Friday, 16 April 2010
These great shots of a male blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) are via Chuck Eccleston the bird was singing along the old railway track recently, Alverstone IOW. For a quick burst of its distinctive song you can go to:
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Apologies for the poor digi-scoped record shot of the Titchfield Haven bittern (Botaurus stellaris) which has been giving very good value from the Meadow Hide over the last month or so.
Finally caught up with the bird today and although it was not as close to the hide as hoped, it did give extended and stunning views over the hour and a half that we watched.
Other Haven highlights included sev. singing chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), a single swallow (Hirundo rustica), 6(8) sand martin (Riparia riparia) and 3(4) mediterranean gull (Larus melanocephalus) in full sum. plum. amongst the screaming hordes of BH gull (Larus ridibundus) which provide the dominant soundscape to the scrapes at this time of year.
Whilst watching the bittern received a text which simply said "woodchat still church cove.." so returned home and immediately checked out:
Friday, 2 April 2010
11 house sparrow (Passer domesticus) including 2 male 7 fem and 2 flashing over the back wall to quickly to be sexed. 1 male and 1 fem blackbird (Turdus merula) and 1 wood pigeon (Columba palumbus). During the briefest of garden watches following the morning's incessant downpour.
Received a text from a friend in Southsea, confirming their first garden willow warbler (Phylloscopus collybita) this spring. She usually has one or two willow warblers in the garden over the first couple of weeks of passage, I have suggested they may well not be the same two birds each day.