Birding Romania Pt 4

14 Jun

27/6/2019

Sinoe area

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Spoonbill in Sinoe village

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Roller

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Syrian Woodpecker in Pensiunea Grindul Lupitor garden

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Souslik sp at Vadu

Track to Grindul Lupilor

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Red-backed Shrike

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Bee-eater

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Flava Wagtail species

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Hoopoe

28/5/2019

Woods near Somova

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Spur-thighed Tortoise

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Lizard species

Mănăstirea Celic-Dere

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Fire Bug

29/05/2019

Near Niculitel

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Red-breasted Flycatcher

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Silver-washed Fritillary

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Looking down over Niculitel towards The Ukraine 

30/05/2019

Cariera quarry

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Crested Lark

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Northern Wheatear

Full Trip Bird List

Mute Swan 

Greylag Goose

Common Shelduck

Garganey

Gadwall

Mallard

Red-crested Pochard

Common Pochard

Ferruginous Duck

Goldeneye

Common Quail

Common Pheasant

Red-necked Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

White Stork

Black-crowned Night Heron

Glossy Ibis

Eurasian Spoonbill

Little Bittern 

Squacco Heron

Grey Heron

Purple Heron

Great Egret

Little Egret

Great White Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

Great Cormorant

Pygmy Cormorant

Booted Eagle

Levant Sparrowhawk

White-tailed Eagle

Common Buzzard

Long-legged Buzzard

Water Rail

Common Moorhen

Eurasian Coot

Pied Avocet

Western Marsh Harrier

Northern Lapwing

Common Redshank

Wood Sandpiper

Collared Pratincole

Black-headed Gull

Pallas’s Gull

Yellow-legged Gull

Common Tern

Whiskered Tern

Black Tern

Collared Dove

Feral Pigeon

Woodpigeon

European Turtle Dove

Common Cuckoo

Tawny Owl

Little Owl

Common Swift

European Roller

Common Kingfisher

European Bee-eater

Eurasian Hoopoe

Middle Spotted Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Black Woodpecker

Grey-headed Woodpecker

Common Kestrel

Red-footed Falcon

Eurasian Hobby

Red-backed Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Eurasian Golden Oriole

Magpie

Western Jackdaw

Rook

Hooded Crow

Sombre Tit

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Eurasian Penduline Tit

Bearded Reedling

Crested Lark

Greater Short-toed Lark

Calandra Lark

Barn Swallow

Common House Martin

Red-rumped Swallow

Long-tailed Tit

Common Chiffchaff

Great Reed Warbler

Eurasian Reed Warbler

Icterine Warbler 

Savi’s Warbler

Eurasian Blackcap

Lesser Whitethroat

Eurasian Nuthatch

Common Starling

Common Blackbird

Spotted Flycatcher

Common Nightingale

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Collared Flycatcher

Northern Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

House Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

Western Yellow Wagtail-mainly Black-headed form

White Wagtail

Tawny Pipit

Common Chaffinch

European Greenfinch

European Goldfinch

Corn Bunting

Yellowhammer

Ortolan Bunting

Common Reed Bunting

Postscript

The only heron we missed in Romania, although Bittern only heard, was Cattle Egret so it was fitting that on returning to the UK I heard of one at my regular patch, Tophill Low NR.

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Cattle Egret on Hempholme Meadows-Tophill Low NR

 

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Birding Romania Pt 3

13 Jun

26/6/2019

Danube Delta-Mila 23/Tulcea

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Typical Romanian dog at Mila 23

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Marsh Frog

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Whiskered Tern

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Red-eyed Damselfly

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Great White Pelican

Tulcea/Sinoe

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Field Cricket

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Silver-studded Blue Butterfly

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Lace Border Moth

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Cocoș Romanian Orthodox Monastery

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Spanish Sparrow in Storks nest at Sinoe

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Own lodgings in Sinoe

Birding Romania Pt2

11 Jun

25/5/2019

Danube Delta-Mila 23-Letea

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Mila 23

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Bearded Tit

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Squacco Heron

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Purple Heron 

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Little Bittern

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White Stork at nest

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Great White Pelican

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A mix of “The Africa Queen” and “Apocalypse Now”

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Pallas’s Gull

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Whiskered Tern 

Letea

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Collared Pratincole 

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Samphire-very salty but not unpleasant  

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♀.Red-footed Falcon

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Spoonbill

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Photographing from the back of a truck at Letea

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White Stork 

 

 

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Traditional fisherman’s shelter

Danube Delta-Letea-Mila 23

 

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Thunderstorm that followed us back to Mila 23

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Dalmatian Pelican

Mila 23

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Traditional Russian entertainment at Mila 23.

 

 

 

Birding Romania Pt1

10 Jun

 

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The statutory pose at Doncaster Robin Hood airport-no doing the “bolt”!

