Wednesday 31 July 2013

Raven on the CF list

My cycle to work got me a Cams tick and a carbon free self found year tick. As ever,here is the photographic proof of the bird in Cambs flying into Beds.


Thursday 25 July 2013


Thought I had blown this one too. Today, I flushed one out of a ditch at Myers Farm near Potton. I must have visited this site 20+ times at dawn and dusk looking for them, so can only assume that this one was on migration. Saw it well in flight, then it started to scold me from the dense herbage.

So following CS and YG at Tetworth on Saturday and GH today, I am now on 128 self-found, zero-carbon (136 total) - the only list that really matters to me. Game on Messrs Bashford and Grimsey (although I suspect Mr Lynch will be right in the mix when he updates his total).

Tetworth is sure to score me some ticks this autumn...



Wednesday 24 July 2013


Thought I was running out of time for this one and what a rubbish year it is for Quails too.  But my bike to work period started on Wednesday and hit the jackpot with a quailfest at Tempsford.  Great bird and carbon free too.  Excellent!

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Greenshank 1 - Quail 0

Well, yesterday I managed to find a Greenshank (at last) on GLE, and also get gripped off by Carrie with a Quail from our bedroom while I was at The Lodge!

Some you win, some you loose.

Saturday 6 July 2013

Stuff to find in July

I had a little think about what we might be looking for in July.  Below are a few reporting rate graphs from BirdTrack showing a few species of interest.

It looks like our chances of bumping in to a Quail are diminishing, especially as we head further in to July:

Two gulls should be at their 'most findable' in July - Med Gull and Yellow-legged.  So if you haven't manged to find these two, get in to some fields and scour some gull flocks.

I put Greenshank in as jammy Bashford has found the only one in Beds this year.  However autumn, from July onwards, is by far and away the peak time for this regular wader to pass through.

Monday 1 July 2013


Has anyone found anything in the past month?  I know I haven't.  Been too pre-occupied with looking for Corn Buntings (and hoping I'll bump in to a Quail or Monties).  I have found over 110 singing Corn Buntings though!