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 […]

Spoonbills at Arne

My first full day on a Camp Site close to Corfe Castle on the Isle of Purbeck naturally meant a day at RSPB Arne. Although I’d been there last year, it was just half a day and upon my return I noticed I didn’t really walk round ‘the best bits’. Spoonbills Some of the Spoonbills […]

Virginia Creeper mid September

The Virginia Creeper An old boy gave me two Virginia Creeper cuttings about 12 years ago. I’m not exactly the best with Flowers and Plants (if I can’t eat it, I’m useless!!), so I just popped them into the ground and every year since, come September, they give me an enormous array of red.     […]

Birds at Oare Marshes

The place for the Waders! I’m not very good at counting birds, unless there’s less than about 10, but reading the Kent Ornithological Society daily updates by various birders, when I was there, so were the followng.. 7 Little Ringed Plover, 85 Ringed Plover, 300 Golden Plover, 30 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, […]

Grass Snake under rubber mat

In the Garden I thought I’d spoken about the Grass Snake, but looking back it appears not, so here’s a photo of it sitting under one of the Rubber Mats I have in the long grass Grass Snake I thought most birds around and about here had now all fledged, but upon hearing a few […]

Fledged Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher Great news to close off July is that at least two of the Spotted Flycatchers have fledged. I say this as the Parents are still taking food into the nest, the two which have fledged are ‘talking’ to each other, one of either side of the Lane. Our resident Fox Her four Cubs […]

Blue Tit looking out of Bird Box

The second part of May continued to be good for wildlife down the Lane and the fields below; the House Sparrows nesting above the back door fledged and no sooner had they and a second lot started ! Also fledged were the Blue Tits in the Box at the top of the Garden and all […]

Male Wigeon

I go to Southampton to visit family once every six weeks or, so being within a 20 minute drive away from both my daughter and son’s home, the River Hamble, where it meets with Southampton Water is a good treat for me. Male Wigeon One side of the River is dedicated to Yacht moorings and […]

Bittern at Conningbrook Lakes

Right place, right time! The more I get into birdwatching, the more I find it’s often a case of being in the right place at the right time. Today was no exception. A long walk over the fields to Conningbrook, after two hours, produced nothing, then just as I was leaving North Lake for home […]

Blue Tit eating Peanuts

Birdsong around the Feeders It was as if the Birds around here knew it was February, the end of Winter is nigh and in the garden we have birdsong and much activity. Already the Blackbirds are pretty frisky and busy flirting with each other in combat style all over the place ! Blue Tit With […]

Black Tailed Godwit Warsash

If you enjoy watching or photographing Waders, Geese and most other Birds then Warsash / Hook-In-Warsash are certainly two great places to visit. Being only a short drive from my daughter’s house in Netley, I always find time to pop over there for a few hours, never disappoints. Black Tailed Godwit If the tide is […]

Great White Egret and Heron Conningbrook Lakes

I read yesterday there was a Great White Egret at Conningbrook Lakes so this morning, rather than take a somewhat boggy walk over the fields I decided to drive the one mile around to the main entrance, it was my lucky day! The Great White Egret and Heron Not only did I instantly see Great […]

Gulls taking off on Dungeness Beach

As with any great birdwatching place, Dungeness can often be a little hit and miss and today, for me anyway, was one of those days. I started off at RSPB in hope of getting a photograph of the now two Long Eared Owls. Needless to say, not even one was there! Rather than doing my […]

Little Egret in flight

Twenty years or so ago it would have been quite an event to see Little Egrets almost anywhere in the UK., but now, especially on eastern and southern shores they are quite common, also spreading themselves inland wherevr there is water….and fish ! Little Egret flying over main lake at Conningbrook They are now quite […]

Low flying Marsh Harrier

Oare Marshes on a bleak, slightly drizzly, dark, cold and overall dismal day makes for good birdwatching in my opinion, not good necessarily for good photos though. It always reminds me of the opening scene in the original 1950’s production of Dicken’s ‘Great Expectations’ and wandering around you’re half expecting for the Convict to suddenly […]