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December 2014-2

Cheltenham & Hawling 29th December 2014

We went to Pittville Park in Chletenham to see the long - staying Dartford Warbler which was still present at the wild flower meadow, Tommy Taylor's Lane. The Male was feeding alongside the Stonechats in amongst the dead flowers and was flitting about. Then we went to Hawling to see the Short - eared Owls hunting over the farmland. There was even a bit of territoral dispute between two birds fighting with their talons out. They put on a fantastic show for us during the afternoon up to about 15:45, when they disappeared from view.


Dartford Warbler [Male]

Dartford Warbler [Male]

Dartford Warbler [Male]

Stonechat [Female]

Short - eared Owls

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Short - eared Owl

Chew Valley Lake 25th December 2014

As the weather was nice today we decided to look around Chew Valley Lake. Although Woodford Lodge was closed until 29th. We started down by the picnic site where I spotted the long staying Red - breasted Goose resting on the point from the dam. This bird is likely to be an escapee but still a nice bird to see. It spent most of the time asleep unfortunately, and only woke up occasionally to look around. There was also a pair of Egyptian Geese with some other wildfowl. We then went along to Heron's Green Bay  to see what was about. A pair of Great Crested Grebes were doing the head shaking display even though they were  still in Winter Plumage. Even some Mallards were doing head pumping display. Suddenly the Red - breasted Goose flew over and circled around, then flew back towards the picnic site. We popped to have a look at the Stratford Hide where a few Little Egrets showed well. We also surperb views of 3 Goosanders in  front of the hide. There was not a lot at Herriott's Bridge but the usual Gulls and Wildfowl. A few Common Gulls were present in the flock. On the way back through, we drove down to Moreton where we saw a pair of Roe Deer and a Buzzard perched in a tree. As there were no feeders at Moreton Hide, we headed back to the picnic site to look for the Red - breasted Goose again. The Egyptian Geese were present at the edge of the water and there was also a few Common Gulls roosting with Black - headed Gulls. No sign of the Red - breasted Goose though.


Goosander [Male]

Goosander [Female]

Goosander [Male]

Egyptian Goose

Red - breasted Goose

Red - breasted Goose

Little Egret

Buzzard

Common Gull [Winter]

Roe Deer [Female]

Little Egrets

Devon 28th December 2014

We went to look for the Penduline Tit and the Black Brant around Devon. We started at Darts Farm RSPB to look for the Penduline Tit but it had not been seen. There was an enormous flock of Dark - bellied Brent Geese feeding in front of the hide as well as some Black - tailed Godwits. The Black Brant was right at the back of flock and was difficult to see at times as the flock was always moving. After a while, the flock took off with some landing further afield and some heading out to the estuary. There was also Linnets, Chaffinches, Chiffchaffs, Stonechats, Skylarks and a Kingfisher fishing briefly. Afterwards we headed off to Labrador Bay RSPB  to see if there were any Cirl Buntings about. A flock flew over the car park, disturbed by a Buzzard and 2 Peregrines. We had a quick walk about and saw none, but we did see three by the car park. We decided to have a look at Broadsands. The Yellow-browed Warbler was not to be seen and we only saw a couple of Cirl Buntings hiding in the bushes but they weren't feeding on the seed, due to some people playing on their bikes and spooking them. The Pheasant was the only confident bird that seemed happy enough to feed on seed right in front of us.

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Chiffchaff

Stonechat [Female]

Dark - bellied Brent Geese [Flock]

Cirl  Bunting [Female]

Pheasant [Male]

Dark - bellied Brent Goose

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January

Kingfisher
Highlight of this month was a trip to Forest Farm where we saw this Female Kingfisher from the hide and a Fox in daylight.

February
Red - flanked Bluetail
Twitch of the month was Marshfield to see the Male Red-flanked Bluetail which was present in the Shire Valley until 9th March.

March
Twite
We went to Aust Warth  to see the Twite which was feeding on Rod’s log with some Reed Buntings and I had the best view ever.

April
Red - necked Grebe
A bit further afield this month, to Farmoor Reservoir where I saw the Red-necked Grebe. Also saw 4 Whimbrels flying over and some Dunlin on the causeway.

May
Short - toed Eagle
My very first birding trip abroad was to the Camargue. So many highlights & new ticks. Short - toed Eagle, Cattle Egret, Flamingos, Black - winged Stilts, Purple Herons, Bee-eaters, and Rollers to name a few.

June
Arctic Tern
Last time I visited the Farne Islands, I was only a toddler. This time I had my camera and saw Arctic, Sandwich Terns, Bridled Tern, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and of course Puffins.  

July
Spotted Flycatcher
We went to Greylake RSPB and saw a family group of Spotted Flycatchers around the car park. I’ve never seen these birds as well as this before.

August
Wood Sandpiper
Another local twitch was to Northwick Warth to see the Juvenile Wood Sandpiper that was present for a few days on Flashes.

September
Little Stint
We had a weekend in Cornwall & saw Choughs and a Pectoral Sandpiper. My best memory though, was Marazion Beach and this very tame Juvenile Little Stint.

October
Grey Phalarope
We went to Budleigh Salterton where the first Winter Grey Phalarope had been present for a few days on the Otter Estuary. Another very tame bird.

November
Great White Egret
A ride out to Chew Valley Lake and I saw a Great White Egret in the channel at Herriott’s. Also saw Great Northern Diver at Woodford Lodge later that day.

December
Black Redstart
We went to Brean Down Cove for a couple of hours where we knew a Male Black Redstart had been seen. I had great views of it foraging about in the rocks along the beach. Also saw Stonechat & Rock Pipit. See below.

My 2014 highlights
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