Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 9 May 2010

I Hate Sunday's! (Until a Marsh Harrier appears!!)

If you come any closer I will take your eye out - Canada Goose



Marsh Harrier Record Shot

Marsh Harrier mobbed by Corvids Record Shot

Marsh Harrier Record Shot

Marsh Harrier Record Shot

Marsh Harrier Record Shot

Marsh Harrier Record Shot

Marsh Harrier Record Shot

"Wryneck" Gadwall

Corrrrr look at the a**e on that - Gadwall

(More Record Shots on my website - see link opposite)

I have to say that Sunday is my least favourite day for birding. Wherever you go is packed and most of the people encountered are intent on giving me graphic details of last nights TV/Pub/sexual encounters etc. etc from a mile away! Still, today was my day off so I had to grin and bear it, but where to go? I decided on a early morning visit to Brandon Marsh, arriving at 0615 and finding many birders already in situ! Also, I thought that closer views may be had of the Wood Sandpiper's, but alas they were not to be seen.

Indeed, compared to yesterday, most of the interesting birds had either departed or were in hiding. The expected were soon ticked off, with a list at the end of this post. Sitting in the Carlton Hide, boredom setting in, contemplating gouging out my eyeballs with a blunt stick, suddenly it appeared, a female Marsh Harrier! Distant, about level with the owl boxes, performing a circuit of Newlands, until eventually flying off in the direction of Ryton. My first in Warwickshire. The suddeness of its appearance and distance away, meant only record shots were possible, some of which are attached.

Todays Sightings 0615 - 1130:

Robin; Carrion Crow; Song Thrush; Chaffinch; Swallow; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blackbird; Pheasant; Mallard; Greylag Goose; Willow Warbler; Canada Goose; Wren; Blackcap; Whitethroat; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Green Woodpecker; Grey Heron; Blue Tit; Goldcrest; Chiffchaff; Lapwing; Garden Warbler; Buzzard; Cuckoo; Tufted Duck; Greenfinch; Linnet; Sedge Warbler; Cettis Warbler; Oystercatcher; Bullfinch; Cormorant; Common Tern; Mute Swan; Coot; Gadwall; Great Crested Grebe; Pied Wagtail; Ringed Plover; Little Ringed Plover; Moorhen; Great Tit; Sand Martin; LBB Gull; Reed Bunting; Swift; Dabchick; Black Headed Gull; Kingfisher; Jackdaw; Marsh Harrier; Sparrowhawk; House Martin; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Reed Warbler; Nuthatch; Coal Tit.


Max Silverman said...

Well done Kevin with the MH.I'd love to see one at BM or ML.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max - it was a pleasure to see albeit at a distance. Made a dull day a little brighter!