Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

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...........





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.........