Monday, 30 August 2010
30-8-10, Alrewas GP.
I headed home and had a brunch and a sit down as I was quite knackered. After a couple of hours watching rubbish on TV I looked at the dog, she looked at me, the tail started wagging so I decided to have another of my pit walks. That will finish both of us off. A sprint over the A38 (believe that and you will believe anything) and I was safely on Alrewas gravel pit land. Birds noted were Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Wren, Wood Pigeon, Long-tailed Tit, kestrel, Starling, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff, lesser Whitethroat, Magpie, Collared Dove, Common Whitethroat, Green Sandpiper, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Lapwing and Buzzard.
30-8-10, National Arboretum.
Over to the arboretum and I had a look for the Spotted Flycatcher I found on Saturday. It was not there. In fact there was not much around. The arboretum was very busy an I was getting the odd strange look as I walked around with my scope on my back and the dog by my side. Birds noted were Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Cormorant, Lapwing, Swallow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Carrion Crow, Common Whitethroat, Black-headed Gull, Robin, Wren and Kestrel.
30-8-10, Junction Pit.
The usual visit to this pit and there were plenty of birds on it but not many species. Birds noted were Black-headed Gull, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Starling, Snipe, mallard, Teal, Long-tailed Tit, Tufted Duck and Canada Geese. There was a good number of gull, about 600 mixed birds, and about 200 Lapwing.
30-8-10, Croxall Wides.
A quick visit to the wides produced very little. Canada Geese, Mute Swan, Coot, Cormorant and a couple of Pied Wagtails. There was a Little Egret standing in a tree but a bit more onto the scrapes than the wides at Croxall.
30-8-10, Whitemoor Haye.
It was getting on for late afternoon. I was pretty knackered but I woddled off around Whitemoor. First the lake then the rough track. Birds noted were Pied Wagtail, Robin, Buzzard, Swallow, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, mallard, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Great Crested Grebe, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Greenshank, Wood Pigeon, Sand Martin, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Greenfinch, Linnet, Tree Sparrow, Whimbrel (year tick), Blackbird, Herring Gull, Yellowhammer, Rook, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Corn Bunting, Common Whitethroat, Chaffinch, Stock dove, Wren and a nice end to the day with a single Wheatear. The single Whimbrel was in a field with loads of gulls. I couldn't tell at first what it was as it flew off away and over the back lake but it did make a call. On getting home a checked a cd and was 99% sure it was a Whimbrel and not a Curlew.
Next weekend I am fishing in the WICAC (waterways industry course angling championships) so no birding. maybe the Sunday I will be out, not sure yet.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
28-8-10, circa Alrewas.
After some breakfsat I headed out for my rather long circular walk which takes in a few gravel pits. But on approaching Alrewas gravel pits, before I crossed the A38, I noticed a Hobby hunting in the back fields between Alrewas and Wychnor. Also present were Carrion Crow, 564 Lapwing, Starling and 3 Buzzards.
28-8-10, Alrewas GP.
I quick run over the A38 and I was at the gravel pit. I think this site is better first thing in the morning, and I was proven right. Birds noted were Blue Tit, Wood Pigeon, Swallow, Mute Swan, Starling, Mallard, Green Sandpiper, Tufted Duck, Coot, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Wren, Black-headed Gull, Chaffinch, Canada Geese and Pied Wagtail. Not bad but it could be better. Will get here first thing tomorrow.
28-8-10, National Arboretum.
Another hop over a busy transport line, this time the train line, and I was in the National Arboretum. I usually head from the gate straight towards the Junction pit and see whats about but today I turned right and had a wander along the hedge along the train line. There is a small bunch of trees (could hardly call it a wood) and there are always birds here so I hung about a bit and noted Starling, Magpie, Swallow, carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk and a real bonus, a Spotted Flycatcher. Cracking. I headed off towards the Junction Pit (see next site) and then headed out of the Arboretum. I added Sand Martin, Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and Canada Geese.
28-8-10, Junction Pit.
This site is attracting a lot of gulls of late but they are always easily frigthened here so I had to use stealth. yeah, right. Birds noted were Reed Bunting, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lapwing, Canada Geese, Goldfinch, snipe, Reed Warbler, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Wood Pigeon, Coot, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Great Crested Grebe.
