Thursday, 28 April 2022

England and Covid

Just returned form a child-minding trip to England, where we contracted Covid after two years of avoiding the beast. This clearly limited birding as we had to self isolate in Bolton and also on our return home. We managed a couple of strolls around Elton  Reservoir  before we locked down, but were unable to do planned visits to Pennington Flash and Leighton Moss for mouth-watering goodies. The Bolton garden was well watched as it was pleasant enough to sit outside and watch the resident birds go about their business. I saw blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, dunnock, wren, robin, blackbird, song thrush, blackcap, woodpigeon, house sparrow, collared dove, carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, jay, black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, herring gull and great spotted woodpecker. There was some lovely bird song as well, a couple of timed I dozed off in the garden to the song of multiple blackbirds. 

The two walks at Elton early on gave swallow, little ringed plover common sandpiper and willow warbler for the list as well as blackcaps and chiffchaffs singing. On a cold blustery Friday a circuit produced no singing warblers, Six days later they were everywhere. I could have justified a solo early morning walk last weekend but unfortunately I was just too tired and washed out to make an early start. What I did get during a restless night was a calling tawny owl close to the house.

I'm going to use the absence of photos to try and add in a couple of videos from the trail cam as we now have hedgehogs back and  badger and fox passing through. If the videos do not load I will repost the links.

On a more positive note I was back at WOW for the first time in three weeks and we had a good number of birds including a few year firsts and patch firsts listed below. At least there are a few bird pictures.

Common sandpiper


Med gull being photo-bombed by black-headed gulls

120: Swallow
121:Common sandpiper
122: Little ringed plover
123: Willow warbler
124: Tawny owl
125: Sand martin
126: Whimbrel
127: Common tern

North Down
52: Grey wagtail

Belfast RSPB
62: Mediterranean gull
63: Sand martin
64: Sandwich tern
65: Common tern
66: Common sandpiper
67: Whimbrel

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