Aug 252012
Local Patch - 25th August 2012

I managed to get a record shot of the lingering near adult Yellow-legged Gull that has been present on and off at Staunton Harold & Foremark Reservoirs for the past few months. Not a great deal else at the local patch this morning. Tufted Duck numbers are building as I count around 260 this morning.   […]

Jul 152012
Local Patch Strikes Again - 15th July 2012

I decide to take a walk round Staunton Harold Reservoir this morning, my “Local Patch”.     It proved to be a good move as no sooner on site I discovered two female Common Scoter. The birds were sat in the middle of the reservoir at the dam end and the first record here for […]

Jul 232011
A “Tricky” Little Skipper - 23rd July 2011

I only need to see two more species of regular breeding British Butterfly – Lulworth Skipper & Swallowtail. I also only need to photograph 7 species and now 6 having managed to get Essex Skipper this morning at Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire, a few miles from my home.    Essex Skipper is a very tricky […]

Jan 012011
A New Birding Year - 1st January 2011

The first bird for 2011 was a Wood Pigeon, rapidly followed by Collard Dove, House Sparrow, Black-headed Gull, Starling and Blackbird all in the garden and so the new years Bird List began. Throughout the day a total of 67 species was seen. Highlights included – Yellow-legged Gull; Caspian Gull, Goldeneye and Yellowhammer all at […]

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