• Friday 31st January 2014.
• Thursday 30th January 2014.
They were able to navigate all the way to the valve in cemetery corner but were unable to get past that as it was too small for the RPV. They may have to try and survey the heading from the pumping station outwards. They are moving onto to Tringford Friday and Monday and then Startopsend, depending on how well those surveys go. (Peter Brazier)
|Looking forward at the paddle (Right) the left image|
is the sonar showing a cross section of the heading.
|Looking up from inside the heading at the well in cemetery corner|
- note the number of fish.
|The camp on the Jetty|
|The RPV, this is about 6 feet long and battery powered, |
an umbilical cord carries data and control signals.
|The yellow buoy shows the location of the entrance to the header|
• Monday 27th January 2014.
I saw two pairs of Pintail this morning and a few Goldeneye. I didn’t see a female Scaup from the hide but did see a female Tufted Duck with a large amount of white on the face. It would be helpful to know why it was thought to be a female Scaup. I’ll check again tomorrow morning as it may have flown in after I was there. (Roy Hargreaves)
Possible female Scaup by the reedbed to the right of the hide at Wilstone - can anyone confirm?
Also 1 x male Pintail. (Andy Wood)
• Saturday 25th January 2014.
The Lapwings have taken to perching on the Tern rafts and the reservoir overflow is fast-flowing. A large flock of Fieldfare (easily more than 150 birds) were feeding in the field south-east of the path which leads from the cemetery to the reservoir. There were a few Redwing mixed in with the flock but the overwhelming majority were Fieldfare. Little else of note in the gloom and blustery winds! (Lucy Flower)
|Kingfisher by Lucy Flower|
Wilstone: Marsh Tit in the cemetery corner woods, Yellowhammer as I slid down the path from the dry canal and the mild weather bringing out bird song. (Peter Brazier)
|Rushy Meadow Panorama by Peter Brazier|
• Friday 24th January 2014.
• Tuesday 21st January 2014.
|Corn Bunting by Peter Brazier|
|Stunning sunset over Startopsend Reservoir by Peter Brazier|
|Wood Mouse by Phill Luckhurst|
|Wood Mouse by Phill Luckhurst|
|Black-tailed Godwit by Phill Luckhurst|
Wilstone: 2 Pintail (Steve Rodwell)
• Saturday 18th January 2014.
• Friday 17th January 2014.
Water levels at Wilstone are now above the outflow which is currently a raging torrent. Mud is a big problem too if you intend walking right around Wilstone and worse still the pathway from the field behind the hide towards Rushy Meadow was completely blocked. The farmer was attacking the hedgerow with a vengeance and probably didn't expect to see anyone around there today but it seems he didn't figure on the insanity of photographers and birders. I made it through the cut down trees and hedges only due to stubbornness and the fact it was about to chuck it down. Hopefully he has begun to clear a way through as all routes across the stream into Wilstone were blocked. (Phill Luckhurst)
|Chiffchaff? by Phill Luckhurst|
|Great Crested Grebe by Phill Luckhurst|
|Common Snipe by Phill Luckhurst|
|Greenfich by Phill Luckhurst|
|Red Kite by Phill Luckhurst|
• Wednesday 15th January 2014.
Miswell Farm had one of its Little Owls perched in the nest tree this morning as I walked to Wilstone Res.
The reservoir had again deepened and it seems likely that the overflow will be wet tomorrow. There were few highlights but the Water Pipit was one and six Goldeneye, including an adult male, was the other. No sign of a Little Egret or anything else among the common duck species. (Roy Hargreaves)
• Tuesday 14th January 2014.
I was able to spend a bit of time walking the circuit of Wilstone reservoir this morning. Highlights were 2 Marsh Tits and 2 Treecreepers in the woods, in the east corner. The dry canal was very quiet apart from a number of ticking Wrens. Approaching the hide, a Dunnock peeped out through a tangle of branches and a Nuthatch called high up in the trees. From the hide, I could only see 14 Common Snipe (12 of which were in the cut through in the reeds on the right), and 1 Little Egret was on the centre bund. From the car park steps, I counted 34 Greylag Geese in the field NW of the car park (no sign of the Pink Foot or anything else unusual). Scanning the water from the east corner, I picked out at least 2 female Goldeneye remaining. (Lucy Flower)
|Dunnock by Lucy Flower|
|Marsh Tit by Lucy Flower|
|Nuthatch by Lucy Flower|
|Treecreeper by Lucy Flower|
• Monday 13th January 2014.
|Gadwall by Michael Stallwood|
|Snipe by Michael Stallwood|
• Saturday 11th January 2014.
From the Wilstone hide large numbers of Snipe were in the reeds to the right and I also had brief views of both the Godwit and the Little Stint out on the spit. The Cormorants in the tree seem to be getting amorous and the Lapwing getting very restless especially after a visit from a Sparrowhawk. Also a Kingfisher was seen quite a few times around the hide flying right across the front windows at one point seemingly missed by most sat in the hide who were focussed on more distant birds. It was also good to see the Pink Footed Goose again.
