Tuesday, 31 May 2016


April was a bit of a mixed bag with the weather - a bit of sun, a bit of rain and a tremendous day of blizzard conditions. Quite a few of the migrant birds returned too.

Adders were on show all month.

Black-tailed Godwits in the blizzard.

Chaffinch in the garden.

Red Deer outside the house.

Snakes-head Fritillary on Iona.

Great Northern Diver coming into summer plumage.

Golden Plover arrived in good numbers.

Hen Harriers put on a good show.

Female Hen Harrier.

Iceland Gull on the patch.

Lapwings started breeding.

Mountain Hares are still around but the numbers are low this year.

Northern Wheatears were a welcome sight.

Quite a few Otter cubs around.

Puffins arrive in April.

Ring Ouzel was a cracking bird to see.

Short-eared Owl were pairing up.

Starling is a bird often overlooked.

Sundew were starting to emerge.

The Tawny Owls were breeding in the barn.

The views were spectacular!

Whimbrel passage was good.

A Wren was breeding in the brambles.

Quite a few young White-tailed Eagles were hanging around - 11 was my best count.

The adult birds were preparing for a new arrival.

Willow Warbler heralds the start of summer for me.

Sunday, 15 May 2016


March is always an interesting month. The winter visitors are still hanging around but by the months end the first signs of spring are there to cheer you up.

Adders have been out of hibernation since the begining of February so they can be quite active in March.

Sea Anemone in a rock pool.

Common Buzzard.

Changing light conditions will change the colours that you see on the bird.

Red Deer have still got their antlers.

Frogs in my pond.

Young Golden Eagle.

Glaucous Gull.

Great Northern Diver starting to get it's summer plumage.

Male Hen Harrier.

Iceland Gull.

Northern Wheatear just back from Africa.



Redwing will soon be heading back to Iceland.

The Tawny Owl is nesting already.

Whooper Swans having a rest before they do that last 1000 miles!

White-tailed Eagle bookends.

Almost the equivalent of holding hands.
 Everyone likes a good sing-song.
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Northern Cyprus and Turkey

A welcome break to Turkey was more about relaxing than birding so I grabbed the opportunity while I could. Enjoy.

Blue Rock Thrush.

Crested Lark

Finsch's Wheatear

Graceful Prinia

Hen Harrier

Laughing Dove

Rock Nuthatch

Sandwich Tern


White-winged Tern (not 100% on that one) with a Sandwich Tern
Plenty of common stuff around too - Magpie, Jay, Hooded Crow, White Wagtail, House Sparrow etc.