Sunday, March 16, 2014


If yesterday was relaxed, today was flat out on its back. Ringing totals again reached the dizzying heights of two, though today's species variety was half that of yesterday with both of this morning's birds being Common Chiffchaff.

Sightings of note included a Sand Martin whizzing north overhead and... well... pretty much as yesterday, less the Red Kite and any Wheatears. I took some time to have a look at some of the Bill's common residents include, of course, Dunnocks (of which there are plenty). I was particularly pleased with this individual: it's a 2cy male that was singing in the lighthouse garden.

I got really excited when I set the 'scope on it. You can see why, right?

Last night finished with a post-blog post Little Owl calling outside; this evening is finishing with a Red-legged Partridge calling from the obs crop field and a roast dinner.

Back to London tomorrow. Acton can offer phone signal and reliable internet, but it can't offer views like this...


Ben Porter said...

Oooohhh, wow- look at that moult limit!! Does that mean it is a 5? Cool stuff...

Stephen Menzie said...

Yup, it's a EURING 5.

The Urban Birder said...

Hey Stephen,

Long time.....

I really enjoy your blog and I am writing to ask if you would consider contributing as a Guest Blogger to my new website that my team and I are currently working on.

We are launching The Urban Birder Club later in the summer. It will be an online resource for Urban Birders everywhere and will feature all the information that an Urban Birder would want. From urban sightings news to conservation issues affecting the urban birding global village to the latest offers and discounts. It will be the first of it’s kind in the world and hopefully, serve a valuable purpose.

We are also featuring guest blogs from bloggers like yourself, so to that end I would like you invite you to send us a blog for future publishing. We are looking for pieces between 600-800 words with pictures – if you can supply them and hold the copyright.

The pieces should not be time sensitive i.e ‘My day on the patch yesterday’ but can be general i.e ‘ Santiago in the summertime’.

We are specifically looking for pieces on the following subjects:

General Urban Birding – a piece simply about the joys and occasional woes of urban birding.

Urban Birding Tips – your personal advice and experience to help make urban birding even more enjoyable.

Connecting with the public - your views and work towards getting city folk involved with nature. Getting volunteers, convincing politians, influencing industry and engaging ethnic minorities.

Urban Bird Conservation – the latest research and conservation measures regarding urban ornithology. Note that our audience will be largely enthusiastic amateurs so please angle your piece towards laypeople and not scientists.

My patch – an introduction to your local urban patch and the birds that you have found there.

Urban art – a great chance to showcase your latest art project whether it be photography, painting, sculpturing or graffiti.

You can either originate a piece or send our Guest Blog Editor a blog that you have previously written. If you are interested then please let us know and supply your piece to us by May 31st 2014.

The address is:

Many thanks