Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007

In April I will be off to Mallorca on a birding trip with three fellow

"twitchers" from Ladywalk.

Should be good!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

At Belvide today, 15th February.

Took the photo of Mallard and Snipe on camera phone via telescope and published to blog direct from phone.

Strong winds, but from SW so pretty mild at 51F.


Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Teal, Ruddy Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Snipe, Black Headed Gull, LBB Gull, Herring Gull, Crow, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, Buzzard, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Yellowhammer, Nuthatch, Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit, LT Tit, Willow Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch.

Mallard and snipe

At.Belvide 15 Feb 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A day at Ladywalk

Tuesday 13th February:

Spent the day at Ladywalk Nature Reserve, Hams Hall, nr Coleshill (a WMBC site).

The River Teme had flooded following the heavy snow and rapid thaw resulting in unusually high water levels in all pools.

Nonetheless, a very worthwhile day in weak sunshine and temperatures of c 45c.

Species seen:

Mute Swan, Cormorant, Grey Heron, BITTERN (excellent flight view), Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Goosander, Mallard, Shoveller, Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Teal,Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Water Rail, Black-headed Gull, Lapwing, Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, GS Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Tree Creeper, Pheasant, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch.

A total of 46 species, which considering the time of year is very reasonable.

The Bittern was seen from "B" Hide and flew from the right approx 15 feet above the water, straight past the hide and behind into the reed bed.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007