Thursday, 20 April 2017

Jumping the gun - 20/04/2017

I was into the last few days of my Easter leave, and I had a hankering to do some birding. So after picking up Ai-lin we made our way to Craig Cerrig. We detoured to the youth hostel woods first, where we saw black cap and my first pied flycatchers of the year, though we didn't get much else than that, although I potentially saw a redstart at one point.

Across the road we kept an eye out for rouzel and whinchat, but to no avail for both - it seems it's still that bit too early. However we did get a peregrine low over with a kill, and the ravens were keeping a marauding buzzard more than occupied. That was about the sum of it from a fairly fleeting visit, but I'll be back in a few weeks for sure,and I won't be leaving without a ring ouzel.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Pinkie - 04/04/2017

A pink foot had turned up in Parc Slip, so after work Nick and I made a little trip.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Wern Ddu again... 02/04/2017

With the weather nice and sunny, and buzzards over the back garden I figured it was time to try for the goshawk again at Wern Ddu. Within about a minute or so of getting to my intended spot for lookout this popped into view - 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Not such an April fool? 01/04/2017

With the weather due to come in badly later in the morning, I made the most of the sun first thing to go for a dartford warbler up at Aylesbeare. As it turns out, a dartie was something like the 3rd or 4th bird I saw upon arrival, noodling around in some gorse. It flew with what looked to be another one, and I didn get views after that so I continued on towards where Tar had mapped out for me. Along the way I picked up my first blackcap of the year in the woodland area, and was shortly on to another dartie and a yellowhammer at the intended location. Nice how things workout sometimes! Linnets flew overhead, providing the 4th new tick of the year. Nearing 75% now!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Spring sarnies - 31/03/2017

I made a hopeful trip down to Bowling Green Marsh this morning to see if the Bonapartes came in at high tide. I popped over to Goosemoor en route, and had my first willow warbler of the year in the trees along the path.

At BGM, avocet, green sandpiper and Barwhits were the best on offer, though lots were on show, including many wigeon. Full seems tobe in full swing, as this wren attested in full  song in the lane.

At Exmouth there were at least 3 sarnie terns diving in the sea, and luckily for us the tide was quite high so they were in nice and close.

So not an amazing trawl, but 3 new on the list for the year. Ticking over nicely. Pun intended.