Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Saturday, 23 May 2015

17th May 2015

After the excitement of last weekend when Donna & myself were in the right place at the right time when the Citril Finch news broke (5mins away watching Dotterel) it was back to a more relaxed day with a few hrs spent at Farmoor Reservoir & Otmoor RSPB,Oxon. We had initially been down on the Fri for the (SP) Black-throated Diver but the bird remained asleep in the middle so a 2nd go was much appreciated with the bird giving stunning views (my 1st SP bird & a lifer for Donna 209*) also had 6 Turnstone,Dunlin & Sanderling then a brief stop off for the Turtle Doves at Otmoor which gave superb views...........







                                                                                                                                                                   


       

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

2nd May-4th May 2015

A busy weekend for Donna & myself,we started off at Middleton lakes early Sat only for the msg to go off that the Hudsonian Godwit was again present at Meare Heath, Somerset so off we went arriving after about 2+ Hrs of very light traffic thankfully!! No sooner had we pulled up we had Bittern fly over the carpark the 1st of 2 which gave fantastic views,we soon joined the gathered crowd & had good views of the Godwit but no photos at it spent the entire time at the back of the pool,we also had 20+ Hobby & plenty of Swift & 5 Great White Egret so a cracking day leaving Donna 1 short of the 200 species mark........... Sunday was spent at Draycote picking up 3+ Arctic Tern & 2 Black Tern & 20+ Common Tern along with plenty of Hirrundines & 10+ Yellow Wagtail (Donna's 200 species up :-) Black Tern) We then had the message that a stunning Red-throated Pipit had been found on the Manchester/Derbyshire border but the weather wasn't the best so we took the chance on it still being present on the Monday morning............



How lucky was that Donna,Archie & myself went up arriving on site about 08:20 to be greeted with the bird flying in and giving fantastic views,also had at least 10 Wheatear & 1 Grasshopper Warbler..






Wednesday, 29 April 2015

26th April 2015

When the twitter alert went off that an Adult Night Heron had been seen at Attenborough NR,Notts I just had to go!! This being the bird that brought Donna & myself together after Donna got in touch about the local bird last Summer on Seeswood Pool which unfortunately had done a bunk.......... Donna's 197th species in Britain with 180+ being seen this year alone...........






12th April -25th April 2015

The last cpl of weeks have been spent mainly looking for Summer migrants & trying to get Donna upto the 200 Species mark!! I had promised 200 by the end of the year but that figure should be passed within the next week or so...... Anyway in the last cpl of weekends we've added goodies like Osprey at Brandon Marsh,Black-winged Stilts at Middleton Lakes,Stone Curlew at Weeting Heath with other good birds like Whimbrel,Nightingale,Firecrest,Dipper,Redstart,Pied Flycatcher,Grasshopper Warbler,Ring Ouzels,Cuckoo,Yellow Wagtail etc so all going well!! A few highlights below.........









Sunday, 12 April 2015

9th &10th April 2015

Every morning before work I checked Seeswood pool with the Garganey finally departing overnight on the 9th/10th tried getting better photos of the Garganey but they were just so flighty but managed a cpl of record shots also picked up Red Kite on the 10th which was only the 2nd record for the pool.......


6th April 2015

Headed back to Farmoor hoping to do the Red-necked Grebe in better light but it seemed everyone had the same idea & the bird was not as photogenic so gave up after having a quick play with a cpl of Brimstone butterflies & headed to Standlake,Oxon for the Ring-necked Ducks (3m 1F) which showed well but distantly into the sun but still a welcome Year tick for myself & yet another lifer for Donna ........







4th April 2015

Out looking for migrants in the Tame Valley this morning picking up House Martin,3 Little Ringed Plover good numbers of Swallow & Sand Martin & also the returning mixed/switch singing Siberian/Common Chiffchaff at Coton Lakes when a txt came thru from Nick Barlow informing us that there was Wheatear & Little Ringed Plover at Marsh Lane so off we went!! Donna's best views of both species were had but only managed photos of the LRP which was still quite distant......



The LRP was just coming nearer when i recieved a txt from Kath informing us that a Pr Of Garganey were on my local patch of Seeswood Pool (Only the 4th & 1st Spring record) A quick trip thru the lanes & we were soon watching these delightful ducks & yet another lifer for Donna.........



28th March 2015

Headed down to Farmoor Reservoir,Oxon for the stunning Summer plumaged Red-necked Grebe the bird showed well but the weather was not the best & very dull & overcast but another lifer for Donna..........




Tuesday, 31 March 2015

20th March 2015

On the afternoon of the 19th a phone call from John Oates telling me that a Black-tailed Godwit was showing very well at Marsh Lane,Meriden had me cussing as I was on the way to work luckily enough the next morning it was still present so had a choice Eclipse or Godwit (No brainer for me!!) The bird showed stunningly well right in front of the hide...........






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...........