Entries by David Lindo

Back Garden Birding – Beth Aucott

Bye bye Blackbird

The deceased Blackbird For the past few evenings I have been noticing a male Blackbird hopping around in my concrete backyard. I would be working on my sofa that faces the garden and then I would notice the familiar black shape of this common urban thrush just outside my french windows. Nothing unusual you might […]

Grey geese over The Scrubs

 Although only feral Greylags they were still a special sight flying over the prison. I will keep looking up!

Let the sun shine…….please?

Black-headed Gulls  It was another grey day in London and my visit to The Scrubs did nothing to lift that grey mood.  Carrion Crow  Long-tailed Tit Stonechat Better days are coming.

January 2015 – Wormwood Scrubs Sightings

Interpretation Board (Paul Thomas) It’s been a long time since a monthly report was written about the birds of this internationally known and now threatened patch of green nestled in urban west London. But the hope is that over the next 12 months you will see a story unfolding. This story will feature the day-to-day […]

Football at The Scrubs

Things have been pretty quiet at The Scrubs of late. The grassland is almost devoid of life. I flushed a solitary Meadow Pipit the other day – and nothing else. Last Sunday I journeyed down to my patch a little later than my normal early start and thus was confronted by a horde of shouty […]

More from Poole

Here’s a few more images from Poole, Dorset.  Robin  Moorhen  Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-headed & Mediterranean Gulls et al Paul Morton (Sound Approach) & TUB

A Rich Poole

Spent a fantastic day last Friday in and around Poole Harbour, Dorset in the company of Paul Morton of the Sound Approach http://soundapproach.co.uk  The idea was for me to attend a boat trip into the harbour with a bunch of local school kids before being shown the delights of urban Poole for a forthcoming Bird Watching […]

The Urban Birding Challenge

 TUB & Doug Gochfeld – one of the founders of UBC There’s a great new challenge being put to the world’s cities. It’s one that got me really excited the moment it came to my attention. The brainchild of my American urban birding buddy Doug Gochfeld and some of his friends, The Urban Birding Challenge […]

A bit more from Extremadura

A few more of the birds I’ve seen during my short break in Extremadura.  Female Stonechat  Lapwing  Male Sardinian Warbler  Black Vulture  Meadow Pipit  Robin Male Spanish Sparrow

Happy New Year from Extremadura, Spain!

I’m hanging out in Extremadura for the first couple of days of the New Year for a bit of rest, relaxation, birding, writing and plotting. I’d like to wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous 2015 filled with love and lots of urban birds!  Crested Lark in the forecourt of a petrol station near Merida  A […]

Last day at The Scrubs – for this year!

The Scrubs: looking south at The Scrubs I have to say that 2014 has been a pretty abysmal ornithological year down at The Scrubs. Well, a bit of a lie because we’ve recorded a couple of great birds with Wryneck and Hawfinch heading the list, plus I glimpsed a possible Waxwing dashing south over the […]

Birding the Tagus and the Alentejo

Portugal is one of my favourite birding destinations and for European urban birding, Lisbon takes some beating. Over the four days of my Lisbon Tourism sponsored trip I spent the time birding the delights of the expansive Tagus Estuary and the wonderful Alentejo Region which spans the landscape between Lisbon to the north and the […]

The Tagus Estuary, Lisbon in pictures

Just spend a stupendous four days in the Lisbon area including one day in the Alentejo Region – my favourite part of Portugal. The weather wasn’t amazing. Mostly cloudy skies with some rain. Indeed, on our first day it was foggy most of the day. The most mind-blowing moment was when I witnessed the vast […]

Serbia 2014 winter owl trip

As you can probably gather, my proposed daily update from the Serbian owl frontier never happened. This was partially down to poor internet but mostly due to being totally knackered by the time we all arrived back at the the hotel in Ecka (pronounced Echka) our base in Northern Serbia near the Hungarian border. In […]

I really love owls! Day 1 Serbia Long-eared Owl Trip

Day one of my TUB Tours trip to Serbia went very well. Over 750 Long-eared Owls plus a possible Short-eared Owl had my group in raptures. Other birds seen today and yesterday afternoon included a drake Goosander seen in flight over the Danube in Belgrade (a very scarce bird), Pygmy Cormorant, Sparrowhawk and a Marsh […]

Azores: Rare & Scarce Bird Report 2013

For those of you that know me well it will ring true that I am not much of a twitcher these days. I would rather scout my local patch than eke out a skulking rarity lurking on a remote headland on Fair Isle. I would rather wander the expanses of my patch than to even […]


It’s not often that I actually go away for an unashamed holiday, a bit of r&r. But that is what I have done for the past five days – spend time chilling and even enjoying cultural highlights!  Skywatching from the hotel roof I spent a couple of mornings avidly scanning the skies before breakfast. I […]


Had a busy couple weeks recently behind the mic chatting about the virtues of urban birding. It started with a very enjoyable talk at the North Bucks Local RSPB group. It was my second time in front of this group as I also spoke there two years ago. Both occasions were thankfully enjoyed by all. […]


This morning was an amazingly sunny affair, despite the weathermen’s warning that summer had come to a close with winter not too far from us. Okay, it was a bit bit chilly at first but by lunchtime I could almost taken my jacket off as the sun’s strong rays hit me. One of the first […]