Sunday, 19 March 2017
Friday, 17 March 2017
|All to play for in the Arkle as Charbel knuckles on landing|
Wednesday morning saw us in Stow on the Wold before heading for the track. On cue the Blue Rock Thrush popped up on top of the roof and pootled about for us providing a UK tick for both Greg and myself. Twitching sated we headed to the course and I actually managed to back a couple of winners in the shape of Willoughby Court and Might Bite! The pictures below show the mighty Sprinter Sacre parading before racing and the runners in the cross country heading out towards the back of the course with Cleeve Hill in the background. Stay strong.
Saturday, 4 March 2017
At Normans Bay this morning a single Eider and a single Fulmar west. A brief stop at Birling Gap yesterday (3rd) yielded the ever spectacular sight of a flock of 120 Brents chugging up channel, migration in action!
Sunday, 19 February 2017
As we commenced crossing the footpath I picked up the flock of Russian White-fronts that has been steadily growing through the last couple of months so stopped to count them. Suddenly whats this, dark head, dark bill with restricted orange, a Tundra Beaner amongst the white-fronts of which there are only 19...
Also another Jack on Horse-eye. This evening a single ringtail into roost on the BTO survey count, although no sign of any SEO and surprisingly no Marsh Harriers. Keep the faith!
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Elsewhere I managed to escape the pressures of work over the weekend of the 11th and 12th and catch up with a few local bits and pieces. A Twite in the Cuckmere on the 11th was the first I have seen for donkeys, probably since the regular wintering flock was last on the Swale, demonstrating how little I migrate these days. Also here was a nice flock of 21 Whitefronts, 9 Barnacle, and 4 Ridgways' Canada Geese...
Later in the morning Sharon and I stopped off in Bexhill where the 7 Waxwing were putting on a good show periodically raiding their chosen berry bushes and finally, following WEBS duties on the 12th I finally stirred myself into wandering over to the Tidemills for the wintering Serin which performed in exemplary manner singing regularly from within the ruins and foraging on the ground. All good stuff!
Sunday, 22 January 2017
On Friday (20th) a couple of Marsh Harrier on Horse-eye and I took some time to count some thrushes with some interesting results. I have had a feeling that there are a lot of Song Thrushes around and my count seems to back this up with 55% of the two feeding flocks I counted being Song Thrushes - they just seem to be in every field, hedgerow, and reed bed at the moment! Unlike SEO of which I have seen none this week... On the raptor front there is an absolutely stunning chocolate brown Buzzard around Lookers at the moment, well worth scoping.
No mothing yet this year - too cold, however on the mammal front 8 Fallow Deer (all does) near the observatory yesterday (21st), Red Fox on Horse-eye this morning, and Brown Hare on the WEBS last weekend.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Anyway, since it was miserable and wet after covering the whole patch area and having a late breakfast, I headed up to East Grinstead with Sharon to see the Waxwings that have been on the Birches Industrial Estate. As always charming birds with their high pitched bell like trilling very evocative, I counted 29 but the flock is 30+, not quite the 300+ that I saw here in one of the invasions in the late 90s' but enough to keep me happy in the ongoing precipitation.
Finally back to the levels and Lookers cottage in continuing rain for the Hen Harrier survey. Nothing doing, in fact no SEO either, not unsurprisingly given the conditions but I did however connect with a couple of Marsh Harriers including a close flyby of one of the adult females which sort of made another soaking worthwhile!
Other visits since Christmas included a very enjoyable day spent with old friend Nigel Driver on the 27th December, the highlight of which was a Pink-footed Goose on Horse-eye along with 7 White-fronts (2ad with 2cy and 2ad with 1cy), and a couple of SEO at the ever busy Lookers'. On the 1st of January, again in pouring rain, Peregrine and Marsh Harrier, and on the 2nd Jan 2 SEO amongst the chaos at Lookers.