Friday, 18 May 2012

If you go down to the woods today....... you might find a forest track along which someone goes daily and speads copius quantities of seed both on the track and on the log piles. The result is that birds abound. Birds seen were Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Robin, Siskin, Bullfinch , Chaffinch, Jay, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and even a fox taking advantage of the feast.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Treskilling Downs near Luxulyan is bisected by one of the clay trails and is a mixture of downland, woodland and fishing lakes. No sign of the Sand Martins in the face of the clay tip but a good birding walk. We heard or saw, amongst others, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Yellow Hammer, Linnet, Buzzard, Kestrel.
Some images are below including a Sparrowhawk on my garden wall.

Juvenile Mistle Thrush

Female Yellowhammer


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The first two images are views from Kelsey Head on the North Coast of Cornwall looking east to Porth Joke and west to Holywell Bay.
The sky was full of Swallows and House Martins heading east and there were numerous Wheatear on the cliff edge. There was an abundance of Skylarks on the longer grass and singing from on high. A large number of passage Whimbrel were initially on the beach and then on the grassy slopes of the cliff.
Close inspection of the Skylark photographed shows it has rather worn plumage, presumably a hard winter.

A male Wheatear

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The rain has stopped and summer is here. A visit to the CBWPS Walmsley Sanctuary near Wadebridge.
Below is a panorama of the site from the tower hide on what was a beautiful day.

Fairly quiet birdwise but almost anything can happen here. Present were Swifts, Swallows and House Martins. Also a Cattle Egret, various ducks and geese, Reed Buntings and a Sedge Warbler and a Common Sandpiper just under the hide.