Monday, 21 January 2013

Its been snowing!

Its not everyones cup of tea but me I love the snow. Hours of ends playing with the white fluffy stuff that just floats down from the air. Took a this photo my bedroom window and tried a few photos of the snow falling but didn't have much luck :(

Matthew Foakes

Ill call it artistic

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Hi all,

Just a quick one today because have not got much time on my hands as I have just come back from an explorer camp at thriftwood brentwood. The site was holding its annual pedal car olympics and our unit thought we would give it a go. Whilst I was not racing we were wondering taking part in the other activities laid on for us. I then took the smart move on saying I was going back to camp to put another layer of clothing on and then for reason got "lost" which lead me all around the lakes seeing a hand full of mandarin duck out on one of the smaller fishing lakes. It was a nice trip seeing all the common woodland birder woodpecker a long tailed tit flock and caught a glimps a Sparrowhawk gliding through the trees. When I got back they were all very concerned about me as I had been "lost" for some  time. They actually believed me even though I did have my gps and map on me. Oh well they didn't know that.

I enjoyed the event and  finished first in the pursuit. I would defiantly go back next year given the chance :)

Matthew Foakes

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Im back! I say "Im" because through what I can gather Jamie Croft won't be blogging anytime in the future due to change of interests so its just me for now. I supposed it should be young birder now rather than plural, (I will try and get that changed) I have created to flickr account which I have put some photos I have taken whilst I have been not blogging.

I know have bike now so will be able to bird with out relaying on my Mum and Dad taking me everywhere. If you don't already know my parents are not naturally wildlife people so it takes a lot of nagging to get them out.

Here are few photos that I have taken over the last year. Sorry theres quite a few

nearly at the end...

one more to go...

As you can tell my love of macro photography have increased :)

I would like to thank follower "Early Worm"for reminding me to do a blog so if you liked this then thank early worm. 

Matthew Foakes

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Rainham Marshes

I took a trip down to RSPB Rainham Marshes today. It was a bit chillier than the recent whether we have experienced over the last week after the snow but still a mild day to be out in. Walking through the woodland area it sounded like spring with the air filled with bird song and plenty of tit flocks around. There large numbers of Lapwing still around but the real bonus was the excellent views a very close Reed Bunting that was feeding on the bull rushes. 

Over all rather a good walk round I just hope the weather keeps this way. 

Matthew Foakes

All photos by M.F

Monday, 30 January 2012

Lackford Lakes

On the weekend we went with the RSPB Havering Local Group to Lackford Lakes in Suffolk. After an early start and a short 2 hour conch journey we had arrived. But to our dismay we were greeted by fog, thick fog. Thankfully this soon cleared and as we looked out over the lakes we could see up to 11 golden eye present on some along with other winter wild foul.

There were 4 tundra bean geese and a large collection of gulls settling down roost. We really enjoyed the day and would go back if the opportunity came again.

Young birders.

Matthew Foakes(M.F) Jamie Croft (J.C)

Robin (M.F)

Greylag geese (M.F)

Blackbird (M.F)

Mute Swan (M.F)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Frozen Rainham

Today I braved the cold weather and went down to Rainham Marshes. The frost looked wonderful covering basically anything it could. With the brilliant still winds it meant that you could see anything in the reeds which come in handy finding a few reed bunting and 2 beaded tits! Really good views I got at a close range. It was a fantastic day out.

Matthew Foakes (M.F)






Sunday, 1 January 2012

We made it

Happy new year everyone. At the begging of the year we said that together we would try to reach 150 birds by the end of the year. And I am pleased to  say that we managed to gain 152 birds between us which may not seem a lot however we did not do any twitching just visiting various places around britain. 

Good luck in the new year and we will continue posting through out the year.

Young Birders,
(M.F) (J.C)