November 2016

At the FoTR AGM earlier this year it was agreed that, after 20 years dedicated work, the Friends would be closing as an independent charity and handing over its local responsibilities to Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT).  The Wildlife Trust has worked closely with FoTR over the years and it was largely due to the local leadership of the group that HMWT was able to formally take over management of the Tring Reservoirs Nature Reserves in 2012. We are confident that the Tring Reservoirs Nature Reserves are in the best possible care with The Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

The Friends of Tring Reservoirs has now closed and we are in the process of revising the websites and social media. If you would like to see the work of the HMWT and support them their website is:

We would like to thank everyone who has helped, supported and championed the Friends of Tring Reservoirs for all these years and hope they will continue to support HMWT. 

26th November 2016. 

James Heron - Wilstone Yesterday.
Greenshank by James Heron

Golden Plover by James Heron

Wigeon by James Heron

Teal by James Heron

Little Egret by James Heron

13th November 2016. 
Roy Hargreaves - Today was the designated WeBS count day and obviously the weather was much better that Saturday’s. I started the count at the Wilstone hide and from there I could see five Pintail (two adult males), a male Red-crested Pochard, the Greenshank and four Dunlin. I couldn’t see the Ferruginous Duck and I am not aware of anyone else seeing it all day. From the jetty I saw two male Goldeneye and two redhead Goldeneye off to the left of the jetty and all together at one point.
Tringford had a Little Egret as did Startops. I finished the day at Marsworth Res and heard a Cetti’s Warbler there and saw up to 80 Corn Buntings going to roost, but I did not systematically count them so this figure is very approximate and one of the ringers might have a more accurate count. Also there was a Bittern in the Bucks reedbed again and it sat out on the front of the reedbed and showed pretty well.
The count didn’t yield any major surprises and the total number of birds was just over 2600 this time. As the water level is currently rising it will be interesting to see the changes in December.

12th November 2016. 
Roy Hargreaves - I went out late morning when the rain slowed down. Starting at Wilstone the Ferruginous Duck was still in its usual area. Five Pintail were off to the right of the hide, as was the Greenshank before it joined three Dunlin on the left of the hide. I also saw a Woodcock fly out from by the creek and over the reedbed into the trees at the back. The male Goldeneye was still about and flying about.

11th November 2016. 

Roy Hargreaves - This morning the Greenshank was well off to the right of the hide, as were five Dunlin, and did walk out of sight into the bay while I was there. Yesterday the Greenshank was off to the left of the hide and much easier to see, as indeed were the five Dunlin.

First thing the male Goldeneye was with two redhead Goldeneye just off the jetty and gave itself away by calling. The 1st winter drake Ferruginous Duck was in its usual area diving frequently. I didn’t see the Garganey this morning but the early morning sun was not terribly helpful when looking for it.

Also on my walk I have been seeing a roosting Tawny Owl in daylight – a rare treat.
Tawny Owl by Roy Hagreaves

Goldeneye by Roy Hargreaves

6nd November 2016. 
Sally Douglas - Wilstone am. Thought it was time to catch up on Tring Reservoirs birds, having been from the Scillies to Kinross recently. I was amazed at the low water level at Wilstone making it fairly difficult to get good photo's of the Ferruginous Duck. Watching it preening I clicked the button and, by sheer luck, it happened to stand up at that moment and stretch its wings, showing the large white wing bars. According to reports the Ring-necked Duck wasn't showing at Startops but, hopefully, it will reappear and I can catch up with it soon. 
Ferruginous Duck by Sally Douglas

Ferruginous Duck by Sally Douglas

Ferruginous Duck by Sally Douglas

2nd November 2016. 
Roy Hargreaves - Finally I managed to be at Wilstone on a sunny morning with the Ring-necked Duck being reasonably co-operative. These are digi-scoped images so I cropped them a little to remove vignetting. The Ferruginous Duck was also still in its usual area  and a couple of Dunlin were with the Golden Plover
Ring-necked Duck by Roy Hargreaves

Ring-necked Duck by Roy Hargreaves

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