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Bird Report for 2009

Bird Records 2009  For North Cave Wetlands.

 

Mute Swan: WeBS counts of 3 in January, 2 in February, 4 in March. Two pairs nested but only one pair was successful, raising 4 young. WeBS count of 9 in

                      October, 7 in November and 5 in December.

 

Whooper Swan: 2 on 18th February were the first of the year. On 20th March a site day count record of 101 birds in three groups flew North-West. In April 1

                            on 4th. In October 7 on 31st 3 adults and 4 juvenile. In November 14 on 5th, 3 adults on 12th, adult and a juvenile on 13th, 3 adults again on 15th

                            and 17th, 9 adults and a juvenile on 20th, 4 adults and 6 juveniles on 21st, pair with 3 juveniles on 25th, 3 adults on 26th, 13 flew south on 27th.

                            In December 2 adults flew North on 1st, 2, 1 adult and 1 juvenile on 3rd, 3 a pair with 1 juvenile on 4th, 12, 6 adults and 6 juveniles on 5th

                                                     

Pink-Footed Goose: In January 1 on 16th, in February 200 flew North-West on 14th, c1200 on 19th, 80 on 21st and 57 on 28th. In March 4 on 3rd, 120 flew north

                                   on 14th. In October 1 on 2nd, 2 on 6th, 100 flew west on 9th, 150 east and 250 south on 17th, 100 south on 22nd, 1 on 26th. In November 1 on

                                   4th and 5th.  120 flew south-west on 28th. 1 on 6th December was last sighting of the year.

 

European White-fronted Goose: Pair with 1 juvenile present on 4th, 5th and 6th November.

                                    

Greylag Goose: WeBS counts of 11 in January, 45 in February, 2 in March, 857 in October, 435 in November and 20 in December. At least 6 pairs bred raising

                            c35 young.

                           

Canada Goose: WeBS counts of 2 in February, In May 10 on 30th. In September 75+ on 28th was highest count of the year. With 6 on and off in October and a

                            single bird on and off throughout November and December with Greylag flock.

 

Barnacle Goose: In January 1 on 17th, 21st, 22nd, 26th. In May 1 of unknown origin on 28th and 29th. 1 on 12th September. 1 on and off with Greylag flock

                             throughout October with 4 Hybrid young. In November 2 on 12th, 13th and 22nd.

 

Brent Goose: 5 dark-bellied birds roosting on the ice on 8th February before flying off North.

                               

Shelduck: WeBS counts of 29 in January, with a high count for the year of 83 on 22nd, 4 in February, 30 in March. 1 on 17th October, none during November or

                   December WeBS count but 10 back on 29th December. 2 pairs bred hatching 10 and 12 young but as usual most did not survive and only 1 appeared

                   to fledge successfully.

 

Wigeon: In January pair on 3rd, 1 on 17th, pair on 19th, in February 1 on 5th, 2 on 19th and 20th. In March pair present on and off from 10th to 15th April. In June

               pair on 2nd to 10th. In September 3 on 12th, 15th, 4 on 17th. In October 8 on 3rd, 9 on 5th, 6 on 9th, 10 on 10th, 21 on 14th, 22 on 24th, In November 4 pairs

               on 30th. Up to 6 seen on and off in December.

              

Gadwall:  WeBS counts of 58 in January, 25 in February, 14 in March, 68 in October, 12 in November and 42 in December. At least 4 pairs bred fledging c15

                  young between them.

                

Teal: WeBS counts of 117 in January with a high count for the year of 550+ also seen on 12th, 296 in February, 116 in March, 53 in October, 353 in November

          and 355 in December.

 

Green-winged Teal: Drake from 20th January to 3rd February then again from 20th February till last seen on 15th March. 

         

Mallard: WeBS counts of 132 in January, 31 in February, 17 in March, 166 in October, 276 in November, 361 in December. At least 10 pairs bred fledging at

                least 50 young between them.

              

Garganey: Drake on 14th May was first of the year with a pair on 29th. Females seen on 4th and 20th August.                                  

 

Shoveler: WeBS counts of 7 in January, 5 in February, 22 in March, 20 in October, 5 in November, 11 in December. At least 2 pairs bred each raising 5 young.

