Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

16th & 17th January 2016

Spent the weekend locally after my 1st week back at work after the Xmas break picking up some good local birds inc Jack Snipe,Cetti's Warbler,Bittern,Short-eared Owl,Water Rail & an impressive 50+ White-fronted Geese South over Ladywalk NR on the 17th a good Warks record also spent a few hrs with the juv Great Northern Diver at Shustoke Reservoir.......






Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Aythya Hybrid

More Photos of the Aythya Hybrid on Shustoke Reservoir.......









See here for a detailed write up by Alan Dean

Monday, 11 January 2016

7th January 2016

With news that the Whitacre Pools Great Northern Diver had relocated to Shustoke Reservoir with a bonus female Scaup also present Donna & myself set off however on arrival the heavens opened & we spent the 1st hour sheltering in the car,there was a break but only for about 5mins enough time to relocate the Scaup but no sign of the Diver.....A few snatched photos of the Scaup & then a fun txt of Steve Haynes asking if I was happy with this bird after the 2014 Hybrid bird!! Curiosity got the better of me so I compared photos sure enough it was the same bird even more curious it was still showing signs especially on the bill of being a 1st winter............



Below 2 Photos from March 2014



Wednesday, 6 January 2016

26th December 2015 - 5th January 2016

The last cpl of weeks of 2015 were spent locally birding without the camera but on the 26th December after gaining permission from the fisheries manager I managed a few photos of the juv Great Northern Diver at Whitacre pool,Ladywalk,Warks........



On the 27th December we headed east into Norfolk & spent a night down in Wells with good friends Dean Eades & Alicia picking up some good birds over the 2 days inc 3 Hen Harrier,3 Shore Lark & 1 juv Rough-legged Buzzard along with plenty of other goodies like Barn Owl,Woodcock,Brambling,RB Merganser,Avocet,Water Pipit etc (3 Lifers for Donna) so a good cpl of days....

On the 29th December we headed back over to Hinksford,Staffs for the Hoopoe but despite 3+ hrs on site again the bird wasn't playing ball....


The 1st cpl of days off the New Year were spent picking up Year ticks with some good birds inc Jack Snipe,Bittern,GN Diver,Scaup,Smew & Tree Sparrow to name a few..... On the 5th Donna had to go back to work & with the weather settled I decided to head to Coleshill GP,Warks to again look for Owls despite several negative visits with none seen since 13th Dec!! My luck was in with 1 Short-eared Owl & 2 Barn Owl + several Raven overhead....





Monday, 7 December 2015

15th November - 6th December 2015

A quiet few weeks spent mainly local with a few trips further afield in between looking for a little motor for Donna.... A call from Archie asking if I was going for the Crag Martin at Chesterfield had me declining as we were busy looking at cars luckily it stayed around for another week allowing us very nice views as it fed in the Town centre 15/11/15, my 2nd in Britain in just over a year..... on the 22nd November whilst checking Coleshill GP's for Jack Snipe I caught a glimpse of  a Short-eared Owl at the far end of the pits where we then had cracking views of 3 birds quartering the set-aside field across the river with a bonus Barn Owl.....



On the weekend of the 28th we made our way over to the West Mids/Staffs border for a Hoopoe at Hinksford after what seemed a eternity the bird finally dropped in just as we were leaving,my 5th in the midlands but another lifer for Donna.....


On the 29th November we headed to Farmoor Reservoir for the Grey Phalarope which showed very well but the weather was awful out of over 800 photos I only kept a cpl,worth the visit as it was Donna's best views & 1st in winter plumage after the SP Brandon bird....



Weekend of the 5th & 6th December again spent locally at Hams Hall & Coleshill GP with a bonus lifer for Donna in Jack Snipe (Her 240th species this year) also had Barn & Short-eared Owl,Woodcock & our 1st Siberian Chiffchaff of the winter on the now annual site at Edison Rd outflow.

Monday, 19 October 2015

3rd October -17th October 2015

A busy cpl of weekends with not much photography but quite a bit of birding on the 3rd October Donna & myself headed to Slimbridge,Gloucs for the Semipalmated Sandpiper it was distant but good scope views but a welcome addition to both of our Life lists on the 4th October we headed North to Spurn,E.Yorks where we had a cracking day with Arctic Warbler,Little Bunting,3+ Yellow-browed Warblers,Great White Egret & a cracking Juv Citrine Wagtail (3 Lifers for Donna) & Citrine being a long awaited 1st for myself..........







On the 17th October we headed for the East Coast to Wells & Holkham Woods in Norfolk where we had a stunning days birding on a very dull day with Red-flanked Bluetail , Hume's Leaf Warbler, Pallas's Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler & a distant Isabelline Shrike with other commoner birds over inc Redwings,Fieldfare,3 Crossbill & Brambling a cracking day with Donna bagging 6 new birds taking her upto 239 Species (235 for the year)

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

26th August 2015

A few hrs spent at Draycote water along Hensborough bank with Ruff (& Reeve) several Ringed Plover (Ad & Juvs) Dunlin & 1 Little Ringed Plover (Juv) Unfortunately a lot of disturbance so birds were very wary but still good allowing Donna some nice views...........