Sunday, 24 December 2017

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Penduline Tit DSTW

Just a few record shots of the (male) Penduline Tit that was discovered at the sewage works yesterday by John Lynch. Unfortunately the light was really poor and it was at quite a distance from the hide favouring the bull rush on the LH side of the scrape beyond the elderberry tree on the bank about 3/4 of the way down the scrape, however it is reasonably easy to identify one of these rare visitors to Beds.

Hopefully it will stay on site for a while so that as many Beds birders can get an opportunity to get in and see it, but this will be dependant on Anglian Water allowing us to open and man the gates for a limited and controlled public access to the hide. Hopefully this will be the case, keep an eye on the beds birds group site for details.

Unfortunately the Penduline only stayed on site for another day and has not been recorded or reported after the 21-12-2017 so that was a bit disappointing. I was at the works on the 22nd and there was quite an active Sparrowhawk on the scrape as per the picture enclosed, hopefully this was not the fate of the Penduline and it is just flitting around somewhere else in the county.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Visit to The Lodge RSPB Sandy 09-12-2017

I popped into The Lodge Sandy for a couple of hours yesterday to see what was about, apart from the usual suspects I had pretty good views of Brambling, Mistle Thrush but no Hawfinch on view while I was on site.
It is always a treat to see the great variety of species at this lovely site, all no doubt made possible by the hard work of all the volunteers who were hard at work clearing the heath area opposite the entrance.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Cetti's Warbler DSTW

I have been down to the works a couple of times recently and heard a Cetti's Warbler but never managed to catch up with it with the bins. Anyway this afternoon I was sitting quietly in the hide and managed a brief glimpse and also managed some very grainy pictures, but great to see such a lovely bird on site, lets hope it stays and finds a mate.

Saturday, 2 December 2017


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