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Monday, 19 January 2015

Anniversary (s)

Today, 6 years of this blog, and if I make it over the next three days, 5 years since my heart attack.

Here's a few old ones from the archives to celebrate.

First is a sunrise from my favourite place


The rest is a small selection of birds.

Great Reed Warbler

A bit special this one. I don't do twitching, but this was quite a rarity that I found myself, at a local lake, back in 2008. Only the second record for Bucks since 1946.

Black Swan and Mute Swan

A bit unusual, in that the Black Swan appeared to be a surrogate parent. Even more unusual was the male Mute Swan didn't seem to mind. A menage-et-trois of the avian world.

Tufted Duck


Sabine's Gull

Egyptian Goose

Bearded Tit

Snow Bunting

Great Crested Grebes

Spotted Sandpiper

Another rarity I found myself, at my local lake, Caldecotte. The place was buzzing with twitchers for a few days after. The bird only stayed one day.



Blue Tit

(I think Adrian might remember this moment)   




Grey Heron

Hope you enjoyed them

Enjoy your week.

Saturday, 3 January 2015


According to the experts; the people who know such things, this is not a bird of concern.

With a diet consisting of invertebrates in the summer, along with mostly seeds, they have the widest diet of the finches. No surprise they are doing well then, with an estimated population of 5.8 million in Britain and up to 30 million during the winter, with the arrival of continental birds.

They live just about anywhere; woodlands, (deciduous, mixed and conifer), parklands, gardens and hedgerows. No wonder they do so well, with such adaptability.

The males are a combination of colours ......... a reddish pink breast, bluish crown and nape, a brown back, grey-green rump, and white wing bars.

So common, so colourful, and yet frequently overlooked by many so called 'birdwatchers'
If the bird was 'rare', then everyone would be clamouring for a glimpse.

Here's a couple of pictures I took on a Chaffinch twitch yesterday.

Have a good weekend.