Monday, 23 April 2012

Frampton Marsh and Paxton Pits

On saturday decided to have a visit to Frampton Marsh one of my favourites RSPB reserve if iam honest. Was't looking that promising when i arriving with rain lashing down but have a few minutes it did clear up for a while so headed along to the 360 Hide. Along the path to the hide had some nice views of  Reed Buntings and singing Skylarks. Then from the hide had some nice views of Yellow Wagtails, Little Ringed Plovers, Skylarks Meadow Pipits and about 3 White Wagtails feeding around the edge of the hide with Dunlin in the distance with Swallows and House Martin perching on the wire due to the rain in the air. Out on the main lagoon had some nice views of the Black-winged Stilt along with Common Snipe, Redshank and Brent Geese which were still out coming in the thousands despite it beening the middle of april.

Yellow wagtail

Hunting Yellow Wagtail

Little Ringed Plover

White Wagtail

Next headed to Paxton Pits where it was definetly more sunny with Willow Warblers and Blackcaps in full song but the highlight was hearing the wonderful sound of the Nightgale with at least 3 singing but very hard to locate. After listerning to the nightgales for a while headed to the hide where the Cormorant where flying too and from the nest with the building materials. Then spent some time by the feeder with the garden birds before heading back and capture a flash a blue on the lake.

Hiding Nightgale

Collared Dove


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Trip to Otmoor

Had a trip on sunday with my local RSPB group to Otmoor in Oxfordshire a nice reserve a first visit for me reminded me very much of the landscape of east anglia. Quite windy so alot of birds were keeping down but around the reserve there were lots of Reed Bunting and singing warblers with Blackcap, Chiff-chaff, Willow Warbler and Garden warbler all seen or heard in the headge rows. Around the hide there were quite a few Redshanks, Curlew (heard only), Lapwings, Gadwall, Teal and a nice group of Wheater showed very well briefly. Then doing the meadow walk had Linnet, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a my first Orange-tipped Butterfly of the year. A very nice day out would recmmond a visit.

Chiff-chaff in the hedge

Redshank by the lagoon

Orange-tipped Butterfly
Underwings of the Orange-tipped Butterfly

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Spring at Tyttenhanger GP

Had a nice walk round Tyttenhanger GP this afternoon lots of spring warblers out singing with Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff all singing and maybe a Whitethroat. In the woods had a Goldcrest which looked like it had a nest somewhere in the woods plus a pair of Nuthatches seemed to be courting. Around the lake were 3 Redshanks feeding in the marsh edge which the drought has created plus least 10 Swallows overhead and 3 Common Terns and 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatchers on the fishing Lakes.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

First Cuckoo

After the rain of the bank hoilday weekend the sun reappeared today so had a very plesent transect walk at Heartwood Forest only 1 Small White but the birds made up with good numbers of Skylarks singing and Big finch number still with 1 big flock of linnet number i would say at least at 150 which is winter number but the highlight was the cuckoo which i heard from a distance but then landed on one of the trees in the meadow before been chased off by the Skylarks who obvious saw it as a threat.

Cuckoo in flight

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Norton Green

As i had a day off on tuesday popped down to Norton Green where i had some lovely views of the stunning Ring Ouzel my first out off the hills. The bird was very happy feeding along side a male Wheater untill it got scared off by the bikers which like the site but i guess by now it has got used to them haven't been on the site for six days and counting. Also on site was Fieldfares, Green Woodpeckers and lots of singing Skylarks.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Afternoon with the ibis

Had a lovely afternoon at Baddow Meads in essex with a Glossy Ibis in the sunshine showing very well and a lot cleared thats the brief view i had in suffolk last year a stunning bird and one of thoese thats a bit of sun brings out the bird in full glory. The bird also has the added advantage of having great views from the local Pub!

Feeding in the shallows
Gulping down Dinner
Having a little Clean
In the reflection of the pub opposite
Local Neighbour grabbing a drink