Being based in Leicestershire during the daytime I get to travel around some of Leicestershires finest countryside, its certainly far more diverse in birdlife than my home county Lincs ! I’m aware that a Merlin is Wintering in the area North of Saltby airfield, having seen it several times over the past few months, so it was fantastic to see it heading towards me as i drove between the hamlet of Wyville and Saltby village, amazingly it flew in front of the car and landed about 40m away in the stubble ! frustratingly out of camera shot by the time … Continue reading Leicestershire Merlin
The week commencing Mon 22nd Jan. turned out to be a very productive time for me, with some good finds, at least at local level. Monday morning I was keen to get my Marston webs count in, as I’d been … Continue reading A very memorable week in Lincs.
I’d not been to Frampton much this Winter owing to the continuous grey and murky weather we’ve been having and in fact my last trip a month or so ago was so uneventful as to be depressing. Yesterday promised something … Continue reading Frampton at last
On Thurs 7th Dec 2017, a trip over to Cut End beckoned. I rarely go more than a fortnight without visiting this corner of the Wash and, more often than not get it to myself as not many are prepared … Continue reading Mandtii black guillemot Cut end lincs
I’m lucky enough to be working deep in the heart of Northants Kite country, on farmland that hosts around 20 pairs of Kites. We regularly have 10 + kites in the treetops around us. I’ve usually got my camera set … Continue reading Kite Tastic….
A few pictures and videos from a few weeks on site at Gib this autumn. Massive thanks to Kev Wilson for the invitation. Nice view out from the volunteers caravan at Sykes Farm! Wheatear Whinchat Stonechat Redstart Spotted Flycatcher Brambling … Continue reading Gib Point, early autumn bits.
I saw on Twitter that Dave R had seen a couple of Whinchat at Marston so off I went for a look today, not been for a while so the visit was long overdue. I had over an hour looking … Continue reading Marston 2 visits in one day!
Once again have been lucky enough to get to Thailand for our annual holiday. This time for 3 nights in Bangkok followed by 8 in Hua Hin which is a 3-hour drive south of the Thai capital. I am always keen … Continue reading Thailand calling!
Mon 24th. It kicked off on Monday afternoon, when news came through of a black stork at Dunsby fen. Arriving about five, I had just missed it, it had flown off from its favourite spot. There were plenty of birders … Continue reading Not a bad week in Lincs.
After being in the doldrums for a while, Marston has picked up a bit of late. A few waders have made things interesting, though the scrape just will not drop sufficiently to draw birds in. The level falls a bit … Continue reading Patchblog
It was raining as I arrived, that fine stuff that somehow seems to get you wetter than the heavier stuff! Loads of sand martins had been pushed in, must have been 250-300. There were lots of juveniles amongst them, great to … Continue reading Woodhall Airfield and around.
Friday. Made the short trip over for this great live show, it was only 29 miles from Grantham, traveling on the Melton route. Up to seven European Bee-eaters had been seen in the quarry near East Leake. Five were on show today, … Continue reading Notts Bee Eaters
Came across this kes yesterday, she was carrying an injury to the wing, but was still flying short distances. I suspect that hovering and hunting from the air is difficult so she’s spending time on lookout posts and trees. Found … Continue reading Marston stw
Apologies at the start of the blog it will be a lengthy one overladen with images, but hopefully not too much! Some months back I booked myself onto my first ever visit (2 full day tour) to the Farnes with … Continue reading Farne Islands Mid June
I first read about this form of mute swan a few years back, but have never come across one-until this week….. A few days away were had in Sussex, I was hoping to see the elegant tern, but was unsuccessful. … Continue reading ‘Polish’ mute swan
9th June 2017 The red-necked phalarope showed pretty well and was a very popular attraction. Also close by was a smart wood sandpiper and a few breeding plumaged, displaying ruffs. The sight and sound of ‘drumming’ snipe was another treat. Continue reading Frampton
Freiston shore 9th June. It was pretty quiet, birdwise; a greenshank, a cuckoo and a pair of barnacle geese were about the best of it. Whilst in the hide I heard a loud ‘plop’ and watched a water vole swim … Continue reading Wayward chicks
Freiston Shore 1st June 2017. Migration has really slowed right off now, the only notable birds today being a small group of four golden plovers on an unusual date for this species. Three winter plumage types and a summer plumaged … Continue reading Late Golden plovers