28-8-10, Croxall Wides.
A quick visit here proved to be a bit pointless but you never know until youv'e tried. Birds noted were Canada Geese, Mute Swan and Coot. Deep joy.
28-8-10, Whitemoor haye.
From the arboretum it was over to Whitemoor Haye. The first thing to come across is the quarry pool and then me and the dog did the rough track before heading back to the village, rather tired. Birds noted were Carrion Crow, Mute Swan, Greenshank, Canada Geese, Pied Wagtail, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Sand Martin around the pool. Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Starling, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet, Stock Dove, Blackbird, Tree Sparrow, Kestrel, Black-headed Gull, Buzzard and Magpie around the rest of the site. Very quiet.
28-8-10, Barton GP.
After a rest watching football, yep Derby messed up once again, and other stuff i slapped myself in order and headed out to Branston pits. This is an ace place and I just dont get here often enough. There are always loads of birds here as well as lots of Sloe berries for this years Sloe Gin. Come on. Birds noted were Wood Pigeon, Kestrel, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Dunnock, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Swallow, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Canada Geese, Black-headed Gull, Greenshank, Pied Wagtail, Tufted Duck, Stock Dove, Teal, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Robin, Chaffinch, Greylag Geese, Buzzard, Moorhen, Sand Martin, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Rook, Green Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Pheasant, Reed Bunting and a couple of Red-legged Partridge. Bed time.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
22-8-10, Whitemoor Haye.
I met up with a birder from Tamworth today who wanted to walk around Whitemoor with me and sample its delights. Unfortunately it was nothing near as good as yesterday. Birds noted were Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Robin, Stock Dove, Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Kestrel, Blackbird, Dunnock, Swallow, Yellowhammer, Jackdaw, Skylark and Yellow Wagtail an adult and quite a few juveniles in between the stubble. A nice walk and a change from birding alone. I was going to stop at the quarry pool as I left but the sun was low and bright and bouncing straight off the pool so I left it maybe for later.
22-8-10, Back garden.
I did a few more jobs around the house and was pretty knackered. As things are starting to drift south I spent an hour in the garden having my lunch and noting what I saw land in the garden and also fly/drift over. Birds noted were 5 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wren, 6 Little Brown Jobs, 20 Swallow, 4 Starling, 2 Goldfinch, 3 House Martin, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Magpie, 2 Robin, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1 Blackbird.
22-8-10, Alrewas GP.
After watching a great game of footy between Man Utd and Fulham I decided to head out on my bike and try the local pits. I decided to have a longer mooch around this site as first thing this morning was alive with birds. Wouild it be as good tonight? No, not really. Birds noted were Lapwing, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Mute Swan, Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Blue Tit, Collared Dove, Great Tit, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Pied Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Linnet and lesser Black-backed Gulls.
22-8-10, National Arboretum.
This is were it all goes pear shaped. I entered the arboretum and headed over to the Junction Pit noting Buzzard, Swallow and Wood Pigeon on the way. I got to the Junction Pit.
22-8-10, Junction Pit.
On arrival I could hear lots of gulls. I crept along the hedgerow and could see Black-headed Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the sand including a couple of hundred Lapwing. I also added Linnet, Swallow, Mallard and Canada Geese to the list. Then as I was enjoying myself the phone went and I had to go to a call out at work. Oh well thats the way it goes.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Whinchat ( I think it is anyway)Peregrine enjoying his breakfast.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
I am still convinced that if I ever make it big in the birding world by finding a mega then this place will be it. Very underwatched and loads of habitat e.g sewage farm (always a good starter), wetland, water, scrub, trees, hedges, grassland. What else do you want. Remember you heard it here when I discover a new species of warbler or finch. The Collins Finch! Maybe not.
15-8-10, National Arboretum.
A quick walk under the tunnel (note, I usually walk over the train line but I re-found a tunnel I used to use, much easier), and I was into the arboretum. This time of year is not the best, winter being the best, and birds noted were Goldfinch, Swallow, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Linnet, Blue Tit, Wren, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Coot, Canada Geese, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Black-headed Gull, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, magpie, Long-tailed Tit and Chiffchaff.
15-8-10, Junction Pit.
