Friday, 26 October 2012

Shetland 2012 part 3

Here is a few more photos of the stuff we saw in Shetland! First up the Siberian Stonechat at Hoswick.

Also here is an interesting link from Martin Garner's Birding frontier's website about the ageing and splitting of the races of Siberian Stonechat:

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Bonxie!!! OMFL!!!!

Here is a few shots of the Bonxie at Swithland Reservoir this morning.
I actually saw the Bonxie in the gloom last night with Colin Green, John Hague, Neil Hagley and Steve Lister (who actually found the bird).
A long over due county tick for me!...


Friday, 19 October 2012

Vis-migging and Gulls again!

Here is the latest visible migration figures from Watermead CP South which I did yesterday. The highlights included a fly-by Red Kite over Birstall and a brief adult Caspian Gull on the island around midday:

Here is a few record shots of the Caspian Gull

Returning in the afternoon I then found three ringed Black-headed Gulls near the car park which included JAN4 and J2KT and the Lithuanian bird which was at Watermead CP earlier in the year!


Monday, 15 October 2012

Vis-migging and Gulls, Gulls, Gulls... (Azorean YL Gull!!)

Here is the scores on the doors from yesterday's vis-migging session at the Mammoth viewpoint, Watermead CP South:

Highlights included a fly-over calling Rock Pipit and a "probable" Woodlark with a group of six Skylarks around 10.00am.

Finishing the vis-migging session at 11.00am, I spotted a new colour ringed Black-headed Gull in the car park. Photo below! This bird is from Norway and was ringed in Oslo and had flown just over 676 (1,086 km) miles to get to Watermead CP!

After this I counted the Ducks and Geese at Watermead CP North for the monthly WeBS count.The only real highlight in the count was that the Juvenile Hobby was still around the nature reserve and reedbed!

With the day drawing to a close I then drove over to Rutland Water to get views of the Azorean Yellow-legged Gull which had been reported for the last couple of days.
Getting to Dunlin hide on Lagoon 4, and meeting up with Colin Towe, Chris Lythall and John Wright, the bird was showing well on the lagoon.
Here is a few crap record shots of the bird!!
It's the one  at the back!

It's the one on the left behind the LBB Gull!
It's the one in the middle with the dark hood!

It's the one behind the other gulls!!
A very interesting bird and if you like your Gulls this is a subtle bird and if the rumours are true a possible split in the near future!! ;-)


Saturday, 13 October 2012

Shetland 2012 part 2 Buff Bellied Pipit

Here is a few record shots of the Buff-bellied Pipit on Rerwick beach, South Mainland, Shetland.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Shetland 2012 part 1

Here is few more photos from my recent Shetland trip. Although the weather was against us we still saw a good selection of birds and wildlife!

The Cunningsburgh massive happy after seeing the
Pechora Pipit and Arctic Snowball at Norwick, Unst!
The Cunningsburgh massive at Noness
The car rental and the Bungalow was a bit basic!
Colin waiting for the bus at the famous Unst bus stop!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Harrier Sp Levenwick part 2

Here  is a few more photos of the Harrier Sp yesterday at Levenwick. Also I would like to thank Colin Green and Andy Smith who took the photos.



Harrier Sp over Levenwick, Shetland part 1

Here is a few photos of the Harrier Sp we had over Levenwick beach yesterday. Looking at the photos I personally think it's a Pallid/Monty's type, but we are waiting for feedback from a couple of well respected birders of what there think of the bird.



Friday, 5 October 2012

Shetland 2012 photos...

Here is a few photos taken by Colin Green of the birds we have seen so far this week on Shetland!
Yellow-browed Warbler@ Cunningsburgh.
Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll@ Norwick, Unst
 Goldcrest@ Cunningsburgh
Red-breasted Flycatcher @ Wester Quarff


Wednesday, 3 October 2012


Well I'm currently on Shetland for my annual birding holiday.Myself,Colin Green, Andy Smith and Steve James are staying at Cunningsburgh again.
Although we haven't found much yet, we have twitched successfully the Buff-breasted Pipit (American Pipit) at Rerwick, the Pechora Pipit and "Arctic Snowball" (Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll) on Unst and the Siberian Stonechat at Hoswick. This was because the tart's( Andy, Colin and Steve) needed them for British ticks!!
I will post a few photos when I get time and over the next few days the weather looks good for maybe something special?!