I was going to Dungeness today with my son David to do some photograpy, but the light was going to be pants, so we took a trip to Abberton res instead. Weather wasn't great but we managed to see quite a variety of birds. Short-Eared Owl at 11am, Fieldfares, Pair of Bullfinches, with the male coming out into the open, daren't move! 3 Goosanders, 20 Spotted Redshanks, some Goldeneye, millions of other Wildfowl including 15 Bewick Swans, We just missed the Hen Harrier doing his rounds, apparently quite close, and a Peregrine. Eventually the rain came and that was it.
Friday, 30 December 2011
A flock of Redwing were feeding on Holly berries next to my daughters garden. They were using her beach tree for their start point. I did go to Lynford Arboretum to look for Hawfinches in the paddock. There was a number of other birders there for the same reason, unfortunatly some bugger was in the middle by the hornbeams with a large dog tearing around while he threw a ball for it. Wasted journey. Of all the millions of miles there are there to walk a dog he had to climb over the barbed wire into that small but beguilling field to spoil everyone elses fun. I feel better now.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Russ Sherriff and I saw 3 male and 3 female Goosanders back on the lake yesterday, I returned today because it was better weather and there were 4 male and 3 female still there. The flight distance of these beautiful birds is about 150 metres, they soon start to move away as you appear, so the usual stealth is neaded.
Friday, 9 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Bird of the month must be The Short-Eared Owl. I don't think I have been anywhere without seeing or hearing about a SEO. There are other good birds around at the moment, as the guys survey has shown, and here at the marshes the same thing, a number of Stonechats, and resident Bearded Tits? It's certainly looking promising. We need a week of very cold weather. Just a week.