You might see weeds, but I see wild flowers

Friday, 22 April 2016

Caldecotte Lake

Today, me and the boy had our daily fix of the local lake.

Since no-one reads this blog it really doesn't matter what I say; but there were some good birds, and some twats too.

Despite some signage, a few idiots still choose to ignore the warnings ............... or maybe they are just stupid, ignorant arseholes.

Plenty of birds to see around the lake today, even 3 Oystercatchers.

A pair of Collared Doves were looking very content,

nesting close to where they were sitting.

Some of the local birders have been getting very excited today about reports of a White Stork flitting around. Is it a 'real' bird? Is it an escapee?
Can't they just appreciate a beauty for what it is? A beauty, without a fucking autopsy of its credentials of where it might have been, where it could of come from, and can I 'tick' it?

Back in the real world, the Cowslips have been looking good.

Plus today I saw my first Swifts of the year.

Some good sightings today

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38

Which brings my total for the lake this year to 74

Not bad for a lake that is pretty much ignored by the local birders.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

That time of the year

It's that time of the year when birders start getting excited about the new arrivals.
They fall over each other trying to be the first to 'have' certain species. Turtle Doves, Redstarts, Whitethroats, Wood Warblers .............. even some sea birds get in on the act, with possible sightings of all manner of birds.

I eagerly await the first Albatross from my local area.

Here's some birds that I've seen recently.

Hooded Crow

Not seen one of these for years.

Willow Warbler




Red-breasted Merganser

Enjoy, and keep looking for the White-tailed Eagle possibly over Milton Keynes stadium any day soon.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

South Stack

Always a good visit here, but usually windy. Plenty of gulls on the rocks, Meadow Pipits and the first bird I saw; a fantastic Peregrine. The Chough were  riding the wind as usual. A great sight to see.

Yes, a great place to visit.

 The Lighthouse

The day I visited was glorious sunshine, although the day before was heavy rain, and caused a bit of flooding on the road from the visitor centre to the lighthouse.

Had to walk along the wall to avoid the deep water, and hope the wind didn't blow me off.

Lots of Razorbills and Guillemots on the cliff,



and after a lot of searching the water through my binoculars, I finally managed to see a couple of Puffins bobbing in the sea.

 Poor shot, but a long way away.

After the long climb back up the steps from the lighthouse, I decided to go back to the car park a different way.

 Another flight of stone steps, that lead to a stone hut, and some very wet mountain.

Worth the walk though, because I saw a stunning Sparrowhawk.


A hot coffee back at the car, and then off to another favourite spot here, Breakwater Country Park .................. but that's another post .............. probably.