Friday, 19 September 2014

Thursday 18th September

Popped in briefly and the Garganey was just off the car park showing really well, probably as I hadn’t taken my camera. There were still two Ruff in the same area – the others may well have been down the far end but this was just a flying visit.

Phew, still British!!!!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wednesday 17th September

Although I didn’t go over today the Garganey and the Ruff were still present. I had a little meeting planned with Little Stint at Middleton RSPB.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday 16th September

The four Ruff were still present as was the Common Sandpiper. New in were 9 Teal and a female type Garganey which was asleep on the causeway at the Sailing Club. Yesterdays seven Shoveler had dropped to two and the five Pochard had dropped to one. There were still five Gadwall present.

The only other significant sighting was a flock of c.20 Meadow Pipit which flew over and five Swallow.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday 15 September

I took a trip over tonight, and the four Ruff were still present, also there were a Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. There were seven Shoveler and five Pochard.

Also in the hedgerow by the sailing club was another Spotted Flycatcher, it has been a good autumn for this species in the area.


I had a relaxing ten days in Tenerife, didn’t do a great amount of birding – but enough. I managed to connect with all of the endemics and saw a few more birds besides.

Blue Chaffinch (male)

White-tailed Laurel Pigeon

Bolle’s Pigeon (top), White-tailed Laurel Pigeon (left)

African Blue Tit

Island Canary

Southern Grey Shrike

Barbary Partridge

Blue Chaffinch (female) and Island Canary

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Friday 12 September

Having got back from Tenerife (more to follow) I took a walk around the Reservoir on Friday evening. After a break of a couple of weeks there seemed to be more birds around. I counted nearly 40 Little Grebe and upto a 100 Lapwing on the South shore.

As I was making my way down the north shore something caught my eye landing on the shoreline behind me, I nearly dismissed it but decided that it was worth checking out, I made my way back and lo and behold there were two Ruff. This is practically the only wader species worth talking about this year, a year that has been particularly poor for waders. I left the birds and carried on only for them to fly  past me and land in the south-east corner. There were also a couple of Shoveler and the first Pochard of the autumn.

On Saturday I didn’t get around until late but there were three Ruff which were all showing really well.

Ruff, Dave Hutton

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.