Tuesday, 29 January 2013
I did pass two milestones today though - my 2,000th BirdTrack record of the year (that should keep the report writers honest) and 200 miles walked.
Monday, 28 January 2013
So a bit disappointed really- still, cracking birds and a site record count!
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Sunday, 20 January 2013
Saturday, 19 January 2013
They always say the trick to a great bird photo is to catch the glint in the eye - got that bit right, should have taken a better camera out with me though.
|Spot the red bit|
|One of the two|
Thankfully, no-one was around to hear me.
Now I had a problem, however. My mobile phone has recently decided not to let me into my address book. Consequently, the only person I can phone on it is the last person in my call log. That person happens to be my mother, who knows next to nothing about birds except that a Grey Heron likes to eat her goldfish. But...she has Steve's number! A quick call was made to my mother, asking her to phone Steve and get him to call me as soon as possible, which he does - arriving on site 20 minutes later. (My mother was a little...confused...shall we say.)
Very, very pleased with my morning. I got my tactics right, having initially resisted the temptation to stay in the warm with a pot of tea, a packet of digestive biscuits and Jean-Paul Sartre's Age of Reason.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
I’m having a nice little run looking at wet stuff. The Great Duck Hunt managed to pull a Great Northern Diver in to view on a patch of water I’d given up doing WeBS on as it was so duff. So that was nice. And this lunchtime I found two Pintail sat on the ice at Blunham – none of the hoped-for Smew though.
Biggest gaps are Jay, Red Kite, Marsh Tit, and Mandarin, but as I’ve got all year to find them I’m not too worried. But the big news is that a Woodcock zoomed out from under some scrub while out ‘Duck Hunting’ - so that’s in the bag already, 50 weeks ahead of last year.
My only SFYT today was a Red Kite east over Biggleswade Common - then The Lodge - shortly after nine o'clock. Don't suppose my fellow competitors will be losing too much sleep over that one...
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
I have been kind of expecting Short-eared Owl around the Cockayne Hatley area, so it was a bit of a shock when I realised what species of 'eared owl' I was looking at. Fabulous. A self-found clean-sweep of the Bedfordshire owls is now a distinct possibility.
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Friday, 11 January 2013
Thursday, 10 January 2013
And to confirm, the existing rules about self finding detail all we need to know except the "year" aspect. We're doing this challenge per year, so we have an extra rule disallowing birds found in 2012 and then seen in 2013. If you wanna self find it, you gotta self find it from scratch.
Here's to another enjoyable year!
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
What I may lack in mobility however, I can more than make up for in time, and as ''the devil makes work for idle hands to do'' this year, I am competing against myself. Birds aren't going to find themselves if I'm sitting on the sofa reading gritty Scandinavian literature or watching another Alec Guinness film - much as I love to do both.
No, this year is going to be a full-on, mega-bird-finding experience and I am heartened and encouraged by the start I've made. I think I can stay with Steve (and Richard) until February, but then I fear, they'll take off into the sunset like startled Nightjars.
I'll be very, very happy with 140. How about an enviro-challenge Matt?
Monday, 7 January 2013
I see the usual suspects have raced into the lead already. The big question is will Darren do a 'real' eco list this year, or will he count hitching lifts with Steve as 'Enviromentally Friendly'? LOL!
Sunday, 6 January 2013
|Stonechat, Biggleswade Common|
This afternoon I then popped over to Broom to try and see the Beardies - I heard them, but they didn't show. Then back to the fallow field behind Furzenhall to try and see if the Barn Owls are still there. No sign of the Barn Owls, but both a male and a female Stonechat were now on the reed stems - result!
Saturday, 5 January 2013
I really like the challenges within challenges this year: waders, wildfowl, passerines...I may even have a shout on the latter. I'll just need to remain focussed and find a spring Wood Warbler, passage Black Redstart or better.
Good luck to all, and oh, Mr Grimsey - no six month head-start this year!
Right, off out now to do my BTO Winter Thrush Survey. Hope that my devotion to the conservation cause pays some personal dividends. ;-)
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Tuesday, 1 January 2013