Friday, 14 December 2018

Birds through the year....

Apart from the Stilt and the Heron all photos have been taken in our garden.

Eurasian wren (Troglodytes troglodytes).
January.

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus).
February.

European greenfinch (Chloris chloris).
March.

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major).
April.

Eurasian Magpie or Common Magpie (Pica pica).
May.

Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus).
June.

Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops).
July.

Common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus).
August.

A young Black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros).
September.

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea).
October.

Great tit (Parus major).
November.

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
December.

European robin (Erithacus rubecula).

Christmas greetings cannot go without a robin so this is to also wish you all a Happy Christmas and a fabulous New Year.  Happy birding in 2019.
I am off to the UK on Monday until the end of January.  As I will be, with my husband, full time caring for my FIL who has Alzheimers, I have no idea if I will have to time to blog before my return to France in February 2019.  I will try to look in on your blogs if possible.


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Friday, 7 December 2018

All photos taken in the garden in July.

Checking out the garden for food - Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops).

Moving in for the kill...

Ha, a tasty morsel...

As above.

Somebody is getting too close...

Go away.

Think I will just sit here out of the way,

European or common blackbird (Turdus merula).  Male.

As above but I think this is a juvenile not sure what sex yet.



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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Still in Nevis but back to local birds next week.

See my last post.
As always I hope my ID's are correct, please let know if otherwise.
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola).

As above

Lesser Antillean bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis) female...

As above...

As above...

As above - Male.

Green-throated carib  (Eulampis holosericeus)...

As above

Probably the same as above.


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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Leaving the normal places........

Last November we were enjoying the fabulous weather in Nevis, so although my blog is about birds in South Africa and Europe, I thought I would reminisce and try to bring a bit of sun into our lives here on a cold, wet and windy day!  Hope you enjoy.
Grey Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis) - an amazing Flycatcher....

As above.

Green-throated carib, (Eulampis holosericeus)...

As above...

as above.

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) - not a great photo but a record of having seen it.

Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita).

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

I have a few more photos from Nevis, so probably there will be some more memories next week.

As always I hope my ID is correct, please let me know if I have it wrong!


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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Seen in the garden or close by in the past week.

As always, I hope that my identification is correct, please let me know if there should be any mistakes.

European robin (Erithacus rubecula). We never see one all summer but as soon as there is a bit of chill in the air here it is...

As above...

As above.

Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) - it was quite far!...

As above.

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) and this was also quite far!

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea).  Quite far as well but easier to see!...

As above...

As above.

Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling or simply starling.

Red-legged Partridge (Electorus rufa), it is still around and has been in the garden now for 10 days...

As above...

and on our verandah.

Common cranes (Grus grus), also known as the Eurasian crane flying South over the house.  It is a good job they are so noisy or I would have missed them...

As above.

They were milling around a bit and these were heading in the wrong direction!

Just down the road the other day I spotted these starlings...

A small murmuration. I saw a great murmuration in the UK last year so hoping to get some better photos of them over the Christmas period whenI will be there again.


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