Dave Riley was ringing on No1 bed on the Tuesday and Friday mornings, being joined by John Blundell on the latter day, catching a total of 61 birds, with 31 new, including the first Redwing of the year, good numbers of finches were at the feeders with 11 new Greenfinches and six Chaffinches ringed . Mike Miles was on No3 bed on the Friday, catching 63 birds, 26 new, including 19 Greenfinches and four Bullfinches.
Sightings on No1 included three Snipe and four Redwings, while on No3 bed, 30 Redwings and 400 Teal were counted.
David Bowman and Les Jones walked around No3 bed and then down to Bollin Point on the Saturday morning, No3 bed was mainly frozen over, apart from a small area being kept open by 37 Teal and six Coot. One of the main features of the morning was the heavy passage of Redwings filtering through ahead of the poor weather, David and Les counted over 400 on their walk, but felt the overall passage must have contained thousands of birds, also counted were a few Fieldfares and 42 Blackbirds. The feeders and seed crop on No3 bed proved to be very productive, with 130 Chaffinches, 45 Greenfinches and a Redpoll counted, a Water Rail was also heard calling from the reed bed.
The walk along the Ship Canal to Bollin Point also proved productive, with four Whooper Swans seen flying east, while other counts included 133 Mallard, 74 Gadwall, 38 Teal, 237 Tufted Ducks, five Great Crested Grebes, 32 Pochard and seven Mute Swans. In the drier areas 13 Bullfinches, 9 Jays, 4 Song Thrushes, 2 Meadow Pipits, five Buzzards, 26 Lapwings and 350 Woodpigeons were seen along with a displaying pair of Kestrels.
Dave Riley visited No1 bed three times during the week, on Monday (with John Blundell), Wednesday and Saturday, catching 59 birds, of which 15 were new, including the second Redwing of the year for the bed. Sightings here included one Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Snipe, four Redwing and one Siskin (all 8th), one Snipe, one Peregrine, one Fieldfare, five Redwing and one Goldcrest (all 11th).
Mike Miles was on No3 bed on Thursday, catching 17 birds, with four new, while on the Saturday, a further seven birds were caught, but only one new. Sightings on the bed included 30 Redwings and 100 Chaffinches (9th) with a drake Goosander flying down the Ship Canal on the Saturday.
David Bowman and Les Jones walked around beds 1, 2 and 3 on Saturday morning, their sightings included:
Bollin Point: One male Goosander (probably the bird noted above), one Goldeneye, one Shelduck, 875 Tufted Duck, two Goldcrests, one Coal Tit and 22 Redpolls.
Woolston Weir: One Shelduck, 80 Tufted Duck, one Goldeneye and three Wigeon.
No3 bed: One Water Rail, 130 Chaffinches, 12 Shoveler
A quiet week, ringing wise, with only 14 new birds ringed on beds 1 and 3, with the highlight being the first two Redwings of the year to be caught on No3 bed.
Sightings included: No1 bed: The first trilling Little Grebes of the year, with up to three on No1 bed, also Green Woodpecker and two Snipe.
David Bowman, Dave Steel and Les Jones made the following counts on a circuit of the reserve on a damp Saturday morning:
Goldeneye 2 Little Grebe 5 Common Buzzard 8 Kestrel 3 Lapwing 140 Snipe 1 Great Black-backed Gull 1 Green Woodpecker 2 Skylark 6 Meadow Pipit 6 Grey Wagtail 1 Blackbird 35 Fieldfare 58 Coal Tit 2 Jackdaw 250 Chaffinch 68 Linnet 25
Dave Riley was joined by Ron Brumby on No1 bed on Saturday morning, catching 23 birds with 10 new. Sightings included a stunning male Goshawk, flying close to the observers as it moved north, other sightings included seven Redwings, five Jays, one Goldcrest, one Oystercatcher, one Snipe and six Buzzards.
The No3 bed team were also out on the Saturday, catching 18 birds with 10 new, including the first Goldcrest of the year, Sightings on the bed included one Curlew, two Woodcock, four Ruddy Duck and approx. 640 Black-headed Gulls, a Red-legged Partridge was also seen in Weir Lane.
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