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a couple of pictures of the Iberian chiffchaff from myself this morning.
a lifer & as rob says this bird was notably different from the one in preston. a lovely bird & worth the trip smile



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Popped down here with Karen F, John R and Mike A as part of our day out. Great views of the bird back and forth along the woodland edge behind the owl from 11.00 until 12-00. Seemed to stay for longer on each circuit. Interesting to see how the whole bird quivered when it gave those Wood Warbler-like trills at the end of each burst of song. I don't remember that from birds I've seen in the past.

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Early morning visit with Steve Burke, Simon Gough and Chris Chandler.

Myself and Simon put our exceptional bird identification skills into action straight away. wink

- Iberian Chiffchaff
Well seeing as though this one is deemed to be the real thing then this one is the Lifer rather than last week's atypical Chiffchaff.
Bird was heard singing straight away and was notably different, being much quicker and almost warbling towards the end of the song. Quite elusive despite being vocal but it did stop in a few visible locations but only briefly.
It was noticeably a tad greener / yellower, the underparts were clean looking, the yellow on the supercilium was very obvious again, and it's bill was indeed quite fine, more obvious when singing.

Other birds of note...
- Chiffchaff at least 5 others seen
- Willow Warbler 2
- Blackcap 1 male
- Treecreeper 3
- Bullfinch 1 male
- Lesser Redpoll 4
- Nuthatch heard only
- Jay 2
- Song Thrush 1
- Common Buzzard 4 with 2 Sparrowhawk all circling
- Coal Tit 2
- lots of usuals



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Yeah pretty easy birding Sid. But I was chatting to someone at Haydn's Pool today who did get lost trying to get there. They tried to access from the west and Granville Rd peters out into a track which they couldn't get down to get to the end we were. He found a kissing gate at that end though and when he went through there was a wooden Eagle sculpture, talk about confusing, he thought that he may have found the place and that the owl info was misinformation. Shows how easily things can go wrong. Like you two I found it very easily, and I'm really thankful for that, and the bird performed beautifully smile



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Doc Brewster wrote:

Just a quick post to reiterate what has been said in another post, albeit not in the sightings section hence the duplication, just in case folk are looking here for news smile

Popped the short distance down to Donnington Wood on the outskirts of Telford today and on arrival I immediately heard the Iberian Chiffchaff that has been present here for a few days. Very quickly I located it flitting about feeding and singing in the trees not far from the road.........

The bird is at SJ716123, (or TF2 7NB), drive down Granville Road and there is a layby opposite the pond, walk in through the gate and the area around the wooden owl sculpture is where the bird was seen when I was there. 


Similar experience to us yesterday Paul, we stopped the car on the road between the two kissing gates and with the window open we immediately heard the bird singing.  John being the driver also had a brief glimpse.  Talk about armchair birding eh biggrin



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Just a quick post to reiterate what has been said in another post, albeit not in the sightings section hence the duplication, just in case folk are looking here for news smile

Popped the short distance down to Donnington Wood on the outskirts of Telford today and on arrival I immediately heard the Iberian Chiffchaff that has been present here for a few days. Very quickly I located it flitting about feeding and singing in the trees not far from the road. Initially three of us watched it but in the end I had the bird to myself for the last half hour of a two hour stay that saw the bird appear and disappear about 7 times, presumably to 'do' a circuit away from the main viewing area. I had excellent scoped views and even managed a few digiscoped shots. Also present were Common Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and at least 1 Goldcrest.

The bird is at SJ716123, (or TF2 7NB), drive down Granville Road and there is a layby opposite the pond, walk in through the gate and the area around the wooden owl sculpture is where the bird was seen when I was there.

A report early morning on RBA had a Ring Ouzel close by so I popped there too. Down single track lanes with floods of liquid mud to drive through! If I'd have known what the roads were like I may not have bothered! The horse fields looked good for Ring Ouzel but no sign, although I counted at least 15 Wheatears in the fields and there could have been more, there just wasn't anywhere safe to stop on the road for a proper search.



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With a free afternoon popped down the A49 for 30 miles to a place we have a permit for, Whixall Moss in North Shropshire. We normally head there for insects but a Spoonbill had been reported for a few days so we decided to go and have a look at that and do a bit of birding in the area.

