Tuesday, 20 June 2017


With much thanks to John Hunt who found them and told me where to go I was very relieved to catch up with some Spotted Flycatchers this morning.

They were in the grounds of the NT property Charlcote Park near Wellesbourne.A bit expensive to get in if you are not a member.

The pair were flitting around some trees not too far from the house.It was a bit gloomy in the trees but who cares they are Spotted Flycatchers.Plenty of Swallows and a few House Martins around the house.



I am not surprised I am continuing to struggle getting decent birding shots after all the summer birding doldrums are now in full flow.

Usually at this time of year I fill my birding time finding and getting shots of one of my favourite birds Spotted Flycatchers but this year all the sites I usually find them in are letting me down.Last Sunday morning before 9.00 AM I had visited 3 churchyards and had not seen one. Oh Dear ! ! 

All is not lost because I have visited so many graveyards/cemeteries recently I have been awarded with a "Ghoul 2nd Class" medal.

All I've got to post is a few shots from Marsh Lane.No keepers I'm afraid. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


We are in the Summer birding doldrums now so it is really hard to find birds .Been out and about a few times locally including a couple of visits to Marsh Lane my local patch but have struggled with the camera.

More worrying I have not located one of my favourite birds Spotted Flycatchers despite checking out all my usual sites they have used in the past.

Here are a few recent shots which include I think one of the fledged Lesser Whitethroats .All shots taken at Marsh Lane.

Thursday, 8 June 2017


When I heard that Wednesday would be the best day of the week weather wise I grabbed the camera and went over to Marsh Lane getting there just before 9.00 AM.It was very windy.

I hate windy weather when out birding but I cheered up a lot when I spotted loads of Swifts zooming round the CP pool area.Swifts are high up on my list birds I'd need to get some decent shots of so I wasted no time in taking them on.So how did I do after rattling off loads of shots ? Very badly unless you want some empty sky shots so I still have not got a decent Swift shot.Far too quick for me.These are my least bad shots. 

My good friends the Lesser Whitethroats were still performing on the RW embankment despite the strong wind blowing.As usual they didn't come close so no decent shots but great to watch.

Just as I was changing my shoes before leaving I had to hobble to the car front seat to grab the camera as a Kestrel had appeared above my head.Managed a few shots from an unusual angle before it zoomed off.

Saturday, 3 June 2017


It was late morning earlier today and I was in a bad mood.I'd returned from an earlier visit to my local patch Marsh Lane and had seen very little even the Med Gulls were not showing and the Lesser Whitethroats were very elusive.I did not use the camera at all.

What was making my bad mood even worse was I was trying to remove a bush in my back garden.It  had the root system from hell.The roots were made of steel and went down to centre of the earth. I was in the middle of some very heavy duty swearing when I heard a bird singing very close.I knew that high thin song.It was a Goldcrest a very rare visitor to my garden.

Dashed into the house (with muddy shoes) and grabbed the camera.It was still singing and I spotted it very quickly.It was very close and I was able to grab my first decent shots of one in my garden.The disappointing morning at my local patch and the bush from hell were forgotten.Thank you Goldcrest.    

Friday, 2 June 2017


Went over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there a 7.00 AM in order to beat the forecast rain which of course didn't arrive.It was sunny and pleasantly warm.

Saw nothing new from the hides except for the 1st and 2nd Summer Med Gulls from the oak hide which as usual were off in the distance.So I soon ended up in the RW hide to take on the Whitethroats again with the camera.

The Common Whitethroats are decent birds and are happy to come pretty close so you can get a decent shot.

The Lesser Whitethroats are miserable so and so's.They show regularly but are always distant and never stay still and they soon fly deep into the brambles.Did a bit better today but cannot get a keeper.The chicks will soon fledge so failure looms up.