Thursday, 10 April 2014

White Wagtails and more on the patch!

Well those that regularly read my blog will probably know that my patch is not the greatest place for birds, but over the last few days it has been working wonders. On me and my brothers first visit together we picked up 42 Golden Plover which had been flushed by a Buzzard flying over head.

Golden Plover

This was a patch first so obviously I was very exited, as was my brother. We then headed down to the canal where my brother had found a Cetti's Warbler a few days before. We managed to connect with it within about 15 minutes when a huge explosion of sound came from one of the bushes. We saw glimpses of it, but no more. All in all a great day on patch! The next day after a rain fall we tried our luck in the fields behind the RSSKL and with a bit of scanning my brother managed to find a male Wheatear amongst numerous Meadow Pipits! The next day my brother headed off to Bricket Woods and I decided to do a little patch work on my own. I quickly picked up 2 Lapwing in the fields and a Wheatear.


Male Wheatear

I moved a little along to get better views and I then quickly found a second female Wheatear! I anticipated that there may be a White Wagtail on this field which had already produced 2 Wheatear and I scoured the entire field for them, but there was no sign of any. I texted my brother with my finds and he made a stop off at the field on his way home. Now here's the annoying part. He found himself one of the Wheatears and a White Wagtail. Because of this I walked to the field today again and managed to locate the White Wagtails.

White Wagtail

Monday, 7 April 2014

Catching up!

Right then, once again I haven't written a blog post in a month. I keep telling myself I'll write more often, but here we are. To be truthful I haven't really had much of a reason to write a blog post apart from a trip to Portland.


Paul, Chris and I left at some ungodly hour in the morning to take a small trip to Portland. After a smooth trip we arrived at Ferry Bridge where we saw some Red-breasted Merganser and then it was straight off the the harbour. There we saw yet more Red-breasted Merganser and a lone Black Guillemot which was soon to malt into its summer plumage. We were soon on the bill and scanning any sea birds which dared tempt fate by fly on the harsh and stormy sea. We picked up a few Guillemots, Fulmars and varies types of common Gulls, but nothing which was of much interest so I moved on and found myself my first thriving yet battered male Wheatear. Chris and Paul were to late to see it, but we eventually found ourselves a female BLACK REDSTART to raise the spirits and quickly after an extra 2 Wheatear, a couple, both male and female. With this success we headed for the cliffs. Ravens flew lazily and easily over the cliffs giving us brilliant views and a Peregrine maneuvered speedily around the cliffs. Portland was as one would expect apart from any migrants. Once we reached the car again we agreed the long staying Iceland Gull would be or best bet. I didn't have much hope for it, but after a few minutes of scanning Paul found it. We went to have a closer look, but it flew in a different direction so we followed it again. By the end we had covered the whole beach just following the bird. Eventually the bird gave a few fly by passes and we were content.

Iceland Gull

We then did a quick stop at the Harbour and Ferry Bridge before heading off home.
Other than my trip to Portland I haven't done much birding wise.
Thanks for reading.