Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Autumn Moths

So far this Autumn we have had some amazing Moths Trapping in Dave's garden and at mine is brilliant were getting a nice selection of Moths new ones for Dave as well which is so nice, I get so so excited trapping when I get a new Moth i'm like a child at xmas time unwrapping presents lol
We have had Mottled Umber in my garden and in Dave's, also November Moth in both are gardens and The Brick in my garden and I also have had two beautiful Green-brindled Crescents stunning moths and Feathered Thorn lovely dark male.
I think my fav so far this autumn has to be the Angle Shades in Dave's garden one I had been waiting to see, Dave saw it fly in and it was so nice because he gets as excited as me even when it's one his already seen :) The shape of the Moth and the pattern is just so beautiful.
Dave's garden has also produced Black Rustic, Juniper Carpet and the amazing Blair's Shoulder-knot one that Dave really wanted to see again we were both over the moon, were always over the moon at all the moths.
Every night is exciting when Moth trapping you never know what you might get, love it :)

Angle Shades

Angle Shades

Mottled Umber

Mottled Umber

Mottled Umber

November Moth

Juniper Carpet

Blair's Shoulder-knot

Black Rustic

Black Rustic

Green-brindled Crescent

Feathered Thorn

The Brick


Sunday, 25 October 2015

American Golden Plover - Eyebrook, Leicestershire

Great Weekend a Lifer for me American Golden Plover and one that Dave really wanted to see again as it was an adult, we went to Eyebrook in Leicestershire for it on the Saturday it was reported in the morning and we left straightaway but when we got there it had flown off we were very disappointed we stayed for awhile in the hope it would come back and searched near by fields but no luck the rain was getting heavier too, so we headed back home.
On the Sunday we thought as its not too far we have to try again there was no news on bird guides so was a little nervy but as we pulled up there was lots of birdwatchers so was more hopeful, Dave scanned on his scope and then said those lovely words Iv'e got it babe :) it had just flown in, as my eyes got to the scope straightaway I just thought wow what a stunner, beautiful bird and really stands out from the Golden Plover, the American Golden Plover is alot darker and the markings really stood out, really love him and over the moon that we got to see him, dipping on the Saturday makes it even more rewarding and exciting, was to distant for photos but had amazing scope views.
Also had my best views of Red legged Partridge they really are beautiful, on the Saturday there was loads of them in the fields so nice too see so many and on the Sunday we had one just on the Roadside amazing :)  
My life list is now on 240 can't believe that I have seen that many birds, and we have had great views of the majority i'm so so lucky. :)  

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Lifers in Norfolk, Red-flanked Bluetail, Hume's Leaf Warbler and more ....

Amazing day in Norfolk, Six new birds and another lifer for Dave.
 We started at Wells Woods, and the first bird we saw was Red-flanked Bluetail, so so beautiful fell in love with him straight away, stunning the first views was of the front where you could see the beautiful orangy on his chest, such a lovely cute face then it flew and landed lower down where it turned the other way showing me his amazing blue tail, love this bird.
We then went to find the Blyth's Reed Warbler waited awhile before Dave saw it fly into the Brambles I just got a glimpse and looked from a flash very white, then we walked round to try and get better views, I didn't get very good views but still over the moon to see another great bird.
We then walked down to where a Hume’s leaf Warbler and Pallas warbler had been reported, Dave heard the Hume’s straightaway we stood there and waited and it flew up to the tree giving nice views you could see how much greyer he was in comparison to Yellow-browed Warbler.
Couldn't find the Pallas’s Warbler, but we did also see Brambling in flight another new bird for me, love there call very distinctive. 
We then went onto Holkham for the Isabelline Shrike was very hard to locate but Dave found him very distant even with scope views but could clearly see the shape of him and the shape of the bill.
We then went to see the Pallas's Warbler, I really struggled with this bird it was in the sycamore tree and hard to see with all the leaves, I was getting frustrated with myself which I think was making it worse, I got a few glimpses in the end and the very white underparts really was striking. 
Birds in trees with leaves is a real problem for me think its something I need to work on think I need to be faster with my responses see movement and get those bins to eyes quicker and not stress lol
It's all a learning curve and enjoying every second of it :) The excitement and Buzz I get is just the best feeling.  
Also today we saw Redwing, Fieldfare and 3 Crossbill lovely to see them all again.
So many birds in one day im so so lucky to see all these birds and love all of them love birdwatching :)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Spurn Adventures - Citrine Wagtail and more :)

