Arctic Terns on Harris - 27th May 2013
These birds were nesting on the spit of land near where we were staying on Harris. It was a real thrill to sit among them and watch them closely.
Big Garden Birdwatch - 26 January 2013.
Our results. This, if anything, was even worse than last year in terms of number and variety.
Blue Tit 3
Carrion crow 2
Great Tit 2
Common Gull 1
View from the study window during the birdwatch. You can see that one of the bird feeders is full and has no birds on it. The feeders are just not being used much this year.
Newark Show 12 May 2012
Big Garden Birdwatch - 29 January 2012.
Our results. This has been the worst year in terms of number and variety. Also, the sky was grey and there was no air movement. So there were times during the hour I spent watching when nothing stirred at all in the garden.
Blue Tit 5
Carrion crow 1
Great Tit 5
Coal Tit 3
Tutbury 26 June 2011
31st January 2011
Big Garden Birdwatch.
Blue tit 4
Carrion crow 3
Collared dove 2
Great tit 2
Song thrush 1
10th January 2010 - garden: flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares
8th January 2010 - Local walk: Grey Wagtail in Rigga Lane - somewhat off course I think and a buzzard being mobbed by crows.
24th June - Eddlestow Lot Walk: Cuckoo just off Cuckoostone Lane actually near the Cuckoo Stone. Saw it fly as well as heard it. Not much else on the walk that day.
10th June Hartington Walk: swallows nesting in the toilets at Hartington Station. A notice on the church door at Hartington asked you to close the door carefully to prevent the swallows from nesting inside the church. Curlews, chaffinches, skylarks were most noticeable.
3rd June. Gradbach walk: skylarks,
lapwings, curlews and at Three Shires Head two grey wagtails.
30th May. Heron perched in the pine tree just up the hill from the garden.
25th May. Pair of Jays in the woods at Breadsall at SK374395 also spotted by Francesca and Antonia whilst we were out walking.
28th April. Blackcap at SK356420.
20th May. Mandarin pair at SK093576.
18th May. Heron flew over the house.
13th May. Curlews on moors near The Roaches.
22nd April 2009
Watched and read about Kittiwakes in Newcastle. Came across this link. Also took photographs of them on The Baltic gallery, here and here.
12th March 2009
Saw this little bird in the garden and have no idea what it is.
More bird photos here.
Attenborough Nature Reserve - 7th March 2009
We took Antonia to have a look around a nature reserve. We saw lots of common birds but ones new for Antonia were: some Crested Grebes, some Golden Eye and three very large Heron. Not a particularly exciting haul for an hour and a half walk. However, when we took Antonia home through the country lanes we had the thrill of a Sparrowhawk flying along a hedge parallel with the car for several hundred yards and as if that was not thrill enough when we rounded the next bend we saw two Peregrine Falcons. A good way to finish an afternoon's bird watching.
This section has been included to encourage Francesca and Antonia in their bird watching. During one of their week end stays with us we encouraged them to watch the birds using the feeders in the garden. They were keen enough for Tracy and Julian to buy them their own binoculars and so we have done various other things to foster their interest.
We are not good birdwatchers. We were members of the RSPB for over twenty years and only visited three of their sites in that time. As with plants we are interested and just like to know the names and a bit about each one we see.
One of the things we have done is to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. Francesca and Antonia helped us watch and our results for this year were:
Blue tit 4
Carrion crow 2
Coal tit 2
Collared dove 2
Feral pigeon 2
Great tit 4
Long-tailed tit 7
Common gull 2
Since the Big Garden Birdwatch we have been joined in the garden by a flock of five Lesser Redpolls. We have also seen a Tree Creeper on one of the Silver Birches, possibly it had joined the Siskins and Redpolls.