagtail flying over the lake

6th May

Visitors reported otter ([Mi]) and roe deer (15.30 [J/S]; 8.30 [Mi]) at the lake hide and also treecreeper ([JED])

5th May

A visitor [GW] saw blackcap, great spotted woodpecker, jay, mandarin, nuthatch and treecreeper at unspecified locations

4th May
   Marsh hide

Single blackcap (male calling) and great spotted woodpecker
4 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two pair)
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
2 Mallard (male)
2 Mandarin (pair)
3 Nuthatch
2 Pheasant (pair – a single pheasant also seen by a visitor [Mil])
2 Stock dove

Lake hide

Single reed bunting (male) and robin
5 Blue tit
2 Canada goose (pair)
2 Dunnock
3 Great tit
2 Grey wagtail (male and female)
2 Greylag goose (pair)
6 Mallard (five male; one female)
2 Mandarin (both male)
3 Moorhen
2 Red kite (one with nesting material)
Also bank vole

Around the reserve

Two chiffchaff and two treecreeper

Contribution from DAJ

      Coal tit - credit Dave Johnston                                           Nuthatch - credit Chris Hardy

2nd May
   Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff, magpie, pheasant (male), robin, stock dove and woodpigeon
2 Blue tit
3 Carrion crow
4 Chaffinch (two pair)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
4 Mallard (male)
4 Mandarin (males loafing about)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
Also a rabbit feeding to the left of the hide

   Lake hide

Single blackbird (male), blackcap, canada goose, chaffinch (female), chiffchaff, coal tit, grey heron (flew low over the lake but didn't land), magpie, mandarin (male), nuthatch and robin
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Dunnock
2 Greylag goose (landed on the lake but immediately chased off by the Canada goose)
4 Mallard (three male; one female)
2 Moorhen
2 Robin
2 Tufted duck (pair)
Also single bank vole under the feeders

Contribution from CRH

       Nest-builder and greylag goose - credit Stephen Leahy

1st May
   Marsh hide

Single male mallard and several blue tit
2 Chaffinch (pair)
2 Coal tit (passing food)
3 Great spotted woodpecker ([anon])
4 Great tit
2 Mandarin (pair)

   Lake hide

Single blackcap, grey heron, nuthatch, sparrowhawk (female), spotted flycatcher (in willows behind the feeders [anon]), swallow (over lake)
2 Canada goose (pair)
2 Grey wagtail (flew in front of the hide [DAJ])
2 Greylag goose (pair)
4 Mallard (all male)
2 Moorhen
2 Red kite (overhead)
Also bank vole

   Other locations

Single female blackbird with nesting material near northern edge of reserve, treecreeper (near peripheral path adjacent to Cooks field), two curlew on Cooks field), a pair of kestrel displaying over the panhandle (also seen on 30/4) [DAJ]) and two stoat (location not specified [SB])

Contribution from SL (mainly)

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