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Bradley Stoke 30th January 2017

We made a flying visit out to Bradley Stoke to see the Waxwings. There were 14 birds present that day & only showed for couple of seconds & disappeared for long periods.

Slimbridge WWT 28th January 2017

As it was nice & sunny, Me & Dad popped off to Slimbridge WWT for a couple of hours. We started at the Ziess Hide and there were quite a few Common Snipe on Bottom New Piece. We headed to the Kingfisher Hide and saw a Fieldfare & Redwing briefly. Sadly the Bittern didn't show at all during our visit. In the Asia Pen the un-ringed & fully winged Female Ruddy Shelduck had returned for a another Winter. It showed very well, hanging out with the captive Ruddy Shelducks. In the grounds the Rooks & Jackdaw were perched in one of the trees as the storm clouds approached. We had a quick look in South Lake, but there was not a lot to report. After leaving the hide, we saw a Cormorant of the race 'Sinensis' fly around a couple of times before landing on Swan Lake. It was doing well for fish there, because we managed to see it catch at least 3. Afterwards it flew back towards South Lake to dry of it's wings & digest it's meal. In the Rushy Pen were Bewick's Swans, Pintails, Shelducks, Tufted Ducks & Dunlin. Some of the Cranes were feeding on the Tack Piece and 2 from the Martin Smith Hide. In the Robbie Garnett Hide, a Male Pintail swam pasand there were some fly pass Bewick's Swans, Shelducks,Tufted Ducks & Common Pochards. In the Willow Hide, a Long-tailed Tit was feeding on the ground underneath the feeders. Back in the Rushy was a very obliging Lapwing in good sunlight. After a very disapointing day on our last trip to Arlingham on the 10th. We decided to try once more for the Richard's Pipit, but dipped out again! Still had a nice fly-by of a Little Egret. A Buzzard was perched in the hedge while we were walking back. We finished our visit with a couple of Fieldfares perched in the trees.

Continental Cormorant [Sinensis]

Ruddy Shelduck [Female]

Rook [Adult]

Continental Cormorant [Sinensis]

Bewick’s Swan [Adult]

Common Crane [Pair]

Pintail [Male]

Long-tailed Tit [Adult]

Lapwing [Adult]

Fieldfare

Little Egret [Winter]

Lapwing [Adult]

Bewick’s Swan [Flock]

Slimbridge WWT 3rd January 2017

We started the year with a visit to Slimbridge WWT. We headed down to the Kingfisher Hide to see if the Bittern was showing. It only made a brief appearance before flying across to the reeds opposite. A Wren perched on a post in front of the hide and a couple of Chaffinches foraging under the feeders. A Robin was perched on a nearby wall. On our way to the Rushy Pen, we saw a Wood Pigeon feeding on Ivy berries. The Little Stint was still present at the back of the pen with a Dunlin. A few Bewick's Swans were mixed with other Widfowl. At the Willow Hide there were Blackbirds, a Rabbit, House Sparrows & Brown Rat. From the Robbie Garnett Hide there were a few Cranes & Bewick's Swans. One of the Bewick's Swans made a very slippery landing on the frozen lake. A couple of Pintails flew past the hide. On South Lake the Pale Greylag Goose was still present with the other Greylags. A 1st Winter Male Shoveler dabbled through the water close to the observatory. There was quite a number of Teals and also a Continental Cormorant of the race 'Sinensis' on the island with the other Cormorants at the back of the lake.


Toghill Farm, Wick & Marshfield 14th January 2017

We went to Toghill Farm near Wick to see the Cattle Egrets which have been present for a few days. Both birds were feeding well in the fields. They are annual vagrants to Britain and had started to develop a bit of yellow on the head. Let's hope they stay a little longer. We went via Marshfield where we saw Stonechats, Yellowhammers, Redwings, Corn Buntings, Fieldfares & Kestrels.



