31 May, 2009
I went to a friends house yesterday to watch the Chelsea vs Everton FA Cup Final. Being a Chelsea fan I was cheering on the Blues but got quite scared when Saha put the ball in the net for Everton after 25 seconds!! However, after a goal from Drogba and a screamer from Lampard, the win was secured!
I bet your wondering what any of this has got to do with birds, aren't you? Well, after the footy we took a stroll in Richmond Park where there was nothing much to note except for a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER (!!) which I watched for a couple of seconds before it flew off into the trees. The birds ID was then confirmed when I heard it call, which sounds almost exactly like that of a Kestrels.
So, Chelsea won the FA Cup and I got to see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker... what could be better?... well, maybe if Chelsea won the Champions League for once!!
27 May, 2009
I took yet another trip to Old Winchester Hill the other day on what was set to be the hottest day of the year.
14 May, 2009
Here are a few shots of one of our pair of Blue tits foraging for grubs and caterpillars to feed it's young; which have just hatched out in next door's nextbox. The pair have never failed to bring up very cute young Blue tits, in all their years here!
Only a week into the duties of parenting and they are already getting very scruffy. I'm sure the time when the young fledge is much longed for by these two so they can go off and moult!
At the weekend, I'm hoping to make the short journey to Staines Reservoir to watch a White-winged Black Tern (a scarce visitor to Britain)- I'm starting to get into this twitching thing!
13 May, 2009
Just before I went inside, it managed to catch a Bluebottle for dinner...
11 May, 2009
In the fallen Willow tree, a Great tit was taking an evening bath but shot up into the branches when a dog bolted past. In the top of the Willow, 2 moustached male Reed Bunting were singing their simple 3-4 note song by the setting sun.
09 May, 2009
Whilst taking out the empty Shreddies packet this morning, I noticed a bunch of Spiderlings that had just hatched out inside the Recycling bin. Who knows what they will be recycled into; A Heinz Beanz can? A packed of Kleenex tissues? Or maybe even a pencil. I can only warn you that next time you buy your Evian water bottle, make sure it's made from 100% plastic!
On the subject of babies, next doors Blue tits have young! The adults are making 100s of visits too and from the nest box every day. I'll be sure to keep a eye on this family and expect lots of photos of them when they fledge.
FOOTNOTE- Sorry about the lack of posts recently, a temporary loss of the camera adapter meant I couldn't upload any photos for a couple of days... expect lots more posts to come!
04 May, 2009
The plan today was to visit a relative in Hampshire, but as the weather was absolutely perfect, we decided to take a small detour to Old Winchester Hill- best nature reserve in the world ;). The last time I visited Old Winchester Hill, a White throated Sparrow was resident in the hedgerows by the carpark, but has now vanished into the English countryside somewhere... he did seem a bit out of place in the South Downs though didn't he?!
Another little guy that looked a bit out of place on the hill was this very colourful Goldfinch, which was chattering away in the car park...