Such an exciting day at Spurn first time at Spurn and what a day, We were hoping that the Citrine Wagtail that had been there the day before would show up again today as it would be another lifer for Dave and Me.
We started of walking to Spurn point but as we were about half way there a man with a radio had an alert come through that the Citrine Wagtail was outside the hide on Canal Scrape so we walked back up as we arrived there was a dog tied up outside barking its head off, which had scared the bird off two minutes before we got there, we were both very upset and annoyed we feared the worst and thought we had missed the chance we walked backed to the car park I was about to go to the toilets as Dave shouted the Citrine Wagtail just flew over he heard its call lol he really is just amazing to recognize the call even though it's a bird he has never seen is truly amazing.
Dave said it looked like it was going in the direction of the caravan park so we started walking that way as we were walking along Dave thought he heard it again but wasn't sure we walked back up when a man had it come through on his radio it was on the Warren which confirmed that Dave was right again with the call he heard we had lovely views from the scope it then flew of again towards Canal scrape hide where it had been previously so we walked back there and to are extreme joy it was right outside the hide showing so well, to get such amazing close views of a beautiful bird like this is what dreams are made of, and I'm so so happy for Dave it's so nice that he got two lifers within in two days, love the feeling when it's a new bird for both of us. We got some photos but mine didn't come out that well think I'm getting to fussy I have such a passion for photography but the main thing is the bird its the bird I remember not the photos.
We then walked round to see what we could find we had a Yellow-browed Warbler nice views through bins love this warblers there so striking :)
We were then walking back down the road as groups of people were walking up and then one birder said they've caught a Arctic Warbler there ringing it then going to bring it round to show people, so we walked back up, could not believe how many birders had gathered totally amazed and as he Brought the Arctic Warbler round I felt all overwhelmed to see a bird like this in someones hand so up close, such a beautiful little bird, a lovely greeny colour. :)
We then walked back to the car then decided to go and look for the Little Bunting that had been reported by the visitor Centre, people were walking fast down the road and cars driving by then a birder said they've caught it and Ringing it when going to show it around, I was like wow amazing another bird that I was going to see so close I was so excited really was feeling like a dream now lol
What a stunning bird with chestnut colour cheeks and looked very dainty in comparison to Reed Bunting.
I feel so lucky to have seen such amazing birds over the past two days one lifer yesterday and three today, has been a dream weekend a massive thank you again to Dave for a lovely weekend, perfect weekend,the birds are wonderful but it's Dave being by my side that makes it perfect makes every weekend perfect :)

Record shot

Here are a couple of Dave's amazing photo's I know I always moan about not getting photos like his lol but I love his photos and so proud of his photos there always top quality and he puts so much effort and patience into them and the bird always come before his photography which is why to me his photography is perfect :) 

Taken by Dave Hutton

Taken by Dave Hutton

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Semipalmated Sandpiper at Slimbridge and Captive birds

Had a brilliant day at Slimbridge Me and Dave both got a lifer the Semipalmated Sandpiper one that Dave had been waiting along time for, I love it when there new birds for Dave I get even more excited a lovely looking Sandpiper we had really nice scope views watching Dave's smile and excitement when the bird showed brings me so much joy I get joy out of every bird I see and Dave is always happy too show me new birds but it's so nice watching how much it meant to him to get this bird :)
We then walked round Slimbridge too see the Captive birds and get some photo's the Flamingos are still my Fav there just stunning, but also really liked Yellow-billed Duck the bill is such a bright yellow, and loved the screamers there stunning birds.
Had really up close views of the Eiders they really are beautiful :) all the birds are stunning so nice to see such selection of birds from all over the world.
Also had a nice wild Rook really close still struggled with photos they never seem to come out well, really do love these birds there's something about them. Got some photos of Moorhen even though there common never had them as close as here.
Also had lovely views of the Captive Otters such beautiful animals there so cute :)
Took hundreds of photos I have just picked a handful.

Common Eider (Male)

Common Eider (Female)

Smew (Female)

Bewick's Swan

Golden Eye




White-backed Duck

African pygmy goose

Orange-headed Thrush

Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt



European Crane ( Blurry photo)


Yellow-billed Duck

Ruddy Shelduck