Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
I took a trip with Will Bowell and his girlfriend Natalie up to Kilnsea to see this wonderful third for the UK and first in mainland England. Great bird and really easy to watch, catching grasshoppers etc on the grass its favoured hedge.This is the only shot I got where you can see that the peachy coloration on the flanks of the right side. These are the first signs of the colours this juvenile/first-winter bird will wear as an adult.
Having a bit of a mid-preen shake.
Posted by Mike Weedon at 1:51 PM
Monday, September 15, 2014
Toby Collett, warden at RSPB Frampton, South Lincs, invited the editorial gang from Bird Watching Magazine (ie me, Matt M & Jack T) for a tour of the reserve last Friday (12.9.14). It is an amazing place, with bucket loads of waders and so much more, to boot. We saw about 70 species, with highlights including two Pectoral Sandpipers, Glossy Ibis, Merlin, peregrine, scores of Curlew Sandpipers, a dozen or so Little Stints, four Wheatears hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits, loads of Knot, and a nice collection of Spotted Redshanks plus at least three Kingfishers. Oh, and a Weasel or two! Here are a few snaps.
Two juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers of strikingly different sizeMixed waders from the East Hide, including Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, Dunlin and Little StintLittle Egret
Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Juvenile Curlew Sandpipers
Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, with a yeloow flag 'EAE', apparently ringed/tagged in Norway (watch this space for an update)
Two Kingfishers which called with a distinct trill and behaved oddly throughout. There was a third bird nearby, but I'm not sure this was the cause of the strange behaviour.
Posted by Mike Weedon at 1:56 PM
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Posted by Mike Weedon at 4:05 PM