Tuesday, 26 June 2012

25/06/2012 An evening on Cannock Chase

A few of us met on Cannock Chase for an evenings birding, I saw - Tree Pipit, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Stonechat, Common Whitethroat, Woodcock and Nightjar.  Unfortunatley I didn't see the Hobby everyone else saw!!! 

25/06/2012 Middleton Lakes

Middleton Lakes
Mute Swan, Great crested Grebe, Coot, Grey Heron, Mallard, Common Tern, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Oystercatcher, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lapwing, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Common Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon, Garden Warbler, Swift, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Robin, Crow, Wren, Rook, Blackbird, Great spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Magpie and Skylark.
I also saw Common Blue Damselfly also Banded Demoiselle and Grass Snakes. 

On the way home we made a brief stop at Chasewater and saw - Ringed Plover, Little ringed Plover, Lesser Black backed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Common Tern, Coot, Canada Geese, Great crested Grebe, Crow and Black-headed Gull. Mallard and Mute Swan.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

23/06/2012 Hatherton Reservoir

I decide to risk getting wet and go for a walk around the Raz to see what was about and check if there was any activity in the bird boxes, there was but not what I was hoping for!!!

However the birds I did see were - Chiffchaff, Willow Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Magpie, Nuthatch, Great spotted Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Robin, Dunnock, Blackcap, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Common Tern, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, Linnet and House Sparrow.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

19/06/2012 Hatherton Reservoir

Around the Raz today - Mallard, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Common Tern, Coot, Moorhen, Buzzard, Blackcap, Great spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Wood Pigeon, Crow, Magpie, Willow Tit, Blackbird, Bullfinch, House Sparrow and Song Thrush.

18/06/2012 7 Springs Cannock Chase

We all met at Seven Springs for a mornings birding we saw - Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit, House Martin, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Cuckoo, Robin, Blue Tit, Blackcap, Jay, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Wren, Crow, Redstart, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long tailed Tit, Magpie I also heard Pheasant and Common Whitethroat. 

After the meeting on other areas of Cannock Chase I saw Linnet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Mallard, Swift, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Stock Dove, Willow Tit, Yellowhammer and Dunnock.   

Saturday, 16 June 2012

15/06/2012 Cannock Chase in the rain

Although with the weather last night not being ideal to say the least! the three of us that turned up for an evenings Nightjar watching, did at least see 2 fly very close to us before disappearing in the trees.  We also had good views of Woodcocks and heard a Nightjar much earlier than usual in the evening.  But we weren't the only intrepid birders out in the rain and wind, if they had not gone when a large black cloud loomed overhead, they too would have had at least a brief view of the birds they had come to see.  

Thursday, 7 June 2012

06/06/2012 Hatherton Reservoir

On a morning walk around the Raz today I saw – Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Great spotted Woodpecker, Robin, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Jay, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Magpie, Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Kingfisher and 1 Feral Pigeon.  On the walk home I also saw a family of Bullfinches. 

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

04/06/2012 Croxall, Whitemoor and Cannock Chase

The Bird Group all met at Croxall this morning.
At Croxall I saw - Swift, Buzzard, Black headed Gull, Oystercatcher, Grey Heron, Chaffinch, Mallard, Reed Warbler, Common Tern, Canada Geese, Mute Swan, Great crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Coot, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Cormorant, Dunnock, Sand Martin, Swallow, Gadwall, Lapwing, Skylark, Blue Tit, Rook, Crow and Magpie.

After a few of us went over to Whitemoor Haye, in the hope of hearing the reported Quail, we didn't!!  But I did see Linnet, Skylark, Wood Pigeon, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer and Goldfinch.

I then made my home via Wolseley Bridge and Cannock Chase
at Wolseley Bridge I saw - Grey Wagtail, Crow, Wood Pigeon, Canada Geese, Blackbird, Kestrel, Jackdaw, Reed Warbler, Rook, Magpie, Mallard, Blue Tit, Wren and Nuthatch. 
Then a brief visit to Cannock Chase in the hope of adding Wood Warbler to my year list and the first birds I saw were Wood Warblers, (If only it was always that easy!!) also Chiffchaff, Great spotted Woodpecker, Wren and Blackbird.