Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hungry Family

A pair of Grey Wagtail have nested this year in one of the doors at Willington Lock resulting in frantic parents being disturbed from the nest everytime a boat opens or closes the lock. Crazy birds but they seem to be doing OK so far and theres no shortage of food.

Brand New Demoiselle

Newly emerged and drying it's wings.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Wanderings

Good weather birding.


This cracking bird spending a fruitless second spring on territory at Welney. I didn't manage to visit last year but the little beauty showed very nicely yesterday morning once the sun had decided to come out. If only a female would drop in..........

Friday, April 22, 2011

Grasshopper Warbler

Good to see Grasshopper Warblers in the village this spring following two or three years where they had seemed to have vanished. A full selection of warblers this morning with the exception of Lesser Whitethroat which doesn't seem to have arrived yet. The local male Cuckoo has also returned - wonder if he's as glad to see me as I am to see him ?

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I don't like getting too close to these beasts despite finding them fascinating. Fortunately the 400mm and a heavy crop gave me safe range and didn't bring the goose-bumps out too much!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Avocets @ Willington

On the 16th March I recorded my first Avocet at Willington, this morning I found two there. Two had been seen earlier in the morning at the Brick Pits so it seems they had relocated to here. Poor shots but good birds for Willington.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Garden Birds

I tend to take for granted the diversity of birds I can see from my garden living close to the river here in Willington. As well as the local Barnacle Geese, I had a pair of Shelduck fly low over the garden last evening in the lovely light. Best fly-over birds seen over the years include Whimbrel, Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Raven, Merlin and Lesser-spotted Woodpecker.