Monday, 8 December 2014

Monday 8 December

Not a bad day with a couple of Jack Snipe and around 30 Snipe the cold weather obviously moving the birds on – there were none last week in the same area. The Red-crested Pochard and the Scaup were still present and there was an impressive c.350 Tufted Duck, 27 Gadwall and c.60 Pochard,

Friday, 5 December 2014

The rest of the week

Wednesday – Shustoke the Common Sandpiper was still present, along with the Scaup and the Red-crested Pochard – new for the year was a Woodcock. On the whole, not as good as yesterday but still not bad.

Thursday – spend the day at Middleton Lakes, highlights were c.350 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, 8 Shelduck, Water Rail several Stonechat and a good supporting cast of commoner birds.

Friday – Joy and I were up early and 10 minutes after dawn we started the Malvern Ridge a Castlemorton Common nearly three hours later we saw the Snow Bunting again at Worcestershire Beacon also seen were a few Stonechat, Raven, Bullfinch, 20+ Meadow Pipit and a first – a Mistle Thrush feeding on Mistletoe Berries!

Sitting at home knackered after a near 15 mile ridge walk!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tuesday 2nd December

What a day, probably the best I have had birding at the Reservoir for years. It started well with a Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper together in the north-west corner, I thought I had peaked early. But at the far end the drake Red-crested Pochard and the 1st winter male Scaup were still present, a great haul for Shustoke. I had to make my way along the south shore to see the Scaup as I needed the sun behind me. When I confirmed it was there I made my way back to be greeted with a male Merlin which flew past. I only saw it for a few seconds but it was unmistakably.

I then made my way around the small pool seeing a large flock of Goldfinch which contained a few Siskin, then I saw Willow Tit again in roughly the same area. A large female Peregrine was soaring in the direction of the Gryphon. When I checked up and had seen 58 species in the morning, which quite a few glaring omissions.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wednesday 19th November

Spent the morning around the Reservoir and had a reasonable time. There were four Goosander, two Goldeneye, 42 Pochard, 9 Shoveller plus 40+ Lapwing and Common Sandpiper.

I saw two Willow Tit today as well the first time I have seen two for quite a while. There were still a few Meadow Pipit in the area but all-in-all it was the usual suspects. The gull roost appeared to have ceased as there were very few birds this evening.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Monday 17th November

Took a walk around late afternoon and found that the Common Sandpiper was still present, that really is a late date. Also the first Goosander with three females on site.

As promised Snow Bunting

Female Snow Bunting, Malvern Ridge

Thursday13th November

Finally found time. Thursday saw the return of the Shag as well as a Little Egret, generally though it was quiet with the passage of thrushes from the previous days drying up.

Walked the Malvern Ridge of Saturday in poor weather but did see the Snow Bunting at the Worcestershire Beacon (photo’s to follow).

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Monday 10th November

Had a couple of walks around today, with the highlight being a Common Sandpiper, however I could not find that on Tuesday. I saw two species today for the first time this year at the Reservoir, Tawny Owl and Nuthatch. There are still good numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing passing through and a few Meadow Pipit remain.