Monday 19 August 2019


Monday 19th August 2019

After a prolonged dormant phase due to being lured away by other forms of Social media 'platforms' and general summer lethargy, I've decided  return to revisit Bob the Birder. Apologies to former followers I hope Ill find something interesting to photograph and talk about during this return migration.
After a week on the beach in North Devon I have returned to resume my local patch walks and Bingo came up with a smart Redstart, first day back. Hopefully first of many.


Friday 29 March 2019

Days of contrasting fortunes

Friday 29th March 2019

A day of decision regarding the E U , or perhaps not. Birding also requires decisions.Yesterday was relatively easy: get up early, no shower, no breakfast early and head south to look for a White Stork ( a real one). I had a rough idea where I was going in the Granborough valley but was relieved to locate a small group of cars in the middle of nowhere. Had to be Birders and yes there was Lee Evans with Mobile stuck to his ear hurrying along obviously on a mission. Good man to follow, seems to know what he's doing, which is more than I did. I'll follow at a respectful distance. But wait, he's stopped, hes coming back. A brief word as other Birders arrive 'its in the next village',Sawbridge, apparently. The treasure hunt begins, just four cars,but all eager to track down our quarry. Eventually we stop to look at some trees quite close to the road and there it is, perched on top of the tallest tree giving excellent views and opportunities for photography.

White Stork, Sawbridge

By contrast today was  disappointing . A migrant search taking in a number of sites in North Warks. was completely fruitless.  A reliable sighting of a Ring Ouzel came to nothing even after a search of likely habitat and not a Wheatear in sight, anywhere.Tomorrow, there will be a 'good' bird tomorrow.

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Alvecote pools - some recent highlights

Wednesday 20th March 2019

A few of the recent highlights at Alvecote pools.

Whooper Swans

Great White and Little Egrets

Ferruginous duck with Tufted duck

Friday 4 January 2019

Review - 2018

Friday 4th January 2019

So we start 2019 with a Top ten photos of the year just past. Not a particularly great year for photos but a few nice birds scattered here and there.

A very local Firecrest, In January

Horned Lark, January somewhere near Heathrow Airport

Demoiselle Cranes, Kazakhstan, June

Pallas's Gull, Kazakhstan, June

Black Lark, Kazakhstan, June

Lesser grey Shrike, Kazakstan, June

Audouin's Gull, Menorca, August

Mediterranean Flycatcher, Menorca, August

Common Rosefinch, Shetland Isles, October

Red breasted Flycatcher, Shetland Isles, October

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Swans and Geese, not.

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Not a lot to write home about, let alone Blog. I could comment on the apparent increase in the numbers of Thrushes, Robins, Starlings, Meadow pipits etc, etc on local walks but its similar to last year and the year before that. Not that its not good to see these birds but something a little different now and again would be much appreciated. Having said that, when a pair of Russian Whitefronts turn up at Alvecote I did contrive to avoid them despite numerous visits. I did, however,see the Smew today AND 3 Great white Egrets. I also enjoyed the Swan fest. at Brandon  Marsh yesterday.

Whooper and Berwick Swans at Brandon Marsh

Berwick Swan

Whooper Swan

Berwick Swan

Sunday 4 November 2018

October 2018

October provided a rather mixed bag of Birding experience as it  so often does. The end of September into early October had seen a good number of migrants particularly Redstarts on the local patch-walk. My first 'twitch' took me to Hornsea Mere, E.Yorks in the early hours. A White rumped Swift had shown well over the Mere the previous day but unfortunately there was no sign the following day. Despite the need for sleep when the chance came for a lift to Cornwall I was up for it. A Catbird had turned up at Lands End, and thanks to John Holtham we were on our way. We had to wait some time before the bird appeared but our patience was rewarded as we got stunning views later on. The third twitch of the month took me to Salthouse N.Norfolk to see a very showy 'eastern Stonechat' the exact identity of the bird has yet to be determined but it was/is an interesting bird non the less. Thanks go to Tony Shep. for the lift. So after a burst of frenzied activity producing one 'tick' its back to the local walks. Not much to report though.A barn Owl was a nice surprise near Alvecote.Stonechats at their usual winter sites and incoming Thrushes, Larks, Starlings over 'the hill'.

Stonechat 1w