Dec 292021
Local Round-Up

Two Caspian Gulls were at Attenborough NR, Nottinghamshire, during late November. Giving excellent views from one of the hides overlooking Clifton Pit, as they fed on Spiny-cheek Crayfish. A superb Jay gave me a great photo opportunity, a difficult bird to photograph. On the 20th November I discovered the 2nd record of Great White Egret for Staunton Harold Reservoir. Still present on 22nd November. On 21st November I visited Swithland Reservoir in Leicestershire. Two 1st winter Scaup had been present for several days, giving some reasonable photo opportunities.

Nov 302012
November 2012 at Staunton Harold Reservoir

Staunton Harold Reservoir is my local patch, being about 1-2 miles from home. I try to visit on a daily basis, usually stopping off at the main car park for 20-30 minutes first thing each week day morning before heading off for work and visiting at least early morning on a Saturday. During the migration periods of spring and autumn, visits are a little more regular. Staunton Harold Reservoir, South Derbyshire – The Dam Wall & Draw-out Tower. The Pier is usually covered in Black-headed Gulls and the odd Common Gull first thing in the morning. The 17th October saw […]

Mar 052012
Moonlighting - 5th March 2012

A mixture of poor weather and domestic duties lead to a pretty much “birdless” weekend.     I did manage the gull roost at nearby Foremark Reservoir on Saturday afternoon. Two superb adult summer Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost. Obviously a pair, as they continued to call to each other to ensure close contact in the roost. Also 2 x adult & 2 x 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gulls & a near adult Caspian Gull. A pretty good roost considering early March. Unfortunately no sign of the adult Iceland Gull that had been frequenting the roost during the previous week.  […]

Jan 012011
A New Birding Year - 1st January 2011

The first bird for 2011 was a Wood Pigeon, rapidly followed by Collard Dove, House Sparrow, Black-headed Gull, Starling and Blackbird all in the garden and so the new years Bird List began. Throughout the day a total of 67 species was seen. Highlights included – Yellow-legged Gull; Caspian Gull, Goldeneye and Yellowhammer all at Staunton Harold Reservoir. White-fronted Goose & Little Owl at Ambaston. Kingfisher, Water Rail and Peregrine at Willington. Redhead Smew, Curlew, Goosander and Dunlin at Foremark Reservoir.

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