Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunny day......

0615 - 0815 Bright, clear, chilly E f2-3

...or is that 0515.....who keeps moving these clocks around.....will we ever stop.....

Havent been for a couple of days and had at least one clear night for migration...so....whats about...only did a three quarter round today so not a full count....

...onward....

Warbler Count:

Chiffchaff 41
Cettis Warbler 1

...so plenty of Chiffchaff around....if I remember correctly my highest count last year was nearly 50...so I must be approaching that number on site already....

...other than that a Fieldfare called and 7 Stock Dove were in the east field....plenty of Dunnock and Great Tit song along with Song Thrush and Blackbirds.....

On the water...well...after alighting from an oak tree on long straight...4 Mandarin Duck....I could only find 2 Goldeneye today....2 Little Egrets were flying around and I flushed 2 Snipe at middle pit...

All round a good visit....must be near arrival date for another warbler....let the rush begin...!!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Back On The Road...

0915 - 1120 Overcast, occasionally bright, cold N f3-4

A few days off for a bit of sickness and gagging to get back on site yesterday...hence the rain!!

So...with it being dry today a full walk round was required....and I believe in record time....

Warbler count:

Chiffchaff 35

....and no Cettis....and nothing else....although this is the biggest count of the season so far for Chiffchaffs.....so some birds must still be moving despite the interesting weather change over the past few days.....

4 Fieldfare were struggling to fly north and came to rest in a tree overhead providing nice...if somewhat late....views....nice to see though its hard to say if I will be seeing any more before next winter....safe journey...!

21 Shovelers, 6 Pochard and 1 Gadwall were on the water along with 4 Goldeneye, now 2 pairs....and a pair of Mandarin Ducks.....

Bird of the day....1 Green Sandpiper initially seen flying away from middle pit and relocated on west pit in the usual place, north beach....

Its nice to be back...

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mining Bee

...of all the places to start mining.....on the obvious path across the puddles...




.....there are also some mining bees on one of the piles of sand....though sadly the pile of sand that may well be used as someone has recently taken some.....

Windy visit

0615 - 0800 overcast, blustery W f2-4

Out in the open it was quite blustery at time with mostly f4 winds.....it was nice to get out of the wind...

Ground Ivy

A quick visit again just to se if any new warblers have arrived...but no....just Chiffchaffs a plenty and the Cettis Warbler voiced an opinion about the day...it has moved further east, remaining on the north side.....

2 Stock Dove were around....

2 Mandarin Duck and 2 Goldeneye made up the pit interest.....all the Shovelers, about 30 - 40, were on middle pit feeding....

The past few visits have had the addition of Roe Deer present....today there were three at the quarry....though they soo disappeared...

Friday, 17 March 2017

Barancle Return

0915 - 1100 bright but clouding over slowly, quite chilly W f2-3

Herringbone skies.....

A quick visit to see if anything new had turned up....covered about half the site...no new warblers but plenty of Chiffchaffs to listen to and see....

Several Buzzards were around the site.....and as per usual of late there is plenty of Bullfinches all over the site but easily located along the south side of the pits....

On the water....now down to 4 Gadwall...loads of Tufted Ducks, Coots which probably make up the larger numbers of birds.....

Mute Swans making nests.....a solitary Teal was present in island pit though I'm sure some friends will be around.....Shovelers and 3 Pochard were also present there....

2 Mandarins, 4 Goldeneye and....

...the return of the Barnacle Goose...on island pit...

....was milling around with a handful of Canada Geese....the Greylags and more Canadas were in the field south of the pits....

A Little Egret was present...then flew...


...to join a Grey Heron, though didn't get that in the picture above....


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Warble On

0915 - 1145 bright, misty in places but clearing quickly, warm W f1-3

A all round trip to count the warblers....so...

Warbler count:

Chiffchaff 25

No others heard or seen.....

Looking West....

Other birds of note....Mandarin Duck 4, Goldeneye 2, Tufted Duck 121, Little Egret 1....

....and.....had to use my phone for this picture....

3 Grey Heron, centre....and 1 Buzzard on the right....

On a couple of different notes....plenty of Comma butterflies around today...also...Tortieshell and Brimstone...

Along one of the footpaths over the eastern side of the site I encountered my first Mink for the site....

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cettis Return

0910 - 1130 bright, sunny, warm to very warm

A fabulous day....after a clear night last night....so a trip to the pits in the company of DH just to see if anything else was happening....though we only did about three-quarter of the site....so a reduced warbler count...

Warbler count:

Chiffchaff 20

Cettis Warbler 1

Yes....the Cettis Warbler is back...or is it a different one.....?  I'm guessing its the same one...it has relocated north-east and is now in woodland....hopefully it will move back....but if it doesn't, at least remain on site....so...all systems go for breeding this year!?  It was blowing up a storm singing....

The 3 Goldeneye had now become 4 with the arrival of another female....the original pair certainly seemed stuck together still so maybe the new pair will make overtones in that direction too....

2 pairs of Mandarin Duck were on big pit....

2 Little Egret were on middle pit....

There were good numbers of Buzzards around, one pair still at the west evergreen trees....out north at least 5 were high in the air....

....and the weather was a terrific spring day....