Stags Lodge (Cuerden Valley Park) & On The Feeders - 14th April 2012


The sun was out so I decided to grab the camera when heading out with the dogs with the hope of getting a few photos of the current warblers on the local patch. I heard a newly returned Willow Warbler on the edge of Church Walk Woods and managed a few shots as it intermittently called and preened amongst the top branches.



 ABOVE AND BELLOW WILLOW WARBLER
Heading around Stags Lodge I heard up to 5 calling Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warblers the first of which I’d heard on Wednesday evening. What I didn’t expect was this Northern Wheatear at the top of the meadows which was soon flushed by one of the many dog walkers making the most of the great weather. It was easily relocated and I kept my own 2 away as I photographed it feeding up before it moved on. For the hour I was there it relocated several times to the trees surrounding the meadows, a great patch tick and maybe a first for Cuerden Valley Park (David Beattie). For my up to date patch list for the year Click Here 





 ABOVE AND BELOW NORTHERN WHEATEAR

Back at home the feeders seem to be very busy at the moment with both Goldfinch and Greenfinch eating me out of house and home. Collard Dove and Woodpigeon are also regular visitors along with the local Blackbirds, Dunock, Robin, House Sparrow, Blue Tit and Coal Tit (the only place locally that I see Coal Tits!)
 ABOVE MALE GREENFINCH BELOW FEMALE

 ABOVE GOLDFINCH BELOW COLLARD DOVE
 BELOW COAL TIT

2 comments:

Geoff Gradwell said...

Nice chiffchaff – they can be a devil to see let alone photograph... I must call in at Aston and make time for a visit; thanks to you Derek. (I used to drive past regularly 20 years ago! Now it's a 400 mile journey, oh well).

And get masen down to Cureden ome time soon!

twintal said...

Hi Derek, just checking your blog as I complete the bird report for Cuerden. I note you mention coal tits. We get at least 5 regularly feeding at the feeder by the Barn during winter.