Welcome to my blog. If you live in Surrey and birding is your obsession (to get out of bed at some ridiculously early time of the morning, no matter what the weather, to go and look at birds isn't normal behaviour, believe me) and you're still a bit of a novice (like me) then, hopefully, this blog is for you.

Monday 3 May 2010


I seem to visit Staines Reservoir more than my own patch at the moment, in the hope of seeing plenty of passing Terns and waders. I took a day off yesterday as we were invited to a friend's house for lunch - and it would have been blowing a gale and pouring with rain up at the Reservoir.

As it transpired Bob saw a mass of good birds during the day, and it was with this in mind that led me there again this morning. It always happens, though, that I have a few birds in my mind I would like to see, but more often than not they are nowhere to be seen. Bar-Tailed Godwit came through yesterday, as did Sandwich Tern and Ringed Plover. All gone today.

The wind really picked up during the morning which meant viewing through bins was very difficult. Despite this, there were plenty of Common Terns and Arctic Terns feeding on the south basin, and after an age looking for it, I eventually saw my first Black Tern of the year (130). There must have been more than 300 Swifts present, revelling in the stiff wind.

I was going to go to the Moor but time was not on my side as I had some work to do at home. On the way back a Red Kite flew across the M25 between junctions 10 and 9, which was nice to see. Hopefully, they will become as successful in Surrey as they are in the Chilterns.

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