Squacco Heron

Rare Heron, Rare Bird I’ve been very lucky over the last few weeks with Herons. First, whilst visiting Ashford for a few days, thanks to Neil a good Birding friend, I saw a Night Heron at Conningbrook Lakes ans then, the Squacco Heron at Titchfield. I managed to see it the second time it visited. […]

Late March, the first sightings of Butterflies As usual, the first Butterfly to appear was the Orange Tip, one day you saw one, the next day, a dozen! After that along came the Peacocks, Speckled Woods and Small Tortoiseshells. Claylands Nature Reserve, just a 300 meter walk from me, has some very nice ‘wildlife maintained’ […]

Siskin New Forest

A great new venue for watching wildlife has been achieved by my Sister moving to Burley Village in the New Forest and in late February, early March visits I was entertained by Redpolls and Siskins greedily setting about her Bird Feeders. First to arrive were the Siskins who happily shared the feeders with Goldfinches, Sparrows […]

Barn Owl at Titchfield

Without a doubt, the nicest spot of the month was the Barn Owl seen in a large tree alongside Titchfield Canal Locals say they often nest there but after a couple of weeks it had moved on. The Canal path is quite a gem for spots, from north to south it’s around two and a […]

Wild Deer Bishop's Waltham

Mid winter sent me, as well as my usual two wildlife patches around Bishop’s Waltham just to Titchfield Haven, Totten and the New Forest. Around the Patch included 100’s of Redwing. Not unusual at this time of the year but maybe unusual in the fact I didn’t see any Fieldfare. Of special interest to them […]

Mallard ducklings in April

After nearly 18 years down the Lane I have upsticked and moved to Bishop’s Waltham in Hampshire; closer to the family, turned 70 with parts of my body not doing what they’re supposed to be doing so well out in the Garden etc!! A comfortable Flat and very close to two Reserves and a short […]

Goldcrest on Wall

As I said in my previous post, the small village of Godmersham is only two miles from my place and I seldom go there bird watching. I’ve certainly, up to the last week, missed out this winter, beside the wonderful appearance of Hawfinches, there’s an array of small birds about with a constant chorus of […]

Male Hawfinch on Yew

Sources say that this year’s influx of Hawfinches is due to a number of things; poor crops in Germany, the Sahara Dust Storm and Spanish fires in October. Whatever the reason, what a joy to have so many in the UK at present, especially when they’re only two miles away from my house in Godmersham! […]

Little-Owl-Romney-Marshes

Little Owl I read through a tweet by my good Birdwatcher friend Neil the whereabouts of a Little Owl south of Warehorne on the Romney Marshes. As I had to pop down to the RSPB Shop at Dungeness I detoured around the Marshes and was lucky enough to get a good pose whilst the beautiful […]