Saturday 31 March 2012
Wednesday 28 March 2012
I’m full of the joys of spring, aren’t you? Lots of early morning, and lunchtime, and evening visits to Broom GP this week have revealed very little new. I’ve had a couple of Sand Martins through, two White Wags, and other than that it’s been pretty static. Matt’s four Little Gulls were nice, but even they weren’t in stunning summer plumage, unlike our current weather! Maybe the next few days things will improve?
Today’s lunchtime outing with Mr Bashford produced two LRP’s at Derek’s (one up on previous days) so I think we can both legitimately claim them as a ‘find’.
Friday 23 March 2012
Thursday 22 March 2012
Self found ticks should prove easy enough over the next few weeks as the new migrants come in. I got my first with a Wheatear at Broom while searching for a certain teal sp. The key to the contest is however to get the scarcities. One example is Peregrine that is around most of the time but difficult to count as a self found for the year. Sightings are irregular away from the known locations such as Stewartby chimneys so I was delighted to score with a bird that came down to drink on the pools at
Later in the day, a Green Sandpiper was discovered on the man-made plastic-lined pools between Toddington Services and the railway giving me a total of seven different wader species for the day. Still not found Stonechat however which was one of the key targets of my late afternoon wanderings in the Sundon area.
Have not had a chance to add anything else yet this week but the weekend will soon be upon us again thankfully, then the longer lighter evenings.
Not counting this duck from
Monday 19 March 2012
Buzzards may be commonplace nowadays throughout Bedfordshire but it's still unusual to see one flying over my part of Kempston - I took some photos of this one taking advantage of the clear blue skies above my garden this morning - definitely self-found! Martin Palmer.
Sunday 18 March 2012
Saturday 17 March 2012
(a) I only go to Broom GPs
(b) I don't use a car
(c) Richard, Steve and Martin S 'steal' the birds before I can see them
(d) Now Richard has found the Green-winged Teal, every man jack will be combing the site for the next few weeks, making self finding all the more difficult.
So far I calculate I have 'self found' 81 species, so as I'm propping up the league- I take it no one will want to scrutinise my list....... so I may be able to cheat to catch up!
To rectify the situation, all I can do is get up earlier than Steve and Mark Thomas and sit at the Gypsy Lane East watch point until the goodies roll in. Next, simply text all of the 'Broomites' and post a quick email on Bedsbirds.
The latter action will nullify Martin, who will presumably read his emails at 10.30am, when he wakes up!
Up and at 'em,
p.s I haven't forgotten about that Sandwich Tern Andy.....................
Friday 16 March 2012
Thursday 15 March 2012
I’m going for quality again (?) this year, rather than quantity, as I am sure to be doing majority of birding in the southern fields and hills. Will be hitting the wetlands of course when a study of the weather patterns or presence of a particular bird will draw me in.
Not starting with any strong claims on scarcities, so cannot have Scaup, Smew, Scoter, GN Diver, Crossbill, Short-eared Owl, Tree Sparrow or any of the scarcer geese as they were all well publicised birds. Also only got Mandarin, Goosander and Jack Snipe from regular wintering sites that I went to in order to find these species though I might make a late claim on Goosander from East Hyde that I did bump into when I went to photograph Jacks as I had forgotten about them after the initial news. Only twitch this year was to get Steve’s tristis Chiffchaff. I have claimed the surprise of two male RC Pochards when looking for the Scaup at Brogborough on 6th Jan though and will not be denied Raven over Pegsdon by some quirk of the rules.
My wintering garden Blackcaps are mine all mine and I will not be publishing the Dusky Thrush until it has departed as my wife does not want “my wierdo twitcher mates” interrupting her efforts in the kitchen...
Wednesday 14 March 2012
Tuesday 13 March 2012
Monday 12 March 2012
Another quality shot of the Harrold Pink-foot with a dodgy wing. A bird from 2011 so not countable.
Saturday 10 March 2012
Thursday 8 March 2012
The only new bird so far this week has been a Blackcap singing by Jordan’s Mill while I was looking for the Glossy Ibis. I hardly ever see Blackcaps in winter (as that’s what I still class early March!) so I was quite pleased.
Hopefully in the next few days there’ll be Sand Martins, Wheatears, Rock Pipits, Glossy Ibis’ to come...