Monday, 27 February 2017

February 20th-26th       Extremadura, Spain
As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know it has not been updated for the last week. That's because we decided to spent a week birding in Extremadura while it is still very quiet here. Below are one or two photos I managed to take of some of the iconic birds of this excellent region.



 

Great Bustards well camouflaged


Black-winged Stilt
 
Calandra Lark

Crested Lark

First winter Golden Eagle

Black Vulture

Griffon Vulture

White Stork

Sunday, 19 February 2017

February 19th
This morning we walked from Chamber's Wall and around Coldharbour lagoon in mild conditions and bright sunshine. We counted 25 Chaffinches, 26 Yellowhammers, 1 Redwing, 32 Corn Buntings, 8 Tree Sparrows, 66 Mallard, 5 Mute Swans, 20 Reed Buntings, 18 Shelduck, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 13 Oystercatchers, 2 Red-throated Divers W, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Turnstone, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pochard W, 1 Curlew and 2 Long-tailed Tits.

Male Yellowhammer

Saturday, 18 February 2017

February 18th
It was overcast and a bit misty this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and saw 45 Mallard, 34 Chaffinches, 1 Marsh Harrier, 31 Reed Buntings, 4 Mute Swans, 1 Little Egret, 5 Redshank, 1 Golden Plover, 35 Oystercatchers, 19 Shelduck, 1 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 7 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Water Rails, 26 Corn Buntings and 12 Yellowhammers.
Also this morning Derek Smith found a Firecrest (122nd) on the railway embankment.

Friday, 17 February 2017

February 17th
On a quiet morning with the tide going out we walked along the seawall from Reculver to Coldharbour and saw 1 immature male Eider flying W, 25 Meadow Pipits, 7 Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Grebe, 24 Shelduck, 32 Oystercatchers, 3 Curlews, 5 Mute Swans, 1 Sanderling, 238 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Ringed Plovers, 71 Mallard, 7 Lapwings, 1 Turnstone, 2 Stonechats, 1 Common Sandpiper still in the Oyster Farm lagoons and 1 Little Egret.

Meadow Pipit

Thursday, 16 February 2017

February 16th
We had an early morning ringing session out on the Marsh after which we walked to Coldharbour. Birds we saw included 40 Corn Buntings, 5 Yellowhammers, 10 Tree Sparrows, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10 Redwings, 20 Chaffinches, 30 Reed Buntings, 64 Mallard, 21 Magpies in one tree, 45 Teal, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 35 Oystercatchers, 31 Shelduck, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Stonechat and 1 female Pintail.

Birds ringed 18: Reed Bunting 9, Chaffinch 2, Great Tit 2, Blue Tit 2, Dunnock 2, Blackbird 1.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

February 15th
With the early morning showers clearing away to the north the sun came out and we had a pleasant walk from Chamber's Wall along the Green Wall and back via Coldharbour. We recorded 1 Stonechat, 6 Goldfinches, 1 Kestrel, 22 Chaffinches, 14 Yellowhammers, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Tree Sparrows, 28 Reed Buntings, 53 Lapwings, 62 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 43 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Egret, 3 Redshank, 27 Shelduck, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Teal, 2 Curlew, 1 Golden Plover and 1 Common Buzzard.

Spring is in the air

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February 14th
This morning we around the Shuart area before dropping in at Reculver on the way home. We saw 3 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Goldcrest, 11 Red-legged Partridges, 14 Chaffinches, 1 ring tail Hen Harrier, 5 Mallard, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinches, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swans and 1 Great Crested Grebe.