A little look at Venus
Pool produced an excellent count of 17
Shelduck, by far the highest numbers I’ve seen here; 19 Gadwall was also an
increase on the last visit and there was also another Windermere ringed Canada
Goose present (from summer 2013) – the third individual seen this winter.
There were plenty of Goosanders near the English Bridge in Shrewsbury
The third Windermere ringed Canada Goose I've seen at Venus Pool this winter
a little look round some lakes in Telford in the pretty grim conditions;
there weren’t too many Gulls around but the highlight was a Norwegian darvic
ringed Black-headed Gull resting on the ice on Horsehay Pool (it was ringed as
a chick near Oslo last summer).Birds
on the small area of open water on Priorslee Lake included 16 Great-crested
Grebes (with a few pairs starting to display), 19 Pochard, 10 Gadwall and 6
Great Black-backed Gulls with c40 other Gulls.
Norwegian ringed Black-headed Gull in Telford this afternoon
A beautiful, frosty with
not a cloud in the sky winters day (very rare so far this winter) produced a
few bits and improved counts from a walk along the River Severn from Cressage Bridge
to Ironbridge including the highlights of a wintering Common Sandpiper(recorded
over-wintering in four of the last ten winters), 14 Mandarin, an excellent total of 60 Goosanders (a new record for me for this stretch of river) and a
pair of Peregrines on the top of one of the now defunct cooling towers at
Ironbridge Power Station – the male was calling loudly having just brought in
some prey which the female was eating.
Other birds included a 1st winter Great
Black-backed Gull at Buildwas with other Gulls, 12+ Teal, a decent flock of 34
Skylarks at Cressage Bridge and my first couple of drumming Great-spotted
Woodpeckers of the year.
Several Kittiwakes were also coming in to the beach at Dungeness this evening to feed on fishing discards from the thousands of fishermen that plague the coast here (!) I filled up my memory card on them so here are the final cuts!
Still gorgeous, bright and
sunny but with an even colder, biting northerly wind; the Fishing Boats were
quiet first thing with an adult Mediterranean Gull offshore the only thing of
note.Birds around Hookers and
Dengemarsh then included a Dartford
Warbler which called a couple of times near the ramp, a ringtail Hen
Harrier, a Kingfisher, 2 Brent Geese, a Great
White Egret, another adult Mediterranean Gull, a Peregrine and a Raven on
the pylons by Springfield Bridge.
A walk round the point late afternoon in the lovely
evening sun then produced the 1st winter Caspian Gullsand Glaucous Gulls;
at least 10 Kittiwakes coming in to eat fish scraps, a Danish ringed Great
Black-backed Gull and a Long-tailed Duck briefly offshore.
Front and back Hen Harrier
Danish ringed Great Black-backed Gull - ringed as a chick in 2014 and has been here at Dungeness for the last two consecutive winters
Another bright, sunny morning with a very cold NW wind
but there was little new around the Fishing Boats first thing with a few more Red-throated
Divers present while the 1st winter Caspian Gull was still loafing around.A stomp through the Trapping Area then
produced single Firecrest and
Chiffchaff with 4+ Goldcrests and a couple of Long-tailed Tit parties.
RSPB Reserve then produced little new but improved counts of 3 Great White Egrets and 9+ Little
Egrets before the day’s highlight came late on with 2 Glaucous Gulls together on the beach at the Fishing Boats – a pale
juvenile and a very confiding 2nd winter bird.
Glaucous Gull at dusk
1st winter Marsh Harrier
Adult female Marsh Harrier
Big, ugly argentatus Herring Gull (the photo makes the mantle look a bit darker than it looked in the field)
Herring Gull - probably ringed somewhere in Gloucester