With hardly any migrants around locally I decided over the easter weekend to have a crack at the Jack Snipe at Marsh Lane,West Mids, called into the Fishing lodge to pick up my day pass & reserve key then down to the reserve & into Oak hide where Pete Walkden was already stationed!! No sign but after an hour or so the bird appeared briefly showing well before being spooked by a Teal then a Sparrowhawk which went in after the Common Snipe!!
Monday, 4 March 2013
Dropped the car off for its MOT this morning & took a leisurely walk home not expecting to do anything but after getting onto my road I could see the familiar shape of Waxwings in a silver birch by the Aldi store! Put the news out straight away via the networks (Birdguides,FB & numerous txts) & went & got the camera! I was soon joined by Bobby D,Alvin.Burton & Bri Berry where we had fantastic views of 20 possibly 21 with 1 bird stunning itself on a house window & eventually flying off after about 20 odd minutes!!! A nice start to the week & even better the car passed!!!
Spent the best part of 16hrs at Ladywalk trying to get the final numbers on the Sibe Chiffchaffs ring to no avail infact only managed a cpl of shots in all that time as the bird is constantly on the move & more mobile in its wanderings managed another letter which narrows the bird down to 1 of 16 (Better than 266!! but still not good enough) a cpl of shots below