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New year

Posted on 24 January, 2017 at 9:45 Comments comments (0)

 The New Year has been great so far for Birds. My year list is at 99 already without too much effort. There hae been some excellent views of Great White Egrets, Bitterns and Bramblings in the New Forest. Wader numbers have been amazing at all the usual sites.Great Grey shrike and SEO's haven't been that numerous this winter but Hen Harriers have made up for their absence . However  for me the best birds on view at the moment have been the Beardies. They just look so good at this time of year .


Seriously Disappointed

Posted on 3 November, 2016 at 15:20 Comments comments (0)

Seriously disappointed that the RSPB didn't support the petition to Ban driven Grouse shooting yesterday :(. I'm now contemplating whether to resign my RSPB membership as I feel they 've greatly let down the Hen Harrier .

Thery're idea of a  licensing scheme would be very hard to police and enforce, largely because the Police aren’t bothered about wildlife crime.

A naive flawed plan from the RSPB that has undermined our chances of a ban and could loose them a lot of members. Can't say I was all that suprised though, kind of what I expected from a Tory government where most of the cabinet are actually shooters themselves. Just hope Mark Avery and Chris Packham continue and just see it as the first battle lost.

Winter Watch

Posted on 31 October, 2016 at 15:35 Comments comments (0)

It’s been a great summers birding with some stunning views of Turtle Dove and Redstart on the Tours this year. Now we are truly into Autumn and the birds have been just as good. We’ve had a fall of Yellow -browed Warblers in Dorset this year with some good views at Portland and Lodmoor. And if you were lucky Wryneck and Osprey where also passing through in good numbers at Arne and around Poole harbour.

The winter birds are already back too, with large flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare visible from kitchen window this morning. Golden Plover and Lapwing are showing well, Black -necked Grebes and Great Grey Shrike are also being seen at their regular sites. So let’s hope to have a good Winters birding and maybe a Waxwing or two.

 

Redstarts & Sea Eagles

Posted on 16 June, 2016 at 5:15 Comments comments (0)

It’s been a busy time these last few weeks. Some great tours to the New Forest with excellent views of Redstarts and Turtle Doves, along with Nightjars on the heath.We also had a pair of Cuckoos who were very local and vocal, one day amazingly  landing on the cottage roof ..:D

Then it was off to Minsmere in May and  Mull/Dunkeld with the Cobham Birder early this month. Where we had probably the hottest weather I’ve ever known, felt more like Greece than the North West coast of Scotland. Some great views of both Eagles , Dippers and Hen Harriers of which 40 are breeding on Mull . Which makes you wonder why we can't get our act together down south.


Spring Migration

Posted on 1 April, 2016 at 14:10 Comments comments (0)

It’s been a steady start to the Spring Migration with a few Sand Martins and Ospreys already moving into the UK by mid-March. As we now move into April it really is the time of year all Bird Watchers look forward to. Whether you are a beginner or like me a long in the tooth Old Birder you will no doubt be waiting to see that first Swallow or hear the first Cuckoo. The baulk of most of the birds such as Whitethroat, Sedge, Cuckoo, Turtle Dove, will start to appear from the 2nd week of April. While others such as Swallow, Blackcap and Chiffchaff are already here and moving to their Summer breeding grounds. It’s a great time of year to get out birding. The Exhibition in Shaftesbury is going well and it’s been nice to see people who have been on the tours pop in and say hello. Especially Steve who showed me a great photo he’d taken of a Bullfinch in he’s garden, lucky bugger.


New Forest

Posted on 7 January, 2016 at 15:30 Comments comments (0)

Great Tour on Monday in the New Forest dispite the weather. Nice views of  winter finches (Bramblings, Siskins and Redpolls) at Blashford and Hawfinch at Blackwater . On our return we had Short eared Owl and Barn Owl in the afternoon .

December

Posted on 1 January, 2016 at 8:00 Comments comments (0)

December is always a strange month for birds but has been even more so this year. It feels like it’s just about rained nonstop. Despite that there have been a few good birds around and hopefully things will start to pick up in January. At Studland and off the bay there have been quite a few Divers present on recent tours and Black necked Grebes. What’s been disappointing this winter is the lack of winter raptors like Short eared Owls, Great Grey Shrike and Merlins. And as it’s so mild I can’t see us getting a Waxwing invasion this year unless something drastically changes weather wise in the next few weeks. So as we see out the year let’s look forward to a great 2016 for birding.

Autumn Weather

Posted on 6 October, 2015 at 9:20 Comments comments (0)

Despite the weather returning to awful there are some benefits. A huge full of 60 plus  Meadow Pipits in the field this morning. wonderful

The End of Summer

Posted on 17 August, 2015 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

The autumn migration seems to be in full swing now with plenty of Warblers moving through. The last 2 tours gave good views of lingering Turtle Doves and a great view of a Barn Owl early evening. Also some nice views of Nightjars though there are now not as many as at the begining of the season. Great to see the Asteroids last week too. Winter tours should be on the website soon , though I hate to say that when we're still in August !

July Tour News

Posted on 21 July, 2015 at 9:35 Comments comments (0)

Some great views of Grey partridge, Turtle Dove and Yellowhammer on recent tours. Also good to see so many butterflies about . Recent tour to Arne produced a fine day , the highlight being a Peregrine mobbed by 2 Hobbies .


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