Tuesday, 29 March 2011
28-3-11, Whitemoor Haye.
With the evenings an hour lighter, I cracked on with a few jobs before heading out for the last couple of hours. Birds noted were Tree Sparrow, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Linnet, Carrion Crow, Pied Wagtail, Woodpigeon, Robin, Lapwing, Buzzard, Canada Geese, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Skylark, Grey Partridge I saw two and also heard at least one calling, Mallard, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting, Mute Swan 34, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Wheatear, Pheasant, Greylag Geese, Blue Tit, Magpie, Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, Rook, Tufted Duck, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redshank and Chiffchaff. A nice day all in all.
Monday, 21 March 2011
I visited here a couple of weeks ago to find the Great Northern Divers that have been present for ages. I missed them on that occasion and was willing for them to be easily found. I was not sure where to go and the first hide I drove to was all locked up. Bugger. I then headed for the dam looking where to park and drove under the dam, parking halfway along (proberbly where I should not have done), walked up the dam to view the reservoir and there was 2 Great Northern Divers right in front of me. What a bonus. I was not going to stop at any sight once got the target bird but a quick scan also produced Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Oystercatcher, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Coot, Mallard, Barnacle Geese and Great Black-backed Gull.
A quick drive over into Staffordshire and I drove straight into thick fog. This was not going to help me find my next target, Red Grouse. A bit of a drive around the Knotbury area looking for where I parked up last time I was here. I eventually got there and headed off down the track. Fortunately the fog had lifted a little, enough to be able to see a fair distance. Birds noted were Curlew, Song Thrush, Robin, Great Tit, Blackbird, Pheasant, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Red Grouse and Dunnock. The grouse turned out very easy to find with three calling as I got out of the car. A quick walk down the track and a male was standing on top of a tuft calling before flying off.
River Dane south of Flash.
This is where I saw my first Staffs Dipper and so I returned to find another for my year list.
The first Dipper was easy to find but today I struggled before eventually giving up. Birds noted here were Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Wren, Mallard, Blackbird, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Rook and Pheasant. It would have been nice to have got a Dipper today but I was not too bothered as I will be heading to Lathkill Dale in May to photograph them.
Park Hall CP.
I was passing through the Stoke area, heading to my next destination, and I was passing the country park so I decided to have a quick look for any Long-eard Owls. I dont know how long they use this area as a winter roost and, not having heard any reported recently, I was not expecting anything. I was not disappointed. I didnt find any. Birds noted were Robin, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Wren, Blackbird, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Magpie, Sparrowhawk and Goldfinch.
I have not had chance to get up here to see the Great White Egret so I thought I would have a look here just in case. I headed for Tad Bay before heading round to Blithe Bay. Birds noted were Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Woodpigeon, Jay, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Mallard, Canada Geese, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Coot, Mute Swan, Shoveler, Goldeneye, Reed Bunting, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Dunnock and Moorhen. I then drove round to both the causeway and the dam end but I didnt add any more birds to the list.
I spent the last couple of hours walking around Whitemoor Hayel. Birds noted around the lanes were Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Wren, Black Headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Starling, Robin, Yellowhammer, Lapwing, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Tree Sparrow, probable Meadow Pipits, 37 Mute Swans, Grey Heron, Song Thrush, a single Grey Partridge, Magpie, Fieldfare, Long-tailed Tit, Kestrel, Stock Dove and Moorhen. I have seen a few small birds which I have noted down as possible Linnet but written down as LBJ's. That was until the other day there was about 15 Meadow Pipits close to the track. I saw about forty small birds today though distant. Linnets or Mipits? Onto the quarry pool and I added Mallard, Wigeon, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Oystercatcher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Shelduck, Pied Wagtail and Tufted Duck.
A busy day visiting a few sites just to target certain birds, being succesful on 3 of them. Not bad and enjoyable but knackering.
20-3-11, National Arboretum.
Under the rail line then onto the arboretum. Birds noted were Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Wren, Redwing there was about 250 to 300 in the trees proberbly gathering to make the big flight overseas, Greenfinch, Cormorant, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Coot, Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Mistle Thrush, Collared Dove, Lesser Redpoll, Long-tailed Tit and Dunnock. Again, pretty quiet but nice views of the single Redpoll.
20-3-11, Junction Pit.
