Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thursday 19th April 2018

1030 - 1130 sunny, 22c : Oystercatcher 2, Kingfisher, Swallow 2, Sparrowhawk f, Buzzard, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap m & f, Linnet 2, Reed Bunting 2m.  Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small White, Orange Tip m.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wednesday 18th April 2018

0930 - 1030 cloudy, cool breeze, 13c : Common Sandpiper (photo), Oystercatcher 2, LR Plover 2, Teal 14, Greylag, GC Grebe 2, Swallow 2, Sand Martin 2, House Martin, Blackcap 2m, Willow Warbler 2.

Linley Wood : Peacock, Comma 2, Small White, Green-veined White 2.  Orange Tip at Rushall.




Saturday, 14 April 2018

Saturday 14th April 2018

0900 - 1120 fairly sunny, 12c : Teal 4, Oystercatcher, Little Grebe at quarry, Kestrel 3, Jay,, Raven 2 at quarry, Meadow Pipit, Swallow 2, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap m &f, Linnet 4, Reed Bunting 2.


Kestrel & Wren today.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Friday 13th April 2018

0915 - 1000 heavy rain, 6c : Common Tern, Oystercatcher, Cormorant 9, Swallow 8, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail 3.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Monday 9th April 2018

1200 - 1300 overcast, 8c : House Martin 2, Sand Martin 6, Swallow 9, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher 2 (pictured), Teal 4, Little Egret.


Sunday, 8 April 2018

Sunday 8th April 2018

0815 - 1030 overcast, 8c : Greylag 2 then flew south, Heron 2, Teal 16, Tufted 18, GC Grebe 2, Oystercatcher 6 (4 at quarry), LR Plover, LBb Gull 2, Swallow 2, Willow Warbler 3 in song, Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap f, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 2, GS Woodpecker, Jay 2, Rook, Redwing, Song Thrush, Linnet 2, Greenfinch 4, Reed Bunting 4, etc.

Greylag Geese today

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Saturday 7th April 2018

0900 - 1030 rain, 8c : Teal 8, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 3, Cormorant 2, GC Grebe 3, Raven at quarry,  Jay, Collared Dove 2, Swallow 8, Sand Martin 2, Blackcap 2f, Willow Warbler in song, Chiffchaff 2, Reed Bunting.



                       Swallows & Oystercatcher today.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Friday 6th April 2018

1030 - 1130 cloudy, 8c : Swallow 3, Sand Martin 2, Chiffchaff, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 3, Teal 6, GC Grebe 2, Herring Gull 3, Buzzard 2, Collared Dove 2.  Report of Reed Warbler in song at the marsh.  First Pipistrelle Bat of the year flying around at dusk.

Swallow this morning.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Thursday 5th April 2018

Linley Wood 1430 - 1500, 11c hazy sun : Goldcrest 2 in song & displaying, Nuthatch, Buzzard 3, Bullfinch. Also male Brimstone butterfly & Small Tortoiseshell.

Stubbers Green 1515 - 1600 : Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 4, Cormorant 4, Heron, GC Grebe 2, Green Woodpecker 2, Jay, Pied Wagtail 2, Blackcap f, Willow Warbler 2 in song at marsh, Chiffchaff 3, Chaffinch in song, Reed Bunting m. Also Small Tortoiseshell 2.






         Small Tortoiseshell, 'Browncap' & Willow Warbler today.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Wednesday 4th April 2018

1100 - 1200 heavy showers & flooding, 9c : Shelduck, Oystercatcher 2, GC Grebe 2, Cormorant 2, Redwing 5, Song Thrush 2.


           Shelduck today shortly before flying off east.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

0930 - 1130 & mid-afternoon, drizzle clearing, showers later, 10 - 12c : Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 2, Little Egret, Cormorant 3, Heron, Teal 6, GC Grebe, Kestrel, Buzzard 4 circling, White Wagtail on grass verge with 2 Pied's, Jay 2, Collared Dove 2, Stock Dove 2, Mistle Thrush in song, Song Thrush, Lt Tit 3, Chiffchaff in song, Reed Bunting 3 in song, Common Shrew, etc.

Another shot of garden Reed Bunting

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Sunday 1st April 2018

1300 - 1430 overcast 6c : Chiffchaff 3, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard 2, Oystercatcher 2, LR Plover 2, Lapwing, Cormorant 2, Heron 2, Teal 6, etc.

Reed Bunting at Rushall today.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Saturday 31st March 2018

0930 - 1100 drizzle, water levels high, 4c : Teal 8, Pochard m, Wigeon 4, GC Grebe 4, Cormorant 4, Oystercatcher 3, LR Plover 2, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Jay 3, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush in song & with nesting material, Chiffchaff 4 in song, Lt Tit 4, Greenfinch m, Reed Bunting 2m in song, etc.


One of the Jays this morning.



Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wednesday 28th March 2018

1100 - 1200 drizzle, 5c : Little Ringed Plover 2, Oystercatcher 5, Lapwing 3, Little Egret, Cormorant 3, Mute Swan pair at nest, GC Grebe 3, Teal 3, Tufted 28, Goosander f, Pochard 2, Wigeon 6, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit 2 to nw, Pied Wagtail 3, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Jackdaw 12, Mistle Thrush in song, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff 2 in song, Chaffinch in song, etc.

