Friday, 26 August 2011

Little Owls down Barnes Lane (25/8/11)

Yesterday I went down Barnes Lane via the Kings Langley school as to see if some Yellow Wagtails were present. Unfortunately on the way there, there were none to be seen. I carried on with my brother to a spot were Little owls were seen regularly. We arrived and saw nothing for a while but then suddenly a juv. Little Owl landed in a bush not to far of we got the scope on it and observed every movement it did until it flow off. We then carried on, on the road until we arrived at a field with some cows in. There was nothing to be seen in the field so headed back to the field with the little owl in. Again there was nothing to be seen but then I looked in the alley between the trees and a adult Little Owl was perched on one of the trees. This time before we could get the scope on it, it flow off. We waited for a while but then decided to leave as we were content from seeing it twice. We then were on our way back and passed the Kings Langley school field again this time we found some Yellow Wagtails. After this we scanned the gull's and left.
(Ephraim Perfect)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Birding behind the KL School again

Today I decided to go behind the Kings Langley school to have a look if some more Yellow Wagtail's had come through on there migration. Unfortunately there were no Yellow Wagtails to be seen only Pied Wagtails and Grey Wagtails it was a little bit deserted.
(Ephraim Perfect)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Birding behind the KL School

An amazing array of birds on the local patch today (as it is usually quiet with little about).  I only got out past midday but birds started flooding in only minutes after I arrived.  Most obvious were the large number of Wagtails covering the playing fields.  The majority were Pied Wagtails but amongst them there were at least 16+ Yellow Wagtails (a first for my local patch).  In addition a small congregation of Black-headed Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also at the back of the field.  2 juv. Green Woodpeckers were also searching for ants unaware of the recent arrival of an immature Sparrowhawk that made a short aborted chase for one but gave up and landed in the tree under which I was standing.  Later on in the afternoon I was thrilled to find a Lesser Whitethroat along the hedgerow in the far northern corner, it showed only briefly but the view was amazing and my second new bird of the day for my local patch.  Minutes later the entire field of Starlings, Warblers, Wagtails, Linnets, Goldfinches and even the Black-headed Gulls were put up by a totally unexpected Hobby that swooped across the playing field.
(Samuel Perfect)

Yellow Wagtails

 Photos of the Yellow Wagtails on the field behind the Kings Langley school.


Photos by Ephraim Perfect
(Ephraim Perfect)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

A unexpected surprise (12/8/11)

Today while I was editing my new nature documentary my brother rushed into the study to find me. It turned out he had found a Tawny Owl in our tree in our back garden. When I got out he had the scope trained on the bird I looked through to find a Tawny Owl roosting in our garden. It was very visible so I was able to take a photo this is the only photo I got.
A Tawny Owl in our back garden tree
(Ephraim Perfect)

Kings Langley Woods (1/6/11)

Today when i toke my dog for a walk into the woods in Kings Langley i saw a few things one thing that i was happy to see was 4 Blackcaps (3 males and 1 female) later I also saw quite a few Chiffchaffs.
(Ephraim Perfect)

RSSKL (28/5/11)

On Thursday when i was at school an amazing thing happened a red kite flew down and was only about 7" from the floor it was also very close to me it was about 5-7 meters away from me it was very cool.

Barnes Lane (26/4/11)

Today I went down Barnes Lane with my dog. I had heard there were Whitethroats there so I choose to go to Barnes Lane. This is the route I took.
When I was next to the A41 on Barnes Lane I saw some thing on a hedge and raised m binoculars to see it was a Whitethroat.
(Ephraim Perfect)

Garden Birds (13/4/11)

On Friday the last day of school I came home and was told there was a Blackcap in the garden I went to look for it. At first the search seamed hopeless but then suddenly my brother saw it and pointed it out to me. While I was out there I also saw some other birds and took some photos. 
A Chaffinch
A Great tit biting the buds on a tree
A Blue tit resting on a tree
A Chaffinch
(Ephraim Perfect)

Bird Race (3/4/11)

Yesterday I went on a bird race with my brother it was from 10.40am-1.30pm. I started off in Love Lane, Kings Langley I went down Chipperfield Rd turned right onto a farm then walked into Scatterdells woods from there I went onto Barnes Lane onto common Ln then on Love Ln through Kings Langley woods down to the canal and then back to my house in Love Ln.On that trip I saw.

  • Goldfinch
  • Magpie
  • Carrien crow
  • Woodpigeon
  • Blue tit
  • Chaffinch
  • Yellowhammer  ||||
  • Coal tit
  • Great tit
  • Long-tailed tit
  • Skylark
  • Pied wagtail
  • Buzzard
  • Great-spotted woodpecker
  • Kestrel
  • Robin
  • Black-headed gull
  • Blackbird
  • Starling
  • Wren
  • Mallard duck
  • Moorhen
I was quite glad.
(Ephraim Perfect)

Kings Langley Woods (3/4/11)

In Kings Langley woods yesterday I saw a number of birds with Theo my dog.

  • Woodpigeon
  • Blue tit
  • Great tit
  • Pied wagtail
  • Dunnock
Thats about all I can remember.
(Ephraim Perfect)

Vicarage Lane (25/3/11)

Today I came home and saw a note on the floor it said "Ephraim there are Waxwing down Vicarage Lane 1am down there you will see me if you come." I rushed down to see and they had just left but i did stay and they came back. They kept on going and coming back they were very close and I managed to get some good close ups. Here is some footage I managed to get.

Here is one of the few Waxwing I saw in a berry bush.

It seems to be enjoying the berries.
This is the first I have seen them this year i saw them last year but not this year. Hopefully I get at least one more look at them because they absolutely wonderful birds.
(Ephraim Perfect)

Birds in my Garden (24/3/11)

I have been at home ill for two days today was the second day. I was looking out the window and I thought i could do some bird watching and filming. In the garden I saw:

  • 2 Robins
  • 2 Dunnoks
  • 2 Chaffinches
  • 2 Woodpigeons
  • 3 Blue Tits
  • Great Tit
  • Blackbird
  • a unknown bird thought to be a warbler.
    This is what I think may be a mating dance like with Great-Crested Grebes just not completely imitating the other mates dance.
    (Ephraim Perfect)

    Garden Birds (13/3/11)

    Today I have been outside in my garden looking at some birds i have also been photographing some of the birds I saw here are some of my favorite pictures.

    A Greenfinch  frolicking in the trees
     A daffodil shot with flash.
     A flower.
     A Coal Tit eying the bird feeder.
    (Ephraim Perfect)

    Wheatear in Hertfordshire

    recently there have been sittings of Wheatear.  I think its a bit early in the year.  Last year me and my brother found one but that was in early summer. Here are some photos.

    These two photos were taken in barns lane. Both of them are female I am hoping to see one this year again.
    (Ephraim Perfect)

    Kings Langley Woods (10/3/11)

    I have just come back from the woods in the woods I saw: a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Long-tailed Tit, a Coal Tit and a Chaffinch. As you can see I did not see much.  My main aim was to see a bullfinch but there was nothing in the place were they usually are.
    (Ephraim Perfect)