Monthly Archives: January 2013

London Weekend

A Christmas present resulted in a weekend trip to London from the 25th it wasn’t a birding trip as such but you’re always on the lookout for something no matter where you travel. We decided on travelling M1 to j15A then cutting down to the M40 and travelling in that way for a certain bird. When we hit the M40 there were Red Kites everywhere, we had nether seen as many apart from Gigrin Farm, we carried on enjoying the spectacle as we travelled towards London.

The hotel we were stopping in, Reading Lake Hotel, is nicely located on a lake side so here we were able to overlook the lake from the apartment balcony  to see Shoveler, Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Red Kite, Black headed Gull, Common Gull, and Mute Swan. An Early evening walk around one of the lakes gave us sightings of Coot, Moorhen, Long tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin.

The journey back home was uneventful only seeing Ring-necked Parakeet (2) fly over the M4 as we made or way towards London from Windsor

The full weekend bird list (In no particular order) :-

Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Eurasian Coot, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, 

Fairburn Ings RSPB

thought we would have a change this weekend and take a trip out to Fairburn Ings for a little change of scenery, on the way out we caught sight of 12 Waxwing in the Huddersfield area, nice start to the day.

On arrival at Fairburn we made a start around the visitor centre feeders to pick up quickly a few common species House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Long tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Nuthatch (2) nice surprise along with a female Brambling. Photo opportunity at the hide watching Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Canada Goose, Pheasant, Cormorant. A walk around the boardwalk gave very little else except a nice Robin

Robin

On then to the feeding area for some practice in flight shots of the Black headed Gulls

Black headed Gull

Also at the feeding area were Tufted Duck, Mute Swans, Moorhen, Coots, and Mallards

Day List in No Particular Order :-

House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Blackbird, Nuthatch, Collard Dove, Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Tufted  Duck, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Black headed Gull, Grey Heron

Potteric Carr

Happy New Year and first day out to Potteric Carr but not for the birds (few and far between) but on the list today  for the 1st of Jan was Bev’s Big Breakfast and what a breakfast it was, full vegetarian Emm!

Ya! we did do a little birding and a large walk too after that breakfast, the best place at this time of year seems to be Willow Pool Hide, not far to walk from cafe as well. Here we saw the usual Finch/Tit species Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit, also seen Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Mute Swan, and Wren.

Calling in at the Kingfisher Hide to see Coot, Moorhen, Gadwall and Teal. Around Huxter Wells Gadwall, Shoveler, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Pochard, Great blacked Backed Gull, Common Gull, Black headed Gull and I think birds of the day a nice flock of Lesser Redpoll (takes the PC list to 99)

Chaffinch

Chaffinch ♂