Friday, 19 February 2016

Red Kites

It's always wonderful going home to visit your family and for me there is the added bonus of seeing Red Kites!

Last weekend I stayed in Princes Risborough, Saturday was rain all day, but Sunday although cold we did have blue skies and sunshine, so I spent an hour in the garden with my camera.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Abberton Reservoir

Spent a couple of hours this morning on the causeways at Abberton Reservoir. West of Layer Breton causeway and reasonably close were five Smew including two drakes and a drake Goosander.
drake Goosander and Smew
drake Smew

drake Smew

drake Goosander
East of Layer Breton were a few Goldeneye and two Egyptian Geese.
drake Goldeneye

drake Goldeneye

East of Layer de la Haye Causeway were 20+ Great Crested Grebes and eventually found a distant Black-necked and Slavonian Grebe. While two Marsh Harriers quartered scaring pretty much all the waterfowl.

Not a bad morning five year ticks and both scarce grebes, I went away happy until I was almost home and heard a Grey Phalarope had been found on the reserve Doh!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Garden bird feeding and a changing climate are driving evolutionary change in Blackcaps

Using data from the 12-year Garden Birdwatch project, the BTO has found that the shift in the wintering distribution of Central European Blackcaps into the UK has been brought about, in part, by garden bird feeding. Find out more HERE!

female Blackcap feeding on apples at RSPB Rainham Marshes