HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, AND THANKS FOR READING THIS LIST!
I'm pleased to have finished 2009 with 209, with 61 lifers.
I'd like to share images of my favourite birds this year:
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Snipe Photos (after a fashion...)!
Just back in from another whizz around the patch; last night's hoar-frost on top of the remaining snow is now compounded by fog! Not top photography weather at all; I took out my Tamron zoom to get some handheld record shots, and did manage to refind (through...
Snipe on local patch!
Went for a walk for a couple of *VERY COLD!* hours yesterday afternoon around the local patch to see what was about, esp. to see if I could find any interesting finches. Snow coverage was about an inch, but some of the stubble fields lower down by the canal were clear of...
Went to Brandon Marsh WWT today: a VERY grey day - in fact, I actually wanted it to snow.
One or two good things about, inc. Goldeneye, Siskin, and Redpoll. Unfortunately no sign of Water Rail, which I haven't had this year yet.
One or two pics below.
Another trip to Otmoor yesterday.
Not too much about, unfortunately, and no sign of the Black Redstart.
But did get first views of Pintail in UK this year (+ distant shots). Lovely ducks!
Plus one of the great hovering Kestrels.
207. WATER PIPIT
A new lifer today, from Otmoor. Thanks to the RSPB volunteer for pointing me in the right direction - in the scrape field in front of the new hide being built. Apparently there was a Black Redstart too, but I didn't find that. Mind you, I had no scope and just...
Went to Otmoor this morning to see what was about. A large flock of Golden Plovers, and Lapwings, were in the field; also had 20+ Red-Legged Partridges in a small flock - looks as though these may have something to do with the Farm just through the hedge. Nothing much else too exciting to...
Went up to Derbyshire for a couple of days to see my parents, and had a total of 64 birds seen; went to Carsington Res. a couple of times, and also had a couple of brief visits to Matlock Forest/Beeley Moor. Didn't find any Short-Eared Owls or anything else too exotic at the latter places, but...
Took a lunchtime drive over to Boddington Reservoir today for a first visit; not too many birds around, but the place was quiet - makes a change from all the dog-walkers I normally encounter (or rather, the other way around ;) ). There were some bullfinches around, and I saw what I'm pretty...
Another wander around the patch in the dying light of this afternoon produced yet more yellowhammers and meadow pipits; heard some more fieldfares, and had a very distant GSWoodpecker which I heard first, then saw "bouncing" through the air, and then land. Snap of 'pecker below, plus a rather...
I know I've been a bit quiet lately, but work has been very busy and there have been few opportunities to get out and about.
I had a walk around the local patch today, and though the weather was lousy, there were some good birds to be seen. The pair of Buzzards was about, as was a female...
Early Autumn on the Isle of Bute
After the doldrums of later August, I’ve finally got round to recording some more birds!
Living as we do about as far as possible in England from the sea, it was very good for my wife and I to get away for the weekend to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, on the...