Author: Dave Bickerton

Garden list improving and some terrible photos

What’s that line in the sky next to the supermoon of 7 April?Moth trap lighting up the Ivy-clad Alders whilst listening for migrating sea-ducks.So five+ weeks into lock-down of sorts in the UK and I’ve got to say the majority are observing the rules ar…

Enjoying the garden

Well this wasn’t what any of us were expecting at the start of the year. In January I’d set off with all good intentions of getting my retirement blog going on a regular basis – started off pretty well, leisurely dropping in on places and birds when I …

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Bumper January birding

Well this retirement malarkey takes some getting used to – being able to go off for the day any time you want (within reason) is helping the year-list no end. Last year we had a brief sojourn in Cyprus (seeing Wallcreeper and Finsch’s Wheatear) and I v…

Israel Sept-Oct 2019 Part 3 – Tel Aviv area

Wednesday 2nd OctoberToday we were heading back north to the Tel Aviv area via the Dead Sea and Jerusalem so we had a shot at a few birds we’d missed. We set off at 5am so that we could get to Hazeva around dawn. Our previous instructions for the Phara…

Israel Sept-Oct 2019 Part 2 – Eilat

Saturday 28th SeptemberMost places would be closed today so it was the day we decided to travel down to Eilat and call in at desert sites en-route (as the military wouldn’t be active).We passed through Mitzpe Ramon and the ‘crater’ – a rather spectacul…

Israel Sept-Oct 2019 Part 1 – Negev

Israel 2019A summary of a birding trip from 24 Sept – 3 Oct 2019Dave Bickerton, Mark Breaks, Margaret Breaks.A year of hospital appointments, surgery and the like have meant I’ve been rather tardy at keeping my blog up-to-date. However, retirement has …

Goa 13-26 Nov 2018

It was a late decision but we needed a holiday having not been on a break all year so we plumped for Goa in November when the weather should be fine and birds plentiful. Once we’d booked our quiet hotels, I started getting the field guides to the area,…

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The hottest summer on record

The news today confirmed what we all knew already in that the summer has been the hottest overall in England on record. It’s certainly ben a very sunny one with my PV installation hitting record figures through May and June though late July and August …

Bulgaria May 2018, part 2

After a good breakfast and a local meander down the lane where I had Whinchat, Woodchat and Stonechat as well as eh regular goodies, we packed some butties for lunch and headed for the Burgas wetlands. First port of call was just off the main road over…

Eastern Bulgaria May 2018 Part 1

I can’t believe it’s six months since my last blog entry. I suppose the travelling we’ve been doing has been with family and football so not all that many birds to write about; well apart from the Snowy Owls at Montrose in Chicago at Christmas, the div…