Friday, 15 November 2019

Tick, Dip, Dip, Tick

10th- 14th November
Newton St Loe, Forest of Dean, Kenfig, Mumbles, Chew Valley.
Drizzle, grey skies
Species Highlights: 
Great Grey Shrike, Kittiwake, Whooper Swan,Fieldfare, Green Winged Teal.

On the 10th wandered out to Newton Park Whooper Swan still present, but with little else to show for my effort, but excellent that our Whooper is still present.

Monday 11th November we'd planned a trip to Forest of Dean, a few more ticks were on the cards, but overnight a Shorelark had arrived at Newton Point, NR. Porthcawl where we had such a great time the previous week, Not to change our plan we headed to Forest of Dean first for the shrike first. We spent around 2 hours searching but found it on the footpath!

It then flew towards us and perched on a high tree, so big crop but a cracking bird. News of the Shorelark were still positive so we rushed back  and drove to Newton Point....News came to us it had gone! Note to self "Lifer, must go to this bird first!!" 
Almost there we decided to drop in to Kenfig as a Slavonian Grebe was there, Nope. We then walked a fair distance to where we saw the Snow Bunting last week as a Long Tailed duck was present , nope! Walked back to van feeling cold and fed up.

Lauren needed to get something to add to here total so Kittiwake's at the Mumbles seemed our best bet, on arriving at pier, no sign of the Kittiwake but Lauren spotted then distantly floating out at sea, pheww!

Wednesday was my next outing and at a loss headed up to Marshfield, almost nothing  seen so made a loop and dropped into Corsham Lake, Goosander had been seen that morning so high hopes. No Goosander and very little else except for Fieldfare dotted around lake.

Spent a while sneaking up on them only for them to suddenly fly off, I wondered why looked behind me a dog and walker said what you doing!! "Nothing now" I replied!

I did managed a few shots against the grey and cold skies.

Then the Goosander landed but never stayed in view. A message alerted me to a Green-Winged Teal at Chew, Lauren working from home so picked here up and headed to Chew for a lifer!

Not the views I wanted, but a lifer and can always improve a record shot I suppose, while still at Chew we also saw the Yellow Legged gull another tick for Lauren.

14th Nov was Thursday and even though it was pouring down I headed out to Newton Park, Whooper Swan still present and into it 22nd day.

I'd  driven out to village and on short trip back this Sparrowhawk sped across road and perched up looking for a target. that was the end of a mixed week of high, lows, 250 miles driven and 20 miles walked. 
But with Lauren getting closer to her 200 and me exceeding not all bad, and beats working!

Wayne Year Bird List: 203
Lauren Year Bird List: 193

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