A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Saturday, 9 January 2016
A "Lifer" Gets the Birding Year off to a Good Start!
A Great Northern Diver has been seen locally over the last few weeks - first at Whitacre Pool, near Ladywalk NR and now what is presumably the same bird at Shustoke Reservoir. Finally, I got chance today to go in search of what for me would be a "life tick". In the past I've "dipped" on a lot of species reported at Shustoke but today we struck lucky although the bird was a long way away although not as distant as the Black-throated Diver seen there in 2011!
Anyway a few poor record shots taken with the Canon Bridge - the first two were taken on full zoom and uncropped so you can see just how far away it is!
And 2 cropped pictures - you might just be able to make out that it is a Great Northern Diver!!
The sailing boats came out on the reservoir and the Diver drifted closer to the bank but unfortunately the person with me didn't have any wellies with them and it is very muddy round the reservoir so I couldn't really get any closer to try and get better shots.
Its the first time I've been out birding this year so I added quite a few other far more common species to the year list - Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and Canada Goose.
On the way home I dropped off a few paperbacks at my favourite secondhand book shop in Coleshill.
I was going to buy Timpson's Villages which I spotted last time I was in there but sadly I couldn't find it. So I consoled myself with The Observer's Book on Old English Churches and resisted the temptation of a book on Celtic mythology. D bought "mint" condition history books by Simon Schama so he was well pleased.
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