Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Monday, 20 February 2017

18th & 19th February 2017

We had a choice go & join the throngs in Lincs for the Bluethroat or stick looking local!! Local won the day & we headed over to Abbey Fields on the Sat to see if the Whooper Swans were still present,no sign & to top it off got a puncture so had to drive back with the spacesaver on,meanwhile a txt from Tom Perrins telling me the Greenland White-front was showing well from the canal near Middleton Lakes just made things worse!! A quick stop at the Tyre Company & drive home was rewarded with a single Waxwing on Heath End Road on telegraph wires (A welcome Warks tick for Donna) we collected our cameras & headed off to Middleton not really expecting more than some record shots! Unexpectedly the goose flock actually walked towards where we were hiding behind the hedge giving us some cracking views 400 photos later & we were off with both Greenland White-fronted Goose & a little more distant Egyptian Goose in the bag..............





Sunday was again spent locally at Seeswood Pool where the Tundra Bean Geese x 4 were still present along with 3 Egyptian Geese & gave us our best views yet although still a very skittish flock....






12th February 2017

With the weather being poor over the weekend we again stayed pretty local just mooching but a trip over to Moseley to Swanshurst Park for the 1st Winter Iceland Gull brightened the weekend for us! A bitterly cold dull day & a 2hr wait for the bird to show up was well worth it even though it stayed pretty distant,also the 1st Winter/retarded 2nd Winter Yellow-legged Gull & 52 Waxwings in nearby Windermere rd made the trip worthwhile............... whilst a pretty confiding Redwing by the car was a bonus.





Friday, 10 February 2017

4th 5th & 7th February 2017

Spent the weekend of the 4th & 5th locally again with the 4 Tundra Bean Geese still present on Seeswood Pool & still getting a steady trickle of admirers & on the Sunday we headed over to Ladywalk NR for 1 of the 2 Bittern which had been putting on a bit of a show in front of Hide B we wasn't disappointed............. finally on the 7th I had a txt informing me that Waxwings were in my home town & less than 5mins drive away so a sneaky pre-work twitch to see the 40 birds in the Raywoods (much to Donna's disgust as she still needs them for Warks)..............








Friday, 3 February 2017

30th January & 3rd February 2017

A quick look before work on the monday morning & the Tundra Bean Geese were still present in the fields just North of the pool & showing reasonably well, no news all week whilst I've been on the Night shift so headed up Fri afternoon (3/2/17) & birds still present with 145 Greylag Geese!! Only the 7th Warks record & 1st since 2010..........






29th January 2017

With the weather looking good for the morning only I decided to head over to Lincolnshire for the White-billed Diver on the River Witham at Woodhall Spa which had been present for about a week & only the 4th Inland record & more incredibly the 2nd in 21 yrs on the same stretch of river.. Only my 2nd ever with my last being back in the winter of 91 on Anglesey but another lifer for Donna...........







Tuesday, 31 January 2017

28th January 2017

The last few weeks have again been spent up the Tame Valley in particular the outflow at Edison Rd,Hams Hall boring poor Donna to death!!! Not a great deal to show for it Common Chiffchaff in double figures 2 Siberian Chiffchaff,Green & Common Sandpiper so this weekend I decided we'd have a change & went up Seeswood after a long walk around the old train lines & Whittleford park! I could see Donna was waning & just said that if we don't check local patches someone else will find the good birds........... Anyway to cut a long story short apart from a big geese flock it was quiet so I decided to count the Greylags as there was an unusually large flock present just got upto 199 when the nxt 4 birds appeared in the bins.....Pink-footed Geese I said quick get a record shot before they go which Donna was just attempting to do when the flock flew off towards Tower Farm. I quickly put the news out then we headed up the fields to try & obtain some better record shots,on looking over the hedgerow & scanning soon picking out the birds  Tundra Bean Geese oh bugger!! A 1st for the pool & only the 7th County record & only my 2nd County birds...News was corrected & off I headed to get my camera from home! Arrived back at the pool & was soon joined by some of the Counties fastest moving birders..............



Monday, 9 January 2017

1st January 2017 - 8th January 2017

With the weather awful on the 1st Donna & myself only had an hr out at Edison rd, Hams Hall picking just a few common species along with the expected wintering Chiffchaff, a msg on twitter had us making the short journey over to Hinckley, Leics for a reported Waxwing but no sign on arrival. On the 2nd again the msg came thru on Birdguides that the Waxwing was again present on the A47 Hinckley by the Triumph factory!! With the weather crisp & sunny we set out & sure enough the bird was sat up high waiting to come down,after a short wait it duly obliged giving Donna only her 3rd sighting & best ever views................





On the 3rd I was finally broke by the constant whining about going back for the Blue Rock Thrush at Stow,Gloucs unfortunately the weather was cold & overcast but the bird showed well for a few minutes & the smile on Donna's face made the trip worthwhile....Checking Bird New whilst there I noticed a report that there was now 23 Waxwings at Hinckley so made a detour on the way home allowing Donna to actually hear the magnificent trilling calls for the 1st time.
The weekend of the 7th & 8th was spent locally picking up local year ticks with the best being Water Rail,Common Sandpiper & Siberian Chiffchaff & also a 1st wintering record of Chiffchaff in my back garden...........

Saturday, 31 December 2016

18th December 30th December

Mostly local birding with not a great deal to be seen!! Did have a sneaky twitch upto Beeley,Derbys for the Dusky Thrush on the 18th with Archie a nice addition to my Life list but no photos as was always distant....Not much else locally but Siberian Chiffchaff are once again wintering in the Tame Valley with 2 birds at traditional sites of Ladywalk & Edison rd outflow.......

All went a little mental on the 27th & plans made to travel down on the 28th with news breaking of a Blue Rock Thrush at Stow-on-the-Wold,Gloucs an unlikely time of year but rumours that it may have been present since November would coincide with several Eastern birds arriving inc Eastern Black Redstart (1st inland record in Woucs) around the same time!! As i type the provenance of the bird & age is still being debated (1 for the experts to work out) Whatever it was still a cracking bird.......




29th December saw Archie & myself head over to Rutland Water,Leics for the Imm Surf Scoter (1st County record) Only my 2nd Inland bird after the Grafham Water bird in 1989..... Good views were had but always difficult from the dam area with height & sun a problem.......





With the Blue Rock Thrush still being present & Donna nagging me to return for a 2nd visit regardless of its provenance i guess that could be 1 of my 1st birds of the New Year??

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

5th November 2016

With news breaking on the Fri of a Cliff Swallow at Minsmere & a Eyebrowed Thrush in Northumberland we had a choice??? we chose neither & headed to Somerset for the 1st winter Lesser Yellowlegs at Cheddar Reservoir.......... Nice & relaxed with the bird to ourselves for the best part of an hour & 1 happy but cold Donna......






23rd October-30th October 2016

A return visit to Spurnon the 23rd for the Isabelline Wheatear & Siberian Stonechat was a damp squib with both departing overnight but managed the Siberian Stonechat presumed Stejenger's on the point record shots below.....




on Sunday 24th a quick trip down to Farmoor Reservoir,Oxon for the 1st winter Grey Phalarope (Our 2nd there in under a year)





A trip down to the East coast of Norfolk on the 30th for the Isabelline Wheatear at Gun Hill,Burnham Overy distant views but ok but no pics but managed some nice photos of a fem Greenland Wheatear