Sunday, 21 December 2014


The feeders were very productive early morning while sitting in the window drinking tea we saw seven Pheasants , seven Blackbirds , eleven Long-tailed Tits , three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Nuthatch , eight Coal Tit , two Jay, several Chaffinch , and too many Blue and Great Tits to count all in the space of twenty minutes . Fifty Eight Pink-footed Geese flew up the valley heading east at 10-40 this morning.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Smew at last

After visiting Bathpool for the first time last weekend myself and Trace decided to have another walk around there today but there was a little matter of getting work out of the way first yes work on a Saturday . But our plans were soon changed after a call from a good friend on the way to work letting me know that the Smew was back at Westport Lake . After missing it there last weekend it was a no brainer and Westport after work it was. After arriving just after dinner we found the bird still in the middle of a partly frozen lake but our luck soon changed as it flew towards the edge and started to feed with a small party of coots .


Yesterday Friday Brian had three Woodcock in the wood and three Snipe in the bottom field , they are the first Snipe recorded this winter .

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Winter setting in

Winter is now setting in with temperatures dropping and the warning of snow just around the corner......bring it on. The feeders have been very productive today with the first party of Long-tailed Tits this winter along with Lesser Redpoll , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Jay , Nuthatch , Treecreeper , Collared Dove , Wren , Dunnock , Goldfinch , Chaffinch , Pheasant and the ever present Blue , Great and Coal Tits . A small party of Redwing are feeding in the farm field along with Jackdaw , Carrion Crow and a single Raven overhead.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Frosty Start

The first real good frost of the winter so far saw myself and Trace up early and on the moors looking for Red Grouse .

Sunday, 30 November 2014


The first Woodcock of the winter was found in the bottom part of the wood this afternoon , and seventeen Lesser Redpoll's are still feeding in the trees above the feeders.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Old Friend

I bumped into an old bird from Poland at Knypersley Reservoir this morning . I first photographed this Black-headed Gull on 08-02-2010 and again on 16-01-2011 , it was ringed in Gadansk Polska on 07-07-2007 by M Sidelnik.

Dull Damp Day

Two Tawny Owl calling close bye at 7-00 this morning and a male Kestrel hunting the farm field . Early birds around the feeders included Treecreeper , Coal Blue and Great Tits , male Great Spotted Woodpecker , Wren , eight Pheasants and two Jays .

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Nice Suprice

Myself and Trace decided to have a drive around the lanes late afternoon and to our surprise came across this Short-eared Owl right next to the road.

Greenfinch's Scarce

Their have been no Grennfinch's on the feeders now for several months has that dreaded disease finally caught up with them this year , around ten birds were regular throughout last winter / spring but alas none since . On a plus note Coal Tits seem to have had a good breeding season with around a dozen different birds visiting hourly . The Lesser Redpoll's are still choosing to feed in the trees around the feeders and so far this winter we have had no Siskin , but this could soon change with a cold snap forecast over the next few weeks .

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Feeders Filling Up

Its that time of the year now that the feeders empty on a daily bases , with more and more feeders being put out. Around 25 Lesser Redpoll's are regular on the trees around the feeders , along with daily visits from three Great Spotted Woodpeckers , two Nuthatch , several Coal , Blue and Great Tits . Three Jays are a daily sight but as yet are very nervous and fly at the slighist movement . Wren , Bullfinch , Chaffinch , Goldfinch and Collared Doves are ever present , and Redwing can be seen along the farm field from the window. Iam hoping again this year to attract our first Brambling with a flock not to far away there is always hope. The resident Buzzards are seen daily across the fields , on occasions five birds can be in the air together .

Friday, 7 November 2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

Emu update

The two young Emu's are now back with there owners after spending three days wandering around our wood ,both George and Mildrid wandered back home by themselves on friday .

Friday, 24 October 2014


Re-identified as young Emu's they arrived in the wood on Wednesday and were still present yesterday and photographed well by Brian. Myself Tracey , Lisa and Martin saw them last night but alas their was no sign today .

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Well I Never

When you go down to the woods today your sure of a big surprise , well our neighbour Lisa was today when walking her dogs she was confronted by not one but two of these little beauties . I think they are young Rhea,s but stand corrected if anyone knows please say so. Thanks to Lisa for the photo,s which were taken on her mobile phone.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Back for the winter

The first Redwings of the autumn were seen today with 23 noted feeding on berry bushes in the farm field . Still present is a single Chiffchaff which now looks like it might overwinter . Also noted today a male Sparrowhawk and a single Raven over .

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail first record for the wood !!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

New Bird

A single Grey Wagtail was observed and photographed around the pond yesterday by Brian, this is the first record of this species at the site. Also a new moth was located this was a Sallow and was also the first record for the wood. A single Tawny Owl continues to call late evenings and early mornings.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Monday, 6 October 2014

Pale Tussock

Caterpillar of the Pale Tussock moth , this little fellow was photographed just in time as twenty four hours later it turned into a chrysalis

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Mild Weather

As the mild weather continues we still have a Chiffchaff in full song daily just outside the window , along with five Red Admirals on a sedum plant . Good numbers of Speckled Wood and Comma are around the wood along with three Common Darters and a single Southern Hawker . A Green Woodpecker was heard calling this morning from the edge of the wood and for now most of the fungus we have had over the past few weeks seem to be coming to an end .

(Red Admiral on sedum plant).

Monday, 22 September 2014


Two very late Chiffchaff are still singing and enjoying the mild weather and several Swallows are around the farm buildings . Also still present are two Southern Hawkers and a single Common Darter . Red Admirals are increasing with good numbers seen around the wood along with a few Speckled Wood and Peacocks .

Sunday, 14 September 2014

And still they keep growing

And still they keep growing despite the dry weather more and more keep emerging.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Thursday, 11 September 2014

And still they keep coming.

And still they keep coming every corner you turn their seems to be more different species of fungus.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fungus Month

This is the time of year the wood comes alive with the various colours and shapes of fungus , around 20 different types have been photographed in the last couple of days . Below is a small selection of which some I can put a name too but others still remain a mystery .