for tracking purposes only.
The birds of
Dumfries & Galoway
Scotland & North east
Sparrowhawk, Yate 20th February 2022
Storm Eunice may have passed through the previous day, but the windy and overcast weather made this Male Sparrowhawk shelter in our garden for a few minutes during the afternoon, before it disappeared.
Somerset Levels 23rd February 2022
We started Mum's birthday outing to the Somerset Levels with a visit to Westhay Moor NNR. A Cetti's Warbler showed briefly near the car park, while having a go at the Robin. From the hide, we saw mainly Gadwalls, Mallards & Marsh Harriers. We later popped along to Ham Wall RSPB. By the 1st viewing platform was a Robin, Dunnocks, Magpie & Great Tits. At least 4 Great Crested Grebes showed from the viewing screens. The Grey Herons were nesting in the reeds viewable from Tor View Hide. A few Shovelers and Lapwings were seen from Tor View Hide. It was from there, I managed a series of photos taken of a Coot in flight. On leaving Ham Wall RSPB, we saw a Great White Egret foraging at Ashcott Corner.
Cetti’s Warbler [Adult]
Great Tit [Adult]
Great White Egret [Adult Winter]
Grey Heron [Adult]
Great Crested Grebe [Adult Summer]
Marsh Harrier [Adult Male]
Yate & Barrow, Chew Valley Lake 5th February 2022
Me & Dad popped to Brimsham Park, Yate early to look for Goosanders. Only 1 Female was present on the lake, before flying back to Stanshaw's Lake. Also a Juvenile Grey Heron & Little Egret were present around the lake. A Jay was perched in a tree near the car park. We also had a quick look around Kingsgate Park. A couple of Long-
Grey Heron [Juvenile]
Great Spotted Woodpecker [Male]
Common Kingfisher [Male]
Frampton Cotterell 10th February 2022
Me & Dad popped out to Frampton Cotterell in the evening to see the Ring-
Somerset Levels 11th February 2022
We went to Greylake RSPB to see the Baikal Teal. A few Eurasian Wigeons were in front of the hide. A couple of Common Snipe were feeding close to the hide as well. A few Shovelers & Pintails were present with a flock of Common Teal. The Male Baikal Teal spent most of our visit asleep, only woke up briefly for a preen & a strech. When the bird woke up fully & did a bit of forarging, it soon took off with the rest of the flock to start feeding out on the main water. Back in the car park, the feeders were being used by Common Starlings, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Reed Bunting, House Sparrows, Chaffinches & a Great Spotted Woodpecker. In a field on the Burtle/Westhay road, were 2 Cattle Egrets. We headed to Catcott Lows NNR, but the track was closed due to maintenance work so there was no acess to Lows Hide. We had a quick explore around some of the other hides around the reserve, but was very quiet. A Great White flew past. Later in the day the access to Lows Hide was made possible as it was reopened. There was still Eurasian Wigeons present in front of the hide & viewing screen. The Great White Egret showed for a few minutes at the back of the pool, before flying off to roost. A Marsh Harrier flew around the area, before heading west. A Common Snipe flew over the car park.
Baikal Teal [Male]
Common Snipe [Adult]
Eurasian Wigeon [Male]
Eurasian Wigeon [Female]
Common Starling [Adult Summer]
Great Spotted Woodpecker [Female]
Cattle Egret [Adult Winter]
Marsh Harrier [3rd Year Male]
Reed Bunting & Chaffinch [Males]
Reed Bunting [Male Winter]
Brean Down & Weston-
We went to Brean Down to look for the Black Redstart. We checked out the ploughed field near the NT car park, but no Ring Ouzel. The Male Black Redstart was seen briefly on the beach, before flying up to the grassy slope. We saw it again, but more distantly. Our 4th attempt to get good views of the Weston Penduline Tits paid off. The 3 birds showed very well in the late afternoon sunlight.
Black Redstart [Male]