Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Friday, 6 May 2016

April 30th - May 1st 2016

Bank holiday weekend,we started off on Cannock Chase,Staffs hoping for a few Summer migrants,still very quiet on the chase but did manage Cuckoo,2 Common Redstart & superb views of Tree Pipit (My best ever views of these birds with 1 very confiding bird)






We then headed back into familiar grounds heading for Middleton Lakes & then onto Ladywalk NR picking up good views of Blackcap,Lesser Whitethroat,Sedge Warbler etc & a fine Pied Flycatcher (female ) at Ladywalk (Donna's 1st in Warks)



On the Sunday we again stayed local with Marsh Lane NR having a SP Black-tailed Godwit before getting news of a Pied Flycatcher (male) on my local patch of Seeswood Pool (only the 2nd ever record & 1st ad male last being a 1st winter way back in 2004)



Friday, 22 April 2016

22nd April 2016

A little movement on Seeswood Pool this morning with a singing Reed Warbler dozens of Swallow & good numbers of House & Sand Martin also Common Tern dropped in & was still fishing when I left....

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

17th April 2016

Took the short trip down to Telford,Shropshire for the male Iberian Chiffchaff at Granville park only my 2nd in Britain & 1st since 2000 a welcome lifer for Donna...........




9th-16th April 2016

The last week has been all about catching up with Summer migrants adding Yellow & White Wagtail,Arctic Tern,Tree Pipit,Sedge Warbler,Common & Lesser Whitethroat locally!! Seeswood Pool also had a few migrants thru with Common Sandpiper on the dam & male Wheatear by tower farm on the 11th with Swallow,Sand Martin & House Martins all on the pool. On the 16th I had a call of Nick Barlow about a male Common Scoter on Shustoke but typically I was out of the County on Cannock Chase but did manage to get back & grab a few photos.......... Yellow Wagtail & Wren photos from Draycote Water on the 9th & Scoter from Shustoke on the 16th April





Monday, 4 April 2016

26th March - 3rd April 2016

Spent Easter week mainly local looking for the Springs 1st migrants Picking up Swallow,House Martin & Sand Martin,Chiffchaff,Common Tern,Wheatear,Willow Warbler & Little Ringed Plover all before the end of March (My best early Spring arrivals ever) Dipped the Slavonian Grebe at Draycote water on the 1st April which would have been a lifer for Donna so made a diversion to Rutland water picking up a stunning SP Bird also a near Summer plumaged Red-necked Grebe (Our 2nd R.N Grebe in 2days) & 2 Osprey!! Even better picked up another Osprey closer to home at Marsh Lane NR,W.Mids on the 2nd finally added Blackcap with 3 birds singing at Coton Water on the 3rd....

Little Ringed Plover (1 of 6 seen on the 27/3/16) Red-necked Grebe 31/3/16 at Farmoor res,Oxon



25th March 2016

Took the short trip over to Chasewater in Staffs for the drake Ring-necked Duck as Donna had only had distant views into the sun last year of the Oxon birds! The weather was with us but the bird remained distant in the 3-4hrs on site but can't complain the scope views were cracking + managed a few shots using the 2x conv on the Sigma 300-800




Tuesday, 8 March 2016

6th March 2016

With not much being reported we decided on yet another trip to Gloucester hoping for 3rd time lucky... We arrived on site about 8:45 just as the Bumbling Bears (Jon,Dave & Pete) were leaving they'd had the birds which had been very active but had lost sight of them when they flew over to the hawthorns at the south end, for the nxt 2+ hrs  we searched but our only reward were 4+ Chiffchaff & 4 Stonechat! We were just about to give up when the 2 birds flew in from high North! We were then treated to good views before they flew into hawthorns directly behind us & for the nxt 1/2 hr gave brilliant views & even treated us to calls & song.........







27th & 29th February 2016

On the Saturday Donna & myself again headed down to Gloucester for another look at the Penduline Tits at Horsebere Flood Storage Pool the birds showed well but again were distant & with many people watching I couldn't see that changing but still managed a cpl of record shots....



On the monday morning we headed over to Middleton lakes RSPB to have a look for the Great White Egret which was showing on the Hall lake the previous evening before going to roost!! We pulled up & luckily the bird was again present on the lake before heading back to the heronry where we had cracking views.........



Sunday, 21 February 2016

20th & 21st February 2016

Headed over to Ladywalk NR,Warks on the Sat & was rewarded with Siberian Chiffchaff, Marsh Tit & 1 Willow Tit before going into B Hide where Donna had her best views of Bittern on the deck with the bird fishing in the reeds for almost an hr.........




On Sunday we headed down finally for the 2 male Penduline Tits at Horsebere Floods,Gloucs with the wind playing havoc & the birds keeping low & elusive but non the less a welcome lifer for Donna & only the 2nd time I've had them in Britain....



Tuesday, 16 February 2016

23rd January -14th February 2016

Been a slow few weeks just local patch working with not much to show apart from a cpl of Jack Snipe at Marsh Lane NR on 23rd Jan, 3 Stonechat, 3 Ringed Plover & 300+ Golden Plover at Middleton lakes & a Siberian Chiffchaff with Commons at Ladywalk.......