Adel Dam wildlife sightings

A list of sightings at Adel Dam nature reserve, Leeds

AD Sightings

Sightings and images can be sent to adel.dam@ywt.org.uk

December 2018

11th December
  Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male) and water rail
6 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two pair)
4 Coal tit
8 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Mallard (two pair)
13 Mandarin (eight male and five female)
4 Nuthatch
2 Stockdove

  Lake hide
8 Black-headed gull
4 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
4 Great tit
18 Mallard (nine pair)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
4 Robin

Elsewhere, in the entrance area, one great spotted woodpecker (male) and two redwing. In Doherty's ('lapwing') field one roe deer (quite small, possibly young)

Contributions from DAJ and SB

 

Jay - Adel Dam

Jay - credit Dave Johnston

9th December
  Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, jay, pheasant (male), sparrowhawk (unsucessful hunt at the feeders), red kite (overhead) robin, woodpigeon and wren
3 Blackbird
2 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (three male and one female)
2 Coal tit
4 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and two female. One female driven off by a male)
4 Great tit
8 Mallard (five male and three female)
2 Mandarin (male and female on the stream)
2 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
Single black-headed gull, carrion crow, long-tailed tit, moorhen and robin (flew into the hide where it stayed for 10 minutes seeking out titbits)
3 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
3 Great tit
2 Magpie
7 Mallard (four male and three female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Red kite (overhead)
Also 3 roe deer bounding through the woods on the west bank of the lake

Elsewhere, at the entrance a treecreeper on the old tree; a goldcrest seen by visitors in the yew by the path; a large mixed flock of around one hundred woodpigeon and fifty starling seen in Cook's field to the east

Contributions from CRH and SL

Robin - Adel Dam

Robin - credit Steve Leahy

7th December
  Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, robin and water rail
2 Blackbird (two male)
5 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (three pair)
5 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female)
6 Great tit
2 Jay
3 Magpie
8 Mallard (four pair)
2 Moorhen
5 Nuthatch
12 Siskin (overhead)
3 Stock dove
2 Woodpigeon
Also a roe deer walking downstream behind the feeders

  Lake Hide
Single great spotted woodpecker (male), grey wagtail and moorhen
5 Blue tit
3 Coal tit
2 Great tit
2 Jay
5 Long-tailed tit
10 Mallard (five pair)
9 Mandarin (five male and four female)
2 Robin

Elswhere, at the entrance (along the stream) one grey wagtail.

Contributions from DAJ and SB

Stock dove - Adel Dam

Stock dove - credit Dave Johnston

4th December
  Marsh hide

Single dunnock, moorhen, pheasant (male), water rail and wren
4 Blue tit
4 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female)
9 Great tit
4 Jay
2 Magpie
4 Mallard (two pair)
12 Mandarin (seven male and five female)
6 Stock dove
Also two roe deer seen in front of the hide on two occasions

  Lake hide
Single grey heron, greylag goose, teal (male) and moorhen
5 Gadwall (three male and two female)
10 Mallard (five pair)
2 Robin

Elsewhere, three nuthatches on the same oak tree. At the entrance, two blue tit, two coal tit and four great tit

Contributions from AB, DAJ and SB

Mandarin - AdelDam

Mandarin - credit Dave Johnston

November 2018

27th November
  Marsh hide

Single brambling (male), bullfinch (heard), carrion crow, moorhen, pheasant (male), siskin (heard), treecreeper, sparrowhawk (male), water rail, woodpigeon and wren
7 Blue tit
8 Chaffinch (four pair)
5 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (one male and two female)
12 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Magpie
4 Mallard (one male and three female)
11 Mandarin (six male and five female)
4 Nuthatch
3 Robin
9 Stock dove

  Lake hide
Single great spotted woodpecker (male), jay, magpie, sparrowhawk (male which circled the feeders twice) and teal (male)
2 Black headed gull (with 30 or so overhead and one mobbing a carrion crow)
4 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
4 Gadwall (two pair)
4 Goldfinch
3 Great tit
5 Greylag goose (overhead)
2 Magpie
16 Mallard (eight pair)
3 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin
3 Teal (all male)
Also a group of siskin were heard calling from the trees to the right on the edge of the lake

  Other location
A song thrush and a mistle thrush were seen in the trees on the reserve boundary with Doherty's field
At the entrance single nuthatch and robin: six blue tit, two coal tit, seven great tit
On the path outside the reserve eight long-tailed tit and two treecreeper

Contributions from AB, CRH, DAJ and SL

26th November
  Marsh hide

Single brambling, sparrowhawk and water rail

Contribution form JI

Brambling - AdelDam

Brambling - credit Steve Westerman

23rd November
  Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, pheasant (female), robin, sparrowhawk (male), treecreeper and water rail (seen for much of the morning preening, sometimes stretching and wing flapping)
3 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
3 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
3 Jay (fighting)
3 Magpie
2 Moorhen
3 Mallard (two male and one female)
4 Mandarin (three male and one female)
3 Nuthatch
3 Robin (having a mild dispute)
10 Stock dove (most occupying the feed table)

