Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Sutton Bingham - Tue 28 Jun

A very quick visit before work this morning produced the first returning Green Sandpiper of the Autumn, feeding at the southern end.
At the opposite end of the reservoir a Common Sandpiper was near the Sailing Club, as were a female Mandarin and four ducklings.
A couple of Black-headed Gulls have been knocking around over the past few days, presumably failed breeders.
The only other sighting of note over the past week was of a juvenile Coot present briefly last Saturday.
Sutton Bingham year list for 2022 now at 97 species.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Sutton Bingham - Tue 21 Jun

I had a little bit of time before work this morning so made a quick stop at the reservoir where a female Mandarin and four well grown ducklings were at the southern end. Any possibility of there being any waders on the mud patch were soon dispelled when I noticed a Red Fox sat there so I drove round to the Fishing Lodge where a Redshank was a new addition to the patch year list.
Alongside the Redshank were a pair of Moorhen with a couple of chicks and two Kingfishers were actively feeding, so I expect they are nesting nearby. I could only find a couple of Little Egrets today compared to the half a dozen that were present at the weekend.
Sutton Bingham year list for 2022 now at 96 species.

Monday, 20 June 2022

Sutton Bingham - Sun 19 Jun

Two visits today starting with an early morning trip where a Common Sandpiper was a new arrival, presumably the first returning bird of the Autumn. A female-type Mandarin was viewable from the northern causeway and a Kingfisher put in a brief appearance.
Returning late morning/early afternoon I walked down the arm and counted a total of six Little Egrets but nothing unusual. I did pick up yet another Red Kite with one passing over fields west of the Canoe Club.

Sutton Bingham - Sat 18 Jun

A walk along the arm at lunchtime today was worthy of a Blog Post simply because I found just the second patch record of the year for Mute Swan with a sub-adult bird present.
Nothing else to report for today though.

Sutton Bingham - Fri 17 Jun

Two quick visits today (following an equally brief stop yesterday evening which produced a Red Kite and a Swift) starting with a morning stop where another Red Kite was noted low over the northern causeway heading south and a Skylark was heard in full song.
Returning after work two Common Terns were a welcome addition to the patch year list, which had been flagging over the past few weeks. The Common Terns were always a little distant as they hawked over the reservoir.
Sutton Bingham year list for 2022 now at 95 species.

Monday, 13 June 2022

Sutton Bingham - Sun 12 Jun

No postings for a couple of weeks and that's simply because I've not seen anything to report (though I have missed three patch year ticks in that time!). I was able to spend three hours at the reservoir today, arriving late morning and staying in to the afternoon during which time I really worked hard but got very little reward. The pick of the birds was a Little Grebe which showed very well off the northern causeway.
Other than that there were five Little Egrets present and I reckon I counted five singing Reed Buntings, so that's an encouraging number for the site. A Reed Warbler was heard in song just briefly and three Skylarks were also singing away.

Monday, 23 May 2022

Tealham Moor - Sun 22 May

After our trip to Ham Wall we drove up to Tealham Moor seeing around five Cattle Egrets during our stop, some of which flew right past us. Another Cuckoo was heard singing and a Lapwing was carefully guarding her four well grown chicks. Both Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were noted and a Sedge Warbler was singing from a roadside ditch. The pick of the birds though were three Yellow Wagtails and a male Channel Wagtail.
So after a really enjoyable and profitable few hours out it was time to head back home. It certainly made a nice change to do some birding away from Sutton Bingham.