Monday, 22 April 2013

Monday 22nd April 2013

Weather:- Cloudy with sunny spells and windy

Woods:- Usual suspects - blue/great/long tits, robins,great spotted woodpecker, male bullfinch, blackbirds, etc. One female blackbirs seen with nesting material in her beak.

Canal:- mallards, moorhen and coot among the common birds. First chiffchaff heard and a house martin flying over. Male and female bullfinches and chaffinches present.

Reservoir:- 1 canad goose, mallards, 2 black-headed gulls, 12 lesser black-backed gulls, 2 herring gulls, 4 great-crested grebes with 1 possible nest and coots. 2 coot nests, 1 with 1 egg present. 7 tufted ducks

Netherton hill:- buzzard soaring over and a hunting female kestrel. Second chiffchaff heard and a willow warbler present.

Plants:- goat willow catkkins and hawthorn blossam flowering. Also wild daffodils, primroses and wood anemone.

Insects:- peacock and speckled wood butterflies, buff-tailed and white-tailed bumble bees and 2 tree bees seen.


  1. well seems we are around the same time, i was on the canal and saw it hunting just at the bottom of the hill lol mind you looking at the time you posted this, you was really early this morning, i saw the kestrel the other Monday around dinner time and again today around the same time great capture

  2. Ignore the time, seems to be wrong. Was there between 9:05 and 2pm and spotted kestrel approx. 12-1pm. Did see a couple of distant people when I was at the top of the hill.

  3. hi just so you know, three coot nest spotted with clutches of eggs and duck on canal has had babies 12 in total

    1. Fab, not quite sure when I'm getting back over yet. Hopefully next couple of wks

  4. I know you haven't been able to get over the reservoir and that and was wondering if you wanted a nose at my blog, its up to date as of yesterday, I wont leave the link, unless you want to see it, thanks Netherton (Andrea)

    1. Hi
      Certainly send the link and can you send your Facebook link again -didn't work last time.

      Hoping to get over this week, possible Tuesday if dry enough.


    the above one should be to Vision Photography for amatuers and beginners
    and this one is the blog