Saturday, 22 August 2015

Blithfield

Popped along for a quick visit to Blithfield I hadn't visited here for some years now but as a Crane had taken up semi permanent residence there it would be rude not to pop along and see it plus what ever else was around.

Near the causeway amongst the sheep were a number of Yellow Wagtails with the odd Pied thrown in for good measure I tried to teach Gem how to sneak up on them but as she is both 3 and wearing a bright red t-shirt my hopes were not high, but we still got pretty close.




Further along were a group of mixed waders a single Little Ringed Plover then a handful of Dunlin and Ringed Plover.





The Common Crane could be seen in the distant at the far end of the bay but with the heat and distance it would have been too far for Gem's little legs so it was back to the car and an ice cream.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Pennington Flash

I don't usually go after Gulls as they are not my thing and trying to age and the art of telling juveniles apart is a complete mystery to me.

But the Sabine's Gull is A) One I missed out on a few years back as the spot was not child's buggy friendly and B) For a Gull its quite good looking.

So off me and Gemma headed, the drive up was a doddle for once the M6 was not to bad, and my sat nav took me straight to the place (well close enough).
On getting there Steve Seal and another birder told me the bird was showing very nicely so off we plodded. Boy it was showing well just a few meters off shore taking insects from the surface.









I did mange a few bonus shots while we were there,





Then it was off to Markeaton Park in Derby for Gemma, I know it's not close but three year old girls don't have a very good geographical knowledge.



Sunday, 12 July 2015

Third Time Lucky

Well it took three visits but I think I am finally happy with my shots of the Red Footed Falcon at Chatterley Whitfield in the wonderful city of Stoke on Trent (well I would say that I am a born and bred Stokie), I also finally saw the Black Redstart! and it was even putting on a show to rival the RFF it was on show soon as I stepped out of the car and a kind chap was waving me over so I hurried over and got to watch this great little chap and the RFF even came to me briefly strangely enough the Black Redstart stayed well out of sight till it disappeared.















Saturday, 11 July 2015

Second RFF Visit

Paid another visit to see the Red Footed Falcon, missed out on seeing the Black Redstart but that just means I have another excuse to visit again.
The Red Footed Falcon really did put on a show for everyone there my scope was left back at home as it comes so close there was no need to bring it along for the ride.
The Falcon did really come close in when some chap threw some locusts out for the bird, not sure who he was but to have the Falcon hover over our head was quite a sight and one I wont forget for along time.





Fantastic Falcon

Found out late as usual for me that a Red Footed Falcon had appeared on my door step to some extent within the majestic city of Stoke-on-Trent.
Looking on the map on the rare bird area of the Bird Forum it appeared to be at Chatterley Sidings near Genesis Park which I knew quite well after photographing class 350's on test there.
But it turned out it was actually at Chatterley Whitfield which to some extent no where near where the map had it, bugger!
With the light starting to fade off Gem and me headed and we eventually found the spot after a couple of wrong turns.
The bird was showing really well and at least I didn't have to push a pushchair over fields and across styles to see this one unlike the Willington bird and it was much closer. We watched the bird for about 30 minutes before heading home.






Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Weeks Holiday

It was the annual family break and this year we headed off to deepest darkest Wales staying not too far away from Porthmadog at Tyddyn Mawr a nice quite place and was just what we needed to unwind from the stresses of work, not a great deal of wildlife was seen from the cottage but we did see Raven, Meadow Pipit, and Grey Wagtail plus House Martin and Swallows were nesting on the cottage and feeding in the fields beside the cottage.

Our main birding day was spent on Anglesey firstly calling at Holyhead Fish Quay were we saw 6 - 8 Black Guillemots plus a seal which had caught a flat fish of some type.







We then headed up to South Stack and picked up the usual sea birds here Razor Bill, Guillemot, Puffin plus Raven, Chough and a Peregrine which was perched up on the cliff along with Linnet, Rock Pipit and Stone Chat around the cliff paths plus Cockchafer, I did spot from the tower briefly a Harbour Porpoise but when I say briefly I do mean briefly.

From here it was our final birding spot of the day Cemlyn Bay for the Tern colonies, we were not lucky enough to see any Roseate Terns but the sound, sight and smell really does hit all of your senses and is always a fantastic place to call in on.







The next bird of any note we saw was by chance we stopped to photograph the river near Beddgelert and we came across a very showy Common Sandpiper calling along the river plus a couple of Grey Wagtails.



And finally the view from our cottage, the weather Gods were even kind to us, we found on our last day a great village called Aberdaron with just off shore the St Tudwal's Island which looked to hold some nice sea birds but we didn't get to explore here much as we just wanted to chill out and enjoy the Sun and Gem wanted to play on the beach, but there's always another year.