Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Day With My Grandparents!

It seems odd that I am doing a wildlife based post, to do with my Grandparents, but there it goes. I had the day their due to my mums work absence, so they took me to Christchurch Park in Ipswich in the afternoon. More of that later, because a quite eventful day in their garden.

Because my granddad has got a golf hole in his lawn, we spent a lot of time outside playing golf, and getting holes-in-ones in the scorching heat. A good sight for his garden was a Long-tailed Tit party moving through his conifers, 4 or 5 birds in total. Plenty of Butterflies were entering the garden, with a Green Hairstreak, Small Tortoishell, and Large White all visible. Lunch came early for me, Fish and Chips was on the plate, gorgeous as ever, (my grandmother makes fantastic dinners.)

All sun-creamed up, and Granddad and I headed for Christchurch Park, looking for the Mandarin Ducks. I wanted to get pictures and a video if possible, but I have seen the Mandarins at Christchurch before. Well this is what we got......

 3 Mandarin Ducks

2 Mandarin Ducks out of those

In total, 5 Mandarin Ducks, and as I say on the video, I only thought that there was one here.
Happy Birding!



    Scroll down for the local bird report that I mentioned earlier. Keep popping to the patch!

    1. Thanks Jim, I will be looking foward to going to my patch i,m sure!

  2. Hi Ben,

    Nice accounts! Not sure if you can remember me, but just want to say that I was the young birder that talked to you at Cley a couple of weeks back at Swarovski Hide looking out onto the North Scrape, when the juv Curlew Sandpiper and 10 Spoonbill were there. Great to see such a young lad as yourself out in the field at such a young age, and patching as well! Very impressed :)!

    I have a put a link to your blog in my own blog ( as the more people that hear about your birding the better. Keep up the good work, it was good to meet you!

    Joseph (aged 17)

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    2. Incredible, i wouldn,t have guessed that that was you. You do know your bird id! I will put a link to your blog on my blog too, and hope to see you again some day.

  3. Haha yeah, I recognised you when I looked at your blog photo, so I thought I'd introduce myself.

    Thank you for the blog add Ben, it isn't much of an issue at all but you've linked my old blog instead of my current one. The link to my new one is below, that will keep you up to date with my birding if you so wish :). Will keep up to date with your birding - for your age your knowledge is brilliant and I'm sure you'll grow to become a really good birder - keep it up :)!


    1. Sorry about that Joseph, I will change that. cheers.