  Lake hide
Single dunnock, grey wagtail (heard) and moorhen
3 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
10 Mallard (five pair)
3 Nuthatch
2 Robin
3 Teal (all male)

  Other locations
Single bullfinch (heard), great spotted woodpecker (heard) near the south east side and pheasant (male)
8 Blackbird (five male and three female)
5 Blue tit
4 Carrion crow
5 Great tit
2 Jay
2 Nuthatch
4 Redwing in the yew trees by the section of path between the hides)
3 Robin
3 Wren

Contributions from anonymous visitor, DAJ, SB and SL

Water Rail - AdelDam

Water rail - credit Pam Jones

18th November
(Guide in the Hide)
  Marsh hide

Single blue tit, bullfinch (heard), carrion crow, moorhen, robin, water rail (present for several hours, chased off by a moorhen but returned later) and wren
2 Carrion crow
3 Chaffinch (two male and one female)
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female)
6 Great tit
2 Jay
3 Magpie
2 Mallard (male and female)
15 Mandarin (seven male and eight female)
2 Nuthatch
5 Stock dove
2 Teal (male and female)
2 Woodpigeon

  Lake hide
Single carrion crow, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (female), jay, kingfisher, nuthatch and red kite (overhead)
2 Blackbird (male and female)
5 Black-headed gull
3 Blue tit
2 Canada goose (overhead)
3 Coal tit
4 Great tit
2 Magpie
12 Mallard (six male and six female)
5 Moorhen
2 Robin
6 Teal (two male and four female)

Also, in Doherty's field, two pheasant and, additional to 60 or so ewes, 4 black rams were seen butting each other

Contributions from CJH, DAJ, PJ, RB and SL

Black-headed gull - AdelDam

Black-headed gull - credit Dave Johnston

17th November
  Marsh hide

Single water rail

  Lake hide
Single goldcrest and robin (came into the hide)
Several mallard and moorhen on the lake

Also a mixed flock (about 50) of bullfinch, goldfinch and siskin in the alders to the east of the lake hide area. Below this spot were blue tit, chaffinch, great tit, great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch. A woodcock was flushed. Redwing were seen above the boardwalk at the east side of the reserve.

Contribution from BT

16th November
  Marsh hide

Single bullfinch (female), moorhen, robin and water rail (watched for 2 hours)
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
4 Chaffinch (three male and one female)
4 Coal tit (all together on seed table)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
3 Jay
2 Magpie
10 Mandarin (five pairs)
5 Nuthatch
8 Stock dove (all together on seed table)
2 Wren

  Lake hide
Single red kite (overhead)
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
2 Mallard (male and female)
2 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin
2 Teal (two male)
A flock of siskin were heard high behind the hide

Also a kingfisher was seen flying downstream

Contributions from DAJ and DS

On both the 14th and 15th November a water rail was seen from the marsh hide.

13th November
  Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), carrion crow, magpie, mallard (female), moorhen, robin, and sparrowhawk (flying fast overhead)
2 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
2 Jay
6 Long-tailed tit
3 Mandarin (two male and one female)
2 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
Single blue tit, gadwall, nuthatch and red kite (overhead)
2 Carrion crow
2 Chiffchaff (one showing submissive behaviour)
2 Coal tit
3 Goldcrest
5 Great tit
2 Kingfisher
2 Long-tailed tit
15 Mallard (nine male and six female)
5 Mandarin (two male and three female)
2 Moorhen
2 Teal (both male)

Elsewhere, at head height in a tree near the outflow were two goldcrest. Moving from trees near the entrance and effortlessly jumping the fence into Doherty's field was a roe deer.

Contributions from AB, CJH, DAJ, SB and SL

On 10th November a water rail was seen from the marsh hide.

Water Rail - AdelDam

Water rail - credit Kia Ng

9th November
  Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), dunnock, magpie, robin and wren
2 Blue tit
3 Carrion crow
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
3 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (one male and two female)
3 Great tit
2 Jay
3 Mandarin (one male and two female)
2 Nuthatch
Additionally, a flock of approximately 40 lapwing flew overhead
  
  Lake hide
Single black-headed gull (overhead), blue tit, buzzard (overhead), coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (male), great tit, grey wagtail, magpie and robin
2 Jay
10 Mallard (five pairs)
3 Moorhen
2 Nuthatch
6 Teal (all male)
Additionally a roe deer was seen

Elsewhere, near the yew trees on the path between the hides were 12 long-tailed tit and two wren

Contributions from DAJ and SL

On 7th November a visitor reported seeing an otter on the lake at 11.30.

