Wildlife of the Rodwell Trail
birds seen from the trail in 2019

74 species so far this year

Great Northern Diver
Black-throated Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Mute Swan
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Scoter
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull >
Common Gull
Herring Gull >
Great Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Tern
Common Tern
Wood Pigeon
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
House Martin
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Dunnock >
Song Thrush
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Jackdaw >
Carrion Crow
House Sparrow >

Raven at Underbarn, 26th March 2019

May 23rd
The first fishing flock of seven or eight Common Terns of the year were off Downclose today where a Gannet could also be seen further out in the harbour.

May 19th
The second Reed Warbler of the year was singing near Wyke Road and a Sedge Warbler was singing on Downclose Embankment. Here a young Linnet was sat with an adult, the first indication of successful breeding at this site for some years. A little further on towards Whiteheads a Peregrine flew over carrying food towards Portland. Yesterday a Whimbrel was feeding amongst the rocks there and a Bullfinch was calling near Hillcrest.

May 16th
The Downclose Stonechat was back this morning - with a youngster!

May 10th
Reed Warbler singing at Downclose this morning. Also Whitethroat singing nearby but no sign of the Lesser Whitethroat or Stonechat lately.

May 2nd
A Whimbrel was with a pair of Oystercatchers on the shore at Downclose this morning. A Pied Wagtail has been feeding around Smallmouth lately and must be breeding nearby.

April 23rd
The first Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats were in song at Downclose.

April 16th
The first Whimbrel was on the beach just north of Smallmouth this morning with the first Common Tern sat on a bouy off Downclose. A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were being very noisy in Rodwell Cutting.

April 7th
The first Swallows were seen flying north at Smallmouth this morning and a male Stonechat was back in Wyke Cutting.

April 2nd
The first Willow Warblers were seen this morning with several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs nearby. Still a couple of Great Crested Grebes and a dozen or so mergansers in the harbour. Four Sandwich Terns were at Smallmouth.

March 22nd
The first Sandwich Tern was off Smallmouth this morning where there was also a distant Common Scoter and a singing Meadow Pipit, just south of the trail. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps have been singing for a week or so now, with two of each heard today. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers have been calling around the centre of the trail throughout February and March with two Great Spotted above Marsh Road this morning.

February 1st
Overnight snow brought hundreds of Redwings into the trees around Wyke Road this morning. More were on the Knightsdale Road playing field along with lots of Fieldfares. At Smallmouth about 50 Skylarks were seen heading east.

January 24th
A Great-spotted Woodpecker was drumming at Rodwell Halt and another was at Old Castle Road. A Green Woodpecker was at Wyke Halt and two Meadow Pipits were at Smallmouth.

January 20th
The first Red-necked Grebe of the winter was off Downclose today.

January 18th
A Shelduck was sat on the sea near the Sailing Club today. Most of my records of this species are of birds in flight (this one did fly off south after a few minutes). Also added Raven and Common Gull to the Trail year list.

January 10th
The first Blackcap of the winter was at Buxton Road today.

January 1st
A pair of Peregrines hunting low over Wyke Cutting was the highlight today. Offshore the Black-necked Grebes had built up to at least twenty birds in four or five separate flocks, all very distant. Even more distant were two or three Great Northern Divers. The male Stonechat was still in Wyke Cutting and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Rodwell Halt, with another head drumming near Sandsfoot.

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