Monday, 24 January 2011

late news: a 2nd winter caspian gull was at the marina on monday 17th.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

a poss caspian gull was at willingdon this afternoon. remarkably it appeared to be the cuckmere bird. I'll upload some video soon. the slav is still at shinewater.
yday: the poss caspian gull was still present late morning just north of the golden galleon but flew off towards seafood. 3 goosanders still at arlington.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

a confiding slav grebe, jack snipe and yellow legged gull were at shinewater. 8 bewicks swans were in fields between stone cross and hailsham viewed from the B2104 and 3 goosanders (1 male) were at arlington late in the afternoon but flew off.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

yday: 3 bitterns together at willingdon levels.

Monday, 3 January 2011

today: 2 slavs on the drink between the marina and pier and the remains of a woodcock, presumably from a peregrine kill was found under st peters church, brighton.
more late news: 2 bitterns shinewater, rh goosander piddinghoe pond, 53 barnacle geese and 69 whitefronts just north of the golden galleon on 31 dec.

spent the xmas oop north again just outside manchester. temporary local patch was dovestone res, a pretty but birdless tourist spot. i'd never even seen a large gull on it before. however on the first visit(23rd) 3 ad whooper swans were present briefly before flying off over the snow capped hilltops surrounding the area. later in the day 10 goosanders (5 males) were present and became the focus of interest during visits peaking at 17 (4 males) on 28th. also on this date 4 waxwings were found but only stayed a few seconds before being chased off by mistle thrushes. the surrounding moorland and streams held red grouse and dippers. highlight of the trip was a visit to audenshaw res in manchester on the 29th. it was a bit of a shot in the dark, not knowing whether it was private and anticipated them being frozen over. they were frozen over except for a tiny patch close to the path and on arrival was greeted with 15 goosanders (9 male) and 20 goldeneye (14 males) all showing very well. there was a massive gull roost on the ice but thick mist over the res made it impossible to work. i decided to go back and video the goosanders staying until dusk when an amazing 85!! (33 males) had gathered, an awesome sight and a great end to the holiday.