Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tharbies Bird Observatory - two visits.

Two recent visits to Tharbies. I park in the loop road by the cemetery just north of Sawbridgeworth, walk south a couple of hundred yards, cross the road and up the public footpath one field north of Leventhorpe School, then carry straight on past the end of the wood up to the ridge and stand by the NE corner of the field by Tharbies. I had Swallows almost flying into me from here today.

17th. Some Pied Wagtails in the fields on the way up with Meadow Pipits, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Cormorant


Yellow Wagtail 2
Swallow c40 and House Martin 17 south
c100 Gulls of 4 species, mainly Black Headed
Common Buzzard 3
Sparrowhawk 1f in the large field
Red Kite 1
Linnet c30
Skylark 30+
Meadow Pipit c20
Yellowhammer 3
Starling c20

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

South Sawbridgeworth Update and List Latest

The latest addition to the list was a White Stork reported on Birdguides over Little Hadham on 10th August

The South Sawbridgeworth patch has been well watched. "Usual" birds on the patch have included Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, and Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite. Visitors have included Common Tern on 8th June, Peregrine through from the south on 22nd August, and Hobby and Ring-Necked Parakeet on 29th August.

Passage has kicked off. Willow Chiffs have been present in decent numbers. Swifts have been moving through with a small flock seen on 29th August the latest date so far. 5 Yellow Wagtails flew over the patch - the first record for a couple of years, and Spotted Flycatcher seen on 20th August and 27th August.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Accident Narrowly averted at Allen's Green

A car breaked sharply near Allen's Green on Monday 11th June almost causing a car travelling behind to crash into it. The driver, who declined to be named, said " I realise I should have checked in my mirror and it was a bit reckless, but there was a Grey Partridge right by the side of the road and it's not every day you get a close up of one of those."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tednambury Marsh - 2 May

Cuckoo - seen briefly, but it stayed in the area all the time I was there;

Common Tern;

Cettis Warbler - 2 x male very vociferous;

Lesser Whitethroat - heard only

Common Whitethroat 3 pairs

Sedge Warbler - 1

Reed Warbler - 1

Swallow (no other Hirundines or Swift)

list from David Sampson (blog here)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

100 up

The 100th species has been found, but I'm not sure what it was. The list was at 99 when Steve and Paula Chanelle saw Common Tern and Reed Warbler at St Michaels Mead Lake. However I bumped into Colin Wills today at Abberton who had first seen the Black-Necked Grebe at SAL, and he mentioned that a couple of days later he'd seen Ruff and Redshank there so I think that pre-dates the Common Tern.

Whinchat and Garden Warbler today takes the list to 106. We are still missing Cuckoo, Swift, and Hobby from the list but we should get those next week, then fingers crossed Grasshopper Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher .

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Black Necked Grebe at Stansted Airport Lagoons

There for its second day on the west-most of the three lagoons.

also 5 Sand Martin, a couple of singing Willow Warblers, and a Lapwing.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wheatears - 19th April

A walk round the high ground west of Sawbridgeworth produced a total of 5 Wheatears; one in the big field at Shingle Hall Farm and 4 together in a paddock in the NE corner of Tharbies. Otherwise Grey Partridge, Red-legged Partridge, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, and a sprinkling of the usual resident birds.

three wheatears in this shot.