BGBW 2014

11 Blue tits3 Great tits2 Woodpigeon2 Chaffinch1 Marsh tit1 Coal tit1 Blackbird1 Robin1 Wren 12 noon – 1pm, Sunday 26th JanuaryDamp, persistent drizzle at times. Windy.


The green sandpipers of Lemsford Springs

On Sunday afternoon, with only a couple of hours sunlight left in the short winter’s day, I headed for Lemford Springs near Welwyn Garden City. Lemsford Springs is a gem of a little nature reserve under the stewardship of HMWT and of Barry Trevis, reserve warden in particular.  I have…


The morning preen

Black headed Gulls (1st winter and adult) preen in the morning sun

On wasteland near my office a large expanse of concrete pools rain-water into a large ‘luddle’ (somewhere between a lake and a puddle) and when not in use as a car park, Herring and Black-headed Gulls congregate in the centre. My car provided a rather effective hide as I watched these two black-headed gulls preen in the low winter light. Both the adult and juvenile have black tips to their bill but the younger bird has buff-orange legs and upper bill, compared to the adult’s deeper red.

…and the lapwings danced in the sun

Saturday morning at Amwell was a delight – bright sunshine and a cloudless sky after a cold night made for a crystal clear day – a perfect opportunity to see what birds were in residence. A snipe warmed itself in the shallows whilst further out the lake was full of…