Those who know me will know my hate of hot weather, its just horrible and the last few weeks have been hell. constant sweating, feel absolutely knackered, lots of weekend activities to do and because of these birding has been minimal.
20-6, Whitemoor Haye.
1 Gadwall, 1 Oyc, 3 Treecreeper (adult & 2 juvs), Garden Warbler, Corn Bunting and 2 Grey partridge.
24-6, Tiln, Notts.
An adult Melodious Warbler had been present for a few days and as I had a busy weekend doing nothing in Coventry the first time I could go was on the Monday evening. A quick 1.5 hours and I was on site and quickly found the site however I was going to listen to my cd to try and learn the song of the Mel Warb but forgot however this soon was not a problem, process of elimination soon got me a song which started off Blackbird but then turned warbler. Superb, now we just needed to see it but thios was proving difficult. After fleeting glimpses I soon saw it perched on a low branch enough to see the bird and watch it sing for about 10 seconds before zooming off, enough of a view for a lifer.
25-6, Whitemoor Haye.
Back to the local patch. 14 Gadwall, 32 Mute Swan, 4 Barnacle Geese (!!!!!), Common Tern, 4 Oycs and 1 Little Owl.
With a great evening in prospect I headed for a location to watch Nightjars and Woodcocks. Oooh, where could that be? A pretty good night was had with outstanding views of both species however you can never choose who comes and stands with you, grrrr.
2-7, Whitemoor Haye.
No-one round here tonight :) and I noted a Quail singing in the cereal field between the quarry and the rough track (it was heard the next day in another field), 21+ Tree Sparrow, 2 Oycs 3 Barnacle Geese.
3-7, Whitemoor Haye.
3 Barnacle Geese, 22 Mallard, Common Tern, 1 Whooper Swan viewed from the gates to the Whitemoor Lakes centre, 4 Goosander, Corn Bunting, several Grey Partridge, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, several Tree Sparrow, 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Oycs.
10-7, Whitemoor Haye.
1 Redshank calling, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Barnacle Geese, 4 Oycs, Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler.