Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Waders in north east spain

In march had a few days in Spain mainly bird watching a few highlights of the waders mainly from Delta del Llobregat and Aiguamolls de l'Empordà.

Below a few of my favorite birds from Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

Spotted Crake at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà one of a least two birds




Black-winged Stilts at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà


Yellow Wagtail Iberian form at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
White Stork at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
Below a few of my favorite birds from Delta del Llobregat 

Purple Swamphen in flight

Pair of Audouin's Gulls
Common Waxbill (not a native but a looker)
Greater Flamingo flock 19 in total
Cormorant close up 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Blows down

A nice early morning walk with the RSPB on Sunday at Blows down we first walked by the paddocks with lots of singing birds in the spring blossom and lots of Blackbirds in the paddocks. Alongside the paddock had good views of a singing Blackcap and a Song Thrush. Then walked along the bottom where we had a view of a Female Wheatear feeding in the grass and a few singing Blackcaps and Chiff-chaffs and 2 Linnets seen feeding in the field grass.

We then walked up the hills were quite a few Skylarks were in song and a few Meadow Pipits were flying over. Walking up to the chalk pits with a good view of Dunstable and Warblers in full song with a Willow Warbler been heard in the distance.

After a friendly account with a few of the local cows we walked to the golf course and back were we saw a few Yellowhammers and a few Butterflies out on the wing.

We then headed back across the hills where a group of Buzzards were soaring in the thermals when a Ring Ouzel flew across the path and landed in a nearby tree allowing everyone to get a good view of this migrant before we ended the walk with a nice view of a singing Meadow Pipit

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Early spring around Stockers Lake

Had a nice walk around stockers lake  which started well with a brief peregrine along the River Colne and walking to the causeway plenty of Wrens, Chiif-chaffs and Blackcaps singing.

Early morning spring blossom

Singing Blackcap

Singing Wren


Then from the causeway lot of activity with lot of singing birds with Grey herons and Little Egrets passing by overhead and a brief view of the pair of Oystercatchers and the Cetti's warbler was singing which I finally to see and quite a few Waterfowl still out on the water with Shovlers, Red-crested Pochard and displaying Grebes around .

Grey heron in flight

Little Egret in flight

Great crested grebe

and landing

Cetti's Warbler.
Then had a quick walk around Springwell lake where i head a Reed Warbler and 3 Goldeneye were still around before a walk on the farmland at West Hyde where I had a good but brief view of a Tree Pipit doing its display to end a good morning.

Goldeneye pair