Thursday, December 28, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
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 TERN, WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Starling & House sparrow.
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.
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 SANDPIPER,
Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed godwit, Curlew,SPOTTED REDSHANK,
Redshank, 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.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
I then drove down to Fishlake Meadows, I parked up and there was another birder leaving, he had not seen the reported Osprey. I crossed the road and went to the view point, and I scanned the dead trees and I soon found the OSPREY. Other birds seen: Great crested grebe, Cormorant, Grey heron, Mallard, Coot, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Great black-backed gull, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Kingfisher, Great spotted woodpecker, Wren, Blackbird & Magpie.
Then I continued my Hobby search, at Hitches Lane country park Fleet, again no hobbies, but did see: Mute swan, Canada goose, Egyptian goose, Mallard, Red kite, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Woodpigeon, Black-headed gull, Stock dove, Woodpigeon, Swift, Swallow, House martin, Dunnock, Song thrush, Reed warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Great tit, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer & Reed bunting.
Thursday 6th July and on my way home from working on a server in Elland West Yorkshire, I went to East Leake Nottinghamshire for the Bee-eaters. I found the car park set up by the RSPB, paid my £5, and walked to the view point. I joined the other birders and visitors and was soon looking at them as they sat in there favoured tree, I let others have a look through my scope, while I took some record shots. They were soon flying around and catching prey and calling, what a great call, a very pleasant mellow, liquid prruup. I then started to make a note of the other birds on site as I slowly made my way back to the car park. Little grebe, Greylag goose, Mallard, Tufted duck, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Little ringed plover, Lapwing, Green sandpiper, Woodpigeon, Swift, BEE-EATER, Sand martin, Swallow, Pied wagtail, Dunnock, Blackbird, Reed warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Magpie, Carrion crow, Goldfinch & Linnet.
I left Cliffle and drove up to Sandon Hertfordshire to look for the Laughing dove, I looked all around the area near the church, but it was a no show. However I enjoyed watching spotted flycatchers and house martins. Birds seen: Grey heron, Mallard, Red kite, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, House martin, Blackbird, Spotted flycatcher, Jackdaw & Goldfinch.
It had been a while since I had a seabird fix, so early on Sunday 16th July, I made my way up to RSPB Bempton cliffs East Yorkshire, it was a nice quiet drive up. The weather was perfect, and that great smell greeted me as I got out of my car, and got ready for my visit. Had a good look around the reserve as I walked up and down the cliff top paths, seeing the following: FULMAR, Gannet, SHAG, Kestrel, Herring gull, KITTIWAKE, GUILLEMOT, also saw the Bridled form of guillemot, Razorbill, PUFFIN, Feral pigeon, woodpigeon, Skylark, Swallow, Meadow pipit, Wren, Blackbird, Whitethroat, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Starling, TREE SPARROW & Linnet.
Birds seen: Cormorant, Little egret, Mute swan, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Shelduck, Mallard, RED-CRESTED POCHARD, Tufted duck, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Little ringed plover, Lapwing, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, common tern, Stock dove, Woodpigeon, Swift, Sand martin, Blackbird, Chaffinch & Goldfinch.
Wednesday 19th July and Tracey & I went to Sandown Park, for horse racing & Sir Tom Jones.
Friday 28th July and work sent me up to Keighley for a days work. So before I went, I had a look on a map to see what was around, and that's when I saw Ilkley moor. I remember singing On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at with the cub scout pack when I was Arkela (leader), so that was my lunchtime walk sorted.
You can drive up most of the way to a parking area near the transmitter mask. I walked to the Trig point and then to Cowper's cross and then up to the East buck stones and then back to the car. Birds seen on the moor and in the higher fields on the way back down: Greylag goose, Kestrel, a good number of RED GROUSE seen and heard, also lots of grouse droppings and also found some red grouse feathers, Swift, Swallow, Meadow pipit, Wren, Wheatear, Goldfinch & Linnet.