7 Swallows and a drake Scaup were seen at Chasewater yesterday morning.





Some tree-felling has been carried out near the footpath off Wharf Approach / Westgate. Not sure why exactly, as this was a thicket utilised by Linnets & other finches for nesting (17th March).

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sunday 25th March 2018

0830 - 1100 fairly sunny 5 - 10c : another quiet morning except for hundreds of frogs spawning at the marsh, Shoveler 10, Little Egret, GC Grebe 3, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Buzzard, Jay 2 & Reed Bunting 3.





Saturday, 24 March 2018

Saturday 24th March 2018

0920 - 1010 cloudy, 8c : Goosander 4, Teal 6, Pochard 6, Wigeon 10, Shoveler pair, Little Egret, Heron, Cormorant 2, GC Grebe 3, Oystercatcher 2, Bh Gull 69, Kestrel, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Redwing 19.  Kestrel & 40 Jackdaws over at dusk.


   Quick snap of a Coal Tit on 15th March, not often seen on site.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wednesday 21st March 2018

1100 - 1230 becoming cloudy, 7c : Little Egret, Teal 6, Wigeon 10, GC Grebe, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 11, Common Gull 5, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Redwing, Song Thrush 2.


Oystercatchers on 16th March

Monday, 19 March 2018

Monday 19th March 2018

Pictured - a superb complete albino Blackbird at Rushall this morning.  The only other news was of a Snipe seen over the Daw End canal yesterday.








Saturday, 17 March 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018

0930 - 1100 sleety showers, bitter nor-easterlies, 0c : Chiffchaff, Redwing 20, Kestrel 2, Bh Gull 150, Oystercatcher 2, GC Grebe 2, Pochard 5, Wigeon 8, Goosander 3, Teal 24 at floods, Cormorant 7, M.Swan 5.  During the afternoon a GBb Gull & 304 Bh Gulls were present. Also a fox was seen.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday 16th March 2018

0830 - 1030 cloud clearing, 7c : Oystercatcher mating pair, LR Plover, Gadwall drake, Pochard 10, Wigeon 6, Teal 12, Goosander 5, GC Grebe 4, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard, Collared Dove 2, Stock Dove 2, Redwing 22, Greenfinch pair, Chaffinch 3, etc.





Two Redpolls at Stubbers on 14th March, and Brambling & Redpoll at Rushall on  13th March.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Thursday 15th March 2018

1115 - 1230 rain stopped, 10c : Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing 2, Little Egret, Cormorant 5, Goosander 4, Wigeon 8, Teal 6, Pochard f, GC Grebe 2, Common Gull, Buzzard 3, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, Lt Tit 2.




  
           Chiffchaff yesterday & Little Ringed Plover today.


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wednesday 14th March 2018

0930 - 1230 generally cloudy, easterlies, 7c : Iceland Gull adult, Bh Gull 250+, GBb Gull adult & 2 juv, Herring Gull 3, LBb Gull 22, Cormorant 3, Mute Swan 4, GC Grebe 2, Goosander pair, Wigeon 8, Pochard 10, Teal 14, Tufted 44, Lapwing 4, Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail, Skylark 2 over, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove 2, Long-tailed Tit 6 (one without a tail), Chiffchaff 2 at the marsh, Lesser Redpoll 8 at alders, Chaffinch, Goldfinch 2, Reed Bunting m, etc.




Iceland Gull today
 


Monday, 12 March 2018

Monday 12th March 2018

1010 - 1130 rain, 7c : Pochard 13, Teal 12, GC Grebe 5, Cormorant 5, Heron, Common Gull 2, Lapwing 15, Pied Wagtail 2, Redwing 14, Greenfinch 3, Chaffinch 5.



           Goldfinch & Mistle Thrush (taken Feb. 2018).

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday 11th March 2018

0900 - 1145 misty start, 6 - 8c : Mute Swan 4, Cormorant 7, Pochard 6, Wigeon 10, Teal 8, Tufted 49, GC Grebe 2, Coot 27, Moorhen 5, Lapwing 27, Oystercatcher, Common Gull, LBb Gull 4, Bh Gull 80, Kestrel 2, Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit over, Pied Wagtail 2, Song Thrush in song, Redwing 20, Goldcrest, Greenfinch 2, Chaffinch 3 (1 in song), Bullfinch 2, Goldfinch, etc.


        Jelly Fungus today.  Don't eat it all at once.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Saturday 10th March 2018

0915 - 1030 cloudy after rain, 10c : Goosander 5, Pochard 26, Teal 4, Oystercatcher, Lapwing 28, Common Gull 9, GBb Gull, LBb Gull 3, Bh Gull 151, Herring Gull, Heron, Cormorant 10, GC Grebe, Pied Wagtail 2, Sparrowhawk f, Redwing 3, Song Thrush 2 in song, Chaffinch 2 in song, Goldfinch 8, Reed Bunting m in song at lagoon, etc.

Reed Bunting this morning.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday 9th March 2018

1200 cloudy, 7c :  Green Sandpiper at floods with 10 Teal, 50 Bh Gulls & a few Lapwings. Tufted Duck 30 at Swan Pool.


Aerial view of Barns Lane Pool (left of centre), The Swag (yachting lake), Swan Pool, Weinerberger Quarry (top) and Ibstock Quarry (below).  The flooded field near Ibstock can be seen between the two quarries alongside the road.