Just a few days after finding the hybrid at Belton, I found another at Frampton Marsh. The Belton bird has been identified as Mallard x Gadwall. Lincsbirders sent pictures off to bird hybrid expert Dave Appleton and he quickly responded. … Continue reading Brewer’s Duck at Frampton
A beautiful evening at Kilvington lakes, following the very hot day. These two cobs were locked in combat for ages, amazing to watch, though slightly distressing, much splashing, lots of feathers lost, and lots of strange squealing noises. Pretty ‘full on’. … Continue reading Swans
Belton, 23rd May 2017. My initial thought was mallard x teal, but, after some study, I’m now leaning towards mallard x wigeon. Please get in touch if you have other ideas. This quality individual, with ducklings was nearby too ! Ravens … Continue reading Mallard X ……
Had a free day on Sunday 14th May with my wife going out all day shopping – decided not to join her on this occasion! I needed to take the motorhome out for a run and so thought why not … Continue reading Lincs Coast 14/5/17
Woodhall Spa old airfield LNR. 15th May 2017. Arrived, went to get scope out of the boot only to find I’d forgotten to load it. I wasn’t too bothered-I’ve done it before, (either that or the camera). This seems to … Continue reading LTD
A cuckoo this evening at Marston was very good to see, as last year I never saw or heard one at all at this site. Pocket cam photo. Continue reading Cuckoo
Back home, and I checked out the local birding. Tues. The road to Marston from Barkston was closed again and so I diverted through Hough, a little owl was sitting in a tree beside the road giving great views. Marston was … Continue reading Marston,Ancaster
Loving my temporary local patch near Warkworth, Northumbs. Was really pleased to photograph a grasshopper warbler. Continue reading Gropper
Saturday 29th April 2017. The superb Frampton reserve continues to improve, year on year and can now rival some of the top reserves in the country. Ben Ward and myself decided to have a proper go at a daylist, we … Continue reading Ton Up at RSPB Frampton Marsh
You might see a Nightingale at Whisby NR at the moment hence the post title … Mightingales! My work today was at Lincoln County Hospital and had a start time that allowed me to have an hour or so birding … Continue reading Mightingales!
I didn’t venture far from home this Sunday as had to nip out somewhere with the good lady in the morning and friends from Surrey were calling into see us on the way back from the weekend visiting friends in … Continue reading House Sparrow again!
I try at least once a year to get to ‘Seabird City’ otherwise known as RSPB Bempton Cliffs. I stayed overnight locally in my motorhome for an early start at this wonderful bird watching location. Arriving at about 8.15am I was … Continue reading Bempton Cliffs
Waterwell lane, Ancaster. Yesterday afternoon I had a drive along and noted some good birds. Most significant was a flock of corn buntings containing approximately 35 birds. This was an impressive count for the area, a few pairs breed but … Continue reading Farmland birds joy
Had the chance to once again spend some time staying with my cousin John and his wife Belinda in Los Nietos, Mar Menor, Murcia, Spain the other week. So obviously, my camera gear and bins went along too. I also … Continue reading Murcia again!
Weds. 19th April 2017. As always, a great day out at this premier site. I was determined not to call into the visitor centre to check on sightings, instead trying to find as much as I could myself. Starting off at the … Continue reading A day at Frampton Marsh
Marston. 11 April. I doubt that it will be as good as last year for wagtails as there isn’t a sheep field to pull them in. The first yellow wagtail was seen on the 9th and today I was surprised to find … Continue reading The wags are back
This beauty graced the scrape yesterday. Mostly asleep. Colour-ringed at Dunkirk, Cambs. Awaiting full history data, but so far have learned it spent the previous day at Rutland water. I think it’s a female and was ringed in 2009. No … Continue reading Marston avocet
April 3rd 2017 I’d been hammering Marston for the previous few days, hard work. One or two swallows, house martins and a pair of wheatears were about the best of it. So today I headed over to Freiston shore for a … Continue reading A lovely daaaaaaaaaaaaay
As the Redpolls, Siskins and Bramblings that have been visiting my garden over the winter begin to disperse I got to snap a few photos of a nice male Brambling today. I think over the winter we have had 4 … Continue reading Brambling
I usually manage a sighting of a hirundine at Marston before the end of March, so, with a warm day and favourable winds forecast I was optimistic. After scanning the skies for over an hour, nowt was seen, but then I … Continue reading Early marston migrants
Tues 28th March 2017 The bluethroat at Willow Tree Fen has to be the most well watched bluethroat in Britain ,I’m surprised it hasn’t got its own tv channel by now. It continues to attract visitors from all over, car park … Continue reading Bluethroat getting more blue..
