Monday, 13 June 2016

Barn Birds ???

A walk around the Little Linford Wood area today.
Very few butterflies around which was I was primarily looking for but did see some birds that were seemingly not in their correct habitat.

Tree Sparrows are rare enough these days but this colony choose to nest in an old derelict barn.

Another bird that seemed to like a barn was this Red-legged Partridge. Not nesting but using it for a lookout post.                                                                                                                   

Ragged Robin is one of my favourite flowers and there are plenty here

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Mallorca Wildlife

Just a few pics of a few non-birdy things from the Mallorca trip.

Hermans Tortoise
Red-eared Terrapin

European Pond Turtle
Moorish Gecko
Iberian Green Flog
Iberian Speckled Wood
Clouded Yellow
Painted Lady
All the Wild Leek flower spikes were covered in these snails, a bizarre sight.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

More Mallorca Birding. Part three

A selection of some of the smaller passerines...

female Sardinian Warbler

Spanish Yellow Wagtail

Woodchat Shrike



Fan-tailed Warbler

Corn Bunting
Balearic Spotted Flycatcher


More Mallorca Birding. Part two

Waders seen on the trip included...

Black-winged Stilt

Stone Curlew

Little-ringed Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover chick (top centre)                                                                                                                                                                                   
Cormorant and Shag were the only seabirds observed on this trip....

Mediterranean race Shag
I saw a good variety of Raptors but they were usually not close enough to photograph....                      
Osprey (with fish)

Eleanora's Falcon

Monday, 30 May 2016

More Mallorca Birding part one...

We were back in Mallorca for our 2 week holiday at the start of May. Here's a few pics from there.

First a few Herons...

Cattle Egret

Squacco Heron

Night Heron

Little Egret

Purple Heron

Great White Egret

a few waterbirds...

Purple Swamphen

Red-knobbed Coot

Red-crested Pochard

Marbled Duck


Monday, 7 March 2016

A few bits from Norfolk

I had a much more successful trip to Norfolk last week than my last visit in December.
With lots of good birds seen including Purple Sandpiper, Spoonbill, a smashing male Hen Harrier, several Lapland Buntings and half a dozen Snow Buntings.
 I also encountered lots of the more common coastal birds that you rarely get in Buckinghamshire including Fulmars, Red-breasted Mergansers, Guillemot and at least 50 Red-throated Divers on the sea at Cley.
one of the cheeky Turnstones at Sheringham

Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham

another Sheringham Turnstone (they follow you around)

Lapland Buntings at Blakeney

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Town Owl

Having done a usual wander around Gayhurst Quarry, where I had been pleased to find my first returning Oystercatcher of the year and three Egyptian Geese that had been absent for the whole shooting season, I decided to cut across the Bury Field on my way back.
 This much dog-walked Common Land usually holds a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits and when the pools are flooded a few Snipe. Occasionally there will be Stonechats and sometimes a hunting Barn Owl.
 So it was somewhat of a surprise when a large bird flushed out of one of the bushes in the middle of the common .... Short-eared Owl !!

What a marvellous find and only a couple of hundred yards from Newport Pagnell Town Centre.