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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



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


Marsh / Willow tit

Nuthatch posing 

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 


Friday, 29 September 2017

Birding with Rob and a lifer #304

On the way to Robs I stopped off at Arne (Middlebere) for a lucky sighting of a STILT SANDPIPER -thanks to a friendly and excellent local birder.
I thought I got a shot of it through the scope but I can't seem to find it! Great views if it through the the scope in the sun.

Lifer twitch #304
We camped in the garden of Ian, Robs mate.
We then went to a few sites around the Portsmouth area  Pinstead, Farlington, Titchfield Haven, Brownhills in the New Forest, Little Pennington and Blashford teaching a total over 50 species.

Highlights and year ticks being CURLEW SANDPIPER, GREY PLOVER BRENT GEESE, GREENSHANK, BARNACLE GEESE and SISKIN
Then at Rob we had a BADGER show and I got my best (and only) shot of one!!!

Badger @ Robs
On the way home I stopped off at Lower Farm in Newbury , and clocked up the species list to 71 for the weekend adding GREEN SANDPIPER to the year list

Fire pit and beers! 
The boys birding in Hampshire

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