Monday, 19 February 2018

Frogs galore in the garden. 19th Feb 2018




A wet Cornish morning and the garden is alive with frogs!

I found 2 pairs locked together and 2 more individual males around the patio area with dozens more in the pond.

Even had one pair spawned in a washing up bowl that I was using to show my little grandaughter some of the pond life.



Wednesday, 7 February 2018

7th Feb for our first frogs spawn for 2018.....latest date for 6 years!



Having checked our garden pond for weeks to see if the resident frogs had spawned I was taken by surprise this morning to find fresh spawn amongst the ice and hail on a day that followed our first snowfall for years.

Previous dates for the first spawn have been....

2017....4th Feb
2016....25th Jan.
2015....29th Jan.
2014....4th Feb.
2013....27th Jan.
2012....14th Jan.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Whooper Swans at Wadebridge. 4th February 2018.




2 immature Whooper Swans

These immature Whooper Swans have been with the resident flock of 30 Mute Swans in a winter corn field above the hide at Burniere Point for a few days.

Their bills have got a hint of the yellow that they will have when fully adult and they're not fully white either.

Always good to see wild winter swans on the River Camel.


2 immatureWhooper Swans





A day on St.George's island Looe, Cornwall 2nd February 2018.

Mediterranean Gull


A good day out on Looe island today for the monthly seal survey and species count.

The seals were limited to 2 individuals which were hauled out on the rocks in the distance so not really photographable for more than an ID record.

However there were some good birds about including up to 8 Mediterranean Gulls, a lone Whimbrel, Great black backs and breeding cormorants.


Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull   

Great black-backed Gull with a starfish

Great black-backed Gull with a starfish

Great black-backed Gull with tongue protruding from base of lower mandible.      

Cormorant with first egg in the nest on 2nd February!

A distant Whimbrel.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Hawfinches and others at Egloshayle. 6th & 7th Jan 2018.





There's been up to 6 Hawfinches around the cemetery at Egloshayle for a week or so now and as it's just a stonesthrow from my house I've milked it a bit!

Super birds and of course as you spend time watching them you become aware of lots of other birds and today I had a Brambling on the top of a distant tree.

Also Redwings are starting to eat the Ivy berries after a couple of frosts have softened them up a bit.

Here are a few images.....







Redwing

Brambling

Dunnock

Robin
Blue Tit

Coal Tit

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Hawfinches at Egloshayle 3rd Jan 2018


Well I got lucky today and got a couple of shots of the Hawfinches that have been just down the road from our house in the old part of the Egloshayle cemetery.

After a few days of getting pics of branches & out of focus birds all taken in awful light it was a joy when one landed on the "my" side of the tree in bright sunlight with a blue sky background.

I was even more surprised that it was in focus as there was still a gale blowing after Storm Eleanor passed through last night.

A happy man!!!!!



Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Waders at Walmsley sanctuary this morning. 19th Dec 2017.

Redshank


Good numbers of waders at our local reserve this morning.

I spent 5 hours in frosty conditions in my canvas hide in the marsh (one of the privileges of being the warden!).

Lots of Black tailed Godwit (counted at 190 yesterday), Lapwing, Dunlin, also Green Sandpiper, Ruff and numerous wildfowl.


Here are a few.........


Lapwing

Lapwing

Lapwing

Lapwing 
Black tailed Godwit
Black tailed Godwit

Black tailed Godwit

Black tailed Godwit

Black tailed Godwit


Black tailed Godwit 
Ruff

Redshank

Grey Heron