 

Pochard:  WeBS counts of 46 in January, 25 in February, 11 in March, 3 in October, 8 in November but none in December. At least 3 pairs bred raising 10

                  young between them.                 

 

Tufted Duck:  WeBS counts of 63 in January, 50 in February, 79 in March, 64 in October, 26 in November and 25 in December. At least 6 pairs bred raising .                          

 

Goldeneye: In January 3 on 2nd, 2 on 3rd, 1 on 13th, 2 on 21st, 1 on 22nd, 2 on 24th. In October 7 on 31st. In November 3, 2 females 1 male on 14th, female on 29th.

                     In December 3, 2 females and 1 male on 1st, female on 6th was last sighting of the year.

 

Goosander: In January 2 on 1st, 1 on 22nd, 3 on 24th, 1 on 25th and 6 on 30th. In February pair on 2nd, 4th, 5 on 5th, 1 on 11th and 5 on 19th. In March 5 on 2nd, 1 on

                     12th, on 20th, 7 on 23rd. In October 3 on 15th. In November 1 on 22nd, In December male on 3rd, female on 17th and 18th.

 

Ruddy Duck: Male on 5th April was the first of the year with female on 10th and 11th. In June male on 13th and 16th.  In September female on 1st, 10th and 11th.

 

Red-legged Partridge: Year round resident on and around the reserve with some large flocks seen in autumn due to local releases for game shooting.

 

Grey Partridge: 1 on 21st February was first of the year with a pair on 16th May being the only other sighting of the year.

 

Pheasant: Year round resident on and around the reserve in small numbers.

                                                                                                   

Little Grebe: WeBS counts of 5 in January, 3 in February, 6 in March, 19 in October, 8 in November and 10 in December. At least 5 pairs bred fledging 10

                       young between them.  

                       

Great Crested Grebe: WeBS counts of none in January, 3 in February, 3 in March, 3 in October, 6 in November and 1 in December. 2 pairs attempted to breed

                                       but only 1 succeeded raising 2 young.

 

Black-necked Grebe: 1 winter plumaged bird on 12th November was only sighting of the year.

 

Cormorant: WeBS counts of 2 in January, 1 in February, none in March. In April 1 seen on 28th. Seen throughout July with a maximum of 9 on 21st.1 in

                       October, 3 in November and 1 in December.

 

Little Egret: 1 flew North on 10th May and was first sighting of the year. 1 on 18th July. In August 1 on 2nd. In September 1 on 5th. 1 on 11th October finally 1 on

                      23rd November was last sighting of the year.

  

Grey Heron: 1 on 28th February was first sighting of the year, in March 1 on 1st, 25th, and 2 on 30th. In April 1 on 5th, 26th. In May 1 on 7th, 17th. In September 1

                       on 5th, 11th, 19th and 26th. One on October 19th was last sighting of the year.

                                            

Red Kite: In March 1 on 12th, 14th. In April 1 on 10th. In May 1 on 10th, 2 on 28th. In June 1 on 3rd, 20th. In July 1 on 7th. In September 1 on 11th, in October 1 on

                  24th, In December 2 on 31st.

                 

Marsh Harrier: Female flew south on 7th February. In May 1 flew south on 28th, 1 on 30th. Male flew north on 10th July. In August 1 flew south on 23rd. In

                            September female flew south on 6th, 12th, and 23rd. In October juvenile on 2nd, 6th, 9th and 24th. In November 1 on 12th. 1 female on 21st

                            December was the last sighting of the year.

 

Goshawk: 1 seen well as it flew south over reserve on 6th September.

                                              

Sparrowhawk: Seen on and off throughout the year and in every month of the year usually seen in singles but up to four seen together displaying in spring..

 

Buzzard: Seen on and off throughout the year and in every month of the year with up to 14 seen in the air together in the autumn.

 

Osprey: 1 flew North on 1st May. In September 1 flew south carrying a fish on 2nd with same or another flying south on 6th.

 

Merlin: In January male on 1st with female on 19th, female on 13th May. In September 1 on 20th, finally 1 flew west over reserve on 9th October.

 

Hobby: 1 on 19th April was first of the year, in May singles on 1st, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, with 2 on 17th, singles again on 26th and 31st. In June singles seen on

              6th, 7th, 8th, 19th, 28th. In July 1 on 23rd. In September 1 on 14th, 1 reported flying south on 14th October was last of the year.

