Thursday, May 27, 2010



Female Blue-winged Teal paired with a Shoveler. Diddington Pit, Little Paxton.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Barley Bunting

Back to the middens near Eyeworth whilst my daughter was at music lesson in Dunton and I chanced upon a calling Quail. I didn't expect to see it but it was calling from a ride along the field edge and showed momentarily before walking into the barley. Corn Bunting only cos I couldn't get a shot of the Quail !

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Sad Ending

This is not my photograph but one borrowed from a Polish site to illustrate the worrying situation that has been mirrored this spring from my nestcam Great Tit's. They all succumbed by 17th May despite being fed intently by the parents for eleven days. Closer examination showed excess sunflower seeds filling their crops and little evidence of caterpillars being found by the parents. Perhaps the cold weather was to blame although seems like similar events are happening elsewhere too.
This highlights the critical importance of insects to food chains. Take away the insects and protection of many bird species is pretty much fruitless.

King of the Castle

The fields east of Biggleswade are alive with birds.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Swans

This is the new brood of six cygnets hatched at the weekend on the settling lagoon in Willington. Let's hope they last longer than last year's brood from this pair that made the mistake of frequenting the fishing lake and recently "disappeared". Any information surrounding this crime that took place on Saturday 17th April should contact Bedfordshire Police.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Willington's Cuckoo

I've not been able to find an accompanying female as yet.


I was pleased to find this bird feeding young in the plantation by the river this morning. The cold winter has been tough on small birds and birds such as this, Goldcrest and Kingfisher have been difficult to find along the river.

Monday, May 10, 2010

What a Prat

Apparently from the Orient to a grey & cold Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire this morning.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Osprey @ Willington

Rewarding to self-find my bogey bird for Bedfordshire and on my home patch too. I went out looking for Kingfishers and found none. I took my camera rather than optics but managed to scramble some poor and hurried shots of the Osprey as it headed north over the sheep field. It seemed interested at the fishing lake and turned to take a look but was seen off north by a rowdy group of corvids.
Still haven't seen Kingfisher on the Ouse this year.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Spring Watch Willington

All five eggs have hatched and both adults are feeding. I'ts much colder that these birds would like though so I hope all ends up well for them.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Hatching Day

Forget the election, today our first Great Tit hatched and was viewed from the nestbox camera. Only five eggs have been laid so let's hope that these birds can successfully fledge their brood.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Spring Squall

My birds seen in the UK has this year been the lowest ever with birding restricted to localities in Beds. I decided to push the boat out and venture into NHants yesterday and connected with Grasshopper Warbler, Greenshank, Tree Sparrow, Black Tern and a perched Hobby, all firsts for the year. The weather in the morning was cold and at one point a hail storm caught me ill-equiped. Dramatic sky and rainbow at Knotting Green (Beds).

Sunday, May 02, 2010


Lovely display in Sheerhatch Wood.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Day Dog Walk

The Nightingales seemed to be more showy this year. Little Paxton.