• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021 (1 Viewer)

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Booked the day off today as the border has opened up with England. Had planned to head down to the Mockingbird but it left a few days ago. Not unhappy tbh as birding in built up areas has never appealed to me.

So plans were changed and headed to Gloucs. Thought I heard Hawfinch at Parkend but not 100%.

Over at Cannop the car park was closed but still enough space for a car. Plenty of Mandarin on the pond itself.

Then it was up to Crabtree Hill. Bumped into a couple of birders from Wales and a gent from Bath. Great company. Also bumped into a local birder called Frank. An absolute wealth of knowledge and a decent fella.

Frank pointed out the GGS and we all had decent views. Also had a good view of a Goshawk at a different location. A few Lesser Redpoll were also at Crabtree which Gareth and Mike(?) pointed out. Happy days.

Next it was over to Frampton. On arrival a coupe we’re just leaving and they’d been watch the Bonaparte’s Gull feeding 5 mins earlier. Cheers for the heads up both and hope you connected with the Dartfords later in the day.

The Bonaparte’s was a lifer for me and I’m glad it was close in as it’s fair to say I’m not good at Gulls. So a cracking end to a very enjoyable morning in Gloucs.

106. Mandarin
107. Lesser Redpoll
108. Goshawk
109. Great Grey Shrike
110. Bonaparte’s Gull Lifer #1 (y)
 

Attachments

  • 99064B91-AFC6-40EF-B376-DF0687933E16.jpeg
    99064B91-AFC6-40EF-B376-DF0687933E16.jpeg
    4.3 MB · Views: 4
  • 0C46E09F-E48A-4AEA-885C-9F1F705F7BBE.jpeg
    0C46E09F-E48A-4AEA-885C-9F1F705F7BBE.jpeg
    2.9 MB · Views: 4
  • 8065E862-BC0C-40C1-92BD-FAF9950389E1.jpeg
    8065E862-BC0C-40C1-92BD-FAF9950389E1.jpeg
    3.9 MB · Views: 4

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Beautiful down at Sker today. Good to see dog owners cleaning up after their mutts.

Coomin Whitethroats have arrived and at Sker itself was a stunning flock of Golden Plovers. Some in summer plumage. A cracking bird. Got chatting to Paul from Glamorgan bird club. A decent fella.

Also present were 6 Purple Sands, a Grey Plover, Ringed Plovers, Turnstones, a summer plumaged Barwit and 3 Whimbrel.

111. Common Whitethroat
112. Purple Sandpiper
113. Golden Plover
114. Whimbrel
 

Attachments

  • 757D899F-D971-4BF0-BB2A-AD1BCA6ACF18.jpeg
    757D899F-D971-4BF0-BB2A-AD1BCA6ACF18.jpeg
    3.9 MB · Views: 2

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Went for a spin in the car yesterday evening past Pontardawe. Pulled in at what I thought looked like a decent habitat for Tree Pipits. No Tree Pipits but very pleasantly surprised to see a pair of Common Crossbills there.

115. Common Crossbill
 

Attachments

  • 2E423FD1-C366-40A3-8028-6B35A8C562D2.jpeg
    2E423FD1-C366-40A3-8028-6B35A8C562D2.jpeg
    3 MB · Views: 4
  • 86DCFD1A-5977-46F9-B445-22B801F8F640.jpeg
    86DCFD1A-5977-46F9-B445-22B801F8F640.jpeg
    3.6 MB · Views: 4

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Covered a fair few miles with the boy in the Beacons yesterday. Along Sarn Helen to the back of Craig Cerrig-Glaisiad. Absolutely beautiful up there. Found a suitable place for a kip but the boy was having none of it:confused: Lied lengthways up my chest to show how he felt:ROFLMAO:

So we sat there for a while watching a Red Kite circling around us. A beautiful bird in a beautiful location. Added House Martin to the year list as well.

116. House Martin
 

Attachments

  • D42F8CEC-E31A-4942-8C00-B002AC844074.jpeg
    D42F8CEC-E31A-4942-8C00-B002AC844074.jpeg
    5.1 MB · Views: 5
  • 916F0F32-3EA8-437C-A264-4C33D5A645D1.jpeg
    916F0F32-3EA8-437C-A264-4C33D5A645D1.jpeg
    6.1 MB · Views: 5
  • 9C04775E-8783-4C04-BCDC-DC59DBA839FB.jpeg
    9C04775E-8783-4C04-BCDC-DC59DBA839FB.jpeg
    2.8 MB · Views: 5
  • C1919392-84ED-4FFD-A4F4-CBA4504ECE1F.jpeg
    C1919392-84ED-4FFD-A4F4-CBA4504ECE1F.jpeg
    3 MB · Views: 3
  • 95C13E4E-EFE6-492A-A3EE-A85FE0F5DA95.jpeg
    95C13E4E-EFE6-492A-A3EE-A85FE0F5DA95.jpeg
    2.5 MB · Views: 4

Scridifer

Registered User
Supporter
Bulgaria
Covered a fair few miles with the boy in the Beacons yesterday. Along Sarn Helen to the back of Craig Cerrig-Glaisiad. Absolutely beautiful up there. Found a suitable place for a kip but the boy was having none of it:confused: Lied lengthways up my chest to show how he felt:ROFLMAO:

So we sat there for a while watching a Red Kite circling around us. A beautiful bird in a beautiful location. Added House Martin to the year list as well.