6th November
  Marsh hide

Single carrion crow, great spotted woodpecker (male) and magpie
4 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (pairs)
3 Coal tit
4 Great tit
2 Jay
3 Nuthatch
Also heard were bullfinch, fieldfare, long tailed-tit, siskin and willow tit

  Lake hide
Single blue tit, great tit, red kite (overhead) and sparrowhawk (female, overhead)
10 Mallard (five pairs including one couple mating enthusiastically)
9 Teal (one male and eight female)
A visitor reported a small flock of redwing near the yew trees on the path between the two hides
 
Contribution from DAJ

Jay - Adel Dam

Jay - credit Chris Hardy

4th November
Visitors reported several sightings of single roe deer at the marsh hide. Also redwings nearby.
Near the lake hide a woodcock was flushed.
A bat was seen near the entrance at dusk

2nd November
  Marsh hide

Single blackbird (male), carrion crow, mandarin (female), robin, stock dove and woodpigeon
5 Blue tit
3 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
3 Jay
4 Nuthatch
2 Wren
Additionally a small flock each of redwing and of fieldfare flew overhead
Also a roe deer, later seen in Doherty's field

  Lake hide
Single robin and treecreper
4 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
2 Grey wagtail
7 Long-tailed tit
10 Mallard (five pairs)
4 Moorhen
3 Nuthatch
10 Teal (all male)

Contributions from DAJ and SB

Nuthatch - Adel Dam

Nuthatch - credit Chris Hardy

October 2018

Female mandarin - AdelDam

Mandarin(f) - credit Dave Johnston

30th Oct
  Marsh hide

Single blue tit, carrion crow (on the suet feeder), dunnock, jay, magpie, moorhen, pheasant (female under the feeders) and robin
5 Chaffinch (three male; two female)
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female)
4 Great tit
4 Mallard (one male; three female)
8 Mandarin (four pairs [SB])
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

   Lake hide
Single carrion crow, coal tit, mute swan (flew over), nuthatch and robin
11 Black-headed gull
15 Mallard (nine male; six female)
3 Moorhen
15 Teal (eleven male; four female)

Contribution from CRH

27-29th Oct
Anonymous visitors reported bullfinch, great spotted woodpecker, jay, mandarin, nuthatch, teal and otter at the lake hide. A volunteer [BT] saw a group of redwing in the yews beyond the marsh hide on the 27th.

24th Oct
  Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (female), green woodpecker and sparrowhawk
2 Jay
8 Mandarin (four pairs)
4 Nuthatch
Also a roe deer

  Lake hide
Single female grey wagtail feeding underneath the bridge to the lake hide
8 Black-headed gull
5 Mallard
5 Moorhen
10 Teal

A lesser spotted woodpecker was heard calling from trees overlooking Dohertys field (south side of the reserve) and three redwing were feeding near the bridleway towards the Parkway hotel

Contributions from DAJ and WA

Blackbird - AdelDam

Blackbird(m) - credit Chris Hardy

23rd Oct
  Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker, magpie, red kite and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
40 Greylag goose (two flocks - approx 15 and 25 - flew over)
2 Long-tailed tit ([SB])
5 Mallard
12 Mandarin (four male; eight female. Some neck stretching and nipping)
2 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
Single grey wagtail, jay and nuthatch
2 Black-headed gull
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
2 Grey heron
3 Magpie
7 Mallard (five male; two female)
6 Moorhen (including two juvenile)
2 Red kite
16 Teal (keeping out of the strong winds)
2 Woodpigeon

Contribution from CRH

Jay - Adel Dam

Jay - credit Dave Johnston

 

Jays habitually take several peanuts at a time - presumably to cache somewhere in the wood for leaner times.
The current record is 15 peanuts in a single visit!

22nd Oct
Visitors [F&J] saw buzzard, kingfisher and sparrowhawk from the lake hide

21st Oct – Guide-in-the-hide session (11.00-15.00) with CC, CRH, DAJ, JMcA and PM
  Marsh hide
Single chaffinch (male), magpie, robin, sparrowhawk (a male flew through the area), stock dove, treecreeper and woodpigeon
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
3 Coal tit
5 Great spotted woodpecker (three male; two female  - females were seen at the same time; males had different patterns of red on the nape)
2 Great tit
67 Greylag goose (flock flew over)
4 Jay
18 Mandarin (ten male; eight female [KN])
3 Nuthatch
2 Wren
Also a female roe deer feeding in woods close to the hide

  Lake hide
Single great spotted woodpecker (male), jay, robin, red kite (heard) and sparrowhawk (another flyby – different time of day)
16 Black-headed gull
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
5 Coal tit
3 Great tit
7 Greylag goose
9 Mallard (four male; five female)
4 Moorhen (including two juveniles)
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin
11 Teal
2 Woodpigeon

19th Oct
  Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker and mandarin (female)
3 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (both male)
4 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female together)
4 Great tit
2 Jay
8 Long-tailed tit
4 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
Single kingfisher and sparrowhawk (flew over the lake towards the marsh hide)
3 Black-headed gull
2 Grey wagtail
5 Mallard
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
10 Teal

