Showing posts from May, 2012

A quiet day at Spurn

Not what we were hoping for when we set off early on Saturday morning, but a quiet day is what we had. Arriving at 7am we’d already missed Spoonbill and Turtle Dove and though there were Chinese whispers about Golden Oriole sightings, there were just none to be had.The local Lesser Whitethroats put up a good show along with other resident warblers. A Cuckoo was rather showy and lots of Little Terns at Beacon Lane pools are always good to see.We spent the late afternoon and evening at Hatfield Moors – the Red-necked Grebe showed well at the north end of ten-acre lake after we’d negotiated a road with potholes of Cuban standards. We then searched in vain for the waders that had been reported at the southern end of the peat bog. So not a great day for birding even though it was May and we had a stiff north-easterly breeze.I’ve had the moth trap out at home on a couple of occasions as the weather was now warm enough and Thursday nights catch was rather impressive – probably all common stu…

Cream-coloured Courser in Herefordshire

This bird is probably just outside my self-imposed drive time for rarities. But I couldn't resist this splendid bird.....

Just got back so I had to get a couple of images on the site. Red Kite, Redstart, and Dave Jackson all seen too!

Montagu's Harrier at Martin Mere

I'd checked the Reservoir last night and this morning - hirundines had certainly started to put in an appearance with over 150 Sand Martins, twenty or so Swallows and a couple of House Martins. A Common Sandpiper was the only wader on the edge of the water now that the levels are just a foot away from their highest whilst the Coots and Grebes are sitting tight on their nests.

A recently fledged flock of Long-tailed Tits was being fed by their parents next to the promenade and the good weather forecast for the coming week mighy well come at exactly the right time.

Then I got a message about a Montagu's Harrier at Martin Mere but didn't think any more of it until John called me to say that it was still there.
Nothing for it but a mad dash to see what would be a Lancashire lifer for me. I arrived to the news that it had flown off quite high to the east but undeterred I hung around the in-focus shop with Tony when the bird dropped by again.

It was rather distant but even in th…

A morning of Spring-like weather

On Wednesday morning I awoke to blue skies and sunshine at last; still cold but I grasped my chance at getting to grips with a few more summer visitors around Stocks Reservoir before work. It was one of the nicest mornings I've ever spent there - as soon as I trundled up to the causeway I could hear the Wood Warbler that had been there for a few days. This bird gave really close views, singing continuously but I didn't have my camera of course! I just love the Wood Warbler song and managed to get a recording on my iPhone - just need to figure out a way of linking it to blogger.

Just over the wall, a pair of Redstarts cavorted in the willows whilst at least three Garden Warblers were singing. A Cuckoo could be heard in the distance and Common Sandpipers and Red-breasted Mergansers we on the shore line.

Wandering up to the hides, I came across a Grasshopper Warbler as well as lots of Willow Warblers, Reed Buntings, Redpolls & Siskins. The only waders in the inlet were LRPs a…

A Flycatcher with the weight of the twitching world on its shoulders

I have been checking Rishton Reservoir every morning before work but it has been rather disappointing with just two Little Ringed Plovers before they were moved on through disturbance from fishermen and a maximum of three Common Sandpipers. Four pairs of Great Crested Grebes have now dwindles down to a sustainable two and the recent rain has helped get the reservoir level to one twhere they may be able to nest successfully. There have been few migrants around. Swallow and Willow Warbler numbers have ben low and I've only just recorded my first Sedge Warblers back along the canal (three singing males).

Subsequently, it didn't take much persuading for me to join Mark and Margaret Breaks on a trip to Flamborough Head at the weekend to try and see the 'Atlas' Flycatcher that had taken up residence. We got really good views of the bird as it actively fed in the South Landing valley (don't know why they've cut all the trees down but it made easier viewing!).

The grea…