Friday, September 25, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Brian Stone finally saw his first Pied Flycatcher on 27 August 2015. He also found this bird and I went to twitch it. Over the next week, I visited the cemetery several times and spent tens of hours there. In that time, I once heard a callign Pied Fly while watching another one and suspected based on plumage differences that I was looking at at least two different birds. I believe my photos confirm that there were at least two during the first week of September. This was only the second time I have encountered the species in 15 years in the Peterborough area. The last I saw was a few years ago in Marie Barton's amazing garden in Murrow. Both the birds shown here appear to be first-winters and both have well developed 'second' (median covert tips) wing bars, which are not universal on Pied Flycatchers, but can and do occur...Side-by-side comparison. I think the difference in tertial fringes and fringes on the rump shows these are different birds. But I may be wrong...
Posted by Mike Weedon at 2:45 PM
Monday, August 17, 2015
These images were taken with the aid of Jasmine and Eddie. Frankly, their youthful eyes provide a more accurate focus for the scope!I risked the wrath of the warden to get this pellet. It is packed full of chitinous carapaces from the beetles the falcon was catching on the groundI've circled a wing of a Four-spotted Chaser which was stuck to the falcon's underside. Strong evidence of at least one of the dragonflies it had been eating
Posted by Mike Weedon at 8:46 AM
Friday, August 14, 2015
A sneaky bit of twitching just outside the PBC area (tantalisingly close!), near the delightfully named Tongue End. This moulting first-summer male appears to be the same bird as was in Staffs for weeks. It looked a bit tired and apathetic in the cold and I hope it survives...
Posted by Mike Weedon at 10:14 AM