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Mar 2013


• Ayrshire Bird Report 2011

The 2011 edition of the Ayrshire Bird Report is now available priced at £5.00 Essential reading for anyone visiting the county, it contains the most important bird sightings recorded in 2011 as well as informative articles on Ayrshire's avifauna. It is published by the Ayrshire Branch of the SOC (Scottish Ornithologists' Club).

Details: 128 pages with 8 full-colour inner pages of photographs, plus 16 pieces of artwork and 14 b&w photos.

Please visit the Ayrshire Birding website for details of how to obtain your copy or e-mail me.

Fraser Simpson (Compiler & Editor)


Ayrshire Bird Report 2011 - front cover © Fraser Simpson   Ayrshire Bird Report 2011 - frontispiece © Fraser Simpson  Ayrshire Bird Report 2011 - example page © Fraser Simpson  Ayrshire Bird Report 2011 - example page © Fraser Simpson   Ayrshire Bird Report 2011 - rear cover © Fraser Simpson



Mar 2013


• New drawings:



                          Kestrel drawing © Fraser Simpson                        Sanderling drawing © Fraser Simpson



       Wood Nuthatch drawing © Fraser Simpson                     Great Tit drawing © Fraser Simpson




Goldeneye drawing © Fraser Simpson                        House Sparrow drawing © Fraser Simpson


Great Cormorant drawing © Fraser Simpson                                       Mute Swan drawing © Fraser Simpson



Mallard drawing © Fraser Simpson                         Northern Lapwing drawing © Fraser Simpson




Jan 2013


• Bearded Tits in central London!: 2 imm/ff in a tiny reedbed on the Serpentine by the Diana Princess of Wales memorial in Hyde Park.


Bearded Tit in Hyde Park © Fraser Simpson Bearded Tit in Hyde Park © Fraser Simpson

More photos at



 Oct 2012


• Deer gallery added

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) © Fraser Simpson


• New trip report for Florida Keys (Sep 2012) uploaded

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) © Fraser Simpson



Aug-Sep 2012


• Photographs of Kagu from New Caledonia.

Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) © Fraser Simpson


• New sound recordings uploaded from Thailand, Australia, and New Caledonia:

Kagu  Rhynochetos jubatus

New Caledonian Friarbird  Philemon diemenensis

New Caledonian Imperial-Pigeon  Ducula goliath

Silver Gull  Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

White-rumped Shama  Copsychus malabaricus

Superb Lyrebird  Menura novaehollandiae

Pied Currawong Strepera graculina

Red Junglefowl  Gallus gallus

New Caledonian Crow  Corvus moneduloides

Long-tailed Triller  Lalage leucopyga montrosieri

Streaked Fantail  Rhipidura verreauxi verreauxi

Grey-eared Honeyeater  Lichmera incana

Barred Honeyeater  Glycifohia undulata

Common Myna  Acridotheres tristis

White-browed Scrubwren  Sericornis frontalis

Rainbow Lorikeet  Trichoglossus haematodus

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  Cacatua galerita

Australian White Ibis  Threskiornis molucca


• New sound recordings uploaded from Scotland:

Great Skua  Stercorarius skua

Rock Pipit  Anthus petrosus

Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo

Common Gull  Larus canus

House Martin  Delichon urbicum

Eurasian Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus

Eurasian Oystercatcher  Haemantopus ostralegus


• New sound recordings uploaded from England:

House Sparrow  Passer domseticus

Egyptian Goose  Alopochen aegyptiaca

Common Coot  Fulica atra


• Thailand slideshow



 • New Caledonia slideshow

New Caledonia


 • A Light In The Sky slideshow

A Light In The Sky 


 June 2012


 • Trip report for Kindrogan, Scotland uploaded

View of Strathardle from Creag na Cuinneige © Fraser Simpson

View of Strathardle from Creag na Cuinneige, Perthshire



May 2012

•New sounds uploaded from Brent Reservoir, London: Carrion Crow sonogram © Fraser Simpson

Common Tern  Sterna hirundo

Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos

Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus

Ring-necked Parakeet  Psittacula krameri

Carrion Crow  Corvus corone

Common Starling  Sturnus vulgaris



April 2012

• New trip report for Zahara de los Atunes, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Spain uploaded:

