Thursday, 18 February 2010

Catkin Action . . .more stock images taken at my Suffolk feeding station today before lunch when the rain and mist set in. 12+ Lesser Redpoll present still (several unringed and a very interesting control!) along with the usual suspects, Blue, Great and Coal Tit. I really love photographing these Redpoll's. Can't wait to get back up to Shetland in 2010 for some Mealy's to add to my growing Redpoll image collection . . . .

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

A few garden bird shots from today's feeding station efforts . . . . .

Monday, 15 February 2010

'Double Dutch' on the Deben
I spotted a Dutch colour ringed Turnstone on the Deben Estuary, Woodbridge today whilst out birding. This is the first time this Winter that I have seen this bird which I first spotted last Winter (see earlier Turnstone post). I sent the details off to the BTO and a Dutch ringing contact I was given in March 2009 and had the following info back about this individual YYCCT Z044951 :
Ringed 27.08.2008 at Leihoek, Hazepolder, Petten, Netherlands.
29.08.2008: Sighted Hondsbossche, Netherlands.
30.08.2008: Sighted Hondsbossche, Netherlands.
19.10.2008: Sighted at Titchwell Beach, Norfolk, UK (J.Toomer).
10.03.2009: Sighted on Deben Estuary, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK (R.Nason).
15.02.2010: Sighted on Deben Estuary, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK (R.Nason).
I look forward to hearing whether this bird has been spotted anywhere else since last March! It is ringed with an aluminium ring on it's right leg, has a yellow ring above this and a further yellow flag tag above the tarsus with CCT written in black.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Valentine's Day Redpoll
A cracking adult Lesser Redpoll at the feeding station today - better than a rose or chocolates any day! Numbers of Redpoll and Siskin had increased again today. The 8 + Redpoll's came straight down to the feeders to gorge themselves but this rosy bird seemed totally confused by feeders, pecking at the lids, a piece of sellotape and staring at the others feasting. However he finally switched on to niger seed on the ground where he seemed most content with the Dunnocks and other bottom feeders.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Weekend 'Cabaret' . . .
Spent more time at the feeding station over the weekend but the weather has not been the best for photography with dark skies and intermittent rain. The Lesser Redpolls are still present in smaller numbers (6+) as are the pair of Siskin and good numbers of Coal, Blue and Great Tit.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Arctic Conditions bring in the Redpolls . . .Suffolk
Over the past week or so there have been a number of Lesser Redpoll visiting my local feeding/ringing station, an exciting new arrival and a much wanted one photographically! 20 or so have now been ringed and 2 birds caught were British controls so we look forward to hearing where these birds were first ringed. I do not think I have ever been so cold in my hide as today and the subzero wind off the estuary was bitter and very strong. However, the couple of hours I managed this morning paid off handsomely and I returned home upbeat and keen to return in less breezy conditions in the morning for more Redpoll shots and to try for more Siskin which have also started to arrive . . . .

Estonia for a Day . . . blog update in progress . . .

Saturday, 6 February 2010

'Hogging all the Bread'
We had a really enjoyable long weekend up in Glasgow the weekend before last, visiting friends in their new abode in 'rural' north Glasgow. The journey up was a mere 7 1/2 hours! but with Costa Coffee & Burger King to keep us fat & entertained on the way up, as well as our cheesy music selection, time just flew by. As well as memorable wine sampling, 'wii' playing & meals out in a local pub (where we had our first ever taste of 'Haggis'), Indian Restaurant & a delicious Italian 'at home' we also managed to get out into the air occasionally . . .
I was amazed to see Goosander's scrapping for bread along with gulls & coots at Hogganfield (all pics shown) but not so amazed at dipping a Firecrest at Gosford Estate (great area though & we did see 2 nuthatch). We also briefly visited SOC HQ & had a very fresh walk along the coast at Musselburgh, where we spotted numerous Velvet Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, a couple of GC Grebe, 1 Slav Grebe, Barwits, Knot & flushed a smart Lapland Bunting along the path which we called through to birdline Scotland. After doubling our hosts 'house list' & enjoying his fine river & mountain window views it was time to depart south again! Where's the coffee . . . .