I have had another busy few days with both work and home being pretty manic. On the birding front there have been three visits to Liddington with Ring Ouzels and Wheatear seen. It is that time of year when it gets busy with birders and photographers all hoping to get the Ouzels. The rest of the year blessed solitude.
Last Monday saw me headed for London and I got up early enough to be able to stop at Staines Reservoir. I was pleased to get a good view of Water Pipit, a bird I seem to struggle to catch up with. Just one BNG seen and it was pretty distant. The bird feeders at my Mum’s house provided plenty of entertainment with the usual Parakeets, a Coal Tit and a Goldcrest in a nearby Acer.
On Tuesday I went to Kent to meet up with Ian for some coastal birding. The day started well with an Iceland Gull in Dover Harbour along with several Fulmars. Despite a long walk through Langdon Hole to South Foreland the only migrants seen were four Sand Martins. The Undercliff at Kingsdown was more productive, four Black Redstarts were the highlight but Rock Pipit, Peregrine Gannet and an Osprey a good supporting cast. Unfortunately the Osprey was the aviation type rather than the preferred avian one. From here we moved on to Worth Marshes where first for year Ringed Plover and Sedge Warbler were seen. Also here was an interesting Wagtail that was probably either a Channel or a Sykes.
A trio of visits to the Water Park added Avocet, Little Gull and Common Sandpiper to the year list.
I was at work all day Friday and it was pretty frustrating sitting there with all of the sightings coming up on Whatsapp. This included Black-necked Grebe, Osprey, Garganey and Yellow Wagtail. The first two not hanging around until Saturday and the Garganey doing its regular not being seen again act.
A nice garden sighting was the local Sparrowhawk on my neighbours fence.