Monday, 30 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Here's a shot of some Arctics and a bigger one. Nice aren't they.
Now then, House Martins...
Monday, 23 April 2012
The much needed Garganeys, Whimbrels, Redstarts and Ring Ouzels didn't show either.
So now we have the (quite frankly shocking) situation of MJP jumping into second place, a mere nine scarce quality passage migrants behind SCB. The sly Mr Grimsey is also doing well.
A Harrold scenic. A local initiative to improve the view of the Cormorant colony.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
It’s a funny ol’ game this ‘self-finding’ lark. I’ve been struggling to add much to my tally of late, mostly because of the cool north winds keeping stuff from arriving. So when six Ring Ouzels were seen at Pegsdon I popped along there in the evening to take a look myself.
After wandering around without much to show for my efforts I stood pondering what to do next on the edge of ‘Chack Valley’. After a few minutes I hear the soft distinctive scalding of Ring Ouzel – thinking it was in the bushes near me I back away slowly. After a few minutes more I hear it again and realise its coming from across the valley from some scrub. I put my bins up to be greeted with a spanking male Rouzel atop a hawthorn. After only a few seconds a shower of black and white shoot through my bins as a Buzzard piles in to the trees above the bird I was watching scattering more Rouzelage that were hidden deep in the bushes above – there seemed to me more than six!
After the Buzzard moves on, I decide to walk round to a better vantage point on the opposite side of the valley. After a long wait the Rouzels eventually pop out and fly across to the sunny side of the valley to feed. I count them – 1,2,3,4,5,6 – excellent, I’ve got them all. Hold on a minute, there is another one, and another, and another! Nine Ring Ouzels all bouncing round the sunny slope together – fabulous.
So it would appear I’ve ‘found’ three extras. But have I? I receive an email from an anonymous source (let’s call him Randy Whimsey) calling in to question my ‘finding’ of these three extras – “how to you know they weren’t some of the previous six” he comments. My only reply to that is “how do you know they’re not new in”?
Monday, 9 April 2012
Despite the season, not much to be added for me these last couple of weeks. A thorough search of Maulden Woods did not get an LSW but a hopeful stakeout of the pool in the pines did bring me a SFYL Crossbill coming down to drink as well as a few Redpoll and Siskin in late March. A weak tick in form of a pair of LRP at Broom was claimed after an otherwise empty early morning there.
I was expecting to drop back a little with no Bedsbirding over the four day Easter holiday as I was required to work on Friday before a dash up to parents in Coventry for the whole of Saturday and Sunday family stuff so I squeezed in an early Pegsdon on Fri 6th and was delighted to pick up a male Ring Ouzel to start off the season at that location. All I’ve got to do now is refind the G. W. Egret next time it comes into Beds.
Did find a free flying small white Cockatoo sp on my parents TV aerial and then later in the next road. It seems that the SFYL activity is yielding more than its usual share of exotics.Cockatoo - just departing stage right
Saturday, 7 April 2012
Whilst waiting patiently on Good Friday afternoon for the Water Shrew to show at Jack's Pond, The Lodge, Sandy, I was suitably pleased and surprised to self-find a pair of Common Crossbills coming down for a drink. Martin Palmer