Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

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)

Monday, 20 February 2017

18th & 19th February 2017

We had a choice go & join the throngs in Lincs for the Bluethroat or stick looking local!! Local won the day & we headed over to Abbey Fields on the Sat to see if the Whooper Swans were still present,no sign & to top it off got a puncture so had to drive back with the spacesaver on,meanwhile a txt from Tom Perrins telling me the Greenland White-front was showing well from the canal near Middleton Lakes just made things worse!! A quick stop at the Tyre Company & drive home was rewarded with a single Waxwing on Heath End Road on telegraph wires (A welcome Warks tick for Donna) we collected our cameras & headed off to Middleton not really expecting more than some record shots! Unexpectedly the goose flock actually walked towards where we were hiding behind the hedge giving us some cracking views 400 photos later & we were off with both Greenland White-fronted Goose & a little more distant Egyptian Goose in the bag..............

Sunday was again spent locally at Seeswood Pool where the Tundra Bean Geese x 4 were still present along with 3 Egyptian Geese & gave us our best views yet although still a very skittish flock....

12th February 2017

With the weather being poor over the weekend we again stayed pretty local just mooching but a trip over to Moseley to Swanshurst Park for the 1st Winter Iceland Gull brightened the weekend for us! A bitterly cold dull day & a 2hr wait for the bird to show up was well worth it even though it stayed pretty distant,also the 1st Winter/retarded 2nd Winter Yellow-legged Gull & 52 Waxwings in nearby Windermere rd made the trip worthwhile............... whilst a pretty confiding Redwing by the car was a bonus.

Friday, 10 February 2017

4th 5th & 7th February 2017

Spent the weekend of the 4th & 5th locally again with the 4 Tundra Bean Geese still present on Seeswood Pool & still getting a steady trickle of admirers & on the Sunday we headed over to Ladywalk NR for 1 of the 2 Bittern which had been putting on a bit of a show in front of Hide B we wasn't disappointed............. finally on the 7th I had a txt informing me that Waxwings were in my home town & less than 5mins drive away so a sneaky pre-work twitch to see the 40 birds in the Raywoods (much to Donna's disgust as she still needs them for Warks)..............

Friday, 3 February 2017

30th January & 3rd February 2017

A quick look before work on the monday morning & the Tundra Bean Geese were still present in the fields just North of the pool & showing reasonably well, no news all week whilst I've been on the Night shift so headed up Fri afternoon (3/2/17) & birds still present with 145 Greylag Geese!! Only the 7th Warks record & 1st since 2010..........