Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Lesser Redpoll

Up to two Lesser Redpolls have been visiting my office niger feeder at The Lodge recently. These were taken today, 29th January 2008 by Steve Blain.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Raven, Peregrine and Red Kite

The local Ravens were having a hectic time of it Sunday, chasing off Buzzards, Red Kites and Peregrines from their territory! 27th January 2008 by Steve Blain.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl, Cranfield, 21st January 2008 by Steve Blain.

Kingfisher Priory Country Park

uploaded via utube.flew from its perch when a second Kingfisher flashed past.Shame it wasn't sitting with the sun on it properly but a very smart bird.

South of North Beds

Although the light was reasonable (for winter) the birds refused to come close for anything other than record shots - two of the three Red Kite (as last year), a pair of Raven and Common Buzzard.


Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Monday, 21 January 2008


Just part of the c.1100 strong flock of Starlings (along with c.400 Fieldfares too) that was near Southmills today, 21st January 2008, by Steve Blain.


Siskin, The Lodge, 21st January 2008 by Steve Blain.

Friday, 18 January 2008


This Nuthatch was taken through my office window at the Lodge, 18th January 2008 by Steve Blain.

Saturday, 12 January 2008


Firecrest, Swiss Gardens, 12th January 2008 by Steve Blain. Great birds to watch, although you wouldn't know it from these shots!


Some decent sun, at last - but cold ! The female Hen Harrier appeared at 09:00 fairly hurtling over the setaside. A further three encounters ensued over the next couple of hours but apart from Kestrel (5+) & Sparrowhawk (2) no other raptors (or owls) were seen.

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

Three or four Stonechat were on view.


Wednesday, 9 January 2008


Upto seven Bramblings have been frequenting my Broom garden over the last few days. Three today - 9th January 2008 by Steve Blain.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Monday, 7 January 2008

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

MVCP Photos - Christmas to New Year

A selection of photos taken at the Country Park between the 23rd December and New Year's Day. Including a couple of dodgy shots of the adult Mediterranean Gull taken at the Stewartby Lake roost on Christams Eve and Boxing Day, and a photo of the"partial albino" (schizochroistic?) Black-headed Gull in the roost on New Year' Day. This bird stands out a mile in the roost due to being almost entirely white. Photos by Martin Green.

Merlin at Hatch Lane, Thurleigh

A lucky visit to Hatch Lane this afternoon. I'd just stopped to pass the time of day with Mr Plumb who was already there, when we noticed two birds in flight. Both guessing it was a hunting Merlin, we then watched as it failed miserably to catch a Skylark - but did put on a great show. This poor footage was taken by pointing my Sony compact digital camera in the right general direction - not really BBC quality but you get the idea!

Feeding Blackcap

Following Tim Sharrock's recent email query: taken Feb 2004

Tuesday, 1 January 2008


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