Fly agaric was also noticed in the reserve by visitors

Contributions from DAJ, Nfam, SA and SB

18th Oct
Visitors [KN and SF] reported great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and mandarin (ten pairs) at the marsh hide plus nuthatch and two kingfisher at the lake hide

Great spotted woodpecker - Adel Dam

Great spotted woodpecker (m) - credit Chris Hardy

17th Oct
  Marsh hide

Single chaffinch (male), great spotted woodpecker (seen earlier by visitors), jay, magpie, moorhen, nuthatch, teal and a sparrowhawk which made a half-hearted attack on some blue tits and disappeared into the woods
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
3 Coal tit
5 Great tit
3 Mallard

  Lake hide
Single carrion crow, jay, nuthatch, red kite and robin
3 Black-headed gull
2 Blue tit
2 Great tit
2 Long-tailed tit
4 Mallard (including a pair doing lots of head-bobbing)
5 Moorhen (including two juveniles)
8 Teal (some of the males were well-coloured)

Contribution from CRH

Kingfisher - Adel Dam

Kingfisher - credit Chris Hardy

14th Oct  - miserable rainy day not much about !
  Marsh hide
Single blue tit, chaffinch (male), great spotted woodpecker (female) and moorhen
2 Coal tit
2 Great tit
2 Mallard
2 Mandarin

  Lake hide
Single coal tit, great spotted woodpecker, jay and robin
7 Black-headed gull
3 Blue tit
3 Great tit
4 Mallard
3 Moorhen
9 Teal 

Contribution from CRH and SL

11-13th Oct
Visitors [JR, KH, RC] reported kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and also caterpillars of the pale tussock moth

Blue tit - AdelDam

Blue tit - credit Chris Hardy

9th Oct
  Lake hide

Sing grey heron, kingfisher, nuthatch, red kite, sparrowhawk (male) and wren
4 Black-headed gull
32 Lapwing (a flock flew over the lake)
8 Mallard
3 Moorhen
25 Teal

Contribution from DAJ

Also willow tit at the marsh hide (the song made the sighting unambiguous! [AB])

8th Oct
  Marsh hide

Single mandarin (female), robin, wren and sparrowhawk (female made two visits during the session)
4 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (three male; one female)
3 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
3 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
5 Fieldfare (in tallest trees around the lake)
32 Greylag goose (two flocks - 10 and 22 - flew over the lake from west to east)
6 Mallard
3 Moorhen
12 Teal

Also two buzzard over the panhandle area

Contribution from DAJ

Fly_Agaric-AdelDam

Fly agaric - credit Chris Hardy

5th Oct
  Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male) and moorhen
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
2 Coal tit
3 Great tit
3 Long-tailed tit
4 Mallard (including one male)
8 Mandarin (three male; five female feeding on the pond - grain from the feeders)
5 Nuthatch
2 Robin (one was chased off by the other)
2 Stock dove

  Lake hide
Single dunnock, great tit, grey heron (feeding on the lake), grey wagtail, robin, woodpigeon and wren
7 Black-headed gull
3 Blue tit
2 Kingfisher (both male [SB])
2 Mallard (female)
13 Teal

  Other locations
Male blackbird in the three ponds area; three carrion crow and six woodpigeon on Cooks field

Contributions from CRH and DAJ
 

Teal_AdelDam

Teal - credit Dave Johnston

3rd  Oct
Feeding snipe caught on camera [BT] near the lake

2nd Oct
  Marsh hide

Single siskin (heard [AB]) coal tit, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female) and nuthatch
3 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
2 Chaffinch (male and female)
3 Great tit
4 Long-tailed tit
3 Mallard
2 Mandarin (female)
3 Woodpigeon

  Lake hide
Single coal tit, dunnock, great tit, grey wagtail, jay, kingfisher (male perched for a while without fishing) and mandarin (female)
3 Black-headed gull
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
8 Mallard (including one male)
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
24 Teal (feeding on the lake)
2 Woodpigeon

  Other location
Three carrion crow and two magpie on Cooks field

Contribution from CRH

September 2018

29th Sept
  Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff, green woodpecker (seen at dusk entering an old great spotted woodpecker hole – [AT]), mandarin (single male - but more out of sight making lots of noise) 
5 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (two male; one female)
3 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
5 Great tit
3 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
Single red kite and grey heron
3 Black-headed gull
2 Kingfisher (adult male and juvenile female - [SB])
8 Mallard
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
10 Teal

Contribution from DAJ

Visitors [Cat] reported mandarin, tufted duck and sparrowhawk

28th Sept
Visitors [Bax, Con] reported blue tit, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, grey heron, jay, nuthatch and kingfisher (up to 2)
 

Grey wagtail - Adel Dam

Grey wagtail (August) - credit Dave Johnston

25th Sept
Visitors/volunteers [DAJ, AB, anon] saw three house martin, two kingfisher and fifteen teal at the lake hide; single male kingfisher at the marsh hide and butterflies (comma, speckled wood) around the reserve

