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)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

September 2017 - only two birding trips, both in Hampshire

September 2017, well I only managed two birding trips, both in Hampshire.
Monday 18th September, day booked as holiday, was a busy day at home, started when CSR caravan service arrived to give the caravan it's yearly service. The window cleaner turned up next, and I noticed a neighbour was having a new TV aerial installed. So I contacted the company and got them to take down our redundant aerial, so at one point all three were doing their thing. All the time I knew about the grey phalarope down on Hayling Island, and was hoping to drive down when everyone had departed. It must have been around 16:00 when everyone had finished and left, so I jumped in the car and arrived around 17:00 on Hayling Island, parked up and made the short walk along the Hayling Billy Trail, where I spent around 30mins watching the GREY PHALAROPE, also noted were Cormorant, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-headed gull & Robin.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 205 (Hampshire year list = 179)

Thursday 21st Sseptember 2017, and as I was on call for work, I drove down the A3 to spend a few hours at Farlington marshes. Where I added three to both year and Hampshire, birds seen: Cormorant, Little egret, Canada goose, Teal, Mallard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Ringed plover, Grey plover, Lapwing, Knot, LITTLE STINTCURLEW SANDPIPER, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed godwit, Redshank, Black-headed gull, Great black-backed gull, Meadow pipit, Robin, BEARED TIT, Carrion crow & Starling.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 208 (Hampshire year list = 182)

Monday, October 16, 2017

One good tern deserves another

Wednesday 16th August, and a day on call, so drove down to Hayling Island (Black Point) to see the terns. I soon found Andy Johnson, who put me on the White-winged black tern. It was over on the West Sussex side, with a Black tern. We watched and watched, Andy left to do his rounds, I wandered down to view the end of black point and the mud flats opposite. On the deck were two terns, which turned out to be an adult Common tern but the other was an adult Roseate tern. I put the news out, but they both flew out into the harbour, before more Hampshire birders arrived. Andy returned and again we watched the WWBT & BT and watched, and eventually they came over to the Hampshire side of Chichester harbour, giving nice close views. Birds seen: Cormorant, Little egret, Oystercatcher, Ringed plover, Grey plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed godwit, Bar-tailed godwit, Curlew, Turnstone, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Sandwich tern, ROSEATE TERN, Common tern, Little tern, BLACK TERNWHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Starling & House sparrow.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 198 (Hampshire year list = 174)

I left Hayling Island, and spent the afternoon walking around Farlington marshes, seeing: Little grebe, Cormorant, Little egret, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Ringed plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Ruff, Black-tailed godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Green sandpiper, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Swallow, Meadow pipit, Pied wagtail, Magpie, Carrion crow, Starling, Goldfinch & Linnet.


Friday 18th August, and today I was working near Staines reservoirs, so I went up there at lunchtime, seeing the following: Great crested grebe, 500+ Cormorant, one large group roosting on the bank, Little egret, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted duck, Little ringed plover, Common sandpiper, Turnstone, Black-headed gull, Common tern, RING-NECKED PARAKEET, Swift, Swallow, Pied wagtail, Long-tailed tit, Great tit, Carrion crow, Starling & Linnet.


Monday 21st August, and after work took the dogs for a walk around Busta Triangle Eversley, where I saw and counted the following: Canada Goose (69), Egyptian goose (12), Mallard (10), Tufted duck (1), Little ringed plover (1), Lapwing (14), Green sandpiper (1) & Robin (1).


Tuesday 22nd August, and I was working in High Wycombe, so at lunchtime went to Lodge hill Saunderton Lee Buckinghamshire, seeing Red kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, HOBBY, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, YELLOW WAGTAIL two were feeding around some cattle, Pied wagtail, Robin, Goldcrest, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion crow & Starling.


Wednesday 23rd August, and I tried another new place to walk the dogs, after work. I drove down the lane past St Mary's church, parking up at the end. I then followed the footpath into Warren heath Bramshill, where I saw the following: Canada goose, Woodpigeon, Tawny owl, Nightjar, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Swallow, Robin, Chiffchaff & Carrion crow.


Tuesday 29th August and as on call, went down to Farlington Marshes and added three for the year list, and four for the Hampshire list: : Little grebe, Cormorant, Little egret, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted duck, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed plover, Grey plover, Lapwing, Knot, PECTORAL SANDPIPERDunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed godwit, Curlew, SPOTTED REDSHANKRedshank, Greenshank, Common sandpiper, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Sandwich tern, Feral pigeon, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Meadow pipit, Yellow wagtail, Pied wagtail, Robin, WHINCHAT, Stonechat, Whitethroat, Magpie, Carrion crow, Starling, Goldfinch & Linnet.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 204 (Hampshire year list = 178)