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,  not so heavy though.     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.
                                                                           
                                                                                 
                                                                               








                       
                                                                     













Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Ingrebourne Valley

It's been a brilliant year so far in the Valley,  since the new visiter centre opened I have spent much more time there helping out and doing things that to be honest I am really enjoying.  I have been more involved with lots of stuff that has always been true to my heart and am in a position where I can influence to a certain degree what happens and what may happen to the wildlife and the habitat in and around the valley.  One thing is sure,  with a lot of upheaval everywhere things are certainly not going to be speedy.   Having put myself in this position I have for the moment lost a few things that I was really enjoying,  it's like I've gone off on a slight tangent,  it may well be a crescent?
There is on the 3 of September an Event to celebrate a year since the opening of the Visiter Centre,  which will include the installing of the memorial to the Airfield and the RAF which will be a seat in the shape of the RAF Roundel,  it will be 4 metres across and made of metal with an inscription,  it is being placed in the fenced area next to the centre with a garden and paths coming from the sides to the Roundel,  some children have already drawn small roundel designs to be incorporated into the monument.
Fry Perch Black bridge

fry Chub Black Bridge

Common Tern, Scrape

Btg,s Scrape

Juv Heron Scrape

Monday, 30 May 2016

Birds at the Ingrebourne Valley

Little-Ringed Plover

Garganey

Greeny

Reed Warbler


Lesser-BB Gull

Squigger in my garden

Monday, 9 May 2016

Around the Valley this week

The valley has been quite lively this last week, with 4 Hobbies hunting Ingrebourne Hill end,  there are at least 4 Cuckoos,   Green Hairstreak Butterflies are plentiful,  and Warblers are everywhere.

Hobby




Green Hairstreak

wood Sandpiper


Reed Warbler

Swift

Grass Snake

Errr Hmmmm

Lesser Whitethroat

Cetti's

Common Tern

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Garden Birds

Wheatear Foxwood Isle of Skye, David  McGough Junior
 Not too many of us can boast Wheatears in their garden