Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Migrant Fest

Wednesday 19 th April 2017

Just a few of the birds at Middleton lakes RSPB today :

Green Sandpiper, Fisher's Mill

Green winged Teal

Black tailed Godwit

Avocet

Grasshopper warbler

Grasshopper warbler

Green winged Teal




Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Migration report

Tuesday 18th April 2017

The group of Fieldfares built up to 11, last seen at Mancetter on the 14th April. On Monday 17th there were a pair of Wheatear in the sheepfields at Mancetter and an influx of 16 Common Tern at Shustoke res. with large numbers of Hirundines including several House Martins.

Wheatear, Mancetter Quarry

Pair of Wheatear

Friday, 14 April 2017

Home and away

Friday 14th April 2017

After a few days away in East Yorkshire it was good to have a good  local bird to enjoy on the doorstep.
Daybreak across the North Sea from our hotel bedroom

Just as well, cos with strong westerlies there were few migrants to be seen with the exception of several hundred Sand Martins on Hornsea Mere, although the cliffs at Bempton were getting busy.
'Sword fighting' display on the cliffs.

Ring Ouzel, Seeswood pool

Ring Ouzel with Blackbird

Ring Ouzel
Bird of the day was the 1w Ring Ouzel found by Dave Hutton on his local 'patch'
Back on the Hill at Mancetter Quarry the Thrush flock including 11 Fieldfare were still in the same tree but little else was noted.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Migration Report - the last couple of days

Saturday 1st April 2017

A few local images from the last few days.
Garganey, Middleton Lakes R.S.P.B

Garganey

Great WhiteEgret, Middleton Lakes

Swallow, Mancetter

Wheatear, Mancetter

Wheatear , Mancetter

Redshank, Alvecote

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Red necked Grebe steals the show

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Always a bit of a dilemma. Shall I local, shall I head for the Tame valley or shall I head east for Brandon Marsh and Draycote ? Unfortunately the easterly wind had swung back to more southerly but it was worth a punt for a wader or Little Gull. At Brandon Marsh there were 3 new birds: a Black tailed Godwit, a Ringed plover and my first Swallow of the year.

Black tailed Godwit, Brandon Marsh N.R.

Draycote water though was less productive. Although the long staying Red necked Grebe, now in summer plummage, put on a good show in the sunshine.

Red necked Grebe, Draycote Water

Red necked Grebe

Red necked Grebe

Monday, 27 March 2017

Garganey the highlight

Monday 27th March 2017

After a birdingless weekend it was good to get out and about again. First stop was the Mancetter Hill which produced a site first in the form of a Grey Partridge and then on to Shustoke where I spent some time scanning through the seemingly hundreds of  fly catching Black headed Gulls looking for a Little Gull. (One was found later in the day apparently). Coton was quiet as was Kingsbury Water Park (What are they doing to that place). Looks more like Pype Hayes, B'ham than a country Park.
Moving on to Middleton Lakes I scanned Fisher's Mill. As the Garganey hadn't been reported to my knowledge and the fact that a previous visit had been fruitless I wasn't hopeful. So I was delighted to see the pair at quite close quarters. Alas no camera but always great to see. I also got a flight view of a Cetti's warbler at Fishers Mill.