Quite a few birds but not so many photos; we saw a Kingfisher, Willow Warblers, Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinch, House Martins, Swallows, 2 Magpies, 2 Raven, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk and several different dragonflies.
A pleasant hour spent at Duchess Pond in Stoke Park just 5 minutes from home. The highlight was a Kingfisher hovering like a Kestrel over the pond and a Green Woodpecker. Sorry for so many photos of Woodpecker but first time I have managed photos of this bird. Also enjoyed watching Willow Warblers and Long-tailed Tits on the island. The usual Grey Heron and the Moorhen. Damselflies too.
I was really pleased to meet 3 birders at New Passage this morning whose websites and twitter feeds I have been following regularly and which have been quite inspirational to me:
Paul Bannerman @severnsidebirds http://www.severnsidebirds.co.uk/
Martyn Hayes @southglosbirds , http://www.thebirdsofsouthgloucestershire.co.uk/
They were all so friendly, helpful and encouraging.
Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Yellow Wagtail (no good photo) the best for me.
Apologies for so many photos of the same Northern Wheatear – just enjoying playing with new lens.
I’m so new to birding that I still get excited by seeing birds in the garden. Long-tail Tits one of my favourites.
Attempted a walk around the park but did not get very far as we were distracted at the bottom of the road by 2 Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail. Rain then drove us home before we really had any exercise. The heart was pumping though.
Just a short walk out to the coast at Aust Wharf before it was too boggy.
Juvenile Curlew or Whimbrel flying over and then 2 Grey Heron which we disturbed. In the distance on the shoreline we could see Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Curlew and a Little Egret which flew off to the new Severn crossing. On the way back we got quite good views of a Meadow Pipit.
First visit to the Holden Tower. Good sightings of a Kingfisher fishing.
One of my favourite birds – Lapwing
And how can you not like these little ducklings?