Thursday 20 September 2018

Grey Phalarope on a Grey day

Thursday    September 2018

With the weather obviously closing in I made the decision to make a rare visit to Napton Reservoir to see the Grey Phalarope. The weather certainly deteriorated after an initial look at the bird and after a taking a few photos in the drizzle the heavens opened and it was time to retreat.

Grey Phalarope, Napton

Grey Phalarope

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