Monday, 24 March 2014

Early House Martin.

A trickle of Sand Martins have  been coming through, but it was a surprise to find a single House Martin with them on Sunday 23rd. This is 8 days ahead of the ten year average and only 10 days after the earliest ever. Also on Sunday small groups of Meadow pipit were flying north west. Several Chiffchaff are calling around the reservoir. Two rather grey birds have been seen, which may be of the northern race abietinus. A single female Grey Wagtail was at the out flow and a smart male Reed Bunting was in the hedge off Stony bank.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wonderful Baja.

 Here are a selection of photos from my recent Baja California trip.
 Good numbers of Northern Elephant seals were in residence.
 Magnificent sunrises enhanced the spectacular locations.
 The Searcher, our home for the trip.
 Impressive cactus in an arroyo
 Rattleless Rattlesnake. Not as big as it looks.
 Good numbers of Black vented Shearwaters were seen.
 An impressive Osprey nest. I wonder how many years it has been used?
 Eye to eye with a Grey Whale
 Road Runner doing what it does best.

 Tail fluking Blue Whale. It does not get any better than this!
 We marvelled at this mega beast that kept us entertained for over an hour as it repeatedly tail fluked.
 The tall columnar blow of a Blue Whale.
Thanks to Captain Art and the wonderful crew of Searcher for a trip of a life time.

Spring Migration begins..

Recent sightings at Thornton have included a smart male Yellowhammer in the pony fields. At least 4 Chiffchaff are calling and one very pale bird was photographed by John Statham. Two Sand Martins were over the dam on 15th March. There was also a pair of Goldeneye on the 16th and a Red Kite flew west on the same day. The Red Kite was again seen flying along the dam on the 18th, disappearing towards Ratby Burrows.