Tuesday, 28 March 2017

28th March 2017

Being in a town with barely any water; black-headed, herring and lesser black-backed gulls are the only regular gull species, despite various others occurring nearby at Sutton Bingham.

Looking out of the window this evening I saw two larids flying north, but one was tiny! I rushed to the back of the house with my bins and sure enough it was a 2nd winter Common Gull! A species I've been waiting ages to see in Yeovil! Really pleased to have finally connected with this gull on patch.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

25th/26th March 2017

Was in Hampshire/Wiltshire yesterday when news broke of an iberian chiff at Yate in Glouc, a species I've been keen to connect with after not being able to go for multiple birds last year. On the drive over, I had 3 Red Kites, 2 near Thruxton and another somewhere in Wiltshire.

I arrived just after 3pm. There were several chiffchaffs moving about including one striking individual, showing bright yellow and white to the underparts. Sadly, I didn't see it again in the next few hours, neither did I hear any song.

Woke up this morning and saw it was still present, so made another trip up. Arrived at about 11:15, and I could immediately hear the bird singing. After a short while, I managed to get onto the IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF through the thick vegetation, and in the next hour we had good, if a bit obscured, views of the bird singing. It certainly seems that a morning visit gives the best chance with this bird.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

13th March 2017

Headed down to Tatton, Dorset with Lewis this afternoon to try and catch up with a cattle egret. No luck, but we had 2 Red Kites from the car window. Moved to Portesham to continue the search where we eventually picked out a single Cattle Egret.

Cattle Egret - Portesham

Headed to Abbotsbury but dipped on the garganey, however did have a good selection of wildfowl including 5 fine Long-Tailed Ducks.

Long-Tailed Ducks - Abbotsbury

A look at Portland failed to produce the hume's warbler.

Portland Bill