Friday, 30 April 2010

Around Watford - 30.4.10

2 Swifts and a Swallow were over Cassiobury Park, A Hobby and a Sparrowhawk were over KGV Playing Fields and a Swift was over Leavsden Studios.

Riverside park - 29.4.10

An afternoon of cutting back the grass along the cycle path saw and heard an array of warblers including my first Garden Warbler of the year singing away near the play area. Other notable birds were a Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Whitethroats, Chiffchaff, a flyover Grey Wagtail and 5 Swifts.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Cassiobury Park - 28.4.10

The first House Martins turned up this morning with 2 birds flying above the trees near the fishing lake and this afternoon I heard a Swift overhead which was also the first record this year. A Holly Blue butterfly was in the council yard just after lunch.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Juvs Already - 27.4.10

Around 1pm today in Cassiobury Park I was suprised to come across a male Blackbird feeding a fledged juvenile in the shrub bed opposite Cha cha cafe! Easily the earliest i've seen in the park.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Back to Wilstone - 25.4.10

Only 8 months to xmas!! News of some more year ticks saw me going back up to Tring but in the end with mixed results. 2 Black Terns were the highlight but the Sandwich Tern was a brief fly through and had gone before i'd arrived. The other bird I wanted to see was a Wood Warbler but had also gone quiet and wasn't seen. Annoyingly it was reported singing again at 6.30pm!

But to make up for these dips 10+ Swift, 2 Hobby and a lovely male Yellowhammer were new year additions.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

300th Post!! Mundens Estate - 24.4.10

Had a walk around the estate just after lunch in the hope of some migrants but only the usual suspects were seen. A calling Lesser Whitethroat was near the M1 footbridge and a Whitethroat was in the hedge that held the Redstart last year. Ring-Necked Parakeets were heard but not seen and a Lapwing was sat in a field possibly sat on a nest.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Tring and Croxley Moor - 23.4.10

Record shot of the Cuckoo. Usual excuses such as distance, heat haze and crappy photographer!! And the male Whinchat at Croxley Moor.

I popped to Tring and saw the following. Reed and Sedge Warblers were at Marsworth Res along with 2 singing Cetti's Warblers. At Startops End Res there were 7 Common Terns, 6 Swallows and 2 Buzzards. A Red Kite flew over Tringford Res and then finally at Wilstone Res 2 more yearticks were added with 4 Common Sandpipers feeding on the barley straw bunds and a Cuckoo near rushy meadow. Another Cetti's was singing along with 2 Whitethroats and the final bird of the day was a Wheatear sat on top of a fencepost along the track from cemetary corner.

Just after i'd finished typing this up and packed mycomputer away I received a phone call from JoanThompson to say there was a male Whinchat on Croxley Moor. Thankfully the traffic was good and within 20 minutes I was watching this little beauty as it flew around catching insects. 2 more Common Terns flew over and Whitethroats were singing aswell.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Hilfield Reservoir - 21.4.10

An evening visit hoping to find a reeling Gropper failed to produce but 7 Common Terns were a year tick and a single House Martin was also noted.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Cassiobury Park - 20.4.10

The air ambulance this afternoon with 3 of my colleagues going for a closer look!

A lovely male Sparrowhawk catching the sun as it flew over the meadow was a nice sight to see but the main highlight of flying things wasn't a bird but the Herts air ambulance that landed in the park around 2pm!!

Cassiobury Park + Hilfield Res. - 19.4.10

1 f the 2 Parakeets at Hilfield Res.

A Sparrowhawk flew over the meadow early morning and 4 Ring-Necked Parakeets mobbed a fly over Grey Heron! 2 Great-Spotted Woodpeckers were busy drumming near the river.

Then after work I popped to Hilfield but there was nothing of note. Just 2 more Parakeets, 15+ Swallow and a Northward heading Linnet.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Croxley Common Moor - 18.4.10

A quick walk round with my son Tom mainly looking for Lesser Whitethroat was sucessful within 3 minutes of arrival with a singing male. The best bird though was just as we were walking back to the car when a female Wheatear flew up from infront of us. Another year tick. Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were also singing but no Whitethroats were seen or heard.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Watford - 16.4.10

Whilst working up on the bank on Cassio Road I popped into a bush for a pee and there above my head was a female Whitethroat!! My first of the year.

