Wednesday 29 February 2012

Redpolls 29th Feb.

Even though the Siskins are still in abundance in the garden Redpolls have been absent for a while ...Until this morning.It was about this time last year they disappeared & these birds tie in nicely with the movement of Finches at the moment.

Sunday 26 February 2012


A nice Male Dartford associating with Stone chats in one of the North County sites this morning.Hopefully there will be a few to check up on this year.

Monday 20 February 2012

Strumble 15.00-16.00 20th Feb.

A few auks & Gannets with a close fly by Black throated Diver providing some excitement.
A few Porpoises showing at about tide race distance moving in a generally East to West direction.
At the Flagpoles a sgl female Teal looking out of place with the Mallards.

Sunday 19 February 2012


A real suprise this lunchtime as i scanned the bay at Abermawr when a 2w Glaucous Gull flew into the bay & started to associate with the other gulls.
A check on the nestboxes at two of the cottages found the had both been woodpeckered , one much more severely than the other.One did have a resident Wood Mouse which seems to have moved out wholesale as the box is now clear with the nest gone completely.

Thursday 16 February 2012

Flagpoles 15th Feb 17.00

A quick walk along the beach found 5 Ringed Plover & about the same number of Dunlin , the star bird was a Grey Plover which are quite infrequent & increased the year list.

Wednesday 15 February 2012

Arrived in Goa 29th Jan.

After a rather uncomfortable flight in plane not suitable for the distance involved our taxi took us to our apartment at the Colonia De Braganza in Calangute. A typical Goan type Hotel , our apartment on the top floor was however of European standard & featured :
Living Room with Television ( not used )
Kitchen with fridge, gas burners & microwave !
2 Double Bedrooms both with Air Management Systems ( air conditioning )
Wet Room
All rooms except wet room had ceiling fans & balconies.
The Hotel had the usual stuff , Bar & Restaurant , 2 Swimming Pools.
The room was cleaned to a very high standard every day although the cleaner did manage to lock Carole in when he left on one of the days !(can't say too much though as i did the same thing at the Beira Mar in 2007!)
We looked forward to a very comfortable stay & some good birds.