Friday, 28 December 2007

Potteric Carr, S Yorks - 28th December 2007

Bittern - Potteric Carr Nature Reserve YWT

Above Bittern
Above - Willow Tit, Blue tit
Above - Willow Tit, Great Tit, Reed Bunting
Above - Coal Tit
Above - Great Spotted Woodpecker

The initial plan for the trip was to loook for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, but ofcourse, when you plan to see one of these birds - you don't see one, and when you dont plan to see one of these birds - you don't see one!
Birds seen were Bittern - A fantastic bird, showing really well just outside the hide overlooking Piper Marsh for at least 20 minutes
Willow Tit - several birds calling around the reserve but only at the feeding station were these birds observed.
Siskin - 100+ birds were moving overhead.
A great day despeit the undesiable weather, due to the fact I had stunning views of Bittern, Feeding, Standing, and even Flying and year ticking Willow Tit

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Lytham Moss, Lancashire - 27th December 2007

Above Bewicks Swan - Lytham Moss
Above - Adult Whooper Swan
Above - 3 Adult Whooper Swan
Above - Female/1stw Stonechat

I have finally managed to see a 2007 Bewicks swan.

Lytham Moss - 54 Whooper Swans(12 juv) 2 Bewicks Swan, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Stonechat, 212 Rook, 31 Jackdaw, 3 Tree Sparrow over, 14 Chaffinch, 68 Black Headed Gull, 31 Curlew, 16 Lapwing, 5 House sparrow.

Ingol - 3 Lesser Redpoll, 98 Siskin

Friday, 21 December 2007

Morning wander - 21st December 2007

A short walk to my personal local tetrad this morning produced mainly finches on the move - icluding 53 Siskin and 41 Chaffinch
In Haighton House Woods, there were lots of groups of c30 tits in each group, these also held Nuthatchs and Goldcrest.
5 great Spots flew overhead and a movement of redwings and Blackbirds was obvious

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Glaucous Gull - Fishmoor Res, Blackburn, Lancs - 15th December 2007

Picture - Glaucous Gull, Fishmoor Res 27/11/07 (kindly donated by Bill Aspin)

Finally! Ive caught up with the Glaucous!

I only saw the bird flying, but what a distinctive bird it was, with flashing pale wings in amongst the Herring and Black Heads. It did not land on the water, it must have flown in from Whinney Hill, saw that the gulls were flying and folowed them onto the roof of the ex Corus building.

A fab bird and a great target lifer.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

East Lancs birding - 9th December 2007

Gulls at Whinney Hill Tip

The view of the Corus Roof at Fishmoor
A Trip to East Lancashire Mid Morning was to catch up with the ever present Glaucous Gull. First a stop at Whinney Hill Tip, off junction 7 of the M65. Here there were quite a lot of Gulls, but noticably more were flying away from the tip. A 45 minutes search amongst the gulls produced only a single Great Black Backed gull. This was the only bird that wasn't indifferent.
I thought there may be a chance that because it was Sunday, and the work on the tip has stopped, there may be a chance it had already gone to the roost. A trip to Fishmoor was in order. Here there were few birds - 75- Black Heads and c30 Herring as well as 5 Lesser Black Backs and a single Great Black Back. Other than Gulls there were 12 Goosander, which suddenly increased from the original 3 in front of our very eyes! Also 2 Reed Bunting and a Kestrel were present off the water.
A trip to the local site of Corus, where the Gulls roost on was to be our final point of call of the day. Here there were c125 lapwing and a varying number of Herring Gulls and 5 Great Black Backed Gulls
An Educational and enjoyable trip, with the additional dissapointment of another White Winged gull dip!

Saturday, 1 December 2007

East Lancashire - 1st December 2007

On arrival at Clowbridge Res I was expecting the bird to be showing reasonably well like the Photo's taken during the week suggest.

It was no until 30 mins stay that I caught my first sight of the bird, in loose association with a Great Crested Grebe, and the difference in size between the two was quite awsome really. A Fabulous adult and a really good inland Lancashire Bird, even at the coast they are pretty special. A nice addition to my Lancashire List.

A stop off at Fishmoor Res on the way home for the gulls produced 1 ad or 2w Med Gull which was with c2000 Black Headed Gulls. Earlier in the week there was a Glaucous Gull which I was hoping for, but with such a strong wind and arriving maybe 30 mins late, I was sure I wasn't going to see it, if ofcourse, it was there at all.