Thursday, 15 March 2012

Yellow-browed warbler in Worcester

Sunday 11th March 

Warndon, Worcestershire

The third time I've twitched suburbia in the last month. This time the bird on offer was a Yellow-browed Warbler, which was first reported Saturday morning. This would be a regional tick for me.

We got on to the bird quite quickly, as it was fly catching in silver birch in the ex-Worcs recorder’s garden. The Yellow-browed Warbler was then lost for about 30 minutes, but we were keen to get further views. It was eventually relocated along the cycle path, as it worked along the hedgerow very quickly.  A female Blackcap was also here.

At the time of writing the bird is still present. Well worth the trip into Worcs if you havent already been.

Next up, a spot of raptor watching at an elevated spot above the Wyre. Quite a bit of time was invested in this, but it was perhaps still a little chilly for anything really good. Birds noted up to 20 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk and a Raven.

Trimpley Reservoir

It was now 1:00pm, not an ideal time of day to be looking for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. But it was worth a go. Or maybe not.

The usual Mandarins were on the river, providing a reliable but plastic year tick. At least 3 pairs were noted. Better were a party of 6 Goosander. I do love a nice sawbill.

Also noted 2 Marsh Tits and Nuthatch. Great (but no Lesser) Pecker calling. 7 Great Crested Grebes on the reservoir.

Also a sighting of this...

Severn Valley Railway - Image by Martyn Yapp

Upton Warren

Last stop of the day. I was a regular here at one time and cut my birding teeth here to some extent. I was therefore quite saddened really that it seems to be going through a bit of a dry patch and certain species have been lost to the reserve.

Only 4 Avocet were on The Flashes (apparently the earlier numbers had moved off quickly perhaps due to a lack of food). Also 3 Oystercatcher, 2 pairs of Bullfinch,  30 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and a Treecreeper.  A first winter Herring Gull and 2 LBBG were on the Moors Pool. Many Reed Bunting and a GS Woody visited the feeders.

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