Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Sutton Bingham - Tue 13 Dec

A later afternoon visit turned out to be well worth while with the highlight being a drake Pochard, just the second record of the year. Also today, four Shoveler and a Tufted Duck alongside seven Teal and at least fifty Wigeon. The Egyptian Goose was still knocking around, it was on the lawn at the Sailing Club today.
As the light started to fade lots of gulls dropped in, with a constant stream during the half an hour I was on site. A very rough count yielded 1200 Black-headed Gull and 600 Herring Gull.

Sutton Bingham - Sat 9 Dec

A very quick visit this afternoon was somewhat productive with an unseasonal second calendar year Great Black-backed Gull on West Pool where a Little Egret was also present. The Wigeon flock had increased to 110 birds.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Sutton Bingham - Sun 3 Dec

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. Whereas I have made a few visits to the reservoir over the past fortnight, there has been very little to report other than the long-staying Egyptian Goose which has been on patch for a couple of weeks, a couple of Peregrine sightings and three Tufted Duck.
I did spend a bit more time at Sutton Bingham this afternoon and the highlight was a Marsh Tit, just my second sighting of the year and up near the car park, which is not my "usual" place for seeing this increasingly scarce bird. Also around the car park, a couple of Chiffchaff and several Goldcrest.
The southern end of the reservoir held eighty-six Wigeon, a dozen Teal and four Mandarin whilst off the dam the Egyptian Goose was still present and was loosely associating with thirty-two Canada Geese. A Kingfisher was seen as it zoomed over the reservoir towards the Sailing Club and there were good numbers of both Redwing and Fieldfare.
As I left gull numbers were steadily building with a couple of hundred Herring Gull, at least five hundred Black-headed Gulls, twelve or so Common Gulls and just two Lesser black-backed Gulls.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Cattistock & Sutton Bingham - Sun 19 Nov

A trip down to Cattistock this afternoon where I finally got in on the Hawfinch action with two birds showing well, albeit briefly, around the church.
A brief stop at Sutton Bingham on the way home only produced the Egyptian Goose and a Peregrine.

Sutton Bingham - Sat 18 Nov

A visit mid-afternoon today and the Egyptian Goose was still present off the Fishing Lodge. The Wigeon flock numbered some sixty birds but it was pretty quiet today. A flock of fourteen Redwing and a single Fieldfare were also seen and whilst there were plenty of finches, there were no scarce stragglers amongst the commoner species.
Late news for yesterday, two pairs of Tufted Duck were present late in the day.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sutton Bingham - Wed 15 Nov

A little over an hour at the reservoir this afternoon and the Egyptian Goose was again present and viewable from the Fishing Lodge. Two drake Shoveler were new in and were bobbing on the water off the Sailing Club. A small party of seven Meadow Pipits were on the dam and Wigeon numbered some fifty-five birds. Three Bullfinches were the only other birds of note this afternoon.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Sutton Bingham - Sun 12 Nov

An hour on patch late morning and the Egyptian Goose was present off the Fishing Lodge and was showing much better today.
No sign of any Wigeon today which was somewhat surprising and the only other birds of note were all "fly-overs" with singles of Raven and Meadow Pipit plus two Skylarks and a small flock of around a dozen Fieldfare.