Not much to see from the jetty in Cemetry Corner as a fisherman was there but once again there was a Treecreeper in the archway of trees leading back up to the canal. Over to Marsworth later and from the corner the Kingfishers were very active as were the pair of Grey Wagtail. (Phill Luckhurst)
|Dunnock by Phill Luckhurst|
• Friday 10th January 2014.
|Wilstone: Gadwall by James Heron|
|Wilstone: Common Snipe by James Heron|
|Wilstone: Golden Plover amongst Lapwing by James Heron|
• Thursday 9th January 2014.
The farmer is replacing the old stock fencing in order to graze the meadow as required by Natural England. Rushey meadow is part of the SSSI and should have been managed by grazing but has not for a while. So this is a positive move on his part. As always he always goes over the top on his vegetation clearing. The mature hedge he cut back was clogging a ditch that I did not even know existed, so I expect he wanted it cleared to maintain it. Johne
Having seen my first Little Owl of the year at Miswell Farm on the walk to Wilstone this morning I was hopeful of a few more year ticks around the reservoir. From the hide the reduction in mud in the past 24 hours was dramatic with no mud to the right of the hide, little to the left and a much wider gap between the mud in front of the hide and the bushes on the bank straight out. To the right of the hide there was a major concentration of Snipe and I counted eighty-five on the first count and it became apparent that they were dispersing as the second count was seventy-four as birds flew off from there. No sign of the Black-tailed Godwit or Stint among the Lapwing and fewer Golden Plover landing as well today. Three Little Egrets were scattered about the reservoir edges as well and while walking round to the jetty a splendid male Goosander flew over and headed off in the direction of Broughton. It may have come off the reservoir or just flown through – it was difficult to tell by the time I latched on to it. The Water Pipit was also on the banks as was a lone Meadow Pipit and a detailed scan from the jetty was postponed to another day when it started raining. (Roy Hargreaves)
• Wednesday 8th January 2014.
• Tuesday 7th January 2014.
• Monday 6th January 2014.
• Sunday 5th January 2014.
|Black-tailed Godwit by Martin Ansley|
|Little Stint by Martin Ansley|
|The Bucks Bird Club at the Jetty by Robert Lewis|
The Little Stint and Blackwit were both on the spit in front of the hide when the BBC group got round there. (Rob Andrews)
|Little Stint at Wilstone by David Hutchinson|
|Meadow Pipit at Wilstone by David Hutchinson|
Wilstone this morning had Water Pipit and Little Egret but the Stint and Godwit were not obvious first thing, but may turn up later of course. (Roy Hargreaves)
Here is a shot of some of the Golden Plover flying in an angry sky with a rainbow behind them a few minutes before a huge hailstorm arrived (which I got caught out in!). The Plovers and Lapwing were being spooked by approaching thunder and were unable to settle. The Little Stint was flying around with the Lapwing for a while before we lost sight of it.(Charles Jackson)
|Golden Plover by Charles Jackson.|
|Richard Bennett submitted this picture of today's hail storm at the nearby College Lake|
|and afterwards this Rainbow at Wilstone (by Richard Bennett)|
Wilstone 10.00hrs Little Stint, 6+ Snipe, 2 Redshank and a large flock of Golden Plover
from the hide. Good views of the Water Pipit at 14.00hrs (Francis Buckle)
• Thursday 2nd January 2014.
---------------------------------I spent most of the day at the ressies today, starting on Wilstone where the Black-tailed Godwit and Little Stint were both still present and at least 23 Snipe were visible at various places by the reed bed from the hide. Also at least 300 Golden Plover (not as impressive as the 730 I counted on New Year’s Eve). 3 female type Goldeneye were also still present. Around the back of the reservoir a Nuthatch was heard near Rushy Meadow with a pale phase Buzzard seen here and Marsh Tit seen in Cemetery Corner.
I counted 13 Red-crested Pochard on Tringford and had a couple of Siskin fly over the back wood here. A Kingfisher was flushed off the canal bank at the back of Marsworth.
A trip late afternoon to Wilstone for the gull roost gave up an adult winter Mediterranean Gull before finally back to Marsworth where about 40 Corn Bunting were seen, several Water Rail heard and a Cettis Warbler. No sign of Bittern or Barn Owl. (Ian Williams)
• Wednesday 1st January 2014.
---------------------------------Mediterranean Gull, Adult in the roost (Steve Rodwell)
---------------------------------Despite the poor forecast and fired up with New Year enthusiasm I decided to check all of the reservoirs, even if briefly, when the rain stopped at about 8am this morning. A quick sortie to the jetty obviously resulted in numerous year ticks with both the Little Stint and Water Pipit being surprisingly co-operative under the circumstances. Also from the jetty I saw 3+ Goldeneye and a Redshank by the reeds and later David Bilcock saw a female Pintail. From the hide two Little Egrets and two Redshank were noteworthy and the Golden Plover numbers seemed lower than yesterday and after a little while the Little Stint was spotted by Ian just to the left of the hide, although the light was rubbish which didn't help photography one bit. There was also no sign of the Black-tailed Godwits today but you can’t have everything and the Little Stint hanging on to this year was certainly an unexpected bonus, but with the rising water level it surely can’t stick around too much longer. Tringford still had the Red-crested Pochard flock but heavy rain by this point stopped me from counting them and I beat a hasty retreat in the aqueous onslaught! (Roy Hargreaves)
|Little Stint by Roy Hargreaves|