Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Draycote Water - Whinchat

Having just got home from taking Symphony to the groomers, I was pleased to receive a text from John Judge, alerting me to a Whinchat on Farborough Bank, at Draycote Water. It is such a pity that the original finder does not inform. Within minutes, I was on my way for another year tick and hoping this bird would stay. As I arrived on Farborough Bank, I met Steve Batt who eventually managed to get me onto the Whinchat, below the bank, in the field housing the sailing club trailers. Although distant, even for my 500mm and 1.4 converter, I was pleased to be able to touch base with this uncommon visitor.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Titchwell Marsh - 27th April 2014


An excellent day out at Titchwell with the Coventry & Warwickshire RSPB Group. I am very impressed with excellent organisation of these trips and the friendliness of the members. I just wish that I could have taken a more active part years ago, but hey ho! The weather was bright and sunny, but a fresh breeze challenged! Nothing "special" about, but who can complain with about 80 species, of which my year list increased by 25!


Bar Tailed Godwit

Grey Plover



Herring Gull

Brent Geese

Common Sandpiper

Shelduck (He scored!)



GreyLag Geese

Marsh Harrier


Yellow Wagtail

White Wagtail

Todays Sightings:

Mute Swan; Greylag Goose; Canada Goose; Brent Goose; Shelduck; Mallard; Gadwall; Shoveler; Wigeon; Teal; Red Crested Pochard; Tufted Duck; Red Legged Partridge; Pheasant; Dabchick; Cormorant; Red Kite (on journey); Marsh Harrier; Buzzard; Kestrel; Moorhen; Coot; Oystercatcher; Avocet; Ringed Plover; Grey Plover; Lapwing; Turnstone; Dunlin; Common Sandpiper; Redshank; Black Tailed Godwit; Bar Tailed Godwit; Curlew; Ruff; Black Headed Gull; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; GBB Gull; Sandwich Tern; Common Tern; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Cuckoo; Green Woodpecker; Skylark; Sand Martin; Swallow; House Martin; White Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Yellow Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Wheatear; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Blackcap; Whitethroat; Lesser Whitethroat; Sedge Warbler; Cettis Warbler; Willow Warbler; Chiffchaff; Wren; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Carrion Crow; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Linnet; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Reed Bunting.