Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Migrants still passing through Lepe, and some media!

Up early on Sunday morning for a walk around Lepe. Best birds were 6 Avocets high over, heading East, 1 Greenshank, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Nightingale, and a Siskin overhead.

Red-Legged Partridge, Lepe, 26th May 2012 Red-Legged Partridge, Lepe, 26th May 2012 Sandwich Tern, Lepe, 26th May 2012

Cetti's Warbler, Lepe, May 2012

Monday, 21 May 2012

Spring starting to fizzle out

Finished my BTO Breeding Bird Survey at Broadlands Lake and Wade Bridge this weekend. As is often the case, the second survey whittled out with very little to add, except a distant Sedge Warbler. The best bird of the morning was a Red Kite overhead.. Within the survey boundary, but outside the timeframe.

From there, I headed to Badminston for some vis-mig. With blue skies and a South wind it seemed like a good idea, but not much to report here. Baddesley Common was also fairly quiet over the weekend.

I seem to struggle to find quality in Spring compared with Autumn. Only hope now lies with a few days in Shetland at the end of the month.

Friday, 18 May 2012

The one that got away!

Spurred on by news of a Woodchat found up the coast at Keyhaven, I changed my plans for Sunday morning and headed to Calshot. The marsh always looks a good bet for migrants, but was pretty quiet with only Reed and Sedge Warblers about. Headed round the castle to scan the sea but this was no better. Ringed plover and Rock Pipit were all I could add here. So, took a few photos then decided to try my luck with the sky.

Headed to a fairly small embankment which, despite it's low altitude had a superb view of Calshot, Fawley power station, and New Forest. I could even see the Spinnacker Tower in the far distance. This looks like a superb place to witness Vis-mig, and in the hot sun, I managed a small trickle of Hirundines, plus Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine and several Buzzards. The one that got away was a possible Honey Buzzard over the coast.. Just too far to make any plumage out, though the structure looked very promising.
Photos below of Sedge Warbler and Ringed Plover

Sedge Warbler, Calshot, May 2012 Ringed Plover, Calshot, May 2012 Ringed Plover, Calshot, May 2012 Ringed Plover, Calshot, May 2012

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Floodgates open

A good weekend when all the floodgates seemed to open up with migrants, and left me thinking "why have I bothered going out searching for scraps for the last 2 months?!"

The weekend started well with a Lesser Whitethroat singing outside the BBC building at White City. This area has a few bushes and trees, but is really manicured and isolated. I'd be surprised if I have got into double figures of species seen here. (although I did once record a Reed Warbler, so it kind of has some form).

Over the weekend I visited Lepe twice. The first visit was pretty dire with just 6 Avocets to liven up the morning. Two days later, and the area was alive:

Great Skua and Razorbill offshore
20+ Med Gulls overhead
1 Peregrine
2 Avocets
1 Greenshank
1 Dunlin
Handful of Bar-Tailed Godwits and Whimbrels moving west
1 Nightingale
1 Lesser Whitethroat
Plus Sandwich and Common Terns

Calshot area had 3 Wheatears.

Finally, Baddesley Common got in on the action with 2 Wheatears, a Tree Pipit, and 2 Cuckoos.

Whimbrel at Lepe..
Whimbrel, Lepe, May 2012 Whimbrel, Lepe, May 2012 Whimbrel, Lepe, May 2012