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
Locust
 
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...


Serin
 
 
female Sardinian Warbler



Spanish Yellow Wagtail
 
Nightingale

Woodchat Shrike

Stonechat

Bee-eater

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.