Nine members were well rewarded on the annual trip to Blacktoft with good weather and excellent birding. Immediately sightings of Bearded Tits were had from the visitors centre before we’d even had a chance to get properly started. Juveniles or females were then seen from a number of the hides throughout the day. Excitement rose when two Barn Owl chicks were spotted in the owl box. A closer inspection however, revealed them to be juvenile Kestrels. Of the 43 species of bird identified, the stars (other than the Bearded Tits) were undoubtedly the Green Sandpipers, Ruff in a variety of plumages, Spotted Redshank still with considerable remnants of their summer plumage, a juvenile Water Rail spotted skulking in the reeds by Mr Conroy, three Greenshank and finally a flock of 6 Spoonbills which definitely didn’t skulk. The Marsh Harriers put on a grand display with both male and female birds flying by at closish quarters. A thoroughly excellent trip – Blacktoft never seems to let us down at this time of year.
- Tues 20 August 2019
2 Mute Swans, 22 Mandarins, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 111 Tufteds, 2 Pochard, the Little Grebes in Chapel Bay have two small chicks, regular Osprey 0840-0930 at least then left SW ( present off & on since 8 Aug), 8 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, juv f. Peregrine, ‘brown’ Merlin over fields north of the res, ad Yellow-l-Gull, […]
- Mon 19 August 2019
4 Mute Swans, 122 Tufteds, Pochard, Little Egret, 63 Lapwings, 2 C.Snipe, 5 Whimbrel high over the res drifted west at 1115 and another was heard distantly at 1245, c25 Swifts, c20 Sand Martins, c100 House Martins, Spotted Flycatcher in the car park. A Tree Pipit over the main car park late afternoon was our […]