Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

Some weekend photos

Hovering female Kestrel, Deeping High Bank

Male Brambling, Burghley Park

Egyptian Goose, Burghley Park

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Grey Heron, Ferry Meadows CP

Kittiwake. Now in colour!

Kittiwake at Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough

For many years, Kittiwake was one of my main bogey birds around Peterborough. Finally, I found one in March 2008 at Maxey. And since then I have seen just three: a first-winter at Ferry Meadows, an adult there (plus a dead adult also there) and an adult at Baston & Langtoft Pits. And that was it, until today, with a bird, which I believe to be a second-winter (judging by the black in the upperwing coverts)found by Matt Webb (Ace FMCP Birdfinder General), just as I was cycling into the park. Thanks to the power of WhatsApp, I was watching and photographing this obliging individual within minutes. Let's hope it sticks around...

Monday, March 11, 2019

Frisky Brown Hares

The chase is on. He appears to be drawn forward by his nose...

And closer
That's what it was all about

Monday, March 04, 2019

Distant Crane flock (I counted 29), March Farmers

When I first saw this flock flickering in the distance, I took them for a bunch of Lapwings. Then I put my bins on them and saw this...

European White-fronted Geese, BLGP T-junction pit

Part of a flock of 15 European White-fronted Geese, first found by Josh Jones in January and still hanging around the Baston and Langtoft vicinity. Note how one some have black bill nails and restricted 'white fronts'. These are youngsters, which also largely ack the belly bands of the adults.
Two adults, (left) and two youngsters (right)

Note these three have very little in the way of belly bands: first-winters, one presumes.