Saturday, February 14, 2015

Little Bunting

Took a drive west on the M4 to Wales this morning. Picked up my good friend Stuart Clarke at 08:20 am and headed down to Forest Farm Country Park, Glamorgan. Today's target bird was Little Bunting! This NE European breeder of the taiga has been frequenting this location for the last week and as I have never seen this species before, I thought I would give it a go...   

We only waited a few minutes before the bird showed and as you can see above; gave us lots of opportunity for observation and photos. The feeder station was very busy during our visit with Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin and Nuthatch all putting in a regular appearance. A great mornings birding, made extra special by sharing it with my good friend Stu.
Blue Tit

Bullfinch (male)

Great Tit



Bullfinch (female)

Sunday, February 8, 2015


On Saturday 7th February 2015 I hit the road about 06:00 am. My destination was was Gunners Park, Shoeburyness in Kent. For the last week 2 male Serin have been regularly  visiting a small patch of weed in the north-east corner of the park. As I have only seen this species once in Brittany, I was keen to go take a look. On arrival (08:15 am) there were a few birders milling around the area. 

The 'gen' was that the birds were doing circuits around the park but seemed to keep returning to this one patch. That information proved to be correct and we only waited a few minutes before both birds returned. Though the light was not great I did get killer looks through my scope. After getting my fill I decided to try get a few record shots with my new camera - DMC Panasonic FZ72. Both birds spent most of the time low down in the grass making photos very challenging but occasionally popped up. 

Whilst waiting for the Serin to show an accommodating Stonechat kept us entertained coming close to all the birders. After about 45 minutes I decided to make a move to my next destination: St Andrews Church in Bramfield Hertfordshire.

A small flock of Hawfinch have been frequenting the churchyard; though I only got a 3 second view before 2 birds flew off. I waited for another 1/2 hour but no luck so I headed to Amwell Nature Reserve. 

Here I spent a couple of hours birding the reserve, going through large groups of ducks and gulls and some fun time in one of the hides with my new camera

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Long-tailed Tit
Marsh Tit