It’s all about the numbers.

Gus Ariss drew my attention last week to a Tweet by Mark Clarke who had seen 37 Red Kites near Shipston and who wondered what was going on? I wondered too. The next day I was followed  on Twitter by Keith Jennings whose account had numerous references to a winter...

Madagascar 2. The SW (Toliara and Nosy Ve).

SW Madagascar is arid and we began our exploration of it's xerophytic habitats in the near-impenetrable Euphorbia scrub on the limestone plateau of La Table, in the Toliara region. A visit here is now mandatory on any Madagascan birding itinerary as it one of the few...

Park Life 2018

I posted a blog last February titled Park Life as it concerned a pair of Whooper Swans that had appeared on Abbey Pool in Kenilworth and a Juv. Iceland Gull which had taken up residence on Swanhurst Pool in the Birmingham suburb of Moselely, both of which are located...

Madagascar 1. Tsitongambarika (realm of the Red Owl).

I spent two months in Madagascar in 1999 as part of a team attempting to assess the effect of proximity to human habitation on the population densities of various diurnal lemur species in Sector 4 of the Zahamena National Park, which lies in the rainforest belt...

The Green-winged Teal x Eurasian Teal hybrid at Draycote Water.

I arrived to do the Draycote Water roost this afternoon and stopped off briefly at the overflow as the precious few gulls already in had collected off there. They were mostly head on but before I moved round to the inlet I had a quick look through the ducks between...

The Swanhurst Park Yellow-legged Gull revisited

This was one of a number of posts I deleted earlier in the year to create space on the site but have I recreated it in light of the continued discussion regarding the bird currently present in Swanhurst Park, which is considered to be the same individual returning. It...

Some notes on Juv. Kumlien’s Gull.

Whilst birding at the Draycote Water roost on 13/01/15 John Judge found a Juvenile ‘Iceland Gull’ in the centre of the reservoir which was extremely fresh and unworn in appearance and had brown centres to the primaries with pale fringes. We only saw it fly once for a...

Razorbill ii, the final chapter.

I spent today doing all the things I should have been doing yesterday, before, courtesy of Richard Mays and Dave Cox, the Razorbill stopped play. Early afternoon I was stocking up on lens cloths at Focus Optics when I received a call from Mark Baynes to tell me that...

The Draycote stealth hurricane.

I leave for Madagascar on Saturday and finished the bulk of my writing commitments early this month so as to buy myself a little time which I then threw away searching for Hawfinches. I am thus ill-prepared and increasingly nervous about the forthcoming trip. I spent...

In an invasion, run for the hills.

I don't remember the year but I remember the rest of the date, 25/09. I was guiding on the old ferry which used to run from Pylmouth to Santander and just a few hours out from the Spanish port on the return leg I picked up a passerine, a long way off but flying...

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