24th Sept
  Marsh hide

Single bullfinch (calling - not seen) and coal tit
6 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (two male; one female)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male, female and juvenile)
4 Great tit
2 Jackdaw
3 Mallard (juvenile)
8 Mandarin (three male; five female)
3 Nuthatch
2 Robin
2 Wren

  Lake hide
Single black-headed gull, buzzard, nuthatch, red kite and wren
4 Blue tit
3 Great tit
4 Mallard
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
10 Teal

Contribution from DAJ

SulphurTuft - AdelDam

Sulphur tuft ? - credit Chris Hardy

23rd Sept
  Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff (calling), dunnock, nuthatch and robin
3 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
2 Coal tit
4 Great tit
6 Mallard (including one male)
6 Mandarin (two male; four female)

  Lake hide
Single chaffinch (female), jay, nuthatch, robin and song thrush (flew over the lake)
6 Black-headed gull
4 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
3 Great tit
2 Kingfisher (chasing along the right of the lake - didn't stop)
5 Mallard (including one male)
5 Mandarin (one male; four female)
5 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
12 Teal (feeding around the lake)

Contribution from CRH

20-21st Sept
Visitors [RH, SD and AH] reported otter (2), treecreeper, willow warbler, mandarin and kingfisher

Coal_Tit - AdelDam

Coal tit  - credit Chris Hardy

18th Sept
  Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff (calling), coal tit, dunnock, mandarin (female) and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female [SB])
2 Great tit
50+ Lapwing (a flock that included a few starlings flew over)
2 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
Single grey heron [SB], grey wagtail and red kite [SB]
14 Black-headed gull
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
4 Great tit
13 Mallard
2 Mandarin
5 Moorhen (including two juveniles)
18 Teal
2 Woodpigeon

Contribution from CRH

Nuthatch - Adel Dam

Nuthatch (and peanut) - credit Chris Hardy

16th Sept  - Guide-in-the-Hide with CRH, PJ, PM, CC and JMcA
  Marsh hide

Single dunnock, greenfinch (drinking on the edge of the pond), jay (on log feeder), kingfisher (fished for several minutes), robin, woodpigeon and wren
2 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
2 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two males - different sized red patches on the hindcrown - plus one female)
2 Great tit
13 Mandarin (six males - including several well-coloured individuals - and seven females. Lots of posturing and fighting for a position on the feeder table)
3 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

  Lake hide
Single  buzzard, chiffchaff, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (male), grey heron, jay, kingfisher, long-tailed tit, magpie, red kite, robin, sparrowhawk and wren
3 Black-headed gull
5 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
4 Great tit
10 Mallard
2 Mandarin, 
6 Moorhen (including two juvenile - one quite small)
2 Nuthatch
3 Teal
3 Woodpigeon
Also two bank vole and several dragonflies (migrant hawker and common darter)

14-15th Sept
Visitors [K&S, NR] reported kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker and spotted flycatcher

Roe Deer - Adel Dam

Roe deer (buck) - credit Chris Hardy

13th Sept
  Marsh hide

Single coal tit, dunnock, nuthatch, robin and woodpigeon (not happy sharing feeding table with the stock doves) 
4 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (all female)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two male and one female appearing separately during the session)
3 Great tit
3 Mandarin (two male; one female)
5 Stock dove
Also two roe deer (feeding in the dense vegetation between hide and stream for over 20 mins. Only came into the light briefly)

  Lake hide
Single male blackbird, black-headed gull and jay
3 Blue tit
2 Kingfisher (both male and female seen during the session)
10 Mallard
5 Mandarin (three male; two female - males close to full breeding plumage)
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
12 Teal

Contribution from CRH

Grey Heron - Adel Dam

Grey heron (and purple loosestrife) - credit Chris Hardy

9th Sept
  Marsh hide

Single coal tit, great spotted woodpecker (male), nuthatch, stock dove
5 Blue tit
7 Chaffinch (two male; five female)
6 Great tit
8 Mallard (family group)
2 Mandarin (both female)

  Lake hide
Single grey heron, nuthatch and red kite
3 Black-headed gull
3 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
5 Great tit
90+ Lapwing (large flock flew over)
15 Mallard (including the family group of eight who arrived from the marsh hide)
4 Moorhen
10 Teal
Also one bank vole under the feeders

Contribution from CRH and SL

Later in the day (18.30) a visitor [Fi] reported spotted flycatcher, kingfisher (2) and chiffchaff at the lake hide

7-8th Sept
Visitors [CM and JD] saw treecreeper, kingfisher and great spotted woodpecker
 

Mandarin - AdelDam

Mandarin(m) - credit Chris Hardy

2nd Sept 
  Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff (seen and also heard calling), coal tit, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker (female), nuthatch, robin and woodpigeon
4 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch
3 Chaffinch (one male; two female)
5 Great tit
3 Mandarin (male)

