Wednesday, 31 December 2008

31st December 2008

(8.30am - 2.30pm)
Water Rail, Bullfinch and Kingfisher - Marston corner of Stewartby Lake
Sparrowhawk - Pillinge
c.10 Siskins and Yellow-legged Gull - Scrapyard corner of Stewartby Lake
Scaup, Grey Wagtail, Redshank and Mink - Sailing club corner of Stewartby Lake

Song Thrush - Sewage works
Mink - Sailing club corner of Stewartby Lake
Siskin - Scrapyard corner of Sewartby Lake
Adul Yellow-legged Gull - Scrapyard corner of Stewartby Lake.

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

30th December 2008

(9am - 1.30pm and 3.30 - 4.30pm)
2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, Bullfinch and Chiff-chaff around Marston corner of Stewartby Lake
c10 Siskin - Sewage works plantation
Bullfinch, Redshank and 3+ Shoveler - Pillinge
Sparrowhawk - near visitors centre
Water Rail -Marston corner of Stewartby Lake
Kingfisher -Marston corner of Stewartby Lake Bullfinch - Sewage works plantation
Little grebe - Pillinge

Monday, 29 December 2008

29th December 2008

(8.05am - 1pm and 3pm- 4.15pm)
Scrapyard corner:
Leucistic Herring Gull

Sailing Club railings to sluice:
Scaup, Redshank on main slipway and Grey Wagtail

2 Snipe on small pond near Pillinge. Usual ducks and several Bullfinch around Pillinge

Gull roost: (3pm -4.15pm)
Adult Mediteranean Gull - found by Keith Owen
Leucistic Herring Gull - scrapyard corner of Stewartby Lake in morning
Scaup - still by Stewartby Lake sailing club
Grey Wagtail - also not far from Stewartby Lake sailing club
One of 2 Snipe seen to fly up from a small pond near the Pillinge.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

28th December 2008

3.30-4.30pm - Gullwatch

A small "Black-headed Gull-type" gull seen briefly in the roost, approx 80-85% the size of the nearby BH Gulls. Not seen well or long enough to be sure of ID...

Saturday, 27 December 2008

27th December 2008

7.55 - 11am
(Guided walk)
Redwing, Song Thrush and 2 Yellowhammers in car park and Siskin flew over (8am)
Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers near Stewartby Lake
2 Snipe flew from small pond near bramble meadow
2 Barn Owls, Sparrowhawk and 1 Redshank - Pillinge

Redwing - visitors centre overflow carpark

One of 2 Barn Owls near Pillinge

Friday, 26 December 2008

26th December 2008

(10am - 12.30pm)
Millbrook Station - Pillinge - Gullwatch
Drake Scaup still near Stewartby Lake sailing club (12 noon) viewed from gullwatch Kingfisher Marston corner of Stewartby Lake
Jay - near visitors centre

Thursday, 25 December 2008

25th December 2008

(8.20 - 9am)
1 drake Scaup - seen within about 30-50m of the bank from near the Stewartby Lake sailing clubhouse. The Scaup was with a group of Coots, Gadwall and Tufted Duck. Also present was a Pied Wagtail.

Drake Scaup - photo taken with digital SLR in poorish light, hopefully it will stay around long enough to get photos in better light...

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

24th December 2008

(9am - 4.30pm)
1 Siskin flew over calling near visitors centre
Kestrel - over boardwalk near visitors centre
Buzzard - flew over visitors centre
3+ Bullfinch - near Wetland 3
Scaup - near clubhouse - seen distantly from gullwatch about 3.30pm
Adult Mediterranean Gull, 1st/2nd winter Caspian Gull and leucistic Herring Gull - in gull roost
Long-tailed Tit - by boardwalk near visitors centreGoldcrest - sewage works
Reed Bunting - Wetland 3 hide
Common Buzzard - visitors centre
Chinese Water Deer - from Jubilee Cottages lookout Robin - Marston corner of Stewartby Lake

