As this superb month draws to an end there was another MEGA RARITY on the patch, this time in the form of a good old mate Mr Phil Milton who joined both Dave and I for a nice session, but talking through most of the day the birding was in the end a bit limited but what was seen was a Tree Pipit west, 2 Hobbies, 1 Crossbill south, 250+ Swifts, 50 Swallows, 7 Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Sparrowhawks and 1 Chaffinch.
Wednesday 30th May
|Red Kites Just some of the 32 Recorded Today.|
Tuesday 29th May
|This Is The Life|
Friday 25th - Monday 28th May
I have decided to cover the last few days in one as to be honest there was very little change species wise between them, yes recently these last few days have certainly been very quiet even with Dave and I covering about 6-8 hours each time. Best of the birds/totals within these days was 1 Hobby, 1 Little Owl, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 White Wagtail, 50 Swifts, 40 Swallows, 12 House Martins, 3 Chaffinches, 50 Linnets, 2 Cormorants west, 5 Jackdaws, 2 Corn Buntings, 13 Long-tailed Tits and 25 Starlings.
Thursday 24th May
Wednesday 23rd May
|Nightjar And Red Kite|
Tuesday 22nd May
Monday 21st May
Sunday 20th May
Little to report.
Saturday 19th May
Dave watched the area today and found 1 Common Buzzard east at 9:30am, also 4 Hobbies, 1 Little Owl, 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 20 Swallows, 30 Swifts, 5 House Martins, 1 Chaffinch and 2 Corn Buntings.
Friday 18th May
Thursday 17th May
As expected there was never going to be a repeat of the day before and today was pretty much down to basics, but yesterday's Little Egrets were a cemo tick for Dave so that was pretty good, today the area was covered from 6:30am - 1:30pm, and hard going as it was there was a few bits around including 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Little Owl, 11 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, 30 Swifts, 7 House Martins, 25 Swallows, 6 Grey Partridges, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Chaffinches and 30 Linnets.
Wednesday 16th May
|(Juv) Long-tailed Tit|
Tuesday 15th May
Monday 14th May
Sunday 13th May
Saturday 12th May
Friday 11th May
THE KITES KEEP ROLLING IN, with a nice change in weather and a promising weekend to come it could be a good few days, today once again was no exception, It was my birthday today so I only watched from 8-10:30am, before heading off out so Dave covered the rest of the day until the close of play at 3pm. But the good thing was I didn't miss to much as a lot of the migrants arrived before I left. Best of all was 4 Red Kites (no 17 for the year and record numbers for the site in any given year), which headed north/west between 8-9am, and which were all travelling at some height and certainly didn't hang around to long. Other bits included a very respectable May total of 15 Wheatears scattered around the paddocks, also 2 Whinchats in the allotments, 3 Hobbies, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Blackcaps, 7 Whitethroats, 150 Swifts, 50 Swallows, 12 House Martins, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Sparrowhawks, 3 Kestrels, 50 Linnets, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Chaffinch, 24 Jackdaws south, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Corn Buntings and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Thursday 10th May
Dave and I between us watched from 7:30am - 2:30pm, and after the excitement of the last couple of days it was some what back to reality, but saying that there was still a few different migrants around including the 2nd Whinchat of the year in the paddocks, also 5 Wheatears and 1 White Wagtail. The Little Owl once again put in a brief appearance, but a Spotted Flycatcher in the cemo was the opposite, hence I just had to take another photo shot as this bird at times showed to a mere 6 feet away. Other bits included 1 Tree Pipit in the allotments, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 25 Swifts, 30 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 1 late Fieldfare, 4 Pied Wagtails, 30 Linnets, 2 Kestrels, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Green Woodpeckers.
Wednesday 9th May
AS HIGH AS A KITE that's how Dave and I feel, not only was a BLACK KITE discovered yesterday but today we recorded 2 Red Kites which headed north/west over the allotments from 12:40 - 1:10pm, but the good birds didn't end there when a Ring-tail Hen Harrier headed south at 10:10am, which is also the 100th species recorded so far this year. We watched the area from 8am - 3pm, and also on show (well briefly anyway) was the Little Owl by the paddocks, and a Hobby which eventually headed west. Other bits noted were 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 4 Wheatears, 12 Blackcaps, 7 Whitethroats, 1 Chiffchaff, 22 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 19 Swifts, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Chaffinch, 9 Jackdaws, 8 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 52 Linnets, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 8 Stock Doves, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls west and 15 Collard Doves.
Tuesday 8th May
IT ONLY TAKES ONE SCARCE/RARE BIRD TO MAKE A GREAT DAY, I couldn't get out at all today due to helping my Brother-in Law move house so I left all the birding down to Dave, what a mistake that was when I received a phone call about 12:30pm, from Mr Gilbert himself stating that he had just found a BLACK KITE arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr heading very slowly north/west over the garden of rest between 12:24-28pm, which also showed extremely well, and very much photograph able which for me was even more frustrating, but did this surprise me no, purely on the amount of good birds so far this year/number of species we have had lately it eventually had to come. By far not a cemo tick but a great bird nevertheless and well done mate, I did get one last year so I can live with it, hmm well just. The rest of the day was pretty quiet but there was still a few bits around including 7 Blackcaps, 8 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Swifts, 30 Swallows, 3 Wheatears, 22 Linnets, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 House Sparrows, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Corn Bunting and last but not least a good cemo record and a difficult new year tick of 2 Great Black-backed Gulls which were sitting in fields by the paddocks.
