Monthly Archives: April 2017

Buzzards Overhead

A clear blue sky makes it so much easier to spot the Buzzards soaring overhead – somehow they seem to disappear from sight if they fly past a cloud!

These two were in the distance, and stubbornly refused to fly any closer- not sure if they’re a ‘pair’ or just two Buzzards that happened to be flying in the same direction đŸ˜‰


The Return of the House Sparrows

You can hear them long before they’re visible in the garden – the House Sparrows certainly don’t seem to be known for their silence! This particular family were regular visitors to the garden (and the bird bath) last year, and this spring they’ve rediscovered their love of sharing a bath.

However, by the look of things, these two males weren’t overly happy at the initial idea of sharing their bath water. After a brief moment of wing flapping though, they did settle down and share the bath.


Identifying Seagulls

I’ll be honest and admit that I tend to just ignore ‘seagulls’ and ‘pigeons’ when I’m taking photos of wildlife. However, as I was taking some photos today, I decided to actually take some of the gulls, and try to identify them.

This one had me stumped until I asked a local wildlife group – they decided it was a Lesser Black-Backed Gull, as the Great variety isn’t commonly spotted away from coastal areas.

The RSPB say that the Lesser black-backed gull is smaller than a Herring Gull, and has a dark grey / black back and wings. The only real difference between the Lesser and the Great is the size.