Friday, 22 July 2016

Visits to Draycote Water and Brandon Marsh

20th July 2016

It finally came together at Draycote Water this week. I had my camera, a card in the camera and the bird/birds in view at the same time. Yippee. So eventually I can offer some illustration of visits to Brandon Marsh and Draycote.

Young Swallows, Brandon Marsh N R

Wheatear, Draycote Water

Common Terns, Draycote

Little Egret

Little Egret

Little Egret

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Week's round-up

Wednesday 13th July 2016

A few images from the week's wanderings. Bird of the week was probably a Hobby that flew low over the garden but the young Wheatear at Draycote was nice though unfortunately not captured on camera. Draycote Water was the most productive site with Yellow legged Gulls, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Little ringed Plover, adults and juveniles and Common Sandpipers in addition to the Wheatear. Brandon had Hobby and Green Sandpiper but Bentley, Kingbury WP and Alvecote pools were relatively quiet.

Whitethroat, Cliffe pool Kingsbury W P.

Garden Pigeon on nest, garden

Yellow legged Gull, Draycote Water

Common tern, Draycote Water

Common Sandpiper, Draycote Water

Little ringed Plover

Little ringed plover, Juvenile

Middleton Lakes RSPB

Wednesday 20th July 2016

A few images from a trip to Middleton Lakes RSPB yesterday.

The 3 Heron spp

Great White Egret

Little and Large

Sedge warbler

Great white Egret

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Great Knot - Norfolk

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Can't remember the last time I visited Norfolk, some time ago to be sure. Anyway, not wanting to be the only 'birder' not to have seen the Great Knot, when the opportunity arose I went. John Holtham picked me up and we travelled east. Where would the Knot flock be today? We would have to wait and see. As we approached Kings Lynn we got the first pager message. It was on the Freshmarsh at Titchwell. There were a few people there when we arrived so parking was no problem.It was still on the freshmarsh where it remained for the duration of our stay.So no photo opportunities but good views non the less. Other birds of note during the day were Spoonbill, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier and Little gull.

The Titchwell hat

Part of the Knot flock - photo courtesy of John Holtham

The Great Knot !!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Local walks

27th, 28th June 2016

Yesterday had a stroll round Caldecote Hall pretty much same old but highlights were family party of Mistle thrush, 3 pairs of Yellow wagtails plus 2 juveniles, juvenile and adult Linnets several Common Whitethroats good numbers of House Martins outnumbering Swallows and a single Sand Martin.
Near the Anchor pub was a number of Bee Orchids, but that was about it for excitment. During the week a couple of visits to Bentley Woods had been also pretty birdless.
So with a song in my heart and a Spring in my step I set off optimistically to walk the River Anker circuit between  Woodford Lane and Mancetter. Millions of Damsel flies but little in the way of visible birdlife. I did hear a couple of Lesser Whitethroats but that was it I'm afaid. Can't even fall back on the nest boxes in the garden with no takers for the nest boxes this year. Too many Magpies. Role on the Autumn.