Swift-06.05.17

A patch tick… hooray !!! 4 Common Swift were seen hawking high in the sky around St Nicholas’ Church Tower, Sevenoaks at 12:05, with 3 over Knole area at 08:50 this morning too… new arrivals for 2017…. excellent !! Migration slowly takes it time to deliver !!

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Here’s a Common Swift photograph from Wikipedia… superb birds to watch as they wheel around our towns and cities wheezing their calls…

The swift is a medium-sized aerial bird, which is a superb flier. It evens sleeps on the wing! It is plain sooty brown, but in flight against the sky it appears black. It has long, scythe-like wings and a short, forked tail. It is a summer visitor, breeding across the UK, but most numerously in the south and east. It winters in Africa.

 

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve- 01.05.17

A quick afternoon hour at the local patch today was enjoyable as usual yet produced a one-in-a-million chance to confirm the ID of 4 ‘Arctic Tern’ at the reserve that was curtailed due to time pressure which was very annoying… shame…

Walking into Tyler Hide with DCG, we quickly picked up on 2 Shelduck resting on the islands in front of the hide… 2 Redshank also put in an appearance, a bird I had never seen before at this site…. we had very little time in the Tyler Hide and so had to make do with only a brief glance at the islands lacking detailed looking… this produced 2 Little Ringed Plover running about on the islands of the East Lake… 8 were reported earlier in the day, however we could only find 2 in the 5 minutes we spent looking…

Moving on to Sutton Hide, we were delighted to find 3 Common Sandpiper, not one, not two, but three !!!! WOW!! TICK !!! One particular bird was very showy and allowed us to take some great digiscopes and videos as it fed in the shallow bit of the East Lake in front of and below the hide… here’s one of the pictures we took of 1 of the birds present…

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A Reed Warbler sang from Slingsby Hide reedbed, which we heard from Sutton Hide… again 1 is an inaccurate count due to time pressure… around… 5 House Martin (TICK !!!), 5 Swift (TICK !!!) and brief and inadequate-for-ticking views of 6 Sand Martin were had…

Again, from Sutton Hide, there were 4 possible and most-likely to be honest Arctic Tern flying around the Clay Spit area at the back of East Lake, but due to time pressure, we couldn’t go to the Cay Spit itself to get a proper look at these birds, clinch the ID and tick them off… very, very frustrating as it was so very unlucky that we had no time to get good views and tick off a very rare bird in the S !!!

Leaving the reserve, we heard a single Garden Warbler singing from a tree adjacent to Grebe Hide/Wildlife Garden which was a great bird to finish with… again, inaccurate site count as 9 were counted singing across the reserve this morning…

A mixed trip of goods (3 ticks) and bads (missing terns) today… but we were very lucky to even be at the reserve today… thanks mum so much !! Until next time !!

 

Whetsted Gravel Pits-29.04.17

This morning was spent wandering this excellent site with DCG and Graham, a local birding mate. And, as promised, after having being dropped off at Whetsted Lane, near Tonbridge, we set off along the footpath towards the pits at 08:15, an impressively early start time!

It was a pleasant morning and, with the company of Graham and Dario, we all enjoyed a stunning variety of spring warblers, the real purpose of this morning’s early trip. Around the pits other than warblers, 2 Yellowhammer, 4(+) Linnet, 2 Stock Dove, circa. 5 Skylark, 2(+) Bullfinch, 2 (+) Song Thrush, 2 (+) Swallow, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 5(+ males) Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe (heard calling) and 1 Mandarin Duck (Drake), were the best of the rest seen… a great list of birds…

Picture of a Yellowhammer above taken by ‘animalia-life. club’ …. pretty bird and a true countryside one too…

And now, for the long-awaited, most superb… warblers… !!

WARBLER COUNT:

Nightingale x 5 (Singing males around site), Garden Warbler x 5 (Circa.), Lesser Whitethroat x 3, Reed Warbler x 10 (+), Sedge Warbler x 1(+), Whitethroat x 30 (Circa.), Willow Warbler x 10 (Circa.), Cetti’s Warbler x 1, Blackcap x 10(+), Chiffchaff x 20(+)

Most impressive count… a really lovely morning watching some really lovely birds at a great site… what a cracking start to the day !! Until next time !!