Had an amazing encounter with a Barn Owl this evening, we sat in the car whilst it hunted the overgrown banks of a stream either side of us , it pounced on something in the grass and eventually flew away … Continue reading Barn Owl & Long Eared Owl!
The day off work (which included a few jobs) on holiday would mean a possible few hours being able to go out and about, so my jobs done then it was the plan to go off to Willow Tree Fen … Continue reading Few Hours around Southern Lincs
The Willow Tree Fen bluethroat is now a bit more elusive than it was, but is still attracting visitors. The red, white and blue throat feathers look to be moulting out. Hopefully it will stay a while and will look very … Continue reading Moulting bluethroat
Brilliant birds, the crow family, so clever and great to observe. The rooks and jackdaws in our garden have learned how to extract the peanuts from the feeders, it’s hilarious watching them cling on. One of the rooks has a crossed-over beak, similar to … Continue reading Rook appreciation society
I have been tracking the beautiful leucistic buzzard near Hungerton for weeks now. It knows when I’m watching it and flies off when I approach, even at three or four hundred yards. It’s a case of hiding and waiting for it … Continue reading White Buzzard
Our garden is regularly getting 8 possibly more Lesser Redpoll over the last few weeks numbers built up a little over this time period from the odd one or two seen around new year. I think there are more birds … Continue reading Lesser Redpolls & a possible Mealy or 2 too?
I went out to look again at the white (leucistic) buzzard near Hungerton yesterday afternoon. The area was alive with raptors, many red kites and at least 20 buzzards with around 10 on a single bare field, worming. Seven were … Continue reading Strange raptor.please take a look…
Mon 6th Mar 2017 After thrashing my local patch for a few weeks and feeling better following a bout of man flu, it was high time I made a visit to the Wash. It was a decent morning, weather-wise and … Continue reading Full dayer at Freiston shore
Warning – for squeamish visitors some gory photos below … I am sure a good number of readers get Sparrowhawk’s visit their garden to pinch the odd finch feeding in their gardens and we here in Grantham are no different. This … Continue reading Garden Sparrowhawk
Had an impromptu visit to the Willow tree fen Bluethroat yesterday morning, altho it was nice and bright when I arrived it soon clouded over, got windier and colder ! So not ideal conditions….only a handful of birders were on … Continue reading Bluethroat
Back in the early part of 2018 I booked a trip with Yorkshire Coast Nature (www.yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk) to experience diving Gannets from a boat off Bempton Cliffs. About the same time of booking my Mam had a fall and broke her hip and so … Continue reading Diving Gannets
Despite Marston having lost its Little Owls, ( 2 pairs ), there are still some locally to be found, this bird being particularly confiding…. Surely its only a matter of time before they are back on the Marston list ? Continue reading Little Owl
I finally got round to visiting Russ Telfer’s Tawny Owl hide and what an experience it was. I had seen on Russ’s website – click here and via his photos on Facebook and the quality of the Owls in particular was a massive draw. Meeting at … Continue reading Tawny Owl
Am still not able to get out too far from home due to family issues so today managed an hour or so in total out in the garden mainly photographing the 6 to 8 Lesser Redpoll that are still coming … Continue reading Redpolls still visiting
Due to my Mam recently falling and breaking her hip I have not be able to venture too far from home in case I was needed to help her. Today was a chance on a lovely spring morning to go for … Continue reading 1 Blackcap & a hell of a lot of branches!
Bit of free time this weekend allowed me to nip into Holme Pierrepoint white water course outside of Nottingham to see if the Spotted Sandpiper could be caught this time as last time I called in to see the little bird I dipped … Continue reading A lifer – Spotted Sandpiper
A tweet came in with me tagged into it from a good friend and top local birder Dave Roberts about a pair of Mandarin Ducks he had come across in a local park where the River Witham meanders gently through … Continue reading Grantham Mandarins