Thursday, 29 December 2016

27th December (Warblington/Broadmarsh)

3 Cattle Egrets seen immediately with a a single Little Egret, however, 10 minutes later they flew off.

At Broadmarsh not much to speak of - 3 small grebes a long way out were unidentified.

26th December (Littlehampton boat lake/The Burgh)

No sign of any Med Gulls around the lake - a few Sanderling on the foreshore.

At the Burgh were at least 6 Red Kites and lots of Buzzards as well as a pair of displaying Raven's.  A Buzzard type species flew over being mobbed by Kites which looked good for a Rough-legged Buzzard - I didn't get all the salient features and the above photo is not very helpful, so I will keep an eye on the local Sussex news to see if one gets reported.

We heard partridge but couldn't see any and there was a distinct lack of Corn Buntings.

25th December (Chichester GP's/Burpham)

The juv. Scaup seen diving frequently and further up the path the Long-tailed Duck was showing nicely.

No sign of any Bewick's @ Burpham.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

5th December 2016 (Dinton Pastures)

No sign of the Ferruginous Duck

Sunday, 19 June 2016

07/06/16 (Turkey)

06/06/16 (Turkey)

05/06/16 (Turkey)

04/06/16 (Turkey)

03/06/16 (Turkey)

02/06/16 (Turkey)

01/06/2016 (Turkey)

Turkey intro

Just come back from a great trip to Turkey with Naturetrek for dragonflies.  On top of some great dragonflies also had 5 new bird lifers: Rufous Bush Chat, White-throated Robin, Red-fronted Serin, Finsch's Wheatear and Eastern Orphean Warbler.

Pictures to follow

Friday, 6 May 2016

Fobney (04/05/2016)

A new site for me and only 20 minutes walk from my office.  A couple of Sedge Warblers, 4 Common Terns, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk and Grey Wagtail were the highlights.

Theale GPs (03/05/2016)

Did a quick look around on the way home from work.  Not much but did see 2 drake Red-crested Pochards, 2 Common Sandpipers (1 on Hosehill, one on the Main Pit), Sedge Warbler, Little Ringed Plover and heard Cuckoo.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Dinton / Moor Green Lakes (28/04/16)

My annual jaunt around Dinton Pastures was extremely poor.  I suspect the cold weather didn't help but the only decent birds were 2 male Mandarin's and a Garden Warbler.  Very few warblers and no Nightingales.  I suspect next year I won't be doing this walk again as Dinton has deteriorated over the years and is no longer worth a good visit.

Moor Green Lakes was much better with good numbers of hirundines, my first Swift of the year, Common Sandpiper and a cracking Yellow Wagtail on the marsh near the hide.

Friday, 25 March 2016

The Camargue @ Christmas

A very enjoyable trip to the Camargue over Christmas with good company, excellent food and of course some birds!

Although, I didn't get any lifers (except a possible fly-over Citril Finch) there were some notable highlights including, according to the leader, me finding the bird of the trip, i.e. Black-winged Kite:

Bewick's Swan
Black Stork
Purple Swamphen
Little Bustard (distant)
one Slender-billed Gull
Black Woodpecker
Alpine Accentor
Penduline Tit
Pair of Bonelli's Eagles (my best ever view)
4 Wallcreepers
 Rock Sparrow
Good sized flock of Brambling
Yelkouan Shearwater
Rock Bunting
Out of season Squacco Heron and Wood Sandpiper