Dungeness and Scotney-18.04.17

My grandparents pulled in at our driveway at 09:30… the day was only really waking up fully at this time, and we hit the road shortly heading for today’s birding trip at the Dungeness Peninsula… Perhaps the last time we’d be able to go birding out for the whole day until late May, we were eager to pack in as many exciting sightings throughout the day…

As we left the car and put our boots on at the pull-in next to the entrance track to Scotney Court Farm, Lydd, there was a blustery wind blowing at the ear, and birding was harsh in these conditions, however, walking along the track up to the farm, there was a good spirit… a calling Yellow Wagtail was seen heading NE over our heads half way along the track… TICK !!!!  just before we arrived at the farm buildings, a small and very obliging little bird popped up onto a fence post and then began foraging on some rough land close nearby, allowing us incredible views… a glorious male Wheatear !!! What a fabulous TICK !!! He was such a confident individual and his colours were amazing….

As we reached the farm buildings, we scanned the small livestock paddocks for more Yellow Wagtail, and were treated to some incredibly close views of these stunning little birds… Here is the quaint RSPB illustration below… fab birds…. Anywhere around the grid reference ‘TR016198’ can produce good views of these birds…

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Corn Bunting could be heard ‘jingling’ out their song from the paddocks by Scotney Court Farm as well; at one point they took off from the paddock, dangling their legs in flight; an unmistakable feature of the corn bunting !! Reed Bunting around the farm too… There are flooded gravel pits either side of the ’causeway’ onto the farm, and we were lucky enough to get a great look at 2 marvellous Shelduck as they flew down onto the pit, struggling against the harsh winds !!

NOW, as we progressed along the track, we noticed a small, dumpy bird following us playfully along the bank of the pit to our right… little time was needed to realise this bird was the glorious male Wheatear that we’d seen fence-posting before… Grandad managed a cracker of a superb shot even in the harshest of winds with his new lens !!!

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Heading towards The Point at Dungeness just down the road from Lydd, we drove slower along Dungeness Road opposite Jarman’s; I was lucky enough to see 4 more Wheatear on Dungeness Beach… they were in a group S of the Fish Hut and NNE of the New Lighthouse… Cracking birds !!

Getting out of the car at the Station Car Park, we headed towards the sea and beach… After scanning ‘The Patch’ by the power station just off the beach, which is the warm water outflow of the power station water ‘jackets’ produced my first 2 Common Tern of the year !!! TICK !!! I managed a crude digiscope, you can just about make them out… there’s only a couple in there and they are not… in focus !! The bird at the top left of the photo is one, and the other is immediately to the left of the large gull’s primary feathers near the top right of the photo…

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The gulls, you have to say, are everywhere here and grandad took a photo of the melee all at once so that we could have it examined for interesting species later… In fact, we have found a few Common Gull in here… TICK !!! The arrows show the exact position of the more interesting Common Gulls from the ‘rest’ of the rabble… The gulls and terns take advantage of the fish, that are attracted to the warm water…

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As we departed from watching ‘The Patch’, 5 Linnet came over our heads… always a pleasure to see…

After a delicious lunch at the café, we moved on to Dungeness RSPB Reserve… Journeying along the track towards the visitor centre, a pull-in overlooking the ‘Sheep Corral’ bit of fields, yielded an incredibly brief flight view of two waders… they were calling the ‘seven-whistle’ call and were most likely Whimbrel… however, it is very difficult to claim them 100% so we cannot add them to the tally unfortunately…

Coming out of the VC, heading on the trail around the main reserve, we were treated to the cacophony of singing Sedge Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler from the vegetation alongside the track… these two species were abundant around the reserve, with probably 25 odd Sedge w. and around 15 Cetti’s w… Before entering the Christmas Dell Hide, we quickly were on to another fabulous year tick… the rattling ‘tacking’ song of a Lesser Whitethroat poured from the scrub just S of the hide, and we were rewarded with a brief flight view… this is the RSPB illustration… again they are summer-visiting warblers to the UK who winter in Africa… As the name suggests, this warbler is smaller than its cousin, the common whitethroat. It sports dark cheek feathers that contrast with the pale throat and can give it a ‘masked’ look. When its flits from cover you might see the white outer feathers of its tail. Lesser whitethroats are hard to see and often only noticed when they give their harsh, rattling song, or ‘tacking’ call…

