Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Great Grey Shrike reappears

It was just a matter of time.   This bird first showed briefly at the end of November on the edge of the glades,  then a little over a month later appeared suddenly on Bonnetts Wood Hill on the 5th of January,  which was a more substantial sighting,   since then all searching could not find anything until Martin Jordan walked into a small clearing in Berwick Woods on the 17th of January.   Hopefully with not too much chasing it should stay in the area until the Spring.

Redpolls chased it off.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sea Eagle Isle of Skye, David McGough Junior.

 Sea Eagle Isle of Skye, 

Bit of a contrast,  Parakeet Ingrebourne valley feeders,(DMcG)

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Birds from across the Pond September.


SemiPalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Plover

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Egret?


Greater, Lesser Yellowlegs, L B Dowitcher

Belted Kingfisher


S P Sandpipers

Grey Plover

Piping Plover

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper?


Greater Yellowlegs

Snowy Egret

American Redstart
Big Fish

Grey Catbird

Bobolinks among the Zineas

Friday, 23 September 2016

Piping Plovers. Header, Red-Tailed Hawk (Plum Island MA)

    There aren't many birds around the world that I would see before JL,  you would think I should have done,  after all I am slightly older.     The Piping Plover was disappearing in the US until they started a conservation program and closed the beaches and dunes during the breeding season and is now doing quite well along the east coast of America.   The Parker River National Wildlife refuge (Plum Island) is a fabulous reserve about 50 miles north of Boston at Newburyport,  everything breeds or migrates through here.   Ospreys,  Snapping Turtles, Bald Eagles,  this is where I saw my first Piping Plover some years ago, they are like an anaemic Ring Plover and are mainly seen at the end of the Spit about 8 miles from the start of the reserve,  luckily you can drive along the reserve and stop at different habitats along the way. 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

More Fauna from the Isle of Skye

Juv Cuckoo near David McGough juniors garden,  probably Meadow Pipit hosts.  A breakfast surprise for David and Katrinas guests,  Roe Deer fawn through the window.

Ullinish Isle of Skye

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Recent birds at the Ingrebourne Valley

A mixture of adult and juvenile Little Egrets have turned up at the Ingrebourne , 8 in all,  did they nest locally?       The few Black-Tailed Godwits that have been feeding at the Scrape for the last week and a half have brought back their mates,  now numbering 19 so far,   and the tally for Green Sandpipers has reached 11,  hope it don't rain too much.  The juv Little-ringed Plover is still making appearances from time to time.  A rung Black-headed Gull which I shall send to the Gull Group.