Wildlife of the Rodwell Trail
birds seen from the trail in 2021

61 species so far this year

Great Northern Diver
Black-throated Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Scoter
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull >
Common Gull
Herring Gull >
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Tern
Wood Pigeon
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Ring-necked Parrakeet
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Dunnock >
Black Redstart
Song Thrush
Cetti's Warbler (heard)
Willow Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Jackdaw >
Carrion Crow
House Sparrow >

Rook nests, 10th April 2021

April 10th
A major event today with the first Rook nests on the trail, opposite Asda.

March 29th
The first Willow Warbler turnec up this afternoon at Ilchester Road, not long after another Osprey had flown over heading north.

March 21st
An Osprey soaring north high over the northern end of the trail was today's highlight. In the harbour most of the grebes seem to have gone with just one Black-necked Grebe visible today.

March 17th
As well as the first Sandwich Tern of the year this morning the harbour produced 50 mergansers, the highest count this winter, a few Meadow Pipits overhead and a Black Redstart just south of the end of the trail at Smallmouth.

March 13th
A few more birds sheltering in the harbour this morning after several days of strong winds. The best was a male Common Scoter, the first since last winter, but the Great Northern Diver near it as the first for a month.

February 19th
Another addition to the 2021 bird list today when a Peregrine flew over the northern end of the trail.

February 8th
A Coal Tit singing at Rodwell Halt was the first on the trail this year, although there has been one singing nearby at Bincleaves. A female Blackcap was at Wyke Halt but there was no sign of the Stonechats..

February 5th
A very brief burst of song from a Cetti's Warbler near Chickerell Road early this morning was the first record for the trail this winter, as was the Shelduck which flew west high over Smallmouth a bit later on. A couple of days ago Firecrest entered the year list as well with one at Downclose, unusually far south for this species on the trail.

February 1st
The recent windy weather out in the Channel must have affected the divers because five or six Great Northerns were visible from Downclose this morning after a complete absence of several weeks. At Wellworthy's Close a male Stonechat has joined the female that has been there for a while.

January 30th
The first Firecrest of the year was at Downclose this morning, with singles of Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes offshore there.

January 22nd
Another species was added to the bird list today when a Ring-necked Parrakeet flew over Wyke Road early this morning.

January 8th
The 20 Great Crested Grebes seen from Sandsfoot this mornng was by far the highest total fo The 20 Great Crested Grebes seen from Sandsfoot this mornng was by far the highest total for the winter so far. A flock of 8 Black-necked Grebes was also a good number but no divers coukd be found, just a lone Razorbill. On the way back the first Green Woodpecker seen for some time was at Old Castle Road. A commotion in the bushes near Chickerell Road was almost certainly caused by a roosting Tawny Owl but nothing could actually be seen of it.

January 7th
A flock of 15 Redwings flying along the northernmost section of the trail at dawn this morning was the largest number I have seen for years.

January 1st
An excellent start to the year with a Black-throated Diver off Sandsfoot and a Red-necked Grebe off the Sailing Club. Great-crested Grebes were at a maximum for this winter with about 15 visible from Sandsfoot. One or two Black-necked Grebes were further out and a Stonechat was at the southern end of the Trail. A Redwing was in the trees near Buxton Road and Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling from Rodwell Cutting.

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