Xmas Stint ID competition

Here are some photos of Stints taken at Sippighat on South Andaman in November, in the overlap zone between wintering Little Stint and wintering Rufous-necked Stint. At the time I assumed they were the latter on range, but subsequently I … Continued

Western and Eastern

Right, firstly, pics of my latest trip – the Birdquest tour of Southern India and Sri Lanka with extension to the Andaman Islands – can be found here: http://shortwing.co.uk/gallery/south-india-and-the-andaman-islands/ Today I braved the cold and went to see the long-staying … Continued

OK OK I know I have been a bit slack, but….

  OK OK so the juicy reports and pics of Andamans, South India and Sri Lanka may take a little time, meanwhile, here are some pics from the arctic extremes of Lincolnshire – a long way from the equatorial rain … Continued

Back on the VP

BIRD SURVEYS IN EASTERN ENGLAND After something of a drought for a few months, a bit of survey work popped up. Fair weather and south-easterly winds made for some nice outings, and all the usual suspects were recorded; Lapwings, Golden Plovers, Peregrine, Merlin, … Continued

Dirty drizzly twitching

DAURIAN SHRIKE, HORSEY GAP 25th October Stiff south-easterlies hitting a band of drizzly rain, surely there had to be some new arrivals along the coast. Apparently not, so a bit of dirty twitching for a Daurian Shrike at Horsey was … Continued

A good day to be out

Birding was busy today along the coast between Winterton and Sea Palling, between 8am and 3pm, in light south-easterlies after a day of rain. First thing, Fieldfares and Redwings were trickling in, the sea was calm and Thrushes and Blackbirds … Continued

Woodchat Shrike, Suffolk

Couldn’t face the torpor and ennui of staying indoors facing a monitor, so decided to do some dirty twitching of a juvenile Woodchat Shrike at Lowestoft. Needless to say, it performed well at close range.   Couldn’t find any rare … Continued

Grus canadensis – on my British List!

Twitching Sandhill Crane Having spent Sunday afternoon ignoring the news about this (as I lay in the sun on the beach) we left Norwich at 5am and made our way to Boyton in Suffolk.             … Continued

No birds, move along…

Despite motivated searching, the gorgeous weather put paid to any serious bird finding, in fact not one passerine migrant was seen in several hours spent around Covehithe. Waiting for the rain now..      

A day on the beach

Enjoyed a languid few hours between Horsey and Winterton. Sunny, warm, breeze from the south-east. Loads of close Seals – in the shallows, checking us out, plus Whinchat, 19 Med Gulls, two Arctic Skua and a Manx Shearwater. Here’s a Stonechat picture … Continued