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Arriving in the Dengemarsh Hide, we spotted a lone yet stunning and well-showing for along while Marsh Harrier quartering the waterside vegetation at the back of the lake from the hide, looking W… one of my favourite birds… leaving the hide and walking towards the Hooker’s Pits Viewing Mound, 6 or so Linnet went overhead and arriving at the bench, we took time to soak up the reedbed’s delightful atmosphere…. a Reed Warbler started up in full song in the reedbed looking NNW from the bench… TICK !!!!! A Reed Bunting called too… Despite still being a breezy day, surprisingly, 2 Bearded Tits were heard pinging from the reedbed nearby… fab birds they are… After waiting 15 minutes….. NOW…. at 15:39 we were treated to hear the ever-so-rare-now ‘booming’ call of a BITTERN !!!! from the reedbeds… it is a truly magical call, which can remind us of blowing o’er the top of a glass bottle…. what a gargantuan TICK !!!!!A thickset heron with all-over bright, pale, buffy-brown plumage covered with dark streaks and bars… It flies on broad, rounded, bowed wings. The bittern is a secretive bird, very difficult to see, as it moves silently through reeds at the water’s edge, looking for fish. The males make a remarkable far-carrying, booming sound in spring. Its dependence on reedbeds and very small population make it an RSPB Amber List species…

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Photo of a bittern above by photographer Paul 14cmullen…

Arriving back at the VC and car park, it was a quick stop to view more Common Gull nesting on Burrowe’s Pit islands from the VC windows in the warm comfort… Just before leaving RSPB Dungeness, it is always a good idea to check, even if briefly, the view from Dennis’ Hide. This produced a fairly unusual sight of Dungeness’s winter-wildfowl in spring… they really should have been back in Siberia by now or breeding up N…. however, 4 Shoveler were still lingering on to the last moments of food-rich Burrowe’s Pit…3 males and 1 female it was… very long-stayers indeed…

Now it was time to finally go…sad times…. however it was getting very dark quickly and we could not complain about the absolutely excellent day we’d had… let all the followers and readers and supporters of this blog say a HUGE THANK YOU !!!! to Granny and Grandad for taking me down here today…. until next time !!!!

 

 

 

Willow Warbler-16.04.17

A patch arrival date: 1 Willow Warbler singing at Knole Woods this afternoon…Hooray !! Other highlights from my local patch walk with AS today from 15:25-16:15 in the very light drizzle on an overcast afternoon were: 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1+ Goldcrest and 2 Buzzard

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Cliffe Pools-15.04.17

Waking up early to a dark miserable morning, it was hard to not be worried by the dark, looming clouds overhead… not a good sign. Today was one of two days planned for a full day of birding in my school holidays…so lucky !! Undeterred by the current weather and keen to get out birding for the whole day, my dad, brother and I eagerly set off from home and hit the road at 09:30 with destination: Cliffe Pools… Little did we know how successful the day ahead of us was going to be !!!

On the birding front, from the car @09:55, things picked up as I spotted along the A2 near Istead Rise, a brilliant Kestrel hovering over the motorway…a great start !! 2 impressive Buzzard, a few minutes later, were seen soaring over the A289 near Wainscott…. Such an amazing bird…!!

On our approach to Cliffe reserve, over the B2000 and nearby fields, we spotted 2 Swallow from the car… lovely!!

Parking up at the car park just off Salt Lane @10:10, we wrapped up warm with layers and coats; a strong Westerly wind was blowing and there was an annoying chill to the air, a sight not improved by a cloudy sky…!!

Cliffe is a great place in Spring to observe warblers and today, we weren’t disappointed… Walking along the track heading N from the car park, we racked up Chiffchaff and Blackcap pretty quickly… good start…

The most recognised place for warblers at Cliffe Pools, is the Center Track, which dissects with a track and scrub, the Radar and Conoco Pools to the East of the site… Turning left onto it, more Blackcap sung as we began walking along the track, chortling away hidden deep in cover !! NOW… here’s the prize…. all of a sudden, a burst of song erupted from a thick area of scrub on our right…. we stopped, frozen still, ears listening intently…. a wondrous series of rapidly-yielded, unbelievable notes….our ears were blessed, for our first time of hearing the call of the Nightingale had just been experienced !!! TICK !!! The famous song is indeed of high quality, with a fast succession of high, low and rich notes that few other species can match… a melodious series of enchanting trills and stunning, virtuoso-like, liquid notes… I have never heard a song so beautiful… what a pleasure to hear !! Seconds later, a small bird darted from the scrub we’d been looking at to a nearby bush, displaying a goregeous rusty rump and tail, contrasting subtly with the rather plain-brown appearance of the bird… this was our only glimpse of a Nightingale today… shame !!

