Monday, 27 February 2012
Birds added around the lanes were Blue Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Starling, Carrion Crow, Robin, Woodpigeon, 177 Mute Swan, 4 Grey Partridge, Herring Gull, Wren, Blackbird, about 70 Golden Plover however I spoke to a couple of odd chaps hanging round the lanes at Whitemoor (!!!!!!!!!!!!) and they had seen a couple of much larger flocks, about 350 Lapwing, Magpie, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Stock Dove, Reed Bunting, 2 Little Owl, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Fieldfare, Jackdaw, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Black Headed Gull, Moorhen, Pheasant, Meadow Pipit and a few Dunnocks.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Unfortunately my digi-scoping skills deserted me this weekend so this was the best shot I got of it but it was a real cracking full plumaged male bird. After feasting on it we headed back to the car when one of the group found a bonus Mediterannean Gull.
There was also a Whooper Swan on site but if this was gonna be claimed as a year tick then I was going to have the Tawny Owl that had just flown down from a tree and landed on a chaps hand who was, and I am sure very glad he was, wearing a thick glove on one hand!!!!! Other birds noted here were Mute Swan, Coot, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Canada Geese, Robin, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Magpie, Common Gull, Moorhen, Jackdaw and Herring Gull.
With the weather still rubbish we headed for Cardiff Bay where a Bonapartes Gull had been present. We parked up by the barrage and had a walk but we failed to locate a helipad whwre the bird was present, let alone the bird itself. But here the weather was rubbish. Birds noted were Black Headed Gull, Curlew, Cormorant, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Turnstone, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull and Carrion Crow. Oh well, at least there were a couple of year ticks in there. We was at the far end of the barrage when news come through that the star bird had been seen briefly. That was enough.
The car park was now closed as cars couldnt get in or out of the car park so we parked up in a side street, over a stile a in minutes we were with the gathering masses all trying to look in a small ditch adn it was not long before a small browny green bird with an obvious yellow chest quickly popped onto a perch before dropping down again,a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. This was a 1st winter male blown in from America and it was a real stunner. Like a muppet I had bought all of my gear bar my bins, and all of the gear bar my bins were no good. I tried some photos but the bird was very mobile, only perching for a milli second before back down on the ground. It was chasing small flies and many people commented on the flycatcher like feeding. We watched the bird for about 30 minutes before it had had enough and started feeding along teh hedgerow. As we headed back down the hill to the car park it had moved 200 yards in the space of a couple of minutes and the masses were in hot persuit. We went home. Many thanks to the driver and his navigator for the day, great fun.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Birds noted were Chaffinch, Redwing, Lesser Redpoll, Canada Geese, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Mallard, Teal, Goosander, Fieldfare, Starling, Kingfisher, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Black Headed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Long-tailed Tit and Woodpigeon.
A very frozen pit but birds noted were Chaffinch, Great Tit, Mallard and Blue Tit.
Another 99.99% frozen pool but there was a small patch of water around the edge which held a few ducks. Birds noted were Little Egret, Shelduck, Chaffinch, Redshank, Mallard, Teal, Buzzard, Cormorant, Wren, Kingfisher, Redwing, Blackbird, Great Tit, Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit. Grey Heron, Snipe, Mute Swan, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Canada Geese, Fieldfare, Robin, Kestrel and Starling.
Birds noted were Goosander, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Coot, Canada Geese, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit, Smew, Skylark, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapwing and Mute Swan.
I will try and crearte a table to give the count numbers and paste it onto a posting if that is possible.
Sunday, 19 February 2012
news of the last couple of weekends birding to come but to tease!!!!
Smew on a gravel pit
Lots of Shoveler and Goosander to report
A beutiful Common Yellowthroat
A bread eating Whooper Swan and a cracking Lesser Scaup
A nearly bird of the day Goldcrest
But first, bed.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
I was heading down the A50 and there was still a bit of daylight left so I decided to divert to Foremark reservoir to look at the gull roost. I arrived just as dusk was falling and noted the following. Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Black Headed Gull, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Mallard, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Blackbird, Wren, Pheasant, Goldeneye and Pied Wagtail. Having only done this roost once when the Franklins Gull was present, it seemed a difficult roost to check out as the birds were spread over a very wide area meaning it was hard to keep scanning through and try to be thorough when the birds are well spread and mobile. This could have been the reason why no one else was present. I went home.
Monday, 6 February 2012
Twas dentist time at 16.00 but walking through afterwards I noticed a few Pied Wagtails on top of the shops roofs in the arcade, about 30 in total. Then passing Argos byu the car park there must have been another 90 to 100 birds on the roofs. I have seen pictures of urban roosts in trees with masses of Pied Wagtails and I would love to see this spectacle and hopefully its occering in Lichfield.
I went home.
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Below are a few photos taken along the way.
The Whitemoor Haye lanes.
The views over to Sittles Farm where the masses of Mute Swans usually gather.
Tree Sparrow in a hedge.
Robin in a hedge next to Tree Sparrows (see above)
Some of the c1000 Starlings.
Work again tomorrow then a fishing match on Sunday so no more birding this weekend unless I can get to Whitemoor Haye after work tomorrow although the forecast is snow. If that comes true I might watch England v Scotland.