August 2008

Northern Waterthrush (c) James Packer 2008

Manx Shearwater (c) James Packer 2008

Yellow Warbler (c) James Packer 2008

Silver-washed Fritillary (c) James Packer 2008

30 August 2008

A few pre-planned days in SW Ireland happily co-incided with a Northern Waterthrush (top) and Yellow Warbler (lower middle) on Cape Clear. The Yellow Warbler image was taken at long range whilst trying not to fall off a wall with a manky cat rubbing its scabby self around my legs. All crap images deserve an excuse! The Manx Shearwater photo was taken from the Cape Clear Island Ferry. The Silver-washed Fritillary was in the Killarney National Park.

27 August 2008

These two Sandwich Terns were on Berrow Beach today. The juvenile has a lightgreen/red colour ring on its right leg.

Little Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Little Gull (c) James Packer 2008

26 August 2008

The long-staying Little Gull is still on Berrow beach together with a couple of Med Gulls and a lot of waders. The Little Gull is still in heavy moult. Obviously.


Red-necked Phalarope (c) James Packer 2008

a gull (c) James Packer 2008

24 August 2008

Rarity magnet Paul Bowyer came up trumps again. This cracking moulting adult Red-necked Phalarope (top) showed well on the UV pools of Weston-super-Mare STW. Later in the day another weird all white gull was on the beach at Berrow (lower). This gull showed no dark trace on any primaries, unlike the bird present on 11 July 2008 (see here). It is clearly a different bird than the one I saw in July (which was also photographed at Dunkerque, France on 12 August 2008). It also had a nice pink bill with dark tip - however it just didn't look like an Iceland or Glaucous Gull. Structure and jizz wise, it was identical to Herring Gull, which is probably because it was one, however odd this may seem.

Early August 2008

A pair of Long-eared Owl have raised young behind our house. We can even hear the young calling whilst we're lying in bed! Click here for a short recording of one of the youngsters.

17-18 August 2008

This is the last update before the revamp. But I've taken these shots over the weekend, so I might as well post them. Linnet (top) and Ruff (below). Linnet by the Huntspill Sluice and Ruff on the Brue Estuary.


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