Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A few sites in N.Warks

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Started the day with the short walk 'up the hill' at Mancetter but saw nothing of particular interest. Made a rare visit to  Middleton Lakes RSPB today, stopping off at Coton pool on the way where I picked up my first Garden warbler of the year. I hadn't been to Middleton for some time and thought there was a good chance of seeing 'Gropper' there. In fact it was very quiet warbler wise but I was treated to a wonderful Aerial display by 2 Hobbies as they chased down a tiring Swift.I didnt see the outcome but I didnt rate the chances of the Swift to survive for too long. Popped in to Shustoke Res. but apart from a single Common Sandpiper there was little else. After a coffee and sandwich stop at Atherstone it was on to Caldecote. A few yellow wags were seen distantly and several Buzzards were following the plough, but again nothing of any note.

Buzzard, Caldecote

Avocet, Middleton Lakes RSPB

Friday, 27 April 2018

Whinchat at Alvecote

Friday 27th April 2018

A few images of a Whinchat at Alvecote pools in the rain this morning.

Whinchat, Alvecote pools

Whinchat

Whinchat

More Garganey images from Alvecote

Thursday 26th April 2018
Garganey, Alvecote Pools

Garganey

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Good movement of incoming Migrants

Sunday 22nd April 2018

The pace has clearly picked up with the improvement in the weather. A Curlew flew over Mancetter Quarry and Sedge warblers and Lesser Whitethroats were seen at Alvecote pools. In fact I'd seen several Lesser Whitethroats well before my first Whitethroat and I still haven't seen or heard a Willow warbler. Just not trying hard enough !
Did manage to see the well watched Ring Ouzel at Little Packington and Brandon Marsh held a drake Garganey today. Just up the road at Baginton Airfield was a cracking male Whinchat as well as another Wheatear.
Gargany, Brandon Marsh N.R.
Ring Ouzel, Little Packington
Wheatear, Baginton

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The flow of migrants increases

Thursday19th April 2018

Having been held back by a cold, wet early April the arrival rate of Migrant birds is picking up. Having said that there are still a great many species I have yet to see. Probably due to inertia on my part rather than any natural phenomena, and rather than try to remember those birds I have seen and the dates I saw them on just list a few of the more memorable sightings. The walk up the Quarry Lane hill has been unproductive until this morning when I finally saw my first Wheatear.
A trip to Brandon Marsh N.R. was good for the lingering Osprey while at Draycote there was an Arctic tern, and a couple of Common Tern while at Alvecote there were 2 Common Sandpiper and a Redstart.

Wheatear, Mancetter

Wheatear

Great white Egret

Osprey, Brandon Marsh N.R. (Don't worry the snaps get worse)

Redstart, Alvecote ( told you)

Monday, 9 April 2018

Migration update

Monday 9th April 2018

Largely uneventful week.Several sightings of Swallows back on local breeding sites plus first House Martin today over Mill pool, Alvecote. Bit of sun brought out this Fly spp to the garden.

Unidentified Fly/wasp/Bee