Nov 022023

My wife and I decided to take a late break in Majorca, during early September. We spent a week at Port de Pollenca, basically just relaxing in the very warm sunshine for the time of year, eating Paella and enjoying a few beers. I made the decision, before we left, to switch off and just chill out for a few days, but Audouin’s Gull was a major distraction, and I was so glad I brought a camera with me. 

Around twenty or so were a regular sight, in the early morning and early evening, just opposite our hotel.

May 082023
A new bird for Britain

On Monday 1st May 2023, a Grey-headed Lapwing was discovered on the wader scrape pools at Low-Newton-by-the-Sea, in Northumberland. Goodness knows what the birder must have thought, when he set eyes on this extremely attractive wader, that had decided to arrive on his local patch. If accepted by the BOU, it would be a new bird for Britain. The Grey-headed Lapwing is a lapwing species which breeds in northeast China and Japan. The Chinese population winters in northern Southeast Asia from northeastern India to Cambodia. The species has previously occurred as a vagrant in Western Europe, Russia, Australia and Sri […]

May 032023
Spring Wader Fest at RSPB Frampton

Early May always produces a good selection of waders and yesterday, 2nd May, was no exception at Frampton. There has been an influx of Black-winged Stilts into Britain these past few weeks, and no doubt some will be settling down to breed. A pair were at Frampton but were just a little distant, nevertheless showed well. Three Wood Sandpiper, a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, small numbers of Ruff, including a few smartly dressed males, Little Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Lapwing, Curlew and Redshank were all supporting casts. Several Spoonbill on the main lagoons and a selection of migrant warblers, […]

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