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13th October – 3rd December 2017 

4 Dec 17

The past cpl of months have been spent reworking the garden at home trying to create suitable habitat for both insects birds,what started out as just cleaning the pond ended up with me ripping the whole garden out starting afresh…


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8th October 2017 

8 Oct 17

The past few months has seen me hardly doing any birding at all apart from a cpl of visits to Seeswood Pool where I did manage to find a Cetti’s Warbler on the 24th Sept which was a 1st for the pool…


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1st June – 18th June 2017 

19 Jun 17

With the breeding season in full swing the birding has taken a bit of a slow down with most trips out for Dragonflies,Butterflies moths however I did get my most wanted bird a fine male Corncrake which took up residence at Alvecote Pools for over a …


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Moths 

12 Jun 17

A few of the highlights from the moth trapping sessions in the back garden over the past cpl of months with some good local records inc Tissue (1st Warks record this year only 2nd for a number of years) Lime-speck Pug Red Green Carpet Seraphim Green…


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21st May 2017 

30 May 17

After complaining for months about my camera bodies playing up I finally bit the bullet with a little encouragement from Donna purchased an upgrade 1D Mk1V on the Sat!! So itching to try it out we headed down to Shrewsbury to Dingle Gardens where …


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16th & 18th May 2017 

19 May 17

News broke of a Summer plumage Spotted Sandpiper at Belvide Reservoir,Staffs on the morning of the 15th but was on nights so managed an early rise on the Tues Thurs where good views were had of this stunning looking bird unfortunately my photos just…


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13th May – 14th May 2017 

19 May 17

The weekend of the 13th/14th was spent locally at Middleton Lakes RSPB on the Sat Cannock Chase on the Sun with a lot of our birds now settled breeding migration slowing we decided to try for some photos of some of the commoner birds at Middleton …


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22nd April – 7th May 2017 

8 May 17

The last cpl of weeks again spent locally concentrating on Summer migrants with Osprey Wheatear x5 at Middleton Lakes 0n the 24th April, Swift at Shustoke on 24/4 Whinchat x4 at Middleton on 26/4 Black Tern on 30/4 with 2 birds at Farmoor 1 in the …


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8th April – 19th April 2017 

20 Apr 17

On the 8th Donna Myself headed for Cannock Chase after purchasing an Emperor Moth lure online tried it out within an hour we had at least 20 Males a lifer for both of us…


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1st – 3rd April 2017 

5 Apr 17

With the Spring Migration now starting in earnest Donna myself headed for Coton Lakes,Warks on the 1st picking up 4+ Blackcap 5 Willow Warbler with 100+ Sand Martin 10 Swallow then a quick check at Kingsbury Water Park adding at least 500+ Sand …


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Moths 2017 

28 Mar 17

Done quite a few traps in the garden with Donna over the past cpl of months with small numbers but still picking up new moths for the garden despite this being about my tenth year of mothing in the back yard…


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5th – 28th March 2017 

28 Mar 17

Not much doing over the last few weeks with the Tundra Bean Geese departing from Seeswood overnight 12/3/17, 5 Waxwings at Marsh Lane NR on the 5/3/17 good numbers of Chiffchaff in the Tame Valley 1 singing on Seeswood 14/3/17, 1st Sand Martins …


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18th & 19th February 2017 

20 Feb 17

We had a choice go join the throngs in Lincs for the Bluethroat or stick looking local!! Local won the day we headed over to Abbey Fields on the Sat to see if the Whooper Swans were still present,no sign to top it off got a puncture so had to …


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12th February 2017 

20 Feb 17

With the weather being poor over the weekend we again stayed pretty local just mooching but a trip over to Moseley to Swanshurst Park for the 1st Winter Iceland Gull brightened the weekend for us! A bitterly cold dull day a 2hr wait for the bird to …


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4th 5th & 7th February 2017 

10 Feb 17

Spent the weekend of the 4th 5th locally again with the 4 Tundra Bean Geese still present on Seeswood Pool still getting a steady trickle of admirers on the Sunday we headed over to Ladywalk NR for 1 of the 2 Bittern which had been putting on a …


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30th January & 3rd February 2017 

3 Feb 17

A quick look before work on the monday morning the Tundra Bean Geese were still present in the fields just North of the pool showing reasonably well, no news all week whilst I’ve been on the Night shift so headed up Fri afternoon (3/2/17) birds …


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29th January 2017 

3 Feb 17

With the weather looking good for the morning only I decided to head over to Lincolnshire for the White-billed Diver on the River Witham at Woodhall Spa which had been present for about a week only the 4th Inland record more incredibly the 2nd in …


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28th January 2017 

31 Jan 17

The last few weeks have again been spent up the Tame Valley in particular the outflow at Edison Rd,Hams Hall boring poor Donna to death!!! Not a great deal to show for it Common Chiffchaff in double figures 2 Siberian Chiffchaff,Green Common …


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1st January 2017 – 8th January 2017 

9 Jan 17

With the weather awful on the 1st Donna myself only had an hr out at Edison rd, Hams Hall picking just a few common species along with the expected wintering Chiffchaff, a msg on twitter had us making the short journey over to Hinckley, Leics for a …


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18th December 30th December 

31 Dec 16

Mostly local birding with not a great deal to be seen!! Did have a sneaky twitch upto Beeley,Derbys for the Dusky Thrush on the 18th with Archie a nice addition to my Life list but no photos as was always distant…


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5th November 2016 

9 Nov 16

With news breaking on the Fri of a Cliff Swallow at Minsmere a Eyebrowed Thrush in Northumberland we had a choice??? we chose neither headed to Somerset for the 1st winter Lesser Yellowlegs at Cheddar Reservoir…


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23rd October-30th October 2016 

9 Nov 16

A return visit to Spurnon the 23rd for the Isabelline Wheatear Siberian Stonechat was a damp squib with both departing overnight but managed the Siberian Stonechat presumed Stejenger’s on the point record shots below…


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15th October 2016 

18 Oct 16

With news breaking of a Siberian Accentor (1st for Britain) on Shetland the week before we could only dream however when a 2nd bird was found on mainland at Easington, East Yorks we just had to hope it would stick till the weekend! Sat morning saw …


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8th October 2016 

18 Oct 16

Headed down to Farmoor Reservoir in the afternoon after a fruitless search locally for Yellow-browed Warblers (I will get a Warks bird 1 day!!) knowing that there was a showy Little Stint on the causeway it would be the perfect chance for Donna to …


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17th September 2016 

23 Sep 16

Not a great deal about but Little Stint had been at Draycote Water in the week so we headed over but as is typical the bird had done a overnight flit…