After the dissapointment of yesterday it was back to good old local patch work. First place was Croxall quite early. A good walk around got me Sedge Warbler, Canada Geese, Black-headed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Woodpigeon, Kestrel, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Mute Swan, Starling on the main side. Going through to the east side and spending a bit of time in the east hide I added Rook, Buzzard, Greylag Geese, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Cormorant, Swallow, Little Egret, Gadwall, Pheasant, Sand Martin, Pied Wagtail, Cuckoo flying over and a seemingly rare Kingfisher. Back towards the car and I added Dunnock, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Ringed Plover, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Ringed Plover, Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker, Reed Warbler and a Herring Gull.
29-4-11. Whitemoor Haye.
Over to olf faithful and before I left for there, there was a phonecall about the presence of Arctic Terns. A nice year tick so it was check the quarry pool first and then park up and head around the lanes to see what was about. Birds noted at the pool were Chiffchaff, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Greenshank, Coot, Swallow, Mallard, Lapwing, Canada Geese, Oystercatcher, Mute Swan, Robin, Tufted Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Ringed Plover, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Magpie, Chaffinch, Yellow Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush, Tree Sparrow, Collared Dove, Great Crested Grebe, Yellowhammer, Common Whitethroat and my first Swift of the year. Not a bad list by just standing in one place by the pool. A quick drive to park the car at the house then a walk around the lanes produced Buzzard, Linnet, Skylark, Wren, Corn Bunting, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Wheatear, Grey Heron, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove and Woodpigen. A great few hours with plenty of birds around.
29-4-11, Branston GP.
After a quick visit home to get some brecky/lunch I decided to head towards Branston to see what was around this active quarry. It was very windy but I persevered. Birds noted were Wren, Stock Dove, Linnet, Carrion Crow, Yellowhammer, Pheasant, Common Whitethroat, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Skylark, House Martin, Swallow, Sparrowhawk, Robin, Mallard, Coot, Tufted Duck, Litle Grebe, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Greatr Crested Grebe, Canada Geese, Pied Wagtail, Cormorant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Gadwall, Wigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Rook, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Black-tailed Godwit, Shelduck, Teal, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Greylag Geese, Jackdaw, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Coal Tit and Blackbird. A good days birding all in all, a tad warm and very windy mind.