Saturday, 3 March 2018

Icy blast birds!

Well we've had a week of cold weather nothing horrendous but definitely cold and one added benefit to us humans if not the birds is the amount of new visitors to the garden showing just how vital it is to feed the birds in bad weather - birds we just don't normally get have visited daily including Reed Bunting, Brambling, Redwing, Fieldfare, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail, Siskin and Hawfinch!  Here's a few mages including a Red-necked Grebe at Bagmoor this morning

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Normanby's Deer Park

A smattering of snow over night made for a very beautiful deer park this morning - very quiet on the bird front no sign of the Hawfinch

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Bearded Tits at Alkborough

These stunning images all taken at Alkborough without the need of a tape recorder! Taken by Neil proving patience pays off.

Rough-legged Buzzard

Taken by Neil Drinkall on Friday at Alkborough - image heavily cropped and taken at considerable distance flying away across the river

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Parrot Crossbills at Howden Reservoir

A little cold but fabulous views of Common and Parrot Crossbills this morning - strong biting wind meant difficult conditions for digiscoping with the birds swaying in and out of the viewfinder ...

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Desert Wheatear - Whitby Abbey

A new year and a new British tick for me - beautiful bird at a beautiful location

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Hawfinches in N Lincs

Glorious time with the Hawfinches today, much easier to see now the leaves have fallen - we watched them feeding on Beech, Larch and Yew with seemingly no particular favourite food

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Hawfinch Invasion

This autumn has seen an unprecedented influx of Hawfinches into the country and we have been lucky to find two in Normanby Park having seen them fly over our garden and today we found at least five at another local site - horrendously difficult to track down, we could hear them but not see them until they flew and then trying to relocate them before they disappeared into foliage was not an easy task!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Flipping heck a Scops Owl

Amazing how a day can change, one minute I'm at Alkborough looking for the Phalarope, the next minute I've glanced at twitter and the next I'm ringing Wayne at work asking if he fancies dashing up to County Durham when he gets home for a European Scops Owl - of course the answer was always going to be yes and he may even be able to leave at 3 so 5.30 and there we are - Ryhope Village looking at a Scops Owl.

The Elderberry bush containing said Scops Owl