Thursday, November 18, 2010

So got back into Birmingham yesterday and then at 10 o'clock last night me and Dad decided to go down to Devon with the potential for lifers in the shape of American Robin, Glossy Ibis, Water Pipit and Cirl Bunting also several potential year ticks on offer.

Probably down to planning this late at night we only managed to connect with the American Robin, but what a bird it was! Managed to get pretty close views of it and even managed to pick out its eye ring up in the middle of a hawthorn. Also bit of drama whilst trying to gain views of it when a farmer drove past leading a heard of 20 cows, once they reached the group of birders they all stopped so we headed up the bank out of the way, save for one poor old bloke that nearly got ran over by them despite moving as fast as he could!

Speedy Gonzales in action!
Dad trying not to laugh!

All in all, nice place to visit even if we did drive past the flooded fields that a Cattle Egret was found in today! I blame Dad, it was on his side of the car! Now up to 209 for the year and 263 for life.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Managed to get a lift from James Spencer of to the Pied-billed Grebe on Saturday, to say it showed really well is an understatement!

Taken without zoom on compact digital camera, its just dived in the middle of the pic!

Suppose you can just about tell what it is!

Then today managed to get a lift from Oli Metcalf and went to Flambrough fairly early highlights being

1 brief flyover Waxwing over the Old Fall hedge.
3 Pink footed geese in field near Old Fall.
1 Barn Owl.
1 Woodcock on the road on way there early this morning.
2 Roe Deer that walked along just ahead of us for quite a while.
1 Male Blackcap in Dane's Dyke and several Chiffchaff.

Unfourtunatly no sign of the Pallas's Warbler in Dane's Dyke.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

So seen as I haven't posted in over a month now thought I'd share some this with you all.

Yes yet again Tommy makes every other birder in Britain Jealous, first finding Citril Finch now this....

In other news I moved to York to go to Uni, loving it and managed 3 lifers since I've been here trip with Local RSPB group to Spurn = Pallas's Warbler, Bike ride to Wheldrake = American Wigeon (and met up with the Biking Birder aka Gary Prescott ) and a field trip to near Langsett Reservoir = Red Grouse! 

Also got this book, right up my street definatley recommend it