On arrival we stopped in the layby on the approach road to Whixall Moss 'proper' and could see the Spoonbill was present, very distant and behind a tree/bush line left of the road on the floods that have now been purchased for conservation purposes smile The views were so bad we decided to walk along the canal towpath and over the bridge to view from the other side, closer and much better views as the bird mainly slept but occasionally preened and showed pretty well in the scope. From the canal towpath we saw the hybrid Blue-headed x Yellow Wagtail (nicknamed 'Channel' Wagtail), a smart looking bird but as a hybrid not tickable! Also in the same area were 3 White Wagtails, 3 Little Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper. Not a bad little haul for this new wetland area.

A walk on Whixall Moss produced little other than lots of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, 2 pairs of Shovelers and a displaying Snipe.



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Yesterday at Brown Moss Nature Reserve (mid-day):

Little Grebe x1
Teal x14
Shoveler x9
Gadwall x3
Mallard
Canada Goose
Moorhen
Coot
Jay x1
Buzzard x2
Lots of common garden/woodland species

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At Dearnford Lake today,mid-day:

Great crested Grebe x1
Little Grebe x5
Mallard 20+
Tufted Duck 18
Shoveler x2 pairs
Coot
Moorhen x8
Canada Goose
Kestrel x1
Buzzard x1
Black headed Gull


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Originally posted by Charles Coutts today:

Visited Wroxeter Vineyard today and there is lots of House Martins around ,even one still feeding chicks in the nest,

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Had an overnight stay in Bishops Castle and watched a Red Kite come in to land in a Freshly ploughed Field.
As I followed it in with my Bins, there were some Buzzard already on the ground, 18 in total!!!

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Good luck to it!

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Thanks Henry, can't believe I'd forgotten the temperature differential in desert regions and its survived a few frosty nights so far! Cheers, Peter

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Pete Welch wrote:

Was bloomin cold and reminded me of the likely fate of some of these vagrant birds...it was a bit cooler than I imagine it was used to.





I think these birds may be hardier than we give them credit for Pete. Desert Wheatears live in environments which get very hot during the day but conversely freezing cold at night.

One of the coldest birding sessions i've ever done was in the Saharan Desert fringe in Morocco. I had many layers on at dawn and was still shivering. Desert Wheatears were there in good numbers and looked to be coping a lot better than me!

I suspect the shropshire individual has felt similarly cold temps back in it's extant range. So long as it can continue to find food it could do ok. It would be interesting to learn whether it's built up any fat reserves in order to fly back south/east. Any ringers cover the site?


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Went to see the Desert Wheatear this weekend - very instructive bird and also good numbers of Raven displaying in the quarry above and a pair of stonechats near the car park. Was bloomin cold and reminded me of the likely fate of some of these vagrant birds...it was a bit cooler than I imagine it was used to.



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Anyone thinking of going down to see the Steppe Grey Shrike should be aware that the A49 between the A534 and Whitchurch is closed for bridgeworks and caused us to have to take a diversion this morning. We came back from Newport on the A519 up to J15 on the M6 - this was fine.

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A last minute decision saw John Barber and myself heading down to Shropshire this morning to have a look for the Steppe Grey Shrike that has been at Wall Farm, just off the B5062 near Newport, since the weekend.

We arrived late morning and in a gusty wind with little sun we had several good but distant views of the bird.

The overall impression was that it showed more white than a Great Grey Shrike but whoever found it must be congratulated on their powers of observation given it's distant and remote location - a lifetime first for both of us.

We also had a couple of overflying Crossbills.

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It has a dodgy leg Peter unfortunately, got good views in the afternoon but appeared to be limping around a bit. no.gif

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I went to see the crane last night at dusk and it was down in the grass wings unfolded and forward - reminiscent of a falcon shielding prey - not sure if it was injured or whether they roost laid down. Anyway as four of us took our eyes of it for a second it disappeared - don't know whether it flew to roost on the moss or dropped further down into the grass or just moved quickly? Not seen any reports from today.hmm.gif

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29/03/2011 - Phil Owen and I visited Whixall Moss this afternoon, just south of Whitchurch to search for a Common Crane which had been recently reported from the area. The bird showed really well further west from the car park down to where the canals meet. It was best viewed by crossing the footbridge over the canal here and viewing the green grassy field on the other side of the canals by the house. Sadly it appeared injured and we left it with a couple of other more local birders to contact the RSPCA. Other stuff seen along the canal and on the adjacent peat bog: 15 Shovelers 2 Buzzards 1 Kestrel 5 Curlews 2 Lapwings 1 Sand Martin 4 Fieldfares 1 Willow Warbler - my earliest ever 4 Chiffchaffs 1 Tree Sparrow 1 Reed Bunting

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