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January 2015-2

Hawling 24th January

We returned to Hawling this afternoon as it was forecast sunshine for the day. As soon as we arrived a Red Kite flew low over the road, but I was a bit slow getting out of the car with my camera so hence, no photos! The Short - eared Owls were flying about again, but this time they disappeared for long periods. Dad and I walked down the road to see if we could get a better view as they seemed to be hunting in the field further back. Then suddenly, we saw some birderwatchers running down towards the wall of the field, so we quickly walked down too. There was a Short - eared Owl perched on top of the fence post and gave fantastic views to us until a birder walked up the path that runs behind the trees. It then took off to hunt and was joined later in the day by a Barn Owl. We also saw two Hares & two Roe Deer. A great end to a splendid day.


Short - eared Owl

Short - eared Owl

Brown Hare

Short - eared Owl

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Cotswold Water Park & Hawling 20th January 2015

We went to Cotswold Water Park in the morning for my birthday outing to look for Red - crested Pochards & Smew. On lake 44 where saw the Smew in 2013 is now housed a flock of wintering Red - crested Pochards which we saw on the other side of the lake. We tried getting a closer look by walking around a bit,  but they all swam out into the middle. At least l saw them anyway for the year. I spotted a Drake Smew with a Goosander after a long struggle of finding lake 43. When I first saw the Smew, it was quite close to the bank and it then flew with the Goosander to the far side. It then dived under water and disappeared. Again, I least I saw it. We had lunch by Lakeside which only had Gulls and Great Crested Grebes on. Last time there were Goldeneye on it. We didn’t go to Shorncote, as we were told you need wellies to get to the hide as the water was so deep. In the afternoon we popped to Hawling, but by that time the weather got very cloudy and dull. There was 3 Short - eared Owls & 2 Barn Owls hunting over the rough grassland. We also saw a Fox nearby to end the day with.


Barn Owl

Short - eared Owl

Fox

Short - eared Owl

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Forest of Dean 19th January 2015

We went to the Forest of Dean to look for Hawfinches for our year list. We went to Parkend to look for them but unfortunately, no luck. They had been seen at the top of some tall trees, but we’d missed them. We went to Parkend Church where we also dipped out on the Hawfinches, but managed to see a lovely pair of Common Crossbills, which are also not very easy to see as they cover a wide area. The Females are dull green, whilst the Males are bright red. At one time the Male fed the Female, but they stayed high in the tree all the time we were there, after which both were spooked by a dog walker. We went to Cannop Ponds to catch up with the Mandarin Ducks and Marsh Tits. We saw  quite a few Mandarins swimming on the pond, while on the feeders were Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Blue & Great Tits, Blackbirds, Robins, Chaffinches & 2 Marsh Tits. We went to Speech House where we saw Nuthatches, Song Thrush, Blackbirds & Stock Doves.

We quickly popped back to Parkend to look and see if the Hawfinches came back but sadly only Song Thrush, Grey Squirrels, Magpie and a few small birds feeding under the Yew Trees.

We stopped at Aust on the way back, just in case any Short - eared Owls were showing, but it looks like its not such a good place to see them this year. No Twite have been seen here either, which is a shame. They were great to watch last year.



Common Crossbill [Male]

Common Crossbill [Female]

Common Crossbills

Marsh Tit

Nuthatch

Song Thrush

Stock Dove

Nuthatch

Mandarin Duck [Pair]

Brean Down &  Somerset Levels 18th January 2015

We went to Brean Down to look for the Twite & Black Redstart. We spotted the Black Redstart on the wall and then on the roof of a house. While we were waiting for the Black Redstart to make an appearance I went to try and photograph a Male Stonechat, but it  flew off beforehand. There was also a Robin perched on a stick and before it flew onto the beach. Then the Male Black Redstart landed on some of the rocks that Mum was sitting on along the beach. So I went up to see it and it was chased by a Pied Wagtail. It came quite close a few times, so I managed to get some photos of it. We then to Brean Down Farm where the Twite had been seen, but not today. We did saw Wren, Meadow Pipits, Sparrowhawk, Shelducks, Curlews, Song Thrushes, Redshanks and some Dunlin. On the way back to the car park we saw a Chiffchaff, Song Thrush & Sparrowhawk which we saw earlier over the  saltmarsh. We also saw some Goats grazing on the hillside. We don't know exactly what breed they were, but they had very large horns. We then headed down to the Somerset Levels and to Ham Wall RSPB. There not much around except Shovelers, Mallards, Mute Swans from the viewpoint & Canada Geese on the rafts from the viewing screens. Also a Robin feeding on grain near the viewpoint. On the way to Shapwick Heath to see the Starlings, at Ashcott Bridge, we saw a Female Roe Deer feeding on the bank of the river.  Finally we finished the day at Shapwick Heath with thousands of Starlings coming into roost, but no spectacular murmurations that evening. It was still a good way to finish the day.

Black Redstart [Male]

Black Redstart [Male]

Song Thrushes

Brean Down Goat

Canada Goose

Roe Deer [Female]

Dunnock

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