Costa de la Luz trip report © Fraser Simpson


• New sounds uploaded from around Zahara de los Atunes, Andalucia, Spain:

Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinellus

Collared Pratincole  Glareola pratincola

Melodious Warbler  Hippolais polyglotta

Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus

Western Bonelli's Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli

Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla

Corn Bunting  Emberiza calandra

Subalpine Warbler  Sylvia cantillan

European Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola

Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis

Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis

Great Tit  Parus major

Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes

European Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus

European Serin Serinus serinus

Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla



March 2012

New sounds uploaded (click below to go to sound player & sonogram):


Blackbird songs & alarm calls

Blackbird recordings © Fraser Simpson


Warblers in Florida


Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum) sonogram © Fraser Simpson    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  (Polioptila caerulea) sonogram © Fraser Simpson



• The Ayrshire Bird Report 2010 is now available





• Composite mix of late winter bird sounds recorded on Hampstead Heath, 25 February 2012

• featuring Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Wren, Magpie, Great Tit and Robin.

Sennheiser microphone


    Late Winter Bird Sounds on Hampstead Heath


January-February 2012

• New drawings uploaded (click to go to the gallery):


Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) © Fraser Simpson    Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) © Fraser Simpson     Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) © Fraser Simpson    Willow Tit (Poecile montana) © Fraser Simpson      


• Cycling and Birding to Work in London: Latest species list


• New trip report for Florida Keys uploaded:


• New trip report for Caerlaverock & Dumfriesshire uploaded:



December 2011

• New drawing uploaded (click to go to the gallery):


 Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) © Fraser Simpson      


 November 2011

• New Gallery

 © Fraser Simpson



October 2011

 • Photos of Ayrshire's first Pallid Harrier (Garnock Floods, 28.10.11 to 01.11.11) added to photography site.

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) © 2011 Fraser Simpson


• New drawings uploaded (click to go to the gallery):


 Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) © Fraser Simpson      



September 2011

 • New drawings uploaded (click to go to the gallery):


 Dunlin (Calidris alpina) © Fraser Simpson      Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) © Fraser Simpson



August 2011

 • New Photo Galleries started:


• Laboratory



• miniWorld



July 2011

 • New Photo Galleries started:


• Vegetation Analysis


• People



June 2011

 • Trip report for Kindrogan uploaded

Mill Loch, Cateran Trail © Fraser Simpson Strathardle © Fraser Simpson Kindrogan Library © Fraser Simpson Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) © Fraser Simpson Kindrogan House © Fraser Simpson


  • New photo album:

• [cycle_deconstruction]



April 2011


• Sounds and sonograms uploaded for Iberian Water Frog, Sardinian WarblerIberian Chiffchaff,

Western Bonelli's Warbler, European Bee-eater, Common Rosefinch, Cetti's Warbler, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler,

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, European Robin, Marsh Frog, Eurasian Reed Warbler,


Iberian Water Frog © Fraser Simpson  Iberian Water Frog sonogram © Fraser Simpson   Cetti's Warbler sonogram © Fraser Simpson



• Sounds and sonograms uploaded for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, NuthatchGreen Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Skylark & Eurasian Crane.

Great Spotted Woodpecker © Fraser Simpson Lesser Spotted Woodpecker sonogram © Fraser Simpson  Green Woodpecker sonogram © Fraser Simpson  Wood Nuthatch sonogram © Fraser Simpson


March 2011


• Vocal mimicry in the Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra): mp3 files uploaded here.


• Sounds and sonograms uploaded for White-crowned Sparrow, Red-backed Shrike, Redwing, American CrowYellowhammer, Tristram's Warbler, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, House Bunting, African Chaffinch, Common Bulbul, Marsh Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Monk Parakeet, Gambel's Quail, Sandhill Crane, Coal Tit, Eurasian Wigeon, Whooper Swan, Reed Warbler, Dunnock, Wren, Nightingale, Grey Heron, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, White Stork & Song Thrush.


Gambel's Quail, New Mexico © Fraser Simpson  Gambel's Quail sonogram © Fraser Simpson Sennheiser microphone

    Gambel's Quail


February 2011


Morocco photo galleries

• Morocco photo slideshows


• Cycling and Birding to Work in London: Latest species list



January 2011

Bosque del Apache photo gallery

• Bosque del Apache gallery to my bird photography site with photographs of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and Ross's Geese.