Along the track, there are a few inlets that allow you onto the bank of Radar/Ski Pool… immediately, the large mass of gulls nesting on the apparent islands of the pools shocked our eyes…hundreds of gulls all screeching their hearts out, some birds flying over and some coming in to land on the islands; a real hive of activity !! Scanning with the scope through the scope, at this time of year, you can spot Mediterranean Gull… we had wintnessed small numbers flying over the track and seen them in flight before some weeks ago at Hollingbourne, but we had not actually viewed them properly… fascinating and sweet birds to watch… their calls are very distinctive, reminiscent of a moaning mew for many birders… I managed a shot of some on the edge of the islands…

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Looking carefully here, you can see 3 Med Gulls; one in flight to the bottom right of the pic and the second one almost directly above it on the island… the third one can be seen if you pass from the second Med Gull 2 birds to the left… Med Gulls, when seen well, are easily separated from the Black-Headed Gull… Med Gulls, a black headed gull, actually have black on their heads; Black-Headed Gull have a chocolate-brown head. Med Gull also have stouter and in general, more-apparent bills then BH Gulls…

Progressing along the track, Cetti’s Warbler loudly called from the nearby scrub and heard my first Whitethroat… TICK !!! More Blackcap were heard journeying further along Center Track… suddenly, the unmistakable, monotonous yet delightful two-note call of a Cuckoo caught us by surprise as we walked further along the track…. well, this is a fabulous…. TICK !!! We only heard it once but there was no mistaking…. I could still here it cuckooing away in my head all morning from that moment !! More Whitethroat called nearby…superb !! Minutes later, yet another Nightingale treated us with a burst of song as we approached the end of the track… such a wonderful sound !! To give you an idea of the habitat these migrants were observed in, I managed to take a brief snap of the scrub as the sun broke through the clouds… Its very thick and ideal for them; It is very sheltered, food-rich and there are plenty of spaces to hide and possibly nest in !! They couldn’t ask for more !!

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Emerging at Cliffe Creek (where Center Track ends), the cold Westerly winds met us unkindly and we had to really zip up our coats and put our hats on again, as it was rather bone-chilling indeed !! Walking North now along the Sea Wall, we stopped a few minutes later to view Flamingo Pool on the left… there are many places were you can view this large pit along the bank…. small numbers of Oystercatcher, Redshank, Lapwing, Avocet and a single Dunlin could be seen around the far bank and the nearby muddy fringes; all common waders but still absolutely still enjoyable to see… However, best of all from here, we witnessed a group of 10 Swallow dawdling over the reedbed looking far left near Flamingo Pool before they gradually, almost reluctantly, headed W over The Thames… smashing… they are such entertaining birds as they swoop around in the Spring skies, forked tail streamers and red and blue plumage beaming in the perfect viewing light….

Carrying on along the Sea Wall, another Whitethroat came to sit out on the top of a bramble, seemingly unafraid to be admired at !! The song of the Skylark seemed to be abundant here and some went over, sending cascades of song waterfalls over our heads as we walked on…. From the bench overlooking The Thames at the 2nd bend in the Sea Wall, a pair of Teal came to feed on the exposed mud at low tide which is always a nice sight to see…!!

Turning left onto Mead Wall and walking East towards the Black Barn Pools from here, the wind really died down minutes later, allowing us to enjoy the beautiful Spring day… more Skylark… in fact there were around 10 observed today… and small numbers of clumsily displaying Lapwings on Redham Mead to the left… Greylag Goose was present too…

Unfortunately, the sun disappeared minutes later and cloud hid it pesterlingly, although it was trying consistently to break free of the cover… Arriving at the Black Barn Pools area, the noisy, rambling and quaint warble of a Sedge Warbler could be heard from the reedbeds/watery scrub areas to the left…TICK !!! It is slightly different to the habitat along Center Track, so I thought a pic to show what I mean would be nice…

