Saturday, 3 February 2018

Black Redstart Leighton Buzzard Beds

A good photographer mate of mine in Leighton Buzzard Roy Mcdonald rang me up all a quiver on Thursday 2nd Feb 2018 to tell me that he was looking out of his window at a Black Redstart on his feeders in Leighton Buzzard. I couldn't get down early enough to catch up with the bird as it was starting to get dark. However a phone call this morning to tell me it was still there prompted an immediate visit and I enclose a few shots of this lovely male who was a bit bedragled with the weather, but none the less a stunning bird and a great find given how infrequently they visit the county these days.

Update the Black Redstart is still showing really well and has been on site now for well over 2 weeks, hopefully everybody has had a chance to pop down and have a gander at this stunning little visitor.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Penduline Tit DSTW

Just a few record shots of the (male) Penduline Tit that was discovered at the sewage works yesterday by John Lynch. Unfortunately the light was really poor and it was at quite a distance from the hide favouring the bull rush on the LH side of the scrape beyond the elderberry tree on the bank about 3/4 of the way down the scrape, however it is reasonably easy to identify one of these rare visitors to Beds.

Hopefully it will stay on site for a while so that as many Beds birders can get an opportunity to get in and see it, but this will be dependant on Anglian Water allowing us to open and man the gates for a limited and controlled public access to the hide. Hopefully this will be the case, keep an eye on the beds birds group site for details.

Unfortunately the Penduline only stayed on site for another day and has not been recorded or reported after the 21-12-2017 so that was a bit disappointing. I was at the works on the 22nd and there was quite an active Sparrowhawk on the scrape as per the picture enclosed, hopefully this was not the fate of the Penduline and it is just flitting around somewhere else in the county.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Visit to The Lodge RSPB Sandy 09-12-2017

I popped into The Lodge Sandy for a couple of hours yesterday to see what was about, apart from the usual suspects I had pretty good views of Brambling, Mistle Thrush but no Hawfinch on view while I was on site.
It is always a treat to see the great variety of species at this lovely site, all no doubt made possible by the hard work of all the volunteers who were hard at work clearing the heath area opposite the entrance.

Saturday, 9 December 2017


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