On my travels

I’ve been up to Hay-On-wye and Bucks for the past week.

I wasn’t really birding but did manage a trip to Gigrin Farm where I added Raven to my year list.

On Tuesday I was well chuffed to find and photograph my first ever adult Tawney Owl and I also picked up a Redstart singing. To zip the year list up to 162. Hopefully a planned trip to Norfolk this weekend will give it a nudge.

I also saw White Legged Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle and an Azure Damselfly.

The White Legged was a lifer. Well only my second summer. The camera doesn’t half help with the iding!


Penguin takes wrong turn.

A MagellanicPenguin has taken a wrong turn and instead of turning up in Southern Chile has turned up at Peru’s Paracas national reserve.

Scientists are concerend that the lone Magellanic maybe rejected by the reserves 4000 Humboldt Penguins.

Plans are a foot to try and return the Penguin to Chile.

Rutland Water

I had to be at Rutland this morning so took the camera and went for a stroll.

Birds added to the year list were Garden Warbler and Greenshank. Lots of warblers about and there was a nice flyover Osprey.

I’ve still to see a number of key migrants this year. Then again I’m not that bothered I drove past a Wilson’s Phalarope for goodness sake! I am just going out and seeing what I see.

Otter shot dead

You would think in the 21st century we had moved beyond this but apparently not.

An otter has been shot and killed near Driffield in East Yorkshire. The otter was found with a shot to its head at Frodingham Beck by a member of the public and reported to an Environment Agency bailiff.Post-mortem results reveal that the otter had been shot before.

Apparently he maximum penalty for intentionally killing or injuring an otter or other wild animal listed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act is six months imprisonment and a £5,000 fine per animal killed or injured.

The Environment Agency has now passed the case onto Humberside Police.
Anyone with information should contact Sgt Christopher Hine at Bridlington Police Station, tel (01262) 458751.

It’s that time again

Yes folks it’s that time of the year when the rest of the world complains like mad about Malta’s annual spring bird hunt. Hopefully it will be the last time as the country is taken to court accused of violating the EU Birds Directive.

For more on this awful event check this out.

Please consider writing to your MP and MEP.

Why Robins sing at night?

I’ve always heard that the reason Robins sing at night in cities is because they are fooled by the light. Radio 4 was reporting today on a new idea that instead the Robins were singing at night to communicate and not to compete with human noise during the day.

A morning at Rutland Water

I was at Rutland Water last weekend. Much of the time was spent sightseeing but I did spend a morning birding at the Egleton Reserve.

Hirundines  back in force and also returning Common Terns. Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Sedge Warblers all over the place. Also 4 singing Grasshopper Warblers including super views of one bird.

Other highlights were an Osprey on a nest and a juvenile Great Northern Diver.

Barnacle Geese breaks the speed limit.

A Barnacle goose has flown from Scotland to Norway. He left Caeverlock at 8pm and made it to Norway by 4am the next morning.

He clocked up an average speed of 60mph!

Mobiles to blame for Bee die off?

I mentioned that bees were suffering mass die offs. Well the Independent is reporting on research that suggests this is due to <a href=”http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2449968.ece”>mobile phone handsets</a>.

Apparently a study at Landau University suggests Bees refuse to return to hives when mobile phones are placed near them.

A Morning Birding

I spent the morning (well after getting the car serviced) at Amwell Gravel Pits.

Notable birds, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,¬† House Martin, Swallow, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler and Marsh Tit. Flipping Little Ringed Plovers disappeared when I was there!