Sunday, 16 January 2011

16-1-101 Cannock Chase - Rifle Range.

Todays quarry was pretty obvious really, a Great Grey Shrike which has been giving people the run around around the rifle butts area. I didnt make it till about 09.00 and the bird had been seen. I arrived on site but there was no sight of the bird. 20 minutes later the pager said it was at parr warren. Bloody hell. Fortunately a chap had a map and four of us set off, but with no luck. I ended back at the shooting butts but, unlike the Smew which was a doddle to find, this bird was to remain elusive. Birds noted were Blue Tit, Robin, Yellowhammer, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker (year), Herring Gull, lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull - all gulls flew overhead, Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Jay and Long-tailed Tits.

16-1-11, Cannock Chase - Marquis Drive.

After visiting Whitemoor Haye yesterday I started developing shin splints and bloomin painful they were getting too. I headed for the cafe for a cup of tea and cake before chilling out watching the feeders. Birds noted were Chaffinch, Blackbird, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Robin, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon, Brambling (year), Blue Tit, Dunnock, Bullfinch and Magpie.
Not stunning birding today and here is where it prematurely ended as it was getting painful just to operate the clutch pedal in the car, let alone walk.
Today was WeBS count day which I completely forgot about, will have to do it next week but saturday I am hoping for a day out at a very big puddle of water.

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