Friday, 29 August 2014

Thursday 28th August

The Little Gull was still present joined by a Black Tern (Bobby D) in the evening there were also two Common Tern. It was too windy for any warblers so I didn’t see too much in the way of passerines.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday 27th August

Took a walk around this evening and a 1st winter Little Gull and a Spotted Flycatcher made the trip worthwhile.

The Spotted Flycatcher was just to the left of the car park through the gate and was on the edge of the car park wood and the hedgerow adjacent.

There were c.100 House Martin, c.40 Sand Martin and several Swallow. Also seen were Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday 24 August

After a rather busy time of late Joy and I headed to Middleton Lakes more for the exercise than the birds, which was just as well because there weren’t that many birds. Saw a couple of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Hobby but missed the other birds on offer.

I walked the dog up the field this evening and found a Redstart in the hedgerow only my second ever.

This evening it was round Shustoke there was very little on the Reservoir but quiet a few warblers with several Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday 11th August

Popped over for half an hour tonight and it wasn’t too bad with a Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, Raven and a Peregrine.

Sunday 10th August

With strong winds blowing I popped in briefly in a lull between paint coats to see a couple of Common Sandpiper and a brief Common Tern. There has been a Sabine’s Gull in Warwickshire today (Monday) that would be a very welcome addition to the Reservoirs bird list!!!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

30 July

I have been over a few times and it is still rather quiet, the LRP is still on the shore by the sailing club as were two Common Sandpiper last night – there are usually three.

Black-headed Gull numbers are starting to build up but I haven’t managed to find a Med Gull amongst them as yet, but I will keep on trying. There are still a few Gadwall in eclipse amongst the numerous Mallard.

With this fine weather looking like it might break this weekend there might be a little movement over the next week or so.

I have seen Hobby locally but not over the Reservoir.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Yesterday – a big day for the area

Joy and I decided to go to Middleton Lakes early on Saturday morning. As we were getting ready to go I received a text to say there was a summer plumage Golden Plover on site! I should have checked the text more carefully we had been walking around 10 minutes when I received another text to say it was a probable American Golden Plover. We walked a little quicker.

On arrival the only other birder present was Geoff Williams he pointed the bird out and it appeared to be American Golden Plover, occasionally there seemed to be a trace of a white line on the flanks but I though that might be down to moult. It soon became apparent that others thought it was Pacific Golden Plover and it turned out to be the case. Even checking my photographs now, the bird looks more like AGP than PGP, but I have seen other photographs that confirm that it was in fact a PGP.
Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover with a hint of a white flank line

Pacific Golden Plover