July - Maximum total July wildfowl counts for ERB, MBP, PHP, BWP, LLP and MQ combined were: Canada 32, Coot 102, Gadwall 23, Little Grebe, 9, Mallard 17, Moorhen 10, Tufty 28. No sign of any Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon or Pochard.
13th – Juvenile Grey Wagtail on BWP confirmed they had again bred.
14th – Saw my last Swift of 2009. There was a Shelduck brood at HWH, parents and 11 half-grown goslings, a Common Sandpiper was evidence of return passage on the R.Mersey, and there were four fledged Kestrels on the pill boxes at BHR and an adult on the barn there.
August - Maximum total August wildfowl counts for ERB, MBP, PHP, BWP, LLP and MQ were: Canada 144, Coot 116, Gadwall 63, Little Grebe 12, Mallard 37, Moorhen 16, Tufty 53. Still no sign of any Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon or Pochard.
13th – saw the first return passage of Green Sandpipers on Pumphouse Pool (where else...) that peaked three days later on 16th with 5 birds.
31st – last H.Martin seen today. GC.Grebe on the Angler's Pool has managed to produce a sngle (now 2/4 grown) chick at the THIRD attempt! There was also, strangley an independent fully grown, yet still stripey headed bird and another adult which I suspect had flown in, pribablt from the Manchester Ship Canal. Also on the Angler's Pool today was a Kingfisher with a BTO ring. My highest mothly total for Curlew on the adjacent stubble field opposite Big Hand Ranch too today...
September - Maximum total September wildfowl counts for ERB, MBP, PHP, BWP, LLP and MQ were: Canada 250 (up from Aug), Coot 105, Gadwall 16 (down from Aug), Little Grebe 18, Mallard 32, Moorhen 18, Tufty 12 (down). 3 Shoveler, 46 Teal, but still no Pochard.
6th – Stonechat family (pair + 2m + 2f juv) on the Phrag Field (UMS). GC.Grebe on the MSC - Ad with two fully grown but still stripey-headed young. Probable source of Ad and juv on the Angler's Pool last month. High count of 1800 Lapwing from HWH today.
22nd – Last Swallow of the year for me over HWH. 1st date I have in the 2nd winter period for Wigeon - four on ERB. First Snipe back too, plus evidence of a likely over-wintering Green Sandpiper on PHP with a juvenile Greenshank there as well and another feeding in front of the hide on ERB - cracking couple of birds!
24th – Last singing Chiffchaff. First of the 2nd winter period Water Rail calling too, at ERB.
October - Maximum total October wildfowl counts for ERB, MBP, PHP, BWP, LLP and MQ were: Canada 135 (down from Sept), Coot 136 (up from Sept), Gadwall 63 (up), Little Grebe 15, Mallard 46, Moorhen 35 (up), Tufty 25 (up), 7 Shoveler (up), 29 Teal (down), but still no Pochard...
12th – 3 Little Egret over ERB SE was the highest count of the year and there were 3 Sparrowhawks (2f + 1m) loitering around the reedbed at first light trying to pick off Starlings from their roost.
November - Maximum total November wildfowl counts for ERB, MBP, PHP, BWP, LLP and MQ were: Canada 22 (way down on Oct), Coot 153 (up again), Gadwall 111 (numbers have doubled since last month), Little Grebe 13, Mallard 68 (up), Moorhen 34, Tufty 55. First Pochard back -9 of them, 35 Shoveler (numbers have mushroomed this month), 46 Teal (back up again).
December - Maximum total December wildfowl counts for ERB, MBP, PHP, BWP, LLP and MQ were: Canada 113 (back up), Coot 164 (up yet again), Gadwall 129 (up), Little Grebe 13, Mallard 59, Moorhen 13 (down a lot), Tufty 35 (down), Pochard 9, 45 Shoveler (up again), 47 Teal (levelled off).
1st – Richard's Pipit NNW over Millbrook Pool mid-morning - calling "schriiip". Heading toward capped tip. Large pipit, long tail, pale underside. Long undulating flight. Called twice. No more info.
9th – Pair of Little Owl on the big barn roof at BHR late (and sunny) pm.
Complete 2009 Patch List
BN.Grebe, GC. Grebe, L.Grebe, Cormorant, Bittern, G.Heron, L.Egret, M.Swan, W.Swan, Pinkfoote, Greylag, Canada, Shelduck, Maklard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Tufty, Goldeney, Goosander, Ruddy, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, RL.Partridge, G.Partridge, Pheasanr, W.Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, LRP, R.Plover, Go.Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Wood Sand, Green Sand, Common Sand, Redshank, Greenshank, Woodcock, Snipe, J.Snipe, BH.Gull. C.Gull, M.Gull, H.Gull, YL.Gull, LBB.Gull, GBB.Gull, I.Gull, G.Gull, F.Pigeon, Woodpigeon, S.Sove, C.Dove, Cuckoo, T.Owl. LEO, L.Owl, B.Owl, Swift, Kingfisher, GS.Woodpecker, LS.Woodpecker, Skylark, S.Martin, H.Martin, Swallow, M.Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, P.Wagtial, G.Wagtail, Y.Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Wheatear, Stonechat, Whinchat, S.Thrush, M.Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, L.Whitethroa, S.Warbler, R.Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, W.Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, G.Tit, B.Tit, W.Tit, C.Tit, LT.Tit, Nuthatch, treecreeper, Magpie, C.Crow, Rook, Jay, Jackdaw, Raven, Waxwing, Starling, H.Sparrow, T.Sparrow, Chafficnh, Brambling, Linnet, L.Redpoll, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, R.Bunting,