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Garden Latest and Other Sightings

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th March 2011

The highlight of Friday afternoon in the warm sunny weather around Frampton was the butterflies, with six Peacocks, five Brimstones and three Small Tortoiseshells around the lakes. A Treecreeper (long-toed!) was singing like mad along the track on the east side of Court Lake, and a Goldcrest was similarly tuneful near the Perryway. After hearing Chiffchaff for several days, including a bird to the rear of my garden, I finally saw my first one here. It's great to hear them again. On Saturday, the pair of Bullfinches were once again in the garden (photo of male above), while a Mallard which flew low over mid-afternoon was a garden tick! The Bullfinches were back again on Sunday, and a Lesser Redpoll put in an appearance at the feeders (below) and a pair of Ravens flew overhead, heading north.

I spent a family afternoon at Clevedon, Somerset on Sunday, where a total of seven Swallows, coming straight from the sea and then heading inland, were my fir…

Weekend Round-Up

Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th March 2011

Sunday morning's birding around the western section of the Cotswold Water Park produced a singing Goldcrest and four Siskins at pit 44; two Goldeneyes (1m), a Lesser Redpoll (above) and a pair of Reed Buntings at pit 57; and 11 Goldeneyes (3m), 13 Goosanders (2m), two Teal and a Little Egret at pit 41 (Freeth Meer). Three Tree Sparrows were at Harnhill, and at Driffield a pair of Grey Partridges and at least 15 Brown Hares.

Saturday saw a return to Waterhatch, south of Winchcombe for the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, though views were disappointingly more fleeting than Friday. A male Stonechat was a nice year tick however; a Corn Bunting at Hawling was another.

Home, Up and Away

Friday 11th March 2011

A pair of Bullfinches were a nice addition the usual recent range of garden birds (above and below); I haven't seen a Bullfinch in the garden for a few years and after Linda telling me she saw a male last weekend I hope they continue visiting for a while. The female Brambling was also present.

I had the afternoon off work so I headed to look for the GREAT GREY SHRIKE south of Winchcombe. With Mike's help it was eventually located near Waterhatch hunting from wires at SP039256 (record shot below). Also of note was two Tawny Owls calling at Willis's Coppice, a Marsh Tit, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Buzzards, a singing Mistle Thrush, 25Fieldfares,six Roe Deer and a Fox.

I had to go to Bristol later so made a slight diversion to Bradley Stoke to find the 24 WAXWINGS at the Aldi roundabout (below) at 4.40pm. I couldn't hear them calling above the traffic noise, but a nice year tick nonetheless.

Marsh Harrier and Spoonbill at WWT

Saturday 5th March 2011

I had an excellent morning's birding, starting at Frampton where I finally caught up with the over-wintering female Marsh Harrier; it was showing well from the WWT 100-Acre viewing platform from 9.10-9.30am (photos above and below) sometimes being chased by crows, sometimes chasing crows!

Next, the Spoonbill was showing nicely from on the WWT Top New Piece, feeding constantly (photos below); I'm glad I got to see that as it had been there all week and they don't normally hang around long. Two nice Gloucestershire year ticks.