Showing posts from May, 2016

BTO Bird Camp 2016!

After a brilliant weekend of meeting fellow young birders, packed days of birding and being deprived of sleep (worth it though!) it is time to write a blog!

Friday 27th May
The weekend started on Friday where I left my house at 8:30 to catch the 9:30 train that would take me and my mum to Clapham Junction. From here we got the train to Fleet to meet Josie (@josiehebirder) who was, very kindly, taking me the rest of the way to Norfolk. After 4 hours on the road we arrived in Norfolk.

Firstly we went to Weeting Heath, which is good for Stone Curlew. After getting there we went into the hide and after a couple of minutes Josie had found one! I had them in my binoculars and saw that the Stone Curlew were displaying in some sought and after this we spotted another one. That was a lifer!

We then headed to the BTO Headquarters, the Nunnery. As we got there early we were able to help Lee Barber and Justin Walker put up the mist nets for the following morning's bird ringing. After this we w…

Spring has sprung at Warnham LNR!

Spring has definitely sprung at Warnham Local Nature Reserve! I visited there yesterday as I haven't been there for quite a while.

The first thing I spotted on the lake was a single Common Tern that was perching on one of the posts, last year they had chicks, so hopefully it will be the same this year! There were also 8 Herons, including 4 juveniles that kept squabbling.

On the other side of the lake a Great Crested Grebe was sat on its nest as well as a Mute Swan sat on its nest that was hidden among the reeds. A Kingfisher was constantly zooming from one side of the lake to the other, it sat in the tree next to the hide but unfortunately it wasn't visible enough to get a photo.

After staying in the hide for a bit I decided to take a walk to the furthest part of the reserve. There wasn't really that much around, everything was busy finding food for their young and building nests! However I did manage to find a Treecreeper nest. At a distance, to not cause any disturbance,…