             

Peregrine: In January 1 on 17th, 1 on 10th and 19th February. In March 1 on 15th, with a pair displaying over reserve on 25th. In April 1 on 15th. 1 on 16th June. In

                  July 1 on 14th, 23rd and 28th. In August 1 on 12th, 16th, 18th, 29th and 30th. In September 1 on 6th, 16th and juvenile on 28th. 1 flew west over reserve on

                  13th November and was last report of the year.

 

Water Rail: 1 on 2nd January, 1 on 15th and 29th March. In April 1 on 20th. In September 1 seen on 15th. In October 1 on 19th and 22nd. In November 1 on 4th, 1

                      heard on 26th  December was last report of the year.                   

 

Moorhen: WeBS counts of 23 in January, 10 in February, 24 in March, 24 in October, 20 in November and 8 in December. At least 6 pairs bred .              

 

Coot: WeBS counts of 112 in January, 46 in February, 59 in March, 131 in October, 142 in November and 189 in December. At least 10 pairs bred.

 

Oystercatcher: 1 on 16th February was first of the year. WeBS counts of 17 in February with 22 on 22nd February being the highest count of the year,

                           5 in March. two pairs bred raising 5 young one pair raised three the other pair two.

                          

Avocet: 7 on 14th March were the first of the year with 9 on 19th being the high count for the month. Upto 34 seen by the end of April with 12 birds sitting.  

               At least 21 chicks seen on 29th May but only 4 birds survived to fledge with the last of the year being seen on 31st July.

 

Little Ringed Plover: 1 on 4th April was first of the year then seen on and off for rest of the month, up to 4 seen throughout May and in June a pair nested, failed

                                    then re-nested and failed again. In July 2 juveniles seen from the 3rd to the 5th probably from a pair nesting on the new workings. With one

                                    juvenile on the 8th & 14th and 30th. In August 2 juveniles on 4th, 1 on 8th, 16th, and 30th. In September juvenile still on the 5th  & 6th were the

                                    last sightings of the year.

                                     

Ringed Plover: First of year was 1 on 16th and 17th February with 2 on 27th and 28th. 3 pairs by mid March attempted to bred but all were unsuccessful due to

                          constant harassment from other bird species. In August Adult & 2 juveniles on the 8th indicated breeding took place nearby possible on the new

                          workings just south of the current reserve. Adult on the 14th & 16th. 2 juveniles on the 21st & 22nd. 4 on the 23rd & 27th, 2 on the 28th to the

                          29th, with just a single bird left on 30th and 31st until last seen on 4th September.

                                          

Golden Plover: Seen on and off in small numbers from January through to April then again from August through to the end of the year. The largest flock of the

                           year was seen in October with 100+ on 25th.

 

Lapwing:  WeBS counts of 352 in January, 227 in February, 107 in March, 175 in October, 50 in November and 850 in December. At least 20 pairs bred on the

                   reserve raising over 40 young between them.  

 

Temminck’s Stint: 1 on 15th and 16th May.

 

Little Stint: 1on 29th August was first of the year. In September 2 on 13th and 1 on 22nd.

 

 

 

 

Dunlin: In January 1 on 3rd, 2 on 18th February. In March 1 on 19th, 23rd to 26th, 2 on 27th, 28th. In April 1 on 19th, 21st to 24th with 2 on 25th, 1 on 26th, 2 on 29th

              and 1 on 30th. In May 1 on 1st, 3rd to 5th, 5 on 6th, 2 on 7th, 4 on 8th, 13 on 9th, 3 on 10th, 1 on 13th, 3 on 14th. In July 1 on 15th, 24th. 26th. In September 1 on

              6th, 12th, 5 on 14th, 2 on 15th, 16th, 18th, and 1 on 19th. In October 3 on 9th, 1 on 10th, 4 on 15th. In November 1 on 1st, In December 1 on 31st.

             

Ruff: Female on 4th April was first of the year. In May female from 6th to 10th and male on 23rd. 1 on 27th July. In August 2 on 12th to 22nd, 1 on 23rd, 25th

           and 27th. In September 1 on 4th. 16th and 18th. In October 2 on 15th. In November 1 on 14th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th and 29th. In December 1 on 4th and 6th

           was the last sighting of the year.

