Apr 212017
Catching a few ticks in Tuddenham

Saturday saw me going solo down at Elmley while the Jims enjoyed Vange Marshes Stilts. I had good but brief views of a day flying Barn Owl, a Peregrine hunting the marshes with several Buzzards and Marsh Harriers. Hares were putting on a show and the mating rituals of Lapwing and Redshank were in full […]

Mar 092017
Glossy Ibis at Ely

First stop this morning was Kiln Lane Ely where we parked up and walked down the lane a few hundred yards to view the flooded fields. The first walk along the footpath failed to locate the Ibis that’s chosen to over winter in Cambridgeshire. As I walked back the Jims called to say the target […]

Oct 142016
5 bars! Eastern Crowned Warbler!

Phew, what a day that was. Yesterday evening the news of an Eastern Crowned Warbler at Bempton Cliffs broke. I had planned a morning’s birding with Terry a long time ago, which I didn’t want to give up, plus I had stuff to do in the afternoon, so I peacefully (or not?) accepted that I […]

Apr 032013
Reikyu Park, Shimabara

Another spot I don’t usually visit is Reikyu Park in Shimabara City. Although at first glance this seems like a good birding area, it is usually pretty quiet. But now is Cherry Blossom time, so plenty of birds are visiting to feed on the flowers, and this congregation attracts other birds as well. Today I […]

Mar 062013
Birds on the east coast

This is the second blog to look at Mansur Al Fahad’s trip two weeks ago to the east coast. He saw a very large number and variety of waders, some of which gave almost as many identification headaches as the gulls. However this blog looks at some of the non-waders he saw. All the pictures […]

Feb 022013
Late Morning at Shimabara

I revisited the forest at Shimabara Athletic Park late this morning for an hour or so. Although the Grey Bunting did not reappear at the pond, the other birds were all there and I could get good views of Hawfinch. There were a lot of Oriental Greenfinch along with Brambling, Eurasian Siskin, Elegant Bunting and […]

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

The Brambling, Fringilla montifringilla, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. This bird is widespread throughout northern Europe and Asia. It is migratory, wintering in southern Europe, north Africa, Northern Pakistan, north India, China, Japan, Alaska & the western United States. Factsheet: Brambling Fringilla montifringilla (LC)