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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Staines for a LIFER!

A trip to Staines reservoir produced yet another lifer for the year (8 this year!) - an AMERICAN HORNED LARK. This species has been split from the shorelark - a bird I saw back in January 2012.
Note on the picture (if you can!) the whiter eye stripe on the horned lark - which is yellow on the shorelark.
Quite a trek along the concourse to see the bird.
Maybe another  victim of the storms from America.
Lifer #306

Pics to follow

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Granville Raven

As I stepped out of the front door, I heard the unmistakable called of a RAVEN. Looking up I saw it fly right over the house - the feathers glinting in the marvelous clear sky.
Granville Garden lifer! # 41
Also a pair of REDWING in the neighbour's tree , winter is here!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Old Oak Barn woods

A stroll this morning in the lovely woods at Old Oak Barn..
So many GOLDCREST and TREECREEER!
Also
WOOD PIGEON
WREN
HERRING GULL
CARRION CROW
LONG TAILED TIT
JAY (CALLING)
BLACKBIRD
ROBIN
BLUE TIT
GREAT TIT



TREECREEPERS
Not sure what's in focus here!!



Secret house in the woods!

Marsh(?) Tit obsession!!



Nice Hollyhock










Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Trip to the Gann

After the ferocious winds we headed west for a day trip - and ventured to The Gann, near St Ishmaels.
There has been a lifer there (American Golden Plover) but that could not be found.
However, WHIMBREL, ROCK PIPIT were a couple of year ticks along with GREENSHANK and NORTHERN WHEATEAR on a very nice day with my lovely family.


Female Wheatear

My fellow birders (!) 


Rock pipit - note the stronger bill than a Meadow pipit
Loads of them! 

The Fozzies chilling and waiting for bird obsessed daddy
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Monday, 16 October 2017

MEGA Lifer in Wales (#305)

A lovely family break in Wales staying at St Clears.
Lovely visit to see Jen's gang and some strong winds.
My very considerate wife put up with a drive to Pwyll Ddu in Gwent. Anna and Harry went to an old pit museum while I went off for a twitch in the Breacon Beacons a few miles away.
Beautiful views and strong winds on the walk to the Quarry - and low and behold the COMMON ROCK THRUSH was showing very well quite close up.
This little beauty should be in Africa!!
Lifer # 305 - continuing and extra ordinary increase this year based on the number of outings!!
Two types of rock thrush in one year ....


MEGA in the Quarry




Camoflague for the COMMON ROCK THRUSH
Northern Wheatear in flight


In the middle of nowhere - who found this bird???
Happy Twitcher in Wales


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Old Oak Barn, St Clears

Hols with the family at a lovely barn - great bird life and a woods to boot!!!  - a good old WILLOW /  MARSH TIT challenge and a close up NUTHATCH along with:

BLUE TIT
GREAT TIT
COAL TIT
GOLDCREST
GOLDFINCH
CHAFFINCH
SONG THRUSH
ROBIN
GREY WAGTAIL
BLACKBIRD
LONG TAILED TIT
BUZZARD
GREATER SPOTTED WOODPECKER


Lovely cottage garden with lots of feeders. Perfect!!!



Marsh Tit me thinks
Nuthatch posing 

A few Goldcrests in the oak tree


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Local twitch with Harry - WRYNECK

A lovely afternoon in the sun for a twitch with my son!
Off we went to Pitstone Hill and connected with a lovely WRYNECK!!
Harry was very well behaved walking along until he wanted a carry - which was a challenge with all the fear I had!!!
LGRE and a few other locals in attendance

Nice light


Wryneck! 

Resting on the post

Dynamic twitchers!!!! 

Harry checking out the record shot