Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Got Barred in December

Only two birding trips in December, the first was on the way home from Bournemouth, on Tuesday 12th. When I went to Titchfield Haven for the long staying Barred warbler. I parked up and went to the visitor centre, and I asked for the location of the said warbler. They replied it's just outside and pointed to another birder. No charge, they said, as I was not going onto the reserve and its was closing soon anyway. Out I went and joined the other birder, he had seen the warbler but it was not showing at that moment, oh no was I to late? had it gone to roost? I waited and out it popped and started to eat berries, there was the BARRED WARBLER given a great show. I managed to get some photos, before it did seem to go to roost. Other birds seen on way back to car: Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Black-backed gull, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Robin & House sparrow

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 218 (Hampshire year list = 190)

Tuesday 19th and as I was working down in Bournemouth, at lunchtime I went to Tern hide, which over looks Ibsley water at Blashford lakes. No new birds added to any list. What I did see was: Little grebe, Cormorant, Grey heron, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Egyptian goose, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted duck, Goldeneye, Red-legged partridge, Moorhen, Coot, Snipe, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, Yellow-legged gull, Great black-backed gull, Kingfisher, Robin, Blackbird & Starling.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Pieces of eight, Nope 16 Parrot Crossbills

On holiday from work, so in the afternoon of Tuesday 14th November I went down to Ibsley Water, Blashford lakes, and spent a few hours in the hide seeing: Little grebe, Great crested grebe, Cormorant, Grey heron, Mute swan, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, Great black-backed gull, Pied wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion crow, Starling & Linnet.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 213 (Hampshire year list = 185)

Thursday 16th November, spent the afternoon with the dogs waking around Bramshill Police college, before going to Wembley Arena to see Alice Cooper.
Great crested grebe, Cormorant, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Egyptian goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted duck, Coot, Woodpigeon, Green woodpecker, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Long-tailed tit, Blue tit, Jay, Carrion crow, & Lesser redpoll.

Friday 17th November, started the day down at Black point on Hayling island seeing: GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Cormorant, Little egret, Dark-bellied brent goose, Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Ringed plover, Grey plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Woodpigeon, Great spotted woodpecker, Pied wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Blue tit, Magpie, Carrion crow, House sparrow, Greenfinch & Goldfinch. Then a short drive to Farlington Marshes, where I saw 44 species of bird, but no new birds for year or Hampshire lists. Finally on to Testwood lakes where I saw the following: Great crested grebe, Cormorant, Bittern, Great white egret, Grey heron, Canada goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted duck, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Green woodpecker, Robin, Blackbird, Redwing, Blue tit, Great tit, Magpie, Carrion crow, Chaffinch & Bullfinch.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 214 (Hampshire year list = 187)

Monday 27th November, and as I was working in Bournemouth, I took a late lunch break. I spent the time in the hide looking over Ibsley water, where I added PINK-FOOTED GOOSE which was with the Greglags and the 1st winter CASPIAN GULL to both lists.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 216 (Hampshire year list = 189)

Wednesday 29th November, and as I was on call for work, I went and spent a freezing cold morning up at Staines reservoirs, where other birders and I didn't see the American Horned Lark, I gave it a good go. I even went back to my car to warm up, before giving it another try. While in the car I saw a Peregrine up on the near by Pylon. So on my way home I stopped at Swinley Forest/Wishmoor Bottom, where I joined other birders and enjoyed good views of the PARROT CROSSBILL's


Friday, January 5, 2018

Two lifers and One Hampshire tick.

Wednesday 4th October, another day on call, for work. So I drove down to Keyhaven & Pennington marshes, the wryneck seen on previous days, was not found. Birds seen: Little grebe, Cormorant, Little egret, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Dark-bellied brent goose, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Kestrel, Coot, Lapwing, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Grey phalarope, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Sand martin, Swallow, Meadow pipit, Robin, Stonechat, Wheatear, Cetti's warbler, Blue tit, Magpie, Carrion crow, Starling & Linnet.

I decided that the wryneck had departed, so I drove to Middlebere farm Wareham Dorset, to look for the Stilt sandpiper as this would be a new bird for my UK list. I arrived around 13:30 and walked down the track to Avocet hide. I entered the hide and joined some other birders, who put me on to the STILT SANDPIPER, I only spent around 30mins in the hide as the Stilt sandpiper moved out of sight as the tide went out. birds seen while in the hide and then on my return walk back to the car: Cormorant, Little egret, Grey heron, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Marsh harrier, Avocet, Knot, Curlew sandpiper, Dunlin, Black-tailed godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed gull, Swallow, Meadow pipit, Robin, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed tit, Great tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion crow, House sparrow, Goldfinch & Linnet.


Friday 6th October, and I had a long drive up to Keighley, and at lunchtime I drove to Sunnydale reservoir, East Morton West Yorkshire, where I enjoyed a nice walk in the sun seeing: Teal, Mallard, Buzzard, Pheasant, Moorhen, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey wagtail, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook & Carrion crow. After I had finished work, it was the long drive back down to Farnborough.


Monday 9th October and I had to go back up to Keighley to cover a colleague, who was again on holiday. On the previous Friday I had made a plan to visit Redcar tarn and then three small reservoirs in my lunchtime on Monday. First stop was Redcar tarn Keighley, seeing: Greylag goose, Canada goose, Mallard, Tufted duck, Goosander, Coot, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Robin, Blue tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Chaffinch with Domestic White Greylag Goose, Muscovy Duck & Domestic White Mallard.

The first reservoir was Graincliffe reservoir, where I noted: Mallard, Great spotted woodpecker, Robin, Jay & Magpie.

The second Reva reservoir, where I saw: Buzzard, Kestrel, Red grouse, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Woodpigeon, Meadow pipit, Pied wagtail, Stonechat, Mistle thrush, Jay, Jackdaw & Starling.

Finally Weecher reservoir where I only saw Pied wagtail & Starling.


Wednesday 18th October, I had a call in Leicester, and after I had completed all the work required, I jumped in the car and drove to Wales as the Common rock thrush had been reported again. I arrived at Pwll-Du Blaenavon Gwent around 15:30. As I drove up into the hills, it got foggy, but as other birders were returning to their cars, and had great views. I got into my warm waterproof clothing and teamed up another birder, who had arrived at the same time. We made our way along the track, passed the old quarries, until we saw a Wheatear, it had been reported that it was in the same location as the Common rock thrush. Finally in the gloom we found the COMMON ROCK THRUSH, and I managed some record shots of another new bird for my UK list, only other bird seen Meadow pipit.


Tuesday 31st October, and again on call, so I started the day down at Blashford lake for the Lesser scaup. I parked up in the sailing club car park, and was soon joined by another birder. I started going through the distance birds on the lake, and found the LESSER SCAUP, with a group of Tufted ducks. I looked on a map and saw that there is a footpath at the other end of the lake, so I went down the footpath and got better views of the Lesser scaup, which was a Hampshire tick for me. Other birds seen:Cormorant, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted duck, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Collared dove, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Goldcrest, Long-tailed tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, & House sparrow.

I then went to Black Gutter Bottom where the only birds seen were: Wren, Fieldfare, Mistle thrush, Magpie, Carrion crow & Reed bunting.

Last stop of the day was at Blackwater Arboretum, where I had and enjoyable time just sitting and watching, as the following came into view: Woodpigeon, Great spotted woodpecker, Robin, Blackbird, Song thrush, Redwing, Goldcrest, Long-tailed tit, Marsh tit, Coal tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Siskin, Bullfinch & HAWFINCH.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 212 (Hampshire year list = 184)