Murky late afternoon near home.

Took a walk to the small copse at the end of Sunningdale 5 minutes from where I live to have a snout around to see what could be seen in this long narrow stretch of wood that follows Belton Lane towards the golf club and borders the housing estate. After a walk down Green Lane heading towards Belton Lane I saw the usual suspects, good numbers each of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Great and Blue Tits, Blackbirds and a couple of Robins with mixed Corvids, Collared Dove and Wood Pigeons overhead now I was hoping to maybe see a Brambling and … Continue reading Murky late afternoon near home.

DVD review. Rare and scarce birds 2013, by Roy Harvey.

  This twin set, two and a half hour DVD is the twelfth production in the series and is excellently put together. Some great birds are featured from one of the best years for rarities ever. Whether you are a twitcher or just enjoy watching birds, there is plenty to enjoy, with a lot of local stuff. My personal fave is the bridled tern on the Farnes, rekindling memories of a great day last summer. Roy’s eloquently spoken narrative is superb, his smooth as brandy voice being very listenable. It’s not over-done though, there are plenty of quiet moments when … Continue reading DVD review. Rare and scarce birds 2013, by Roy Harvey.

Marston – 19/1/14

Quick post from me today honest! ūüôā Had 3 hours at Marston this morning, it begun very gloomy with the odd shower, sat in the hide and got a few shots of the Blue and Great Tits enjoying the food generously supplied and also got a pic or two of Great Spotted Woodpecker helping itself to the nuts too! I left the hide and at this stage was alone on the patch, a couple of dog walkers came and went and a fellow birder came down Viking Way making his way back to the hide, I was stationed awaiting an … Continue reading Marston – 19/1/14

Snowy white thrush.

  Marston 18/01/2014 Bumped into Spadge again at Marston, where the best bird by far was a pure, all white fieldfare among a flock,¬†looking just as good as any ivory gull. People know¬†about my fascination for aberrant plumaged birds. Would loved to have got some photos, but it moved off pretty quick, I did see it again, briefly over the back fields off Mill lane, so it’s probably hanging around.¬†If anyone sees it please let me know. Headed home via Belton, where the corvids were gathered in pre-roost. It was a real Hitchcock job, an estimated 4,000+ noisy¬†jackdaws and rooks … Continue reading Snowy white thrush.

Goosanders, Red kites etc.

Weds 15th. The gardens of Belton house was my¬†destination for today, cracking spot with huge potential. Several ‘crests’ were encountered, all gold though, no fire. A few friendly nuthatches showed, a couple of them calling strongly. On the boathouse lake were five goosanders. Pastie¬†and coffee at the caf√© was followed by a look in the second-hand book shop where I picked up a couple of old Peter Scott wildfowl books. A short drive to Stainby had me checking the gulls again, lots of large gulls, still no white-winger, but I live in hope. Red kite numbers built up later on, … Continue reading Goosanders, Red kites etc.

Marston 14/01/2014

  Local patch. Dawn start. Not long after first light an Egyptian goose flew low, right over my head, unusual here, I’ve only recorded it once before, (Dec 2007). It looked as though it was putting down, but I didn’t see it again.¬†By the end of the morning I’d logged 54 species, not bad¬†eh? With a couple more seen by others, that’s about half of what we can expect for the entire year! Mstw day list 14/01/2014 Mute swan, Little grebe, Little egret, Greylag, Pink-footed goose, Egyptian goose,¬† Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Curlew, Green sandpiper, Water rail, … Continue reading Marston 14/01/2014

You can sqeeze a bit of birdin’ in anywhere..

  Mon 13th Jan 2014 While waiting to pick my car up from the garage at dusk I noticed a lot of pied wagtails circling overhead. They were gathering for the nightly roost in the conifers on the junction of South Parade and Springfield road,¬†opposite McDonalds. This roost has been here for many years. I reckon between 250 and 300 dropped in. A peregrine flew directly above London Road on it’s way to roost on St. Wulfram’s church. I got back to the garage and shelled out for a new exhaust, meanwhile an old boy ( Grantham speak : old … Continue reading You can sqeeze a bit of birdin’ in anywhere..

Not a good day

I set out with great hope as the weather was so good, starting first at Marston STW where I met GW and SL. Plenty of wildfowl around for a change with good numbers of Gadwall, Teal and Wigeon and a single Pink Foot among the 400 or so Greylags ( click on the thumbnail to see a larger image): Large numbers of small birds on the leek field and adjoining hedgerow including Pied Wagtail (11), Chaffinch (c60), Goldfinch (c30) and Reed Bunting (c20). And a pair of Bullfinch near the car park: Then home for lunch and after a visit … Continue reading Not a good day

Aisby & outside of Grantham

Went to see if i could see the Aisby Great Grey Shrike this morning. Go to the spot it had been seen on a cold frosty day where 3 birders where there already, Graham Welch (spelt correctly I hope!) Henry Kennedy from Cranwell and another unknown to me but pleasant fellow. A bit of scanning took place by us all, utilising the 4 pairs of eyes with us all looking in different directions. Soon it was down to 3, me Graham and Henry, the sun was breaking through by now and all we had seen was large distant groups of … Continue reading Aisby & outside of Grantham