Saturday, 16 June 2018


Went over to Marsh Lane a couple of times this week and as we are now in the bad period for birding |I was not expecting to see much.

On Monday morning I had the place to myself and as expected I didn't use the camera much.Did get a decent shot of a Reed Warbler though. 

On the CP pool it was nice to see quite a few Common Tern chicks some of them showing recently added rings.

Went down there again early Friday morning.There were 6 Swifts whizzing around the CP pool and I couldn't resist trying for some shots.What a game that is.Among the masses of blank sky shots I managed a couple of recognizable ones. 

Got a couple of decent shots of a Reed Warbler on the reeds in front of the N Causeway hide.


There were 4 Common Redshanks on the CP pool.Two of them obligingly liked to fly round the CP  hide. 

One of the Redshanks landed on the fencing just to the back of the hide.It was very close.

Just before I left I called in again to the CP hide but this time right by the door 2 bouncers were on guard. 

The ringers had recently ringed some of the Tern chicks and the lone Oystercatcher chick.A bit distant but I managed some shots

Saturday, 9 June 2018


Still struggling not only with a painful back but finding decent birds locally.

I hobbled round Baddesley Clinton NT property on Thursday trying to find some Spotted Flycatchers but none were showing at the two places I found them last year.In fact it was a struggle to find any birds to point the camera at.All I got were shots of these two chaps both on the roof of the main house. 

In the field by the church there were a few House Martins racing round.They were too quick for me so I got a lot of blurred shots.These were my best efforts.

A quick visit Friday lunchtime to Marsh Lane failed to find any new birds.Did  OK though with some shots of a Reed Warbler from the N Causeway hide.

There lots of Tern Chicks on the CP pool main island and they continue to show interest in the Tern boxes that Ben Dolan erected earlier in the year.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


Not been out and about as much as I would have liked since my last post because after some gardening on Saturday afternoon I yet again got a herniated disc.I have to hobble around for a couple of days leaning to the right and swearing a lot to get rid of the pain.

Took this shot at Baddesley Clinton on Wednesday after failing to find any Spotted Flycatchers.It seems that this Swallow was already planning it's flight back to Africa.

A Saturday morning visit to Marsh Lane (pre disc trouble) found the place pretty quiet.The Whooper Swan was on the CP pool and a Little Grebe was catching breakfast by the N Causeway hide.

I hobbled down there again this morning having got fed up staying in all day.There were a couple of LR Plovers on the CP pool.

In the marsh a Common Redshank showed well.

A Great Crested Grebe drifted by the front of Oak hide.

A Tern chick seemed to like Ben Dolan's bungalows on the CP pool islands.

Friday, 1 June 2018


Popped over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there at 8.00 AM.It was warm but a bit misty.

The Whooper Swan was on the CP pool again but it stayed on the far bank all the time.

Not long after I'd left John and Glen in the CP hide I received a call from them telling me they had spotted a Turnstone.I had to race back there but just as I focused on it it took to the air.

Luckily it landed quite quickly and if anything it was closer.Managed some decent shots.

There was romance in the air on one of the islands as a pair of LR Plovers were enjoying the sunny morning.

Managed some more shots of a Reed Warbler from the causeway hide.My shots are slowly getting better for this Summer.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


Been down to my local patch Marsh Lane a couple of times since my last post but both visits did not produce anything to get me excited.

An early Saturday afternoon visit was a waste of time with nothing new found.Did find a Common Sandpiper but it was a long way off.

Went over there again early in the morning yesterday hoping the fall of waders reported at other local reserves on Sunday would be repeated at Marsh Lane.The morning did not start well when I had to make a long detour because there was a flood across the road at Temple Balsall.

The fall of waders had missed Marsh Lane I'm afraid and it was pretty quiet.The Common Redshank ringed in Chichester Harbour was again on site.

The only other shots taken were slightly better ones so far this year of a Reed Warbler.