Friday, September 20, 2013

Pagham harbour & Thorney island West Sussex

3rd September 2013, after working in Eastbourne, which didn't take to long as telecoms company had not completed all their work for this site. So did a report on my findings, e-mailed it and then went birding aroung Pagham harbour & Thorney Island. 
North Wall
Great crested grebe, Cormorant, Little egret, Grey heron, Mute swan, Black swan, Domestic white greylag goose, wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Kestrel, Morrhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Little ringed plover, Lapwing Snipe, Black-tailed godwit, Curlew Spotted redshank, Redshank, Common sandpiper, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Green woodpecker, Sand martin, Swallow, Yellow wagtail's in field with cattle, Robin, Cetti's warbler, Magpie, Carrion crow, Starling, House sparrow, Goldfinch.
Visitor Centre/Ferry Pool
Shelduck, Red-legged partridgeCurlew sandpiper, Green sandpiper, Herring gull, Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch.
Church Norton
Ringed plover, turnstone, Great black-backed gull, Lesser whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow warbler, Spotted flycatcher.
Thorney Island
Little grebe, tufted duck, Osprey, Greenshank, Feral pigeon, Meadow pipit, Grey wagtail, Wren, Linnet.
Total No. of species = 58

2013 Year List = 182

Weeting Heath Norfolk

2nd September 2013, after working in Norwich, I stopped of at Weeting Heath and had great views of Stone Curlew pair with their fledgling.

2013 Year List = 178

CarFest South - Laverstoke Park Farm

25th August 2013, Tracey and I went to CarFest South - Laverstoke Park Farm, enjoyed watching the cars doing the hill climb, the small air show, riding on the monster truck and on the carousel and ferris wheel. Looking around the cars, where I met Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. Saw some Buffalo and later had some buffalo ice cream and a buffalo & chilli burger both tasted amazing, then in the evening watching, singing and dancing along with Reef, Alfie Boe, Sea Sick Steve and Ocean Colour Scene.

Hever Castle Kent - Jousting

28th July 2013, Tracey and I took our granddaughter to Hever Castle for the jousting tournament (

Testwood Lakes Hampshire

26th July 2013, after working in Bournemouth I went to Testwood lakes for the reported Great White Egret. It was my first visit here and found another birder also looking for the GWE, and as we walked towards the scrapes, using the site leaflet, I saw the GWE in flight coming away from the scrapes, it flew past us and we followed it until it was lost to sight. The other birder left to go home I stayed to have a look around, on the scrapes were Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and Lapwing, on my way to the hides had great views of a Spotted Flycatcher in a dead tree.

2013 Year List = 177

Moor Green Lakes Berkshire

1st July 2013, after working in Reading I went to Moor Green Lakes to see the female Marsh Harrier.

 2013 Year List = 176

Binfield Berkshire

27th June 2013, working back in Bracknell, and saw on the that a Lesser Whitethroat had taken up a territory and was singing away, not to far away in Binfield. So after work I went a located him not far from the Bottle Lane/Ryehurst Lane junction.

2013 Year List = 175

Shipton-on-Cherwell Oxfordshire

26th June 2013, again I was working up in Coventry, and after looking on the site, on my way home I went to Shipton-on-Cherwell to see the reported Spotted Flycatchers in the churchyard.

2013 Year List = 174

RSPB Otmoor

25th June 2013, after working in Coventry I took the opportunity to drop into RSPB reserve Otmoor, and added Quail and Turtle dove to my year list.

2013 Year List = 173