Sunday, March 26, 2006

Saturday, March 25, 2006

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

BOULTHAM MERE
An awesome morning on my local patch, I found this second summer Med Gull roosting in the field behind the reserve, seen to be ringed but to distant even for digi pics, it eventually flew onto the pit but was mostly hidden behind the raft, after a few minutes took to the air and circled several times calling then flew off west.
Also seen today a Buzzard, 2 Curlew a Grey wagtail and at 9.30am a spanking Sandwich Tern flew over the lake circled several times then flew North.
Five year ticks for the patch in two and a half hours.


COMMON GULL

BOULTHAM MERE
pity the med never sat on this post.

GADWALL

Boultham Mere
Several Gadwall on the pit was the Duck highlight of the day.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

PALE BELLIED BRENT GOOSE

GIBRALTAR POINT LINCOLNSHIRE
We counted over 30 pale Bellys with 1400 dark Bellys and two Black Brants on Tennysons marsh at Gib Point, a county record for me.





PALE BELLIED BRENTS

Family parties



PALE BELLIED BRENTS

PALE BELLIED BRENT

Juvenile Pale Bellied Tennysons Gib Point

THREE BRENTS

Black Brant, Dark Bellied Brent and a Pale Bellied Brent
Gibraltar Point Lincolnshire

BLACK BRANT

GIBRALTAR POINT LINCOLNSHIRE
Two Black Brants Tennysons Marsh, they flew in with 1400 Dark Bellied Brents then spent the day flying backwards and forwards from the surronding fields.



BLACK BRANT




Saturday, March 18, 2006

BLACK HEADED GULLS

Boultham Mere
Nothing else close enough to photograph and the light was poor.

HERRING GULL

BOULTHAM MERE
Distant Herring Gull on my Local patch, a poor day with only a few ducks now present.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Red Grouse

Strines Derbyshire
Video grab taken in a snow storm at minus 4 this morning, upto 16 birds seen calling and chasing each other across the moor, this bird at side of road briefly.


Blackcap

SHEFFIELD
Despite standing in the cold and snow for two hours there was no sign of the Common Rosefinch coming to feeders in a private garden, the only birds of note were 40 odd Siskins and this very out of Place Blackcap.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Sora

GIBRALTAR POINT LINCOLNSHIRE
PHOTOS BY DEAN EADES
Found last sunday and showing on and off all week, having to work all week and not being able to get has been a real gut renching experience.
We arrived at 8.10am planning to spend the whole of the next two days looking for this bird if it did not show but less than an hour later we had seen it, though only briefly and through trees as it fed in long grass.
Was that going to be the last we saw of it, it could be elusive dissapearing for long periods, after a few minutes it showed briefly again and then swam out in front of us giving stunning views, we waited and again saw it through the grass briefly, then amazingly right in front of the 50 or so birders present it flew onto the grass bank in full view and walked up the bank stopping and looking back across the pool at us, as it got to the top it again looked back then went over the top never to be seen again that day, superb bird stunning views and a crippler for the County

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Whooper Swans

RIVER WITHAM TATTERSHALL LINCOLNSHIRE
These two birds were on the river this afternoon just up from tattershall bridge, they were really close but the light was bad, first wild swans we have seen along the river here.



Egyption Goose

RIVER WITHAM TATTERSHALL LINCOLNSHIRE
Two birds on the river today appear to be getting a common sight around the county, with a couple in Boultham Park and Swanholme.

Greater Scaup

FREISTON SHORE LINCOLNSHIRE
The first Greater we have seen this year, distant and windy out on the lagoons

Freiston Shore

Shelducks, Pied Wagtail and Juvenile dark bellied Brent.


Saturday, March 04, 2006

Stonechat

BOULTHAM MERE
Despite extensive searching this morning we could not find the male that has been with this bird since the new year, again very flighty and difficult to get close enough for a decent shot, though good sunlight this morning in the Snowy conditions.