Tuesday, 16 July 2019

JOY: A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER AT LAST.



After completing some household chores this morning I was feeling pretty grotty but as it looked being very nice weather  I forced my aching body and into the car and set off to another spot where I found some Spotted Flycatchers last year. 

When I got to the place I didn't head to where I saw them last year but was distracted by at least a dozen Swifts (my first of the year) whizzing round some houses in a completely different part. I then spent quite a while trying to get shots of the Swifts.So how did I do then ? Terrible is the answer.They are difficult to shoot when you are young so for an old goat no chance. Here are my least bad shots. 








The Swifts had the habit of disappearing every so often so I took the chance of checking out a little bird that had been hopping about on a bit of flat roof.Rattled of a distant quick shot and look what it was : A Spotted Flycatcher. No way would I have looked there when searching for one I could not believe my luck.




The Swifts were forgotten and |I devoted my attention to the Spotted Flycatchers one of my favourite birds.Got some decent shots.













BADDESLEY CLINTON NT VISIT.


After a visit to Sainsbury's on Monday morning I again went over to the NT property at Baddesley Clinton.The main reason was for yet again trying to find some Spotted Flycatchers (They have nested there for many years now) but I'm afraid I failed once more.Beginning to think for the first time for many years I was going to miss out on seeing any.

Did manage to get some decent shots of a Grey Wagtail though.










The Goldcrests weren't playing ball and did not show at all. The two Swallows were zipping around the main house as usual.I found out that  they have bred successfully because I found their nest the location of which could not have been in a busier spot where all the visitors to the property pass within a few feet.





Tuesday, 9 July 2019

SOME BETTER SHOTS OF LOCAL BIRDS.


Did a bit better this week on getting some shots mainly in the grounds of Baddesley Clinton NT.

Spotted this Pied Wagtail on the house main roof searching for nest material.












Failed yet again to find any Spotted Flycatchers at the spot they have nested for many years in the grounds of the NT property so I am worried now as I should have found them by now.Went after shots of a Goldcrest again and did OK but as usual it was real battle.Great fun though.














Did spot this butterfly which I think is a Marbled White.




Bet not many photographers have taken a shot of a Robin perched on the head of a Lion.




Another shot of the same Robin which was taken through some double glazing as it perched on a garden seat.



Friday, 5 July 2019

OUT IN THE SUNSHINE.



Despite things being very quiet on the birding front locally I could not let this great weather pass without going out with the camera.On Tuesday morning I went over to Brueton Park and it was no surprise that I didn't find any birds with both the main lake and the cafe reserve being almost birdless.

Not deterred I went over to Baddesley Clinton NT on Wednesday morning getting there early so I could have the grounds to myself before the crowds arrived.The woods by the stream and along the lake are a great spot particularly on a sunny morning. It was hard work though finding birds so it was a surprise when a Grey Wagtail landed near me and came pretty close.It stayed in the shade though.








Desperate to take more shots I spotted this young Great Tit drying itself after a bath.






Then for the best part of an hour in the trees alongside the lake I had a battle to get some shots of a Goldcrest. I lost the battle it kept disappearing and when it showed again it stayed in the gloom (see the shots below).Great fun though one of my favourite birds.







Monday, 1 July 2019

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BIRDS GONE.



I have been out with the camera several times since my last blog which was over a month ago now but have really struggled to find any birds to point the camera at.This is mainly due to me trying to find my own birds and not going to reserves but from what I can see from reports all the local reserves are not doing too well themselves.

At this time of year I go after one of my favourite birds Spotted Flycatchers and over the years have several local places I can usually find some but not this year. Except for a brief glimpse of one at the end of May at Baddesley Clinton NT (there were at least two pairs there last year) I've drawn a blank.

These are the only shots I've managed all last month.  













Monday, 3 June 2019

SOME MORE LOCAL SHOTS.


Still persevering with only going to local non birding sites which I am joying finding my own birds but it is not easy and you never meet any other birders who can tip you off with birds they have found.

A few days ago on a wet morning a family of Coal Tits visited my back garden for a quick visit.Nice to see the youngsters.








Got these shots in the grounds of the NT property at Packwood.












A Friday visit to the NT property at Baddesley Clinton started badly when my NT card was rejected by the machine at the entrance.I was first in but it turned out that the machine was at fault and rejected everyone's card that followed me in.Did manage a few shots but still no more Spotted Flycatcher sightings.