Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The New Year

4th January 2016

A very steady start to the year from a Birding point of view. No dash to Draycote on the way back from N Y Eve celebrations in Leamington just a quick stop on route to pick up Tawny Owl and then a stroll around some farmland near Polesworth which was productive if not spectacular. Couldn't resist ticking off the Draycote winterers but missed out on the Shag which would have been welcome. Also missed out on the Bittern and the Owls in the Tame valley. Best thing is that I managed to keep my wellies on and had good views of Peregrine falcons chasing Stock doves.

6th January 2016
Much better day in all respects: no rain, very little wind to speak of, and good vis once the early morning mist had cleared. Started at Coleshill Quarry no sign of any Owls but two pairs of Raven, a Perregrine and male Stonechat were seen. Got a message that there was a Great northern Diver at Shustoke Res. presumably the bird that had been at Whitacre pool. The Diver showed very well with a 1w drake Scaup out from the Sailing Club.

 Great northern Diver, Shustoke Res.

Great northern Diver

Great northern Diver

Great northern Diver
Back at the Quarry there was again little activity for some time until a kind soul pointed out the Barn Owl in its favoured tree. A Short eared Owl then put in an all too brief appearance flying from one of the banks surrounding the area.