Friday, February 5, 2016

Starling Murmuration, Blacktoft Sands










There was definitely starling on the tea time menu for this local peregrine.
He flew past the hide clutching onto one ten minutes later ! 



An added bonus while we waited for the hen harriers to come into roost tonight at Blacktoft. A ringtail came in just before dusk but flew straight in. This murmuration was cracking and lasted for ages, probably because they were constantly hassled by the peregrine and daren't go to roost. Afraid the starling flock are one down as the peregrine flew past the hide with one in it's talons just before dark. A good start to the weekend. Lets hope the penduline tits turn back up at Saltholme !

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hawfinch, Rufford Country Park, Notts







The first sunny and still day for ages so we had to make the most of it heading out to Rufford Country Park to hopefully see hawfinch. We did not fail !  A flock of 7 flew over, landed for 2 seconds and were then long gone. A hour later, one was heard and Simon soon had it located in the worst possible tree for photography, but everyone managed to see it and this was our 101st bird of 2016 without really trying.
Home for a lovely tea and chocolate cake for Lucy's 28th birthday and then down the Priory for fizzy bubbly! Happy Birthday Lucy xx

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Slavonian Grebe, Far Ings, Barton











A trip to Far Ings this lunchtime to see this lovely Slav Grebe. It was blowing an absolute gale and the bird was right over the far side at the hotel but we stood and stood and it slowly but surely made it's way across the pit until it was right infront of us.....perfect!  And there was just us two.....even better!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Goosander, Cleethorpes Country Park






No sign of the two slav grebes that had been seen earlier today so was pleased with this goosander that flew in, a good bonus at the end of a fabulous day.

Slavonian Grebe, Toft Newton Reservoir, Lincs





Another visit today, this time it wasn't blowing a gale. The grebe didn't really come close and it was difficult to stand on the bank without flushing birds, so good pics considering. Even though we didn't think it was windy, the water had masses of swell and waves like an inland sea !

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Red-breasted Merganser, Whisby Nature Reserve, Lincoln

An afternoon at Whisby Nature Reserve to see this lovely bird. We were very lucky indeed, as soon as we sat down it swam out straight infront of us and caught a fish. A fabulous bird. Black clouds and a howling wind cut our afternoon short. 











And to top the day off nicely, we watched the Red Arrows practicing some of their routine on the way home. A dam good day !

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Buntings, Brickyard Lane





























What a brilliant way to spend a sunny Monday morning with only us two there at Brickyard Lane, Lincs. It didn't take long to locate these snow buntings and twite which were constantly on the move. 10 snow buntings and at least 100 twite.