October 2015

  

WE NEED YOUR WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS PLEASE 
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:

21st November - Herts & Middlesex Wilslife Trust AGM is to be held in Wilstone Village Hall. Details Here: 

Friday 30th October 2015.
Lynne Lambert (Tring Ringing Group) - The Goldcrest carrying a Norwegian ring that we caught last Sunday at Marsworth was ringed at Revekaien, Norway on the 14th October 2015. This means it had travelled 865kms in 11 days. The bird was male and weighed 5.3grams. Another Goldcrest caught alongside it, was ringed at Flamborough Head, Yorkshire on the 15th October 2014.



Thursday 29th October 2015.
Gary Hinton -

Wednesday 28th October 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - For a change and to avoid the rain this morning I did a quick dash round all of the reservoirs this afternoon. Startops had the male Ring-necked Duck still and four Red-crested Pochards, three males and a female. Also Little Grebes seemed to have moved onto here. There is also a large pile of rubble so clearly the bank defences are about to be put in place. Tringford had a lone female Red-crested Pochard. Wilstone had four Red-crested Pochard, two pairs, and they have been there a couple of days now. Four female Pintail were visible and a Ruff was with the 200 or so Golden Plover and a Green Sandpiper was also to the right of the hide.

Monday 26th October 2015.
Gary Hinton - Startopsend & Marsworth around 16:00-dusk.
Red-crested Pochard pair by Gary Hinton

Wigeon by Gary Hinton

Meadow Pipit by Gary Hinton

Pied Wagtail by Gary Hinton

Starling Murmation by Gary Hinton

Starling Murmation by Gary Hinton

Starling Murmation by Gary Hinton

Moon rise over Marsworth by Gary Hinton

Moon rise over Marsworth by Gary Hinton

Moon rise over Marsworth by Gary Hinton

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Roy Hargreaves -There was a Rock Pipit at Wilstone Reservoir this morning between the jetty and the new overflow. Siskins and Skylarks were also flying over in dribs and drabs.
Rock Pipit by Roy Hargreaves

Sunday 25th October 2015.
Lynne Lambert - We caught a Goldcrest carrying a Nowegian ring at Marsworth yesterday. There have been higher numbers of Goldcrests than usual coming into the UK following severe weather further north. We have caught nearly 50 at Marsworth since the beginning of September and yesterday we were really pleased to get some evidence of where these birds originate. Just waiting to get the ringing details now.

James Heron - A few from Wilstone Today.


Blue/Green Algae by James Heron

Rock Pipit by James Heron

Little Egrets by James Heron

Meadow Pipit by James Heron


Grey Wagtail by James Heron

Saturday 24th October 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - First thing David, Ian and myself started at Wilstone this morning and the waders etc were very mobile as an adult male Peregrine was making its presence felt by making several passes before heading over the hide. Four Black-tailed Godwits, one Ruff, ten Pintail and at least seven Little Egrets were about.
Marsworth had Cetti’s Warbler singing occasionally and Startops had the adult male Ring-necked Duck still and a pair of Red-crested Pochards and Tringford a lone Little Egret.

Thursday 22nd October 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - This afternoon I started at Startops in the hope of photographing the Ring-necked Duck in better light than I normally encounter in the morning. The Ring-necked Duck was as close as it seems to get to the bank and the light wasn’t bad at all. Also three Red-crested Pochard (one male) were on Startops. Tringford had two Little Egrets.
Wilstone had six Pintail, three more Red-crested Pochards (two males), three Black-tailed Godwits, one Ruff, Green Sandpiper and at least six Little Egrets. There was also a reasonable flock of Golden Plover with the lapwing to the right of the hide.
Ring-necked Duck by Roy Hargreaves
Tuesday 20th October 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - This morning there appeared to have been a bit of a clear out with Pintail down to three birds. The Dunlin had also gone. The highlight was a Sanderling that flew in, circled round without landing, and headed off into Bucks.

Monday 19th October 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - Going quickly round all the reservoirs this morning Wilstone had four Black-tailed Godwits, 13 Snipe, two Green Sandpipers, Ruff, Ringed Plover and a Dunlin in full winter plumage. Pintail were up to ten, a female Red-crested Pochard had moved from Startops. There are still fair numbers of Chiffchaff about by the hide as well.
Startops had the Ring-necked Duck and two Red-crested Pochard.


Sunday 18th October 2015.
Roy Hargreaves - Yesterday I did the WeBS count a day early to fool the Ring-necked Duck so that it couldn’t disappear. The rarer ducks have a habit of doing that in my experience.
I started with Marsworth and nothing of note wildfowl wise but a singing Cetti’s Warbler. On Startops the Ring-necked Duck was indeed still there as were the three Red-crested Pochard. Tringford has nothing unusual for the count but a Signal Crayfish was active near the bank. What is interesting is I had never seen them in the water before this year but have now seen them several times – I do hope this doesn’t mean they are increasing in numbers. I have seen Great Crested Grebes with them but the ones I’ve seen were probably too big for a Grebe.
Wilstone I left until last and it was covered in wildfowl, with most of the 850+ Coot I counted yesterday present on this reservoir. Also 500+ Teal were mainly here. Nine Pintail, five Black-tailed Godwits, two Green Sandpipers, ten Little Egrets, one Ruff, one Ringed Plover and Golden Plover flocks flying over and some landing among the Lapwing. Also I saw the Ring-necked Duck on Wilstone, where it remained until at least 17:30 so probably roosted there overnight. It also proves that trying to avoid counting birds twice can be impossible with the commoner species during the course of a day.
In all I counted over three thousand birds for the count, with the largest total being the Coot.
Earlier in the week I also noted Lesser Redpoll and Siskin flying over in small parties and two Egyptian Geese in adjacent fields and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on Wednesday morning.
1st. Winter Mediterranean Gull by Roy Hargreaves. 

