Jan 182019
 

My birding year kicked off with a day at Rutland Water in Leicestershire. Some good birds were seen during the day including 2 juvenile Shag; a Red-necked, 2 Slavonian and 2 Black-necked Grebes; a Great Northern Diver; a drake American Wigeon; 5 Smew; a female Scaup; a Jack Snipe and a Snow Bunting. The year list was on 69 at the end of the day.

Juvenile Shags off the dam wall at Rutland Water – January 1st
Snow Bunting off the dam wall at Rutland Water – January 1st
Snow Bunting off the dam wall at Rutland Water – January 1st

Various trips to my local patch at Staunton Harold Reservoir helped to get my site year list off the ground and at the same time added a few year ticks. The highlights being 5 Gadwall; a Little Egret; a Grey Wagtail; Goldcrest; Filedfare; Redwing and Long-tailed Tit.

On 5th January I made a visit to Welney Wildfowl Reserve in Norfolk. A superb day with lots of Whooper Swan; small numbers of Bewick Swan; a drake Ring-necked Duck and over 400 Black-tailed Godwit roosting on one of the mere islands. A small flock of Tree Sparrow were on the feeders by the cafe and there were well over 700 Pochard in front of the main hide.

A pair of Bewick Swan – Welney, Norfolk – January 5th
Bewick Swan – Welney, Norfolk – January 5th
Pochard – a drake – Welney, Norfolk – January 5th
Pochard – a drake – Welney, Norfolk – January 5th
Ring-necked Duck – a drake – Welney, Norfolk – January 5th
Whooper Swan – Lots on the reserve at Welney – January 5th
Whooper Swan portrait – Welney, Norfolk – January 5th
Whooper Swan – a pair – Welney, Norfolk – January 5th
A typical winter scene at Welney, Norfolk – January 5th

On 6th January I went back to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Reserve at Willington, to try my luck again with the Kingfisher. A few more year ticks were picked up, in addition to Kingfisher, with Cetti’s Warbler; Water Rail; Common SNipe and Reed Bunting

Kingfisher – male – note the all black bill – January 6th

Kingfisher – male – January 6th

A Dusky Warbler had been discovered at nearby Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire. Only a 45 minute drive from home so worth making the effort to see this Siberian warbler. Usually only seen in autumn as a rare migrant, so one inland is a real MEGA.

It was typically skulking and despite good views through the binoculars, I never did get a photo of it. A fine drake Red-crested Pochard on one of the lakes was some compensation. My year list was on 99.

Red-crested Pochard – drake – Kingsbury Water Park – January 7th
Red-crested Pochard – drake – Kingsbury Water Park – January 7th
 Posted by at 4:10 pm

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

css.phpReturn to Top ▲Return to Top ▲

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close