Friday, May 14, 2021

14th May 2021 - Longham Lakes, Dorset

Managed to pop down to Longham Lakes in Dorset in the afternoon to try for the Whiskered Tern which has been present for around a week. After parking the car (not easy around there) and finding the footpath to the lakes, I located the bird within 30 seconds of arrival. It was sat on a yellow buoy near the Northern end giving nice views. It remained on the buoy for the next 15 minutes before going for a fly around and at times getting quite close. The bird always returned to the yellow buoys! A particularly easy twitch and a bird I was very happy to catch up with after dipping the Dungeness bird in May 2019.

Whiskered Tern, Longham Lakes, Dorset

Thursday, May 6, 2021

6th May 2021 - Goring Gap

Quick pit stop at Goring Gap produced excellent views of the male Whinchat also two Wheatears and a Whitethroat.

Monday, May 3, 2021

3rd May 2021 - Rochford, Essex

Dad and I ventured into Essex mid-morning for the adult male Woodchat Shrike. Unsurprisingly, the site was busy with other birders but upon arrival the bird was sat out on a bramble bush adjacent to the horse paddock showing really well. This has been a bird, I was very keen on seeing in the UK for a long time so to twitch this bird was a no brainer. On the way home, we stopped at another site in Essex where we had reasonable views of Grasshopper Warbler although the ever increasing windspeed did not help our cause. When I got home the windspeed was near gale force so I headed down to Goring Gap. I was very happy when a Manx Shearwater flew east at 15:58, an excellent end to a very good day. 

Woodchat Shrike, Rochford, Essex

Friday, April 30, 2021

30th April 2021 - Puttenham Common, Surrey

Excellent trip across the border into Surrey for the Wood Warbler. Upon arrival the bird was singing and was extremely active affording really good views. I watched the bird for the next 30 minutes or so before going to explore other areas. This proved successful and I found a Woodlark, two Garden Warblers, a Dartford Warbler, three Redstarts and a Tree Pipit

Wood Warbler, Puttenham Common, Surrey

Thursday, April 29, 2021

29th April 2021 - Bazehill Road, Rottingdean

A late evening twitch with Dad over to Rottingdean produced excellent views of the Hoopoe in the sheep field along Bazehill Road. The bird was quite flighty but when settled showed nicely and on a couple of occasions was dust bathing. 

Hoopoe, Bazehill Road, Rottingdean, East Sussex

Saturday, April 24, 2021

24th April 2021 - Marine Gardens

 I was late out of bed this morning due to an early start the previous day. I arrived at Marine Gardens around 08:50 and stayed until just gone midday. The highlight was three Pomarine Skuas at 11:58, they were distant but are always fantastic to see. Other totals included 121 Common Scoters, 57 Whimbrel, 11 Sandwich Terns, 7 Little Terns, a Red-throated Diver, two Bar-tailed Godwits, two Shovelers, a Great Crested Grebe, 7 Redshank and 38 Brent Geese

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

21st April 2021 - Honer Reservoir

 An after work twitch to Honer Reservoir for the drake Ring-necked Duck proved to be a success, the bird gave good views and was associating with Tufted Ducks. Also noted whilst here were 10 Sand Martins and a Cuckoo

Ring-necked Duck at Honer Reservoir