Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Thought I better try and see some of this winter's Hawfinch explosion before they leave. Went to Rufford CP and saw 3 birds in flight in windy difficult conditions. Had much better views of a flock of up to 15 in a Darley Dale churchyard.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Martin Mere and Marshside

Nice Saturday birding trip to West Lancashire. Good selection of wildfowl and waders. The highlight were Corn Bunting off Curlew lane near Martin Mere

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Our first trip to Shetland was a mixed bag. Great first day but then hampered by severe wind and rain. We saw Long tailed Skua on way up at Goswick golf club. First day was rewarded with Rustic Bunting, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler and Short Toed Lark, all lifers for me. We also saw Red throated Pipit, American buff bellied PipitParrot Crossbill, Little Bunting, Red Flanked Bluetail, Red Breasted Flycatcher, Yellow Browed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Purple Sandpiper, Twite, Red backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike as well as many other common birds

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wilson's Phalarope

That was a nice surprise to get an American vagrant close to home. Not completely unexpected due to persistent Westerly winds. A stunning juvenile Wilson's Phalarope  at Alston Wetlands Lancashire