Birding St Mary's

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2016 so far

Posted by hal122 on January 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM

After a terrible 2015 it's a fresh start this year ( I know people had a lot worse than me).

So far I've managed 31 species in 2 visits with the highlight so far being a Short Eared Owl. Shame it was getting hounded again by the local paparazzi..


Posted by hal122 on October 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM

A foggy morning here at St Mary's produced 100's of Redwings with a few Fieldfares mixed in. The top bushes were full of Blackbird's making a hell of a racket,at one point you could barley hear yourself think. 6 Brambling on the cycle path near the top of the wetland and a single Redpoll overhead ended my visit.

I added a new bird to patch list the other day when a single Raven flew over the North Bay towards Holywell.

Lapland Bunting

Posted by hal122 on October 12, 2015 at 12:35 AM

A Lapland Bunting was showing well this morning on the eastern public footpath. It was getting flushed alot but would return after a short while. Also a Firecrest was reported on the 2nd Mound up the west track, and a small fall of Goldcrests otherwise quiet.

Quick Update

Posted by hal122 on August 23, 2015 at 12:05 AM

It's been a long time since I've updated this, but it would help if I'd bother popping down to see anything.. [:D]


Todays visit produced Wheatear 2, Fulmar,Kittiwake, Goldfinch 40-60, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Golden Plover 700-1000. Pretty bog standard really. No sign of the "Regular" Long Eared Owl which has been getting in the bushes at the top of the wetland, whilst a few common migrants have been reported here over the past week e.g. Pied Flycatcher,Whinchat and a Kingfisher has been seen a few times.


Will try and update a bit more but my heart is just not into birding at the moment and I had to bite my tongue this week after reading on Twitter about disturbance of the LEO. The only comment I will make "DOUBLE STANDARDS"

More Drivel

Posted by hal122 on May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM

A few migrants added the past few weeks, with common stuff like House Martin, Whimbrel and Sedge Warbler. a few more butterflies about this week and spent awhile this evening watching Starlings catching big catterpillars.


Posted by hal122 on April 11, 2015 at 7:50 AM

At last I've managed to catch up with some migrants here, with Chiffchaff and Sand Martin seen on the 9th. Whilst yesterday saw Sandwich Terns North, 2 Swallows and 6 Sand Martin North, a single Wheatear on the wall by the masts. 4 Shellduck South (not a migrant but a patch year tick) and a 2nd Summer Iceland Gull on the rocks below the point/prom. 2 Chiffchaff singing one in the top bushes and one in the 1st mound.

The wetland held 3 adult Coot a record for here.,Grey Heron, Mallard, Moorhen, Kestrel, Redshank and a few Black Headed Gulls


Posted by hal122 on March 25, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Just a quick update as there hasn't been one in awhile. Kittiwake added to my patch year list today but not sign of any Wheatears or Sand Martins etc. To be honest I've only been out a handful of times since my mother has undergone an operation to hopefully get rid of her cancer, so haven't seen much and my heart is just not in it at the moment..

Happy Birding


Posted by hal122 on January 5, 2015 at 12:20 AM



A quiet start to the new year with only 20 birds ticked at patch. The usual Mallard,Teal etc but Fulmars on Hartley Cliffs were a bonus.


On the 3rd I ventured into the Briardene and in seconds ticked Grey Wagtail,Coal Tit and Collared Dove. I dipped Grey Wag and Coal Tit in 2014 and only got Collared Dove with a few days to spare. There were plenty of other species present with Goldcrest,Goldfinch,Greenfinch,Bullfinch to name a few.But the big surprise was a new patch tick Willow Tit , a bird Ive chased here a few times but have always dipped. It's always a pleasure to add a new species to my patch list and it made my day.


A quick visit today added Fieldfare, Grey Heron, Coot and Stonechat,Skylark,Meadow Pipit and Linnet  Whilst on the wetland were 30+ Redshank, 40+ Teal, 4 Gadwall, Mallards, Coot, 4 Common Snipe, Mute Swan, Black Headed Gulls and the usual Sanderling, Turnstone and Redshanks in the North Bay



And Finally...

Posted by hal122 on December 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

A walk through the BriarDene today produced Numerous Great Tits, Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Robins, Blackbirds, Wood Pigeons,Jackdaws,Black Headed Gulls,Wren and a Kestrel was getting mobbed by Carrion Crows. The surprise was I finally managed to year tick Collared Dove for patch with 2 seen flying south, i've seen them everywhere but here until today. 129 for the year wooo hooo :lol:

Seasons Greetings

Posted by hal122 on December 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

A quick visit to the wetland this afternoon produced, 100+ Redshanks, 12+ Common Snipe, 50-60+ Teal, a few Mallard, Moorhen and the long staying Coot still present. So far this has been one of my worst years birding with only 128 species seen here. To be honest Ive lost my enthusiasm for birding so I havn't been out as much as I'd like to. Anyway....

All the best for the holidays and a happy 2015 everyone