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Hook Watch 107

24 September 2022 The third week running brought a quiet start to the morning but again it proved to be a false dawn at the east end. We did however tick a beautiful female Sparrowhawk hunting the reserve and also perching in one of the taller trees (views were not good while perched) and a... Continue Reading →

Hook Watch 106

17 September 2022 A strange sort of morning when it all seemed very quiet again but eventually ended with bagging 24 species of our mostly common birds but with the star species being about 200 Pink-footed Geese migrating in a south-east direction directly overhead in two skeins of 130 and 70 birds. I’ve heard that... Continue Reading →

Trip to Frampton Marsh

31 August 2022 Just a very brief summary of today’s visit to Frampton Marsh. A super morning becoming very warm after a cooler start. The target today was waders; they didn’t disappoint! Water levels were down and most of the birds were restricted to the west section of the reserve. About 2000 Black-tailed Godwits were... Continue Reading →

Hook Watch 105

27 August 2022 A cracking morning with 30 species including one or two that were only heard. We also had our youngest ever member of the group join us - Oliver at 4 months had a great time and heard his first ever Green Woodpecker! Swallows and Jackdaws were seen just off patch but they... Continue Reading →

Hook Watch 104

20 August 2022 Yeah!! We’ve still got three warblers on the reserve – Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Common Whitethroat!  The morning began with sunny spells and a cool wind. Activity at the start was almost at an absolute zero apart from a Chiffchaff calling in the distance; a couple more joined in as the minutes ticked... Continue Reading →

Hook Watch 103

13 August 2022 We were expecting a similar scenario to two weeks ago when it was a bit quiet and a bit below average. How wrong we were! A very warm morning as a precursor to another day of 30+ degrees seemed to have affected the birds from the beginning with only a single Robin... Continue Reading →

Garden Watch 117-121 – July

July 2 -July 30 The highlight has already been mentioned but Peregrine Falcon!!!! What a garden tick!!!! A female bird crossed a garden on Mona Road on 16 July – also the 100th Hook Watch day.  Despite the smallish number of gardens taking part (5-10) we clocked an amazing 30 species. Back to normality however with... Continue Reading →

Hook Watch 102

30 July 2022 Well, a welcome bit of drizzle but that was a bit quiet and a bit below average to say the least! 21 species and apart from Greenfinches and Goldfinches, there were very few of any. The total included 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 3 Great Tits, 2 Blackbirds, 2 House Sparrows, 1 Chiffchaff,... Continue Reading →

Hook Watch 101

23 July 2022 Yesterday’s Hook Watch seemed to be going to be a quiet affair as there was very little singing or calling at the start but with a little perseverance the species gradually began to show themselves albeit very briefly on most occasions. An extra warbler this week with a single Chiffchaff showing itself... Continue Reading →

Hook Watch 100

16 July 2022 It seems such a long time since we started Hook Watch but here we are at No 100. Where has the time gone? To celebrate 14 people spent a great morning at the start of what could be a record-breaking weekend for temperature. I think Notts could hit one of highest figures.... Continue Reading →

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