Saturday, 16 November 2013


A twitch to the Long Nanny this morning was highly successful with the first-winter Lesser Grey Shrike giving brilliant views from the car park. As well as that I also finally managed to catch up with the adult Bonaparte's Gull at Stag Rocks. Also at Stag Rocks were 3 Velvet Scoters, a Slavonian Grebe and 8 Long-tailed Ducks.

Lesser Grey Shrike

Bonaparte's Gull

Velvet Scoter and Slavonian Grebe

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Chevingon to Cresswell

The highlight of the morning was a second-winter Glaucous Gull that I found at Chevington on the North Pool this morning, but shortly after I found it, it flew west and appeared to land in a field next to the North Pool. Though after an hour or so it hadn't reappeared and other birders couldn't see it in the field. Also at Chevington were a Jack Snipe, Water Rail, 2 Pintail and 2 Whooper Swans passed over south. A Velvet Scoter also flew north offshore.

Onto Cresswell to look for the reported Black-necked Grebe, which we were onto almost immediately. A couple Scaup and Whooper Swans were also present.

Black-necked Grebe record shot

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Recent sightings and photos

At the Long Nanny today there were 30+ Twite, 7 Snow Bunting and a Jack Snipe as well as a Mediterranean Gull on the sea off Low Newton and a Woodcock "in off"...

Mediterranean Gull

And at Stag Rocks in the week...


Purple Sandpiper

Rock Pipit