Cornwall 21st-24th January 2017


21.01.17

We started our Cornwall Weekend with a quick look at St Agnes Head, where saw some Stonechats & a Male Black Redstart briefly near the coastguard station, before it was lost to view. A friendly Rock Pipit hopped around the car when we parked to have a coffee. But the highlight of the evening, was a sighting of a Short-eared Owl flying over the road. Eventually we caught up with it resting on the heath & giving superb views, before it set off for it’s evening hunt.

22.01.17

Our first full day in Cornwall began on the Hayle Estuary & from the causeway was a group of Common Teal. The 1st Winter Male Green-winged Teal which had been present for about a month was still with the flock. The Spoonbill was feeding in the far channel with a Little Egret. A few Mediterranean Gulls were also reported with the Black-headed Gulls. We went to look in the hide at Ryan’s Field RSPB. There was a Little Egret, Dunlins, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwits & Curlew. Suddenly the Immature Spoonbill flew in from the estuary and started to feed with Little Egret. Eventually both the Spoonbill & the Egret went up onto the bank for a rest. While the Spoonbill went to sleep, the Egret flew further down to feed by the causeway. Afterwards Dad was looking through the scope & saw a small bird coming out of the vegetation, we later confirmed it as being a Water Pipit. We then headed to Perranuthnoe for the Hudsonian Whimbriel. There were few Stonechats near the car park. On the beach between Boat Cove & Marazion were Rock Pipits, Grey Plovers & Turnstones. Sadly the Hudsonian Whimbrel wasn’t showing at all during our visit.

We headed to Mousehole to look for the Eastern Black Redstart, which fortunately was much easier to see. The 1st Winter Male was showing very well on the rocks between the Rock Pool Cafe & the harbour. It had also been present around since December 2016. We also spotted some Porpoises & the Pacific Diver. On our way home, we stopped at Penzance. We managed to see a few Purple Sandpipers with some Turnstones. Our final port of call for the day was the Starling roost at Marazion Marsh RSPB. There was a report on Rare Bird Alert that the Hudsonian Whimbrel was seen at Boat Cove NT at 16:00. Still we’ll try again tomorrow.


23.01.07

We started at the Hayle Estuary at Ryan’s Field RSPB. We saw a couple Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwit & a small group of Dunlin. On the estuary were Lapwings, Wigeon, Black-headed Gulls & Common Teals. The 1st Winter Male Green-winged Teal was still present with the flock but was sleeping on the bank. Once again there was no sign of the Juvenile Iceland Gull. When we got back to Ryan’s Field RSPB, a Female Kingfisher was perched on a branch & it did a bit of fishing in front of the hide. Afterwards we headed back to Perranuthnoe for a second look for the Hudsonian Whimbrel. We were walking down to Boat Cove, when a couple of birders told us that the Whimbrel was resting in amongst the rocks. It spent a few seconds asleep before waking up to preen. The eyestripe is one of the key identification of this species. At half past eleven the bird flew off west & calling. Me & Dad walked to the end of beach to see if we locate it at Trenow Cove, but only Curlews & Oystercatchers. Dad had a brief view of a Male Black Redstart on the beach. Other birds of note were 8 Common Chiffchaffs, Siberian Chiffchaff, Rock Pipits & Turnstones. Back near the car park I photographed a lovely Female Stonechat. After a long walk back there was no further sightings of the Whimbrel until later in the day. Last chance tomorrow. We went up to Lizard Point to see if there were any Choughs about, but none. We saw Raven, Shags & Fulmars. Mum saw a Grey Seal from the watchpoint briefly. Our final port of call was Windmill Farm to see if the Harriers were coming into roost. We only saw a Marsh Harrier flying into the sunset which was a great way to end day, but we’d hoped for some Hen Harriers though.


