Monday, 22 May 2017

Sutton Bingham - Sun 21 May

The quiet patch has continued this month, with nothing more than a couple of Little Egrets, two Mute Swans and a Great Black-backed Gull over the past week. However, at midday two Common Terns flew through heading south and a Peregrine was present at the southern end late in the day. Two Reed Warblers were holding territory just a few feet from each other.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sutton Bingham - Thu 11 May

A couple of Little Egrets were on West Pool early morning, but a return visit in the evening on my way home from work produced a Common Sandpiper on the northern causeway and finally, a tern! A single Common Tern was off the Fishing Lodge and was a welcome addition to the patch year list.
Sutton Bingham year list 2017 now at 94 species.

Sutton Bingham - Wed 10 May

A really lovely day today, and I spent a couple of hours in the afternoon at the reservoir in beautiful sunshine. Unfortunately there was not much activity on the bird front with the pick being a couple of Hobbies at the southern end and a single Common Sandpiper. Great Created Grebes numbered some eighty birds though, with several on nests and a number still displaying/pairing up.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Portland Bill - Mon 8 May

Today I twitched a bird, in fact, more importantly, I successfully twitched a bird! When news broke mid-afternoon of a male Spectacled Warbler at Portland Bill I knew I had a tough decision. After finishing work, taking care of family matters and having dinner I finally managed to head off at 7.20pm and arrived at Portland about an hour later. Just half a dozen birders were present, but luckily so was the warbler and I got great views of it straight away. Lucky!
Despite failing light, I decided to try a few ropey phone-scoped record shots, this is a Spectacled Warbler...honest.
To be honest, I was more interested in watching the bird, which I managed to do for about 15 minutes before it vanished in to a bramble clump and didn't reappear, so presumably it had gone to roost. What a cracking little bird it was, only the ninth UK record, the first for Dorset, and a UK lifer for me.

Sutton Bingham - Sun 7 May

First, a quick update. The first Swifts of the year were over the northern end of the reservoir on 4 May with a Common Sandpiper and Little Egret also present. Not much else of note though.
Now on to today, and a couple of hours at the reservoir in the afternoon produced a couple of Hobbies at the southern end, and another (or one of the same) over the northern end. Both Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting were in song and a single Common Sandpiper was present.
Two Great Black-backed Gulls were noted, one bearing a ring with P:44A on it, a bird which I have since learned was ringed as a pulis in 2012 down at Portland. A full history of this bird can be seen by clicking here.
Finally, a couple of unseasonal Black-headed Gulls were noted and a male Kestrel was seen. A trickle of Swallows and House Martins were also about.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Sutton Bingham - Tue 2 May

A quick early morning visit produced a Hobby over the southern end of the reservoir and a metal-ringed female Red-crested Pochard. I still need Red-crested Pochard on the Sutton Bingham list, but I can't tick this escapee, which is presumably the same individual that was seen at the reservoir a year ago.

Sutton Bingham - Mon 1 May

A visit yesterday morning in cold and windy conditions was pretty dismal with just nine Common Sandpipers providing interest...until a Whimbrel flew in from the south and passed up the reservoir heading north!
A good end to April and May got off to a moderate start with two Hobbies seen over the reservoir this afternoon. The only other birds of note were a single Little Egret, a Kingfisher and just one Common Sandpiper. A "new" Lesser Whitethroat was in song on the far side of the reservoir opposite the site of the hide.
Sutton Bingham year list 2017 now at 91 species.