  Lake hide
Single chiffchaff (seen and heard calling), coal tit, dunnock, grey heron (perched atop a willow for most of the session), kingfisher (male hovering and diving several times, also perching on stumps) and red kite
3 Black-headed gull
4 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Great tit
8 Mallard
3 Mandarin
4 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
2 Robin
2 Spotted flycatcher
5 Teal
2 Woodpigeon

  Other locations
Mixed flock (150+) of lapwing and starling on and over Cooks field. 
Visitors [anon] reported roe deer and three goldfinch

Contribution from CRH

1st Sept
Kingfisher seen several times by anonymous visitors

August 2018

Swallow - AdelDam

Swallow - credit Chris Hardy

28th Aug
  Marsh hide

Single mallard (female), moorhen and woodpigeon
3 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
2 Chiffchaff (one juvenile around the pond; a second bird calling)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (different males)
6 Great tit
2 Mandarin (male and female)
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin
2 Stock dove

  Lake hide
Single dunnock, grey heron [DAJ], grey wagtail (catching flies over the lake, close to the hide), nuthatch, teal, tufted duck (female - calling occasionally), willow warbler (juvenile) and wren
3 Black-headed gull
5 Blue tit
2 Chiffchaff (one in the feeder area, calling occasionally; a second individual calling in the distance)
2 Coal tit
6 Great tit
12+ House martin (group feeding over the lake - also over Dohertys field)
2-3 Kingfisher (both male and female were seen perching separately during the session. The male also chased a possible third bird (juvenile?) off the lake)
14 Mallard (including one adult female with seven full grown juveniles in close attendance)
8 Mandarin (five male; three female)
5 Moorhen (including two juveniles)
4 Spotted flycatcher (possibly family group feeding among trees in the far corner of the lake)
4 Woodpigeon
Also two bank vole under the feeders

  Other locations
Six carrion crow on Doherty field (newly mown) and four grey wagtail (family group?) seen in the leat [PM]

Contribution from CRH

Willow warbler(j) - Adel Dam

27th Aug
  Marsh hide

Single nuthatch and robin
5 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (both male)
2 Chiffchaff (calling)
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and juvenile)
5 Great tit
3 Long-tailed tit
8 Mallard (female and seven well grown juveniles)
4 Mandarin (male)
2 Wren

  Lake hide
Single bullfinch and red kite
4 Blue tit
3 Great tit
60-ish House martin (over the lake for 5 min)
2 Mallard
2 Mandarin
2 Moorhen

Contribution from DAJ

26th Aug
  Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff (juvenile), coal tit and robin
6 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
2 Dunnock
3 Great spotted woodpecker (two different adult male and a juvenile)
10 Great tit
8 Mallard (female and seven full grown juveniles - feeding cautiously in the pond margins)
5 Mandarin
2 Nuthatch
4 Woodpigeon 
Also a rabbit scampering along the boardwalk

  Lake hide
Single black-headed gull, grey heron (perched in willows through the whole session), nuthatch, robin and willow warbler (juvenile) 
3 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
6 Great tit
20+ House martin/Swallow (a mixed flock feeding continuously in front of the hide for over an hour (several birds stopped on the stumps for a rest - all swallows))
15 Mallard (seven adults plus a female with seven fully grown juvenile - presumably the group from the marsh hide)
2 Mandarin
3 Moorhen
4 Teal (feeding on the lake)
2 Woodpigeon

Contribution from CRH

21st-24th Aug
Visitors reported red kite [Po], roe deer [Fr] and also two kingfisher chasing at the lake hide  [SB]
 

Jay - Adel Dam

19th Aug – Guide-in-the-hide session with CRH, DAJ, CC, PM and PJ
  Marsh hide

Single robin and woodpigeon
3 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
4 Chaffinch (two male; two female)
3 Coal tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male and two juvenile)
7 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Long-tailed tit
12 Mandarin (four male; five female; three juvenile. Adult males starting to show colour and practising their display)
3 Stock dove (two adult; one juvenile)
3 Wren (adult and two juvenile)

  Lake hide
Single dunnock, grey heron (fishing at far side of lake for over an hour), jay, moorhen, sparrowhawk, woodpigeon and wren
2 Black-headed gull
6 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
2 Coal tit
3 Great tit
13 Mallard (including seven large juveniles)
8 Mandarin
2 Nuthatch
2 Robin (adult and juvenile)

17th Aug
  Marsh hide

Single great spotted woodpecker (male), sparrowhawk (female) and willow warbler
9 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two pairs)
3 Coal tit
8 Great tit
2 Kingfisher (chased each other around the pond using all the perches. Caught five fish between them [SB])
2 Nuthatch

