Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 15 April 2013

Swift Valley Nature Reserve Rugby


Having finished a night shift and resembling a "zombie", I was in no mood for travelling very far, so I decided to pay a long over due visit to the the local Swift Valley Nature Reserve. This small reserve along the River Swift and old canal, is sandwiched between a large industrial estate, a rural hotel and a developing housing estate. I have to say that the voluntary wardens, Chris Godding and Neville Weston, and their teams have created a little gem! Their hard work is paying dividends and I can recommend a good hour or two in the area. I spent most of my time around the feeding station but was also pleased to get Willow Warbler on my 2013 list. I would appreciate scrutiny of the Marsh Tit images as images 4 -8 shoe characteristics of Willow Tit. Sightings list at end of post.

Marsh Tit


Long Tailed Tit

Blue Tit



Reed Bunting

Todays Sightings:

Mute Swan; Mallard; Wood Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Pheasant; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Blackbird; Buzzard; Marsh Tit; Robin; Green Woodpecker; Blue Tit; Wren; Moorhen; Kestrel; Great Tit; Willow Warbler; Song Thrush; Nuthatch; Starling; Jay; Magpie; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Rook; Chaffinch; Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Bullfinch; Reed Bunting; ?Willow Tit.


Isidro Ortiz said...

Excelentes capturas.Saludos

Kevin Groocock said...

Gracias Isidro.

Central Birder said...

Hi Kevin, good to see you made a trip here & great shots too. I've been in touch with Chris & hope to meet up for a spot of birding soon?

Kevin Groocock said...

Its a great little reserve with Chris,Neville and team doing a great job. Must visit regularly! Any thoughts on the Marsh/Willow Tits?