Monday, December 5, 2016

Dusky Thrush, Beeley


Just had to go for this bird today after it came on the pager yesterday, a new world bird for us two. The village was easy to find, right next to Chatsworth House, and we were lucky to find somewhere to park. The crowds were huge and the bird was extremely mobile. We had a fleeting glance of it as soon as we arrived, but stood in a sports field (with feet like blocks of ice!), with the masses and no sign, probably due to the local fat cat the was sat on the wall under the trees ! Beeley was a 'Last of the Summer Wine' pretty little village and every tree , hedge, bush was being watched by birders. Word soon got out that it had been seen at the Activity Barn up the road so a mass of birders headed up the hill and it soon showed for perhaps 10 seconds before flying over and into the orchard behind. Lets hope that it sticks around for another day or so as a further visit is definately required ! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Scaup, Covenham Reservoir





A lovely afternoon walk round Covenham Reservoir. Both been full of cold and feeling a bit under the weather so was good to get out in some fresh air. Never seen so many cormorants, there were 100's of them !  The highlight of the afternoon was these 3 scaup. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hen Harriers






















Short-eared Owls made up the supporting cast 

                   Another fabulous day with our ringtails, only today we had not just two but three ! 
                   A brilliant day with good company and some of our favourite birds without doubt. 

Messingham NR






Some good views of the 3 Pintail that were on there on Friday

Wigeon 

Willow Tit 


and a Mandarin on the lake at Ashby Ville

Toft Newton Reservoir

Black-necked Grebe 

Cormorant 

Goldeneye 










Grey Wagtail

A nice walk round on Sunday afternoon, some good birds and chatty fishermen.