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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Bee eater lifer # 303

An outrageous stroke of luck on a business trip back from Coniston gave me the opportunity to twitch a lifer on a Wednesday afternoon! 4 present BEE EATER who may be nesting soon. 24 hour guards in place to ensure its kept safe. It was THE easiest and best organised twitch I've ever had! Many thanks to Carl for the detour back to see it.


Bee eaters snapping up the flies

Amazing colours on show

Friday, 30 June 2017

Dungeness, Rye Harbour & Thurrock NR

A lovely family holiday camping near Rye brought a surprising number of birds!


Little Tern @ Rye 
Common Tern feeding @ Rye
Sandwich Tern @ Rye
Northern Wheatear family @ Rye Harbour
Wheatear with a bug 
Corn Bunting @ Thurrock NR


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Havenah Park birding near Harrogate

As Harry was asleep I took the opportunity to go for a walk and birding session on the outskirts of Harrogate.
A beautiful day saw a handful of species

A calling Great Tit

Male chaffinch

Oystercatcher at Scargill ressie
Male Pheasant 

Bullfinch at Stone rings

A lovely pair of BULLFINCH are regular visitors to Jen & Jon's feeders.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Non official tick list (NOL)

I have seen the following species in the UK that were not in a 'bird zoo' (clipped and there just for general public amusement...) I call these my NOL (Non official list)

1. SACRED IBIS (2012  Stanwick Lakes, Northants)
2. BLACK SWAN ( First encounter at Dinton many years ago)
3. HELMETED GUINEAFOWL (Various)
4. MONK PARAKEET (Borehamwood with LGRE in 2015)
5. HOODED MERGANSER (Radipole, 2015,2017)
6. BUFFLEHEAD (Rodley NR)

It's of note for my own record, as a bird spotter in the UK that I have seen these unusual species in a wild environment.

Yorkshire Bufflehead & Grouse!

A trip up to the in laws - first sighting was a RED GROUSE driving back from Billy Bobs kids haven after seeing Ruth, Gwen et al - it was a very fortunate spot as it flew across some scrub by the side of the road whilst driving back to Harrogate. Then a cheeky twitch to see a female BUFFLEHEAD at Rodley NR near Leeds. This bird is of unknown origin so has to go down as a plastic tick. Great to see one anyway as its a first for me
Year list @ #115
NOL @ #6


Female Bufflehead 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Back at Wilstone

Driving back from Northampton I thought I would stop off at Wilstone. Two lovely BLACK TERN and a YELLOW WAGTAIL were great sights on a beautiful early evening - it's been a while since a yellow wag has been in my sights. Great calling as it flew off towards Startops


Yellow Wagtail by the jetty 


YW
Black Tern

The Fonz! Maybe. 
Black Tern in flight