Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Pre Tour Birding

With our 5th annual (under the banner of "Aquila") due to commence in full flow on Friday morning, Dad and I decided to drive up over night and have an extra day enjoying this superbly diverse and scenic part of the world. Furthermore, one of our American guests will be arriving tomorrow and as such, we can work on a few of them "rare for you, common for us species".

We are currently taking bookings for the 2015 Highlands Tour, which if booked before the end of May 2014, will be offered at this years prices. For further information please e-mail

Today we visited a number of the usual haunts recording a number interesting species of note- Crested Tit (3), Ptarmigan (1), Red Grouse (numerous), Osprey (3), Redstart (numerous) and of course it wouldn't be Scotland without a Red Deer or 500..... Below are a few pictures which have turned out okay. Click to enlarge.

Above 2 images: Gooseander

Above 2 images: Red Grouse

Off to Scotland

Just a quick blog to say in the morning we will be driving to Scotland for the 5th Annual Scottish Highlands Tour.  A few photos below from an hour or so spent at the Flashes (Sandbach) at the weekend.  Dad finally got Sand and House Martin for his 2014 "Sandbach Flashes Year List" and found a smart male Wheatear near the end of our walk to add a further year tick! 
Sedge Warbler could be heard singing near the road at Elton Hall Flash and I managed to get myself a year tick, with what has to be my favourite wader - Little-ringed Plover. 

Watch this space for blog updates throughout the Highlands tour and a full trip report will be available on the website when we return!


Swallows, Sand and House Martin

as above.

Peekaboo! Greater spotted Woodpecker
As above.

Above and Below - Willow Warbler

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Inner Marsh Farm no more

An impromptu visit to Frodsham yesterday was unremarkable - pretty quite really. A lone Marsh Harrier, 2 Sedge Warbler and 3 Common Whitethroat of note.   As there was still plenty of the day left we decided to move on to Burton Mere RSPB where a pair of Garganey had been reported.  

We arrived to find a busy car park due to the opening of the new footpath to what was the old Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.   En route to the Garganey we scanned the pool in front of the visitor centre and were rewarded with 80 Black-tailed Godwit and 20+ Avocet (some sitting on eggs).  

Photograph opportunities with Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler and an Orange Tip Butterfly was nice as we made our way to the hide.  The Garganey were showing well - a lifer for Al (my travelling companion today).  An enjoyable few hours and not too far from home. 


 Common Whitethroat

 Avocet (Library Picture Spanish Tour)

(Library Picture Spanish Tour - Bryan Thomas)

Orange Tip