Monday, January 15, 2018

Raven pair at Baston pits, south Lincolnshire

This pair of Ravens are being sighted regularly a the northern end of the Baston & Langtoft pit complex. Perhaps they will breed nearby?

Godwit counting

Black-tailed Godwits with a background of Golden Plovers and nearby Lapwings
Black-tailed Godwits counted in 50s (and one 21)
Here are the 13 units of 100 plus a further 71 birds
The birdlife on the Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire, is sensational at the moment, with just the right amount of flooding to attract tens of thousands of dabbling ducks, and many thousands of Lapwings and Golden Plovers (plus more than 30 Cranes, and the odd Bittern; several Marsh Harriers and half a dozen Short-eared Owls). Spooked by a Peregrine, the Black-tailed Godwits took the air at Eldernell, so I got snapping. Here I used the tried and trusted Graham Catley dot counting technique (using batches of 50 birds, here) to count the flock. As you can see, there were 1,371 Black tailed Godwits counted.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Friday, January 05, 2018

My favourite photos from 2017

Barn Owl
Bluethroat
Brown Hare
Female Capercaillie
Caspian Tern
Clouded yellow
Cory's Shearwater
Dark Green Fritillary
Kestrel
Ptarmigan pair
Raven
Red-rumped Swallow
Roe Deer
Short-eared Owl Hybrid Ptarmigan x Snow Bunting
Storm Petrel
White-billed Diver

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kestrel, Deeping High Bank

Stonechat, Deeping High Bank

Shag at Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough

The Deeping Lakes Red-necked Grebe was bird number 185 for my Peterborough area (PBC area) list in 2017. The next day was very snowy (for these 'ere parts), and this Shag was found by Matt Webb at FMCP. Luckily I was able to refind it in the freezing wind and sleet/rain, and it came in close to feed on Gunwade Lake. I reckon it is a second-winter bird, rather than the usual juveniles we have locally. I guess 186 will probably the final total...

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Baston Beaver

In reality, it is a confused Rabbit, swimming to get away from a Buzzard...

120 Pink-footed Geese over Deeping St Nicholas

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Colour-ringed Med Gull

I found this second-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough on 9th November. I could see it was colour-ringed, but couldn't read the ring properly and didn't have a camera. Luckily, today (14th), it was in exactly the same place, resting with Black-headed Gulls on the littel T-shaped pontoon dock outside the watersports centre on Gunwade Lake. And I had a camera! It looks like ASSH to me. Record submitted. I will keep you posted on the bird's provenance.
*POST SCRIPT: as you can see from the last picture above, the Med Gull was ringed in souther Sweden (on the Baltic side) in June 2016. Fascinating stuff.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sagres miscellany

Clouded YellowBath White
Clouded Yellow
Red-veined Darter
Gannet
Second calendar year Mediterranean Gull
Azure-winged Magpie
Redstart