Friday, 26 August 2011

scotland 2010

as a treet my mum and dad took me to a bird of prey centre for a meet the birds experiance here oour some of my favs
loch lomond bird of prey centre
they also educate people and help conserve habitats

It's slowly getting better

An hour in watson this morning and i am glad i did as soon as i reached the enterance of the park i hear a great spotted woodpecker calling from the top of a tree. we dont usually get woodpeckers around us so that was worth getting up for.
Next I walked a few hundred yards into the park and I heard the call of sparrowhawk then I saw 2 chasing eachother around the trees, they landed so I went to the tree one flew into another clump of trees and the other stayed  where it was they both were juvenile birds maybe they have bread in there this year??. I found a woodpigeon sat on a nest and three magpies were chasing eachother from tree to tree. I found a few butterfly species today as the sun was out I saw red admiral, small tortoiseshell and speckled wood.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

wow!! somthing new

Today again I started in watson road park and as soon as i opend the front door the swallows were going wild, I looked up and the resident male sparrowhawk was going over. I continued towards the park and as usual there was alot of feral pigeons sat on the sport centre roof, I had just arrived in the park and right on que the magpie was feeding on the patch of grass it was yesterday. I went and stood near a shelter and heard at least 5 blue tits  chipping away at the top of the trees around me. bit further along the track I heard a wren and then another further up near the bowling green where a couple of blackbirds were feeding among the leaf litter then a bit further up was a  smaller bird i lifted up my bin's wow!! its a dunnock that was the best sighting, on the way back I heard a robin calling fron somewhere in the undergrowth.
Later I will be checking the railway bushes and do a little bit of sea waching.
above lesser striped addidas shoe at preston dock whilst photographing common tern a great find
below a white red kite gigrin farm 2011 tacken whilst on my hols

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Few of my fav pics

 Marsh Tit
Mute swan
 lesser scaup
sedge warbler
grey heron with eel

Still Quiet

This morning watson was quiet again all we had was 2 Blue tit, 2 magpie, a pair of wrens, a few woodpigeon. we went and sat down for a while and had 2 goldfinch and 2 greenfinch over. We then went to the railway bushes on the way we had a few collared dove and around 10 starling sat on chimney pots and 2 male and a female blackbird was nice. The bushes was dead only a blue tit heard we decided to cross over and walked along side the pleasure beach where we heard wren and blue tit inside. we went onto the prom where there was a dozen sandwich terns flying around and hundreds of gulls sat on the beach most of them being herring, lesser black backed and black headed gulls and the odd common gull. on the way home we walked back along the beach and came across a few common shore and green shore crab and an octopus jellyfish. on the sea defences was a flock of around 20 starling and beneth them was a single turnstone feeding in the seaweed.
Tomorrow will probably have a quick look at watson then do a touch of gardening in the afternoon.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Not Much About

Today I started off at an under watched patch that is watson road park. The only other time I have been in there was to see an elusive wood warbler earlier in the year. I reached the park which is only a few minutes away from my home, all was quiet apart from screaming little kid's I went further in and stood near a patch of trees which looked promising for migrants. After a while I gave up on that patch of trees and continued around the park, when something caught my eye, a dragonfly, it was a migrant hawker. While I watched that I heard a blue Tit. I continued round and found a fallen log to sit on where i had a juvenile sparrowhawk. I then decided to go home and watch the feeders, when i got back there was 2 goldfinch and a male greenfinch on the nyjer and sunflower hearts.

I then decided to go on a bike ride to stanley park with Aaron who often comes birding with me. I went and sat down while Azz went on the BMX track where i had a flyover female sparrowhawk  getting mobbed by a couple of brave swallows. I carried on round the park and found a family party of around 8 long tailed tits
Tomorrow i will be having another look at watson road park and some railway bushes that in the past have held such rarity's such as red breasted flycatcher and Pallas's warbler.