23rd April 2021
Stuffing my face at home during my dinner hour, when I noticed this Turtle Dove fly into the pine belt. It wasn’t long until it joined the local Collard Doves and was feeding meters away from my window
Early this afternoon, I was getting my homemade broccoli/cheese soup down my neck and into the pine belt, I caught a glimpse of my first Turtle Dove of the year while looking outside from the window. With in ten minutes, Scott Reid was also watching the dove from my window I noticed he didn’t take his shoes off when he came in. Anyways, I returned to work and two hours later it was still present but was now at very close range feeding with the local Collard Doves. Ideal and Robin also came to have a look at it and yes, he didn’t take his shoes off as well. In the blustery conditions, I had a quick look around the campsite area and of note, a Tree Pipit and my first Swift of the year both flew west. I had a total of 2 Blackcap and 7 willow Warbler including two in the garden of the latter species where there were also 3 Sand Martin that spent the afternoon hawking over the pig field. Earlier on, a Hawfinch was briefly seen at Rose Hill and although I spent some time in the area this evening, for my effort another Tree Pipit, 2 swift and a flava wagtail, west with a raspy call towards Sandy Banks.
A record shot first from the window just incase it got spooked
But it settled down and showed off pretty well. It is presumed that this is the Turtle Dove that Rik Anderson had fly straight in over the pine belt, two days ago. This is my second garden Turtle Dove after a single last year.
There are up to 10 Collard Dove also in the garden
I had my first Swift of the year including this one over the Garrison
Altogether I had 4 Blackcap today
Chaffinch enjoying the evening sun
Two days ago, 4 Black-tailed Godwit turned up at Lower Moors and I managed to catch up with them during a quick break from work
Also got my first Whitethroat in the garden
The Bee-eater, that I saw very briefly a few days ago in flight, was showing well in the Carn Friars/Normandy areas.
This European Greylag Goose flew west over me and the Bee-eater that I was observing at the time at Normandy. As the wintering Greylag Goose was identified as a Siberian, then this individual must be a new bird in. Although myself and others believed that the sibe was also a European.
On the 15th April, this flava wagtail was thought to be a Blue-headed Wagtail but when I sent the pics to other birders, who know there stuff, they couldn’t really put a name to it , except that it’s an intergrade. While Birdguides identified it as a Channel Wagtail Love flava wagtails but they’re a pain in the butt!!
Everyone seems happy that this is a female Blue-headed Wagtail. Possibly? Maybe? Probably?
The two Blue-headed ‘types’ were feeding with 4 stunning male Yellow Wagtail at Salkee where both Martin Goodey and I observed them at very close range hiding behind a wall
And look who is still hanging out in the garden I caught Scilly ‘Billy’ on the bird table as I came through the door and just got it as it wqas flying off when it saw me