Saturday, 26 June 2010

Sefton Park

Had a stroll around Sefton Park with the family in tow this afternoon, the park was packed, the weather was hot and sunny; so I didnt expect to see much, hence I didnt bring the camera with me. However I had a few unusual sightings-

Male Little Grebe, calling on the main lake behind the island, there was no sign of any other birds there and is a very intriging local record.
A Green Woodpecker flew low over me above the eastern shore of the lake and landed in trees further on, again this is a very unusual record, I have had regular (albeit in small numbers) early-spring records of Lesser Spots around Sefton Park/Greenbank areas over the last few years and I have suspected them of being resident in small numbers, but this is my first record of Green Woodpeckers in the South-end for five years.
Another unusual record today consisted of a male Black-Tailed Skimmer at the south-end of the main lake. Other insect records included Emperor Dragonfly and Common Blue Damselflys.
The family of Mute Swans, minus the female bird are still doing very well. JUV Grey Wagtail and JUV Pied Wagtail, and flowering Meadow Sweet in the park also.

Mallorca 2010 (no.3)

Had the chance to check the rural areas inland of Calla Millor last week and managed to find a few decent sightings. One of the best things about holiday resorts is that they are all built very close to the coast, and a short walk inland can often reveal good and varied habitats.

Thekla Lark

Small Copper

Yellow-Legged Gull

Geranium Bronze

Short-Toed Lark

Audouins Gull

Spotted Flycatcher

Friday, 25 June 2010

Mallorca 2010 (no.2)

Here are some snaps from my recent visits to the Punta de Namer, Mallorca; mentioned in yesterdays post............. well worth a visit, check out the highlights below!


Balearic Woodchat Shrike


Eleonoras Falcon

Audouins Gull

Spur-Thighed Tortoise

Spur-Thighed Tortoise

Short-Toed Lark


Thekla Lark

Punta D'Amor - three visits between 13th-20th June (all before breakfast)!

Eagle Owl
Eleonoras Falcon
Balearic Woodchat Shrike
Orphean Warblers
Sardinian Warblers
Specktacled Warblers
Western Bonellis Warblers
Thekla Larks
Short-Toed Larks
2 Nightingales
Cirl Buntings
Palid Swifts
Audouins Gulls
Red-Legged Partridges
2 Swallowtails
2 Cleopatras
Spur-Thighed Tortoise
7 Moorish Geckos

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Mallorca 2010 (no.1)

I have just returned from a weeks holiday with the family; we where based in Cala Millor (slap bang in the middle of a sprawling resort laden east coast) not the most ideal base for nipping off for a few hours birding ........ I thought.

Here are some images from S'Albufera Marshes, more from the Calla Millor area later.

Cattle Egret

Moustached Warbler

Fan-Tailed Warbler

Purple Gallinule and Stone Curlew

European Pond Terrapin


Purple Gallinule

Crested Coot

S'Albufera marshes- 16/6/10

17 Purple Gallinules
3 Crested Coots
Little Bittern
4 Night Herons
4 Purple Herons
4 Temminks Stints
Kentish Plover
32 Stone Curlews
2 Moustached Warblers
4 Fan-Tailed Warblers
Great Reed Warblers
Cettis Warblers
Cattle Egrets
European Pond Terrapins
Red-Eared Terrapins
Clouded Yellow
Southern Gatekeepers

I managed a day at the S'albufera Marshes....... a well known wildlife mecca; however closer to where we where staying (1 mile away) I found the Punta de N'Amer Nature Reserve, a large untouched headland consisting of coniferous and mixed woodland, dune systems, heathland, open grassland, and rocky coastline. I managed three visits to this site (as well as the farmland inland of the resort), I cant say enough of getting out at 6.00 am and returning later for a cooked breakfast and never being missed!
OH and on Sunday 13th I viewed a Marsh Harrier quartering farmland from Speke Airport terminal! A good start eh?

