Monday 31 January 2022

Hook with Warsash Local Nature Reserve - 28th January

After a bird survey in Fareham I headed to the Hook with Warsash Local Nature Reserve to see a Yellow-browed Warbler that is overwintering at the site. The bird showed fairly well and relatively quickly as it travelled with the local Long-tailed Tit flock. I had never visited this site before and I spent a little while enjoying the small number of waders and wildfowl present on the falling tide.

My eBird checklist for the visit can be seen here.

Eastbourne - 27th January

Today I visited Chatsworth Cross on Madeira Walk on the seafront at Eastbourne for a Hume's Warbler that has been present since 14th January. Hume's Warbler is British tick for me despite there having been 170 records of the species in Britain to the end of 2019 with a further three records in Ireland to the end of 2018. The bird showed almost immediately on my arrival foraging in Holm Oak just off the pathway. During my time on site it spent most of time foraging very actively in Holm Oak. It would give frequent bursts of rapid calling but would go quiet for 5-10 minutes at a time and would then be very difficult to track. I managed to obtain a few sound recordings but only poor photographs in the lowlight and breezy conditions.

My eBird checklist and sound recordings can be viewed here.

Loddon Valley - 24th January

Today I headed to North Hampshire to the Loddon Valley to the north-east of Basingstoke. A tailless Richard's Pipit had been present in a wet field in the valley bottom for a few days as well as a few Jack Snipe. With the use of my thermal camera I soon found a couple of Jack Snipe but despite criss crossing the field on several occasions the Pipit eluded me. My eBird checklist can be viewed here.

Jack Snipe - Loddon Valley, Hampshire

Monday 17 January 2022

Norfolk Weekend - 15th - 17th January

Sarah, Tobias and I spent the weekend in Norfolk. It was fairly slow going bird wise but we enjoyed walks at Titchwell, Cley and Holkham and stopped at Welney WWT on the return journey. Highlights were a 1st year Iceland Gull at Cley, a single Snow Bunting at Holkham (we couldn't locate the main flock of 80 birds) plus of course the large numbers of Pink-footed Goose that provide the soundscape for many walks. At Welney we saw eight Tundra Bean Goose, several hundred Whooper Swan and two Cattle Egret.

My eBird checklists can be viewed here:

Iceland Gull - Cley Beach, Norfolk

Iceland Gull - Cley Beach, Norfolk

Tundra Bean Goose - Welney WWT, Norfolk

Tundra Bean Goose - Welney WWT, Norfolk

Sunday 2 January 2022

Slimbridge WWT - 2nd January

Sarah and I made a short visit to Slimbridge while staying in our cottage in the Cotswolds today. There were large numbers Golden Plover, Lapwing, Wigeon and Teal present and 120 Bewick Swan. We spent quite some time just watching the sheer spectacle of so many birds. These were regularly hassled by either a Peregrine, Goshawk or Marsh Harrier putting all the birds into the air in a massive swirling mass. As we left a Glossy Ibis showed well on the approach road.

Lapwing - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

Lapwing, Wigeon and Golden Plover - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

Bewick's Swan - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

Bewick's Swan - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

Glossy Ibis - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

Glossy Ibis - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire