28 December, 2008
27 November, 2008
26 November, 2008
The second Red-breasted Flycatcher for Bedfordshire was discovered at Leagrave Marsh by Jon Palmer on Sunday. The bird is frequenting a block of woodland bordering the River Lea - a small oasis of habitat surrounded by estates, tower blocks and factories.
21 November, 2008
03 November, 2008
01 November, 2008
31 October, 2008
Record shots of Short-eared Owl
15 October, 2008
This rare American vagrant occasionally makes its way over to Europe - unlike Alexander Wilson, who first described the bird. He headed in the opposite direction - heading for the New World after leaving his native Scotland.
Over at Titchwell, a few Little Egret could be seen feeding.
A sizeable flock of Bar-tailed Godwit on the freshmarsh.
There were plenty of Red Knot on view.
With winter not far away, groups of Pink-footed Geese could be seen arriving from the North. These birds were feeding near Wells.
10 October, 2008
A Red Kite drifted by and did not show wing tags. It did not hang around - constantly harried by corvids.
By the time i'd noticed him, this juvenile Peregrine had almost got away after a quick interaction with the local Kestrel.
09 October, 2008
Two Shoveler show off their underwings.
A Black-headed Gull, now in winter plumage, hunts for scraps over the lagoons.
Another Black-headed Gull (this one a 1st-winter plumaged bird) spots a UFO on the horizon
08 October, 2008
This bird was very actively hunting - it chased and failed to catch a Blue Tit.
02 October, 2008
Another first rate find by John Lynch - an adult Spotted Crake was present on the wader scrape at Dunstable STW from 8th-24th September.
This was the 6th post-war record for Bedfordshire and the 3rd record for DSTW, the other two were:
One present 11th-13th August, 1975; [The Birds of Bedfordshire (Trodd/Kramer)]
One well watched bird 12th-19th August, 1995 (Paul Trodd et al); [The Bedfordshire Naturalist 1995, 50 (part 2)]
27 September, 2008
After a foggy start the sun came out and it only remained for the birds to sit still in front of the camera. Well, that rarely happens to me, but a Wren did sit still long enough for a couple of quick shots.
The Kingfisher post lived up to its name.
A local Common Buzzard drifted over. The Honey Buzzard invasion failed to materialize here !
Cormorant numbers have been increasing lately - up to 18. I prefer them to fishermen ...
22 September, 2008
This juvenile Common Buzzard was lingering behind the Deacon Hill summit, but drifted away quickly when it saw the camera !
A few birders have been participating in a 'vismig' vigil at various high spots around the county. Currently, there are plenty of Meadow Pipit migrating south - these are best seen in the first two hours after sunrise. This individual was part of a flock feeding locally.
17 September, 2008
After a number of days of easterly winds, the east coast had good numbers of migrant warblers, chats and the odd rarity. Early rain showers put paid to photography at Waxham, and anyhow, the reported Semi-collared Flycatcher was not showing.
A few miles south at Winterton dunes, the light improved and it was fairly easy to get close to the birds by sitting down in the scrub and waiting. A male and female Common Redstart fed to within twenty feet.
This Pied Flycatcher was content to sit in the open.
The Wryneck was a no-show, and the Red-backed Shrike preferred its appreciative audience to keep to a respectful distance.