Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday 19th April

I haven't been able to get out at all recently due to a combination of a new job, my wife being ill (not made any easier by her being nearly 4 months pregnant with our 5th child!) and having a week in Scotland visiting relatives.

I thought it was going to be another weekend of no birding until I received a call from Jerry Warne at 7pm tonight. A Whooper Swan had been seen on Tesco Lake. I was there by 7.45 and in the fading light had good views of the bird. I wonder whether it is the same one Simon had on his Mote Park patch? As I haven't been out this Spring I was also able to add a single Nightingale, a Willow Warbler and 20+ Sand Martin to my list.


At 5:17 pm, Blogger Hornet said...

That's not bad birding at all for 2009 with four young children. I've only got one and that puts a serious crimp on my birding! Particularly envy you your Nightingale - I think Warwickshire's last breeding Nightingale was a couple of years ago, so I'm not likely to find any on my patch :-(

At 7:12 pm, Blogger Warren Baker said...

mmmmm...Gives me an idea. Maybe I could get someone to watch my patch for me, and ring me when something turns up! Naaa..

Nice bird to have on the patch Steve, Whooper Swan - wow!

At 10:42 pm, Blogger Adam said...

Bloody hell Steve - number 5 on the way!!!!!! Whooper Swan at Bradbourne Lake, East Malling today (see blog).


At 7:05 am, Blogger Greenie said...

Steve ,
Hope things go well for you and your wife . Always a worrying time .

At 2:12 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Well done with the Whooper, Steve. I wonder if it is the same bird as I had in the Park?

At 9:25 pm, Blogger Ken Browne. said...

Hi Steve.
First of all congrats with your baby on the way. I hope everything goes well. Are you going for a football team?
Also I'm sorry, I never thought to call you on Sunday about the Whooper. I was watching it for ages at 2.30pm from just in front of where the burger man parks. I reported it to Birdguides that night.Il let you know next time I see anything.


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