Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Monday, 30 March 2015

22nd March 2015

Headed back down to the Forest of Dean for another crack at the Hawfinch's as last time we only had a single bird high up in the tree & only scope views so an early start to get a good place in the carpark was needed,on the way down we had to make a breif stop when a Little Owl decided to play chicken in the road before reluctantly moving onto the roadside hedge where we had stunning views....... We got to the site & had to make do with 2nd best spot but with upto 6 birds coming down to feed well worth the trip...........





15th March 2015

Headed over to Corby this morning for the single Waxwing which had been knocking about the only 1 near enough this winter with the birds being scarce this year,had great views although the light was poor before heading upto Gonalston in Notts for the Glossy Ibis which showed very well two good Year ticks but more importantly 2 Lifers for Donna............







Thursday, 12 March 2015

7th March 2015

Headed upto Bempton RSPB for some more year ticking with the weatherman saying the weather would be warm & the best this year......... No it was blowing a gale & bloody freezing but picked up Razorbill,Guillemot & Gannet for the year before moving onto Filey where the weather was slightly better picking up Eider,Shag,Red Throated Diver & 20+ Purple Sandpiper etc only a cpl of year ticks for myself but a few lifers for Donna!! We then finished off at Holbeck for the Mediterranean Gulls meeting up with Dean Eades etc & had superb views of upto 5 birds........









Tuesday, 10 March 2015

1st March 2015

The last week or so has been spent picking up more quality Year Ticks adding birds like Hawfinch, Crossbill, Barn Owl,Common Crane, Great Grey Shrike,Short Eared Owl, Whooper Swan, Black Necked Grebe,Woodcock all quality birds & many lifers for Donna even picking up a lifer myself in the form of a Wild Boar with piglets in the Forest of Dean...... Today I decided to head West for Wales to show Donna the spectacular sight of Black Grouse lekking before moving on to Pensarn for the confiding Iceland Gull...............









20th February 2015

Headed up finally for the Laughing Gull at New Brighton,Cheshire!! Only my 2nd ever......... The bird was on view no sooner had we arrived also picked up a few good year ticks in & around the Wirral during the day inc Snow Bunting, Long Eared Owl,Great White Egret & Purple Sandpipers.........





 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

7th -14th February 2015

Won't bore you with all the details but had a week in the highlands based in Aviemore doing local specialities Crested Tit & Ptarmigan & 1 day further afield in Aberdeen for the "mega" Harlequin Duck!! Photos below...............

Harlequin Duck


Glaucous Gull

Ptarmigan



Red Grouse
Crested Tit



More Photos Here

Monday, 19 January 2015

18th January 2015

Not feeling brilliant & a cancelled trip to Norfolk we stayed local & birded around Edison Rd outflow upto 9 Common Chiffchaff & 2 Siberian Chiffchaff with a further Sibe at Ladywalk (Not classic Tristis but what I would call Fulvescens? Western Sibes) Calls spot on but Grey/White birds with lime Tail & Wing panels........... Photos of the 2 birds on the outflow






11th January 2015

Headed down to Dungeness,Kent with Donna for the showy Cattle Egrets & to pick up some quality birds around the local area for the year & more importantly new birds for Donna!! 1st stop was around Staines due to a motorway closure we took in a small diversion picking up about 30+ Ring Necked Parakeets flying out from their roost,we finally arrived at Dungeness about 10am & were soon having fantastic views of the Cattle Egret & a nice flyover female Merlin on the reserve we picked up Smew,Kingfisher,Great White Egret,Peregrine & Bittern making Donna's day as Bittern was the 1 bird she really wanted to see............. Cattle Egrets were the birds I wanted for a Photo tick so some below..................