Friday, 24 March 2017

Ted talk with author of Sapiens

Peregrine Webcam

Peregrine are breeding on Merton Council building this year- here's the live webcam:

And here's the Sutton Pegs:

Presumably it's these birds that we see hunting over the farmlands. There's also a rumour that they are breeding in Croydon this year. 

Thanks John Boorman for links and information. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

White Out !

A productive hour on the farmlands this afternoon:

 First-winter Glaucous Gull- a new, very pallid bird 
 The new Glauc
 Three Little Egrets- presumably migrants 
 One of the Little Egrets doing a fly-by
First-winter Caspian Gull (X319)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Birding Forecast

Looks like this brisk westerly (and sometimes wet) airflow continues until Wednesday so migrants are going to struggle making it through that. There's a bit of a window on Wednesday with a southerly airflow on a low pressure and relatively warm air , however according to the long range forecast on Magic Seawood (link below) a northerly and high pressure takes over from Thursday swinging round to an easterly cooler airflow by Friday/next weekend. 

Basically Monday and Tuesday doesn't look too clever, Wednesday could present some better chances for migrants and Thursday onwards could be interesting as the easterly develops. 

Raptors: A light northerly (headwind) and developing high pressure towards end of week looks best.
Passerine/landbird migrants: Wednesday looks best. Wheatears and other early passerines, Chiffs, first Willow Warbler, more Sand Martins, first Swallow, odd Ring Ouzel, etc.
Waders: Can push through in the westerly, more likely in frontal conditions before end of week. LRPS arriving, possibly odd Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Curlew.
Waterfowl: Maybe Garganey anytime.
Gulls: Can push through in anything- good time for rare gulls.
Seabirds: Maybe Kittiwake in the westerly early week.

Wednesday looking most interesting 

Long range forecast: MAGIC SEAWEED

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Journey to Holly's

Spent this morning at the farmlands (1 Glaucous Gull, 2 Caspian Gull, 1 adult Med Gull and missed the first Wheatear of the year) and then set off for Holly's stopping off at Staines Res on the way (3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Scaup, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher and 2 LRP). 

The plan is to make stopping off at Staines a regular thing through the Spring on the way to and back from Oxford. 

 First-winter Glaucous Gull 
Adult Mediterranean Gull 
 Black-necked Grebe-  moulting into summer plumage with the breast still to complete
 Slavonian Grebe on left with two Black-necks. Interesting the Slav still in complete winter plumage (the other Slav has started moulting but not very advanced) 
 Male Scaup with Goldeneye and Tufted Ducks 
Little Ringed Plover 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Night Life, Gulls, Migrants, Quakers and Toads

Been a busy couple of days and nights at the obs and on the farmlands: 

Been practising with the night trawling. Found the first LRP for the year and also picking up Redwings moving at night. Also Barn Owl and Little Owl calling and interesting to hear how active the waterbirds are at night. 

The first Little Ringed Plover of the year- found at night using the sound approach

Teal and other waterfowl


2 Caspians, 1 2nd-winter Yellow-legged and one of the Glaucs today.
 First-winter Glaucous Gull
 First-winter Caspian Gull 
First-winter Caspian X319 


Ring Ouzel. 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1-2 Sand Martin and 8 Water Pipit on the farm today. 

Back of the cam shot of today's male Ring Ouzel by Roger Browne
Sand Martin 

Common, Twin-spot and Small Quakers (and a March Moth). Also Double-striped Pug yesterday.

These have been moving around recently, mainly a night. Almost trod on this one by the hide. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017


Got a piece on Monteiro's Petrel and Pelagic Birding off the Azores on Birding Frontiers which can be viewed here:

Zino's Petrel and Swinhoe's Petrel- a couple of the surprise finds from our pelagic trips

We've still got a couple of spaces on the 2017 boat so if interested please email me: