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Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


Canada Gees with two chicks No3 Bed

Submitted by: Alan Debenham


Little Egret seen over flooded area on No2 bed at approx. 11.20 am

Submitted by: Eyesbirder


30-May-2012 4 broods of Black-necked Grebe on No3 bed with a 5th due to hatch.Total of 16 adults.Also 2 broods of Pochard,2 of Gadwall and 2 of Mallard.A family party of G.S Woodpeckers on feeders by Morgan hide. Brianm

Submitted by: Brian Martin


The first Black-necked Grebe brood of the year was seen today from the Frank Linley Hide. An adult was feeding young on the back of a second adult in front of the reeds to the right of the hide. The young were too small to be seen. Also present were 2 Gadwall broods whilst on the canal track were a small number of Common Blue butterflies. The Mute Swans at the locks have at least one young whilst the brood of nine from the fish refuge is now down to four.

Submitted by: Dave Hackett


Common Sandpiper, with reflection

Submitted by: John Lowe


Female Marsh Harrier quartering the reed beds on No.1 mid morning.

Submitted by: John Blundell


Todays highlights included: 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warblers and 2 Kingfishers. Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman


Today’s highlights included a Cuckoo at Bollin Point and a Mute Swan with nine small young at the fish refuge. Wildfowl broods included Mallard and possible Gadwall. Several Coot broods seen and Little Grebe with young on Nos. 1 and 3 beds. No.3 bed held 30 Swifts and all three hirundines, together with 18 Black-necked Grebes and 8 Ruddy Duck. Garden Warblers heard on Nos 1 and 2 bed. Before the rain set in for the day I found my first Small Copper of the year on No.2 bed

Submitted by: Daveh


Re the Black Tern, Alan, the permit holder was Simon Smith and he had already sent me photos of the bird!

Cheers David Bowma

Taken using a Cannon D7 digital SLR fitted with a 400mm f5.6 lens and a 1.4x convertor.

Submitted by: David Bowman


Peregrines and Kestrels brooding small young at nest sites under Thelwall Viaduct. Cuckoo on No.3 bed early this morning, along with three reeling Grasshopper Warblers, while at the eastern end of the Reserve three Little Ringed Plovers, 4 pairs of Lapwing and another reeling Grasshopper Warbler were good sightings. In the week, (Thursday) our first Lesser Whitethroat was singing on No.1 bed and two Garden Warblers on No.3 bed.

Cheers David Bowman

Submitted by: David Bowman