29 Apr 18

Top Fields and Admiralty Hedgerow

Wow, it's one thing to see a Golden Oriole but to see both a male and female a hundreds meters apart is just fantastic. Thank you to the chap in the red jacket for telling me where he had seen the female and to all the other birders who spotted the male in the Admiralty hedgerow. The videos and photos below are are what you would call record shots as both birds were a good 150 - 200 metres away. My cameras good but not that good.

Also about were dozens upon dozens of Willow Warblers and Swallows making there way across the fields into a strong northerly wind. There were also 30+ Wheatears in the fields just north of Southwell and in the hedgerows by the farm I had a pair of Common Redstart, a female Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, several Common Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat.

What a morning!!

This the female Golden Oriole at a considerable distance from where I was standing. She was quite active and appeared to be feeding on the caterpillars of the Brown-tail moth. Of which there are thousands in the hedgerows at the moment

The female Golden Oriole..........

..........was quite mobile along.....

......these wall here and appeared to be feeding on the caterpillars of the Brown-tail moth..

And even further away a male Golden Oriole, which gave me amazing views as it flew from the hedgerow across the field to the bushes here.

Originally it was in the........

..........hedgerow here, until it flew off across the field.

Here a male Redstart is taking shelter in a Top Field hedge. 

Here it's spotted a meal.

In the field to the south of Southwell there were 30+ Wheatear.

Also moving through were dozens and dozens of Willow Warblers. One even stopped to sing.

Birds seen this morning: Kestrel, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, House Martin, 60+ Swallow, Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Dunnock, 2 Common Redstart, 50+ Wheatear, Blackbird, 7 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 18+ Chiffchaff, 50+ Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 2 Golden Oriole, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch.

Ships Today

This is the Bomar Pluto a Maltese Oil/Chemical Tanker on its way from Donges, France to Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.