Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sutton Bingham - Mon 20 Feb

A couple of visits over the weekend failed to produce too much in the way of decent birds, but an adult Great Black-backed Gull was present on Saturday morning, with a pair on the main reservoir on Sunday morning. The Peregrine was again seen at the southern end, but there have been very few duck over the last week, just a drake Tufted Duck seen on Saturday.
Back to today though and a drake Gadwall was seen early morning from the northern causeway, again very jumpy it took flight and settled briefly on West Pool, no idea whether this is the same bird that was present earlier in the month. I managed a quick shot as it took flight!
A late afternoon visit produced a count of at least fifteen hundred Black-headed Gulls.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Sutton Bingham - Thu 16 Feb

A quick stop this morning produced a single Lapwing present on the northern causeway until I got out of the car and spooked it sending it flying off to the east!
An equally quick visit after work yielded three Mediterranean Gulls flying south and the Peregrine was again present on one of the pylons.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Sutton Bingham - Wed 15 Feb

A quick pre-work stop at the northern causeway was a good call as a drake Gadwall flew in to West Pool, hung around for a couple of minutes, and then flew off to the east!

Arne RSPB - Tue 14 Feb

A trip down to Arne RSPB reserve today and a nice walk around although I failed to see much variety in the way of birds. The highlight was a flock of sixteen Spoonbill viewable from Shipstal Point, a bird that is almost expected when visiting Arne nowadays. I figure the tides were not quite right for waders, as just ten Black-tailed Godwits were seen (in flight as they passed overhead) and small numbers of Redshank and Curlew were noted. On the water a drake Goldeneye looked rather smart whilst back a the Visitor Centre there were some very obliging Siskins. None of the hoped for heathland specialities today, but I dare say I'll head down this way again!

Sutton Bingham - Mon 13 Feb

A quick stop at Sutton Bingham after work turned out to be much more productive than yesterday's extended visit! An adult Great Black-backed Gull was on one of the pontoons off the Sailing Club and overhead a little stream of gulls included twenty-five Common Gulls and two Mediterranean Gulls.
A couple of Mute Swans were viewable from the northern causeway whilst at the southern end a Peregrine was again noted. Just five Wigeon and six Teal seen today but a good number of winter thrushes were seen with at least fifty Fieldfare and over a hundred Redwing present.
Overhead a Raven and Stock Dove passed by.

Sutton Bingham - Sun 12 Feb

I spent around an hour and a half at the reservoir this morning and put in a great deal of effort for very little reward. A single Little Egret was briefly present on West Pool where just two Snipe (with another three present at the southern end of the reservoir).
At the southern end a Peregrine spooked some forty-two Wigeon and forty-three Teal.

Sutton Bingham - Sat 11 Feb

A quick stop on my way home from work on Friday night produced two Little Egrets on West Pool, a new addition to the patch year list, however, they were not present during the hour I spent on patch this morning.
It was bitterly cold and there had been a dusting of snow overnight but not a lot of birds at the reservoir today. Three Mute Swans were seen off the dam whilst just three Teal and a small flock of thirty-six Wigeon were present at the southern end. A Raven and two Siskin flew over and West Pool hosted two Coot.