 

Jack Snipe: 1 on 15th February was first of the year. In March 1 on 29th. In October 1 on 17th.                   

 

Snipe: WeBS counts of 21 in February, 30 in March, 3 on 8th September, 26 in October, 45 in November, 20 in December.

 

Woodcock: 1 on 28th November with 1 seen on 24th and 26th December.

                                                            

Black-Tailed Godwit: A flock of 18 on 28th April were first of the year. In May 7 circled reserve on 17th but didn’t land. In July 5 on 1st, 1 on 2nd. In August 1 on

                                      9th, 10 on 11th, 1 on 16th,  

 

Bar-tailed Godwit: 1 on 3rd April was first of the year with 1 on 12th and 28th. 1 on 20th September was the only reports of the year.

 

Whimbrel: 1 on 19th April was first of the year with 1 on 22nd, 26th and 2 on 29th. In May 4 on 2nd, 1 on 6th, 2 on 9th, 2 on 18th, 1 on 21st. In June 1 on 9th. In July 3

                    on 1st and 1 on 9th were the last sightings of the year.

 

Curlew: Seen on and off throughout and in every month of the year with the largest single day count being in March with 33 on 28th.

 

Redshank: WeBS counts of 23 in January, 101 in February, 35 in March, 2 in October, 14 in November and 2 in December, the highest count of the year was

                     187 seen on 31st December. 2 pairs bred on the reserve each raising 2 young.  

 

Greenshank: 1 on 25th April was first of the year. In June 1 on 29th. In July 1 on 11th, 12th, 27th and 28th. In July 1 on 31st. In August 1 on 1st to 4th, 2 on 7th to 9th,

                       3 on 12th, 1 on 14th, 17th, 2 on 18th, 1 on 19th, 21st to 31st. In September 1 on 1st, 2nd, 3 on 5th, 2 on 11th, 1 on 12th, 14th and 16th.

                      

Green Sandpiper: 1 on 18th March was first of the year, with 1 on 20th and 29th. In June 1 on 9th, 12th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th, 27th, and 30th. In July 1 on 1st, 5th, 8th,

                                3 on 13th, 2 on 17th,  1 on 19th, 2 on 20th, 1 on 24th, 4 on 25th, 1 on 26th, 2 on 28th. In September 1 on 2nd, 5th, 12th and 25th. Finally 1 on 27th

                                December.  
                                                                

Wood Sandpiper: 1 on 9th May was first of the year with 2 on 26th June being the only other sightings of the year. 

 

Common Sandpiper: 1 on 13th April was first of the year, with 1 on 20th, 26th and 29th. In May 1 on 8th, 9th, 2 on 11th, 1 on 12th and 15th. Seen throughout June,

                                     July, August and September, 1 on 14th October was last sighting of the year. Seen mainly in singles with occasional sightings of 2 or 3

                                     together with the highest day count of 4 being seen on 4th August.

 

Spotted Sandpiper: Adult in full summer plumage was found c3pm on 20th June and remained until c7.35am on 21st June when bird was seen to fly off south

                                   and not relocated. (Found by Ray Schofield and other members of Stockport Birdwatching Society)

 

Turnstone: In May a flock of 8 flew North on 13th with 1 on 18th and were the only sightings of the year.

 

Mediterranean Gull: Adult summer plumaged bird on 3rd April was first of the year, a 1st summer bird on 29th and 30th. In June 2 1st summer’s on 6th and 7th, 1

                                     1st summer on 12th, adult on 16th, 2 2nd summer birds on 18th and 19th. Adult on 20th and 21st. 1st summer on 23rd. In July adult on 2nd, 2 2nd

                                     summer birds on 7th, the last of the year was an adult winter on 6th November.

 

Little Gull: Adult on 17th April was first of the year, with single adults also on 20th, 25th and 28th. In May a 1st Summer on 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 28th and 29th.  In June 2

                     adults on 30th.

 

Black-headed Gull: Year round resident on and around the reserve with at least 120 pairs bred raising many young.

 

Common Gull: Year round resident on and around the reserve in varying numbers.

 

Herring Gull: Seen in small numbers in every month of the year.

 

Yellow-legged Gull: Near adult on 16th June was only sighting of the year..

