Sunday, 11 December 2022
Friday, 2 December 2022
When news reached me and a few others, yesterday afternoon, of a convincing description of a Red-flanked Bluetail at Deepings Lakes, found on Tuesday by visiting birders (on holiday from Devon!), I was sceptical. Mostly, I confess because I didn't want to have missed out on the rarest bird ever to have been found on my patch.
The re-finding was all a little surreal, with Paul Bolton and Mike Weedon hearing it and then John Pegdon and myself hearing it some distance from where Paul and Mike had heard it. We all convinced ourselves, we hadn't heard it. But thankfully Paul persevered and re-found it where him and Mike had heard it originally.
Here it showed exceptionally well, completely fearless of us and at one point fed right next to me. Bonkers- I've seen plenty in the UK and none have shown as well as this one!
It continued to be harassed by Robins and moved onto to where John and I heard it. Clearly part of a circuit, it was at this point it got harder to follow, and I needed to get back to work. It wasn't seen again after I left which seems mad, considering how well it showed once we found it.
This is my 141st species I have seen at Deeping Lakes this year, a meaningless total for everyone, but a personal best for a year on my patch. It's also my 250th species in the PBC year, ever!
Sunday, 25 September 2022
The family of Otters showed well again this morning. At one point, one of them swam into the river bank I was on and ate a fish just six feet away. I didn't dare move so no photos, only memories. They aren't the easiest of Otters to photograph but as usual with Otters, each experience is different.
Saturday, 24 September 2022
Monday, 19 September 2022
Monday, 12 September 2022
Sunday, 11 September 2022
Mike Weedon and a few others found this wonderful Wryneck at Ferry Meadows CP this afternoon. Today is my Grandfather's birthday and so happens that 22 years ago, I found one with him in Bourne and I was visiting him, with Amy, in Bourne when Mike got in touch this afternoon!
A seemingly fearless individual but unfortunately in difficult habitat to get clear views. Nevertheless, I enjoyed some fantastic views of what has to be one of the best birds on the British list.