I keep looking here hoping the water levels change and the birds return but still very poor. Birds noted were Moorhen, Canada Geese, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Greylag Geese, Coot, Mallard, Grey Heron and Great Crested Grebe,
20-3-11, Croxall Wides.
I was not planning to visit Croxall GP today but I did have a look at the new islands in the river hoping for a Little-ringed Plover or Sand Martin. Neither of them showed and I only saw Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Carrion Crow and Canada Geese.
20-3-11, Whitemoor Haye.
After finishing the Arboretum I headed over to Whitemoor Haye and noted Carrion Crow, Wren, Long-tailed Tit, Pied Wagtail and Yellowhammer when entering the lanes. I stopped off at the quarry pool and added Mallard, Lapwing, Tufted Duck, Grerat Spotted Woodpecker, Starling, Redshank, Wigeon, Black-headed Gull, Canada Geese, a single Dunlin, Reed Bunting, Magpie and Great Crested Grebe. Onto the lanes and birds noted were Mistle Thrush, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Cormorant, Blue Tit, Mute Swan 34, Chaffinch, Robin, Tree Sparrow, Kestrel, 213 Fieldfare and a couple of Buzzards. Not a bad list for midday.
20-3-11, Fradley Junction Nature Reserve.
I had to come here as I put out paper for people to write down any bird sightings. Unfortunately most of the comments include Ostrich, pink elephant, a pair of great tits, sad bastard etc. It was funny to begin with but a few thousand later its gets a tad dull. I did stop for quite some time but Im giving it another go. Whilst here I walked around and noted Robin, Mute Swan, Mallard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Rook, Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Grey Heron, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Moorhen, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Fieldfare over.
I then heard the pub calling and so enjoyed several pints of Black Sheep before biking home, not in a straight line!!!!!
Friday, 18 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
An early start equals an early finish which equals a bit of time for birding and Whitemoor was first. A walk around the lanes to begin with and I noted Woodpigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Tree Sparrow, Skylark, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Pheasant, Buzzard, Little Owl, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan 35, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellowhammer, Magpie, Chaffinch, Wren, Great Tit and Kestrel. Then it was a look over the quarry pool to end with. I added Reed Bunting, Pied Wagtail which I counted 31, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Wigeon and Tufted Duck.
With about an hour of light left I headed down the road to Croxall to see what was about. Birds noted on and around the main lake were Tufted Duck, Mallard, Starling, Fieldfare, Canada Geese, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Dunnock, Magpie, Long-tailed Tit, Goldeneye, Blackbird, Robin, Coot, Teal, Black-headed Gull, Wigeon, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Little Egret and a Song Thrush. Through to the east side and I could only add Rook, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Coirmorant, Greylag Geese and Woodpigeon. Heading back towards the car park and I also added Reed Bunting, Wren and a Grey Heron flew over the reserve as I loaded the car up.
I am hoping to do a bit of birding on Friday although I might be visiting the real ale festival in Burton. Might get messy!!!!!
Friday, 11 March 2011
The first picture is a Wrybill and is the only bird in the world to have a bill point sideways. the second looks like a good old Skylark but in fact is called a New Zealand Pipit. Captain Cook thought it was a lark. Great pics I think you would agree and the photographer is coming to these shores this spring and is hoping to photograph some stuff around Whitemoor. Good luck on the front.
Working all weekend but mind be able to find time after I have finished on Sunday to walk Whitemoor again.
Monday, 7 March 2011
I am working now for the next two weekends so news will be pretty slow through March but then the migration will be underway, come on.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Anyway to this afternoon and I finished work a bit early and managed to get an hour and a halfs birding before sunset. I decided to ckeck the quarry pool first because of the poor light later. Birds noted were Tree Sparrow, Wood Pigeon 358 noted over the whole site, Robin, Black-headed Gull, Starling a couple of hundred were gathering to roost, Lapwing 157 were on the quarry edge and 20 more were in the field neat Sittles Farm and then a flock of around 400 lifted from the quarry before dusk, Magpie 34 counted over the site, Teal 4, Wigeon 127, Mallard 6, Pochard 71, Gadwall 2, Tufted Duck 8, Pied Wagtail 6, Chaffinch, Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Song Thrush. From here it was around the lanes. Birds added were Blackbird, Mute Swan 85, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, 4 Grey Partridge, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, 227 Fieldfare, a single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Heron and Canada Geese.