A more ambitious jaunt to see the long staying Walrus today now that the Welsh border is open, heading down through the night in the hope that it would still be on its ramp early morning. Infact it seemed to be having a lazy day, shuffling up the ramp each time the tide caught up with...
Very good day today where everything seemed to go like clockwork. The main draw was another trip into Notts for the Two barred crossbill, then with not much else within striking distance, an attempt to see Adders over at Thorne moor.
Thoresby Pit Top
145. Common crossbill - several...
Having surprisingly not picked one up elsewhere this year, I braved the rush hour traffic this evening to head into Wakefield to see the world famous Peregrines. While the bird on the nest is not visible from the ground, fortunately the mate was perched up high on the spire...
Another jaunt to the midlands today as there were a few birds of interest available, starting more successfully on the woodpecker first, and managing to see all three species before 7.30am
137. Lesser spotted woodpecker
Had a half-hearted attempt at...
A belated run into Notts today, too late for Hawfinch, but hopeful of Lesser pecker and late enough for Woodlarks.
A brief drum from the woodpecker was all I managed, no further sign, in contrast to the spectacle last year.
131. Brambling - 1 in a flock of redpolls and siskins...
Another day, another non-appearance of a duck. This time garganey at Adwick washes, however, an opportunity for a few more year ticks, including a useful White fronted goose which apparently has been around a while.
128. Greater white fronted goose
Presumably erroneous report of velvet scoter at swillington sent me over after work. Pleasant evening after the awful weekend weather and a few year ticks too.
123. Little ringed plover
124. Sand martin
125. Cetti's warbler
Also Med gull was a site tick.
DIY weekend after the wind blew part of the garden fence down last week and managed an unexpected garden tick when 20 whooper swans came over. Seems like a lot have been on the move this weekend.
122. Whooper swan
After another miserable non-productive weekend last week, I couldn't face another and wandered further than I've been restricting myself to so far this year. Managed to do all of the below sites without needing any petrol, any food or coming within 2 meters of another person and feel a...
Another go this evening for Firecrest at Swillington. Apparently not seen since the morning, it wasn't looking promising but having heard goldcrest while walking down, I decided to backtrack and take a look in a slightly different area and stumbled across not one but two firecrests...
Afternoon visit, staying until dark for woodcocks. 38 seen around yesterday but only managed one tonight, and that only with the powerful torch beam of another birder. Thanks!
088. Little grebe
089. Black necked grebe