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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Waxwings in Northchurch

Thanks to a notification on Facebook from Fred and timely updates from Dave , I managed to pop into the graveyard up the hill out of Northchurch at lunchtime.
4 very accommodating WAXWING were present - I managed to get pretty close as they dropped down from a higher branch to feed on the berries.
Here's a collection of some shots I managed to get













Sunday, 6 January 2019

Crossbills at Wendover

A family stroll through Wendover (Hale entrance) on a lovely Sunday morning brought a surprising view of stunning CROSSBILLS - both male and female.
No camera so only a very poor phone shot!

Fozzies at Wendover


Playing the Gruffalo with Harry

 A ...... Crossbill! Just see the red of the male



Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Granville Garden - first day of 2019

A quiet start to 2019 in Granville garden - a clean up of the bird feeders which have been very quiet may help...
Sightings today:
RED KITE, HERRING GULL, MAGPIE, WOOD PIGEON, LONG TAILED TIT, BLACKBIRD 

Year List at
19 (That's a fifth of the total for the whole of last year!!!) 
Granville Garden at 6

New Years Day trip to College Lake (CAMERA FAIL!)

The Foster tradition of a trip to College Lake continues.... unfortunately the big zoomy relatively lightweight camera decided to stop working!
A pretty quiet reservoir with the following sightings
TUFTED DUCK, MUTE SWAN, MOORHEN, COOT, GADWALL, WIGEON, BLACKBIRD, STARLING, CARRION CROW, LAPWING, GREY HERON, MALLARD, SHOVELER, CORMORANT, GOLDFINCH, KESTREL & BUZZARD

A view of the lake on the way round

Panoramic view of College Lake 

Fozzies at College Lake

A hundred or so Lapwings (taken from phone!) 

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Christmas Eve at Staveley, Yorkshire

A beautiful day for a walk through Staveley Nature Reserve, and a few year ticks to boot - WATER RAIL, TREE SPARROW, MARSH/WILLOW TIT & GOLDENEYE
This brings the year list up to 100 - the lowest count so far on record but squeezed over to three figures!
Northern family trip to the nature reserve
Great tit
Tree Sparrow
Reed Bunting
Goldeneye

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Ashridge walk - Buzzard delight

A beautiful sunny day in Ashridge - a walk with family and friends.
A stunning BUZZARD over , a ROBIN keeping check at the very busy cafe shop and lots of MARSH TIT (?) in the woods along with LONG TAILED TITS.
A cheeky monkey in the woods
Buzzard in the morning light
Through the branches



Robin at the cafe

'Shrooms 

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Family trip to Suffolk

We stayed in a nice caravan near Southwold - I got flu which was nice. Great time anyway and went looking for a Purple Sandpiper along the sea wall at Southwold - managed a few TURNSTONES.
Caravan site right on the sea edge and good sunny days :)

Suffolk Coast with the gang 
Bird count for the year - 92!!! Record low score so far !!!