This pit is still failing to produce. Birds noted were Kingfisher, Reed Warbler, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Mallard, Carrion Crow, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Chiffchaff and Wood Pigeon. There are always a few waders on this pool, even throughout the summer but this site has not produced much at all. Hopefully it will pick up for the autumn.
15-8-10, Croxall Wides.
As usual it was a quick scan over the wides to see what was about as it is better this side than in Croxall itself. Birds noted were Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Canada Geese, Mallard, Mute Swan, Ringed Plover, Green Sanpiper, Common Sandpiper and Coot.
After I left the arboretum (for those who don't know Croxall Wides and Junction Pit are found half way around the arboretum) the skies were very black and I didn't fancy a soaking so I headed home.
15-8-10, Whitemoor Haye.
After watching the Liverpool/Arsenal match I decided to take the dog out for a walk. We walked around the rough square first and I noted Wood Pigeon, Swallow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, either 7 Curlews or Whimbrels (they lifted off the far quarry pool and flying towards me, I thought they were gulls at first, then they tuned before going around a soil mound, no chance to id), Tree Sparrow, Common Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting (7 standing on...well corn actually), Kestrel, Grey Heron, Wren, and Lapwing. Over to the pool and I added only 8 Greenshanks, 6 Great Crested Grebe and a Stock Dove over.
15-8-10, Croxall GP.
I had the dog with me so I could only do the main side but as I was walking around Whitemoor a guy stopped a told me he had a female Redstart earlier. Birds noted were Jackdaw, Lapwing, Spotted Flycatcher (one in the bushes on the first bend, nice), Blackbird, mallard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Chiffchaff, Wood Pigeon, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Canada Geese, Coot, Mute Swan, Common Sandpiper, Swallow, Common Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greylag Geese, Lesser Whitethroat, Pheasant, Common Tern, Grey Heron, Black-headed Gull and Green Woodpecker.A bonus Spotted Flycatcher at Croxall GP.
You looking at me?
Its typical. I fancied heading towards the coast this weekend. A few waders are on the move as well as skuas and shearwaters. East Yorkshire would have been my location and whilst keeping an eye on the pager I missed some great birds. White-winged Black Tern, Wryneck, Red-backed Shrike, Icterine Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Ortolan Bunting, Wood Sandpiper and Sooty Shearwater all would have been nice year and life ticks. Never mind.
14-8-10, Croxall GP.
With the weather holding off I tried Croxall. It was fishermen and dog walker free. Nice. A walk around the main side got me Chaffinch, Cormorant, Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Carrion Crow, Common Whitethroat, Lapwing, Tufted Duck, Common Tern, Grey Heron, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Mute Swan, Great Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Blue Tit, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, and Black-headed Gull. This weekend was the annual Bloodstock, a modern day twist on Woodstock. This one though was all heavy metal.It could be heard from my front room in Alrewas village, here at Croxall I could watch the main stage in the east side with no problems and it was quite noisy. This was proberbly why not many birds were on this side. I added magpie, Rook, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, and Kingfisher. Back on the main side and walking back to my moms car (mine is still not fixed yet, long story), I added a female Blackcap and a nice, showy Garden Warbler. Now its car fixing time.
Monday, 9 August 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
I headed for Croxall hoping to see no fishermen or dog walkers. I was in luck and the birding wasn't bad either. Birds noted on the main side were Wren, Goldfinch, Buzzard, Jackdaw, Grey Heron, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Blackcap, Mallard, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Common Tern 6, Reed Warbler, Magpie, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Moorhen, Common Sandpiper 6+, Ringed Plover 6+, Starling, Canada Geese, Yellow Wagtail 2 juveniles, a Peregrine attacking the waders, Dunlin 2, a singing Chiffchaff, and a Robin. Over to the east side and I added Rook, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Chaffinch, 1 Little Egret, and a Stock Dove over. Back on the main side I added Common Whitethroat, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Cormorant over.
6-8-10, Whitemoor Haye.
There were a few drops of rain in the air but I headed to Whitemoor Haye. A scan at the lake produced Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mallard, Linnet, Great Crested Grebe, Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Sand Martin, Swift and Carrion Crow. With the weather not much better I carried on around the rough track before heading home. I added Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Blue Tit, Kestrel, Dunnock and Rook. Not the best ever birding day but better than nothing.