Friday, 18 April 2014

Thursday 17 April

Popped over just after lunch on my way back to work. The dull conditions I thought might be conducive to dragging a few birds down – I was correct. There were in excess of 250 Sand Martin around a 150 Swallow and at least two House Martin. There appeared little else, but it was a start. I was pushed for time, so I got no further than the car park.

In the early evening, Joy and I took walk around and there were roughly the same number of hirundines plus three Common Tern, as we walked around I picked up two birds at distance and as we got closer it proved to be two Black-necked Grebe just coming into summer plumage. I can only assume that these were the same birds that had been at Draycote earlier in the week. There was very little singing as we walked around – a pair of Mistle Thrush and a Coal Tit being the only birds of note.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Recent Sightings

I have been over recently but it has been rather quiet. However, there have been more sightings of Red Kite and I received an email that one had also been seen near Berkswell, I await my first encounter.

On Monday I had my annual trip to North Wales but this time it was a lot later in the year. I though that would be good but I was wrong. At Black Rock Sands near Porthmadoc we saw several Manx Shearwater, a couple of Sandwich Tern and Razorbill and Guillemot on the sea and a single Red-throated Diver. We then visited a range of sites that we normally go too, and they were all very quiet.
Even at Worlds End there was nothing on show whatsoever.

On Tuesday I made two trips to the Reservoir, in the morning I only had 8 Sand Martin to show for my efforts. On the evening I left it too late to walk around but I did see a Cuckoo fly across the Reservoir.
Sunday looks like it may be interesting with rain forecast with the wind from the east, but we will wait and see.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thursday 10th April

I think the migrants have learnt from last year, after freezing their ****'s off until the end of May they have delayed their arrival. Everything seems to be late, and we are only getting big numbers of Sand Martin through now.

This evening I had 250 Sand Martin and a single Swallow and a Little Ringed Plover. But little else, it was rather nippy tonight but there was a brave Blackcap singing.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Early April

On Thursday Joy and I walked the Malvern ridge covering over 11 miles, it was quite hazy but we had a good day getting some exercise in for the start of what should be my last season of Munro walking with just 16 hills left to complete. Bird wise I had my first Willow Warbler and Swallow. But the highlight was undoubtedly a Red Kite over British Camp. Later I walked around the Reservoir seeing little apart from a single Swallow and around 50 Sand Martin.

A walk around on Friday 12 Sand Martin, there were also two singing Skylark. Chiffchaff and Blackcap are present in good numbers and I heard a single Willow Warbler.

On Saturday morning Joy an I took a walk around Middleton seeing LRP, Ringed Plover and an adult Med Gull and a fly over Raven. In the afternoon we walked around Shustoke and there were a few Sand Martin but little else.

On Sunday, I had nearly 200 Sand Martin late on but there was not a lot else on a miserable day. Adam Archer however, saw a Red Kite, this is the second sighting in a week.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Monday 31 March

Busy in the garden and sorting my garage out, the hedgerow by the house has a few Yellowhammer at the moment and there were a few Chiffchaff singing.

I received a text to say there was 1 Common Tern and 4 Little Gull at Shustoke and for once I was there instantly and saw the said birds. Later in fields near the Atherstone Road I had a couple of Wheatear and 30 Fieldfare.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Sri Lanka (part 2)

Just a few more photographs from my recent Sri Lankan trip. Still buzzing from it.

Sri Lanka Blue Mapgie

Dusky Blue Flycatcher

Asian Elephant

Intermediate Egret

Jerdon’s Bushlark

Joy at the Blue Magpie Lodge

Me at the Blue Magpie Lodge

Oriental Magpie Robin

Painted Stork

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Purple Heron

Red-wattled Lapwing

Rose-ringed Parakeet

? I’m no good with mammals

Spotted Dove

Sri Lanka Woodpigeon

The Typhoo Ladies outside our hotel room.

White-bellied Sea-eagle (with fish)

White-browed Bulbul (youngster)

Woolly-necked Stork

Yellow-eyed Babbler

Monday 24th March

Still on Sri Lankan time! Up at 5.00am so decided to take a walk around the reservoir. It was a stunning morning with clear blue skies. Bird wise it was quiet, apart from the female Scaup/hybrid type that was still present. There were no hirundines and the only birds of note was a small party of four Meadow Pipit.