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

23rd December 2008

(8.50am - 4.30pm)
10+ Siskins in Alders near scrapyard corner of Stewartby Lake - from 9.30 to 10.30am at least (no sign of any Redpolls)
Water Rail - Seen from Wetland 3 hide (about 1.30pm)
Chinese Water Deer - Long Meadow
Kittiwake - adult in roost - (found by Keith Owen)

Chinese Water Deer - Long Meadow Siskin- near scrapyard corner
Wigeon - Pillinge
Partial albino Moorhen - Wetland 3

Monday, 22 December 2008

22nd December 2008

(8.40am - 2.50pm)
1+ Chiffchaff and 2+ Goldcrests - Sewage works
Goldcrest - Sewage works Canada Geese and Feral Goose - Near visitors centre Shoveler - Wetland 3 (Digiscoped from hide in poor light at full Nikon Coolpix zoom)
Teal - Wetland 3Tufted Duck - Pillinge

Sunday, 21 December 2008

21st December 2008

9am - 3.30pm
Scaup - Stewartby Lake - 9am only
Sparrohawk & 3 Redshank - Pillinge
Yellow-legged Gull - Stewartby Lake (in roost)

The Cormorant and Lapwing photos below were digiscoped using my new Nikon ED50 with 27x Wide-angle DS lens in bright but windy conditions...
Goldifinch - Marston corner of Stewartby Lake

Lapwing - Pillinge - digiscoped at full (non-digital) zoom on my Nikon 4500 Coolpix + ED50 scope.

Cormorants - Pillinge (Digiscoped)

Saturday, 8 November 2008

8th November 2008

8am - 3pm
Visitors Centre -Sewage works - Wetlands (Guided Walk) - Sewage works
(Guided walk)
Redpolls - seen in flight near Stewartby lake
Water Rail and Bullfinch - Wetland 3
Stonechat - near Wetland 9
Green Woodpecker - Sewage Works
male Stonechat - near Wetland 9
Green Woodpecker - Sewage works

Meadow Pipit - Stewartby Lake - near Sewage works

Friday, 7 November 2008

7th November 2008

7.30am - 4pm (Gullwatch - Visitors Centre - access track- Millbrook Station - Wetlands- Gullwatch)
30 Golden Plover over Wetland 1 and male Stonechat there
3 Goldeneye on Pillinge
Buzzard - Visitors Centre
Chinese Water Deer - Wetland 3
Grey Wagtail - Sewage works

A Sparrowhawk and Carrion Crow mobbing each other over the gullwatch.

Pied Wagtail - Visitors Centre

Great Black-backed Gull - Pillinge

Goldfinch - Pillinge

Redwing - Pillinge

Goldeneye - Pillinge

The view from the Wetland 3 hide.

Chinese Water Deer - Wetland 3

Sunday, 19 October 2008

19th October 2008

1 male Stonechat - seen distantly on fence between Wetlands 3 and 9
Smaller numbers of Redwings and Fieldfares seen today, most were near the Pillinge
Sparrowhawk - Pillinge
2-3 Goldcrests near the Wetland 3 hide, the Cetti's Warbler was calling a bit more often today but I still didn't get any views of it...
Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Coot, Moorhen and Mallard - Wetland 3
Long-tailed Tit - Wetland 1
Goldcrest by Wetland 3 hide

Saturday, 18 October 2008

18th October 2008

There was a big influx of Redwings and Fieldfares overnight and continuing until about 9am this morning with flocks of both (c80% Redwings) passing over.
I spent about 3 hours looking for a Cetti's Warbler near Wetland 3. Hear one brief call, but couldn't see it.. :-(
Common Buzzard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Stock Dove and Green Woodpecker all at Pillinge
6 Meadow Pipits and Kingfisher - near visitors centre.
Fieldfare - one of many flying over the Country Park in small flocks.
A group of 5 Shoveler flying over the Pillinge
Mute Swan -Pillinge
Greylags and Cormorants - Pillinge
A view over the wetland 1 reedbed
A pair of Wigeon - Pillinge
Feral Pigeon - visitors centre.