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Arriving at Hope Mound overlooking the Black Barn Pools, the sun appeared once more, beaming down on the scrub in front of the bench; allowing great views in the scope of another Sedge Warbler…it’s a small, quite plump warbler, with a striking broad creamy stripe above its eye, and greyish browny legs. It is a nice tone of brown above with blackish streaks and creamy white underneath. It is a summer visitor, and winters in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert !! More Oystercatcher and Redshank from here too. I was very surprised to see around 10 Pochard on the islands of BBP 2… very long stayers indeed; by now, you would have expected the majority of this species to have departed back up to eastern Europe/ Russia… breeders perhaps ?.. only very few Pochard breed in Kent though… possibly !!

Journeying further East along the track, 3 more Sedge Warbler were heard singing and 3 more Cetti’s Warbler almost shouted their energetic call from nearby reedbed/scrub… A Little Egret also sailed over BBP 1 before departing South again…

Arriving at the bench overloooking Allen’s Pond, a delightful Willow Warbler poured its liquid series of sweet, descending arpeggio-like notes over the countryside North of Allen’s Pond… A very long-awaited… TICK !!! A couple more Chiffchaff singing along the way back to the car were nice… Once back to the car, we all thought it was time for some lunch… The Cliffe Café is only 2 minutes drive from the RSPB Car Park and if you get there before 14:00, you will be in time to buy there well-priced, delicious, homemade lunch food… and what delicious food it is !! I mean, its incredibly impressive, the bacon, sausage and egg dish is really quite amazing !! Very friendly staff and lovely atmosphere… and good table views onto the picturesque South Quarry Pit…

Heading back onto the reserve after a hearty lunch, we headed back along Center Track, where the 2 Nightingales sung briefly for us again, all the way to the Sea Wall where we sat down and had a chat with some other birders which is always nice… As the tide came right in and the light marginally began to fade, we were able to witness flying over our heads to roost on Flamingo Pool or Radar/Ski Pool Islands, a flock of around 30 roosting Redshank, double figures of medium-sized squadrons of Black-Tailed Godwit…TICK!!!, 50 marvellous Avocet onto Flamingo Pool (of which Circa. 25 Dunlin came into roost nearby) and two medium-sized groups of Oystercatcher…

We wanted a stationary look of these waders, so we headed back along Center Track to the inlets allowing you to view Ski/Radar Pool Islands… along the way, we encountered a gorgeously singing male Whitethroat atop the brambly/scrub bit, which we spent about 15 difficult minutes trying to get a decent digiscope… the best of our efforts is pictured below…

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Our last stop of the day was at the penultimate inlet you come to in walking East along Center Track; this gives the best view over the gulls and roosting waders… we were really blown away with the sheer number of high-tide roosting Black-Tailed Godwit, which after a while counting, totalled Circa. 300 !!! There were a few Dunlin with them…Here, is a crude digiscope of part of the large yet distant flock of godwits (the reddish-breasted waders)…

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Also, in total, around 30 Mediterranean Gull were observed today, the majority being on the islands with others flying over…

And the long awaited….

Warbler Count:

Nightingale x 2, Common Whitethroat x 4, Willow Warbler x 1, Sedge Warbler x 5, Cetti’s Warbler x 5, Blackcap x 15, Chiffchaff x 3

All in all, a fabulous day at Cliffe Pools today; from 10:10 to 16:55 a majorly successful trip out birding… until next time !!

 

 

 

 

 

Patch Birding Update-12.04.17

I was absolutely delighted to see 1 Swallow today @16:43 in the sun head NW over Sevenoaks High Street… viewed from the car….cracking…. Tick !!!!

Later on in the day, I thought I’d check out Knole to see if any new warblers…no luck !! But fairly good numbers for the local patch of the 2 species warblers that are present currently…

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4 Pheasant, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow (NW over The Gallops), 4 Blackcap (+), 4 Chiffchaff (+), 3 Long-tailed Tit (+), 4 Nuthatch (+), 1 Jay, 1 Bullfinch

However, I saw 2 more Swallow over the valley area which I’ve learnt is named ‘The Gallops’. And I got a very nice list of birds as well….. Great patch walk indeed !!

Here’s a great photo of a swallow in flight by Tordan58 in Malmö, Sweden… really distinctive forked tail… A year and patch tick today !!! Yayyy!! A great day birding !! Until next time !!!

