Well.....It wasn't that bad, was it? The rain only fell like stair rods - it could've been worse, couldn't it? The wind made it feel seasonally fresh, could've been worse, couldn't it? Plus we weren't that far from Bangor and of course, the good company of the Coventry & Warwickshire RSPB Group. The day started well, even before boarding the coach with good views of the Coventry Cathedral Peregrines. Being close to the seaside brings out the "tourist" in me, hence the landscapes! Wildlife images to follow with sightings at the end of this post!
Finger on the trigger - but whose?
An Improving View?
Snowdonia Shines Through!
Today's Sightings: Mute Swan; Grey Lag Goose; Canada Goose; Shelduck; Mallard; Gadwall; Teal; Tufted Duck; Red Breasted Merganser; Pheasant; Dabchick; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Buzzard; Kestrel; Sparrowhawk; Moorhen; Coot; Oystercatcher; Lapwing; Redshank; Black Tailed Godwit; Snipe; Black Headed Gull; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; GBB Gull; Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Sand Martin; Swallow; Meadow Pipit; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Stonechat; Song Thrush; Fieldfare; Blackbird; Chiffchaff; Wren; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Carrion Crow; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Greenfinch.
With the car going in for a (no doubt expensive) service, I decided to take a walk along the Ashlawn Cutting. The weather was really springlike and the wildlife around me was a joy to behold. Rather stupidly, I forgot to take any food with me (diabetic) and was forced to return early as the feelings of a hypo began to manifest! I should no better! The morning was in two parts - Part one with Symphony on our dog walk and Part two was solo with just my camera for company! A list of bird sightings can be found at the end of this post.
Good Morning Hillmorton
Long tailed Tit
Christopher .....! (Looking for Alice?)
Today's Sightings: Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Collared Dove; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Greenfinch; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Starling; House Sparrow; Wren; Robin; Blackbird; Fieldfare; Redwing; Song Thrush; Yellowhammer; Rook; Skylark; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Green Woodpecker; Dunnock; Marsh Tit; ET phoning home: Bullfinch; Nuthatch; Chiffchaff (singing); Stock Dove; Goldcrest; Coal Tit.
I have never been a "patch birder" but I think that might change! Almost on my doorstep, I have the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Reserve - Ashlawn Cutting and non-reserve surrounding farmland / set aside fields. This morning I walked (dog less!) around the area and I am certainly considering regular visits! It will also give me greater experience in non-bird wildlife, especially wild flowers, butterflies and insects. Bird sightings at end of post.
Long Tailed Tit
Today's Bird Sightings: Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Robin; Blackbird; Dunnock; LBB Gull; Common Gull; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Starling; Magpie; Greenfinch; Pied wagtail; Wren; Chaffinch; Moorhen; Nuthatch; Rook; Mistle Thrush; Mallard; Blackcap (singing m); Green Woodpecker; Marsh Tit; Bullfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Skylark; Raven (2 over); Yellowhammer; Reed Bunting; House Sparrow.