Cassiobury Park - 15.4.10

A day in the park was only brightened up by actually seeing a Blackcap! 1 of 3 singing males. A Chiffchaff was also singing and a few Ring-Necked Parakeets were flying around.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Cassiobury Park - 12.4.10

As of today and because of general lack of time and decent birds this blog will now only be updated as and when a good bird (in my eyes anyway) is seen!

Today I had a Buzzard over the car park being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows and 3 Grey Herons overhead (tho probably the same bird). A Blackcap was singing in the meadow.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Amwell NR + Rye Meads RSPB - 10.4.10

Rubbish photos of the Ringed Plover, Willow Warbler, White Wagtail, Lapwing and Shelduck at Amwell NR!!

Making the most of the good weather I went to Amwell NR in the hope of some year ticks. Thankfully at least 2 were forth coming with 3+ Willow Warblers singing away and 2 House Martins that flew over the viewpoint. Other goodies were a Little Egret, 5 Goldeneyes, 4+ Chiffchaffs, Ringed Plover, Shelduck, at least 3 Buzzards and a couple of singing Cetti's Warblers.

After a quick bite to eat I went to Rye Meads RSPB reserve for the first time in ages. A Little Egret was on view from the Lapwing hide and my first Sedge Warbler was scratchily singing.

Just a Chiffy - 9.4.10

A singing Chiffchaff at Oxhey bowls club was the only bird of note all day.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Watford + HPR - 8.4.10

Another day in vicarage Road cemetary but with the better weather it was a morning of raptors. Firstly a Sparrowhawk flew over mobbed by a Carrion Crow then later a Buzzard flew over also being mobbed but by Lesser Black-Backed and Herring Gulls. Yesterdays Redwing was still present.

After work I popped into Hilfield Reservoir but was rewarded with only a Little-Ringed Plover (same bird as last week?), a Grey Wagtail, another Buzzard and 8 Swallows.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Viacarage Road Cemetary - 7.4.10

The highlight today was a late Redwing just before lunch. A drake Mallard flew East over just after lunch and a Goldcrest was singing near the chapel.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Cassiobury park - 6.4.10

A day cutting the sports areas was interspersed with 3 Pied Wagtails on the tennis courts, a possible but distant Swallow over the cricket square and my first Peacock butterfly of the year in the afternoon.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Super Suffolk - 5.4.10

1 of the Purple Sandpipers.

After staying the night in Gorleston-on-Sea and then popping in for a cuppa at my dads house we left and headed for home with a planned hour or so in Southwold. But as we were passing Lowestoft I thought it'd be rude not to pop to Ness Point where after a quick wait I managed to pick out 6 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks along with 12+ Turnstone. 2 other birders joined me and told me they had just had a Slavonian Grebe in Lowestoft Harbour so I had a quick look and was surprised to see it was nearly in summer plumage. Unfortunately i'd left my camera in the car for the sandpipers and so got a pic on my camera phone and the grebe wouldn't stop diving for long enough to get a pic!

A Little Egret was seen on Town Marshes in Southwold.


The site of the Pallid Swift and the record shot of the White Wagtail.

I finally managed a trip up to Suffolk today. I dropped my boy off with his mum and went home packed up a few things and was on my way just after 11am. nearly 3 hours later and i'd arrived at Kessingland just South of Lowestoft. I parked up and walked down Marsh Lane past the sewage works and down to the private fishing lakes. Thankfully within a few minutes the PALLID SWIFT flew into view and I managed to watch it in my scope for nearly 15 minutes. Unfortunately being a swift there was no way I could manage to get a photo of it! Before getting back to the car I had a quick look over the sewage works and managed to pick out 2 White Wagtails amongst the Pied's. I tried to get a picture of them but they were constantly moving to avoid the arms that were spraying water so I just got a crappy record shot!! 2 Chiffchaffs were singing along the road and 2 Meadow Pipit's and a male Reed Bunting were also on the sewage beds.

Saturday - 3.4.10

A few Starlings and a Goldfinch were in my mums garden in Watford.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Back Garden - 2.4.10

A Blue Tit was inspecting the bird box in the back garden and a female Chaffinch made a brief visit (possibly the 1st record for our garden).

Watford - 1.4.10

The Little Egret was in the Oak tree near the paddling pools in CassioburyPark again and an adult Cormorant flew over. Chiffchaffs were heard singing at 4 sites.