Sunday, 28 June 2015

27th June 2015

Had to go into London today, and managed 2 red kites over the M3, increasing my annual total so far to 15. Also had a single ring-necked parakeet from the car window in the evening.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

20th June 2015

Visited a few sites around Portland today, which provided about as little as you might expect. Best were the Little Terns at ferrybridge. Also a noticable increase in the numbers of Sandwich Terns in the area since my last visit.

Field Grasshopper? I always find insect ID hard to pick up again after the Winter Months.

A quick check at Sutton Bingham Reservoir on the way home provided 2 mistle thrushes, but otherwise little more than photo opportunities of rooks!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

13th June 2015

Took the 2.5 hour trip to Pagham Harbour today. After about 2 hours of watching from Chruch Norton, the HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL flew down in front of the crowds, offering close-range viewing, showing the brown rump, longer bill and more distictive head markings. I beleive that this is the 10th british record and my forth North American wader species seen so far this spring.

Also present were Common, Sandwich and 2 Little Terns, 3 bar-tailed godwits, good numbers of avocets and whimbrels and 2 singing lesser whitethroats which were both heard only unfortunatly.

Monday, 8 June 2015

8th June 2015

Had my 13th red kite of the year while walking down Stiby Road, Yeovil today. That means that I've seen 2 over Yeovil so far this year which is great because I've only previously seen 1 here.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

6th June 2015

Went to Sutton Bingham Res this morning, but the night heron didn't show, so headed to Morden Bog to have a look around.

Had my first spotted flycatcher of the year, 3 hobbys and 3 dartford warblers, 2 of which showed at close range allowing good photo opportunities.

Returned to sutton bingham this evening, but left about 10 minutes too early before the night heron showed!

Friday, 5 June 2015

5th June 2015

Had a singing Nightingale on Yeovil Openspace this morning; Yet another fantastic suburban record produced by this site. Oddly enough, I saw it in the exact same spot where I have seen lesser whitethroat, redstart and pied flycatcher in previous years. Also present was a female green woodpecker and a male bullfinch.