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March 3, 2019

               Twite really are a lovely species - although, at first glance, unassuming, their plumage is rather beautiful up close, with striking white on the wings and tail, and the male's soft, beautiful, pinkish rump. They are the closest that the UK gets to the C...

November 4, 2018

I'm back in the UK now, and it's time to catch up on the last couple of days of my trip to Mallorca! 

On Thursday, me and mum spent the whole day at S'Albufera, probably the best reserve in Mallorca. We arrived at around 9:30, and walking up to the reception we had alre...

October 31, 2018

Apologies for the late post! 

Yesterday morning I got up early and headed out to the hotel hide. It was definitely worth it! As the previous evening, many Water Rails could be heard on the marsh. After a while waiting, a couple showed themselves - my first prolonged vie...

October 29, 2018

Due to a bad weather forecast, we wrote off the morning in today's plans. However, there was less rain than expected, and so me and mum headed down to Sa Barcassa, just down the bay from our hotel. We began by checking the estuary, which held 3 adult Audouin's Gulls, 2...

October 29, 2018

Yesterday was our second day here in Mallorca. Birding around the hotel in the morning was rather quiet, with 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and another unidentified falcon (I'll write about that one if I get an ID). We had planned to go down to Can...

October 27, 2018

Back in April I spent a week birding in Mallorca with my mum. She must have had a good time, as we decided to go again for this half term, this time bringing the rest of the family! This does unfortunately mean there'll be less birding time, however I'm definitely not...

October 22, 2018

If you thought that a small Northumbrian town 45 miles inland wouldn't be the best place to experience the wonder of bird migration, you'd be right. I'm not in the best place to see swathes of thrushes, geese and waders arriving from the continent, however each autumn...

October 17, 2018

Phalaropes are birds in the genus Phalaropus, which comes from the Latin 'phalaris' meaning Coot and 'pous' meaning foot due to the fact that both Coots and Phalaropes have bizarre lobed feet! They are classed as waders, however are unlike many other waders in that the...

October 16, 2018

Yesterday I was out on my patch carrying out my monthly Wetland Bird Survey on my two sites in and around Hexham. It was clear that winter in closing in, with the first Goosander on the river for months and groups of 'tseep'-ing Redwings streaming over on their southwa...

October 10, 2018

The Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) is a common bird in the UK, with around 17'000 breeding pairs and a winter population of 110'000 individuals. On the other hand, the Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) is a North American species, classed as a 'scarce migrant' in the U...