Monday, 13 March 2017


So far in march; grey wagtailx2, linnets up to 40, stonechats (16th/17th), peregrine (13th /17th pair), chiffchaff arriving on the 12th, , LO, BO, t
Tawny's becoming more vocal at night,  lapwing becoming more present! great crested grebe at the nook, no sign of wheatear yet.

  Lesser spotted woodpecker drumming??.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Walk to Shawbury woods and back home.

My route.

I pulled myself out of bed at 6;30 and got out the house by 7am, overall the weather was ok with occasional gusts and light showers towards the end of the walk, the walk started good with 2 Grey wagtail(patch tick) at the flooded entrance to the Bedworth pit 2 reed bunting and 2 stonechat along the stream before Vauls Farm also in the area were Yellowhammer, lapwing and quite a few goldcrest along the hedges  with House sparrows around the farm, on the return walk there were 18 lapwing here and a possible wheatear, however I was too far away, to make out if it was a definite. The walk up to breach oak farm produced a few red legged partridge,chaffinch a few pheasant, and the usuals. Past Astley lodge farm and down to square lane Greylags were heard from nearby also a few red legged partridges/pheasants,3 buzzards were up in the air with kestrel and a small group of  lapwings(6) down in the fields below. a nice pair of reed bunting were near the horse enclosures and on the return walk a sparrowhawk and 9 Linnets were on the electric lines. Along square lane a tree had been floored by the recent storm luckily not a tree with an owl box attatched, and near the fishery 4 greylag geese were on the pool with 6 Canada geese later the greylag were on a field. More lapwing were seen in the field  going up to red hill farm. Crossing the B4098 and continuing on the Coventry way trail skylark were constantly singing, but little else showed and one too many dogs walkers  here today, anyway got to the ring and bailey at fillongley where  a mixed group of 50 fieldfare and redwing were up in the trees, also siskin were in the alder here, buzzards were up over Fillongley also . I didn't go into fillongley today instead keeping to the fields I headed down towards  the M6 following the path this route basically follows a small stream all the way down to white house farm, there were lots of skylark around this area constantly singing, also lesser redpoll were in the alder, yellow hammer singing and a pair of treecreeper's  possibly linnet over the fields too..Following the road a little while where plenty of birds were singing I eventually entered a field  which runs down past two ponds where today 28 wigeon, 5 mallard, and Canada geese were staying, until the wigeon caught sight of me and circled overhead calling until I left. I felt bad so quickly I made my way up to manor house farm where house sparrows were and a kestrel hunting over the farm, the house here feeds birds so always keep an eye out. I carried on walking between Dale wood and Holbechs wood where I listened for marsh tit but nothing only the usual buzzards soared over head and after getting to the road and walking past high house farm  I got to a high altitude area (175) views today were pretty awesome over maxstoke, Birmingham, shustoke, arley etc you can see the M6 down below towers steeples the lot, this area is supposed to be good early spring and autumn, today I managed a few siskin nuthatch and a woodcock in coopers wood again I like to listen out for marsh tit around this areas woods but nothing today.i headed north and took the path along shawbury wood(mainly pine wood) where siskin lesser redpoll coal tits were vocal, along the road near nursery excellent views of siskin were had with quite a few gathered around a garden with a lot of other birds along the road here I heard a green woodpecker also a male tawny called from mordic's wood (the house here feeds birds) and lesser redpoll were heard overhead I headed back upto the road through a nice little wood nr aston farm. from this point on nothing new showed and I continued my walk home. Cant wait to see what shows next time.

Friday, 24 February 2017


Arbury woods.

C=cowley wood
R=Rabbit lane wood
H=Holmes wood mostly oak trees with some birch, with a section of pine to the north.
L=just because its shape. larch (middle), pine( east side), beech( west side)

L Wood species.
Lesser redpoll, siskin, robin, song thrush, blackbird, goldcrest, wren, coal tit, long tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, crow, jay, jackdaw, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, wood pigeon, woodcock, buzzard, pheasant,

H Wood species.
siskin, robin, song thrush, blackbird, goldcrest, wren, coal tit, long tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, crow, jay, jackdaw, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, wood pigeon, woodcock, buzzard, pheasant, treecreeper, nuthatch.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

walk to maxstoke and back. wigeon, gadwall, lapwing, greylag

greylag canada



around 50 species seen, overall quiet with little visibility and light snow.
highlights 20 yhammer around vauls farm, the 25 wigeon ,gadwall,25 greylag, 100+lapwing and lesser redpoll at Bedworth pit. also deer 9 and Hare 10.

Monday, 6 February 2017

4/5th feb 2016

Over the weekend managed to get out both days, on the Saturday I went on a 13mile mega walk to just west of fillongley, which I sotted around 55 species including yellowhammer, raven, lesser redpoll, brambling, siskin etc. and on the sunday just my usual patch walk.


red legged

fillongley hall


fieldfare redwing




Sunday, 29 January 2017

29th Jan 2017. 42species, woodlands fields/woods/ pit bank/flood/nook

siskin x50
meadow pipit x40
pied wagtail
house sparrow
=mistle thrush
song thrush
skylark x15
long tailed tit
great tit
=blue tit
great spotted woodpecker
collared dove
feral pigeon
=herring gull
common gull
black headed gull
snipe 8
shoveler x7
teal x20
=mallard x20
Canada goose
mute swan

Friday, 27 January 2017

January shovelers&shelducks

Not been able to get to a laptop most of the month but theres been some good birds around.
A rainy night brought 50 teal the usual being 10


Got a lot of time for ravens!

Always nice.

Leave the public footpaths and u you never know what u will see, not that I'm promoting trespassing!

always keeping their heads down.

Female Wigeon.

Shelduck Bedworth slough

I didn't see many of these up in Gateshead.