Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Two Great Grey Shrikes near Plungar!!...

Well I nipped over to Plungar, Vale of Belvoir yesterday on my day off to try and connect with the Great Grey Shrike which had taken up residence in the area for maybe the last few days.
From the last twitter message I received, the bird was still in the fields off Long Lane between Plungar and Barkestone-le -Vale.
Parking near the Barkestone-le -Vale cross-roads I walked back to the public footpath between the two villages and met up with the Brett family who were scoping the bird in a nearby hedge.
It's always nice to see Great Grey Shrikes in Leicestershire, as these birds are not recorded annually in the county!
So after watching the bird for about an hour feeding on the ground and nearby hedges, I decided to head back to my local patch of Watermead CP via taking a few photos of Belvoir Castle...
So driving down Wood Lane towards to Branston I stopped the car just past some ruined barns and took a few photos of Belvoir Castle in the distance. Then walking back to the car I noticed a bird sitting on a top of bush, and know straight away that it was a Great Grey Shrike!!!
Taking a few record shots of the bird I phoned John Hague and Andy Mackay about the bird as I thought it might be a different bird?  The bird then flew low east along the hedge into the set-a-side field.
Driving back down the road towards Plungar and possible the other bird? I parked the car by the small lay-by and quickly walked back towards the other bird and happily for me it was still feeding in the south-west corner of the field!
So unless this bird can fly at 70mph over 1000 metres? I had found another bird!!...GET IN...
Phoning Andy again about the birds he came to the same conclusion as me and then put the news out about the Shrikes...
After this it was back to my local patch of Watermead CP and a very quiet Soar valley on the sightings front!...
Please see below a few record shots of the two birds!
Great Grey Shrike near Plungar
Another shot of the Plungar bird!
The other Great Grey Shrike on Wood Lane!
Another shot of the Great Grey Shrike on Wood lane!!


Calvin Harris - Flashback (MockBeat Remix)

A kicking tune!!...

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Colour ringed and ringed Gulls at Watermead CP South

 Over the last week, myself, Mark Skevington, John Hague, Brian Moore and Steve Lister have been recording the number of different colour-ringed and ringed gulls at Watermead CP South car park and duck feeding area.
Regular birds have included VO28 from Denmark, JAN4 fron Norway and AEH1 from Germany on a daily basis. Last week Mark also found a new colour ringed bird with the code VH85 on it and found out that the bird was from Denmark.
However over the last few days we have now tried to read just the ringed birds as well in the car park!From photos taken of the birds we have found a Finnish bird and yesterday a bird which John and Steve saw last week we were finally able to read most of the ring and the bird was ringed in Lithuania!!
Here is a few shots of the birds mentioned above:
JAN4 from Norway!
VO85 from Denmark
The finnish bird!
VO28 from Denmark

Monday, 12 March 2012

Wildfowl count: No 73 on the menu please!

Yesterday I did the final wildfowl count of this winter at Watermead CP North/Birstall sction. The main highlights included a very photogenic male Mandarin Duck, 3 singing Chiffchaffs, a single Green Sandpiper by the Pec pit and a white plastic bag trying it's hardest to be a Little Egret in the cormorant colony. What was also go to see was that "Jocky" the Scottish ringed Cormorant (FCX) was still around the pontoons on Worcester Lake.
A male Mandarin duck on John Merrick's Lake!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Colour ringed Gulls at Watermead CP over the last two years!

Here is a collection of photos of the colour ringed Gulls I have seen over the last two years at Watermead CP south. I know most people complain about the locals feeding the ducks with bread at Watermead, but it does have a knock effect with many Gulls attracted to this site due to the free meal!!
Any way thanks to Steve Lister and Neil Hagley for getting me into reading and photographing the colour ringed Gulls!...
JAN4 from Norway
VO28 from Denmark
CMK from the Severn estuary group
2H64 from Wiltshire
N322 from Spain
V192 from Denmark

Friday, 2 March 2012

Gulls, Gulls, Gulls,...

Here is a few photos of the Gulls at Watermead CP South yesterday, which included two colour ringed birds from Norway (JAN4 and J3NO).
2nd Winter Lesser black-backed Gull

More shots of the Whooper Swan@Watermead CP South.

Here is a few more shots of the Whooper Swan at Watermead CP South.