Garth Peacock
Slim pickings for a month.

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Lockdown continues.

Saturday 16th May 2020

April lockdown

Thursday 30th April 2020

Local bird photography

Monday 20th April 2020

House-bound!!!

Friday 3rd April 2020

Could be the last one for a while.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

We are into March already

Monday 9th March 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbridge WWT Gloucestershire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

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Monday 14th January 2019

I didn't go out at all during December after my last blog. Visiting family in Munich and the usual preparations for Christmas, together with some very iffy weather conspired together to take birding trips off the agenda. so here I am, a month later to report on - well, not much.

For three of my trips out during January, I either didn't take a photo or trashed the few that I had taken as not being up-to-standard.

I did visit the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Welney. Although in Norfolk, it is just across the border and just a shortish drive for me. A reasonably rare American species of Duck, Ring-necked Duck had been there for a few days and it was a new one for me. Initially, it was not visible so I busied myself with shooting the resident Canada Geese flying around, just to get me eye in - so to speak.

The usual Pochard were everywhere, predominently males as the females tend to over-winter further south in France.

Just a few Whooper Swans were there as they were mainly out in the fields feeding but a juvenile stood out for me.

And to the main reason for my visit. It appeared but never came close so what shots I took were very distant and heavily cropped.

Still, my first ever views and photos of the species.

Today I just needed to get out but did not fancy anything too strenuous so I visited the hide at the RSPB Head Office in Sandy, Bedfordshire. Quite frankly, with one exception, I saw the same species that regularly come to my garden feeders. Very disappointing. The species I would have expected, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, never showed up at all so I relieved my boredom with the Grey Squirrels.

and then a single visit by a Nuthatch.

Well, it made a change from the house!!!