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NEWS & My Natural Diary: Jan/Feb 2009

Archived Diary Notes for Jan/Feb 2009

28th February 2009

Daventry Country Park
New pictures of:

Canada Goose, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Mute Swan and Tufted Duck

24th February 2009

Herring Gull and Turnstone

23rd February 2009

Baron's Haugh


19th February 2009

Daventry Country Park
First Photographs of:


Also, new pictures of:

Wigeon, Pochard, and Great Crested Grebe

16th February 2009

Strathclyde Loch
Moulting Black-headed Gull, Energetic Mute Swan,
Nicely coloured Feral Pigeon, and Common Gull

11th February 2009

Baron's Haugh
Song Thrush and Meadow Pipit

Strathclyde Country Park
Roe Deer

3rd February 2009

Despite being an incredibly overcast day, new shots of:
Treecreeper, Blackbird, Coal Tit,
and Song Thrush

2nd February 2009

New shots of:
Lesser Black-Backed Gull and Greylag Goose.

28th January 2009

Greenhead Moss
New shots of:
Female Reed Bunting

26th January 2009

New shots of:
Bar-Tailed Godwit and Redshank

25th January 2009

Leighton Moss
New Species:
Little Egret

New shots of:
Greylag Goose and Wigeon

24th January 2009

In the heart of England, in the middle of winter, one of the last birds you'd expect to come across:


This one looked pretty exhausted. Possibly blown over from the continent in the previous night's storm?

Also, new shots of:
Great Crested Grebe, Goosander and Willow Tit

RSPB bird count this weekend (24th-25th January)
Take part in the RSPB survey this weekend. You can submit your results online at their website (above).
The survey is very simple. All you need to do is watch your garden or local park for an hour on either Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th January, note down the birds you see and tell the RSPB the highest number of each species you see at any one time during the hour (this avoids counting the same birds twice.)

For my own results please go to 'The Reluctant Bird Table'(above).
21st January 2009

Baron's Haugh
New shots of:

Nice to see Spring starting to show:

20th January 2009

New shots of:
Turnstone, Carrion Crow, Treecreeper,
Grey Heron, Redshank, Oystercatcher,
and Mistle Thrush.

Also, some good shots of Godwit - but are they Black-Tailed or Bar-Tailed?

If you have any thoughts please let me know via the blog

Identification Blog

I am reliably informed that these are Bar-Tailed Godwits. Thanks to Alan Spellman, Jim Campbell and 'Big Yin'



17th January 2009
A flock of about 8 Waxwing seen from the A8, opposite the Showcase Cinema (west of the Shawhead junction) early this afternoon.
14th January 2009

Greenhead Moss
New shot of:
Female Bullfinch

13th January 2009

New shots of:
Turnstone and Mistle Thrush

12th January 2009

Drumpellier & Strathclyde Country Parks
New shots of:
Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Coot,
Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Tufted Duck,
Mute Swan and Kestrel.

10/11th January 2009

Daventry Country Park
New shots of:
Robin, Woodpigeon, Canada Goose,
Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Goosander,
and Shoveler.

6th January 2009

Despite poor weather conditions, I managed to obtain some passable images of two new species:
Greenshank and Knot.

Also, reasonable shots of:
Grey Heron, Dunlin and Redshank.

5th January 2009


A beautiful day by the river...

3rd January 2009

Greenhead Moss
Some nice Reed Bunting photographs. No sign of the Waxwing here today.
When I first started putting this site together in the middle of last year, I had no real idea as to what I was getting myself into other than the fact that I was looking to sort out my various bird photographs. I am amazed to discover that in the past six months I have managed to produce photographs of 122 species of British Birds (all taken in the wild). Some of the pictures are not of the greatest quality but they are included where they might help others in identification. My quest will continue with the knowledge that the rate of finding new species will diminish but you can be assured that my enthusiasm will not. I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

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