24.01.17

We went back to Perranuthnoe for the Hudsonian Whimbrel. This was our last chance to see it before heading home. The first thing we saw in Boat Cove was a Grey Seal resting on the rocks below the cliff. It then headed back into the sea. We walked further down & saw a couple of birders looking through the scopes at the birds on the rock. Eventually one of the birders spotted a bird walking along the beach in front of us. It was the Hudsonian Whimbrel! This American Wader has been present in Cornwall for a couple of years, it was reported on the Isle of Scilly & at nearby Marazion Beach. There was even another bird at Church Norton & Pagham Harbour, West Sussex during 2015. It is still a mega rarity to Britain. The bird was feeding well along side the Starlings, Oystercatchers & Turnstones. Back near the carpark the Stonechats were still perched around the clifftops.

We headed back to the Hayle Estuary to see the Iceland Gull. Eventually this 1st Winter bird showed well late afternoon at high tide from the causeway & gave exellent views. Iceland Gulls are very scarce Winter Visitors to much of Britain, so we don't see many of them this far south. This one was present for a few days & also gave few fly passes as well. What a bird! Oh and by the way, that was my first ever Iceland Gull! A quick look in the hide at Ryan's Field RSPB revealed the Immature Spoonbill which was resting on one of the islands. We headed further along to Copperhouse Creek, where some Waders were in good numbers. There were Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Common Redshanks, Greenshank, couple of Ringed Plovers & a very obliging Curlew. Our final port of call was Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor for the Lesser Scaup. The Male was present with some Tufted Ducks, but sadly too distant for any decent pics. Afterwards we made our way back home. A great weekend for my birthday treat! Thanks Mum and Dad!

On the way back to Penzance, we had a quick look on Long Rock Pool, Marazion Marsh RSPB. There was nothing much about. Back in Penzance, near Jubliee Pool the Purple Sandpipers showed very well foraging on the rocks. This location makes a change of scenery, rather than Battery Point at Portishead. Further around we saw Dunlins, Ringed Plovers & Sanderlings on the beach.

Rock Pipit [Winter]

Short-eared Owl

Green-winged Teal [1st Winter Male]

Spoonbill & Little Egret

Spoonbill [Immature]

Spoonbill [Immature]

Bar-tailed & Black-tailed Godwits

Curlew [Adult]

Stonechat [Male]

Eastern Black Redstart [1st Winter Male]

Purple Sandpiper [Winter]

Kingfisher [Female]

Siberian Chiffchaff

Turnstone [Flock]

Rock Pipit [Winter]

Common Chiffchaff

Common Chiffchaff

Stonechat [Female]

Song Thrush

Fulmar

Rabbit

Rabbit

Trenow Cove, Perranuthnoe

Grey Seal

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Stonechat [Male]

Stonechat [Female]

Rock Pipit [Winter]

Purple Sandpiper [Winter]

Purple Sandpiper [Winter]

Grey Plover [Winter]

Bar-tailed Godwit [Winter]

Curlew [Adult]

Iceland Gull [1st Winter]

Iceland Gull [1st Winter]

Greenshank [Winter]

Cattle Egret [Pair]

Cattle Egret [Winter]

Yellowhammer [Male]

Corn Bunting

Redwing

Stonechat [Female]

Corn Bunting, Redwings & Fieldfares

Waxwings  

Waxwings

Waxwings

Bewick’s Swan [Adults]

Wren

Greylag Goose [Adult]

Pintail [Pair]

Greylag Goose [Pale Form]

Common Teal [Male]

Shoveler [1st Winter Male]

Waxwings, Bradley Stoke 8th January 2017

We went to see the Bradley Stoke Waxwings again in the afternoon, this time they were feeding on Rowan berries on Bailey's Court Road. They were perched in the big tree on the other side of the road, before flying back to the berry tree . There 14 birds on Sunday and gave exellent low level view until 3:00 when all took and flew towards the direction of Tesco's.


Waxwings, Bradley Stoke 7th January 2017

We went to Bradley Stoke to look for the Waxwings. The birds were feeding on the berries opposite the Three Brooks Pub car park and came back to the big tree to digest. There were 13 birds seen on the Saturday and showed very well until 3:15 at least, when they all flew off to roost.

January 2017