Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

22nd July 2013

Black-crowned Night Heron was the words spoken down the phone to me this morning which got my attention even though I'd only been in bed a cpl of hours after my night shift!! even better it was on Seeswood Pool a few txts & tweets later I was on site & having good views of a 2nd Summer bird which although was on the opposite side of the pool I still managed some reasonable images!! Only my 2nd in Warwickshire not counting the escaped bird from a few winters back in nearby Atherstone..... Many thanks to Alvin Burton for the call.....





Monday, 30 June 2014

30th June 2014

Always good to get Spotted Flycatcher locally in a traditional setting of an old church yard! Even better is they have young which should hopefully fledge within a week or so..........






21st June 2014

Headed down to East Sussex with Arch for 2nds on the Short-toed Eagle as when we had it in Hants a cpl of weeks ago we only had it perched!! Arrived on site just after 7:30am & were soon rewarded with good distant views perched up before it headed our way & gave stunning views but mostly against the light so photos not that good but spent most of the time just admiring it!! After having our fill we ended up looking for dragonflies managing Emperor,Golden-ringed Dragonflie, Broad-bodied Chasers,Keeled Skimmer,Beautiful Demoiselle & Four-spotted Chasers








Sunday, 8 June 2014

7th June 2014

Headed down to Norfolk for the Spectacled Warbler at Burnham Overy Dunes this morning which had been present all week, along with Archie & Jules we were on site from about 7-30am & were soon rewarded with fantastic views despite some of the crowd seemingly thinking they were at a football match!! picked up some other good birds along the way with Barn Owl,Spoonbill,Little Terns,Garganey,Corn Buntings & my 1st Grey Partridge of the year........





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5th June 2014

A txt off Tom Perrins whilst I was away working had me getting nervous Red-backed Shrike Ladywalk in my county of Warks & the 1st for 31yrs, luckily I was on earlies & within a few hrs managed to get over & have decent if not distant views of the stunning male........





Monday, 2 June 2014

31st May 2014

Decided to head down to Newport wetlands,Gwent today with Archie & Jules for the singing Savi's Warbler,on arrival we quickly heard the bird & had brief views before it sat up for a few minutes reeling away unfortunately deep in the reeds but still a good addition to the Year list after an hr or so we decided to head of to Devon for the Ross's Gull (1st summer) only my 2nd ever which showed well in the scope but not worth troubling my camera for then the pager went into meltdown Short-toed Eagle in Dorset showing well!! It was decided we would at least try for it & sure enough by 7pm we were watching it along with a good crowd!! No photos again as the bird was at distance but gave brilliant views in the scope (Only a 3rd for Britain) Needless to say a British tick for the 3 of us a fantastic day but knackering after 19+ hrs on the rd!!
Cpl of record shots of the Savi's below............





Wednesday, 28 May 2014

26th May 2014

A late start this morning with the weather not looking brilliant,a quick phone call to Tom Perrins & Jules Allen & the decision was made ad Long Tailed Skua at Hatfield Moors,S.Yorks directions not the best & onsite bloody awful (Unless your local) After walking the wrong way for at least 1 1/2 hrs & 1 birder who'd seen the bird but couldn't/wouldn't give us directions....... we eventually caught up with the bird which gave reasonable views although a little distant for the camera (But my 1st ad so well happy!!)




Tuesday, 20 May 2014

17th & 18th May 2014

Very quiet nationally so spent the weekend around the Tame valley & Middleton lakes picking up Hobby new for the Year also 2 stunning male Ruff at Middleton Lakes &  ad Pectoral Sandpiper on the 19th my 2nd in the Tame,showed well but to distant for photographs so had to settle for a confiding Yellow Wagtail which I spent a good few hrs with over the weekend & brief views of a Grasshopper Warbler in fading light on the Sun evening..........







Friday, 2 May 2014

1st May 2014

A quick check at Shustoke produced very little apart from 6 Swift! when a txt from Nick Barlow had Steve Haynes & myself running for the cars ad Bonaparte's Gull Marsh Lane, after a leisurely drive thru the lanes we were soon watching this stunning gull from carpark hide my 2nd for the region after the Kenilworth bird way back in 1990 & only my 4th ever............