Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Unexpected treat at Alvecote pools

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Highlight of the week was undoubtedly a visit to Mill pool, Alvecote on the 10th when a Barn Owl got up from an area of long grass and flew at head height before dropping down into the bottom of a  hedge. A Greenshank, 2 Whinchat and Swift were also seen on this visit. There have been several sightings of Hobby both at Alvecote and Caldecote. The last sighting of Redstart at Mancetter was the 9th, ending a great run of records of the species at this sight.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Plenty of local interest

11th Sept 2018

With a short break visiting friends in Somerset, walks to include Mancetter Hill and Alvecote pools have been almost daily. Sightings of Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat have been particularly good so far but warbler sightings have been few and far between. The first sighting of Wheatear  was on 4th of September with a pair on'the hill' .A bigger surprise at Alvecote yesterday came in the form of a Barn Owl flushed from long grass near the path. Greenshank, 2 Whinchat and a Swift were also seen there.
Wheatear, Mancetter

Redstart

Wheatear

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Movement of outgoing migrants continues

Thursday 30th August 2018

No more sightings of Whinchats this week but numbers of Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers moving through have been impressive with daily sightings, and maximums of 4 Spot. Flies at the Anchor bushes, Hartshill and 3 Redstarts at Alvecote. In contrast, sightings of warbler species have been few and far between so far.

Redstart, Mancetter

Spotted Flycatcher, Alvecote

Redstart, juv. Alvecote

Spotted Flycatcher, Hartshill

Monday, 20 August 2018

Migrant watch

Monday 20th August 2018

Checking local sites regularly has produced a number of outgoing migrants. Nothing particularly rare or unusual but always good to see on local 'patches'. Over the past few days Whinchats ( 2) continue to  be seen on the 'docklands' at Caldecote. Redstarts have been at Alvecote (1) and Mancetter (2). Today I saw my first Warwickshire Spotted Flycatcher of the year near the Anchor pub, Hartshill. In fact 4 birds were at this site with Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Garden warbler for good measure. Several Ravens were also seen (and heard) in the area.

Spotted Flycatcher, Nr. Hartshill

Spotted Flycatcher

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Whinchats at Caldecote

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Another local site which regularly turns up migrants is along the river Anker at Caldecote. Whinchat and later Wheatear use to the dead Dock stems as look-out posts along the river. Today there were a pair of Whinchat along with good numbers of House Martin.


Whinchat, Caldecote

Monday, 13 August 2018

Starting to start

13th August 2018

The first signs of return migration : Swifts disappearing, Wood Sandpipers and other waders appearing at local lakes and the first few Redstarts and Whinchats turning up at traditional local hotspots. Regular visits to these sites usually pays dividends through the coming months. One such 'spot' I've been visiting for a few years, the Mancetter hills near Atherstone has a good record as a migrant stop-over. Yesterday  migrants heading south included 3 Redstarts and a Whinchat. Today there were still 2 Redstarts on 'the hill' but no sign of the Whinchat.


Redstart, Mancetter

Redstart

Whinchat