Wednesday 28 December 2016

Belvide Res, Aqualate Mere, Trench Pool and Priorslee Lake, Stafffordshire and Shropshire.

Another mornings birding locally in the UK.

Smew (Serreta Chica /Mergus albellus) and a Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula).
I started by going up to Belvide res where the day before there had been a Grey Phalarope (Falaropo Picogrueso / Phalaropus fulicarius) but the bird had gone over night but I did get views of a female type Smew (Serreta Chica /Mergus albellus) along with Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Goldeneye (Porrón Osculado /Bucephala clangula), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis), Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Great Black-backed Gulls (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Rook (Graja /  Corvus frugilegus), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Pheasant (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Fieldfare (Zorzal Real / Turdus pilaris) and Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
My next stop was out in Shropshire at the hide on the shore of Aqualate Mere near Newport, as I walked out to the hide I saw Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) and 3 Stock Doves (Paloma Zurita / Columba oenas) which flew through.
Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Once I was in the hide I saw much the same species as at Belvide but added Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Marsh (Carbonero Palustre / Parus palustris) and Coal Tits (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) as well as a group of Mute Swans which swam in front of the hide and went to sleep.
Coal Tits (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater).
I walked back to the car once I was frozen to the bone and had a warm on my way across to Trench pool where I added little new to the days list except for Goosander (Serreta Grande / Mergus merganser), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus), Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii), Redwing (Zorzal Alirrojo / Turdus illacus) and Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
My last stop was at a windy and cold Priorslee lake but with one quick scan I could see nothing new so I called it a day and went back to Albrighton.
Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis).
That evening we went for an Indian Meal in the Village which was very nice.
Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor) Adult.

Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor) immature.

Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus).

Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).

Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).

Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).
The Girls on the special Coffee's

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