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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Commute a bird

On the way home from work I spotted a BARN OWL flying over the A5 near Tottenhoe on my way back from Northampton. A rare and enjoyable sight!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Some bird life in the garden

it's been very barron in the garden recently - however yesterday GOLDFINCH arrived on the niger seed feeders and today around 40 CHAFFINCH and GOLDFINCH were in the trees

BLUE TIT in the hedge


GOLDFINCH


A flock of GOLDFINCH and CHAFFINCH



Monday, 1 January 2018

Hawfinch - local tick!

A visit to Great Gaddesden church produced a flock of HAWFINCH in the bad light and rain of New Years Day.
No other birders in sight when I arrived - and I saw about 6 at the top of the trees as soon as I arrived.
C. 10 in total - two different Hawfinch sites and sightings in 2 days!!!

Tricky to get on the birds - quite flitty!

A couple of Hawfinch in the lens 
Hawfinch in flight at the churchyard 

New Years Day family birding

So another year is upon us - so straight out the Granville bedroom window to start year ticking!
My first of the year is one of my faves - a BLUETIT :)
Then a family trip to College Lake picked up a few nice ticks such as:
WIGEON
TUFTED DUCK
LAPWING
GADWALL
POCHARD
Year List at a mighty #20 on day one !
Granville Garden list at #7

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Hawfinch year tick

A regular visit for the HAWFINCH at Bramfield today - only one showing but the light was great. My bestest Hawfinch picture to date!
Also seen today:
BLUE TIT
GREAT TIT
LONG TAILED TIT
COAL TIT
GREEN WOODPECKER
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
GOLD CREST 
Year list at #140

Hawfinch in the sun
GS Woodpecker

GOLDCREST 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Freezing at Granville

I finally got round to cleaning and replenishing the bird feeders today after months of  neglect. As soon as I did a small flock of LONG TAILED TITS and a BLUE TIT came for a nose and a peck


Freezing - but the snow is melting and the feeders are full 

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


American Horned Lark at Staines