Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Down By The River

Day 7 Hard work again but birds slowly crept in at the end. Singles Robin, Redstart, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Black Tern, Goldfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail. 2 Red-Backed Shrike ditto Stonechat, 3 Jay ditto Great Tit. Not so many White Wagtails or Crested Larks today. The Irish wader Phil O'rope is still with us as are the Grebes & Coots despite a large dredger churning up the lake bottom.
Not without some skill I managed to dodge the Kingfishers today but still fell foul of the Bulbul crowd.

Inspired by BS great find of a Caspian Gull back home I took on the onerous task of going through the hundred of YLGs by the riverside. Every age group is present but after a while I realised I'd have a job for life. Far better to hope for a singleton or even a couple to fly by separately. Just 2 BHGs were also noted.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Manavgat Mini Migration

Definite signs of movement this am after a poor day yesterday on Day 5 when winds kept things down and the only new bird was a Grey Heron. Otherwise it was down to 2 WW, 4 Kingfisher, 5 Spectacled Bulbul, 6 Laughing Dove, 2 Grey and a few White & Yellow Wagtails, YLG, Hoodies & a Graceful Prinia.

Today's birds Day 6 4 Red-Backed Shrike. Red-necked Phalarope, Cormorant, 1 each Redstart & Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Corn Bunting, many YLG, Crested Larks, many White Wagtails. Little Egret, pr Great White Egret, Sanderling, 6 Spectacled Bulbul, Greenfinch, 2 Jay, 1 Whinchat, 5 Cettis Warbler, 3 WW. I need to check Lark songs as I got a prolonged burst of definitely Not Crested

The Black Terns may have moved on but the Phalarope continues to stay close to wherever one may be. Now there is an additional peril; the Sanderling came up and let itself be photographed at a range far too close for comfort. I mean a bird like that could take your leg off at the elbow!


Sunday, 15 October 2017

More from Manavgat

Day 3
Cormorant, Stonechat, Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Red-Backed Shrike, Black Tern, Kingfisher, White Wagtails & Yellow, 7 Jay, Great Tits, Graceful Prinia, Mallard, Whinchat, Red-necked Phalarope.
The Phalarope is unbelievable. It comes up so close one has to step back to focus on it. At one stage I had to chastise a cat for trying to eat it. All was well, the moggy settled for a tickle 😆

Day 4 Manavgat river. Richards Pipit, Whinchat, c230 YLG, Black Tern, BHG, Little Gull, Sandwich Tern, Little Egret,  LRP, pr Kentish Plover, Sanderling, 2 Swallow, 2 Cettis, Little Grebes now c16, Red-Backed Shrike.
I left it late in coming here on Oct 11 a lot of birds have left the area. Still it's nice to see all the new hotels and roads that weren't here 3 Years back.😨
Many Pics to follow...

Manavgat Turkey

Day One
House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Collared Dove, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Cettis Warbler, Unid Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Graceful Prinia, Crested Lark, Night Heron, Black Stork, Jay, Hooded Crow, Blackbird, Sand Martin, Swallow, Coot, Moorhen all in the am.
After lunch: Shoveler, Little Grebe, Spectacled Bulbul, YLG, Commic Tern, Black Tern, Red-necked Phalarope, Icterine Warbler?

Day 2
Hard work very dry at Manavgat. c22 YLG, pr Red-Backed Shrike, 2 Kestrel, 4 Whinchat, Quail, Richards Pipit, Kingfisher, Moorhen, Crested Larks, Yellow & Pied Wagtails, 2 Jays, Blackbird, many moving Laughing Dove, Graceful Prinia, Spectacled Bulbul. Probable Eastern Bonellis Warbler.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

More Down South

1220-1430 hrs same route as before but quieter. 3 Chaffinch, 1 Nuthatch, ditto Jay & Kestrel. 5 Pied Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, 3 Snipe, c50 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, few Goldfinch, 8 Meadow Pipit, c30 small Gull sp, 1 Collared Dove.

I bumped into L... a young lady who lives in the area and though a keen birder had no knowledge of the local bird blogs. Fear ye not she is now up to speed on how to discover info on the rich bird life in and around Queensbury 😎😏 arf arf snigger snigger.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Queensbury South

0905-1045 hrs starting off in Foster Park then down to Corporal Lane & up Green Lane. Nothing too exciting but an interesting session nevertheless.
Foster Park: Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, Nuthatch, GSW, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, few Tits and Goldfinch.

On the track skirting the golf course up to High Cross Lane 8 Mistle Thrush went over > SW and 13 BHG were in the nearby field along with 2 Pied Wagtail.

The Cross Lane bog coughed up 4 Snipe, 1 Reed Bunting & a couple Mipit. A flock of c40 finches flew across Shaw Lane into a bush at speed; I managed to spot Goldfinch but I think a Linnet or two were possibles. 
A Buzzard circled around for a few minutes while a Jay and c14 Rook were busy feeding with another 4 Pied Wagtail, Blackbird & 4 Dunnock seen as well as a couple more Mipit & BHG.

DS strikes again from Park Lane...