Monday 7th May
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|
After a very busy weekend I was once again ready to settle down for another birding session, Dave and I watched from 9am - 2:30pm, but today was fairly quiet although it did produce another year tick when a Raven headed west at 2:10pm, and our 2nd Hobby that followed suit just after. Another good bird was the Little Owl feeding by the paddocks but that was pretty much it with other bits being 5 Wheatears, 9 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroats, 2 House Martins, 7 Swifts, 17 Swallows, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 4 Sparrowhawks.
Sunday 6th May
|YESTERDAY'S CUP FINAL LIVERPOOL V CHELSEA|
Well being an avid Liverpool follower/fan this wasn't quite the result I hoped for but nevertheless it didn't detract from a super day watching another Wembley Cup Final. Not surprisingly this stadium is top class, and what a fantastic atmosphere it was from start to finish with both sets of supporters a tribute to the day, mixing together both in the pubs/outside and inside the ground (that's how it should be), the game itself was also very good although for the first 20 minutes both teams canceled each other out, but Chelsea did deserve their first half lead although it came from a sloppy Liverpool midfield era. But the second half was excellent with both teams really going for it, and when Chelsea went 2-0 up I thought that was it until a certain Mr Carroll made it 2-1, but yet once again in football, and not for the first time a possible Liverpool goal was ruled not to have crossed the line, by the reaction of the Liverpool players and supporters behind the goal it would have suggested otherwise, but has hard as it is I agree with the other 20 or so camera replay shots which were all inconclusive, but it beggars belief why o why is it still so difficult for the relevant governing bodies of football not to add simple goal line technology to make sure one way or the other, looking at the referee and linesman reaction on Saturday it really summed it up they to didn't have a clue whether it crossed the line either, after all it's only a cup final after all.
Away from the football I went out today from 1 - 3pm, recording 11 Wheatears, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Little Owl, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, 57 Swifts, 20 Swallows and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
Saturday 5th May
|Chelsea v Liverpool|
Friday 4th May
|You Said Something|
Once again the day started off with heavy drizzle but eventually it cleared up and along with the birds it turned out to be a very good day. Dave and I watched from 8am - 2:30pm, and to our surprise we managed yet again to record 51 species for the day (surely a good bird is around the corner soon), with a few migrants on the move and in better numbers it made an enjoyable time especially when 8 Whimbrels headed north at 10:10am, which was followed shortly after by 2 late Redwings which spent a short time in nearby fields. Hirundines fared better with a count of 125 Swallows mainly heading west, 20 Swifts but just 4 House Martins. We managed to find another Common Buzzard heading west at 1:30pm, and another surprise was a Little Owl in the cemo. Warblers today included 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 20 Blackcaps (very good spring for these so far), 10 Whitethroats, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler. Our 2nd Cuckoo of the year was seen heading west, and the 2 Spotted Flycatchers from yesterday remained by the cemo. The paddocks held 13 Wheatears and 10 Yellow Wagtails with other bits including 150 Linnets, 7 Sparrowhawks west, 1 Kestrel, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Corn Buntings, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 Pied Wagtails, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Jackdaw, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 17 Stock Doves, 3 Skylarks and 6 Jays.
Thursday 3rd May
Well what another miserable day this was with near constant drizzle it certainly frustrated us at the best of times, but hay Dave and I still managed another 6 hours from 8am - 2pm, which wasn't to bad considering. Probably best of all was 2 Spotted Flycatchers which were chasing each other near the paddocks, I did manage a quick record shot when the rain eased so I was pretty happy, birds in the paddocks included 7 Wheatears, 26 Swallows and 10 Yellow Wagtails, and once again it was difficult around the bushes but they did produce 1 Garden Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 9 Whitethroats, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. Other bits noted were 1 Crossbill north, 1 Lesser Redpoll east, 2 Chaffinches, 250+ Linnets, 1 Kestrel, 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Goldfinches, 1 Jackdaw, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 4 Pied Wagtails.
Wednesday 2nd May
|Wheatear/Wheatear And Whinchat|
Not bird but weather wise it was pretty hard going, with annoying light/heavy rain which was pretty much stop start you didn't quite know what to do first, but it didn't detract from another good species day of 47 birds, and another new bird for the patch which was a surprise when a Greenshank was found heading east at 8:50am, on high spirits Dave and I continued on and then shortly after discovered a Whimbrel heading west, was it going to be a weird and wonderful day, well for those types of birds it did stop, but others were to follow especially in the paddocks with our first Whinchat of the year a nice male (when it dried out), accompanied by 7 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails and 10 Yellow Wagtails (the latter just out of photo shot). We had a good look around the bushes which produced 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Whitethroats, 10 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs and 1 Willow Warbler. Other bits noted were 40 Swallows, 7 Swifts, 5 Lesser Redpolls west, 3 Corn Buntings, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylarks, 2 Chaffinches, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 5 Jackdaws west, 6 Pied Wagtails, 60 Linnets, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Goldfinch, 15 Stock Doves and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Tuesday 1st May
Once again Dave and I had a fantastic day on the patch not only was their some decent migrants but this time we also managed to record an excellent 55 species (2 off the record) which certainly by any means wasn't to be sniffed at. We started out just before 8am and finished off at 3:30pm, and it was pretty lively from the start when we came across yesterday's Spotted Flycatcher and 1 male Ring Ouzel which was by the paddocks. Another good year tick was a Turtle Dove (a difficult bird to get here now) over the garden of rest, followed with a Hobby which headed west. Another good cemo record was a Little Owl which we disturbed feeding on earth worms and nearby 14 Wheatears were near the cement works. The day was certainly full of surprises and another followed with an excellent May total of 52 Fieldfares which also spent most of the day around the cemo. Other bits recorded were 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 44 Swifts, 11 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 1 Common Buzzard north (the first for some time), 2 female Merlins east, 3 Sparrowhawks, 6 Kestrels, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Jackdaw and 2 Corn Buntings.