Friday, 27 May 2016

What a Morning

As tomorrow we are off to Aviemore for a week, I had been given a list of jobs to do by Gwen.  Then however, I saw a report of one of my two boggy birds, Icterine Warbler on Birdguides at Druridge Pools.  So I quickly got ready and headed up to Druridge.  When I got there the bird hadn't been seen for 20 minutes.  That's something I've heard many a time for Icterine Warbler, but then we heard a strange call and there it was!  It stayed in the willows so I only managed a couple of record shots.

Whilst watching the Icy, Andy McLevy mentioned that a Common Rosefinch, my other boggy bird, had been seen at the entrance to Druridge Pools.  So off I went . . .  As I got out of the car I could hear the Rosefinch singing and before long it had popped up on top of a Hawthorne.  It always had branches in front of it, so again all I managed were record shots. 

What a cracking mornings birding!!!!  But I better get on with my jobs or I'll be getting wrong off the wife when she gets in.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

I saw the sign

I spent today with my family at Fontburn Reservoir.  It was my first time here and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of birds that we saw.  A walk around the reservoir with a couple of detours due to bad footpath signage produced Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Redstart, Pied & Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler and a Cuckoo called from the surrounding moors.
Despite the bad signage and the condition of parts of the footpath it was a very enjoyable walk.