Saturday, 23 October 2010



Matt had dropped me a txt while i was at the gardening job about a certain good bird down at the lakes, so after the job me and my dad headed down there

We parked up and i walked down to where matt was standing and he said the juv ARCTIC TERN was still down showing on a boyd. i watched it for about 15 mins untill i decided i fancied something rarer. but before i left i spotted a little grebe beside the road, which matt told me was only the 3rd record this year

Upton warren


But before i reached the hide i spotted this BARNACLE GOOSE.

But i was very quicky into the Cuckoo hide to be treated with distant views of a stunning lifer !!!!!

sure it was about as far from the hide as it could get, as the videos will show, but at least its features could be seen through the scope..........

but while this bird was distant, one secretive bird crept about in the channel a few metres from the hide, Proberbly the closest view of a WATER RAIL i have ever had.

I know a short post, but some class birds to talk about

IM BACK!!!!!!!!


Friday, 8 October 2010

Nice evening at the Warren


Matt from the earlswood blog had offered to pick me up from the gardening job to head down to upton a bit earlier and it gave some very good birds.......

We first dropped into the Moors pool where very quickly we latched onto the BITTERN perched up in the reedbed at the north end, showing quite well in the sunlight too...

a Drake Gadwall was here but nothing out of the unusual tbh,

so we Headed down to the flashes where there was quite a few good birds, quite quickly the juv RUFF quickly popped up right below the hide giving absolutly amazing views.

We spotted a juv DUNLIN among the usual 4 Green sandpipers, LRP, Common sand and 8 snipe, a water rail walked along the edge of the reedbed, and this basicly explains the night, i watched the ruff etc untill when news of a little egret on the moors came through, i decided to stay in the hide and sure enough an hour and a bit later, there was the bird coming in to land with the BHG, on the flash, and showing very well..

a little owl was on the farm chimeny....


Upton warren

5 Green sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
15 Curlew
6 Snipe
1000+ BHG


Titterstone clee hill

2nd try at wryneck, reported in the morning, dip, again, and it was freezing up there, also missed the black redstart and hen harrier
but 2 Whinchat
5 Stonechat
7 Wheatear
2 Ravern
3 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
1 Meadow pipit
20c Linnet