Sunday, 18 March 2018

Thee Bryans at Sophie's 40th

Been mainly in doors this weekend, in the warm, but missing the action with the Beast 2. There was Stone Curlew and Little Gulls at Beddington yesterday. Had a worthy excuse though as performed with the boys at Sophie's 40th birthday party. We did a stripped down guitars and piano only set- mainly because I couldn't get the drums and the PA out of the loft and also because Matt came over to practise drums and bass and we went down the curry house instead. Hoping one of these decades we actually get our act together. 

A few bits from Sophie's 40th 

One of our own classics 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

An execution

Interesting correspondence today with the Chair of the Beddington Farmlands Conservation Science Group (CSG), Dave Warburton. In light of the 5000 strong petition calling on Sutton Council to enforce planning conditions on Viridor and develop the Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve I formally wrote to him and the CSG to ask for an official statement from the CSG to respond to the petition (as local councillors were responding in an inaccurate manner). I also suggested that unless the CSG takes a strong lead with enforcement and supports the local petition and local community than the CSG is nothing more than a front for the Viridor agenda. I've been a member of the CSG for nearly 10 years. Dave's response was to inform me that my position on the CSG is now untenable. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

One place remaining on the Azores Pelagic 2018

There's one place left this year- please email me ( if interested. 24th August to 1st September 2018.

If interested in something less hardcore or you've got a family, partner and need to covertly twitch Monteiro's than here's another option AZORES NATURAL HISTORY TRIP.

Here's our Birding Frontiers article on the Pelagic project: MONTEIRO'S PETREL AND PELAGIC BIRDING OFF THE AZORES

 Monteiro's Storm-Petrel (Rafa Armada) 
 Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel- recently recorded every year 
 Breaching Sowerby's Beaked Whales (Richard Bonser) 
 Blue Shark and Pilot Fish 

Monday, 12 March 2018

Session with Dave

Had a good gulling session with Dave today- juvenile/first-winter Glaucous Gull, second-winter Iceland Gull, first-winter Caspian Gull, a third-winter and first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, a few 'argentatus' and a noticeable influx of Lesser-black backed Gulls.  More from Dave HERE.

The other guys had the first Wheatear and Sand Martin for the year, 70+ Snipe and 6 Jack Snipe off the islands which are currently being worked on and a Woodcock. 

 First-winter Caspian Gull 
 Second-winter Iceland Gull 
 Juvenile/first-winter Glaucous Gull 
 Juvenile 'Northern' Herring Gull 
The PochardxFerruginous Duck hybrid also back on the lake 

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Redwings on the move

Had 55 Redwing calls between 1030 and 1230 last night from the obs nocturnal migration recorder.

Certainly a few birds moving around at the moment with several interesting migrants across London including a Spoonbill along the Thames and then at Brent and Dunlin and Redshank at the farmlands today.

The very mild conditions last night were also good for moths with Oak Beauty, March Moth, a few micros and the first Common Quakers for the year.

Common Quakers and Oak Beauty 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Slight Vis Mig

NocMiggers are reporting winter thrushes flying over at night from places like Portland but I've not had any from the Beddington obs. The first Sand Martins were reported in North London today too. Our only signs of very early spring migration this morning was 2+6+2 Cormorant moving south, a male Pintail was on the lake and a few Redwings by the hide. 3 Ruff in  the south east corner were remaining from last week's cold blast. 

The juvenile Iceland Gull was in its usual spot on the North Lake and there was also a first-winter Caspian.   

Been a couple of Dotted Borders in the moth trap. 

 The regular juvenile/first-winter Iceland Gull 
 First-winter Caspian Gull 
Cormorants moving South 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Councillor Campaign Update

A couple of recent facebook posts on this: