Cheddar Reservoir

 
Stephen Moss
 
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Stephen Moss
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31 December 2019 19:22
 

That’s a very impressive total Daniel - well done! Sorry about the oystercatcher! Happy new year to all SOS members and site users…

 
Daniel Watson
 
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Daniel Watson
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31 December 2019 17:33
 

A somewhat mixed year on the patch. Undoubtedly finding Somerset’s first spring adult White winged tern was the highlight of the year, however increased disturbance, particularly the flagrant disregard for “dogs on leads” policy resulted in an otherwise poor year. A notable passage of Black tern took place during the spring (with 80+ individuals recorded on a single day). The year began with the long staying Scaup and Great northern diver, with other highlights being Little gulls, Kittiwakes, Grey phalarope, Great white egret, Rock pipits, Wood sandpiper, Osprey, Gannet and Marsh harriers. I recorded a total of 128 species during 2019, though some fairly obvious species either didn’t appear or were overlooked; Common scoter, Knot, Oystercatcher (I was unable to grip back on Stephen Moss’s one day bird!) Green sandpiper etc.

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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30 December 2019 13:07
 

approx 8:30 _ 9:30 am , more in the Middle Moor lane and Stubbington Drove area than on the res’  Three Song Thrush, in excess of 150 Fieldfare and a gathering of possibly 300 or more very noisy Starlings close to the Clay pits and a Buzzard initially ground hunting and then latterly being chased off by a crow

 
Diana Tonkyn
 
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Diana Tonkyn
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26 December 2019 12:46
 

One male Goldeneye hanging out with the Pochards and Coots yesterday am.

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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22 December 2019 13:50
 

just caught the departure of two goosander this AM 8:30 ish, circular of the puddle for around two minutes before heading toward the Gorge,Presumably Chew bound , several Wren in the Lane a Bullfinch [audible only] and a Green woody close to the extended cemetery

 
John Thorogood
 
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John Thorogood
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02 December 2019 15:54
 

The four Red-crested Pochard - one drake and three females - still present this afternoon, close to the Axbridge entrance.

 
John Cooper
 
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John Cooper
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28 November 2019 11:04
 

RC Pochards still at Cheddar this morning 10.30am at Axbridge entrance

 
Mike Moxon
 
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Mike Moxon
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28 November 2019 09:00
 

Photos on facebook group from 25th Nov of 1 male & 3 female RC Pochard (one leucistic). Now there are 2 males & 1 female at Chew, so are original ones still at Cheddar?

 
Mike Harris
 
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Mike Harris
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20 November 2019 19:06
 

12:30 PM 4 RC Pochard between the boat house and Cheddar tower, 1 male 3 female.

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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17 November 2019 15:35
 

5 Jays near the Claypits car parking area this morning around 8:00 , making enough noise to wake the dead

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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16 November 2019 08:56
 

male and female RC Pochard this am , close proximity to the boathouse

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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25 October 2019 20:56
 

around 8 Tufties this late afternoon,and about 3 dozen Pochard M&F , As i was leaving around 6:00 pm approx 70 Canada geese dropped in taking roosting numbers to near 100

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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25 October 2019 20:09
 

around 8 Tufties this late afternoon,and about 3 dozen Pochard M&F , As i was leaving around 6:00 pm around 70 Canada geese dropped in taking roosting numbers to near 100

 
neville hiscox
 
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neville hiscox
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15 October 2019 20:10
 

2 male Gadwall this late afternoon/early eve along with 3-4 females

 
Daniel Watson
 
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Daniel Watson
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14 October 2019 18:45
 

Normal service resumes, with the Grey Phalarope having departed either overnight, or at some point today. Black tern still around (11 days into its stay), and 11 Wigeon, 9 Pochard and a 2cy Med gull all present this evening. Despite Coot numbers building, there has been a surprisingly low diversity of other wildfowl of late, with low numbers of Teal, Wigeon, TD, Gadwall and Shoveller occurring since the start of the month.
It’s been a pretty poor autumn on the patch all told, though perhaps reflective of the unusual weather patterns, high water levels and increased disturbance.