Friday, 30 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
A day in Norfolk and what better end to the day than chips and a Med Gull fest at Great Yarmouth? As an added bonus there was a Rough-legged Buzzard the other side of town too, but he was too distant for photos.
Friday, 23 November 2007
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
If you want to see wintering Tree Sparrows in Bedfordshire you have to look at game strips. It seems that almost all of the most recent records of wintering birds in Beds have come from people looking at finch flocks around game strips.
This is again true for this winter. I was told there was one Tree Sparrow back at the Castle Farm game strips near Tingrith over a month ago. I finally got along there last weekend, and after a little bit of searching found at least fifteen of these great little birds sheltering in the hedges.
Tingrith is about half an hour away from where I live, so was pretty chuffed to hear that someone had also seen some about a mile from my house! Armed with good directions, I pottered along there at lunchtime today and found one of these hansom Sparrows cavorting with the commoner House Sparrows. I even managed a shot (see above).
The challenge now, is to make them stay the winter and work out where they breed...
Saturday, 10 November 2007
We had a few fireworks and a bonfire at the weekend. Here are a few photos...
The girls looking bored. What do you mean "seen one firework, seen 'em all"?
Ah, that's better - give 'em sparklers and they're happy for hours.....or as long as it takes the sparkler to go out.
I think they were trying to spell something here...
My effort at an arty-farty shot - this is Tom, a big torch and lots of smoke!
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, 29th October 2007. This little bugger gave us the run-around....then we realised that we should have been looking under our noses for it!