February 2017 Overview

The month started with a Great White Egret and a nice year tick whilst out in Northamptonshire, whilst stopping at Pitsford Reservoir to eat my lunch, I could clearly see this huge Heron from my parking spot.

Garden birds numbers totalled 29 with the following seen either in or going over.

  

Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Great Black Backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Kestrel, Lesser Black backed Gull, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Siskin, Song Thrush, Starling, Woodpigeon and Wren.


A trip out to Napton Reservoir hopefully for a year tick of Bearded Tit was disappointing, as the wind was quite strong and therefore any chance of seeing these beautiful birds was very slim, sadly none showed. However, the afternoon was not a complete waste of time as I ticked my first Red Kite of the year, as it gracefully soured over my head towards Southam.

The third week of February I went over to Ireland for a family weekend, instead of flying I booked the ferry from Liverpool with the intention of sea watching along the way. Thanks to storm Doris, the ferry was stuck in port until it passed over! When it finally left the Mersey estuary, the wind had dropped significantly and the expected rough journey was not too bad.

Balbriggan and Skerries provided a good place for a little sea watching, here the birds of note were Black Guillemot, Black Throated Diver, Brent Goose, Common Gull, Common Scoter, Curlew, Dunlin, Eider, Fulmar, Gannet, Guillemot, Hooded Crow, Purple Sandpiper, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Rock Pipit, Shag, Turnstone, Sanderling and the highlight was Iceland Gull, which is a lifer for me. 

 
 
Unfortunately I did not get a photo of the Gull as two over excited young lads on their BMX’s raced past and put all the gulls up, it was never seen again! Other common birds were seen, with the final count being 36.

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