Friday, 12 May 2017

Never seen that before !

Friday 12th May 2017

Not the sort of thing you expect in Warwickshire. I'm sure it does happen, particularly on breeding colonies on the coast but I cant recall seeing Common terns 'bombing' a couple of Hobbies. Not just dropping their droppings but actually aiming them. No hits were seen but plenty of near misses. The birds in question were at Mill pool, Alvecote.

The Target, Hobby, Alvecote

Pair of Hobbies

Shelduck with well disciplined brood

Little Gull, Middleton lakes RSPB

So far, May has been largely unspectacular for me, missing most of the wader species passing through, but with all the regular breeding Warblers showing well, I can't complain. Also a good spring for Raptors with Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Osprey and Hobby all seen at localish sites.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Migration report - April

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Been rather too busy trying to catch up with migrants moving through or arriving at their local destinations to keep up with daily accounts -excuses, excuses. I've focussed on localish  sites in the main with mixed success. A summary so far, by no means a complete record just the birds I've managed to see:
Shustoke: Arctic, Black terns,Swift.
Alvecote (Warks) - Dunlin, Blackwits, Garganey, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Little Gull1w, Whinchat .
 Maxstoke -  Redstart.
Mancetter,- Wheatear, Osprey,
 Seeswood -Ring Ouzel, Kingsbury (Cliff pool) -  Little Gull1w, Black Tern.
Brandon - Red Kite, Cuckoo,
Caldecote - Wheatear.
Thanks to those 'finders' who passed on info.

Images of some of the April  birds not featured in the Blog previously:

Eygptian Geese, near Brandon

Black tailed Godwit, Alvecote pools

Whinchat, Alvecote

Wheatear, Mancetter

Black tern, Shustoke Res.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Migrant Fest

Wednesday 19 th April 2017

Just a few of the birds at Middleton lakes RSPB today :

Green Sandpiper, Fisher's Mill

Green winged Teal

Black tailed Godwit

Avocet

Grasshopper warbler

Grasshopper warbler

Green winged Teal




Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Migration report

Tuesday 18th April 2017

The group of Fieldfares built up to 11, last seen at Mancetter on the 14th April. On Monday 17th there were a pair of Wheatear in the sheepfields at Mancetter and an influx of 16 Common Tern at Shustoke res. with large numbers of Hirundines including several House Martins.

Wheatear, Mancetter Quarry

Pair of Wheatear

Friday, 14 April 2017

Home and away

Friday 14th April 2017

After a few days away in East Yorkshire it was good to have a good  local bird to enjoy on the doorstep.
Daybreak across the North Sea from our hotel bedroom

Just as well, cos with strong westerlies there were few migrants to be seen with the exception of several hundred Sand Martins on Hornsea Mere, although the cliffs at Bempton were getting busy.
'Sword fighting' display on the cliffs.

Ring Ouzel, Seeswood pool

Ring Ouzel with Blackbird

Ring Ouzel
Bird of the day was the 1w Ring Ouzel found by Dave Hutton on his local 'patch'
Back on the Hill at Mancetter Quarry the Thrush flock including 11 Fieldfare were still in the same tree but little else was noted.