Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Seven Springs, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, UK.

A walk on the Chase with Julia, Jayne, Martin and of course Harry.

We left the car park and before we had gone far I met two birders on their way back to the car park so I stopped and had a chat and found out where the Great Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Norteño / Lanius excubitor) had been seen. Whilst chatting the one guy said you don't remember me do you and after a few seconds the penny dropped and I recognised him as Garry Palmer a birder I had not seen for probably 15 years or more. We continued to chat but after a while I pushed on and caught up with the others just befoore the spot for the Shrike. The others carried on whilst I looked for the bird and after a while picked it up on the top of a spike of Silver Birch which had be left after the woodland had been cleared. I met up with the others and we made our way back towards the car where we had a nice picknic. 
Other species I saw whilst walking included Lesser Redpoll (Pardillo Sizerín / Carduelis flammea), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
as we drove back to Albrighton I added Herring (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).

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