Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 24 February 2012

Stanford Reservoir

This morning, I decided to spend a few hours at Stanford Reservoir. The water levels are still very low and even at these levels, water is being pumped into Draycote Water! It was mild and sunny for most of my walk and apart from a jogger, had the place to myself.

A report of a Great White Egret near Stanford Village begged to be searched for, but alas no sign at all. It is now believed that the GWE may be a mis-identification of a pale, almost white Grey Heron in the area. Time will no doubt tell.

A Little Egret graced the stilling pond and at least two hundred Golden Plovers were seen on the mud. A solitary Common Sandpiper fed with them. I walked from the inlet to the feeding station and took some time watching at least twenty Tree Sparrows - but they refused to pose well for a photograph! The only other bird of note was a solitary Grey Wagtail feeding around the stilling pond.

At least seven Brown Hares dashed around the fields.

While driving back towards Stanford Village, two male Pheasants decided to have a scrap. I tried to capture an image or two, but obviously got the camera speed wrong! I have included them at the end of this post, mainly because I like them!

Brown Hare

Golden Plover

Blue Tit

Reed bunting


Tree Sparrow

The Pheasants Fight!

Todays Sightings:

Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Mallard; Greylag Goose; Wigeon; Teal; Coot; Tufted Duck; Canada Goose; Pheasant; Black Headed gull; Lapwing; LBB Gull; Cormorant; Green Woodpecker; Wood Pigeon; Goldeneye; Skylark; Pied Wagtail; Red Legged Partridge; Wren; Moorhen; Robin; Fieldfare; Little Egret; Golden Plover; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Buzzard; Mistle Thrush; Blackbird; Grey Wagtail; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Magpie; Blue Tit; Kestrel; Common Sandpiper; House Sparrow; Jackdaw; Starling; Carrion Crow; Yellowhammer; Tree Sparrow; Rook; Chaffinch; Reed Bunting; Goldfinch.


ShySongbird said...

Hi Kevin, I've just been catching up with the posts I have missed lately and enjoyed all the photos and accounts of your various visits. Lovely to see the Pintail in the previous post, such an elegant duck I think. The Pheasant scrap on this post was a great capture and nice to see the Tree Sparrow, I haven't seen one for ages.

Kevin Groocock said...

Hi Jan thanks for your comments and i'm glad you are still following my blog. The pheasants caught me out and I didn't think to reset my camera settings!

Andrew Haynes said...

I think you got the speed right , the motion blur, adds to the sense of speed , and action . The Hare shots are great to see as well.

ps I have just tried this blogging thing as Zenfolio have a blogging option if you have time tell me where I am going wrong

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks Andrew. Just had a look at your blog - excellent start and keep it up, images are excellent! I will link you to my blogs.

Andrew Haynes said...

Thanks Kevin :0)