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20th-21st April Soddy Gap

Posted by meg33 on April 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Late evening at Soddy Gap proved productive....

1 Green Sandpiper

1 Common Sandpiper, 1st for year.

3 pairs at least Grey Partridge.

4 reeling Groppers

18 Goosander


21st April

Green sandpiper Still,

Common Sandpiper

2 Sedge Warbler, 1st for year. 

3 Gropper.

17th April Cumbria

Posted by meg33 on April 17, 2011 at 7:26 AM Comments comments (0)

Been very busy birding last few weekends so today i did some local Stuff, Id been covering Soddy gap all week but its been quiet. So it was nice to start hearing the Grasshopper Warblers singing again, This time 4 Birds were singing from various parts of the Site with 1 Showing well. A Goldcrest and Wheatear also briefly but not a lot else really.

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16th April Nortumberland Black Scoter

Posted by meg33 on April 17, 2011 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (0)

A quick note to say nice Views of Female Ring Ouzel at Work Today and a Tree pipit flew over Maryport when i was there..2 Year tick's.

Now its Friday and there's an American Black Scoter at Bamburgh in Northumberland, Do i risk going tomorrow or do i make the most of the light nights and go tonight. rach said Tonight and lets stop overnight...What a good decision this would turn out to be...

So by 5pm we were on our way to Northumberland, and by 7-15 we were on site...

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11th April Leighton Moss

Posted by meg33 on April 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Started off early before work at soddy Gap where my earliest ever Grasshopper warbler was singing, 2 Swallow, 2 Sand martin and 2 Wheatear, Nice start to the day.

Well then work was cancelled at the last minute, and seeing as i was already now at Ambleside i decided id have the day at Leighton Moss. What a day it was... I found out that a Great White egret was around but from the Lower hide...yup furthest one away, so on a i trudged (in the rain), but it was to be worth it as the G...

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Rufous Turtle dove

Posted by meg33 on April 12, 2011 at 11:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Well i finally Succumbed to the long staying Rufous Oriental Turtle Dove, id heard it was to be the last weekend for viewing, (as it was only viewed from Steves Kitchen Window). It wasn't a normal twitch, as it was in the comfort of steves kitchen...and thanks to steve.

Anyway, i Finished work on the Friday and headed to Derby-shire to stop at the folks, dipping Hawfinch at Sizergh on the Way. Next morning i was up n alert by 5am...Rach decided she wasn't coming and pretended to play de...

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3rd April St bees

Posted by meg33 on April 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Brilliant day in west Cumbria, now I don't say that too often

Soddy started poor, with nothing new to add to yesterdays sightings. X2 Willow Warbler


At St Bees, 1 Male Redstart was a great bird to find,, now there not rare but a great record  especially on passage.

8 Wheatear probably more around site.

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Osprey! 2nd April

Posted by meg33 on April 2, 2011 at 2:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Started off at Soddy Gap

Bit rough this morning but

7 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler Singing, Willow warbler full week earlier than last year and 2 weeks previous years before that.

Redpoll, 3 Buzzard,1 Raven, 2 Stock Dove  Herring and LBB Gulls, usual wildfowl and a few Skylark.

Then i moved onto Bassenthwaite lake to see if there were any Ospreys about, ...

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Ireland and White Winged Scoter

Posted by meg33 on March 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Tristan Chris and Especially Derek Charles i was invited over to Ireland for what was a long staying White Winged Scoter (Stejneger's) a first for Ireland with no records from the Uk. It was going to be a Grueling weekend but with great birds and company......

our first stop was to dip the Lesser Scaup in Scotland at Milton loch and then a quick look at Bishop Burn, Good views of Pintail obtained....

On the ferry, Eider, Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Common Scoter a...

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24th and 30th March Soddy gap

Posted by meg33 on March 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (0)

30th March Soddy gap

An awful wet day made today very difficult, optics continually wet making searching and photography very hard. A lot of effort for little reward... AGAIN!

Chiffchaff were my first of the year on site, same date as last year, a single Sandmartin was also first this year but a couple of days late...10 Goosander was normal, 18 Tufties,

6 Teal, Redpoll singing, A few gulls including Black headed and Lesser Black back...

I then moved onto Whiteha...

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23rd March Isel Bridge

Posted by meg33 on March 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Working at Isel bridge and what a cracking little spot, Highlight was a singing LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER and the usual GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER....

My first CHIFFCHAFFS of the year (x3) and a Juv COMMON CROSSBILL being fed by parents. A SWALLOW was my earliest ever record i think!




W/e 20th March

Posted by meg33 on March 20, 2011 at 7:04 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry not updated lately....

20th March Adult Yellow legged Gull

Tristan found an Adult yellow legged gull in Whitehaven Yesterday so decided to have a look this morning before the place got busy. Fortunately it was still present, unfortunately it was p*ssing it down...Rare here in the Spring.

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W/E March 11th

Posted by meg33 on March 11, 2011 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Been Working in Derbyshire, on the way down year tick in the form of a Red Kite. Other stuff were nice views of Red Grouse, Buzzard, Raven and some Mountain Hare.




6th March Soddy Gap

Nice morning, birds singing but still nothing special.

1 Shelduck

20 ...

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Soddy etc

Posted by meg33 on February 27, 2011 at 11:57 AM Comments comments (0)

26th Feb

Soddy gap very quiet again.

22 Teal, 18 Wigeon, 8 Goosander, 6 Tufted duck, 4 Coot and 2 Goldeneye.

Group of 300 Common gull flew over 70 dropped into bath, along came a few larger gulls too 9 Lesser BB Gull, 6 Herring gull, also 17 Black headed gull.

A weird looking Carrion Crow with pure white secondary's but black primaries.

Reed bunting, Tree Sparrow, Skylark

4 Curlew, 17 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher.


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Posted by meg33 on February 23, 2011 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (0)

23rd February.

Waterhead Ambleside..very short video of one of the cubs...

W/E 20th Feb Local

Posted by meg33 on February 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM Comments comments (0)

This week i be mainly in Cumbria....


20th Feb

Spent the morning walking around Ennerdale with no reward!


Siddick ponds..

Good views of Bittern and Otter


7 Whooper swan

2 Pochard


Then moved onto Workington


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