Monday, 18 January 2016

Owls and Squirrels

A few trips out with Matt Wilson in the new year has resulted in some good views of owls. We firstly went to the RSPB Burton mere where the best sighting was a Long Eared Owl, there were plenty of waders Marsh Harrier and Kingfisher, I was surprised how scenic the place was. Luckily to fill some time before the owl frenzy Matts other half Katerina, suggested going to the Red Squirrel spot in Lancashire. I must admit I didn't expect to see/get good views of any but in the event we saw 4. We quickly noticed a lot had an eye problem ie they only had one, this must be a result of the recent squirrel pox infection that decimated this population, luckily they are bouncing back. After this we went to a spot where both Barn Owls and Short Eared Owls had been seen. In the event we saw 4 shorties and 2 barn. Back nearer home I went to another spot where Hen Harrier and 2 shorties had been seen, no harrier but 4 shorties showing really well.















Saturday, 2 January 2016

Last Critters of 2015.

Well the weather has generally been rubbish for photography but I have managed to get out to a few places. Probably the highlight of the week has been seeing 3 species of Owl, Barn, Long Eared and Short Eared. I thought I might stand a chance of getting some decent pics of a GN Diver at Carsington as there are 3 present but the one I saw was always too distant. I got a better view of one at Filey along with a distant Surf Scoter (just a record shot).

 Barn Owl



Black Headed Gull
 Great Northern Diver, Filey
 Great Northern Diver Carsington Water
 Goldeneye

 Knot
 Long Eared Owl
Mediterranean Gull
 Oystercatcher

 Purple Sandpiper
 Short Eared Owl


Short Eared Owl
 Stonechat
 Surf Scoter
 Tree Sparrow
 Turnstone
Whooper Swans

Monday, 14 December 2015

Yorkshire Coast winter birding.

Well its that time of year if you want to get out and see some wildlife the only reliable subjects are birds. It has generally been rubbish near me this winter so I headed to the Yorkshire coast yesterday, firstly to Scarborough then on to Filey. Hazy sun was forecast up to twelve then white cloud but at least it wasn't windy. In Scabs harbour were 2 Black Necked Grebes a single Red Throated Diver and a few gulls. On to Holbeck where there are usually some Mediterranean Gulls easy to photograph if you have some treats for them. Next to Filey where it had now clouded over, the main quarry here was Purple Sandpiper and other waders.

 Black Necked Grebe




 Red Throated Diver



 Cormorant

 Great Black Backed Gull


Herring Gull

 Adult Mediterranean Gull


 Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

 Oystercatcher

 Purple Sandpiper



Redshank

Turnstone