Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wood Sandpiper at RSPB Titchwell Marsh

More from Bempton Cliffs

Kittiwakes
'Rock Doves'
Puffins
Wall Brown
Juvenile Tree Sparrow
Adult Tree Sparrow

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bempton Cliffs: Gannets

Red-backed Shrike, Baston Fen

Andrew Gardener found this immaculate male Red-backed Shriek at Baston Fen on August 2, while working this unlikely South Lincs patch. What a reward for patch working! I was up there within an hour and helped relocate it on some distant bushes. The views were long range, but really excellent with a scope (which may not come across in these digiscoped shots). This was only my second RbS in the PBC area, the last being a juvenile/first-winter in September 2004, at Prior's Fen, Cambs. It was also the first adult male I have ever seen in the UK.

Black-necked Grebe, Baston & Langtoft

I found this little fellow at the "passing place' pit on the crossroads road to the Cross Drain (Baston & Langtoft pits, South Lincs) a couple of days ago. This small pit has punched above its weight in the last couple of years, turning up Great White Egret, Water Pipit, Little Tern, Turnstone, Avocet & Knot (so I'm told). ANd now this grebe, which I think is a juvenile. I wonder where it hatched, especially as the pit complex has apparently had breeding attempts previously and summer pairs have been seen in the not too distant past... It takes my PBC year list up to 177.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

It is the classic time for finding newly fledged, fresh and neat juvenile Med Gulls around these parts. This bird was at baston & Langtoft pits, south Lincolnshire. Birds may in recent decades have bred among the Black-headed Gulls there, but I've never personally seen an adult here. There were plenty of young juvenile Black-headed Gulls in the largish flock this Med was resting with, which probably came from the local colony. But whether the Med itself is a local bird or a wanderer remains a mystery... Excuse grainy record shots, but that, I'm afraid is the nature of the beast.

The Partridge Family

I stumbled on this delightful family of half a dozen fluffy baby Red-lagged Partridges with their mother at a quarry in the Baston a& Langtoft pits complex at the weekend. I don't recall ever seeing baby partridges before. Very cute!