Thursday, 19 April 2018

The flow of migrants increases

Thursday19th April 2018

Having been held back by a cold, wet early April the arrival rate of Migrant birds is picking up. Having said that there are still a great many species I have yet to see. Probably due to inertia on my part rather than any natural phenomena, and rather than try to remember those birds I have seen and the dates I saw them on just list a few of the more memorable sightings. The walk up the Quarry Lane hill has been unproductive until this morning when I finally saw my first Wheatear.
A trip to Brandon Marsh N.R. was good for the lingering Osprey while at Draycote there was an Arctic tern, and a couple of Common Tern while at Alvecote there were 2 Common Sandpiper and a Redstart.

Wheatear, Mancetter


Great white Egret

Osprey, Brandon Marsh N.R. (Don't worry the snaps get worse)

Redstart, Alvecote ( told you)

Monday, 9 April 2018

Migration update

Monday 9th April 2018

Largely uneventful week.Several sightings of Swallows back on local breeding sites plus first House Martin today over Mill pool, Alvecote. Bit of sun brought out this Fly spp to the garden.

Unidentified Fly/wasp/Bee

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Still waiting for signs of Migration !

Monday 26th March 2018

Generally quiet week. Local 'highlights' : Brambling on Caldecote walk, Green Sandpiper on River Anker at Leather Mill Lane  on same walk. Also Green Sand. at Brandon Marsh N.R. with Great white Egret. Small flocks of Fieldfare still around at various sites including Warton and at Dordon with a few Tree sparrows.  No luck with early migrants yet.

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Another visit to Brandon Marsh this morning ( I'm trying to avoid the hill, while my Hip is playing up.) Highlights being LRP ,Water Rail, and a Brambling at the Cafe feeding Station almost in summer plummage.

Brambling, Brandon Marsh N.R. Photo courtesy of Chris Matthews

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Taming of the Shrew

21st March 2018

Quiet day today, the most exciting thing I did was taking my wellies off. Visited 3 local N.Warks sites found Tree Sparrow in two of them which was encouraging. Still a few Fieldfare. Focussed on Owls for some reason, didn't find any of course but did find an owl pellet. At least I think it was from an Owl. Diet made up of Small rodents anyway. Also found in in tact Common Shrew which must have fallen victim to the harsh weather or the floods which followed. ( I have since learnt that the Common Shrew is actually not a rodent at all )

                                        Common Shrew                                            

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Woodlark in North Warwickshire

Sunday 18th March 2018

When the weather is bad - get out there. Haven't been too adventurous but quickly moving weather systems often bring in some unexpected birds with some more regular visitors in early spring.
A summer plummaged Black necked Grebe was good to see at Draycote Water.

Black necked Grebe, Draycote Water

A visit to Shustoke Res. looking for an early Sand Martin or even a Kittiwake was fruitless, but a stop at nearby Hurley did produce a decent flock of 108 Golden Plover. Other local sites: Caldecote, Mancetter and Legion Wood saw the usual Skylarks, Raven and Siskin respectively.On today's walk at Mancetter, however, there was something different. I had almost completed my usual circuit when I noticed a lark feeding along the edge of the track leading to Rothern's farm and some small holdings. Skylark? Most likely but a bit small and with a broad supercilium. I tried to get a few photographs, it was only when I enlarged the images that I was able to confirm my suspicions. A Woodlark. Bit of a rarity in Warwickshire. Wrong time, Wrong place, Wrong habitat - the joy of Birding.

 Woodlark, Nr Mancetter, N. Warks.