Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Migrant Hawker

My first of the year (A640)

Leafcutter Bee

Eddie and I made a bee house out of cut bamboo canes. We hung it under the 'eaves' of the shed and already Leafcutter Bees are loving it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008


Don't know what this guy was ahem... puffin', but I love his art (don't forget to read the words)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

New for the Western Palearctic?

Click the pics for bigger versions!

Note the rather Woodcock-/Jack Snipe-like profile, with steep forehead and 'short' bill.

Swinhoe's Snipe, Tohmajarvi, Vartsila, Finland, 27.6.08 (digiscope)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Finnish quickie

Contrary to the advice of a few, we (Brian Stone, Will Bowell, Tony Parker and I) hit south-eastern Finland for a few sleepless days last week (25-29 June). In a nutshell, it is hard to argue with a flight for less than 70 quid and accommodation at less than 15 quid a night. The mozzies will try to argue, though, and they will probably win.

Highlights for me were:
Swinhoe's Snipe (drumming, singing, performing),
Capercaillie (female with young),
Hazel Grouse (two families - did you know the tiny young can fly?),
Three-toed Woodpecker (brilliant views),
White-backed Woodpecker (distant and fleeting)
Black Woodpecker, (which will always be one of my favourite birds),
Thrush Nightingale (not singing, just walking up the path to us feeding happily)
Booted Warbler,
Blyth's Reed Warbler,
Greenish Warbler (all last three in good song)
Red-breasted Flycatcher (in beautiful song),
Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver and Goldeneyes galore with chicks,
More singing Corn Crakes (unseen) and Red-backed Shrikes than we could count,
Racoon Dog,
Canadian Beaver,

[ps We also met the legendary Lee Evans and his gang engaged on an epic journey in a tiny car from Sweden through Finland via the snipe to the north, Varanger and back again. Good luck!]

Thanks very much for organising our trip, Brian!

Now, look at the pics in the posts below...

Finland: Part 3

Black-veined White


White Wagtail

Honey Buzzard

Heath Fritillary

Common Clubtail (female)

Goldeneye family

White Wagtail

Lintutorni is a birdwatching tower

Large Wall

Hen harrier (female)

White Wagtail

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Osprey pursued by Common Gull

Northern (Ruby) White-faced Darter

Map Butterfly
All DSLR (Canon 30D plus 300 + 1.4x)

Finland: Part 2

Common Sandpiper

Canadian Beaver

Swinhoe's Snipe

White Wagtail

Black-throated Diver


Barcket fungus

Azure Hawker


Willow Grouse lek site
All pics digiscoped or A640