Category: Dave’s Birding Blog

Hong Kong Birding – Mai Po

Much to my shame I’ve not kept up with my blog posts for a considerable time. However, a recent opportunity with work to visit our supplier in China gave me the opportunity to do some birding in Hong Kong. I started searching for information on bi…

Easter Easterlies put paid to ringing activities

The wind has been stubbornly remaining in the east for much of April and that is not the best direction for mist-netting in my garden. The ‘dip’ is quite sheltered from even quite strong westerlies but even a hint of a breeze from the east isn’t good. …

Redpoll Conundrum

Finch migration is well under way and so I’ve been trying to do as much ringing in the garden as time and weather allow. The wind has been a constant problem with mist-netting this winter – that and the very mild temperatures has meant that the birds h…

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Time for a catch-up: Twitching Scotland!

I’ve been so busy over the past few months I’ve been neglecting to keep my blog up to date and so, after an interesting trip to Scotland this weekend, I decided it was about time I wrote something down.You never know how useful this stuff can be but I …

A short break in Nerja, Andalucie

It’s half term, so now that Bernie had had all four inspections a school could get in the space of ten months (and be rated as outstanding in every one of them), it was necessary to get her away for a few days so that the temptation of dealing with the…

Snow Bunting surprise

Yesterday was spent in the Hartlepool area again with the presence of a Western Bonelli’s Warbler and a Pallid Swift enticing birders there. Last weekend, we were at Spurn on Saturday in the drizzle and rain and got to grips with several nice birds but…

"So-sweet" Yellow-broweds everywhere (on the east coast)

But none of them were confiding enough to get a picture.Yesterday, I indulged myself with a bit of east coast birding. Hartlepool is a favourite destination of mine as there’s not only the gardens and bushes for passerine migrants but the sea and marsh…

Back to birdin’

The warm weather over the past few months has resulted in some excellent days for Butterflies and nights for Moths but as September dawns, the temperatures are starting to drop and so the moth trap wont be as busy. Having said that, I got yet another c…

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Recent records from Rishton – Birds and Moths

I’ve had the Moth trap out in the garden eight times so far in August and though the sepcies count has diminished somewhat (50 – 60 on average compared to up to 98 in July) the interest has not. Yes, the trap is inundated with Yellow underwings from fi…

Two-barred Crossbill – a first for Lancs

It’s been a while since I posted on here but East Lancashire has scored again with another rarity, this time a juvenile Two-barred Crossbill on a Bowland bird feeder.Juvenile Two-barred CrossbillThe news came out at 5pm this-evening that the bird had b…