Friday, June 21, 2013

Journey, Whitesnake & Thunder - Wembley Arena 29th May 2013

Journey, Whitesnake & Thunder - Wembley Arena 29th May 2013

Hayling Island (Oyster Beds)

Thrusday 16th May, went back for another lunchtime walk here, as a reported Lesser Whitethroat, I only saw Whitethroats, but again good to watch Little terns and the comings ang goings from the gull/tern colony islands.

2013 Year List = 152

Hayling Island (Sandy Point)

Wednesday 15th May, I went down to Sandy Point, parking near to the Lifeboat station, to do a sea watch at lunchtime, very quite on the sea. But Little and Common terns fishing close to the shoreline, and even a couple of Little terns on the beach. Another birder put me onto a Black Redstart at the back of some houses.

2013 Year List = 152

Hayling Island (Oyster Beds)

Monday 19th May, one week working down in Havant, so lunchtime I had a walk around the old oyster beds to view the breeding gull/tern colony. On the islands, Black-headed gulls, Mediterranean gulls and common terns, all took turns in driving away any of the three larger gulls and Carrion crows when they got to close. Little terns flying by, and had great views of one resting on a small island.

 2013 Year List = 152

Ibsley Water - Blashford Lakes

Wednesday 8th May, on my way home from Bournemouth, I dropped into Ibsley Water (Blashford Lakes) to look for the reported Adult SP Black Tern. Went into the hide and the first thing I noticed was the large mixed flock of Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin & House Martin feeding over the lake. Started going through the terns all common, and I was just about to leave when the Black Tern flew past the hide, so I watched it until a warden came to lock up the hide and car park gate.

2013 Year List = 151

Thursday, June 20, 2013

RSPB Pulborough Brooks and Coldwaltham Wset Sussex

Friday 3rd May and as I was working down in Brighton, I took the opportunity to visit the RSPB Reserve at Pulborough Brooks, getting great views of Nightingales and Willow Warblers in full song. I was informed of a Grasshopper Warbler at Coldwaltham, so I stopped of here on my way home, again I dipped, but did enjoy another Nightingale.

2013 Year List = 150

1st May PM - Staines Moor

After completing my work in Weybridge I went to Staines Moor, hoping to see the reported Grasshopper Warbler, I did not see or hear him. But did see Hobby, Cuckoo, House Martin, Sedge and Reed Warblers.
2013 Year List = 148

1st May AM - Spynes Mere and The Moors Redhill Surrey

On the morning of Wednesday 1st May I went to Redhill for Work, and after completing the job, I went to Spynes Mere and The Moors seeing Little Ringed Plover, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Blackcap.

2013 Year List = 143

Staines Reservoirs

Friday 26th April, after working in London, I stopped of at Staines Reservoirs where there were 6 Avocets on the North Basin, also added Common Tern and Swift.

2013 Yesr List = 139

Stanpit Marsh Christchurch Dorset

Thursday 25th April, I went to Stanpit Marsh before going to work in Bournemouth, it was a very grey/foggy morning but I managed to see Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and Wheatear.

2013 Year List = 136

Hengistbury Head Dorset

Wednesday 24th April, and work took me to Bournemouth, so at lunchtime I had a walk around Hengistbury Head, adding Sandwich Tern and Stonechat.

2013 Year List = 133

Staines Reservoirs

Thursday 11th April I went to Harrow for work, and on my way there I stopped of at Staines Reservoirs and over the road was a tree full of Fieldfares. 

Also saw Swallow and White Wagtail

2013 Year List = 131

Staines Reservoirs

On the morning of Tuesday 9th April I started work in Woking, and on the my way to Hounslow for the afternoon I stopped of at Staines Reservoirs. Where I saw a Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull and Sand Martin.

2013 Year List = 129 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Good Friday down at West Wittering West Sussex

Today Tracey and I took the dogs (Charlie, Thomas, Polly & Reg) down to West Wittering.
I took my binoculars with me, and added to my year list, Sanderling, a small flock on East Head. Further round on our walk when we passed Snow Hill I saw a Greenshank, then on our return to the car park next to the road was a wet wooded area, I was looking at a Moorhen, when Tracey said what's that little bird, it was a Water Rail right out in the open giving great views. We then went to The Ship Inn Itchenor ( for a lovely dinner and some local ale.
East Head
Snow Hill

Brent Geese

2013 Year List = 126

Mickleham (Box Hill) Surrey

Thrusday 21st March, I left home earlier and went to Mickleham (Box Hill) to see the Hawfinches, the other birders on site and I, got great views in our scopes as some landed and settled on the top of some nearby trees. I had a little walk around and also had great views of singing  Marsh tits. Then I went to Redhill for work.

2013 Year List = 123

RSPB Rainham Marshes and Ferry Lane Rainham

Wednesday 20th March, Docklands today for work, so after I went to RSPB Rainham Marshes, where I saw a large flock of Golden Plovers.

 Then onto Ferry lane for the male Black Redstart, also added Linnet here.

2013 Year List = 121