Monday, 24 May 2010

House Martins

House Martins, Stotfold- 24 May 2010

Reed Warbler

I watched this ringed male at Dunstable STW today, never straying more that a metre from the female as she went about the task of collecting nesting materials.

Sunday, 23 May 2010


Avocets, Broom GP, 23rd May 2010.

Black Tern & Osprey

Three Black Tern found by JL at Grovebury this morning, and an Osprey found there by Geoff Dawes late afternoon.

Black Terns

Two of the three that were present up until lunchtime at least. Grovebury, 23rd May 2010

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


Young Raven, 18th May 2010. Successful breeding again in mid-Beds.

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler, Arlesey Fishing Lakes - 13th May 2010

Common Crane & Marsh Harrier

The Common Crane pair were still present at Quest pit, but on the far bank. Eventually they flew off west. The female-type Marsh Harrier, seen over the weekend, put in an appearance.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Redstart and Gypo goslings

Second time Egyptian Geese have bred at Harrold - maybe these ones will survive - these must be a few days old.
A surprise find at Radwell. Although this bird was singing, it is clearly a passage migrant and my first singing Bedfordshire Redstart since the early 1990s.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


Dunlin, Broom GP, 12th May 2010. A few more shots can be found here.

Nightingale video

Arlesey Warblers

The fishing lakes to the North of Arlesey have been alive with warblers on my last couple of visits, these have included:

Common Whitethroat, Garden (pictured below), Sedge, Reed, Chiffchaff, Willow and Blackcap.
Certainly somewhere I intend to visit more often to improve my warbler photography bank!


Sunday, 9 May 2010

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Sunday, 2 May 2010

"False Arctic Tern" Stewartby Lake

I thought I would upload this set of photos of one of the Common Terns that has been at Stewartby Lake over the last couple of weeks. The bird has very "fresh" and silvery looking wings and does a very reasonable Arctic Tern impression, especially when it is relatively distant. (i.e. most of the time...) All of these photos were taken during a single fly past by the bird and although they are not great I think some of them give an idea of how "Arctic-like" the bird can appear. It certainly made me look at it pretty hard once or twice most days... Eventually the structure and jizz of the bird does give itself away as a Common Tern but, at least as far as I am concerned, it is not an easy bird to call at long range and/or in contrasty light conditions. Photos by Martin Green.


Dunlin, Derek Whites Eggs pit, 2nd May 2010.

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern, Broom GP, 2nd May 2010.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Cuckoo & Oystercatchers - MVCP

The Cuckoo flew past the Stewartby Lake gullwatch and the Oystercathers flew over the visitors centre. Photos by Martin Green.

Barnacle geese

An unusual sight at Broom, this small skein flew around the main lake twice and then flew off North at 07.43

Cetti's Warbler and Kingfisher, Warren Villas

Cetti's Warbler

Cetti's Warblers have been reported from near Derek Gruar's ringing site at Warren Villas recently. But we'd never heard one on the site until this morning. We were setting a net when the bird started singing from nearby. It got closer, and then flew into the net (which we hadn't finished putting up)!

Cetti's Warblers have only eight tail feathers.


Kingfishers have not been very obvious around Warren Villas lately, but this male was caught and ringed this morning


Osprey, Broom GP, 1st May 2010.


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