|Whiskered Tern, Longham Lakes, Dorset|
Friday, May 14, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
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
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
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
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
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|