Brent Goose

Visiting family in Southampton has the added bonus that it’s close to the River Hamble as it goes into Southampton Water at Warsash, always a good spot for Waders and other coastline / wetland birds, especially through the Winter Months. A visit there at high tide this week gave sightings of over 200 recently arrived […]

Fieldfare

It’s always good indication that winter is upon us when the Fieldfares along with their pals the Redwings return, always about the same time, 10th – 15th. November. This year is no exception, it started with a trickle around the 8th and has now built up to more than 200 who jump from tree to […]

Clouded Yellow Butterfly in November

It was a beautiful sunny day when I visited Oare Marshes last week and if you count the Starlings there must have been over 5,000 birds around and about, 2,000 of which were made up of Dunlin, Avocets, Golden Plover, Lapwings, Black Tailed Godwits, various Geese and on the not bird scene, beside a few […]

Stonechat in November

Dungeness and Conningbrook Late October and early November is a great time for spotting the smaller birds; the leaves are almost off the trees making things more visible and most of our feathered friends are now returning to their favourite Winter residences. Stonechat A trip down to the area around Dungeness Old Lighthouse produced the […]

Sparrowhawk predating in daytime

Fast, efficient and beautiful, the Sparrowhawk Only the other day I said to someone how I hadn’t seen a Sparrowhawk thus far this year. Mid evening yesterday, about 7.45pm with light almost gone, I walked out the back door to see something in the corner of my eye. No more than six feet away was […]