A nice flock throughout the garden yesterday with at least 8 LTTs and 3 Goldcrests and a Treecreeper. This morning I had just looked up from your e-mail when what should I see but my first-of-season garden Brambling (only 50 to go to equal the previous high count!).


Friday, 6 October 2017

Park Lane & Shibden Valley

Denise sent me these shots of a Nuthatch seen cache building and a Treecreeper that flew into her garden on Sunday. I'll probably be doing a bit o' creeping myself seeing as I've only had one such bird this year.

Photos DS
DM went into deepest darkest Shibden Valley today and saw 4 Buzzard soaring together, 1 Kestrel & 3 Jay.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A Poor Days Birding

After an interesting start at Raggalds Flood where there were 29 Canadas 1 LBBG and c100 small gulls present it was really poor through to Mixenden Res. Some unseen culprit put all the Gulls in the Raggalds area up into the heavens c250 birds at one stage.

No real point in carrying on, the title says it all.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Old Moor Reserve

A trip to Barnsley this am courtesy of DW with DM alongside.
9 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper ditto Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 6 Ruff, 1 Golden Plover, numerous Lapwing.

Photos DW

1 Sparrowhawk put in appearances on several occasions with a Kestrel also knocking around. The only other raptor was a Buzzard over the motorway on the way down.

Photos NK

Wildfowl: 4 Little Grebe, numerous Gadwall, several Teal & Wigeon, few Shoveler & Tufted Duck. One of the many Canada Geese had a pinkish bill and head markings indicative of hybridisation. A few Greylag were in the same vicinity. Also 1 each Grey Heron & Kingfisher, Mute Swans, many Cormorants, Moorhen & Coot.

Passerines: 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Lesser Redpoll, c20 Linnet, c22 Siskin, 5 Bullfinch, 7 LTT, few Chaffinch & Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Blackbird.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Queensbury South Surprise

Thought I'd go locally to see if any migrants were in Park Lane and Foster Park at 1310 hrs. I got to the top entrance and heard a kind of Wood Pigeon like call/grunt coming from a wall, next thing I knew this young Grey Squirrel crawled onto my boot then halfway up my shin!

It hung on for almost 10 minutes, allowing me to extract the mobile bone and take this couple of pictures. I left it where I found it looking somewhat sheep er, squirrelish.
The park produced a number of Blue & Great Tits with 3 LTT alongside, c12 Goldfinch & 2 Blackbird.

High Cross Lane to Shaw Lane: 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 LBBG, few BHG, c10 Mipits, c90 Starling, 2 Snipe & 20 Lapwing.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Same Old Route

A poor morning's birding. Raggalds Flood was both full and  empty. Soil was Hellish  just 2 Pied Wagtail & several Mipits. A flock of c32 Canada flew over Coal Lane > W and settled in a field. I know why they didn't bother with Ogden - it was gash. The water was contaminated with Dullards with just a few small Dulls for backup. Probably the same reprobate Cormorant stood forlornly on the buoy.
I managed to hear just 2 Chaffinch and a Nuthatch.

The Brookhouse track area was comatose, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Mipits.
Mixenden Res: Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Grey Wagtails, 6 Canada & numerous BHG in fields. 

A saving grace was 5 f Goosander in the top corner by the overflow together. They soon scarpered into the middle upon seeing me bearing down.

PS The Countryside Officer at Ogden had a better session than I did as this Email shows:
This morning I had 1 Woodcock and 2 Tawny Owls in the woodlands on the left going up Ogden Clough.
Just thought you might like to know.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Raggalds Mixenden Reprise

A different day with Autumn making its presence felt. Raggalds Flood had a Mistle Thrush over W, 32 Canadas & c46 small Gulls with a couple Mipits to boot.
I couldn't face Soil Hell so I walked along Ned Hill track which wasn't exactly throbbing; 1 Lapwing, ditto Wren, couple Mipits.

Ogden Res: 4 LTT and other tits, 2 Jay & GSW, 27 Canadas, fewer small Gulls.
The Brookhouse area had 3 LTT & 2 WW but no Chats.
Hunter Hill coughed up a Jay, Reed Bunting & Mipit.
Mixenden Res: pr Grey Wagtail ditto Dullards, 1 LBBG, 1 each Green Woodpecker & GSW.

Amanita Muscaria - Fly Agaric

I came across several delicious looking Pizza toppings growing at the wood edge; I hope they taste as good as anticipated.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Raggalds to Mixenden

1025 hrs. The flood held 20 Lapwing & 11 Mipits with 4 Pied Wagtail nearby. The sports field had c24 Common Gull & a smaller no. of BHG. Soil hell had no redeeming features; 1 Skylark, 2 Mipits, 4 Goldfinch, few BHG.

Ogden Res was very quiet 2 Chiffchaff breaking the monotony. The usual Dullards and Dulls plus 8 LBBG, Cormorant, Chaffinch flock, 2 Blackbird.

The golf course had a Kestrel, 3 Mipits, at least 6 Stonechat & a Whinchat in the usual rough area with 2 Linnet nearby.
Mixenden Res was unconcious.