Sunday, 10 April 2016

Blast from the past 1: Spotted Crake 25.08.15

Spotted Crake at Rutland Water in August 2015. Nat and I went to see this gem a week after the bird fair a few summers back, Nice to see a showy one for a change.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Peterborough Reptiles

Spent a couple of days at a site near Peterborough looking for Adders- had 8 one day and 6 the other (same individuals involved in both days). However day two was better for other reptiles with 21 Slow Worms (vs just one on the first day!), 4 Grass Snakes and 8 Common Lizards. We also had a Shrew and a Bank Vole. Many thanks to Mike Weedon on help with this site.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Dartford Warbler

Fantastic encounter with this male wintering in Cambridgeshire in mid March. Incredible close views and at one point it fell asleep just a few feet away from me. A nice PBC grip back after Brian Stone's bird back in the day.

Great White Egret

Found this on the way home from work on Deeping High Bank, Lincs on the 2nd April. Was pleased to hear it was still present the next day and showing just as well. Seems like its incredibly loyal to one patch. Not the rarity it was- but a nice bird non the less. Note the slight dark tip on bill and plumes coming through suggesting summer plumage is on it's way...

Black Redstart in Peterborough

Black Redstart in Yaxley, Peterborough, late March 2016. A stones through from my Grandparents, it would have been rude not to visit this fine young drake Black Redstart. Only the second I have seen in the Peterborough area- a bird that used to breed regularly in the city.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Classic Norfolk

Been a while since I posted on here- usual excuses but I have also moved out into the fens near the Wash and in particular Frampton Marsh/Kirton Marsh/Moulton Marsh which has been very rewarding birding wise. However this post is about a rare venture out into Norfolk on a bit of a classic day- Isabelline Shrike, Olive-backed Pipit, Red-flanked Bluetail, Pallas's Warbler and Hume's Warbler- what a day. The Shrike and Pipit showed particularly well..

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Masked Shrike- third for Britain

Another weekend and another Shrike, this time a third for Britain and the first for mainland England. And very nice too; loyal to it's hedge, showy, plenty of supporting cast (Barred Warbler, Red-breasted and Spotted Flycatchers, Wheatears, Redstarts, etc) and a good seawatch at the end.

Butcher bird

Didn't seem bothered about the masses of Migrant Hawkers zooming up and down the hedge. Seemed happy enough with craneflies and in this case grasshoppers.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Red-backed Shrike, early September

Great bird to test out my new lens and camera combo. Really pleased with the early results.