Its always a walk Liz and myself do over Christmas.... just to blow a few cobwebs away. A few years ago we abandoned due to the deep snow, no chance of that this winter due to the very mild weather.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Sunday, 16 December 2012
For the second time in a little over two months a Red Kite has flown over the garden here in East Cheshire, a rare visitor to this part of the UK. This second fly over saw it circle quite low before gaining height and drifting off towards Lyme Park and the moorlands.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Thursday, 29 November 2012
A very late departing Northern Wheatear or something else.
On a cold windy beach in North Wales the finder of this bird certainly made the right choice when he questioned weather it should actualy be here at this time of year or weather it should actually be here.... at all.
Anyway A Desert Wheatear it is!
The Desert Wheatear would normally be migrating from somewhere in western Asia or the Middle East to Saudi Arabia or Africa. How she ended up here could be due to a number of factors: Some say Global warming is having an effect on birds moving even further northwards and out of their normal locations as it slowly gets warmer, some 50 plus birds are seen on our shores each year which is 10 times more than 20 years ago. The probable factor for this individual is that she may have been blown off course in the recent bad storms that have enveloped large parts of the world and ended up 3000 miles away here on a sandy beach.
with a very inquisitive bird like this I am glad I made the effort to record my
221st UK bird and 776th world bird
She was certainly Lively and was happy to feed close by. Dog walkers and loose dogs didnt even disturb her as she kept returning to the same stretch of beach give stunning poses like these.
Cameras at the ready...... A happy band of Twitchers!
She may try to get back a little nearer home, possibly southern spain, whatever happens I hope our winter is kind to her if she doesnt move on soon.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Whilst on route to visit family a whistle stop visit to rspb Burton Mere Wetlands brought me a nice suprise in the car park. a single Green Woodpecker sat perched on top of the car park gate post but quickly flew to a distant tree, however much closer came a call and the distant bird returned this time flying to another tree that had its partner calling from. I saw both together for a split second before a car disturbed them both. A small band of observers gathered to witness the male feeding on the floor while making a few flypaths.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Sunday, 11 November 2012
so it has arrived, and even better fairly close to home. Only a 30 minute drive to an industrial estate in Cheshire. The weatherman had promised clear blue skies however when I arrived it was overcast, wet and very gloomy... immediatly a couple of Waxwings flew from the tree that I had parked nearby. No chance of any photos even if they had stayed. I took the time to watch the Winter thrushes feeding on the berry laden bushes.
There where plenty of other twitchers about who had seen roaming flocks of Waxwings further down the estate, after a short wait the sun came out, the cloud cleared and then they descended onto a nearby tree and spent the next 20 minutes enjoying the sun, inbetween preening and hawking for flys.
wheres all the colour gone?
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Friday, 2 November 2012
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
A quick walk around the local park this morning, although the weather was mild the light was poor. I think this image of a Black Headed Gull in winter plumage against an almost grey background set the scene nicely and gives a good indication of the morning mood.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
This postbox is situated just around the corner from where I live and has been painted Gold in recognition of the acheivements of Sarah Storey in the London 2012 Paralympics. Sarah who although is from Disley, attended Poynton High School and chose this Box to mark one of her Gold Medals.