Saturday, 30 August 2014


Thursday, Friday,Saturday 28,29 & 30th August 2014
With an appointment at Cov and Warwicks hospital in the afternoon birding time was limited but a quick visit to Shustoke confirmed the Little Gull was still present in company with a single juvenile Common tern.
Little Gull, Shustoke Res.
Friday started at the Anchor bushes nr Hartshill including a stretch of the Coventry canal. A late Swift was with Swallows over the area of Judkins Quarry, Nuneaton and a large number of Mistle thrushes were in stubble fields to the east of the canal towards Caldecote Hall but there were few migrants to be seen in the bushes and hedges. Driving towards Mill pool, Alvecote a Hobby was seen from the car and a Redstart was seen briefly in the Teal pool hedge.
On Saturday the morning started well with a Green Woodpecker in the garden, only the second record of the species in the garden. A walk near Mancetter Quarry proved fruitless with only 2 Chiffchaffs and a Willow warbler to show for the slog up the hill. I ended up at Alvecote after checking a few hedges on route. The Teal pool hedge came up trumps with a female/juv Redstart as did the hedges at the back of the Pretty Pigs pool with a further 2 Redstarts incuding an elusive male. 6 Little Egrets were counted around Mill pool and Railway pool.
Redstart, Alvecote pools
Little Egret, one of 6 around the pools

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