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.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Ingrebourne Valley 2018 - 02.01

Trip two: a few additions but a rather wet end to a pleasant couple of hours. List to 55 with 7 additions.

I spent most of the time viewing the reservoir, then ventured on to the farm trail to the woods and back followed by the Glades and finally onto the lower paddock.

My target bird was Lesser Redpoll - i struggle with these little things for some reason, not just over the Valley but anywhere. Unless i stumble across a flock feeding and see the movement, i just cant find them. Today was the same.

Rather wet
Coot, Mute Swan, Little Grebe, Gadwall, with the last two added to the list. A Red Crested Pochard type was also to be seen. I thought it was an adult female but it didn't look right. Hybrid? So i'm presently referring to the Duck bible by Sebastien Reeber.

The bird was among the Gadwall; however took flight on its own heading towards Berwick ponds.

I haven't been over the farm trail much over the last few years but the farmer has left a few patches of the summer crop to go to seed along the trail. He may have been doing this for the last few years obviously but i hadn't seen it before. The patches we're really busy with birds - it was great to watch both yesterday and today. Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, Chaffinch - loads of them. Linnet was added here.

On to the Berwick Glades and the farmer had started work in the fields - 60c Snipe rose from the furthest field closest to the center, finally settling again. A couple of Pied Wgatail followed by  a Common Gull  and small groups Fieldfare over; the first two coming from the reservoir direction and the last from the trees around the marshes.

So, back to work tomorrow - how long before the next visit - next weekend? next month or maybe June?

Monday, 1 January 2018

Ingrebourne Valley 2018

A little diary for myself; i'm going to try to beat my Valley Year list. It presently stands at 95 and this was achieved back in 2013. 

95 i hear you say - that's low, you should easily achieve this - aha that's where you assume incorrectly.

As the name suggests, i don't get out much and when i do i have been know to partake in a few twitches. So in 2017 i managed a mere 7 visits to the Valley along with a twitch for the Spotted Crake. 

As much as i want to, after a while am i going to be able to muster the same enthusiasm i have right now, today 1st January 2018. I mean seeing the same old same old that the Valley has to offer has been known to turn my attentions else where, Gardening, DIY, Golf plus numerous other bits. Well anything really.

So today got off to a fairly decent start, 48 on day one. Some obvious easy birds missed but a stonker of a patch tick thanks to Dave Mo in the form of Red Kite.

I wasn't expecting the same numbers as others but i was hoping for 50+. I missed out on Collard Dove, House Sparrow and Starling.

But in a weird turn of events, i'm not working tomorrow and will be going back! Twice in one month - whats the world coming too.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (sounds better)

To go on news? no, he who dares paid off on Saturday morning.  We had a good trip, we were in the services just the other side of the seven bridge in a couple of hours but were still waiting on the first news of the day from Pwll-Du.

Luckily, my insistence to the other two paid off re cracking on regardless, and the pager beeped away.

So rather than a slow breakfast, food was taken to go and we headed to the valleys.

After a fair old walk we found the 150 odd birders already on the scene who had located the bird for us.

I must admit to getting a little agitated at this point, Martin had ticked, Dan had ticked, all be it briefly but i was still faffing about trying to get a vantage point. Everyone was moaning about others coming along and standing in front of them, i could see naff all apart from a rock.

I backed up and scanned, there was a hole in the crowd, nobody else seemed to have noticed or more than likely i was the only one there who could see bugger all. After a commando style maneuver followed by by a triple back flip i made a perfect landing. Strangely nobody commented, if i had just witnessed such a sight; over weight birder, laden with binoculars, scope and camera; i would have at least clapped.

I now was not budging and i too would comment if somebody stood in front of me - i had made my home.

💥💥Tick Tick Boom - One Rock Thrush 💥💥

My new home was short lived, the bird took flight and moved around the hill side - here we go again, birders on the move, all wanting a better spot than the last.

Settle, brief look - up it goes again, further round said hill - birders on the move yet again.

Settle, back the other way, birders on the move again.

So this time, i decided against herd mentality. I sat down on the edge of the hillside and didn't move. camera was out - i was ready. The bird was going to land so close to me i could of patted it on the head. It didn't; but it did come relatively close. I was by no means the closest but this time i was happy.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

More Red Neck Grebe

Today started with plans of trotting off to Languard for the Red Throated Pipit. This seem to have done a bunk from late yesterday afternoon as such i stayed at home and cracked on with some over due small bits of DIY

Later, after lunch, i headed back to the Red Necked Grebe at Roding Valley Meadows.

The bird was less mobile than last week, floating about the middle, be pushed about by the wind. The rest of the wildfowl seemed to be congregating up the other end and as such the Grebe was getting less hassle as well.

I sat, i waited, i sat, i waited and eventually it came closer, finally moving between one of the small islands and the bank. It was close, the closest I've seen it. Light though was a shocker here. The bird was under the over hanging bots of willow and whatever else was there. So i clicked away and got a few more shots.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Red Necked Grebe

Well, like the rest of the world i managed a bit of time over at Roding Valley Meadows this morning, shame i cant get the hang of this photography properly yet as i am wasting opportunities on some smart birds.

Some of mine below.......