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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail at Maxey GP

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe, female

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima

© Brian Stone Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x32

Monday, April 28, 2008

Wheatear at RSPB Central Drove

Digiscoped in windy conditions; that's my excuse anyway! It's good to see so many of these birds this year.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Whimbrels at Maxey pits, 27.4.08

© Mike Weedon
Four of seven birds that rested and preened in the morning before flying out at 7.30am.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Shelduck - Ferry Meadows

© Roy Norris
♂ Shelduck seen at Overton Lake Ferry Meadows today.

Dotterel, Blackbush

This beauty was with 3 Golden Plover on a cracking pea field at the south end. This is the same field that has attracted them in the past and should attract more in the coming weeks.

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

© Brian Stone Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It's those terns again

More Arctic Tern action.

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

© Brian Stone Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Arctic Terns at Ferry Meadows

©Peter Beesley
At least 30 Arctic Terns on Gunwade Lake 12 noon 22 April 2008

Sedge Warbler, Orton BP

Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

© Brian Stone Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Monday, April 21, 2008

Willow Warbler - Ferry Meadows

© Roy Norris

Arctic Tern at Ferry Meadows, 21.4.08

© Mike Weedon© Will Bowell
Single bird on Gunwade Lake, where there were also plenty of Common Terns.
Note the very short legs, the deep-red (not black-tipped) bill, 'clean'-looking pale wings, with neat black trailing edge on underwing, and the tail streamers projecting beyond wings.

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Redstart at Ferry Meadows

©Mac Bell
A digiscope picture of the Male Redstart taken on Thursday 17th April 2008 by Mac Bell

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Little Gulls at Maxey GP

© Will Bowell
The top photo is of a group of five which briefly settled on the pits mid-morning, whilst the bottom two photos are of one of the four which were present briefly in the late afternoon. All in all, Maxey had a good day with 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank and Whimbrel moving in and out during the day.

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Common Scoters at Deeping Highbank

© Will Bowell

© Mike Weedon
See also this video:

© Mike Weedon
This morning's conditions produced many a good bird in the Deepings area, including these fabulous Scoters, which were still present at dusk. A rather rare bird in the area- especially away from Ferry Meadows where most records seem to come from!

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Ring Ouzels, Folksworth

© Josh Jones
A case of third time lucky for the photographer, which was rewarded in the finding of a second bird. The newer bird is slightly duller than the original, so is probably a second-calender year male. The original bird can be recognised by limited white flecking on the nape.

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Redstart, Nene Park 17.4.08

© Mike Weedon
This glorious spring male lingered for a second day, and indeed was still present on 18.4.08
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Redstart, Ferry Meadows

© Josh Jones
This male Redstart was an excellent find for Don Gardener. The bird was often easy to locate thanks to its constant calling; a Willow Warbler-like "hueet".

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Common Crane at Eldernell

© Will Bowell
This individual has been hanging around the Nene Washes this weekend and showed very well this morning at Eldernell.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Reed Bunting, Nene Washes

Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

© Brian Stone. Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Knot at Nene Washes

© Peter Beesley
Winter plumage Knot at Nene Washes on the 2nd April 2008