Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Ingrebourne Valley update

The first weekend in February saw most of the Valley Birders bashing the patch for a few hours; some early morning pre the dog walkers and others like myself early after noon. There was a light drizzle of rain in the air all times.

I met up with Monkey just after 12 and we both headed to the viewing area to tick off the Shelduck that had been there all morning.

Straight back to the cafe for a brief lunch and we headed out properly for a few hours birding. It became a bit of a tick fest for us both with Monkey ticking 6 and myself 5.

I added Bullfinch, Shelduck, Lesser Redpoll, Peregrin,  and the most fantastic pair of Collard Dove.

After the conversation down the pub Friday we both wanted to ensure it was a fair tick. We were in the car technically outside the recording area. We pulled over got out, walked across the road and stood in the required zone - high 5 (yes a proper one Jono) and a lot of childish giggling saw us back in the car with another under our belts.

The scores so far are all impressive;

Mo: 78
Hawky: 77
Me: 77
Shaunboy: 75
Dave Mcg: 74
Monkey: 66

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Little Bunting

Little Bunting kick starts the 2018 lifer list. Today saw me heading out in the gloom, rain, cold over to Walthamstow Wetlands. A place i have only been to once before to see a dying Gannet not to very far from where i stood today.

Its changed a lot, its accessible and has a nice cafe. I'm beginning to like visiting places where you get charged over the top prices for coffee. £2.80 for a Latte, smaller than Costa's small and more than the cost of a medium., mmmmm. It was OK but didn't warrant the price tag. And in my effort to ruin the planet like everyone else, i got it to take out. However this was on the way home so i've jumped ahead.

Luckily i got stuck in traffic on the A406 or my wait in the rain would have been longer, i don't enjoy travelling to London birds, it took me forever last year to get to Wanstead for a Slav Grebe and i didnt even get to see it. Today took just over and hour which considering it took me 20-25 minutes to get home is a pain.

At the site and numerous people were now all chatting, no body looking for the bird. Chat chat chat. One bloke even on the phone facing the wrong way and after 10 minutes of chat advised to the recipient of his call that nobody was looking for the bird, everyone was chatting.

In my company were two of the Wanstead boys, Jono and James. James had ticked it earlier so he quietly took his leave and headed for the drake Scaup on No. 5 Reservoir.

Me & Jono persevered. A fair few Reed Bunting and Dunnock. Kingfisher behind us. Fieldfare chacked off to our right. Other bits knocking about but no Little Bunting.

After about an hour another Reed Bunting flew into the main bush in front, both of us then witnessed another bird fly in lower down but it went further in. We couldn't see it too well so reverted to scopes. It still couldn't be see that well when it turned slightly and Jono called it.

💥💥 Tick Tick Boom 💥💥

It showed probably for about 5 minutes, not that i saw it for that long with all and sundry wanting to use our scopes. 2018 Tick for Life and London.

We headed off for the Scaup.

One gloomy Scaup on 5.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Ingrebourne Valley 2018 - going well......

......for now.

With yet another little jaunt over to the Ingrebourne i have managed another couple of additions keeping me behind the others as expected, but at a healthy distance. Adding House Sparrow and Red-Legged Partridge this morning takes me to 68.

So as far as i can tell, Hawky is on 73, Mo 71, Shaunboy 71. Mr McG has so far kept his cards close to his chest but is probably already on 80 :) The new addition, Monkey, has smashed his way to 34 in about 10 minutes yesterday. He was going out jogging over there today and has probably added a few more.

Its hotting up 🔥🔥 and looking to be quite an expensive year at this rate.

The coffee is amazing and the sausage sandwich wasn't bad either

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Ingrebourne Valley - Bewicks Tick

So, another morning over the Valley, and out and about also were Paul & Shaun.

Some decent patch birds were found between us. I left along with Shaun, and shortly after Paul gets two Bewicks coming into land on the reservoir.

Luckily  hadn't changed and was in the garden, so i jumped in the car and headed back. Sitting nicely on the reservoir two Bewicks for us all to view - Me, Paul, Shaun & Dave Mo.

So another patch tick for me and these two bids being the 2nd site record.

List now to 64.