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull: Seen in small numbers in every month of the year except February, with occasional large gatherings of up to 200 birds in autumn.

 

Greater Black-backed Gull: Seen in small numbers in every month of the year with occasional large gatherings of up to 100 birds in autumn.

 

Common Tern: 4 on 15th April were the first of the year. Only one pair nested and despite the male parent dying with the three chicks only 10 days old the

                           female with the help of another male which had initially tried to kill the chicks managed to successfully fledge the three young. The last

                           sighting of the year was one on 21st August.

 

Arctic Tern: 1 on 17th and 18th April was first of the year, 2 on 16th May. In July 2 on 21st were the last of the year.

 

Black Tern: 2 on 13th May was the only sighting of the year.

 

Stock Dove: Seen in every month of the year in small numbers with 20+ on 3rd October being the highest count of the year.

 

Woodpigeon: Year round resident on and around the reserve with large flocks of several hundred in surrounding fields during autumn and winter months.

 

Collared Dove: First of the year seen in February then not again till June then seen in every month to the end of the year with nearly all records of single birds

                           over flying the reserve.

 

Turtle Dove: 1 on 24th May was first of the year. 1 on 27th June and finally 1 flew south on 21st August were the only sightings of the year of this increasing rare

                       summer visitor.

 

Cuckoo:  1 on 26th May was first of the year with juvenile seen on 25th July were the only reports of the year.

 

Barn Owl: In January 1 on 15th, 25th, 29th, in February 1 on 3rd, 5th, 11th, 13th, 14th. In March 1 on 13th, 21st, with 1 picked up dead on 27th. In April 1 on 13th and

                   22nd. In May 1 on 2nd. In July 1 on 7th, 19th, 20th, no reports during August, September and October then in November 1 on 17th.

 

Short-eared Owl: 1 flew south then back north over reserve on 10th November.

                          

Little Owl: 1 on 13th February was first sighting of the year. 1 or 2 birds then seen almost daily between 11th April and 10th May. In June 1 on 9th. In July 1 on

                    31st. Then seen on and off throughout August and early September but then no further sign of any before the end of the year.

 

Tawny Owl: 1 heard and seen on 10th May. 1 seen well and photographed on 25th August.

 

Swift: 2 on 3rd May were the first of the year. c100 on 8th May was largest feeding flock of the year with the last of the year being 1 on 5th September.

 

Kingfisher: In January 1 on 10th and 21st. In March 1 on 12th, 17th, 18th, 21st. In April 1 on 10th, 13th, 23rd, 25th and 26th. In May 1 on 3rd, 10th, 16th, 21st. In June 1

                     on 2nd, 12th, 21st, 22nd, 27th. In July 1 on 4th, 11th, 12th, 19th, 2 on 21st, 1 on 25th, 26th, 29th and 31st. Seen on and off throughout August  September

                      and October, 1 on 1st November in December 1 on 5th and finally 1 on 24th.

 

Green Woodpecker: 1 or 2 birds seen and off all year with a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 juveniles seen in July, and 3 together on 11th November.

                                   

Great Spotted Woodpecker: Singles seen on and off throughout the year and seen in every month of the year but 2 together on 13th November.

 

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: 1 reported on 28th December.

 

Skylark: Seen throughout and in every month of the year in small numbers but with flocks of 20+ on 9th October and 100+ on 18th December. At least 4 pairs

                bred on the reserve this year.

 

Sand Martin: 3 on 15th March were the first of the year with 16 on 23rd and 150+ on 27th. None bred on the current reserve site but at least 300 pairs bred on the

                         new workings for the reserve extension. In September 1 on 14th was last sighting of the year.

 

Swallow: 3 on 2nd April were the first of the year, with 50+ on 16th April. In September 30 flew south on 25th. Last of year was 1 on 25th October.

 

House Martin: 1 on 5th April was first of the year. 50+ on 16th April was the largest group of the year with the last report of the year being in mid September.

 

Meadow Pipit: Seen throughout and in every month of the year in small numbers with at least 1 pair breeding on the reserve.