 

24 May 2019

 

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A brief stay near Bucharest airport

 

Cariera quarry

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Souslik sp

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♀Pied Wheatear

 

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Graphosoma lineatum – Minstrel bug

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Common Tern

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Great Reed Warbler

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Hobby

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Cormorant and Pygmy Cormorants

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Squacco Heron

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Red-necked Grebe

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Juvenile White-tailed Eagles

 

 

Smew! Second time lucky at Tophill Low NR

28 Dec

22/12/18 With the weather on Saturday forecast to be better than recently I had already decided to go out so when a drake Smew was reported at Tophill Low NR and Wilbur showing no interest in going out my plans were made. However on arriving in the visitor centre I learned there had been no further sightings since LJ had found it mid morning. After a look for myself over D res and seeing the lingering female Scaup also seen earlier  I headed south. No sign on O res so headed for Watton NR. Although again no sign of the Smew there was plenty of birds including Little Egret and a pair each of Goosander and Pintail. However only a single Greylag Goose. Little on the South Marshes with only a Little Egret seen on South Marsh East.

28/12/18 Think I other estimated Saturday’s mildest and should have worn another layer as I spend the next few days fighting off a cold but was feeling better on Friday morning. Wilbur was also more lively than recently so took him out but only made it part way to Creykebeck power station. Getting back to the park early afternoon I got a message that the Smew was back at Tophill Low NR. This time on reaching O res viewing screen the bird was present and not too distant.

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Drake Smew at Tophill Low NR on O Res.

After getting a few shots I headed for Watton NR but no sign of the Goosander or Pintail but there was again a Little Egret and a good number of geese, both Greylag and Canada as well as a Domestic Goose. Walking back through South Scrub I thought I could hear  Whooper Swans but although I could still hear them there was initially no sign from L-shaped hide. However six Whoopers, a family party with four juveniles, shortly drifted into view from the cover of O res wall.

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Whooper Swans at Tophill Low NR on O res.

Couldn’t see the Smew from either L-shaped hide or the viewing screen although the light is difficult near dusk from the latter. Again little on South Marshes with again only a Little Egret on East section.

Postscript on “Shag at East Park, Hull“.

After dipping the Smew on Saturday RL went to East Park to see the Shag. He found it now had a black plastic bag around its neck. MF didn’t see the bird on Wednesday.

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Shag at East Park, Hull-RL

Shag at East Park, Hull

17 Dec

17/12/18 Apart from twitching the Royal Tern on Anglesey last Tuesday the only birding I’ve done recently had been locally with the dog.

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Royal Tern-Traeth Lligwy, Anglesey

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Raven-Traeth Lligwy, Anglesey

This doesn’t mean I don’t get to see much, as a Little Egret has been seen on the north side of Cottingham a few times recently with another lingering in fields north of Springhead GC. Even better last Wednesday managed to see Peregrine, Merlin, Little Owl and Green Woodpecker.

This morning the dog wasn’t interested in going out so with a Shag in Hull at East Park Lake since at least late last week and the weather better, got out on the bike for the first time in a while. From the feeding area [although ‘feeding’ is no longer encouraged] the bird was visitable and although the guy I spoke to seemed to think it was a Cormorant, on closer inspection it was clearly an immature Shag.

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First winter Shag-East Park Lake, Hull

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Goosander-East Park Lake, Hull

A few Goosander were also in the area and after getting a few pictures set off round the lake to count them. Thirty had been reported earlier and my count was in the same ball park.

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Black-headed Gull-East Park Lake, Hull

Didn’t see them myself but of interest Jay and Mistle Thrush are on site.

Mid summer at Tophill Low NR

2 Jul

2/7/18 After the heat of Sunday I had an early start at Tophill Low NR. Unlike last Tuesday, when the reserve was in thick fog, it was fine and already feeling warm. Having caught up with Kingfisher on North Marsh last week I headed south.

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Kingfisher at Tophill Low NR on North Marsh-26/6/18

No birds on O reservoir. On Watton NR three pairs of Common Tern were still sitting on the raft although still no sign of any chicks. No sign of yesterday’s eleven Black-tailed Godwits on South Marsh East but had twenty-two, mostly adult, Little Gulls roosting.

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Little Gulls at Tophill Low NR on South Marsh East

Also found a Snipe, my first on site this year, with another three seen from the other hide. Met DV and JB manning the visitor’s centre. JB had had a Black-necked Grebe at the far end of D reservoir. Eventually re-found it but was more a ‘can’t be anything else’ than a good view so moved round to Middle hide where though still distant at least the ID was not in doubt.

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Black-necked Grebe with Tufted Duck at Tophill Low NR on D res.

Had a quick look at North Marsh where Kingfishers had been seen earlier then moved on to Hempholme Meadows where there was nothing of note. Walked back along the straight road but saw no Yellow Wagtail. Back at the centre I discovered that I had missed an Osprey while I had been in Hempholme Meadows hide. Better news was a few of the Black-tailed Godwits had returned. Headed back to South Marsh East where six godwits were close to back-to-back hide but the Little Gulls had gone.

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Black-tailed Godwit at Tophill Low NR on South Marsh East

They weren’t feeding over the reservoir but may had been nearby over the river. Managed to see my first Common Tern chick of the year. Had seen a few dragonflies earlier mainly Black-tailed Skimmer and now it was truly warm added Four-spotted Chaser, South Hawker and Emperor.

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Male Black-tailed Skimmer at Tophill Low NR

Plenty of butterflies including Common Blue, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Small and Large Skipper. Also had my first Six-spot Burnet Moth of the year.

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Six-spot Burnet Moth at Tophill Low NR