116. House Martin
Wonderful scenery Rich, thanks for sharing!

Chris
 

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
No new ticks today but was really pleased to see this Tawny Owl on my morning walk with the hound today. Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen one in daylight. I’d go as far as saying it’s been yonks. (y)
 

Attachments

  • 0A980898-C72E-45A8-86DB-C7A7D661BE3E.jpeg
    0A980898-C72E-45A8-86DB-C7A7D661BE3E.jpeg
    6 MB · Views: 7
  • 609B3434-66A0-46C5-A4B2-125D197C4493.jpeg
    609B3434-66A0-46C5-A4B2-125D197C4493.jpeg
    4.6 MB · Views: 7
  • 10971D6A-4F24-425E-AF8C-0500E01F790C.jpeg
    10971D6A-4F24-425E-AF8C-0500E01F790C.jpeg
    4.7 MB · Views: 7
  • 61F98F43-A35C-4240-B1E4-5A685D2D2ED0.jpeg
    61F98F43-A35C-4240-B1E4-5A685D2D2ED0.jpeg
    6.7 MB · Views: 7

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Cracking day up at RSPB Dinas today. Watched a couple of male Yellowhammers by the picnic tables along with a pair of Marsh Tits. Garden Warblers singing away.

Plenty of Pied Flycatchers and Common Redstarts. Missed out on Wood Warblers as we had the dog with us and there were a few sheep on the reserve.

118. Common Redstart
119. Pied Flycatcher
120. Garden Warbler
121. Yellowhammer
122. Marsh Tit
 

Attachments

  • 20571667-BDB2-4D9D-8A37-D901814EE35D.jpeg
    20571667-BDB2-4D9D-8A37-D901814EE35D.jpeg
    4.8 MB · Views: 2
  • BF89CD59-C452-464F-B687-8C82C60204DD.jpeg
    BF89CD59-C452-464F-B687-8C82C60204DD.jpeg
    3.5 MB · Views: 2
  • E39B150F-8806-40F6-8511-D42CCBDD7305.jpeg
    E39B150F-8806-40F6-8511-D42CCBDD7305.jpeg
    4.4 MB · Views: 2

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Met up with a mate in Carms today. Stopped off at Pembrey Harbour. Nice view of a Whimbrel and 5 Barwits.

Next we headed to Kidwelly Quay. Quiet on the wader front. 4 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper about the best. Walking back along the canal we picked up a couple of year ticks.

123. Reed Warbler
124. Grasshopper Warbler

As an aside I used the new bins for the first time yesterday- Meopta B1.1 10x32. The eye placement is definitely more finicky than my usual 8x42’s but I expected that. Lovely view though. Was having a little difficulty snapping them into focus so today I adjusted the diopter- rookie mistake. Should have done that before yesterday. Fantastic now. The big positive is how light they feel around my neck. A very noticeable difference to my 8x42 Trinovid BN’s. Will be my go to bins when walking any distance. They feel like a quality item and the focus is really smooth. I’ve removed the objective covers as they come off really easily. It’s fair to say I’m pretty pleased with them.

Rich
 

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Had a wander around Uskmouth and Goldcliff in the wind and rain this morning. Marsh Harrier at Uskmouth along with a year tick in the form of a Sedge Warbler.

At Goldcliff it was good to meet Blair. Rain was just blowing in to the first hide - not pleasant. 11 or 12 Whimbrel dropped in briefly but I couldn’t locate the Little Stint. Plenty of Avocet along with 3 Grey plovers and a couple of Ruff.

125. Sedge Warbler.
 

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Got soaked yesterday looking for the Savi’s Warbler at Penclacwydd. Dipped but did see 9 or 10 Med Gulls at the Deep Lake.

126. Mediterranean Gull
 

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Walked along the Tenant Canal yesterday and up to my parents in the Cimla.

Finally added Swifts to my year list. Great to see them over the College Bridge.

127. Swift
 

ClarkWGriswold

Carpe Carpum
Staff member
Supporter
Wales
Headed down to Machynys today. For once my timing was spot on. The Skua was showing tremendously well. It then flew out over the estuary and was lost to sight. Unfortunately the battery in my camera was dead so no photos :cry:

128. Long-tailed Skua. Lifer #2

Superb bird. Takes the life list up to 296.
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top