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10th Anniversary Blog Special 30th September 2017
30.09.07-30.09.17

Well it's offical, my blog "ChrisWebDiary" is 10 years old. Even though my old blog pages are no longer on there, I hope you enjoyed reading the blog over the last 10 years. To commemorate my blog's anniversary, I’ve showcased a few of my best pictures and memories during those past 10 years.

Chipping Sodbury Common 19th September 2017

We went back to Chipping Sodbury Common to see the Juvenile Woodchat Shrike, this time with Mum. We saw Meadow Pipits, Goldfinch, Common Snipe, Common Kestrel, Skylarks, Whinchats & Linnets, but no Redstarts this time. We eventually found the Woodchat Shrike perched on a small bush, before it flew up into the tree. It seemed to be feeding well and was not at all worried about us watching it. We left it happily preening itself on the bush. It must have left for migration that evening as this was the last time it was seen on the common. Mum only just saw it in time!

Yate & Chipping Sodbury
1st  September 2017

In the morning, we had a Female Sparrowhawk visiting the garden. In the late afternoon, Me & Dad popped back to the common to see the Shrike. It showed sightly closer and in excellent light conditons. There were also Goldfinches, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, and a Male Common Redstart.



Slimbridge WWT 24th September 2017

We went back to Slimbridge WWT to see if there was any Waders still present. I managed to spot a Juvenile Little Stint in the Rushy Pen. At the Robbie Garnett Hide, we saw a Red Admiral. Back in the Rushy Pen, we saw a Female Grey Wagtail. A Male Migrant Hawker was perched on the Ivy berries. We went to the Kingfisher Hide to look for the Red-breasted Goose. A Female Common Kestrel was perched on a tree in front of the hide. The Red-breasted Goose showed well at times with the Barnacle Geese flock, although it often disappeared from the view. It is proably an escapee, but not 100% sure. A Male Great Spotted Woodpecker was also seen in front of the hide. A Little Grebe, that was present on the small pond has already moulted into Winter Plumage. Finally back in the grounds, we saw the Leucistic Wood Pigeon, which was still present with the other Pigeons.

Slimbridge WWT 10th September 2017

We went to Slimbridge WWT to see what was about & for the Wader Festival. In the Rushy Pen, we saw 2 Common Snipe in front of the hide. The 2 Juvenile Spotted Redshanks were still present on site & were feeding at the back of the pen. Later the pair apparently flew to Top New Piece. Several Ruff were seen on South Lake & was even a bit of fighting between individuals. An obliging Female Ruff was foraging in front of the Hogarth Hide. It  was pretty quiet for bird life, so went to Chipping Sodbury Common to look for Yellow Wagtails. Sadly no sign of any and it started to rain.


Jay at Brandon Hill, Bristol 30th September 2007

Bittern at Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk 1st June 2008

Water Vole at Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire 22nd March 2009

Ring-necked Parakeet at Richmond Park, London 27th October 2010

Red-breasted Merganser on the River Exe, Devon 25th November 2011

Squacco Heron at Blagdon Lake, Somerset 12th May 2012

Wryneck at Berkeley, Gloucestershire 7th October 2013

Heath Fritillary at Haddon Hill, Somerset 15th June 2014

Woodlark at Greenham Common , Newbury, Berkshire 4th April 2015

Spotted Crake at Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire  23rd September  2016

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater in Extremadura, Spain 28th April 2017

Little Stint [Juvenile]

Little Stint [Juvenile]

Red Admiral

Common Kestrel [Female]

Red-breasted & Barnacle Geese

Wood Pigeon [Partial-leucistic]

Great Spotted Woodpecker [Male]

Common Kestrel [Female]

Little Grebe [Winter]

Grey Wagtail [Female]

Migrant Hawker [Male]

Woodchat Shrike [Juvenile]

Meadow Pipit [Adult]

Common Snipe

Rufffs

Ruffs

Moorhen [Chick]

Shvoeler [Female]

Sparrowhawk [Female]

Chipping Sodbury Common 31st August 2017

In the evening Me & Dad popped up to Chipping Sodbury Common to see the Juvenile Woodchat Shrike that had been found the previous day.

Woodchat Shrike [Juvenile]

Common Redstart [Winter Male]

Whinchat [Female]

October 2017