Category: Dave’s Birding Blog

A bit of late autumn birding around Toronto

We’re spending a few days with Bernie’s sister Jo in Toronto to celebrate a special birthday but the opportunity to get a little birding in at a time of year that I’ve not yet experienced over here was far to tempting. Bernie and I visited High Park on…

Reflections on Autumn 2017

Last autumn was certainly one for the history books in terms of volume of eastern waifs turning up on our shores following a sustained run of easterlies from the depths of Russia. This year has been totally different with a really wet summer and autumn…

Rishton mud finally delivers

As can be seen from the image, the water level at Rishton Reservoir has been rather low for some time despite the recent rain. Not sure if this is because of another leak in the canal/reservoir bank but it went down dramatically during the spring and h…

Topsy-turvy weather seriously hampering Mothing!

June and July have been rather busy on the publishing front. First of all, I spent a lot of time compiling the Micro-moth Field Tips book for Ben Smart and got it printed and published on time (not my day job!) and then it was onto completing my sectio…

A break on the Ayrshire coast

It’s been a while but we’re back in Girvan helping with the gardening and enjoying the mixed weather! The first nights were warm and so I put the moth trap out in our very coastal location…View of Ailsa Craig from the living room window! Kintyre peni…

Pallid Harrier? Give me a singing Wood Warbler any day!

Well it is a little tongue in cheek. Last weekend’s unexpected delight was a fantastic male Pallid Harrier which had taken up residence on the Bowland Fells where there should really have been a few Hen Harriers. Sadly none of the latter but the Pallid…

Good Friday farewell to Hong Kong with some excellent birds

Having enjoyed a few days sightseeing and birding around Hong Kong, it was to ‘work’ for me and the preparation for the Hong Kong 7’s tournament followed by a trip to a factory in Dongguan, China. I’ve got to say that our preparation for the event must…

Po Toi Island

On our continued desire to explore off the tourist beaten track, we took an early morning ferry from Aberdeen to Po Toi, a migration hot-spot for Hong Kong in the company of Matthew again and his girlfriend Hoi Ling.Daurian RedstartThe ferry across was…

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Return to Mai Po

Following on from last July’s trip to China, I had a follow-up trip planned for April combining it with the Hong Kong Rigby 7’s tournament for which my company, Kukri, do all the merchandising. Of course, such a trip gives me the opportunity to do some…

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December Thrushes bring 2016 to a stupendous finale

2016 has got to go down in the birding annals as one of the best years ever. A scintillating autumn with perpetual easterlies brought hundreds if not thousands of waifs from east of the Urals. My previous post was drooling over the run of birds on the …