 

Yellow Wagtail: 1 on 7th April was first of the year with 1 on 10th, 15th, 21st with 4+ on 23rd, 1 on 25th. In May 6 on 2nd, 2 on 3rd, 4th, 1 on 10th and 11th, 3 on 12th,

                             1 on 29th, 2 on 30th and 1 on 31st. In June 1 on 2nd, 12th, juvenile seen on 24th. In July 1 on 3rd. In August 1 on 9th, and the last report of the year

                             was 1 on 23rd.   

 

Grey Wagtail: 1 on 21st February was first of the year. In March 3 on 4th, 1 on 8th, 11th, 20th, 21st,  24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th. In May 1 on 12th, pair on 14th. In

                          August 1 on 31st. In September 2 on 5th. In October 1 on 2nd, 5th, 9th, 17th, 24th, 29th, in November 1 on 15th, in December 1 on 6th, 19th and last

                          sighting of the year was 1 on 24th.

 

Pied Wagtail: Seen throughout and in every month of the year in varying numbers with daily counts of up to 50 birds seen at times.

 

Waxwing: A single bird flew south calling on 15th February.

 

Wren: Year round resident on the reserve in small numbers with the odd pair breeding.

 

Dunnock: Year round resident on the reserve with a few pairs breeding.

 

Robin: Year round resident on the reserve with a few pairs breeding.

 

Whinchat: 1 on 21st August was first of the year. Male on 4th, 5th and 6th September. Male reported on 8th October was last of the year.

 

Stonechat: Male on 1st and 2nd January. In February pair seen on and off from 6th to 25th. In March male on 1st. In October male on 2nd and 7th. And finally 1 on

                   5th November.

                 

Wheatear: Male on 15th to 17th was first of the year. In April male on 9th. In May female on 8th. In May 1 on 11th. In September 1 on 4th, 10th and 2 on 26th.

 

Blackbird: Year round resident on the reserve with a few pairs breeding.

 

Fieldfare: Seen on and off from January through to April in small numbers with 1 on 4th April was last of the first winter period. With 2 on 13th October being

                  the first of the second winter period, with the largest flock being c200 seen on 17th October then seen on and off in small numbers through to the end

                  of the year.

                 

Song Thrush: Year round resident on the reserve with at least 1 pair breeding.

 

Redwing:  Seen on and off from January through to April in small numbers. Then in the autumn 14 on 10th October and 50 on 17th October then seen on and off

                   in small numbers through to the end of the year.

 

Mistle Thrush: Seen in every month of the year except August with 7 on 12th December being highest single day count.

 

Cetti’s Warbler: 1 heard and seen well but briefly on 16th June was a first for the reserve. (P. Wileman)

 

Sedge Warbler: 1 on 11th April was first of the year. At least 10 males held territories throughout the summer with several pairs successfully breeding. The last

                            of the year was 1 seen on 20th September.

 

Reed Warbler: 1 on 29th April was first of the year At least 6 males held territories throughout the summer with several pairs successfully breeding

                           last of the year was seen on 20th September.

                                                    

Lesser Whitethroat: 1 on 22nd April was first of the year, with at least 4 singing birds during May and at least 2 pairs successfully bred on the reserve with 1 on

                                    18th September being the last report of the year.

                                   

Whitethroat: 1 on 21st April was the first of the year, up to 6 pairs bred in the surrounding hedgerows with the last being seen on 5th September.

 

Garden Warbler: 1 on 7th May was first of the year and again singing on 9th and 17th with 1 on 16th August being the only other reports of the year.

 

Blackcap: 1 on 22nd February was first of the year. The next was in April with 1 on 10th and 14th, then seen on and off throughout May, June, July, and August

                  with last of the year being 1 on 6th September.

 

Chiffchaff: 1 on 17th March was first of the year, with 1 on 19th, 22nd, then seen on and off throughout April, May, June and July, no reports in August then 1 on

                    10th September and finally 1 on 27th October was the last report of the year. Not thought to have bred this year.

 

Willow Warbler: 1 on 7th April was first of the year. 2 pairs probably bred with 2 on 6th September being the last of the year.

                     

Goldcrest: In January 1 on 2nd, 1 on 19th March, and finally 1 on 29th November were the only records of the year.

 

Spotted Flycatcher: 1 on 16th May and 1 on 13th August were the only sightings of the year.

 

Pied Flycatcher: Male on 2nd May was a new species for the reserve.

 

Bearded Tit: Female showed well on 30th and 31st October, only the second reserve record.

