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by essexbuzzard
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2247
Views: 93933

Re: Neil Freeman

Great to revisit those Dorset sightings, Neil. I was there earlier than usual, in July. I think a combination of the season running a couple of weeks early, and deteriorating weather, may have meant many species were already on the wane by September. For me, the thing I remember most about September...
by essexbuzzard
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1936
Views: 40781

Re: Goldie M

Congratulations from me on the willow tit. What you have there is a major rarity these days, and it is almost extinct as a breeder in the south, and declining everywhere. Well done, that earns you a :mrgreen:
by essexbuzzard
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28559

Re: essex buzzard

Hi Wurzel, Greenland white-fronts still occur, indeed I think there is one in the picture. But the tree sparrows have gone, as indeed they have from Essex. You’re right, David, although some species of birds have declined, others have increased and there is still plenty around. In Essex, the hawfinc...
by essexbuzzard
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3104
Views: 97103

Re: Padfield

Over here, there is much talk about rain, with snow on higher ground, in your part of the world at the moment- how are you doing? ( Happy New Year BTW).
by essexbuzzard
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28559

Re: essex buzzard

Happy New Year to you Dave,Wurzel, and to one and all. For us, 2018 started with a trip to the excellent Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Slimbridge on New Year’s Day. Lots of people were enjoying the collection of wildfowl from around the world, and we even had Hawaiian and red breasted geese...
by essexbuzzard
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28559

Re: essex buzzard

A visit to Hatfield Forest, Essex today. Hawfinches continue to be seen there, and I found several, still feeding on hornbeam seeds. Not the best pictures in the poor light today, but good to see anyway. Also a kite, which are still scarce in Essex, and a roosting tawny owl in a tree.
by essexbuzzard
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28559

Re: essex buzzard

Like many from Wales, across the midlands to East Anglia, we had several inches of the white stuff today, creating a white winter wonderland! :)
by essexbuzzard
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2247
Views: 93933

Re: Neil Freeman

Yes, I think many of us can expect a bit of the white stuff tonight and tomorrow. No moths this weekend!
by essexbuzzard
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: philm63
Replies: 174
Views: 5878

Re: philm63

Yes, the last one in your meadow brown sequence in definitely a gatekeeper, of hedge brown. I think your speckled woods will be ok if, as you say, the maintenance is not to intensive, as they prefer lush grass for the eggs and caterpillars.
by essexbuzzard
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2854
Views: 201658

Re: Neil Hulme

Wow, that sure is impressive stuff Neil. The cost for all that work must have been considerable. Bus, so long as the branch can afford it, I can think of nowhere the money would be better spent. I hope it continues to be successful, as , after all the hard work down there, it is richly deserved, I’m...
by essexbuzzard
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28559

Re: essex buzzard

Thanks, Bugboy. I agree, Epping forest should be suitable. Thorndon Country Park, near Brentwood, is proving most reliable at the moment, with more there again this weekend. Hatfield forest has been good, too, though I don’t know how easy it is for you to get there. Thanks Phil. Don’t give up,there ...
by essexbuzzard
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: philm63
Replies: 174
Views: 5878

Re: philm63

Agreed. These days, a good Wall site nearby should be cherished.
by essexbuzzard
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3200
Views: 151847

Re: Wurzel

So now you know, Wurzel, where Cornwall throws all its rubbish weather as well! :lol:
by essexbuzzard
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28559

Re: essex buzzard

The Hawfinch is now a very scarce, perhaps even rare, British breeding bird, and has probably been lost as an Essex breeder, with just a handful of winter sightings in recent years. But this autumn there has been a perhaps once in a lifetime event- a big hawfinch invasion. Following sightings on the...
by essexbuzzard
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1936
Views: 40781

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie, unlike Purple Hairstreak, which peak in activity in the evenings, Brown Hairstreaks are Britains laziest butterflies, and are usually inactive after 3pm, even on warm days!
by essexbuzzard
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2854
Views: 201658

Re: Neil Hulme

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . That's all.
by essexbuzzard
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1691

Re: November 2017

Am I right in suggesting that she is able to lay those eggs so close together because the survival rate at this time of year is very low? The temperature at the base of that wall says it all.
by essexbuzzard
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Winter social 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1411

Re: Winter social 2017

It's Esther. Call her Kentish buzzard! We look a right bunch of toe rags- apart from Susie of course :lol: Great to see everyone today :D .
by essexbuzzard
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Winter social 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1411

Re: Winter social 2017

Yes, twelve o'clock onwards other years. Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Be there, or be square! :D
by essexbuzzard
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28559

Re: essex buzzard

Hi Andrew, yes a walk in Epping Forest or, no doubt, other forests in our country, is one of November s greatest pleasures, especially if it is sunny, as autumn reaches it's final peak. Thanks Wurzel and David. Yes, I think a few frosts have finished things off. Although I saw a Red Admiral last wee...

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