Saturday, December 3, 2011


This is the biggest flock of Golden Plover I have ever seen. It was near a Power Station somewhere near Grimsby

Wonder who put them up!

Up here for a few days surveying, not a lot of time for photos.

Road to Spurn was breached last night so no vehicular access. Luckily my surveying didnt include the Point!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Odds n sods

Rather more exotic looking Pheasant at Rempstone. Looks like some Reeves influence here

Juv Eider off of Cleavel Point

Blackwit and Knot flying into Newton Bay

Goosander Long Island

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


More disturbance surveying today, a bit quieter than Brands Bay here.
Looks like the watcher is being watched

Only other thing of note was this big canoeist and his friend

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Brands Bay

Rather peaceful looking Brent

Not for long though (click to enlarge)

Then there were 5

Everything leaving. Well nearly everything, some ended up in the water.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Highlights at Durlston with Hamish last couple of mornings was long awaited (for me) Twite. Well 2 to be precise. Also Snow Bunting and quite a few more Crossbill.
Today came the Pigeons, thousands of them. I am not a great Pigeon fan but these flocks were impressive, with many into the thousands. Total came to around 54, 500. During the count it looked as though there was going to be a much bigger count but all of a sudden they just stopped coming. Presumably they had all roosted in a similar area.

A Short-eared Owl put in a brief appearance

Late Speckled Wood in the winter sunshine

Sunday, November 6, 2011


First stop Ferrybridge where a Black Brant was in with the Brents.
Some noticable movement overhead also, mostly Redwing

Short-eared Owl flying around Obs

Fair few birds coming back in off the sea

Distant Pintail moving past

Rather feisty Merlin

Eventually settled down

Friday, November 4, 2011

Durlston purple patch

Richard's Pipit, Hawfinch and a British record 118 Bullfinch over in the past couple of days was trumped today by a Pallid Swift today. First picked up at distance by Hamish, we only initially had the briefest of views but new immediately it looked good. It was heading south and soon disappeared behind trees. After a rather long run and some anxious waiting we relocated it quite a way west. It circled around a couple of times and then headed off west

Also moving, Woodlark, Crossbill and Bullfinch

Friday, October 28, 2011

New posting!

Am making a big effort to get up to date now, so it will be mostly photos for a while

Studland October 28th