Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Thursday, 16 May 2019

27th April 2019

Shustoke Reservoir..Had to have another crack at this particularly confiding Little Ringed Plover early morning before all the disturbance with the added bonus of Arctic Tern.

25th April 2019

Went back to Middleton Lakes RSPB where after a few hours the Bar-tailed & Black-tailed Godwits came a little closer............

24th April 2019

A few hours wandering around several sites inc Shustoke Reservoir, Middleton Lakes RSPB & Dosthill Ski lake with great views of several Grasshopper Warbler, Little Ringed Plover, Bar & Black-tailed Godwit & a Curlew Sandpiper.........

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

23rd April 2019

Spent a few hours at Middleton Lakes RSPB watching a distant Little Tern but kept myself occupied watching the Avocets making the most of the Spring like weather......

18th April 2019

A cpl of hrs around Shustoke Reservoir on the 17th & 18th April produced some migrant activity with a cracking male Greenland Wheatear,Lesser Whitethroat & goood numbers of Swallows,Sand & House Martins also a Dunlin on the south shore which was actually singing & when i got home we'd had a small emergence of female Hairy-footed flower bees........

6th April 2019

A visit to Middleton Lakes RSPB looking for early Summer migrants resulted in hearing my 1st Grasshopper Warbler of the year, still 4 Pink-footed Geese & a cpl of Eygptian Goose on the reserve alongside the usual bits & bobs, I was just getting ready to leave when a msg from Phil Andrews alerted me to the fact a Cattle Egret had been found up near Fisher's Mill Bridge a little distant but a good Warks year tick........

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

23rd February - 3rd April 2019

Well not done any blogging for a while but still getting out & about locally & as JG asked nicely i'll start posting again..... With an unexpected warm spell in late Feb we recorded the 1st Butterfly in the garden on the 24th along with 3 species of Bee & 2 species of Hoverfly on the 23rd

Red Admiral

Honey Bee mimic (Eristalis Tenax)
Honey Bee
Eristalis Tenax
Tree Bumblebee

My 1st migrants of the year were Sand Martin & Chiffchaff at Coton Lakes on 18th March a trip just over the border into Staffs for the Alvecote Pools Ferruginous Duck on Pretty Pigs pool on 24th March. Sadly always distant & into the sun.

I then spent a cpl hrs watching Bee-fly & Clark's Mining Bees in the nearby wood.

Last cpl of days looking for migrants with 4+ Swallow at Shustoke res 31/3/19 Little Ringed Plover x2 at Middleton 1/4/19 House Martin 2/4/19 at Shustoke res & Willow Warbler at Coton Lakes 2/4/19.

Not done any Moth traps this year so far with work & low overnight temps but found this above the front door this afternoon 3/4/19 a new moth for myself.

Shoulder Stripe

Just to break it up a little a confiding Nuthatch from Middleton Lakes in March.