Saturday 24 October 2015


Really not in the running this year, but always nice to be surprised with another selfie.  Was actually looking for a migrant Great Grey Shrike or Yellow-browed Warbler, but this will do.  Its a lark, near a wood.

Thursday 22 October 2015

Another Broom GPs 2 bagger

A bit of a bimble around the Broom area today threw up a Jack Snipe in the area of the G+M Pits and then a Caspian Gull at GLE having a wash and preen, before it flew off in the direction of Langford. I did get Steve to check my homework on this one and although my proper camera is away being looked at just now did get a few shots through the scope with the phone.

Not for the SFYL but I was also treated to the stunning sight of a Peregrine making a couple of failed attempts at taking Mallard off the water in the G+M Pits.

Tree Sparrows are back (I haven't seen them mentioned recently) on the hedge along the game strip at Upper Caldecote. I won't be adding these to my SFYL total, as I think that would be a bit cheeky.


Sunday 18 October 2015

2 bagger

At this late stage, 2 in a day is much more difficult. But the feat was accomplished today at Broom GPs. I managed to add Rock Pipit and SEO to the SFYL. Both decent patch birds and green too!
No photos I'm afraid and I'm not sure I've got another decent field sketch in me................

Thursday 15 October 2015

Garden Mig yields

This time of year is fantastic! The birds come to you.....25 minutes in the back garden and I was lucky enough to bag 2 Brambling flying SW… a SFYT. Also Redpoll, Siskin, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Redwing and Song Thrush.
One day I will get an Ouzel..........

Sunday 11 October 2015

Sunday 4 October 2015


Wandering around Sandy Smith NR with the dogs enjoying the sunshine when I decided to have "one last look" along the tops of the bushes in the field with the silos for anything along the lines of Whinchat or Stonechat when a blurry grey, black and white thing flew through the scope and landed on top of a bush! I never tire of seeing these birds and physically smile every time I see one.

I know the pic looks more like a Monet abstract but I think I've finally got the SFYL standard of shot cracked.


Saturday 3 October 2015


At last, a new SFYT. Female Pintail playing hide and seek with 200 Wigeon on GLW, Broom.