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



Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Menorca, August 2018

My wife, Jan's birthday was the excuse for a family holiday in Menorca, Spain. Our holiday coincided with a heatwave throughout Iberia. With temperatures of 36 + even the 1/2 mile walk to the beach was an effort. The 30 yard walk to the pool was more realistic and with the opportunity of playing with my Grandchildren that was the preferred option most of the time, it was also great fun, for a short time anyway. So little opportunity for serious Birding but various birds were seen. A pair of Egyptian Vultures, a Booted Eagle, Red Kite were seen over the rocky outcrops  overlooking the hotel and several Audouins Gulls were seen patrolling the beach. It was also good to see Turtle doves and Spotted Flycatchers in good numbers, two birds now rarely seen in North Warwickshire.

Audouin's Gulls

Audouin's Gull

Mediterranean Spotted Flycatcher

Turtle Dove