Wednesday, 25 April 2018

AN EARLY VISIT TO THE LOCAL PATCH.


Got to Marsh Lane this morning just before 7.00 AM.It was bright but damn cold.I wished I'd still got my thermals on.

A trio of Oystercatchers were holding a noisy meeting in front of the CP hide.






The Cetti's Warbler was in full skulking mood in the apple tree along the causeway.




It was very nice to see some waders in the marsh next to Oak hide.There were 4 Common Sandpipers in there apparently.I only saw 2. 






I then spent a chilly hour in the RW hide trying for Whitethroat shots.I did very well with the Common Whitethroats.












But very poorly with the lone Lesser Whitethroat that was skulking at the back of the RW embankment.What a miserable so and so he is.This is all I got.






Did manage a so so shot of a Sand Martin which was zooming about over the CP as I was leaving.



Monday, 23 April 2018

MARSH LANE AGAIN.


After my early morning visit to Little Packington for the Ring Ouzel I popped in to Marsh Lane again getting there at 9.30 AM.

Pleased to see my first of the year Sand Martins darting round the CP pool






A small flock of Gadwalls (?) were practicing close formation flying over the CP




A Willow Warbler along the causeway looked very fed up.Probably been singing out for days with no luck at all.




On the RW pool there were 4 Med Gulls including these Second Summers.











A RING OUZEL.


Decided early this morning to go after the Ring Ouzel that had been at Little Packington for a few days now but had I yet again left it too late and it had moved on.

Got there not long after 7.30 AM and saw that there were no other cars parked.OH Dear not looking good.

Went through the kissing gate and scanned the field it was on last year through the first gap in the hedge.No site of it after 10 minutes.Must have gone.Damn.

Then I made a big mistake that I seem to do regularly I slipped out of stealth mode and strode down the path to the next gap in the hedge.It was there only 15m  away.Of course it flew off.Damn I could have at last got a decent shot of one of these chaps.

It reappeared not too long later but stayed 50m away so no decent shots and no keepers.Still even though I cocked things up great to see again this year. 







Saturday, 21 April 2018

A VERY NICE MORNING AT THE LOCAL PATCH.


Went over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there not long after 7.00 AM.As I walked to the CP hide I had a text that you wished happened more often.A text telling you that a decent bird was at the place you'd just arrived at.In this case an Avocet was on the RW pool.

I headed there straightaway and met Paul Johnson who had found it and he put me onto it.Here are a few shots of it.Pretty rare at Marsh Lane.














Also present were a couple of Common Sandpipers the first I'd seen for quite a while.










In the back gate coppice I found a Blackcap and got my first shots of the year.The light was not good but I think it's a female.






Right at the back of the railway embankment a Lesser Whitethroat kindly sang out so I could locate it and get some shots.No keepers but great to see.It was ringed.









LOCAL MED GULLS.


Cannot say where these shots were taken but this pair of Med Gulls were very affectionate and made a very handsome couple. 

















Friday, 20 April 2018

TWO EARLY VISITS TO THE LOCAL PATCH.



The forecast was excellent so off I went to Marsh Lane on Thursday and Friday mornings getting there not long after 7.30 both days.It was very warm on Thursday straightaway but this morning it was very cold for the first 2 hours.

Best shots on Thursday were of a friendly Chiffchaff along the causeway......




...... and of the Cetti's Warbler also along the causeway.I was very pleased to get these shots because I had failed to get any decent shots lately due to twigs in the way and being too damned slow.











There was a bit of excitement on Thursday just before I left when we all heard a Cuckoo calling somewhere along the streamline but despite hearing it calling for the next hour no one saw it.

This morning  among the best shots taken were of a distant Dunlin on the RW pool.






Then I finally got my first decent shots of a Sedge Warbler this year.














Hadn't seen a Little Egret for quite a while so I was pleased when 3 turned up.