  Lake hide
Single great spotted woodpecker (male), grey heron, jay, moorhen and sparrowhawk (a female flew into the willows by the feeders and spooked two woodpigeon [SB]) 
14 Blue tit
9 Great tit
13 Mallard (four moulting; one female; eight young)
2 Mandarin (female)
2 Robin
2 Woodpigeon
Also two roe deer ([SB])

Contribution from DAJ
 

Bank vole - Adel Dam

13th Aug
A volunteer (DAJ) saw a weasel mobbed by two wren and four great tit. 
A kingfisher was seen at the lake hide

12th Aug
  Marsh hide

Single dunnock and woodpigeon
5 Blue tit
6 Chaffinch (three male; three female)
2 Coal tit
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
6 Great tit
2 Nuthatch
Also a rabbit

  Lake hide
Single black-headed gull, chiffchaff, magpie, nuthatch and wren 
6 Blue tit
2 Coal tit
5 Great tit
15 Mallard (including seven juvenile)
2 Mandarin
2 Moorhen
2 Robin (juvenile)
2 Woodpigeon

Contribution from SL

11th Aug
  Marsh hide

Single chiffchaff, willow warbler [visitors photo] and wren
7 Blue tit
4 Chaffinch (two pairs)
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male, female and juvenile)
4 Great tit
3 Jay
3 Nuthatch (feeding together)

  Lake hide
Single kingfisher (seen twice before 10.30 am by visitors) and young male mandarin
3 Grey heron
2 Jay
8 Mallard (female and seven juveniles)
3 Moorhen

Contribution from DAJ

Grey Heron - Adel Dam

7th Aug
  Marsh hide
Single carrion crow, coal tit and nuthatch
3 Blue tit
2 Chaffinch (female)
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and juvenile)
9 Great tit
2 Mandarin
Also young rabbit on the boardwalk

  Lake hide
Single black-headed gull, carrion crow, chiffchaff, grey heron (perched high in willows to the left of the lake), jay, kingfisher (male), woodpigeon and several swallows over the lake
6 Blue tit (including some juveniles)
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
2 Great tit
11 Mallard (including seven large juveniles)
3 Mandarin
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
2 Robin (adult and juvenile)
Also two bank vole under the feeders

A grey heron was in the stream opposite the entrance at 6.30 am, and an otter was seen later in the day  by visitors (no details on the location)

Contribution from CRH

2nd - 3rd Aug
Visitors reported kingfisher at both hides (2nd and 3rd) and little egret at the lake hide (3rd)

July 2018

Kingfisher - Adel Dam

Camera traps set at various locations around the reserve during July recorded clear video of otter, fox, badger, rabbit and roe deer (as well as heron, kingfisher, woodpigeon, song thrush and mandarin)

31st July
  Marsh hide

Single dunnock, jay, kingfisher (male) and wren
2 Blue tit
3 Chaffinch (male and two female)
2 Coal tit
4 Great spotted woodpecker (two males and two juveniles - lots of fighting over food)
8 Great tit
5 Mandarin
2 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

Lake hide
Single blackbird (male), black-headed gull, dunnock, jay and kingfisher (male)
6 Blue tit (family group)
3 Carrion crow
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
4 Great tit
2 Grey heron
12 House martin (flock feeding over the lake)
14 Mallard (including three medium juvenile (latter initially dozing on the middle fish refuge)
2 Mandarin
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
2 Robin (adult and juvenile)
3 Woodpigeon
Also two bank vole and one brown rat on feeder debris and common darter dragonflies close to the hide

Contribution from CRH
 

Great spotted woodpecker - Adel Dam

30th July
  Marsh hide

Single kingfisher, robin and willowchaff
3 Blue tit
5 Chaffinch (three male; two female)
2 Coal tit
2 Dunnock
4 Great spotted woodpecker (male; female and two juveniles)
5 Great tit
2 Grey heron (overhead)
3 Jay
3 Nuthatch
2 Red kite (displaying)

  Lake hide
Single great spotted woodpecker (female), moorhen, nuthatch and robin (juvenile)
5 Blue tit
3 Great tit
2 Grey heron
2 Kingfisher (spotted by visitors - between 10 and 12.30)
15 Mallard (two female with nine duckling and five near full grown juveniles)
2 Mandarin (male and female)
2 Red kite 
Also a wood mouse and two bank vole,

Contribution from DAJ
 

Pheasant - Adel Dam

24th July
  Marsh hide

Single blue tit, jay, mandarin, nuthatch, pheasant (male wandering along the boardwalk and in the margins of the pond) and robin
3 Carrion crow
2 Dunnock
4 Great spotted woodpecker (two adult male and two juveniles - lots of chasing)
8 Great tit
2 Stock dove

 Lake hide
Single blackbird, blue tit, grey heron, kingfisher (male seen twice - once perching close to the hide) and mandarin
2 Bullfinch
2 Carrion crow
4 Great tit
20 Mallard (including one group of eight small duckling)
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
4 Tufted duck (adult plus three duckling)
2 Woodpigeon

