Thursday, September 27, 2012

Little Stint at Maxey pits

This juvenile Little Stint was found this morning by John Saunders. Maxey pits are again looking wader friendly (now the pump is working again), so who knows what will be next?

Drake Common Scoter at Ferry Meadows CP

Found by Paul Taylor today on Gunwade Lake. The last I saw in Peterborough was a very similar drake, also found by Paul, also on Gunwade Lake on 16 October 2009.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Redstart at Ferry Meadows CP

This lovely Redstart was first found on Thursday by chief Ferry Meadows CP birdfinder Matt Webb (who also found the Garganey below). It is now Monday, and the bird is still favouring the hedge near sandy patch alongside the hedge between Overton adn Lynch Lakes. At least it is on sunny mornings. Where it goes the rest of the time is at present a mystery, as it wasn't seen on Friday or Sunday at all (days notable for their lack of sunshine).
It looks to be a first winter male, based on the fresh plumage, including a whitish throat, with just a hint of black feathering showing through at the base of the bib (most obvious in the photos when it is perched on the gravel/sand); also the richness of the orange on the underside is prbably too much for a female. Above the bill and eye, there is also a hint of the pale marking which will become white on an adult male.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Garganey at Ferry Meadows CP

Sneaky Green Woodpecker

A male trying to hide behind a slope and a rock (digiscoped at Ferry Meadows CP)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Starling count, Eldernell

More than 5,000 Starlings in this flock alone, coming into roost at Eldernell Pit last night. The clusters of coloured dots are in 100s. I saw a not dissimilar flock soon after this one had descended, so estimate between 6,000 and 10,000 birds are roosting at Eldernell Pit at present.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Wildlife Mashup

A mix of some of the wildlife videos I have made on my travels and close to home in the last few years, set to one of my recent tunes. Enjoy

Dancing Flamingos

Greater Flamingos plus a cheeky Spoonbill, Salgados, Algarve, Portugal