Cheddar Reservoir from 1st February 2019

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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10 May 2019 21:05
 

around 16 swifts this evening , flying over the playing fields,.[logged with the RSPB survey ] ..... Also 4 seen together in Draycott village Tuesday and Wednesday

 
Jeff Hazell (Levels-birder)
 
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Jeff Hazell (Levels-birder)
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08 May 2019 13:50
 

8-May-2019
6 Black Terns before the front, with heavy rain, swept thro’ mid-morning, then numbers had increased to 31 by the time I left at 12:20 hrs. Also 2 each of Common and Arctic, and 2 Commic Terns.

 
Daniel Watson
 
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Daniel Watson
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07 May 2019 18:03
 

After a few days away, a welcome return to the patch this afternoon, with 7 (increasing briefly to 9) Black tern. Much less scarce nationally and indeed locally was a single Sanderling, however this was yet another new patch bird for me. 4 Common sand also present, and the Mallard duckling appear to have reduced to 7ish. On another note, I haven’t seen the male Mandarin since late March - perhaps breeding nearby?

 
Mike Moxon
 
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Mike Moxon
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29 April 2019 09:52
 

Just an Arctic tern & couple of common sandpipers this morning. Apparently the gannet was caught last night

Mike

 
Daniel Watson
 
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Daniel Watson
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28 April 2019 17:08
 

After a tardy start, I was delighted to have located a White winged tern at the res this morning. There was some initial confusion over the identification as both Black and White winged terns were present, and I had spent the best part of 2hrs attempting to capture/organise the RSPCA to capture the Gannet. I took a few images as I had noted the white rump and black underwing coverts which are diagnostic of White winged tern, but lighting and the confusion of 2 birds cast doubt. Reviewed the images this afternoon and disseminated news via twitter. Nice to see a good number of locals (and not-so locals) turn out for a cracking bird.

I’ll provide an update on the gannet asap, RSPCA have confirmed they will attend on Tuesday.

 
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Martin Sage
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28 April 2019 11:25
 

I saw the Gannet at around 9.30 near the Yacht Club.

 
Daniel Watson
 
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Daniel Watson
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28 April 2019 09:57
 

Ad gannet at the s end of res now, thanks to Alex C for the heads up!

 
Daniel Watson
 
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27 April 2019 20:58
 

22 Arctic tern this afternoon at the res, also 1 Common sand, 40+ House martin, 8 Swallow, 5 Sand martin.
Highlights from earlier in the week include an arctic tern, drake Shelduck and a pair of pochard. Common sand numbers have fluctuated to some degree, but the highest count this week was 7 birds on Weds pm and again Thursday am. Fair bit quieter than this time last year, despite some promising weather on Wednesday and Thursday.

 
Daniel Watson
 
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Daniel Watson
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22 April 2019 10:48
 

Singles of Arctic tern, Common & Lesser whitethroat and 2 Common sand this am.

 
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Frankie Macrow
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20 April 2019 21:25
 

7 common sandpipers on the west side late afternoon , 14 newly hatched ducklings nead the Axbridge Rower and 3 green woodpeckers (1 on the grass feeding and two heard).

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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19 April 2019 11:27
 

took a walk down Stubbington Drove this am, towards the river, distant cuckoo , pair of Bullfinch [m&f] Blackcap[m] Kingfisher at the river, Reed Bunting[m] Willow and Reed Warblers ,single of each, but noticed there seemed less chatter in this lane than i have in previous visits [approx 6 areas of chatter today] ..several Tortishell butterfly, 3 deer and a field mouse

 
Daniel Watson
 
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18 April 2019 20:48
 

Some wader passage in the last 24hrs, with Redshank and Dunlin yesterday, 10 Common sand this morning, then 7 Common sand and a single (different) dunlin this evening.

 
Daniel Watson
 
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16 April 2019 16:49
 

Ad Little gull along south side of res briefly this pm before heading SW.

 
Sean Davies
 
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Sean Davies
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10 April 2019 18:31
 

Also, late morning a male Redstart in scrub by the information board on the east side. 2 male Yellow Wagtails and 1 White Wagtail on the west bank.

 
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Kim Howard
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10 April 2019 09:52
 

First early morning visit for a while rewarded with a large flock of hirundines held up in the stiff north-easterly breeze: my estimate is at least 300 birds but probably many more, mostly sand martins but some house martins and swallows too.  Also, along the west bank: 5 common sandpipers, 8+ pied wagtails and 14 linnets. 2 willow warblers south of the clubhouse.