Monday, 24 February 2014


9°C, Wind SE 7km/h, overcast all day, 70ml rain Saturday(22nd) night.

Hawfinch's were feeding with the Chaffinches probably on Hornbeam seed in mature woodland bordering us to the east. I suspect there was more than 4, but difficult to observe
Wood Pigeons present for last few days, amazing how few I have seen here when UK seems to be over-run with them.
Tree Sparrows just north of us near our neighbours.
Great Spots heard from our home, 4 to the rear and 1 at the front.

4 Hawfinch
80 Chaffinch
2 Wood Pigeon
25 Tree Sparrow
Yellowhammer singing
Cirl Bunting singing
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming

Wednesday, 19 February 2014


23°C ! Wind SE 11 km/h, sunny am cloudy pm. pressure 1011 hPa

Liplje around home
Incredible temperatures again today which are forcing spring on rapidly.
Pleased to have the Middle spot moving around home staking its territory for the first time today.
At least 2 Great spots drumming regularly now.
Blackbirds have only started singing for the last few evenings, still somewhat subdued fashion.
Yellowhammer also started singing about a week ago while the Wood Lark is a new arrival and a very welcome one today.
May be my first starlings in Liplje !

There are new flowers to be found almost by the day including Primrose, Squill, 
Wild strawberry, Trout lilly (Erythronium dens-canis) Pulmonaria, Bugle ( Ajuga reptans), Speedwell sp. and Red deadnettle. Have also seen the first cherry blossom.

5 Starling over W
Wood Lark singing breifly
Middle Spotted Woodpecker male territory call
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker male & female (2 drumming)
2 Green Woodpecker 2 calling
Black Woodpecker flight call
2 Cirl Bunting male and female, male singing
Yellowhammer singing

2 Song Thrush singing
Blackbird singing
Great Tits singing
Blue Tit singing
Robin singing

Thursday, 13 February 2014


12°C, Wind SE 13km/h, mostly sunny, Pressure 1008 hPa

Heard the subdued song of Hawfinch in the valley bottom in the beech wood behind our house although unable to locate it. 
Song thrush singing close by again.
Cirl Bunting again singing from different perches around the house.
Black woodpecker again apparently after some weeks absence.Woodpecker sp. drumming at 2or3 locations.
8 of the Ravens soaring together at great height and some display flight seen. 
Again very much a spring type day with 1 or 2 butterfly's (one possible Large Tortoishell Nymphalis polychloros) and bumblebees on the wing. Also a blue squill (scilla) sp.flowering in in our wood.

Blackbird 2males
Song Thrush singing
Hawfinch singing 
Cirl Bunting singing
Black Woodpecker calling
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker calling
Sparrowhawk calling
10 Raven
6 Buzzard

Monday, 10 February 2014


11°C, Wind S/SE 13km/h,clear sunny, pressure 1013hPa

Liplje, around home
Certainly seems to be a feeling of Spring in the air today.
Jays seen sitting together and chasing through the woods giving atypical calls, maybe springtime ritual ? Also heard unusual call which have identified as Golden Oriole, can only assume it was mimicked by Jay.
Buzzards all up soaring.
Middle Spot at feeding station on fat for first time.
Cirl Bunting moving around our garden singing from different locations for over an hour.

Cirl Bunting singing
5 Buzzard
7 Jay
Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Song Thrush male singing 

40 Greenfinch near main road 763/22

Ljig - Near river just north of town

7 Great White Egret 

Sunday, 9 February 2014


13°C, Wind S13km/h, 90% cloud, Pressure 1005 hPa 
Water measurement from recent snow 35ml
Liplje - Garden

Weather has turned mild again with no night frosts.
Both Cirl Bunting and Nuthatches singing.

Cirl Bunting male singing
2 Middle Spotted Woodpecker males
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker male & 2 females
Green Woodpecker
2 Nuthatch
3 Chaffinch males
13 Great Tit
2 Marsh Tit
2 Blue Tit

Saturday, 8 February 2014


Clear Sunny cold
14:00 - 15:00 hrs
River Ljig north from Ljig town opposite monastry

11 Grey Heron
4 Great White Heron
70+ Lark sp. (skylark?)

River Ljig south from Ljig town approx.2km

14 White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail female
8 Blue Tit
Great Tit
Marsh Tit
4 Hooded Crow
4 Magpie
3 Goldfinch