Yesterday Dean Nicholson and Colin Scott were gulling at Kilvington lakes (over the county border, in Notts.). They had found the putative Azorean yellow-legged gull that Ben and I saw on Monday at Marston. I arrived after it had flown … Continue reading Gulling the day away.
Ben Ward and me went on another quest for a big day list. That lad’s as keen as Colemans, I’m sure he wouldn’t have said no to a midnight to midnight job. As it was we went for pre dawn … Continue reading Autumn bird dash.
October 26th. Birds around included a Merlin, 37 Stock Dove, a Green Woodpecker, a Fieldfare and 160 Redwing. On Tennyson’s Sands were 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank, and on Jackson’s Marsh 4 Ruff and a Water Pipit. Going south were … Continue reading Gib Oct 21st – 26th
This rook was along Waterwell lane, Ancaster today and apart from this deformity looked perfectly healthy in every other respect. Corvids are amongst the cleverest of birds but it hadn’t yet figured out it could be sampling the nearby pine cones! … Continue reading Crossbill.
Having decided to search for migrants the day turned into a duck watch after not seeing a lot of bird movement.I was on patch soon after sun-up and quickly got on to the long staying garganey. (This is it’s 44th … Continue reading Duck observations at Marston.
October 20th. A Red-flanked Bluetail was trapped and ringed in the East Dunes. The Dusky Warbler was refound near North (Beach) Car Park. Other birds around included a Great Grey Shrike, a Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Tree Sparrow and a Stonechat. … Continue reading Red Flanked Bluetail
October 19th. A Dusky Warbler was discovered around the Cycle Track opposite Tennyson’s Sands. Also around, including birds trapped, were a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Great Grey Shrike, a Firecrest, 2+ Brambling and a Merlin. Off the reserve a Rough-legged Buzzard … Continue reading 19th Oct Gib
October 18th. A new Pallas’s Warbler was found during the morning at the North End along the sycamores along the northern boundary of the reserve. Other birds around, including those trapped, were a Richard’s Pipit, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Great Grey Shrike at … Continue reading 18th Oct Gib
A weeks trip to Nessebar on the Black Sea with my Wife 3 weeks ago started out well with excellent weather and plenty of birds on the Pomorie Salt Pans. However the weather deteriorated rapidly to heavy overcast and rain … Continue reading Bulgarian Black Sea coast
October 17th. The Dusky Warbler was seen several times again just south of the Sleeper Track. It was eventually found in a nearby mist-net, processed at the Observatory building, then released back near where it was caught. A Pallas’s Warbler, first found … Continue reading Gib Dusky and Pallas’s