Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Friday, 19 May 2017

16th & 18th May 2017

News broke of a Summer plumage Spotted Sandpiper at Belvide Reservoir,Staffs on the morning of the 15th but was on nights so managed an early rise on the Tues & Thurs where good views were had of this stunning looking bird unfortunately my photos just don't do it justice with tiredness,light etc being a problem + either my camera or lens playing up whatever it only looks like it's gonna be expensive..................

13th May - 14th May 2017

The weekend of the 13th/14th was spent locally at Middleton Lakes RSPB on the Sat & Cannock Chase on the Sun with a lot of our birds now settled & breeding & migration slowing we decided to try for some photos of some of the commoner birds at Middleton with Reed Warblers & Sedge Warblers trying to out sing each other........

Sunday morning was spent at Cannock Chase,Staffs where we picked up several Tree Pipit,Redstart & 3+ Spotted Flycatcher with the unexpected Adder on the footpath near Seven Springs which unfortunately seemed to be injured/sick so I used a stick to move it somewhere quiet & sunny out of harms way................

Monday, 8 May 2017

22nd April - 7th May 2017

The last cpl of weeks again spent locally concentrating on Summer migrants with Osprey & Wheatear x5 at Middleton Lakes 0n the 24th April, Swift at Shustoke on 24/4 Whinchat x4  at Middleton on 26/4

Black Tern on 30/4 with 2 birds at Farmoor & 1 in the afternoon at Seeswood Pool the 1st record since 2008 also 2 Hobby at Shustoke res in the evening other highlights inc Arctic Tern, Cuckoo on 1st May at Shustoke & Marsh Lane NR a late Whooper Swan at Marsh Lane NR also on 1st May also Whimbrel,Yellow Wagtail,Garden Warbler,3 Grey Plover & 1000+ Swift in the Tame Valley mainly at Middleton Lakes RSPB....

Thursday, 20 April 2017

8th April - 19th April 2017

On the 8th Donna & Myself headed for Cannock Chase after purchasing an Emperor Moth lure online & tried it out within an hour we had at least 20 Males a lifer for both of us............

Been giving Seeswood a bash on a regular basis & on the 13th was rewarded with a cracking male Common Redstart only about my 4th Spring record also Common Sandpiper,8 Swallow,House Martin & 3 Willow Warbler on the 14th I again came up with the goods with the pools 2nd ever Ring Ouzel on ploughed field at backend of pool also an Eygptian Goose only the 4th record!! So a little purple patch for the pool.......... On the 19th April with an unexpected day off we headed to Middleton Lakes RSPB picking up Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 3 stunning Black-tailed Godwits & a host of other early Summer migrants & the star bird for Donna a cracking male Green-winged Teal a bird she'd been pestering me  to take her for whenever they've come up on the newslines............

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

1st - 3rd April 2017

With the Spring Migration now starting in earnest Donna & myself headed for Coton Lakes,Warks on the 1st picking up 4+ Blackcap & 5 Willow Warbler with 100+ Sand Martin & 10 Swallow then a quick check at Kingsbury Water Park adding at least 500+ Sand Martin & a few Swallow with a large flock of departing Fieldfare nearby consisting of well over 200 birds.... We then checked Marston Fields for the Greenland White-fronted Goose after dipping it so many times we finally connected with it!! Only the 3rd for Warks!! Onto Middleton Lakes where we added 3 (2male) Garganey......

On Sunday we headed to Marsh Lane NR picking up my earliest ever Sedge Warbler & onto Kingsbury where we picked up Common Tern on Hemlingford Water but migrants were only in small numbers compared to the Sat...... quick walk around Seeswood Pool on the mon morning (3/4) with the 1st Blackcap & Willow Warblers singing..........

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Moths 2017

Done quite a few traps in the garden with Donna over the past cpl of months with small numbers but still picking up new moths for the garden despite this being about my tenth year of mothing in the back yard..............

Pale Brindled Beauty
 Oak Beauty

Small Quaker
Common Quaker
Grey Shoulder-knot
Clouded Drab
Early Grey

Hebrew Character

5th - 28th March 2017

Not much doing over the last few weeks with the Tundra Bean Geese departing from Seeswood overnight 12/3/17, 5 Waxwings at Marsh Lane NR on the 5/3/17 & good numbers of Chiffchaff in the Tame Valley & 1 singing on Seeswood 14/3/17, 1st  Sand Martins with 20+ over Coton Lakes with 2 Garganey & 1 Little Ringed Plover at Middleton Lakes RSPB on the 18/3/17 & my 1st Swallow on Seeswood pool with 5 Sand Martin,4 Chiffchaff & 30+ Meadow Pipit on the 28th.....

Waxwing (Marsh Lane NR 5/3/17)
Yellowhammer (Marsh Lane NR 19/3/17)