Monday, 29 April 2013
We had a great walk at our local reserve this evening, seeing three new species for the site - Buzzard, a pair of Mistle Thrush and a Willow Warbler. We saw 21 species in total. The other highlights were 5 Swallows flying through, a Green Woodpecker and a singing Reed Warbler and Blackcap.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
We now have at least seven Mallards visiting the grass outside our garden in pairs. They sometimes even come into our garden just to take a nap! The Bullfinch pair are still being seen, a Blackbird is nesting right in front of our kitchen window, Great-spotted and Green Woodpeckers are also being seen and a single Chiffchaff is singing each day. I also saw two Sparrowhawks on St. Michaels Road this morning, along with a probable Blackcap singing. Blue Tits have been seen gathering nesting material but have shown no interest in our camera nest box to our frustration. This photo is of a male Great-spotted Woodpecker which was drumming on a lamppost for about ten minutes.
Monday, 15 April 2013
A male and female Bullfinch have returned to our garden over the last few days, a month later than they did last year. We didn't see any young last year for the first time in 3-4 years. A pair of Song Thrushes have been in the garden regularly - the first time that we've seen two Song Thrushes in the garden. Three Swallows flew low over the house today. I've also seen a Brimstone in the garden three times in the last week. Spring has, finally, begun.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
We failed to find the adults or the four young Tawny Owls, as well as the Little Owl and Redstarts. I did however, see my first House Martin and Mandarin of the year.
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
I used my free time at the Cambridge University Easter School wisely to find the Waxwings on Montgomery Road, a 45 minute walk away! Whilst being a new bird for this year, my main motive was to see this stunning bird again. They didn't disappoint! I saw nine in a tree in front of me and photographed one on the ground less than three metres away. The photos were taken with my iPhone.