Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sunday Morning Special

Quick wander around this morning resulted in some spectacular stuff and some nice surprises.

Just as I got to the GS hide these two popped up.

Five Redpoll were feasting on last years Rose bay seeds as Long tailed tits and Chaffinch added to the early morning grazers.

Teal, Pintail,Wigeon,Shovelor were all present as were good numbers of Golden Plover,Lapwing,Dunlin with a few Knot and Redshank also noted.

Peregrine put on a nice display but seems to lack the final killer touch.

Curlew and a couple of english grey partridge were also nice to see.

Things are getting busy!!!!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Just a quick update on the situation on the LDV.

Nothing like as much water as there usually is at this time of year but loads of birds!

Started with  the usual Stonechats and lots of Wigeon and Teal/

Plenty of Golden plover,Lapwing,Dunlin and Curlew.

No raptor show today with the exception of four high soaring Buzzards.

Barn owl put on a nice display late on despite been mugged by the Kestrel.

42 Whoopers and 1 Black swan

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Even the military are interested in this site.

Did not expect much today (shows how much I know)

Started with a nice distant Stonechat and all the usual finches and tits. Then had a look across the valley and observed 300-500 Teal and Wigeon.

Then I was joined by the military.

Down side all the birds in the valley went up!

Plus side it exposed dozens more birds who were obviously hiding in the reeds and surrounding trees and shrubs.

After everything had settled down and spending sometime watching Buzzards soaring across the valley, it became very noticeable that the valley was full of Skylarks at least 20 separate birds were observed.

Came across the remains of what looked like a Snipe (could be wrong) very neat leftovers though.

A nice Kestrel, Little grebe and Pochard were all welcome after the military fly pass,

Then the main event!!!

All the birds in the valley were clearly on edge!
Were the military on their way back?

I observed an amazing site a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine Falcon and i swear (if i didn't know better) that these two birds were working as a team.

First the Harrier flushed the birds on the water mainly Teal,Wigeon,Snipe and Golden plover and the odd Curlew then the Peregrine would dive bomb the birds,they were absolutely petrified.

This went on for the best part of half an hour before two Chinook helicopters flew low across the valley and at that point both raptors took off down the valley. What a cracking morning.

 Peregrine and Marsh Harrier join forces to find breakfast.