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Birds of Shustoke Reservoir Warkwidkshire

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Saturday 11 August 

11 Aug 18

This morning for a change I visited Sutton Park.


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Friday 10th August 

10 Aug 18

Middleton RSPB This morning Joy and I were the first arrivals on the Car Park and pretty much had the place to ourselves for most of the morning.


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Thursday 9th August 

9 Aug 18

Got to the Reservoir early this morning but was soon disillusioned with the number and behaviour of the dog walkers with none on leads and some encouraging their dogs into the water by throwing balls for them to swim after! This behaviour is a major …


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Sunday 29th July 

29 Jul 18

Well the weather has finally broken, with the first substantial rain in nearly two months.


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What a Summer 

26 Jul 18

Its been a while since my last post nearly three months, I have been so busy with one thing and another that I have found it difficult to keep the blog up-dated.


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Scotland 17th May to 20th May 

26 May 18

Thursday 17th May – Little Glen Shee It took us most of the day to drive to Perth as we hadn’t started early and after tea we decided to visit Little Glen Shee.


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Friday 27th April 

26 May 18

Not working today, so Joy and I though the Reservoir would be quiet due to the heavy rain that was falling.


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Sunday 13th May 

13 May 18

Have been over quite a few times recently but it has been quiet as a whole, as it has across the Midlands generally.


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Wednesday 25th April 

25 Apr 18

I has been apparent to me and everyone who listens to my rants that Shustoke Reservoir is a shadow of its former self.


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Day 16 – Tea Gardens then Guwahati 

15 Apr 18

A quick trip around the Tea Plantation at 5.00am prior to heading to Guwahati for our plane to Delhi yielded two more ticks in the form of Greater necklaced Laughingthrush and Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher.


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Day 13 to 16 – Kaziranga – 6th to 9th April 

15 Apr 18

Day 13 – Kaziranga – 6th April amKaziranga, Central Range – pmKaziranga, Eastern Range All the birding in Kaziranga was from the back of Jeeps or Gypses and the Indians call their models of Jeep! We had a good mornings birding but it wasn’t …


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Day 12 – Eaglenest to Kaziranga – 5th April 

15 Apr 18

Day 12 – Eaglenest to Kaziranga A 5.45am breakfast meeting again and after loading up and taking in the views for the last time we headed downhill to the site of the “Bugan” where we enjoyed a good hour of birding adding a couple of new species.


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Days 9 & 10 – Lama Camp via Eaglenest Pass to Bompu Camp – 2nd & 3rd April 

14 Apr 18

Days 9 10 – Lama Camp via Eaglenest Pass to Bompu Camp – 2nd 3rd April We packed last night as we had a 5.30am start to drive over Eaglenest Pass to Bompu Camp on the other side.


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Days 7 & 8 – Eaglenest, Lama Camp – 1st & 2nd April 

14 Apr 18

After our arrival last night, we dropped the gear into the tents and headed uphill to the “Dining Area” for some Rice, Dall and mixed vegetables! In fact the food here was better than at the Hotel in Dirang.


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Day 7 – 31st March – Dirang to Eagles Nest 

13 Apr 18

Day 7 – Dirang to Eagle Nest We met for breakfast at 5.45am which consisted of omelette’s that were probably cooked the previous day, they were rubbery and cold! But, on the plus side it was nearly a lay-in! Today we were travelling south towards …


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India – Days 4 to 5 – 28th to 30th March – Dirang 

13 Apr 18

Day 4 – Nameri to Dirang We had a bit of a break from the early starts this morning as we were travelling to Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh a sensitive area that borders China.


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India – Nights 2 to 4 – 25-28 April Nameri 

13 Apr 18

It was a five hour drive to our first destination of Nameri where we were stopping at Lamilou Camp we were spending the next three nights in comfortable tents which were attached to a changing room and a toilet and shower – a strange arrangement, …


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India – Birmingham to Delhi 

13 Apr 18

Friday 23rd March saw the Captain and I board our flight to India.


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Where has the Year gone 

23 Mar 18

After two months working, (for the first time in three years) I am off on Holiday with my old Mucka Keith aka “The Captain”.


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Sunday 4th March 

5 Mar 18

Having returned to work at the end of January I have had little or no time to go birding, that coupled with the bad weather has kept my birding to a minimum.


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Friday 26th January 

27 Jan 18

NORTH WALES South Stack RSPB We were up early and drove to South Stack in search of Chough.


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Thursday 25th January 

27 Jan 18

Had intended to go to North Wales today but the weather forecast resulted in us postponing for a day.


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Monday 22 January 

23 Jan 18

Whitemore Haye Took a short trip into Staffs today to spend the morning birding Whitemore Haye area, with the targets Tree Sparrow, Peregrine, poss Corn Bunting, Red-legged Partridge and the wintering Whopper Swans.


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Friday 19th January 

20 Jan 18

Took my car in for a service this morning in Nuneaton, so rather than wait Joy and I walked into town for breakfast eventually choosing the Felix Holt pub one of the Wetherspoons range.


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Wednesday 17 January 

18 Jan 18

This morning I went to Middleton Lakes RSPB in search of the Firecrest which has eluded me at two sites this year.


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Tuesday 16th January 

18 Jan 18

A morning walk took me to Shustoke where I managed two Snipe in the meadow but little else.


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Friday 12 January 

13 Jan 18

Sandwell Valley My son expressed an interest in going to the football on Saturday so Joy and I went over and purchased a couple of tickets, afterwards we popped into the Sandwell Valley seeing upto 12 Ring-necked Parakeets around the feeders plus a …


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Wednesday 10th January 

10 Jan 18

Shustoke Reservoir I made my first visit of the year to the Reservoir and like yesterday I had the place to myself.


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Tuesday 9th January 

9 Jan 18

This morning was spent at Ladywalk where I had the place to myself, they warden and his volunteers have done a fine job at this reserve and it looks very promising.


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Monday 8th January 

9 Jan 18

After a almost a week of poor weather I forced myself to have a walk around the fields at Wishaw.


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2017 A year to forget 

4 Jan 18

Now that 2017 is finished and behind us, I can reflect on what was a very poor year for Shustoke Reservoir.


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December 

29 Dec 17

Shustoke Reservoir has been very quiet, during the snow there was an increase in wildfowl but they soon dispersed when the weather improved.


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Wednesday 29th November 

29 Nov 17

After seeing a Richards Pipit at Hartshill Quarry on Sunday I have been rather busy.


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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).