Thought I’d add this video I took a little earlier this year while the evenings were lighter.
Enjoy, though David Attenborough I am not. The quality has gone a little on uploading.
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, Blackbird, Carrion 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:
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.
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.
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 Tit, Blue 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.