Monday, July 16, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Long-legged wading birds, Nene Washes


Cattle Egret (top right, just left of a Grey Heron) hiding in plain sight in a feeding frenzy involving at least 163 Little Egrets and 100 Grey Herons
Meanwhile, this young Spoonbill was hanging out with three Great White Egrets (one shown here) and many more Little Egrets. Spoonbill is species 182 for my PBC area year list.

The ginger Cattle Egret (top bird) on the evening of Saturday, 14 July

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Insects at Castor Hanglands


Brimstone butterflies
Purple Hairstreak
Ruddy Darter

Monday, July 02, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018

Green-winged Teal, Deeping Lakes LWT, Lincs


A self-found tick for me, this lovely drake was a bit of a surprise yesterday evening. It is the first Green-winged teal I have seen in the PBC area since 2010 when John Saunders found one for the second year running at Maxey pits. Prior to that, GWTs were almost annual and it seems likely that we were seeing returning birds each year (as the Maxey bird probably was), rather than new birds each year. Anyhow, that takes my PBC year list up to 178.
Incidentally, in addition to the obvious 'vertical' white flank lines (and the absence of a Teal's 'horizontal' scapular line, this drake GWT also showed: the more subtle, pale lines bordering the dark green face line (much clearer on typical Teal, particularly the upper line); what appeared to be a more pointed rear to the head (I am not sure if this is a consistent feature); and a paler undertail region (pale buff rather than yellow; again this may be individual variation). The views were not close enough to analyse the density of the vermiculations of the 'grey' flanks.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Some weekend highlights


Black Tern, Baston & Langtoft pits (Lincs), 'wader pit', 12.5.18
Corn Bunting, Blackbush, Cambs, 12.5.18
Grey Partridge, Blackbush, Cambs, 12.5.18
Red Fox and cub, Blackbush, Cambs, 12.5.18
Knot, with Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Black-headed Gulls, Baston & Langtoft pits (Lincs), 'wader pit', 13.5.18

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Key janglers

Corn Buntings, Blackbush, near Whittlesey