25 Jun 2010
More locally the only garden birds of note were two Nuthatches that spent last Sunday in the garden whilst a Lesser Whitethroat has started singing again nearby. A quick trip to Rivacre Valley was nice as both Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail were seen along Rivacre Brook. Vert little else though apart from a very dodgy sounding Chiffchaff near the rangers hut.
Posted by Phil Woollen. at 11:51
18 Jun 2010
"Further to the earlier report of Great White Egret in Suffolk, birders should note that the large egret viewable on a small pool from the Needham Market-Stowmarket train is in fact plastic."
It brings a whole new meaning to the derogratory birding term 'plastic'
Theres still time for a rare tern to show on the Wirral and with a Roseate shacked up with a Common Tern at nearby Seaforth a prolonged seawatch might just bring rewards.
Most of the activity locally centres around the feeders and with a new generation of young birds now making use of them I'm having to fill them daily.
The Moorhens are managing to hang on to most of their second brood on the pond but one
youngster was found dead during the week and looked as it had fallen prey to a local cat.
There are now five from the first brood and five from the second brood plus two adults on the pond. In the last week the adults have started getting more aggressive towards the first brood and chae them across the pond presumably trying to drive them away to find their own territories.
Only a mother could love this ugly little thing.
Posted by Phil Woollen. at 08:50
11 Jun 2010
8 Jun 2010
I was the only person there and as soon as I arrived the GRW proclaimed its presence, shattering the peace and drowning out the local Willow Warblers with its strident song. Suddnelly it appeared on the reeds in front of me and proceeded to preen before having another sing song and shooting off to the other side of the small lake where it clambered up and down bullrush stems looking for insects.
Posted by Phil Woollen. at 18:04
6 Jun 2010
However, an oppurtunity presented itself this weekend when Malc ' camper van' Curtin & Mark Payne decided they'd go for it on Sunday morning. Deciding to make up the numbers and help the intrepid duo with the identification (!) we arranged to meet up. The best laid plans were scuppered when the bird seemingly disappeared yesterday afternoon so a rethink was required. Deciding we'd go on news this morning I wasn't hopeful and had just clambered back into bed when Malc rang and told me it was still there! B*gger!
A fantastic site though with singing Tree Pipits and Whinchats all around us with spectacular views. Although the crowd today was quite small (30 people) they were generally well behaved. According to one guy who'd travelled up from Plymouth yesterday and missed the bird (but travelled up again today!) the reason it disappeared in the afternoon was due to the constant noise from the watching birders. The usual story I'm afraid - loud talking, mobile phones and generally poor fieldcraft. Still, I'm glad he saw it today.
A stunning little bird - one so special that our mate The Apprentice, who saw it on its first day, decided that none of the birds he saw on his two day trip to Norfolk were worthy of him getting his binoculars out of the car! Anyone want to buy a pair of Leica's?
Posted by Phil Woollen. at 17:45