Barn Owl Video

November 30, 2009 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

Thought I’d add this video I took a little earlier this year while the evenings were lighter.

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Enjoy, though David Attenborough I am not. The quality has gone a little on uploading.

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Stonechat

November 30, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

taken at Chat Corner.

Mute Swan

November 30, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

taken on the Erewash Canal

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Erewash Meadows Today

November 29, 2009 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

Good walk around Erewash Meadows today. Water levels were still high, but true autumn has hit with a great flock of Fieldfares being the first group of birds I saw by the railway line. About a 100 in a fantastic looking flock – I love these birds, they look amazing and I never tire of seeing them.

I continued my normal route, the bird feeders were busy with all three common Tits and Chaffinchs, and as I watched them I became aware of a bird high in the tree by the stile on Stoney Lane – it was grey with a “flycatcher” forehead and beak, it had perhaps a black peak and a black line on its neck. I have no idea what it was, but it wasn’t around long enough for a photo. Possibly a female bullfinch is the best I can think of.

A raptor whizzed past as I looked on, probably a sparrowhawk. I continued round to look down on Aldercar Flash – not much about, a Little Grebe, Widgeon (c20) and Mallard (c8),  with 4 Cormorants in the dead tree. I continued down towards the Erewash bridge; Magpies, BlackbirdCarrion Crow, Woodpigeon all in abundance. Also a Greenfinch was feeding on berries, not a bird I see much up here.

At Erewash Bridge I caught a glimpse of a Willow Tit, not 100% sure as it was a brief view until I heard its call (which I compared to iPod), a good sighting. A Robin was also showing well for photos.

Continuing up to the Northern part of the reserve I didn’t see too much, one of the usual local Buzzard flew over. A few Redwing were knocking about too. Other than that I had a quick whizz round but nothing else apart from a comotion in the woods, lots of alarm calls, I never got to the bottom of what was about – something upset them.

Wrens are always plentyful down at EM and I had a few calling as I walked back, as well as a few more redwing. I was running late so didn’t stop to count the wildfowl on the flooded area by the railway, but a few Gadwell among the normal birds.

I have a new phone that allows me to GPS my route, I’ve added it below. In future I want to improve this area of my blog:

Sightings

November 29, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

240, Black-Headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 90 Lapwing, 25 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, Redshank, 9 Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Kingfisher, 3 Meadow Pipit, Linnet, 56 Wigeon, 30 Teal, Short-Eared Owl, 3 Stonechat [1 male/2 female] North Marsh. 16 Redwing, 5 Pheasant, 4 Snipe, Jack Snipe.

Sightings

November 27, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

130, Black-Headed Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 46 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 40 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, Woodcock, 5 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 28 Long-Tailed Tit, 2 Willow Tit, 6 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Short-Eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl.

Sightings

November 25, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

170 Black-Headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 47 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 5 Golden Plover, Redshank, 3 Snipe, 32 Pied Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, Kestrel.

Sightings

November 24, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

150, Black-Headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Common Gull, Canada Goose, 32 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 9 Snipe, 4 Grey Heron, Stonechat [female] 18 Pied Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting, Sparrow Hawk [female] Kestrel, Short Eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl.

EM Barn Owl

November 20, 2009 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

Thought I’d spend some time trying to get another view of the Barn Owls down at Erewash Meadows today, I stayed until it was nearly dark but was well rewarded.

I stood down at the viewing station looking east over the marsh and waited, as it dropped dark I’d all but given up until a distant shape came out of the gloom and proceeded to fly right past me as it hunted. I tried for photos but to no avail, it was too dark.

Better was to come though as it came to a tree within about 20ft of where I was stood, I watched through the darkness in my bins and could just make out the beautiful bird as it preened and watched me watching it. A better view I couldn’t have wished for, its such a shame I couldn’t get the flash to reach far enough to get a photo. Got to be the best views of a wild bird I’ll ever get though, what a memory.

Also I had my first siskin of the season on the way round, so was pleased with that too.

Wyver Lane

November 14, 2009 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

Walk up Wyver Lane today, I don’t have the code for the hide and I had my boy with me in the pushchair so it was a brief visit but very enjoyable with some interesting birds.

2 female Goosander were on the main pool and as I neared the hide I had great views of a flock of treecreepers – at least 3, possibly more, thought they were difficult to count as they moved around with other tits. A photo wasn’t possible in the bad light, which was a shame. a Willow tit also possibly visited the feeder as I watched..

Dunnock, Great TitBlue Tit, Robin, Chaffinch were all on the Lane, and Teal, Coot, Mallard and Moorhen were on the pool. There was also a Green Woodpecker calling madly by the Derwent and as I looked for it a Buzzard flew off from the area – so possibly thats why the GW was so perturbed.

As I got back to the car I had a small bird of prey fly over, carrying a small bird. I didn’t have my binoculars out but I’d like to think it was a Merlin. The size and shape were right.

Managed to time the visit perfectly as weather was awful but it held off until I got back to the car.