Saturday was a non-birding day as I was training for a hilly bike ride I have been suckered in to do:( With a good forecast I was thinking of the chase to get some specialised heath birds however a very showy Firecrest was present at Belvide on the Saturday so I decided to get there early and hopefully tick that off before popping to the chase.
You probably know by now the Firecrest did not show again after Saturday, I thought I got a quick call from it early morning but nope, not seen at all. Rubbish. I did do a bit of photography in the woodland hide and added a few Brambling to my year list, one target for on the chase, bonus. Also the Tawny owl was in its owl box and the Long-tailed Duck on the water.
After Belvide I popped up to the rifle range to see what was about. Not a bad short session with birds such as Green Woodpecker and Siskin showing.
A new site.
With the slow demise of Whitemoor Haye I have been thinking of some new sites to check regularly. I have decided to tackle Alrewas gravel pit more often as this has great potential but there is a site not far from home which I have always thought could be quite good, possibly only birded by a couple of people I know that do not live too close and has quite some potential with a range of habitats. Not a bad list of birds was drawn up for the first visit. Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Gadwall all noted.
With time getting on and my energy levels rapidly lowering I had a quick look around Whitemoor Haye. Birds noted 10 Mallard, 5 Coot, 19 Tufties, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow and Reed Bunting.