Thursday, 11 December 2008

11th December Sparrowhawks and other Garden Birds .......

11 December. A well posed Sparrowhawk that sat in our Ivy clad apple tree for least an hour and a half. Yesterday's Sparrowhawk was a flyover bird, but today this bird was in no hurry to go anywhere.Sparrowhawks are regular visitors to the Garden,but don't usually sit so close or for so long.Pictues taken through glass. An interesting few days in the garden recently.A female Blackcap yedterday and a male today.2 jays and perched Redwings yesterday, with flyover redwings and Grey Heron today. A single Jay in the Garden last week was the first I remember seeing in all the years we have lived here.With at least 1 Goldcrest flitting around today and yesterday I shall keep looking out for that bold white eyestripe !!!!

Monday, 8 December 2008

Waxwings at Holme but no white Gulls at Blackborough End Tip ...

Waxwing Holme 6th December

Saturday morning seawatching had produced a Great Northern Diver among the Mergansers Fulmars etc but the bnest views of the day were the afternoons Waxwing on the wires. I had seen the ones at The Lodge in Sandy, and another individual in the Dunes at Holme - but all briefly and in poor light. This individual didn't stay long before flying off with another but at least the sun was shining. Sundays attempts to find a White winged Gull flopped but a Green Sand and 3 Bewick's Swans on a nearby lake were some consolation

Monday, 1 December 2008

Cattle Egret Haversham Bucks and a retrapped Firecrest Holme

1st December A short trip out of Beds gave a pleasant couple of hours with a neighbouring Cattle Egret.Showed very well but never quite in the right place for the camera in the bright sunshine

Firecrest holme 28 November/ retrapped after several weeks without being seen !!