So today I did my first timed tetrad visit. Well not quite a timed visit seen as by the time I'd woken up and got there it was about 30mins from being dark, oh its tough being a student!
But to cut a long story short in the 30mins I did have were very enjoyable. On the bike ride there I managed to cycle straight past a flock of 11 Waxwing until they called making me stop very quickly and enjoy fantastic close views of them feeding in an apple tree, we're they the same flock of 11 I had fly over the flat not 10mins down the road yesterday? At the tetrad highlights were a Barn Owl hunting over roadside fields that flew to within about 10ft when I did squeaky noises! 3 Woodcock that flushed late on from a hedge, 6+ Tree Sparrow, 3 Yellowhammer and plenty of Fieldfare. Will be going back to do the timed visit properly, but I'm glad I don't have to count birds that don't use the tetrad, as thousands of Gulls flew over towards the Humber!
Also last week had up to 3 Jack Snipe in the lake over the back of the flat, 11 Waxwings over the flat and 2 in the car park. Oh and yesterday saw a lot of Mealy Redpoll where's the Arctic though!
And here are a few links that I have found interesting recently and posted onto Twitter so thought I'd put them on here as well.
Podcast by birders loosely about UK birding etc http://www.talking-naturally.co.uk/tn012-conference-calls-blatant-begging-stuff-episode2/
Garners put a load of posts on recently on interesting stuff http://birdingfrontiers.com/
From Birdguides, all the reports of Waxwing so far on one map http://twitpic.com/3fjabq
Cracking photo http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?v=1&off=279802&r=1&st=0&q=0
What we all dream of http://corkdudeing.blogspot.com/2010/12/king-of-grebes-2-revenge-of-grebes.html
Another mental raptor photo http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?f=279116
Lotto win well spent? http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/dec/07/world-most-expensive-book-sold
Imagine one of these in your garden with the dunnocks... http://rarebirdsinthewesternpalearctic.blogspot.com/2010/12/black-throated-accentor-in-finland.html