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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year

A few days into a new year, and the weather has been pretty good; cold, frosty and some sun; apart from January 1st, when it rained nearly all day.

In the past I've had a few days off to various places in search of as many birds as I could see, to get the annual year list off to a good start.
Couldn't be arsed this year.

My birding has been local areas where myself and Whisky can enjoy being out together.

Second day of the year saw sunshine, and a Grey Heron at one of the local lakes.

This was at Willen Lake, which also had plenty of these.


On the way home we stopped off at Caldecotte Lake and found one of these.

Male Goosander

Whisky also got to see a few of his friends, so a good day had by us both.

Yesterday the sun shone again, so after scraping the frost of the windscreen, we set off to Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns.
A good walk round before it got too busy with other dog walkers and people flying model aeroplanes. Not very much to see to begin with, so we walked on to another spot across the road, called Incombe Hole.

I spent a long time watching a Red Kite flying over the 'hole', searching for food and occasionally swooping down to catch something.

Red Kite

A big flock of Skylark were moving through one of the fields searching the frozen ground for anything to eat, and a large flock of Goldfinches were feeding on the dried heads of Teasel.


Plenty of Redwing about, and good numbers of Fieldfare too, all feasting on the berries on the trees.


After a few hours walking we headed back to the car, and found another bird enjoying some berries.

Mistle Thrush

It's been a pretty good start so far.

Enjoy your day.


  1. Not a bad start to the year, must be a joy to be out with your pal Whisky. All the best for the rest of the year.

  2. Thanks Peter. Whisky goes almost everywhere with me, apart from the shops.
    Have a good 2017.

  3. Good to hear from you again. I have justreruened from Malawi a bit tired after a very long journey but had a great time with the family. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Whiskey and it looks like you 2 have been out and about early in the new year and found wuite a number of birds. Lovely shots Ketih adn I hope you have a very healthy 2017.

  4. Thanks Margaret. Hope you had a good time with the family; I'm sure you did.
    We've not ventured very far yet, just some of the local haunts. :-)

  5. That lapwing looks glorious in the sun! Wishing you and Whisky a wonderful 2017. Cheers!

  6. Thank you Wilma. The sun certainly brings out their colours.

  7. Very good start to the year great selection happy 2017

  8. Thanks very much Bob.
    Best wishes to you too.