Interesting few hours out and about

The day began at home with a juvenile Rook calling into the back garden again as well as a lovely looking male Chaffinch several Goldfinches, House Sparrows and mixed ‘raiding’ corvids doing their best to empty my seed and fatball feeders. Pics of the Rook and Chaffinch below … Karen then spotted both House Sparrows and Dunnocks appearing to be nest making in the same Forsythia bush in our back garden, will keep watching this to see if the nesting materials keep being taken into the bush and let you know. Where to go out was my question to myself, I … Continue reading Interesting few hours out and about

A week in Wester Ross

My annual trip to Bernera Bay in Wester Ross was characterised by a lot of dismal, damp “dreich” weather so sightings were few and far between. There were the usual shore/machair birds but nothing of great interest. The most abundant and noisy were the Ringed Plovers which had young hidden somewhere amongst the stones: Another fairly frequent sighting was a Common Sandpiper which was also noisily warning it’s young: Ravens were around and about the cliffs and were often seen on the beach: Pine Martens came into the garden of our farmhouse, lured by offerings of peanuts and cheap strawberry … Continue reading A week in Wester Ross


Nipped out to check my feeders on the area tonight and saw the following: Little Owls, now fledged from the nest.  I spotted one, possibly two adults and 2 youngsters.  The adults were sitting on the wall or in a tree. The youngsters were flying but were very ungainly with limbs hanging all over the place and wings not quite the right shape.  When you look at the full size pictures you can clearly see the down on the wings. On the sports field by the gate there were several Crows, Jackdaws, Wood Pigeons, Pied Wagtail (including young) and 5 Mistle … Continue reading A QUICK TRIP ROUND AREA 51


So on to Titchwell where barely out of the car park, we were attacked by tame Robins demanding a feed. Some were clearly well fed: Whilst some were still learning, but not afraid to take from the hand: We saw lots and heard even more.  There were Reed Warblers more Reed Warblers Sedge Warblers Avocets Then we had some Redshank, some Spotted Redshank that were actually quite black.  There were 10 of them but at too great a distance for a decent photo.  There were Marsh Harriers, then we heard a Bearded Tit but it refused to show itself, but … Continue reading CAR TRIP AFTER LUNCH


First of all thanks to Steve and Steve for organising the day out in Norfolk, the first one of these trips that I have been on. It was great to meet some new people as well as some that I already knew. So, an earlyish start at Wells-Next-The-Sea, kicking off with a brew courtesy of Steve and his lovely caravan followed by a quick trip into the woods.  Sadly, due to some very inconsiderate dog owners there wasn’t too much to be seen, a few whitethroats and lesser whitethroats being the highlight.  That is of course unless you count a … Continue reading PICTURES FROM THE CAR TRIP ON MONDAY – PRE LUNCH

S.Lincs RSPB day out.

Yesterday (Mon24th) I joined up with the south lincs rspb mob for their car trip to north Norfolk.We kicked off at Wells,hoping the rosy starling might reappear.It had been showing until Saturday,but had moved on.We enjoyed watching a small colony of little terns at the quay and Retro Robin picked out a pristine adult med gull. We then moved on to Twitch-well marsh,which was surprisingly unpopulated for midsummer.We had one or two goodies here.Ten summer plumaged,almost all black spotted redshanks were superb.I’d show you a pic if they hadn’t been so far off.A drake red crested pochard dabbled.Half way down the boardwalk a … Continue reading S.Lincs RSPB day out.

Melodious warbler

Melodious warbler near Retford (Notts) 23/06/2013 At first thought to be an icterine warbler,this bird was re-identified as a melodious once the song had been analysed.Having seen it this morning I can easily understand the uncertainty,given the colour of it’s legs and the paleish wing panel which were more like  icterine.Primary wing projection was short,more in keeping with the species and the song was certainly as it should be for melodious.Superb songster.A very popular bird.Good crowd of well behaved twitchers.Single track lane was jammed.   Continue reading Melodious warbler

Bempton Cliffs – June 15th & 16th – part 2

I had a couple of hours after getting up to go out and see what was about before having to prepare to leave and drive home and the main aim was to get shots of what I felt I had missed out on the day before and that was not seeing many Fulmars and getting some shots of Puffins in flight – easy! I went back to my original calling point, the southern side of Bempton heading towards Flamborough Head. I immediately saw more Fulmars gliding gracefully as they do, circling round over the sea and back into the cliff … Continue reading Bempton Cliffs – June 15th & 16th – part 2

Bempton Cliffs – June 15th & 16th (part 1)

I went off in my camper for a 1 night stay at a campsite that is only a 10 minute walk to the southern side of the RSPB cliff reserve. I travelled up on the Saturday and got all set up on my pitch at around 1pm. I had a stop on the way and had a sandwich and a drink at this time so once I was set up at the campsite I could get going and spend a good few hours walking the full range of the cliffs. The weather for the weekend predicted some short but heavy … Continue reading Bempton Cliffs – June 15th & 16th (part 1)