April Fools Day is notorious for throwing bogus or hoax sightings reports, but a pair of scarce ducks that I found in a small corner of Warwickshire were the real deal.
Barely a month after my last trip to Lincolnshire, Paula and I made a return trip. Partly to revisit the beautiful Gibraltar Point and wonderful Frampton Marsh, but also, to try and see a Long-billed Dowitcher, a rare bird that I’d failed to see on two previous visits.
The ostrich is a native of Africa, but is found all over the globe due to domestication. It is a unique bird in many ways, the largest of all birds, and quite deadly in some situations too.
Just a week after missing out on a valued life tick in Staffordshire, an opportunity arose once again to see a Lesser Scaup. Hopefully this time, my luck would be in.
Lincolnshire is one of the best areas of the UK for winter birding, given its flat landscape and large numbers of Waders and Wildfowl. Here is an account of a trip that I, and my girlfriend Paula took recently.
My first extended birding trip of the year, and the destination was a familiar one- a return trip to one of the best areas in the whole of Britain for birding- East Yorkshire.
The following is a detailed account of a routine wander around my local patch. Along the way I'll reveal that not all highlights are rarity related.
Cannock Chase is undoubtedly the wildest part of the whole of the Midlands region and home to some truly wonderful birds, so the opportunity to take a trip on a free Monday could not be ignored.
With 2018 drawing to a close, an opportunity arose to see a bird that should be spending its winter in the jungles of South-East Asia, rather than a small corner of Warwickshire.
Red-breasted Mergansers are a species of duck that are commonly found along Britain's coastlines, but whenever an individual is found far inland, they're always worth seeing.