26 May, 2009

King's Wood, Heath & Reach

The begging call of this Tawny Owl gave away its location - a confirmed breeding record for the atlas project !

23 May, 2009

A family of Long-tailed Tit were sat together in a secluded dell 'chilling'.

Long-tailed Tit

17 May, 2009

Local Patch - 17/05/09

A narrow band of heavy rain failed to drop any scarce terns on to the site. After the rain, a Reed Warbler finally sat still to dry out.

Reed Warbler

A Little Ringed Plover feeding on the 'scrape'.

Little Ringed Plover

16 May, 2009


The story, as told in the June edition of 'Birdwatch' magazine, is of Essex birder of Nigel Pepper who 'fessed up' to making a false claim of Hermit Thrush at Chipping Ongar in October 1994. His reason ? - a protest against supression of rarities in Essex. I have had occasion to give medical aid to someone who shot themselves in the foot. I do suspect, however, that Mr Pepper is beyond my help...

09 May, 2009

Temminck's Stint @ Castle Mill GP

Plenty of waders reflecting how good these gravel workings are at the moment. Amongst the usual suspects a Temminck's Stint was the pick of the bunch - courtesy of 'Bird Finder Blain' !.

Temminck's Stint