September 2015

  

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Any and all wildlife. You can send them by e-mail here. Photographs are very welcome.

During the period October to December 2015, Canal & River Trust will be carrying out essential works to Startopsend and Tringford reservoirs. Read More Here:


Wednesday 30th September 2015.
James Heron - Wilstone this sunny afternoon. Lots of ducks around but low water level meant too far distant for my camera.






Tuesday 29th September 2015.
Phill Luckhurst - I've seen our Juvenile Osprey many times over at Weston Turville fishing and a few times at Tringford where it seems to like to come for a clean up in the shallows. Today however was the first time I have seen it take a fish at Tringford albeit a small roach and not one of their prized trout.
As usual all the other birds seem to be very wary or aggressive towards it, or simply do not know what to make of it. In particular, the Herons seem to spend a lot of time shouting and displaying when the Osprey is around. As usual at Tringford, there were many Little Grebe around. It seems to me they favour there over the other reservoirs although there are some at Wilstone. As I was leaving Tringford I was told a Bittern had been moving around at Marsworth. I looked for quite some time but never saw one, I was probably there too late in the day.
Osprey fishing by Phill Luckhurst

Heron & Osprey by Phill Luckhurst

Osprey with lunch by Phill Luckhurst

Osprey with roach by Phill Luckhurst


Monday 28th September 2015.
Sally Douglas - I wondered if you would like some shots of the moon - after all it was shining over all the Tring Reservoirs! I thought the craters and some of the 'spots' on the surface would be of more interest.
Sally Douglas

Sally Douglas

Sally Douglas

Sally Douglas

Thursday 24th September 2015.
Francis Buckle - Marsworth had a Bittern do a fly round the reed bed at 10.30 this morning

Roy Hargreaves - This morning I was later to the reservoirs having not been down for two days.
Wilstone held the highlights - the male Greater Scaup and a Garganey in the far corner looking right from the hide. One Common Sandpiper and two Pintail were also about. Marsworth had singing Cetti’s and I saw at least one in front of the Wilstone Hide on Monday. At Tringford and then Startops I heard then saw a Coal Tit fly between the two. Amazingly I didn’t see a single Little Egrets on any of the reservoirs.


Tuesday 22nd September 2015.
David Hutchinson - Osprey at Weston Turville. Saw briefly this afternoon carrying a roach but didn’t see it catch. Two Hobbies also seen.
Osprey (with Roach) by David Hutchinson

Osprey by David Hutchinson

Francis Buckle -
Osprey by Francis Buckle

Osprey by Francis Buckle

Osprey by Francis Buckle


Osprey by Francis Buckle

Lucy Flower - Startops: 3 Wheatear (fem/imm), northern most shoreline, by layby steps.

Tuesday 22nd September 2015.
Sally Douglas - Although it was raining I decided to catch up with the Osprey at W.T.R. rather than wait for it to appear at Wilstone. At least I found out why it is occasionally visiting Wilstone! It was showing very well from the hide, flew off and shortly returned with a fish from the Reservoir and within the hour had caught another two. However, several crows began to mob it and it departed - I presume to Wilstone. Within 30 - 45 minutes it returned to its perch and caught another fish which, unfortunately, it dropped. Then several magpies began to mob it so this may explain its occasional trips to Wilstone.
Osprey by Sally Douglas

Osprey by Sally Douglas

Phill Luckhurst - I popped into Wilstone early and got a brief glimpse of the Osprey as it headed back towards Weston Turville. I hung around at Wilstone for a while watching both Common and Green Sandpipers near the hide but could not resist the urge to head over to Weston. So glad I did at the Osprey was performing brilliantly, fishing every 20-30 mins then returning to her favourite tree to feed and rest.
Common Sandpiper by Phill Luckhurst

Osprey by Phill Luckhurst

Osprey by Phill Luckhurst

Osprey by Phill Luckhurst

Osprey by Phill Luckhurst

Sunday 20th September 2015.
David Coombs - Hi saw two Ospreys today at Tringford reservoir . One of them fishing and a juvenile .

