Monday, 7 June 2021
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Mornings birding with Jeff to track down a couple of migrants not yet seen this year. The Goyt Valley was fairly quiet with 4 Pied Flycatcher and a quick song from a Redstart that we never saw or heard again. A quick stop at Danebower didn't produce a Ring Ouzel but we managed 4 Golden Plover nearby.
Back at Jeffs home we walked the reservoir where we eventually managed a female Common Redstart that showed well and right at the death we managed to find of the singing males. A Tree Pipit flew in to ensure the morning finished well.
Monday, 3 May 2021
A pair of Little Owls are quite conspicuous and fairly cooperative, while a Tawny Owl is certainly inconspicuous as it roosts outside its nest hole.
You cant hide ......
Very inconspicuous Tawny Owl
ah, there you are...
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
We started at Danebower which would have only given us the Ring Ouzel... unfortunately it didn’t. Meadow Pipit and Northern Wheatear were the best we could do.
A short drive to the Goyt valley is the area to pick up the rest of the targets. Cuckoo is a bit of a lottery at the best of times and although there have been a few calling Cuckoos in the county during the last week it is in reality still a little too early. The reliable spot for Pied Flycatcher and Common Redstart was extremely quiet of most bird life, again sightings in the county have started to come in, so it will only be a matter of days rather than weeks. Along with a Common Sandpiper this Treecreeper was the best we could muster.
A stop at Sparbent on the Danebower road to see if Ring Ouzel were there also failed but it was nice to get a year tick with 8 Golden Plover that were flighty and too distant to photograph. A single Lapwing and Red Grouse were a nice compliment to the day as were plenty of Curlew coming into roost.
Saturday, 10 April 2021
Endemic to the central mountains of Taiwan
A very striking bird and high on anyones life list. It is fairly common when in the right areas. I often found them at the roadside as we climbed the mountain . The below images show the Male, Female and juvenile (if you look closely on the juvenile image an adult is just peeking in).
Images taken from my tour of the island in 2019
Friday, 19 March 2021
Badger wins every time and takes absolutely no notice of the nervous Fox.