Contribution from CRH
 

Black-headed gull - Adel Dam

15th July – Guide in the hide session (CRH, SL, PJ, PM, JMcA, CC)
  Marsh hide

Single blue tit and kingfisher (male)
3 Carrion crow
4 Chaffinch
2 Dunnock
2 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female)
8 Great tit
4 Jay
4 Mandarin
2 Nuthatch
4 Stock dove

  Lake hide
Single black-headed gull, blue tit, feral pigeon, grey heron, kingfisher (male), nuthatch, red kite, reed bunting, sparrowhawk (seen earlier by a visitor) and woodpigeon
2 Carrion crow
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male; female and juvenile)
7 Great tit
2 Jay
24 Mallard (including three large and nine small duckling)
4 Mandarin
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)

Also common blue damselflies; emperor dragonfly and possibly brown hawker

13th July
  Marsh hide

Single blackcap, bullfinch, chiffchaff and jackdaw
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
5 Chaffinch (family group)
4 Great spotted woodpecker (male and female plus two juveniles)
10 Great tit
2 Jay
4 Mandarin (three female; one male)
3 Nuthatch
2 Stock dove

  Lake hide
Single red kite and teal (female) 
2 Grey heron
22 Mallard (six adult; twelve small and four fully grown duckling)
2 Moorhen

Contribution from DAJ

Great spotted woodpecker - Adel Dam

10th July
  Marsh hide

Single carrion crow
3 Chaffinch (one male; two female)
5 Great spotted woodpecker (two male; one female; two juvenile)
7 Great tit
Also one small rabbit

  Lake hide
Single blue tit, buzzard (perched in the far left corner of the lake), dunnock, grey heron (in willow on left edge of lake), jay, song thrush, kingfisher (far left corner of the lake), nuthatch and snipe (landed in the far right corner of the lake where it fed among the reeds until chased off by moorhen and mallard)
3 Black-headed gull
2 Bullfinch
4 Carrion crow
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male, female and juvenile)
7 Great tit
10 House martin
16 Mallard (Including two sets of duckling - three and nine)
8 Mandarin
3 Moorhen (including one juvenile)
2 Woodpigeon

Contribution from CRH

9th July
Lake hide  - evening session - bat-watching (DAJ, PJ, BT)

Single blackcap (male), buzzard, grey heron, sparrowhawk (male - took a great tit from the feeder), teal (male) and a large mixed flock of house martin, swallow and swift (high up) 
2 Jay
24 Mallard (four adult; thirteen small and four fully grown duckling)
11 Mandarin (six adult; five juvenile)
2 Moorhen
3 Tawny owl (two adult plus juvenile) 

Also bats (noctules, pipistrelles and daubentons)

Carrion crow - Adel Dam

6th July
  Marsh hide

Single mallard (female) and robin
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
4 Chaffinch (two pair)
4 Great spotted woodpecker (male, female and two juveniles together)
7 Great tit
2 Jay

  Lake hide
Single bullfinch, buzzard, coot, great spotted woodpecker (juvenile), grey heron, jay, kingfisher (male juvenile), moorhen and red kite (mobbed by the buzzard) 
28 Mallard (seven female; three male; three groups of duckling (four and ten small plus four well grown)
8 Mandarin (moulting)

Also blackcap (male), chiffchaff and song thrush were seen around the reserve

Contribution from DAJ

3rd July
  Marsh hide

Single blackcap, nuthatch, robin, stock dove and woodpigeon
2 Blue tit
2 Bullfinch (calling)
3 Chaffinch (two male; one female)
5 Great spotted woodpecker (two different males; one female and two juveniles - one of which was chased off by a male)
9 Great tit (family group)
2 Jay
2 Mandarin (male and female)
Also two rabbit (one quite small)

  Lake hide
Single blackcap (calling), chiffchaff (calling), great spotted woodpecker (female), grey wagtail, jay, red kite (circling), sparrowhawk (scattered the great tits on the feeder) and tufted duck (female)
3 Black-headed gull
2 Blue tit
2 Carrion crow
5 Great tit (family group)
15 Mallard (four males; seven females; four juveniles)
9 Mandarin (six male; three female)
2 Moorhen
2 Woodpigeon

Contribution from CRH

 

Moorhen(juv) - Adel Dame

2nd July
  Marsh hide

Single robin and sparrowhawk (male)
2 Blue tit
3 Great spotted woodpecker (male; female; juvenile)
12 Great tit
3 Jay
3 Mandarin (juvenile)
Also two stoat

  Lake hide
Single great spotted woodpecker (juvenile), kingfisher and moorhen
5 Great tit
3 Grey heron
20 Mallard (ten moulting males; two female with four small and four well grown duckling)
9 Mandarin (five moulting plus four full grown juvenile)
2 Red kite
7 Teal (did circuits of the lake for several minutes but did not land)
4 Tufted duck (two male; two female)

Contribution from DAJ