Mid-winter Jewels

As I write the start of this it is January 1st 2021 and I haven’t been birding for over three months, and have only been out three times since the start of the pandemic. I know that most people will think that birding is a solitary hobby so why lock yourself away. Simple! I just don’t want to catch this. Birders just find it so hard stay away from each other in the field, especially on a twitch.

The result of this inactivity is a complete lack of images to play with, edit and file. This has led me to delve deep into the archives and even look at and think about great days out in the field in years gone by. So many times over so many years December has produced some real Christmas crackers.

Slavonian Grebe on Fairhaven Lake, Lytham December 4th December 2005. Taken with my first DSLR Canon 10D with Sigma 500 F4.5
Wood Mouse in my garden feeding under my feeding station 7th December 2005
Pallass’s Warbler taken inn a reedy slack on Hightown Dunes 21st December 2006
Ross’s Gull taken at Lochgilphead, Scotland 30th December 2006. A long distance twitch with Steve Young and a magical day, mostly on our own with this bird that was feeding at an outlet of fish farm
Ross’s Gull taken at Lochgilphead, Scotland 30th December 2006. A long distance twitch with Steve Young and a magical day, mostly on our own with this bird that was feeding at an outlet of fish farm
Ross’s Gull taken at Lochgilphead, Scotland 30th December 2006. A long distance twitch with Steve Young and a magical day, mostly on our own with this bird that was feeding at an outlet of fish farm
Ross’s Gull taken at Lochgilphead, Scotland 30th December 2006. A long distance twitch with Steve Young and a magical day, mostly on our own with this bird that was feeding at an outlet of fish farm
Still at Lochgilphead as the sun set and Steve still can’t get enough of Ross’s Gull, definitely one of our most memorable days.
Snowy Owl at Zennor, Cornwall. This is probably the latest in the year I have been on a solitary long distance twitch 29th December 2008. Taken with a Canon 40D and EF 500 F4 MK I with 2x TC attached 1/60th second ISO 200 at F8
Female Velvet Scoter 28th December 2009 near Clitheroe feeding on freshwater mussels.
Female Blackcap in my garden after snowfall 19th December 2010. This was a year when I had up to 4 wintering Blackcap in my garden feeding on Pyracantha berries. Taken with Canon 7D + EF 500/4
Northern Lapwing at Cley NWT as the sun sets on a successful twitch for Western Sandpiper 2nd December 2011. Western Sandpiper images were not of a decent enough quality to post here and record shot only.
Brunnich’s Guillemot taken on the south coast near Portland 28th December 2013 Taken with Canon 1D MarK IV with 500/4 + 1.4 TC. Despite the late date in the year a bird that was popular for twitchers who had not seen this species in the Northern Isles
Brunnich’s Guillemot twitch.
Ivory Gull 1st winter at Patrington Haven, Yorkshire 19th December 2013
Ivory Gull 1st winter at Patrington Haven, Yorkshire 19th December 2013
American Buff-bellied Pipit at Denlall Lane, Wirral 21st December 2013
Siberian Chiffchaff at Denahall Lane, Wirral 31st December 2013, one of at least 2 birds and possibly up to 3 individuals.
Siberian Chiffchaff at Denahall Lane, Wirral 31st December 2013, one of at least 2 birds and possibly up to 3 individuals.
Snow Bunting 28th December 2017 on Crosby Beach taken with Canon 1DX

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