Saturday 19th September 2015.
A little off patch but the Osprey seen at Wilstone has remained at Weston Turville Reservoir for nearly a full week. James Heron sent this picture of today's twitch for the young bird in the sunshine!

Thursday 17th September 2015.
Phill Luckhurst - An early start elsewhere nearly meant I missed all the excitement at Wilstone today. On arrival people had seen both Osprey and Marsh Harrier and I thought I had missed out. Fortunately not as first a brief view of the Harrier, then the Osprey. Later on in the evening I noticed all the bird life going up and a larger raptor flying in from cemetery corner, the Osprey was back again this time flying straight towards the hide. All present had great views as it flew over and the buzz was amazing. There were many birds of prey today, as well as the aforementioned two we had a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, at least two Hobby, 2 Red Kite and a couple of Buzzards totalling 7 different species. I could say 8 as there was a chap taking his Eagle Owl out for a flight but not exactly a wild bird. All the usual waders were around as I am sure others will mention but there also seemed a lot of little brown jobs and other small birds about, seemingly more than usual. I enjoyed watching the Chiff Chaff hunting insects by the outflow and car park. In amongst the gulls was also what I believe was a Herring Gull but I am not too good on identifying gulls.
Osprey and Lapwing by Phill Luckhurst

Osprey by Phill Luckhurst

Chiffchaff by Phill Luckhurst


Gary Hinton - Some picture's taken today at tringford & wilstone, not sure about the gull! It wasn't wanted and seen off site! I'm sure some of the guys I was in the hide with got better pictures than my self, but what a feeling seeing an osprey at wilstone!
Little Grebe by Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Osprey by Gary Hinton

Osprey by Gary Hinton

Osprey and Lapwing by Gary Hinton


Tuesday 15th September 2015.
Francis Buckle - Wilstone, this morning from the hide: 2 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, at least 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Scaup.

Sunday 13th September 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - Today was WeBS count day and in the end I spent most of the day there. While the highlight was the Osprey, it definitely performed better than the one I saw earlier this year, the Greater Scaup was still about as were three Garganey. Wilstone also had 19+ Little Egrets, four Pintail, two Red-crested Pochard, four Greenshank, one Ruff, one Ringed Plover, three Little Ringed Plover, one or two Green Sandpiper, three Common Sandpipers, one Dunlin, several Water Rail, a flock of 45 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Yellow Wagtail and Siskins flying over. Certainly Teal numbers have increased so picking out the Garganey is more challenging at times. Wigeon number are also increasing, which is no surprise. Hirundines were also fairly numerous in today’s lovely weather. Marsworth had a singing Cetti’s Warbler and female Red-crested Pochard, which had moved over from Startops. Startops had a Common Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail and small flocks of Linnets visiting the reservoir. Tringford had ten Little Grebes but I didn’t see any Spotted Flycatchers on this occasion.


Ian Williams - Osprey at Wilstone. I picked up a raptor flying in from the northern corner at about 5.35. It headed towards the jetty and proceeded to hover. Getting Roy on it I rang Dave in the hide to inform him. It gradually flew a little closer before moving down the Drayton Bank towards the hide, hovering again briefly before being chased off in to Bucks airspace by lapwing. I managed to fire off some shots, attached are heavy crops. Also a couple of the Scaup from recent days.
Osprey by Ian Williams

Osprey by Ian Williams

Osprey by Ian Williams

Scaup by Ian Williams

Scaup and Pochard by Ian Williams

Scaup and Mute Swan by Ian Williams

Friday 11th September 2015.
Lynne Lambert (Tring Ringing Group) - I spotted a couple of Mute Swans with colour rings at Wilstone the other day and sent my sightings in to Mike Reed who does most of the colour-ringing around here and he sent me back a history of each bird. It is very interesting: to see them together one would assume they are a pair, but the female seems to spend the summer on the GU canal at Marsworth, while come the spring, the male heads off to Apsley!

