Monday, 21 May 2018

Sutton Bingham - Sat 19 May

A few brief stops over the past few days have failed to deliver anything new, a couple of Common Sandpipers have passed through and a drake Tufted Duck was present yesterday. However, I did manage to get an addition to the patch year list today with a Hobby over field to the south of West Pool. Hobby is an expected May addition, though two weeks later than normal this year.
Sutton Bingham year list 2018 now at 103 species.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Sutton Bingham - Mon 14 May

Another day, another couple of flying visits. Another Common Sandpiper was present today, again on the northern causeway first thing whilst over the fields south of West Pool a total of three Red Kites were present early evening. This brings my Red Kite count up to five individuals this year, more than I have managed in the previous fifteen years of birding at Sutton Bingham. Several Buzzards were also riding the thermals this evening.

Sutton Bingham - Sun 13 May

I had a text from John Rickards last night saying that a Whitethroat was singing at the reservoir, so a quick trip after breakfast was needed to finally get this bird on the patch year list. Two weeks later than the norm I did indeed get Whitethroat with a very vocal male singing in the scrubby area just south of the car park.
Not much else seen during the brief visit, though a Kingfisher carrying food was encouraging and a Raven passed over.
Sutton Bingham year list 2018 now at 102 species.

Sutton Bingham - Sat 12 May

A couple of quick stops to and from work today and a Common Sandpiper was present on the northern causeway first thing with the two sub-adult Mute Swans again on West Pool.
An equally quick stop on my way home from work produced my first patch Swifts of the year with two viewable distantly from Hyde Farm.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Sutton Bingham - Thu 10 May

A very quick stop on the way home from work tonight produced a couple of terns flying around at the northern end of the reservoir. I was convinced they were Arctic Terns but were always just a little bit too distant to absolutely nail. So after dinner I popped back to the reservoir and this time the terns were off the dam, so hot-footing it round to the Fishing Lodge I set up my scope and was able to confirm the identification as they were both rather obliging by perching on buoys. The photos below are of the bird with the paler bill, the second bird (which was more distant) had a really dark red bill that looked almost black from a distance.
Arctic Tern is not an easy bird to get on the patch year list, so this was a welcome find and also represented my 100th species of the year at Sutton Bingham.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sutton Bingham - Wed 9 May

A quick visit this afternoon which produced very little. My second patch Willow Warbler of the year was present at the extreme southern end of the patch and another (or possibly the same?) male Kestrel was seen. A couple of Stock Doves were also noted. The two sub-adult Mute Swans were also present again.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Sutton Bingham - Mon 7 May

Considering it was a Bank Holiday weekend I simply didn't seem to have any time to do any birding at the reservoir, some fleeting visits and today was no different. A couple of Common Sandpipers were on the northern causeway today but no additions to the year list.