Thursday, 2 May 2013

Back home and we brought the sunshine with us !

It seems as if we brought the sun back with us from our recent month in Spain.  The time went so quickly and we were not looking forward to coming back to the cold and rainy UK, but hey it's not so bad !   Whilst we were away Ashley took a group out birding for 4 days on our Scottish Highlands Long Weekend, which was very successful. As soon as he has a spare few hours we will get him to do a trip report and post it on the website.  

I enjoyed an afternoon out yesterday catching up on the local sites and had some good migrants birds.  

Northern Wheatear

Yellow Wagtail

At Sandbach Flashes we were  entertained by singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat.  Also recorded Ringed Plover (1), Little Ringed Plover (4), Black-tailed Godwit (8), and Common Sandpiper.  A good couple of hours birding here then onto Doddington Lake.  Our mission at Doddington was to find Yellow Wagtail and without too much effort we located 7 different birds.  Surprise of the day was a pair of Northern Wheatear.  There was a steady stream of Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin overhead which all in all made for a great afternoons birding. 

An added bonus was bumping into a birding friend I had not seen for a while - John Wilson.  We spent some time catching up and swapping birding sites, so if you're reading this John, let's not make it so long next time - Mark  

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