Saturday, 25 July 2020

Hemel - 25.7.20

I'd just got in from putting the washing out and when I was closing the back door a Hobby zoomed over the garden in hot pursuit of a Swift.

More Crossbills - 24.7.20

At 8.20 am a single Crossbill flew North over Cassiobury Park followed 15 minutes later with 4 flying SW over Knutsford Rec.

Halsey Fields - 17.7.20

During a local moth event I briefly heard a Tawny Owl calling. This was species 167 for the year.

Another Mega Dip - 4.7.20

Long-eared Owl




The Cliffs!

After the Desert Warbler dip it would've been nice for the next twitch to be successful but unfortunately it wasn't to be. A Black-browed Albatross had been seen hanging around Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve in East Yorkshire and some amazingly gripping photos appeared online as it flew over the cliffs at eye level so myself and the Moreton brothers headed up. It'd disappeared the day before around 11am and hadn't been seen again so we weren't feeling too optimistic and so it proved with no sign all day. There were however some year ticks to be had.

The first was the strange sight of a Tree Sparrow feeding on seed heads on the cliff itself! Kittiwake, Puffin and Fulmar were noted and I finally ticked a lone Sand Martin for 2020. The best bird of the day was a Long-eared Owl which sat on a fence post for over 5 minutes affording decent views.

Fingers crossed for actually connecting on the next twitch!

Monday, 29 June 2020

Watford Fields - 26.6.20

Another Crossbill was seen and heard as it flew over me this morning but no Siskin as yet.

Cassiobury - 24.6.20

The last few days had seen huge numbers of Crossbill and Siskin coming in off the sea up north so I'd been keeping an ear out for any flying over. A 6am start to try and miss the worst of the heat meant that I was in the right place to hear a single Crossbill calling as it flew over heading west.

Mega Dip - 20.6.20

Blyth's Reed Warbler

News broke late on Monday of the first twitchable Asian Desert Warbler up on Holy Island in Northumberland. It continued to show well all week even breaking into song but on Friday afternoon it was reported at 4.30pm but not again. Despite this news myself, George, Matt and Kai headed up and arrived just after 7am to the news that it had been searched for since dawn but the poor weather had changed around 4pm the previous and the bird had obviously used the better weather to move on. I did year tick Eider, Razorbill, Guillemot, Sandwich Tern, Shag and Gannet though!

As it was still early we then headed into Lincolnshire where at Far Ings NR we had better luck with the very showy Blyth's Reed Warbler. A new bird for the others but my second after one on Shetland in 2015.