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve- 04.04.17

A report came out this morning… 2m, 2f Garganey on East Lake, Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve… Wow !! What luck !! A one-day chance to grab a hard to come by year tick…a local twitch was needed I felt !!

Having dillligently sat down to complete my work, my mum, brother, sister and I went for a walk at Sevenoaks reserve from 16:55-17:45 this afternoon… Thanks mum !!!

Running ahead of the walking party, I arrived at Tyler Hide at 17:20. Hastily setting up scope and scanning the islands and East Lake, the adrenaline kicked in as a suddenly glimpsed my target birds in the scope… It took 8 minutes of thorough scanning to find the birds… but… they were still there !!!!!!! Absolutely delighted, I had in the scope 1 drake and 2 female Garganey !! I viewed them looking far right to around Plover Islands from the corner of the hide facing the East Lake…. A superb group of charming, scarce birds !!

All of a sudden, 1 drake and 1 female took off, just as I was able to set up the digiscoping kit… The pair circled the East Lake before disappearing out of sight by 17:30… what about the other female garganey I hear you say… Despite my extensive efforts to relocate her, she was very well hidden; no show anymore !! Shame!! However, this a great sighting all the same, no matter how brief !! Here is a shot of a pair of Garganey by Edward Pritchard at Saltholme RSPB Reserve… (Female in foreground, Male in background)

They arrived the morning of the 24th and weren’t seen the next day despite very extensive searching by other very experienced birders… Very pleased with this rare sighting… Tick !!!

4 Little-Ringed Plovers around Plover Islands were also seen too… lovely !! 3 + Gadwall, 5+ Teal and 2 adult Egyptian Goose with 5 cute goslings were some other highlights from Tyler Hide….

I then met up with mum, my sister and brother to walk for a short while to just before the Sutton Hide; the large, swarming clouds of midges were emerging, flying into mouths, noses and ears; not very pleasant at all really!! Despite this, I still managed to hear around 15 each of singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff around the East End Woods of the reserve… all in all a great evening out birding with an incredible year tick !! Until next time !!

Weir Wood Reservoir-27.03.17

A chance to get out birding today in West Sussex… Brilliant !! So a new site:Weir Wood Reservoir twas today… I took advantage of the opportunity; mum needed to be at a nearby place and offered a 2 quick trips to the nature reserve nearby before and after her meeting !! Thanks !!

Upon arrival @13:30 at the car park area, Chiffchaff were singing away… in fact, today, I counted 7 + singing at the car park area and the Dam end… At the bird feeders, I met Alastair Gray, a well-know, very kind and very helpful West Sussex birder… he gave me some very valuable info and showed me the birds quickly that were on show at that moment; I had barely 10 minutes in the car park area before mum and I had to leave….

2 Egyptian Goose (Pintail Bank), 2 Grey Heron (+ Nestlings poking heads out from nests in large tree- West End), 4+ Mallard, 6 Greylag Goose, Great-Crested Grebe (Total count from today was around 20), around 12 Cormorant, 1 Nuthatch on the feeders and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders as well. 2 Stock Dove flew over the reservoir… Brilliant, a great……..Year Tick !!!!

A female Reed Bunting on one of the feeders was a surprise; also it stayed for a while, allowing for a decent digiscope… but it was really time to go for now…

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By 15:15, mum was finished, so we headed for the Dam End of Weir Wood…drove along the track past the fields off the main road, turned left… another short uphill track….then, finally!! Sailing Club Car Park. Out to join some more birders with scopes by the clubhouse overlooking the Dam end of the large reservoir… nice to see 2 Buzzard soaring high over a distant wood. Lovely !!

NOW, as soon as I had set up scope, Alastair and some other birders who were present when I arrived again, kindly showed me the 2 Sandwich Tern that he’d been watching fly very high over the reservoir while I was gone… At15:25, they circled very high above Weir Wood Reservoir’s Dam End. By 15:30, they had disappeared… some poor views were had of the two terns as they flew lazily about, however, they were very high up in the sky… probably passing through and were really to high up for me to confirm as a cross for the tally and so they shall not be counted… Left for home by 15:35..

A lovely trip to a new site today which yielded a tick for the tally in what was very little time in total indeed… met some great birders as well !! That’s it from today, until next time !!