Apr 252021

A rare North American gull was discovered a few days ago at Rutland Water on the Egleton Nature Reserve. The first winter Bonaparte’s Gull was a first record for the site and a rare bird to see inland. I made the trip to see this bird on 24th April 2021 and it showed very well, albeit distantly, on Lagoon 4 from the Sandpiper Hide.

Also here were Grey Plover, Greenshank, Dunlin, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 14 Little Gull, several Little Egret and a selection of common waterfowl. Lots of warblers around, including Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. Also the usual site held a small quantity of Snake’s Head Fritillary.

1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull with Black-headed Gulls – Rutland Water
1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull with Black-headed Gulls – Rutland Water
Snake’s Head Fritillary
Little Gull – adult summer in flight and one on the sand spit.
Part of the flock of 14 Little Gulls
A fine drake Gadwall at Rutland Water

Apr 112021

The Little Bunting is an annual migrant from the taiga forests of NE Europe and into Siberia. It is regularly discovered during the autumn months, most often on the outer islands of Shetland and Orkney, the Isles of Scilly and sites along the east coast of mainland Britain. 

It is not often one overwinters, but 2021 has seen several of these attractive little birds set up residence inland, including Nottinghamshire, Sussex and Surrey. The Nottinghamshire bird has spent over 130 days at the RSPB reserve of Langford Lowfields and I finally cracked to-day (11th April 2021), and went along to see it. The bird has now almost attained full summer plumage and has even been heard singing. 

Also a smart male Yellowhammer came into the crop field for a few minutes.

Apr 112021

The “Eared Grebe”, better known as the Black-necked Grebe, is a rare breeding bird in Britain. It is more often seen in winter, visiting our reservoirs or observed at southern coastal sites, sometimes in good numbers. The birds begin to arrive back at their preferred breeding sites in late March and into April, when they are in full refinery, displaying their beautiful golden “ear” crests, which gives them their old name of “Eared Grebe”.

St.Aidan’s was once an old opencast coal mining area that was flooded in 1988. The RSPB have created a 400 acre nature reserve near Leeds, protecting ideal habitat for a variety of water bird species, including Bittern, Bearded Tit and the rare Black-necked Grebe. Footpaths meander throughout the reserve and if you are lucky, good views can be obtained of the grebes without any unnecessary disturbance. Sometimes a Bittern will fly across the reed beds, but they are most often heard. 

On my recent visit I had 7 Eared Grebes, also booming Bittern, Little Owl, a calling Mediterranean Gull and a good selection of common waterfowl and waders. Lots of Sand Martin had arrived and a single Little-ringed Plover.

Apr 022021

A Bonxie (Great Skua) was seen to drop into Willington GP during the late afternoon of 1st April. Fortunately it was still present early morning on the 2nd April and I managed to get  a few record shots of this rather rare bird in Derbyshire, being last recorded in the county in 2014. My 284th bird for Derbyshire. Also of note here were a Great White Egret, several Shoveler, 3 Shelduck and lots of Sand Martin and Swallow. Water Rail calling and several Chiffchaff and Blackcap in song.

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