Friday, 17 April 2009

Shropshire Birding - Bloody hell!

I hope Alex Ferguson doesn't mind me pinching his famous quote - as Shropshire birding went from dire to sensational! A brief word only summary then (look back - I might sneak a poor record shot or two in), of one of the most frenetic weeks I've spent birding in the County! Sure there were one or two 'downs' but it was mostly 'ups'!!

The bank holiday weekend started at VP with a long overdue Blackcap but a superb and very obliging Bar-tailed Godwit truly made Good Friday Very Good!!! Saturday continued the theme with an awesome male Black Redstart at Pole Cottage, enjoyed by many. A return visit the following morning revealed it's overnight departure but brief and amazing views of ringtail Hen Harrier (having caught and discarded a female Common Pheasant!!) plus pair of Red Kites made amends. Two Yellow Wagtails at VP for the yearlist and yet another Ring Ouzel seen on Titterstone summit in the evening rounded the day off nicely! Bank Holiday Monday morning at VP saw a brief fly through Osprey steal the show!
Tuesday saw the first Lesser Whitethroat (my earliest yet) of the year at VP and the Bar tailed Godwit - yet again at the muddy pond/scrape down the road from Berrington 'Top Pool' (it was there 13th to 15th).
That was surely it?? A dipped White Stork at Rednal was the prelude for an astonishing 12 hour recovery period at Mire Lake! As Andy put it - a rarity wormhole was nicely positioned over the lake and down came the birds: adult Little Gull (increased to SIX the following evening!), drake Garganey, fem/imm Ring-necked Duck followed by Arctic Tern the following (Fri) early morning. The 'wormhole' birds were still there and VP then yielded 4 Dunlin a Common Sandpiper and would you believe, Lesser Whitethroat singing on a wire!

I'm out of County this weekend but who cares!

Shropshire birding - Bloody Hell!!

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