Hi all, another puzzler for you. I took this pic a few years back and as I recall, it was flying around inside the netting of a Garden Centre yard. I wasn’t into birding at the time, but thought it was maybe a Siskin. Now I look at it with a little more wisdom I think not, no black head markings and no wing bars being the obvious pointers. Could it perhaps be a Serin? Opinions, as ever, gratefully received. Continue reading WHAT AM I?
The first cuckoo was back this morning, exploring the whole site. Enjoyable to watch in the sunshine by myself and the two Dereks. It’s always a pleasure to bump into these fine fellas, they’re usually on the scene when a good … Continue reading New birds by the day.
I had this interesting ringed plover this evening at Marston. It was in the middle of a bare field. Why did I think it interesting?, well the rear supercilium was hardly noticeable in this bird, it is normally very white … Continue reading Plover.
Bumped into ringer Kieth this morning, he told me there were now around 500 hirundines over the works, mostly swallows. I looked there a couple of hours later and they were all gone. They seem to come and go as conditions … Continue reading Patch update.
An hour spare this afternoon had me checking the sheep field again. About 20 yellow wagtails, a female wheatear, 4 red-legged partridges, 2 little-ringed plovers, lots of linnets and a couple of displaying lapwings provided the entertainment. I didn’t check the … Continue reading Numbers building at MSTW
Had a look around Belton house, grounds and Londonthorpe area. I couldn’t find the smart blackie with white bits on it, found by Joe, yesterday. (See his previous posting for pics). Still, there was plenty to see and hear. In the … Continue reading Belton.
Nipped up to the Marston Hide this evening just because it was a nice evening. As i walked up the track there was a pair of crows in the ploughed field and also a pair of Red Legegd Partridges dipping … Continue reading COUPLES EVERYWHERE AND A RANDOM GOOSE EGG
Had myself a wander around Belton House gardens and woods today. Lots of the usual suspects to be seen and I was beginning to think nothing unusual when all of a sudden something caught my eye. Sort of blackbird sized … Continue reading RING OUZEL EXCITEMENT – OR MAYBE NOT!
I’ve just spent a week around Paris and it’s environs , which I have to say was most enjoyable ! However the total lack of migrants was very noticable , during the week I only noted 6 Swallows , 2 … Continue reading Paris
Well, it was only supposed to be a quick walk with Lilly, my dog this morning. I mean, Iv’e been spending more time at Marston than is healthy lately. Shortly before 9 am a female ring ouzel popped out of a hedge in the … Continue reading Ooooh! we’ve got ouzels.