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Birds of Shustoke Reservoir Warkwidkshire

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Monday 13 November 

13 Nov 17

At Shustoke there has been an arrival of wildfowl with a single Goldeneye, 28 Pochard (all male), and twelve Gadwall which were all on the small pool.


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Hartshill Hayes Weds & Thurs 

10 Nov 17

I visited two morning on the trot Wednesday and Thursday and I have paid the price for standing on a lonely hilltop in cold temperatures in wellies, I have come down with man flu.


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Sunday 5th November 

6 Nov 17

Up early and on-site, it had rained heavily earlier so I wasn’t that hopeful.


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Friday 3 November 

4 Nov 17

Joy and I made an early visit to Hartshill Hayes CP in search of Hawfinch, on arrival I wasn’t hopeful as there was very little wind and it was a little foggy.


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Wednesday 1st November 

3 Nov 17

I made an early morning trip to Hartshill Hayes for a spot of VisMig, I have done reasonably well for birds including Hawfinch on the Fillongley Ridge but Hartshill has proved to be the premier Warwickshire site for this species and VisMig in general.


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Tuesday 31st October – Hardingwood Hill 

31 Oct 17

For the fifth time in little over a week I found myself at Hardingwood Hill.


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Monday 30th October – Hardingwood Hill and Shustoke 

30 Oct 17

At Hardingwood Hill doing a little VisMig, I probably should have gone to Hartshill Hayes, I knew there would be more birds but also that there would be more birders.


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Norfolk for three days 

30 Oct 17

THURSDAY Travelled to Norfolk for a few days staying in Thornham.


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Wednesday 26th October. Hardingwood Hll 

30 Oct 17

Reasonably VisMig session with the highlight another two Hawfinch going through.


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Monday at Hardingwood Hill, Fillongley 

24 Oct 17

I thought I would participate in a little VizMig at Hardingwood Hill near Fillongley, Joy and I had paid a brief visit yesterday on arrival it was clear that it was way to windy.


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Saturday through to Monday 

16 Oct 17

SATURDAY Joy, June and I had a good walk around Cannock Chase, mainly in search of the reported Crossbills.


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Friday 13th October 

14 Oct 17

With news of a Rock Thrush breaking late on Thursday it was a no brainer that this would be a target for us today.


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Shetland Week (Tuesday to Friday) 

9 Oct 17

WEDNESDAY With the winds stuck in the West it wasn’t looking that promising, but at least we managed to get some birding in.


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Shetland Week – (Sunday/Monday) 

9 Oct 17

With predictions of the weather varying from bad to very bad (biblical proportions) we woke up not expecting to be stuck in the house for most of the day.


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Shetland Week (Friday / Saturday) 

9 Oct 17

FRIDAY Drove up to Perth for an overnight stay as we were flying direct from Aberdeen this year.


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Saturday 23 September 

24 Sep 17

A quick visit yesterday added Shoveler and Little Egret to the year list,.


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Quick Catch Up 

20 Sep 17

In the two weeks since I returned from Majorca I have done a fair bit of birding – all local(ish).


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A week in Majorca 

10 Sep 17

We had a family holiday at the Porto Pollenca in the north of Majorca.


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A Week in Scotland 

10 Sep 17

Had a week in Scotland, on the Saturday Joy and I went to the Football and then on Sunday I had a day out birding on the Angus coast looking for Roseate Tern in the Carnoustie area.


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Tuesday 1st August 

2 Aug 17

Popped over last night but on arrival it started to rain so I didn’t linger, however, there were six Common Sandpiper together just off the car park.


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Monday 31st July 

31 Jul 17

A couple of trips today with good numbers of the common warblers in family parties or mixed up with the roaming Tit flocks.


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Thursday 27th July 

27 Jul 17

Have been over the Reservoir a few times since my return from holiday, but it has generally been quiet.


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Thursday 20th July 

25 Jul 17

Another day another walk, this time this was one I had been looking forward too as it was close to Perth and involved a good path straight to the col between the two hills.


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Wednesday 19th July 

25 Jul 17

Picked Stuart up from his house in Carnoustie and we headed up the road to Fishtown of Usan, one of the premier sea watching spots in Angus, it lies just north of Lunan Bay and juts out into the North Sea as much as anywhere along this part of the …


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Monday 17th July 

25 Jul 17

Panoramic from the summit of Culardoch.


