I wasn’t really out birding today, we met up with some old friends from Nottingham for a walk. Arranging to meet half way, we did a six miler in the Caythorpe/Hoveringham area. There was no way I was walking without … Continue reading Just call me jammy git…..
Regarding the hybrid that I put on earlier, Dean Nicholson kindly sent me these.(Taken at Whisby silt lagoons on 28th May 2013) Same bird. Continue reading Hybrid duck.
A bit of maintenance at Marston was in order (well, AWA do nothing nowadays). I’ve been clearing away some of the scrub beyond the scrape, the idea being that we can view the far pool better from the hide. It … Continue reading Back on patch.
An aythya duck amongst the tuftys caught my eye and had the alarm bells ringing today (Tuesday 25th), at Norton Disney gravel pits. The thought of Lesser scaup jumped into my grey matter. It did look like one superficially but upon inspection it … Continue reading Lesser scaup?…not quite!
A short break in North Norfolk revealed nothing unexpected or exciting, all there usual suspects were there and the weather was very bright if a bit blustery. The Fulmars were noisily occupying old nest sites and there were quite a … Continue reading Norfolk 22/02/14
My travels today meant that I had the chance to check out this site again this afternoon. A hen harrier was lingering in the same area for the whole of the couple of hours I was there, spending most of the time on the ground, in a ditch. This bird was very similar to the over-wintering Marston bird, a first winter, (which is still around). Despite the depressing state of affairs with regard to breeding hen harriers in Britain, it seems to have been a decent winter for them here, with several good inland records in our region. I waited around, … Continue reading Keisby raptors.
Just for a change something interesting happened at work. I am now known more for birds and photography at work than I am for actually working so it was no surprise when someone said they had just seen a bird … Continue reading AN INTERESTING DAY AT THE OFFICE
Please take 5 minutes to add yourselves to this e-petition. epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46473 Many Thanks Continue reading Licensing of upland Grouse moors and gamekeepers
Nipped across to Cut End, Boston. On the falling tide a harbour porpoise was breaking the surface for quite a time. While watching it I picked up what was to be probably my best bird of the day- a black-throated diver. The thousands of golden plovers kept me entertained (c6,000, maybe more). About 20 pintails, 30 eiders, 6 red-breasted mergansers and a few great-crested grebes and goldeneyes made sure I kept on scanning. There were a few ‘specks’ too far out to identify. Early afternoon I zipped over to Frampton in the hope of a raptor or three. Male hen … Continue reading Wot a nice day for a change – birdin’ not bad, either.
Had a wander in the sun today with my binos and camera to hand. Nothing was in my mind as to what I wanted to see, well apart from a glimpse of a Kingfisher perhaps but river levels on the Witham would stop that one eh? I walked down Green Lane from my home and was greeted by the usual calls and flypasts of House Sparrows, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Robins, Greenfinches, Goldfinches that are resident down there. 2 Wood Pigeons and a single Collared Dove that were half way up a tree on my left hand side then … Continue reading Less than 1 mile from home