Friday, 31 August 2012
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Monday, 27 August 2012
Ruffs of which there were at least 30+
After Titchwell Marshes we headed off to a good area for Tree Pipits unfortunately we didn't see one but we had a Hobby fly over.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Another walk around the local patch in Kings Langley brought nothing despite the excellent dung piles were I was hoping to see Wheatear but Starlings, Carrion Crows, Pied Wagtails, Woodpigeons and the odd Greenfinch were all that poped up.
Isle of Wight is a very under watched place it has the possibility to pop up some good stuff so I would recommend it for a birding trip. Unfortunately I didn't see any rare migrants but that was because I went at the wrong time of year. I did see a DARTFORD WARBLER (life tick), a BLACK REDSTART (also a life tick (although its appalling that I haven't seen one yet in britain)) and a lot of Wheatears. I most likely missed a lot of stuff because the habitat was perfect for all different migrants.
Friday, 17 August 2012
Germany like the Isle of Sheppey turned up more then I expected. On the first day we went out we went to a woods which was near by were we saw Treecreepers, Nuthatches, MIDDLE SPOTTED WOODPECKER, CRESTED TITS and even a SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER. The next surprise on the trip was a walk to bachholz which is a church in the village on the way we passed field and my brother managed to find 2 RED- BACKED SHRIKES and after I found another one which made it three one of which was a male. Later on the walk I also heard a prob. Cirl Bunting. Later on in the week I went with my brother to the altenburg hutte which was perfect for migrating raptors and storks by the end we saw 1 BLACK STORK. By the end of the week me and my brother set off with our bikes to a nature reserve. It was the first place we had seen that week which had water on mud for waders. We did see a Wood Sandpiper but more importantly we saw a OSPREY flying almost next to the hide.
Black Redstart which there were plenty of
Pale Morph Buzzard
And now I'm off to the Isle of Wight.
Isle of Sheppey turned out to be a good trip for birding especially taking into account that it was summer. I even managed to get a few pictures. The highlights of the trip were Whimbrel, Barn Owl which flew right infront of me, Little owl, Turtle Dove and a few Med Gulls.
Landscape at the Swale
Stone on the Beach
Med Gull flying away
Find the 3 Med Gulls
Hare infront of gull flock