Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Great-Northern Diver, Fairlop 24/11/15

Today started with a survey at East Tilbury which produced a single Red-throated diver & 2 Common Scoter east.  A big increase in waders and a dozen Corn Bunting being the highlights.

Fairlop waters country park held this fine Great-Northern Diver that SB found on Sunday.

Best views I've had of one in London, with previous birds normally a distant blob on the big reservoirs up in the lea valley!

Shame about the dull light, but a cracker none the less.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Fudge Duck, Dagenham Chase 22/11/15

Cant see much wrong with today's female Ferruginous duck found by Vince at the Chase this morning, and is almost certainly the same individual that's was present a couple of winters ago.

A Scaup was also present often in the company of the fudge duck.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Short-eared owl - Hoo peninsula 8/11/15

Todays survey started well with myself and Mo picking up a very late WHINCHAT along the entrance track to our survey site.  I can't remember ever seeing one so late before.

Further on we both had MERLIN on our transit, with two sparring over a meadow pipit along the seawall last knockings.

Star bird though was this cracking Short-eared owl, which showed very well on our return route.

Other birds of note were several groups of Lesser Redpoll, Water Pipit, Peregrine pair, double figure Marsh harrier and several Green sandpiper.

plenty of stonechat around still

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Rough Essex.

Myself & Mo headed out to the east coast of Essex yesterday morning to filthy twitch the very showy Rough-legged Buzzard that has taken up residence of Holland haven nature reserve.

Arriving at dawn we headed towards the hide, it wasn't long before Mo picked up our bird heading towards us from the golf course, accompanied with a Common for comparison.  The bird flew closer and closer and gave a great flyby before settling on a nearby fencepost, where we enjoyed the bird down to about 100 feet! Absolutely amazing views through the scope, shame the light was so poor for the camera.

We stopped off at Heybridge Basin on the way home where the Great Grey Shrike was still present.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Kent Survey 19/10/15

First of the winter bird surveys yesterday for myself and Mo, north kent the venue, along our regular stretch of the hoo peninsula.

First bird seen was a late Northern Wheatear, followed by a clunking Raven along the seawall (a patch tick for myself).

Wader and Wildfowl numbers were fairly low but several Green sands bombed around.

Beardies seemed to have a good breeding season with several family parties moving around.

Other notable passerines were singles of both Yellowhammer & Brambling.

Star bird goes to a spanking male Hen Harrier picked up by Mo along the seawall as we were about to leave.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Ringing 17/10/15

Yesterdays ringing highlights included 8 Redwing & 9 Goldcrest's, a cracking male Bullfinch and a single Long-tailed tit were amongst the other usual suspects processed.

Overhead viz-mig saw both Siskin and Repoll over along with a steady passage of Skylark and Mipit.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Sumburgh birds

Some more photo's from last weeks Shetland trip, all these birds were seen around Sumburgh head.

Lapland Bunting


Rock Pipit

Spot fly

Arctic Skua

Velvet Scoter

Monkey amusing himself in top quarry!