Sunday, 9 April 2017

Ring ouzel and wheatear hottest day of year.

2 ring ouzel seen today one found by me near vauls and one found by steve Haynes further west, early morning....also  wheatears eventually found after looking over the past few weeks 1 vauls and 1 by steve (west).

a few swallows about and willow warbler.

Black redstart had moved on.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Black redstart.

Managed to get lucky this evening as I was on my way back from looking for wheatear.
at 1st I thought female redstart but I couldn't get over how grey it was, and it was very flighty and wouldn't stay still for long in between me reaching for binos and cameras, plus it didn't help with the sun on my camera screen but when I got back I thought hmmmm black redstart, I got in touch with Rob Stonehouse who confirmed it was. bonus.

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.