WeBS Counts
Dam End:- Started well with 4 Ravens seen in the Sailing Club Car Park when I arrived; but not a lot on the water. (Counts)  4 Raven, 29 Cormorant, 156 Greylag, 1 Greylag/Canada hybrid, 1 Mallard hybrid, 19 Canada Geese, 4 Herring Gull,  100+ Wood Pigeon, 1 Bullfinch.
Total reservoir counts:  82 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 61 Mallard, 9 Moorhen, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Pied Wagtail.
West End:-  2 Little Grebe, 10 Mandarin, 6 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Coot, 29 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe, 168 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 7 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackbird, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 15+ Blue Tit, 5+ Great Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch. (On fields by the road:– 100+ Jackdaw, 10+ Rook, 10+ Crow).
Whillet’s:- 1 Wren, 1 Goldcrest, 30+ Redwing.

West End:- 12 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebes, 15 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 8 Mandarin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Gull, 207 Black-headed Gull, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Marsh Tit, 96 Starlings flew south, 180 Woodpigeon flew south and 200+ flock of Jackdaws flew north.

Walked along North bank this morning to see if I could find any Hawfinches at the Hornbeam wood near the picnic area; but an hour looking over the wood produced none.
 
There was a pheasant shoot on nearby fields at West End this morning. The noise frightened off most of the ducks & geese.
 
Dam wall + North Bank:- 30+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 100+ Wood Pigeon, Tawny Owl heard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5+ Blackbird, 2+ Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Mandarin, 4 flyover Herring Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll.
 
West End:- 7 Snipe, 47 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Gull, 31 Black-headed Gull, 7 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Blue Tit, 5+ Great Tit.

West End late afternoon 14/11:-  The highlight was unusually 2 Daubenton’s bats seen flying over the water feeding, light levels still being good enough to get views.
2 Little Grebe,  154 Greylag + 1 Greylag/Canada hybrid, 12 Mandarin, 2+ Gadwall, 16 Teal, pair of Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 35 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Marsh Tit.
Dam End:- The work party saw a flock of 50+ Fieldfare fly over, and a Pied Wagtail.

We are clearing willows from an exposed area of the south bank in preparation for planting a reed bed.

Willow clearance South Bank 14-11-17

Willow clearance South Bank 14-11-17

West End:- 1m Pintail, 6 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 28 Mallard, 4 Mandarin, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebes, 5 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 28 Lapwing, 8 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 126 Greylag Geese, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Raven, 1m Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard.
Dam End:- 62 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Egyptian Geese.

Great Black-backed Gull 13-11-17

Pintail 13-12-17

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West End:- 49 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 42 Mallard, 18 Mandarin, 3m+3f Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 44 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 3 Green Sandpipers, 7 Snipe, 44 Lapwing, 3 Ravens, 2 Buzzards, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Magpies, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Coal Tit.
North Bank:- 2 Hawfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 30 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kestrel, Bullfinch Heard.
Dam End :- 1 Little Grebe.

10+ Black-headed Gull, 4+ Blue Tit, 2 Canada Goose, 3+ Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 2 Magpie, Marsh Tit, Pied/White Wagtail, 5 Starling, Tufted Duck, Blackbird, Buzzard, 2 Carrion Crow, 5+ Cormorant, 4+ Great Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 100+ Greylag Goose, 30+ Lapwing, 7 Mandarin Duck, Pheasant, 3 Snipe, 5 Teal, 4 Woodpigeon.

When checking nest boxes today, we found this store of acorns. The top was fixed down, so all of these have been carried in through the entrance hole. Photo by Michael Myszyn.

Acorn Store 07-11-17