Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

First winter common gull and mystery birder!

Prescot reservoirs,
A 1st w med gull on posts around no 4 res today. Also 3 snipe, 1 curlew,4 skylarks, 10 redwing, 66 pochard, 1 wigeon, 8 little grebe, 3 cormorants, 10 chaffinch, 1 buzzard and female sparrowhawk. AS reports 2 raven today. BH reports female merlin and 2 crossbill in over pines yesterday and JT reports jack snipe on causeway last Thursday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Prescot reservoirs,

A superb adult ring billed gull graced the reservoirs today. This bird has arrived hot on the heels of red necked phalarope and little stint. Its certainly been a great year at the reservoir so far. Its a pity I was the only birder there today to enjoy it, hopefully it will return for others to see. Also today 29 pochard, 1 female goldeneye, 9 little grebe, 2 stonechats and AS reports 2 whooper swans early morning.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Red Rocks nr, Wirral, Merseyside.
A Blyth's reed warbler at the north end of the reserve today. Its been there a couple of days and showed well to me for about 10 seconds. An acro warbler, cold coloured grey brown, with none contrasting upper plumage, and a white throat and whiteish lower parts. A prominent eyering and a less prominent super in front of the eye and slighly behind. It was calling and responding to a couple of pebbles that I tapped together. The call similar to a sylvia tacking.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Prescot reservoirs,
A red necked phalarope was busy feeding on no 3 reservoir today. A first winter bird looking smart in its black and white plumage.
A male stonechat in the ranch and a wigeon on no4 also.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Flamborough Head was the place to be today. Brown Flycatcher, Izzy Shrike, Red Backed Shrike, and a couple of yellow browed warblers made this a day to remember. A little owl on a roadside telegraph pole on the way home capped off a great day.