Thursday, 4 March 2010

An afternoon at WWT Upton Warren....28/02/2010

As the predicted storm that was coming in from the Atlantic didn't materialise in the West Midlands on Sunday, well a few showers happened in the morning, an afternoon at WWT Upton Warren was on the cards, this being unusually only the third visit to Upton Warren for the year. Local areas have in the main taken precedence and have been thoroughly enjoyed as the walking involved makes you feel you have achieved something more than just sitting in a hide waiting for something to turn up at times, as much as I enjoy Upton Warren I am more and more tending to seek out new local and when the weather improves not so local areas.
First stop was the Moors Pools. Black-headed Gulls were plentiful as were the Tufted Duck and Mallards. With Shoveler, a lone Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Teal, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Cormorant and G C Grebe the highlights on the water. The feeding station was busy with Blue & Great Tits, Blackbird, Reed Buntings & Dunnocks. A herd of Curlew were seen in a field adjoining the pathway to the hides. A Song Thrush was spotted along a path by a stream.
Next stop the Flashes. It was fairly quiet on the Flashes. Black-headed Gulls, Common Snipe (2), Mallard, Curlew, Coot, Moorhen, G C Grebe, Canada Geese, Grey Heron and Swan being the species in and around the water. A flock of c250 Lapwings were feeding in a ploughed field and amongst them seven Golden Plover were spotted, however when the Lapwings suddenly took flight a tight flock of eleven Golden Plover were seen! They were a good highlight of the day as was the Little Egret that flew in the distance past the Flashes and presumably heading for the Sailing Lake where it had been reported roosting or to the Moors Pools. It was getting increasingly colder as the afternoon wore on so time to call it a day! On the walk back to the car park two Jays were spotted in a tree, so a nice end to a pleasant but cold afternoon. Oystercatcher and Little Egret were added to my year list today.


  1. A nice report of your trip Pam,I know how you feel about staying local,tis always good to stretch the legs and finding your own birds brings it's own rewards doesn't it!
    I like your Gull pic.........and have never heard of a "herd of Curlew"! lol

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  3. Thanks for your continued interest and comments, Ruth. They are very much appreciated.

    Finding your own birds has got to be the best thrill in birdwatching and when local all the better.
    I am trying to sound intelligent with my 'herd of Curlew'. Google is a big!!!

  4. I've learnt something from your blog Pam,I did Google collective nouns of Curlew and you're right,Google is a big help!! lol

  5. Where would we be without Google,!!