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Sunday 16th July 

24 Jul 17

A DAY OUT WITH STUART I’ve known Stuart for over ten years now and usually manage to get a days birding with him on my trips north, this week would prove no exception.


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Friday 14th July 

24 Jul 17

Beinn nan Imirean (849m) Up at 4.30am and left home heading for the Highlands, we reached Glasgow by 9.30am and where caught up in a jam caused by a five car shunt.


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Wednesday 13th July 

13 Jul 17

It would appear that the parking charges at Shustoke Reservoir has had an effect of reducing the number of visitors, certainly visitors using the car park.


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Monday 3rd June 

4 Jul 17

A couple of walks today netted 50 species with the first Common Sandpiper of the Autumn.


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Catch Up 

17 Jun 17

The week in Scotland went well but we only managed to climb one Corbett near Aviemore named Meall a’ Bhuachaille as it destroyed my legs for the rest of the week.


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Wednesday 10 May 

10 May 17

Off to Scotland tomorrow climbing and birding for a week, looking forward to it.


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Monday 8th May 

8 May 17

Dropped Joy off at work and headed to the Reservoir.


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Wednesday 3rd May 

3 May 17

It appears that parking charges have been introduced at the Reservoir, I wasn’t aware as the only machine is in the main car park.


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Wednesday 26th April 

28 Apr 17

Spent the morning at Shustoke where from the car park I could see there were c.30 Common Tern, there were c.600s hirundines with the majority Swallows, before I finished for the day I upped the estimate to closer to 1000.


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Tuesday 25 April –A busy few weeks 

25 Apr 17

Firstly, on a personal note, Joy and I have finally moved from our house in Shustoke, in a way I will miss it, but it was way too large for us.


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Monday 3rd April 

3 Apr 17

After two Egyptian Geese on Sunday, this morning saw four fly through, they thought about landing but in the end headed off in a southerly direction.


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Sunday 2nd April 

2 Apr 17

Got around relatively early and it looked quiet on the birds front, the reservoir was busy with a “Boot Camp” training session going on, I haven’t seen that much stretched Lycra in my life! There were c.30 Sand Martin but most of the flocks move…


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Saturday 1st April 

1 Apr 17

Most of the week as seen a steady trickle of Sand Martin with my first Swallow seen on Wednesday which also had a Blackcap singing from the Car Park.


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Monday 27th March 

27 Mar 17

At Long Last, a little to get excited about, Sunday saw two Shelduck and Lesser Spot with at least 6 singing Chiffchaff.


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Tuesday 21st March 

22 Mar 17

Despite an early arrival, I wasn’t early enough, it was bitterly cold and rather windy so I didn’t linger.


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18 March 

18 Mar 17

With some fine Spring weather I to find time for a little birding.


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10 March 

10 Mar 17

It has been a very disappointing winter generally in the Midlands, but Shustoke itself has been the quietest I can remember in all my years birding here.


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Wednesday 11th January 

12 Jan 17

Made a quick visit today as I was pushed for time.


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Monday 9th January 

9 Jan 17

Ventured out into the murk today and again the Reservoir was devoid of life, with nearly all the wildfowl on the small pool.


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AWOL – Guilty as Charged 

3 Jan 17

My life has been very busy recently with my youngest son moving out of the family home three days before Xmas day.


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Wednesday 23 November 

23 Nov 16

Managed to get a morning out today so I decided that I would try for Hawfinch just outside of the village of Upper Longdon on Cannock Chase.


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Monday 14th November 

15 Nov 16

Had a walk around late afternoon after a busy morning, it wasn’t too bad although passerines were in short supply.


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Shustoke early November 

10 Nov 16

Been really busy with holidays and decorating, so I have been neglecting the Reservoir but to summarise there has been two Red-breasted Merganser, Goldeneye, Knot, Redshank and a rather showy Kingfisher.


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A week in Scotland 

10 Nov 16

Had a week in Scotland, did a bit of birding a bit of hill walking.


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Tuesday 25th October 

25 Oct 16

What a few months I have had! I will fill in the details for Shetland and Norfolk ASAP.