ANGLIA  SWAN STUDY GROUP COLOUR MARK REGISTER                            
                            
     Ring no.    Age/Sex    Place    Date            Duration, distance, direction
                            
ON(644)    W12946    3    Brocket Hall Park    23/07/10            
        4    Startops Reservoir    12/02/12            569 days, 30 kilometres, 274 degrees
        4    Startops Reservoir    13/02/12            570 days, 30 kilometres, 274 degrees
        4    Apsley                       15/04/12            632 days, 17 kilometres, 344 degrees
        6    Wilstone Reservoir, Tring    10/11/13            1206 days, 31 kilometres, 270 degrees
        8    College Lake Wildlife Centre    16/01/15            1638 days, 28 kilometres, 274 degrees
        8    College Lake Wildlife Centre    17/02/15            1670 days, 28 kilometres, 274 degrees
        8(M)    Apsley                 20/04/15            1732 days, 17 kilometres, 270 degrees
        6    Wilstone Reservoir, Tring    04/09/15            1869 days, 31 kilometres, 270 degrees
                            
ON(4BED)    W27387    8F    Tringford Reservoir    10/05/09            
        8F    Startop's Reservoir, Tring    14/01/14            1710 days, 2 kilometres, 32 degrees
        6F    Grand Union Canal, Pitstone    18/09/14            1957 days, 4 kilometres, 32 degrees
        6F    Startop's Reservoir, Tring    31/12/14            2061 days, 2 kilometres, 32 degrees
        8F    Startop's Reservoir, Tring    16/03/15            2136 days, 2 kilometres, 32 degrees
        8F    Startop's Reservoir, Tring    20/03/15            2140 days, 2 kilometres, 32 degrees
        8F    Grand Union Canal,Marsworth    28/04/15            2179 days, 2 kilometres, 360 degrees
        8    Grand Union Canal,Marsworth    23/05/15            2204 days, 2 kilometres, 360 degrees
        6    Wilstone Reservoir, Tring    04/09/15            2308 days, 1 kilometre, 270 degrees
        6    Wilstone Reservoir, Tring    04/09/15            2308 days, 1 kilometre, 270 degrees

Any sightings of colour-ringed birds can be sent in through the BTO website and you will get a reply back telling you where the birds have been seen before.


Roy Hargreaves - I assumed that this morning would have been as misty as when I saw very little but heard several parties of Siskins going over and they really do seem to be on the move in a big way at the moment. So I decided to walk to Wilstone this afternoon. I counted seventeen Little Egrets from the jetty on the muddy fringe from Cemetery Corner to the Boathouse and four Pintail by the spit, which seems to lengthen slightly on a daily basis. From the hide the juvenile Shelduck was on the mud to the left. In front of the hide the three Little Ringed Plover were still about. Off to the right four Greenshank, a female Ruff, Green Sandpiper and two Water Rail were along the water’s edge. A Garganey was right at the back of the lagoon and the eclipse male Greater Scaup was stood preening on the left side of the Drayton Bank with Pochard.


Thursday 10th September 2015.
Gary Hinton - Red Kite at Wilstone Today.
Red Kite by Gary Hinton

Red Kite by Gary Hinton

Red Kite by Gary Hinton

Red Kite by Gary Hinton

Red Kite by Gary Hinton

Francis Buckle - From the hide at Wilstone c10.00 - 12.00

3 LRP's
1 Ringed Plover
4 Greenshank
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Ad male Scaup
c Cmn Sandpiper
1 juv Med gull


Tuesday 8th September 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - It is fair to say that the past few days have been variable. On Sunday early morning it was glorious sunshine and Swallows were sat obligingly on wires by the Tringford overflow and several Spotted Flycatchers were active just beyond the overflow. Monday morning was sunny but with low-level mist obscuring Wilstone Res – although I did manage to see four Chinese Water Deer including two fawns with their mother and also a Fox on the mud by the hide.
This morning was going well with four Greenshank, three Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Water Rails and while scanning the Drayton Lagoon I spotted an interesting diving duck stood on a tern raft. It looked like an eclipse male Greater Scaup and sure enough when it briefly showed its bill that showed the right pattern. Eventually the bird got onto the water and its shape and plumage could be seen properly and indeed it was an eclipse male Greater Scaup. I rang David about it and it had been seen before but apparently not well enough to be certain and had been elusive since.
Swallow by Roy Hargreaves

Spotted Flycatcher by Roy Hargreaves

Monday 7th September 2015.
Michael Nott  - Sat in Wilstone Hide 12-2. Water level dropped from a week ago with isolated
"islands" poking out of the low water to the left of the hide (many thanks to those who cleared the vegetation!).

