Friday, 29 January 2021

Path of dreams

                                    What a beauty of a Reed Bunting? 
                                    A more traditional Reed Bunting
                                            Greenfinch & Chaffinch
                                     Male Brambling in middle of path

Hawfrost at Morgrove

I started writing this blog over three weeks ago. Unfortunatley I caught a very bad dose of the virus which completley knocked me off my feet. It's going to take a while to get back to normal strength but every day is an improvement now.

The patch year list now stands at 77 thanks to some nice additions.

The railway path has had some great numbers visiting the seed we have put down. The flock highest counts were as follows:- Chaffinch 1100-1300, Greenfinch 40, Yellowhammer 10, Brambling 4, Goldfinch 150, Linnet 300.

Other sightings of note with highest counts are :- 23 Russian White-fronted Geese, 5 Wigeon, 8 Goosander, a Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, 40 Lapwing, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch, Great Black-backed Gull, Water Rail, Common Gull in roost, & returning Oystercatcher (27th January).

Friday, 8 January 2021



I'm trying to keep to a routine of aiming to get out at least once a day for a walk as home working is certainly not as good as it's cracked up to be. On Monday, I was due to set out when I had a text to say there were Whooper Swans at Earlswood. Only a short drive, I could do a sharp lap of the pools before heading back to the laptop. Whoopers never hang around very long so I was pleased that the flock of 14 were still present and located right in the middle of engine pool, allowing some excellent views. I took a few photos as I circled the pool and also noted 2 Gossander, 30 BHG and 3 Snipe. Nice lunch break...................

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Tiered New Year Birding


Reed Bunting
Bredon Hill
Upton Warren
Bredon Hill
Common Buzzard
Pied Wagtail
Pinkie at pits
Dancing on ice
Common Buzzard
House Sparrow
Always watching

Happy New Year to everyone. I saw in the New Year weekend by undertaking a nice selection of walks close to home. Bredon Hill was like a winter wonderland as we started to climb. A very cold Stonechat on top was the only bird of note.

The best birds observed were 4 White-fronted, 2 Goosander & a Pink-footed Goose on the main pit at Salford Priors. 6 Snipe & a Jack Snipe were my best counts since last winter, yet far from the giddy heights when we used to get over 20 Jacks every Sunday.

The field next to the A46 nearest to Broom is by far the best area for birding. The field is packed with finches and thrushes. It seems the Chaffinch flock have really made the area their home whilst other sightings have included Linnet, Brambling, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and Siskin. Quite a bounty.....Between myself & the Squire we noted 57 species on the opening weekend.