Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A Summer Morning at Summer Leys LNR (Northants).

Reed Warbler

I have to say that I am really pleased that some good weather has replaced the cool, damp and wet conditions that have been our summer so far. I do not do HOT, so I arrived at Summer Leys LNR at about 0530hrs. The initial coolness of the morning was soon replaced by increasing temperatures and I gave in at 1100hrs and headed for home. Biggest problem was the bright sunshine making images difficult!

Summer Leys was very quiet, as expected for late July but some interesting sightings were still to be had. A pair of eclipse Garganey were hard to locate in the long grass on wader bay where a solitary Common Sandpiper patrolled. A Red Kite passed over and a Hobby arrived to feast on the many dragonflies. Most of my day was spent taking images of woodland birds. A daily sightings list can be found at the end of this post.

Reed Warbler




Juv Robin

Black Headed Gull


Willow Warbler

Reed Warbler

Todays Sightings:

Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Wren; Mute Swan; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Greylag Goose; Lapwing; Little Egret; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Common Sandpiper; Carrion Crow; Rook; Cormorant; Canada Goose; Reed Bunting; Pochard; Reed Warbler; Green Woodpecker; Greenfinch; Yellowhammer; LBB Gull; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Linnet; Moorhen; Grey Heron; Chiffchaff; Common Tern; Garganey; Willow Warbler; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Pheasant; Great Tit; Swallow; Sedge Warbler; Robin; Dunnock; Bullfinch; Starling; Red Kite; Blackcap; Teal; Hobby; Jackdaw; House Sparrow.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Suffolk Images - July 2012

I have now loaded all of my recent Suffolk (with a bit of Norfolk) wildlife images onto my website, so they can now seen in slideshow format, with a little background music!


Sunday, 15 July 2012

Dartford Warbler, Dunwich Heath - July 2012

Dartford Warblers are stunning little birds and one of the main reasons for taking a holiday in Suffolk. I have never got close to them and last observed them in Dorset about six years ago. On Dunwich Heath, all I had to do was stand still and the Dartford's literally came to me! A good two hours pleasure!