Main birds seen were PEREGRINE FALCON (over on arrival), 2x RUFF, 1x GREEN
SANDPIPER, 3x LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1x RINGED PLOVER. The plovers arrived
together and moved up the right hand side of the spit as a group.

Also attached some other images from a week ago including DUNLIN, BLACK
SWAN and CHINESE WATER DEER and REEVES MUNTJAC.
Black Swan by Michael Nott

Common Sandpiper by Michael Nott

Dunlin by by Michael Nott

Common Sandpiper by Michael Nott

Green Sandpiper by Michael Nott

Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper by Michael Nott

Lesser Black Backed Gulls by Michael Nott

Little Ringed Plovers by Michael Nott

Reeves Muntjac Deer by Michael Nott

Ringed Plover by Michael Nott

Ruff by Michael Nott
Phill Luckhurst - It is always with mixed feelings when I see Mink. On one hand they are a menace, on the other had it is our own greed that has caused the problem in the first place along with grey squirrels and signal crayfish. At least this female seems to mainly feed on a diet of the crayfish. While sat in the corner of Marsworth watching the Mink the usual visitors arrived including a friendly Robin, 2 Water Rail, 2 Grey Wagtails and at least 3 Kingfishers. As usual the Heron dropped in then rapidly out when it realises someone can see its favourite preening branch.

Over at Wilstone later on and the Gull numbers seem to be rapidly increasing. To the right of the hide 9 Snipe were feeding close to the reeds along with 2 Ruff and 3 Hobby picking off dragonflies above the bed. There seem to still be plenty of Common and Green Sandpipers around as well as Greenshank calling.
Kingfisher by Phill Luckhurst

Mink by Phill Luckhurst

Wilstone by Phill Luckhurst


Sunday 6th September 2015.
Karen Soanes - Visited Wilstone today for the first time - loved it. Saw lots of birds but particularly liked seeing a yellow wagtail, what I think must have been a grebe trying to eat a perch as large as it was nearly (tho it could have been a shag/cormorant) - quite a way out but could def see pink on fish (I forgot my binoculars) and a pike, first time I've ever seen one that's not stuffed!! Was quite close to the edge in the clear shallows near the wooden bridge by the car park - looked quite big to me. A very enjoyable afternoon out.

Sally Douglas - Wilstone am. Another visit hoping the 2 Ruff had moved in closer but they were still two grey blobs over to the right at the furthest point from the hide. About to give up when something spooked them (probably a Hobby which was performing well over the hide) and they flew nearer plus the 4 Greenshank which flew off in a different direction. A male and female Ruff showing the difference in size and staying fairly close together. A Snipe and the usual Water Rail showed now and again.







Wednesday 3rd September 2015.
Gary Hinton - A few shots from around the reservoirs.
Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Gary Hinton

Roy Hargreaves - Could you pass on my thanks to Paul Thrush and anyone else that helped clear the vegetation from in front of the hide. The spit and the lagoon can now be clearly seen from anywhere in the hide. On the bird front the two Garganey were still present this morning as were the three Greenshank, two Ruff, 3 Little Ringed Plover, two Pintail, several Snipe and Water Rails and Common Sandpiper seemingly everywhere.

Tuesday 2nd September 2015.
Lynne Lambert (Tring Ringing Group) - We completed the last CES ringing session today at Marsworth and it has been a bumper year with virtually all species doing better than average. There was nothing unusual in the nets today just a stream of blackcaps, chifchaff, reed warblers and blue tits but we did have a Hobby sitting in the trees above calling and three Greenshank flew over at 11:45am.

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