Monday, 19 March 2018

Latest Beasties

Well what a week of weather! I had a walk, at Windmill Farm, planned for Sunday the 18th to look for early migrants and Adders. The weather forecast for the walk was heavy snow - courtesy of the Beast from the East mk2! I therefore cancelled the walk the day before. When I awoke on the Sunday the weather was lovely - not a drop of the white stuff to be seen. I therefore headed off to Windmill where I found 3 Adders and a Slow Worm. 2 of the Adders were new ones - ones I had not seen before. Here is one chap:

And another:

Away from the Farm I popped into Feock Churchyard where I found 8 Bramblings - what a lovely little spot that is.

And on Saturday afternoon I found a female Common Scoter which I initially strung as a Ruddy Duck! Hey ho. lol.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Recent Sightings

Right it is about time that I got into a routine of posting on here! So here goes....Windmill Farm is going from strength to strength in my own biased opinion - if you have not been down since the Windmill viewing platform has been open you should pop in. There is unrivalled views across The Lizard peninsula and beyond. Bird wise it is a bit quiet at the moment - although we currently have 12 Pintail on Ruan Pool - the previous best was 5. It has also been a great winter for Firecrests.

Every year I try and find a January Adder - my earliest record is currently the 16 Feb (2017). This year my earliest was on the 17th Feb - I have known this individual for 3 years and he is always one of the first awake and last to go into hibernation.

It has also been a good year for white winged gulls.  Iceland and Med Gull from Coverack, Glaucous from St Gothian Sands.

Wishing you all a fruitful Spring!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

I am back!

I thought it was about time that I started my blog up again as I have not posted for four years.  I have just got back from a couple of weeks holiday in Cyprus - my first visit to the island. Fantastic place for birds and dragonflies. I have just started alerting through my pics. I had a few lifers there - best bird being Baillons Crake. I will definitely be going back.

Right off down to Windmill Farm to lead a walk. I am hoping for something good for those that turn up!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Today's Findings

After a 3 week sabbatical (due to holiday) from the Farm I spent 4 hours down there this morning. It was lovely down there this morning. A lot of birds around - in particular hurindines are gathering for there trip south - a flock of over a 100 was buzzing about all morning (mixture of Swallow, Sand and House Martins).

There were lots of dragonflies and butterflies about. I found my first Common Hawker. Here are some pics. I also checked the webcam and found another new addition!

Clouded Yellow

Common Hawker



Golden Ringed

Newly emerged Migrant Hawker

Small Copper

Speckled Wood

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Latest stuff

This weather continues to be amazing for Dragonflies at the Farm. We have hundreds of Keeled Skimmers, up to 20 RVDs and many Golden Ringed (as well as good numbers of our locals). I also found a Southern Hawker this weekend. I am leading a walk next Sunday at 10am - feel free to come along!

One species that is prospering at the Farm is the Adder. This female here looks like she has just eaten - I wonder how many mammals or bird babies are inside her?

Female Adder

Newly emerged Common Darter

Common Darter

Golden Ringed Dragonfly

Golden Ringed Dragonfly


Male Southern Hawker

Monday, 15 July 2013

Dragonflies a plenty!

The Farm is bursting with insect life at the moment. There at least 20 Red Veined Darters on the Big Pond - these are a rare Dragonfly in the UK but we always get a few at Windmill Farm. Here are a few shots that I took on Sunday.
Four Spotted Chaser

Female Broad Bodied Chaser

Male Broad Bodied Chaser

Common Darter

Emperor Laying

Keeled Skimmer

Female RVD


laying - fresh ones in September!!

Male RVD

Male RVD

Monday, 1 July 2013

Tolvaddon and Bell Lake Marsh

I went on the BDS 30th anniversary walk on Sunday. We went to the old mine works at Tolvaddon and then onto Bell Lake Marsh. The walk was led by Steve Jones. He and his fellow Red River Rescuers have done a fantastic job on the site. I got a couple of ticks in Small Red Dams and Scarce Blue Tail Dams. a few pics below. Keep up the great work guys!

Azure Damselfly and Some type of Crab Spider

Female Scarce Blue Tail Dams

Keeled Skimmer

Male Keeled Skimmer

Small Red Dams