Apr 022021

My first Sand Martin for the year was on 26th March at Staunton Harold Reservoir,  along with 2 Chiffchaff and 9 Lesser Redpoll. Two Swallow and a singing Blackcap at SHRes on 27th March were also new for the year.

The drake Ring-necked Duck put in an appearance at Melbourne Pool briefly on 28th March, also there were 2 Shoveler and 4 Gadwall. The main arrival of Chiffchaff at SHRes arrived on 30th March with at least 7 singing individuals, a fly through Goosander and a single Sand Martin. Lots of local Raven activity. The first Cowslips were in flower on the 31st March 2021.

Blackbird – male
Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Grey Squirrel
Jenny Wren
May 092020
My Quest for the Ghost Cat

For many years now a personal obsession of mine has been to see a Snow Leopard and my first attempt to see this animal commenced last year. During late July into early August 2019, I spent two weeks in Mongolia with Wise Birding Holidays. Our first week was spent entirely in the south Gobi Altai Mountains, searching for the Ghost Cat. The second week was spent looking for a wide range of Mongolia’s other mammals and birds. Unfortunately and despite our best efforts of seven days constantly scanning vast areas of mountain wilderness, I failed to see one of these […]

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