14th April 2014 – Moon…

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13th April 2014 – Some skua action…

Even though it’s still a bit early for the main ‘skua season’, today’s stiff westerly breeze on the Solway made me decide to spend a few hours watching the tide. For the first hour or so I began to think that I was completely wasting my time - not even a Kittiwake had gone through let alone a skua. However, despite the very slow start by the finish I’d seen 2 Arctic Skuas and 6 Bonxies, as well as about 15 Gannets plus the usual Red-throated Divers and a few groups of Kittiwakes. A fly-by Little Egret was my first on a ‘seawatch’…

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And a couple of pics from the garden…

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11th April 2014 – Garganey

Two drakes and a female distantly at North Plain this evening…

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29th March 2014 – First Wheatear of the spring…

Well it is for me, there’s probably been loads on the patch in the last week but I’ve been hard at work.

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19th March 2014 – adult European Whitefront…

Found this smart adult European White-fronted Goose today amongst the Pinks. I then noticed that the 1st-winter Greenland Whitefront that I’d previously found was right next to it!

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Seems to have a bit of a faint eye-ring which is something I’ve never noticed before.

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17th March 2014 – Garden tick…

Can’t say as this species was on my radar to be honest, so it was a bit of a surprise. I was dibbling about in the garden at lunchtime today when I heard the unmistakeable sound of some Twite. I immediately stopped what I was doing and looked around to see about 40 birds noisily and purposefully flying right over the garden. Marvellous! This cheered me up no end actually because I’d been feeling pretty glum after yet another fruitless trip around the patch (except for my first singing Chiffchaff of the year).

Luckily our garden is a good place to enjoy the birds anyway, and the sun was actually out for once earlier today. Right on cue a handful of Siskins have been using the feeders over the last couple of weeks…

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….although it’s always a bit of a fight getting a turn at our feeding station…

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Things are already looking promising for our Tree Sparrows, with the nestboxes in the garden already getting plenty of attention – fingers crossed for yet more breeding success this year…

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…and a couple more pics taken through the lounge window…

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15th March 2014 – Bittern in Carlisle….

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Come on, you weren’t expecting to see a real Bittern in Carlisle were you?! This beauty visited the city today – and very nice it was too.

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