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Good news from Sefton Park

The Fairy Glenn, Sefton Park
Below is a report from Liverpool Daily Post concerning the family of Mute Swans in Sefton Park.

Swan savaged by dog in Liverpool's Sefton Park
May 27 2010 By Laura Jones

THE dog owner involved in the attack on the swan last night has voluntarily contacted police.
She arrived at a south Liverpool station today to be interviewed under caution, although she has not been arrested.
A police spokesperson said: "Arrangements will be made for a police dog handler to visit the woman's home and examine the dog in question, however there is nothing to suggest at this stage that it is a banned breed."

A MUM plunged into a lake in a south Liverpool park in a bid to rescue a swan savaged by a dog. Kit Friery waded through the water as the swan lay dying in Sefton Park lake - the victim of a vicious attack by a bull terrier-type dog. Kit, who was walking in the park with her 10-year-old daughter Rachael, at first waited for the RSPCA to arrive. But after two hours she decided to take matters into her own hands. Despite dragging the injured bird to the safety it later died. It is thought the dog mauled the swan at about 7.30pm - although police officers did not arrive until 9.40pm.
A 31-year-old man who was in the park with his wife said: "We were walking round Sefton Park lake and saw there were two swans on the other side of the lake with five or six cygnets. "There was a pitbull-style dog that went towards the swans and started barking. "Its owner was in her late 20s. She pulled the dog away, but carried on walking towards the swans. The dog overpowered her and went for the swans and dug its teeth into one of the adult swans. "It had hold of it for 20 or 30 seconds. People went towards it. Somebody managed to grab the swan and rip it out of the dog’s jaws and got it into the lake. It was harrowing to watch. The swan was really badly injured. "I think it's another example of this type of dog being uncontrollable - just imagine it going for an infant or a baby. "There really should be a designated area of the park for people letting their dogs run loose. It shouldn't be anywhere near Sefton Park. "It was a dark brown or black pitbull or Staffordshire terrier dog."
Merseyside police today appealed for the owner of the Staffordshire terrier type dog, or any witnesses to the incident, to come forward.
Anyone with information should call neighbourhood police on 0151 777 5354.

The Swan killed in this shocking incident was the female of the pair, there was a fear that the male bird would abandon his six cygnets; however when I visited this afternoon he was still there and all six cygnets are healthy and growing rapidly........fingers crossed.

Also in the park I saw Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Treecreeper, Carp, 2 Siskins, and Meadow Sweet (on the footpath in-between Liverpool University and Liverpool College gronds).

Mute Swans, Sefton Park

Monday, 7 June 2010

Greenbank Park

Greenbank Park walled garden

Mute Swan, Greenbank Park

Visited Greenbank Park this morning. The usual Grey Heron plus another bird, family of Mute Swans, Nuthatch feeding young, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaws, and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls have been regular lately.

Lesser Black Backed Gull, Greenbank Park

Also a Buzzard circling over Penny Lane; they are everywhere now.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Kingfisher in Calderstones Park!

Grey Heron, Calderstones Park
Grey Heron, Calderstones Park
Red-Eared Terrapin, Calderstones Park
Mallard & Red-Eared Terrapin, Calderstones Park
Shieldbug SP, Calderstones Park
Three-Cornered Garlic, Calderstones Park
Visited Calderstones with the family this morning and early afternoon, despite spending half my time running around after my son Dylan (2.5 years), I managed to find some decent birds including one big surprise................. a Kingfisher flew past me on the old boat landing stage and behind the northern island on the main lake. With the family I tried briefly to search for it but could not relocate it. Funny time for Kingfishers to be moving around? The habitat on the island would be suitable for breeding, will visit the site again soon.

Also in the park I had a Common Buzzard complete with mobbing Crows, Mute Swans (with 2 young), 100s of Coal Tits, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker (with young), Tawny Owls nesting in a Red Oak, 2 Red-Eared Terrapins, Shieldbug, Three-Cornered Garlic and as the snaps show a Grey Heron behaving very oddly and swimming in deep water to catch fish (very successfully)!