Ring -necked Duck with Tufted Duck by Roy Hargreaves

Signal Crayfish by Roy Hargreaves


Monday 12th October 2015.
Mary Payne -  On Oct 9th at World's End, my husband and I were surprised to see this swimming bittern, which looked as if it was struggling in the water. It was hard to see what was going on, as the light was in the wrong direction. Later, someone else reported seeing 2 bittern at the reservoir.
Bittern and Heron by Mary Payne

Sunday 11th October 2015.
Johne Taylor (Tring Ringing Group) - Eventful morning, with 82 captures of 21 species. Of note were 3 greenfinches, we never usually catch greenfinches. A Cettis from Marsworth Z590474, a 3 female. 2 lesser redpolls and 4 redwings plus another 4 song thrushes. Also goldfinches, chaffinches,  chiffs, goldcrests and blackcaps too.
Redpoll by Jennie Curtis  

Redpoll by Jennie Curtis 

Redpoll by Jennie Curtis 

Redpoll by Jennie Curtis 

Cetti's Warbler by Jennie Curtis 

Cetti's Warbler by Jennie Curtis 

Greenfinch by Jennie Curtis 

Greenfinch by Jennie Curtis 

Redwing by Jennie Curtis 

Redwing by Jennie Curtis 

Dave Hutchinson - Wilstone was pretty quiet until a Peregrine, spotted by Ed, put up all the Lapwings and Gulls. Noted four BT Godwits and Steve R saw hree distant Golden Plover flying through. No sign of the Rock Pipit, just an obliging Meadow. On to College Lake where 3 Stonechats had been reported in the NW corner. Saw one male and one female.
Meadow Pipit by David Hutchinson

Peregrine by David Hutchinson

Stonechat by David Hutchinson


Saturday 10th October 2015.
Gary Hinton - Just a few pictures from today Saturday 10/10/15 around 13:00 at Wilstone.
I think I have the Meadow Pipit photographed, as it was around the area that it had been noted in. The variegated goose is back in the area again. The pintail is a distance record shot. The Black Tailed Godwits taking flight.
Meadow Pipit by Gary Hinton

The Spit by Gary Hinton

Black-tailed Godwit by Gary Hinton

Our Odd Goose by Gary Hinton

Pintail by Gary Hinton


Friday 9th October 2015.
Lynne Lambert (Tring Ringing Group) - We have had the ringing information back from the BTO on the French ringed Marsh Warbler that was caught at Marsworth on 2/8/15. The bird was ringed last year on 21/8/14 at Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin & Territoire de Belfort, France, which is on the eastern border of France just this side of the Alps next to the borders of Germany and Switzerland. Marsh Warblers are known to spend the winter in SE Africa and was probably on migration both times it was caught.

Thursday 8th October 2015.
Dave Hutchinson - Osprey (see attached) still performing well and catching fish this afternoon at Weston Turville in front of a good size crowd. R N Duck still on Startops but spending most of its time asleep
Osprey by David Hutchinson


Francis Buckle - I attach my efforts at photographing the Ring necked Duck
this morning,but what I saw of Lucy's hers are better!
Ring-necked Duck by Francis Buckle

Ring-necked Duck by Francis Buckle

Ring-necked Duck by Francis Buckle

Lucy Flower - Your shots came out very well Francis, considering the distance involved! I think your larger sensor and long reach lens did a better job than my kit. The photos I got looked good on a tiny LCD camera screen but less impressive on the PC screen. Attached is one of them in case it is of interest.
Ring-necked Duck by Lucy Flower

Sunday 4th October 2015.
Johne Taylor (Tring Ringing Group) - First year female Firecrest ringed at Wilstone this am photos by Jenny Curtis.
Firecrest by Jenny Curtis

Firecrest by Jenny Curtis

Firecrest by Jenny Curtis

Firecrest by Jenny Curtis

Firecrest by Jenny Curtis

James Heron - I went on down to Startops where I met a birder who told me where to look for the Ring-Necked Duck. Very nice bird, but never strayed far from the middle, hence the distant shot.
Ring-necked Duck by James Heron
Dave Hutchinson - Ring-necked Duck stayed in the middle of Startops Reservoir this morning spending half its time underwater.
Ring-necked Duck by David Hutchinson

Friday 2nd October 2015.
Ian Williams - Ring-necked Duck at Wilstone. I found this whilst searching for the scaup from the car park steps about 6.15 tonight. I managed to get Dave B there to confirm what I thought was a drake ring-necked duck. It had initially been feeding close to the spit mid way between the jetty and Drayton bank before flying around with 3 tufted duck (exhibiting a dark/grey wing with no white wing bars) whilst I was on the phone to Dave. On landing it was closer but the light was going. I managed to fire off some shots although it was proving difficult to pick out in amongst the pochard and tufties at distance. Attached are a few heavily cropped record shots. Seen by 3 observers.
Ring-necked Duck by Ian Williams

Ring-necked Duck by Ian Williams

Ring-necked Duck by Ian Williams


Thursday 1st October 2015.
Great Start to the Month - Thanks Bill!
Bill George - Plover Hide - Cut grass and reeds today, also patched hole in roof. The lock has stopped working properly, so I got a refund, as they did not have a replacement. I have put a temporary lock on (same code) until the one arrives I have ordered on the net. Now the water is lower I managed to push a branch into the mud in the hope a Kingfisher will use it.



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For information about other wildlife visit The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and see Hertfordshire Natural History Society.
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