28.12.16.

Wednesday…Beautiful blue skies, but a frosty -3ºC

Had an early morning walk over Highgate Common…followed by an afternoon trip to Belvide Reservoir.

A noisy Rook flew over the SWT office , while I looked for moths. Only one Winter Moth.

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This Lesser Black-backed Gull had been feeding on some discarded food thrown on the Birch Coppice car park. It flew off when I opened my car window….

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Bullfinch near the Island Pool…

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Tried the video function on my camera with this hovering Kestrel…

Belvide Reservoir

I had hoped that the Grey Phalarope would stay for another day, but I guess the freezing conditions moved it on. So it turned out to be a quiet afternoon for Belvide. Black-headed Gull…

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Water Rail was in the West Marsh…

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Good numbers of Wigeon were on the bund at the west end…

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The Red Head Smew (Distant) was still by the Dam…

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Overall not a very exciting day, but the type of conditions I love to have a walk on the wild side.

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20.12.16.

Tuesday…Sunny spells and a cold feeling 5ºC.

Went to Whittington Staffordshire this morning to see the Yellow-browed Warbler. It proved a tricky subject to photograph, with bright sunlight behind and very dense trees. Add to all that like many Warblers it was never still. But at least this bird was only just outside Stourbridge. Here are just a couple of record photos…

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11.12.16.

Sunday…Mainly overcast…9ºC.

I met up with Rob today, over at Belvide Reservoir. It was nice seeing him again, to chat and go over some of the numerous days birding we have had together over the years.

It was mainly a quiet day at Belvide, but we did get to see the Smew. Only problem it was very distant, and on such a grey day, not worth a photograph. I did manage to photograph this male Goldeneye, which was unusually out of the water. Neither of us could remember seeing a Goldeneye on land before….

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A juvenile Pied Wagtail, was in front of the Hawkshutt hide. Standing on one leg, while keeping the other warm…

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At home, I’m still waiting for the winter thrushes to turn up in good numbers. We did see numerous Redwing and a small flock of Fieldfare. I only managed this photo of one of the Fieldfare…

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As usual at Belvide, the Nuthatches gave quite a few photo opportunities…

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It was nice to see a Greenfinch, I still wonder if they will ever come back in the numbers they used to be…

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Long-tailed Tit…

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Like the Greenfinches, I really think the number of Chaffinches are falling. There were a few today at Belvide, but nowhere in the numbers they used to be….IMHO…

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I decided to try out the video on my new camera today. This Great-spotted Woodpecker on fat balls gave me just long enough for this clip….

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