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.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Friday, 23 September 2016
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
Thursday, 28 July 2016
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.