The Dark Room

Friday, 9 July 2021

Spoon and Stork

 Went over to Rainham Marshes last Saturday afternoon and missed the Great white Egret and the White Stork but did see the Spoonbill asleep from the Serin mound. But late Sunday evening the White Stork showed really well from road near the tip entrance.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Colour ringing

 On Wednesday with the NTGG we made our second visit of the season out to the tern rafts by boat. With 50 Black-headed Gull pulli ringed on our first visit it was good to add another 21 along with 9 Common Tern pulli which were all ringed and coloured ring as part of the ongoing project.


Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Rolling back the years

 Yesterday afternoon I went to Icklingham in Suffolk to see the popular European Roller which showed really well, actually stunningly well. I haven't twitched for a while now but with my wife and daughter with me it was like we were rolling back the years when they would be happy to come out for a day. Ok, I did treat them to a lovely lunch in the near by pub the Guinness Arms- which is really nice if you're out that way.


With most of my time I'm out ringing it was nice to dust off the scope and camera!

Monday, 5 April 2021


 Last week I went out with a small team from the Southern colour ringing group to check on the Herons at Netherhall. With 25 active nests and 8 birds ringed and colour ringed and some early Little Egrets nest counted, it was a very productive morning out.



All images are taken with the iPhone

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

 Enjoyed good views of a female LSW this morning and just a couple of miles away from my home made even better. Although she spent her time high in the canopy and was seen and heard drummimg away it's a real treat to see this  Amber listed species on our door step. Not great images below however it's a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker!

Nuthatch and Treecreeper were seen along with GSW and GW and probably best of all was to hear Redwings singing again - it just reminded me of my time spent in Iceland a few years ago with JL.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Full fat

Opened up the net in the garden on Saturday morning for a nice morning session 8 Goldfinch (7 2cy & 1 Ad) plus Female Blackbird and a Female Starling was good but bird of the day was a full fat garden tick Egyptian Goose that flew over calling!


Male Goldfinch

Tuesday, 12 January 2021


Due to the lockdown rules I'm back ringing in my garden for the next few weeks/months - who knows how long for? But to be honest, I do enjoy it and it will be good to study the data in the future.

Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Starling and 6 Goldfinch are the latest birds to be ringed. Not large numbers but still a good turn over of new birds on Sunday afternoon. Below are some cropped images taken with the iPhone.

Male 2cy Starling

Male Goldfinch 2cy