Friday, 29 February 2008

The Lodge, Sandy.

Spent some time at the feeders by the shop over the last couple of days, 27th&28th, photographing the Redpolls, Siskin, Bramblings. All showed well and during the afternoon of the 28th a woodcock flew low over the car park.

Stratton Park storm water pit (Dunton NR)

Took an early morning walk,27th feb, around and the first new bird there for me was a Shelduck, a few common and black headed gulls were present too. 3 Lapwing were displaying and also a pair of Ringed plover were showing well, and a single stonechat, the 2nd new bird, was near the pit. Other birds seen around the pit and adjacent fields: reed bunting,yellowhammer,goldfinch,fieldfare+100.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll, The Lodge, 28th February 2008 by Steve Blain. An individual with a rather gingery 'poll'.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Friday, 22 February 2008

More Mealy action

More shots of the frosty Mealy Redpoll at The Lodge, 22nd February 2008 by Steve Blain. Taken through a window, unfortunately.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Redpoll sp.

Redpoll sp., The Lodge, 16th February 2008 by Steve Blain. Anyone want to have a stab at what this is? Mealy or Lesser?

Monday, 11 February 2008

Mealy Redpoll

Mealy Redpoll, The Lodge, 11th February 2008 by Steve Blain.

Firecrest at The Lodge

Picked up on call by Derek Gruar; located by Darren and Katie and twitched by a variety of Lodge staff. This bird is a male; it sang vigorously and also chased Goldcrests. It was seen in the woodland near the main house, and also in the yew trees in the car park (Google Map).

Active Barn Owl(s)

I was stalking a young male when this came past me - hence snap shot rear view

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Friday, 8 February 2008

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Thurleigh. Bedfordshire. January 2008.

I visited in the hope of seeing the short eared owls but no luck, but the Hen harrier gave good views a few times, and a group of 3 Grey partridge was a welcome sight. Other birds seen: Common buzzard, stonechat,barn owl, kestrel in good numbers.

Sunday, 3 February 2008


Adult male Merlin, Broom GP new workings, 3rd Feb 2008 by Steve Blain.

Ring-necked Parakeet

A wander around Linslade, after a report for the christmas bird hunt, produced this bird this morning. Also a male Blackcap.


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