Friday 25 March 2011


I got a couple of hours out birding today so it was a local trip involving the regular spots. Rudyard first although not much time was spent there i just had a gander down the shallow, the better birds on show where a pair of Goosanders & Chiffchaff there does seen an influx since a week ago of the latter in the North Staffs. Gun Hill was next on the cards and a first for year in the shape of a Wheatear well 2 shapes & both males. The Pipits have increased loads in a week whilst good numbers of Skylarks remained, only one Red grouse showed its self but a couple were heard. A pair of Raven put quite a display over head obviously breading very close. Tittersworth seemed devoid of summer migrants I was kind of hoping for a Sand Martin or LRP although a couple of Chiffchaff sang away. The conservation area held the single Pink Footed Goose, Teal, Tufties plus a few Lapwing & a pair of Oystercatcher on the island. A pair of Mandarin were on the main res but very distant. Others species of Interest were a large flock of Fieldfare moving north, I managed count 112 before they went out of view. Grey Wagtail & Dipper were on the stream although Dipper didn't spend to long there. The Moors were quiet, A male Peregrine harassed the local corvids a couple of Buzzards & a few Kestrels present throughout the area other than that Pipits and crows.

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