Showing posts from October, 2015

Gibraltar Point #2 - the one that got away

Further to my last post I wanted to share a great photo by Andy Hartley of the Gibraltar Point Rustic Bunting  from 11th October. I missed it by minutes - I wish I'd seen it!

Many thanks to Andy for his permission to use the photo.

Gibraltar Point

Sunday 11th October 2015
I visited Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire, on Sunday with the Birmingham branch of the West Midlands Bird Club. This was a new site for me and I was keen to explore the reserve.
News on arrival of a Rustic Bunting created much excitement. For me and many others, however, the hoped for tick remained out of reach. After showing to several lucky birders late morning I spent a lot of time hoping it would reappear. It didn't. The cycle track it had been seen on, adjacent to Jackson's Marsh, was too regularly disturbed. The end result was a frustrating dip leaving not enough time to explore other parts of the reserve - but that's birding!
There are worse ways of spending a sunny Sunday afternoon, and I was pleased to see my first Redwings (40), Fieldfares (2) and Bramblings (m & f) of the autumn, all fresh in from the continent. There had been also been a large fall of Goldcrests in the morning - over 200 we were told - and they were everywhere. Fifty-…

Rose-coloured Starling at Tewkesbury

Saturday 10th October 2015
I caught up with the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING in Tewksbury this morning, at the second attempt. It showed well, but briefly at 9.57am preening on a TV aerial in Wenlock Road opposite the junction with Despenser Road. After a few minutes it flew off with a group of c20 Starlings and 2 Jackdaws. This was my third one, but my first for Gloucestershire.

Recent Travels in Andalucia

Friday 18th to Friday 25th September 2015
A few photos from my recent week in Spain, based in Aznalc√°zar near Seville. I put up a fuller wildlife account when I get round to it.