 

Long-tailed Tit: Seen on and off in every month of the year with at least 2 pairs breeding in the reserve hedgerows.

 

Willow Tit: 1 on 1st July was only report of the year.

 

Blue Tit: Year round resident on the reserve with at least 5 pairs using nest boxes on the reserve.

 

Great Tit: Year round resident on the reserve with at least 3 pairs using nest boxes on the reserve 

 

Treecreeper: 1 on 1st March was only second reserve record, with 1 on 30th July being the third.

 

Jay: 2 together on 5th September was only sighting of the year.

 

Magpie: Year round resident on and around the reserve in small numbers with at least one pair breeding.

 

Jackdaw: Year round resident on and around the reserve in varying numbers with some large pre roost gatherings during the winter months.

 

Rook: Year round resident on and around the reserve in varying numbers with some large pre roost gatherings during the winter months.

 

Carrion Crow: Year round resident on and around the reserve with at least 1 pair successfully raising 3 young.

 

Starling: Year round resident on and around the reserve in small numbers with the odd pair breeding.

 

House Sparrow: Seen on and off throughout and in every month of the year in small numbers but not breeding on the reserve.

                                                                                                                                                                      

Tree Sparrow: Year round resident on the reserve with at least 5 pairs successfully using the nest boxes on the reserve. Occasional flocks of up to 30 birds seen.

 

Chaffinch: Year round resident on the reserve in small numbers with the odd pair breeding.

 

Brambling: Female on 18th and 19th April was the first of the year with a female on 28th November being the only other record.

 

Greenfinch: Year round resident in small numbers with a few pair breeding on the reserve.

 

Goldfinch: Year round resident in varying numbers with a flock of c120 on 2nd October being the largest of the year, and a few pairs bred on the reserve.

 

 

Siskin: In January 7 on 3rd, 6 on 24th, in February 20+ on 1st, 2 on 2nd and 3rd, 3 on 8th, 10 on 14th, 35 on 15th, 12 on 20th, 8 on 22nd. In March 6 on 13th, 20+ on

            14th, 1 on 17th,  on 19th, 20+ on 20th. In April pair still on 3rd. In October 3 on 10th, 24 on 25th. In November 1 on 10th, 3 on 14th, 1 on 15th.  In December

            c20 on 5th, 1 on 12th, 10+ on 13th, 4 on 21st,  10 on 26th, 1 on 28th.

           

Linnet: Present on and off throughout the year in small numbers.

 

Lesser Redpoll: In January 1 on 3rd, 20+ on 4th, 2 on 8th, 9th, 13th, 1 on 19th, 2 on 23rd, 24th. In February 3 on 15th, 14 on 19th, 10 on 21st and 22nd. In March 4 on

                           15th, 1 on 19th, 5 on 20th, 6 on 21st, 2 on 29th. In April. In October 1 on 18th. In December 4 on 25th and 3 on 29th.

                         

Bullfinch: In January 3 on 2nd, 2 on 3rd, 3 on 10th, 2 on 13th, 1 on 16th, 2 on 18th, 1 on 28th, in February 1 on 1st. In April 1 on 10th. In May female on 20th, male on

                  30th. In June pair on 1st. In September 1 on 26th. In October 1 on 10th, 2 on 16th and 26th. In November pair on 2nd, 4 on 10th, 5 on 11th, 1 on 27th and

                  29th. in December female on 8th and 12th, pair on 18th, 2 on 21st, 3 on 25th, 2 on 26th and 28th.   

                

Yellowhammer. In February 1 on was first of the year, 1 on 2nd April. In November 2 on 14th, 7 on 19th, 17 on 28th.In December 8 on 4th, 12 on 12th, 20+ on 13th

                             was the biggest flock of the year.                 

 

Reed Bunting: Year round resident on the reserve in small numbers with up to 4 pairs breeding.

 

 

Corn Bunting: 1 on 19th and 21st February was first of the year, in June 1 on 1st, 4th, and 21st to month’s end. 1 singing throughout July. With 2 on 9th, 1 on 17th

                          September.

                                              

Summary:

   In total 150 species of bird were recorded on or from the reserve in 2009

 

Escapes:

Bar-headed Goose: 1 on 21st January and 1 on 15th September.