19 February, 2007

Rammamere & King's Wood

Weather wise, a very dull day indeed. A 3.36km walk over the Rammamere Heath and in King's Wood, Heath & Reach produced little of note, but included three Marsh Tit and a Lesser Redpoll. I try to avoid the Stockgrove Country Park as it is very popular with dog walkers.

Rammamere Heath & King's Wood

Marsh Tit

13 February, 2007

Brilliant Bunting

Present since 31st January, this record shot of a Little Bunting showed on and off until about 09:30 this morning at Amwell nature reserve in Hertfordshire. Digi-scoping would definately have the edge on this occasion ! The bird associates with Reed Bunting at the feeding station set between two reed beds.

Little Bunting

A few Water Rail can often be seen scurrying between the reedbeds.

Water Rail

One of three Red Kite at a location in the south of Bedfordshire. Also seen were a pair of Raven, three Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Siskin.

Red Kite

Not another Robin shot !


08 February, 2007

Norfolk Niceties

A trip to Norfolk with a very cold early morning start at Lynford Arboretum.

Lynford Arboretum

Lynford is a regular site for Hawfinch. There were a few in the arboretum and half a dozen or so in the paddocks feeding under the Hornbeams.


This fellow has perfected the art of levitation !


Great-spotted Woodpecker

Great-spotted Woodpecker

A mini 'twitch' to see two Waxwing reported in a residential area of Kings Lynn.




Over at Thornham Harbour there was no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs of recent days. This Little Egret did, however, oblige with a fly-past.

Little Egret

Over at Titchwell RSPB reserve six Bearded Tit were feeding very close to the footpath oblivious to one and all.

Rowdy behaviour on the marsh - two Black-tailed Godwit lock bills.

Black-tailed Godwit

05 February, 2007

Woburn: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

A once familiar call alerted me to a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. This sparrow-sized woodpecker is best looked for in spring before the leaves emerge.

Ok already - it's another Robin image !

02 February, 2007

Canal-side Walk

Another spring-like day ensued, with temperatures reaching 12 Celsius, prompting a walk along the Grand Union Canal from the Globe Pub to Leighton Lock. Bird song much in evidence including this European Robin.

European Robin

Behind the sewage works a short burst of song from a Common Chiffchaff, nearby a large source of food awaits !

Insect cloud

A view south from Leighton Lock

Grand Union Canal from Leighton Lock


Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull

On the news today - Mankind IS responsible for global boiling !

01 February, 2007

Dunstable STW

More signs of Spring as the mild weather continues. Birds in song include Skylark, Chaffinch and Dunnock.

One of five Reed Bunting around the Scrape today.

The Little Egret continues to be noted in and around the site. Last week it was along the brook adjacent to the bypass.