Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Sunday, 30 January 2011

January 30th 2011

Out early this morning with my old friend Andy Jones destination Clayhanger Marsh,Walsall,W.Mids for the Juv/1st winter Black-throated Diver,after seeing the mutterings on Surfbirds & questions being asked on it's ID & some even going as far as saying Pacific Diver (I just had to go & have a look) the last 2 days the bird has been called as Great-northern,Pacific (by some) & Black-throated (which is what it is,a bog standard BT Diver) The bird is small but with all birds there's always a marked difference male/female runt etc!! Anyway the bird showed well in the early light but having to get Andy back for a prior appointment we left early & headed back to Nuneaton,on route we had 3 Waxwing on Castle Rd,Hartshill (a welcome year tick for Andy) After dropping Andy off i headed straight back over as a 2nd Winter Iceland Gull had been reported at Stubber's Green (Many thanks to Steve Evans who came across & pointed me in the right direction) after having good but distant views decided to have the last hr at Clayhanger with the Diver which showed well in the sunshine (photo above,3 from this morning below)

Black-throated Diver (Juv/1st Winter)

Iceland Gull (3rd Winter ?)

Tufted Duck (female above,male below)
Common Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

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