Redwings At Last

October 31, 2021 at 8:30 pm

The true heralds of our Autumn are the arrival of Redwings from Scandinavia. Decades ago you could always predict an arrival by 30th September/1st October. In recent times it has been considerably later with last years date being the 13th October and this years the 16th October. I wonder how much of this delay is due to Global warming? Or is it purely a matter of prevailing winds? Something to ask the Global Warming summit in Glasgow next week!! for gallery photos

A Textbook Gem

October 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm

In 1975 I filmed my first pair of Sparrowhawks at the nest. It was a wonderful experience and I have watched dozens more since then but none have compared to the male that visited our garden last week. To quote a phrase he was an absolute textbook gem – in other words he was feather perfect with no white feathers showing on his back and a superb orange breast. Ironically on the same day a first year male also visited the garden and this weeks gallery photos illustrate the vast differences in plumage.

Deeside Interlude

October 17, 2021 at 7:27 pm

Where else would you wish to watch Kingfishers and Kites than from a Hot-tub on the River Dee in Wales. A break at Rivercatcher has this to offer and does it really matter that it rained during most of our recent week-end stay!! photos  taken earlier  see:

A Mega Twitch

October 10, 2021 at 5:48 pm

I have never classed myself as a twitcher but I was recently drawn to Yorkshire to see a bird called a White Tailed Lapwing – and yes I had never heard of it either!! It breeds in the Middle East and normally migrates further east for Winter. It was only the tenth ever recorded in Britain and a first for Yorkshire. I spent two hours in the public hide and really enjoyed filming an unusual subject in perfect conditions. See photos in Gallery.

A Berry Feast

October 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

This is now the time of year when there is an abundance of Autumn fruits.
This weeks blog photo is of a Whitethroat feeding on Raspberries. That bird has now moved on and in its place we have Wood Pigeons devouring Elderberries – both adults and juveniles. for gallery photos