 New Mexico photo gallery

• New Mexico galleries added with photos from Bosque del Apache, White Sands, Three Rivers Petroglyphs, Taos Pueblo, Tent Rocks, Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell,  Rio Grande Gorge, San Francisco de Asis Church, Old San Miguel Mission, Socorro, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Sandia Peak, El Malpais, Very Large Array, Plains of San Agustin, Owl Bar & Cafe, San Antonio, Valley of Fires, and Valles Caldera.



November 2010

• Ayrshire Bird Report 2009 going to the printers - available from December 2010 [more details]


• New sketches uploaded 


Starling sketch © Fraser Simpson       Great Crested Grebe sketch © Fraser Simpson

Shoveler sketch © Fraser Simpson    Tree Sparrow sketch © Fraser Simpson



September 2010

• Sonograms uploaded for Red-necked Grebe, White-backed Woodpecker, Wood Sandpiper, Great Bittern, Little Ringed Plover, Fieldfare, Icterine Warbler & Great Reed Warbler.

• Sonogram of territorial/displaying Red-necked Grebes © 2010 Fraser Simpson



• New photographs added to the Lightbox 150 gallery

Pendunculate Oak © 2010 Fraser Simpson Bird on beer bottle © 2010 Fraser Simpson



August 2010

• New sketches uploaded


Puffin sketch © Fraser Simpson  Whooper Swan sketch © Fraser Simpson     Tawny Owl sketch © Fraser Simpson



July 2010

• New photo gallery started - Lightbox 150

Lightbox 150 © Fraser Simpson 2010


• New gallery started - Excerpt 605

Excerpt 605 © Fraser Simpson 2010


• Trip report for Florida Keys uploaded

Click for the Florida Keys trip report


• Sonograms uploaded for Common Ground Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-whiskered Vireo, Northern Mockingbird, Florida Prairie Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird & Common Grackle.



 June 2010

• Trip report for Kindrogan uploaded

Trips reports for Estonia, Sweden and Spain to follow.



 May 2010

• New Eurasian Crane photographs from my recent trip to Hornborgasjφn, Sweden

Eurasian Crane photography © Fraser Simpson 2010 Eurasian Crane photography © Fraser Simpson 2010    


• New Whooper Swan photographs from my recent trip to Tysslingen, Sweden

Whooper Swan photography © Fraser Simpson 2010 Whooper Swan photography © Fraser Simpson 2010



March 2010

• New sketches uploaded


Ruddy Turnstone sketch © Fraser Simpson    Mandarin Duck sketch © Fraser Simpson

• Short report on the Ayrshire Winter Bird Race 2010




February 2010

• Lots of mp3 versions of sound recordings being added

• Below are samples from the Sounds & Sonograms page:

• Lesser Spotted Eagle  (Aquila pomarina) recorded in Krynica alder swamp, Bialowieza Forest, Poland

• Coraya Wren  (Thryothorus coraya) recorded on the Tarapoto-Urahuasha trail, San Martνn, Peru

    Lesser Spotted Eagle

    Coraya Wren

• New sketches uploaded


Grey Heron sketch © Fraser Simpson   



 January 2010

• Reporting bird sightings in Ayrshire in 2010 - casual online record for created

Send in your sightings for the Ayrshire Bird Report 2010



• New photo galleries being created




December 2009

• New sketches uploaded


Tufted Duck sketch © Fraser Simpson   Eurasian Wigeon sketch © Fraser Simpson Bohemian Waxwing sketch © Fraser Simpson Common Gull sketch © Fraser Simpson




August 2009

• I'm currently in Peru... please visit the blog for news Birding Blog


Peru 2009 © Fraser Simpson  


July 2009

• New trip report for Poland 26 June - 4 July 2009


Click here for the Poland 2009 report © Fraser Simpson


April 2009

 • New trip report for Costa de la Luz 15-25 April 2009

Click here for the Costa de la Luz trip 2009 report © Fraser Simpson


• New sonograms for Bonelli's Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Iberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Hoopoe, Serin, Sardinian Warbler, Greenfinch and Zitting Cisticola uploaded.


• New Eurasian Crane photographs from my recent trip to Hornborgasjφn, Sweden

Eurasian Crane photography © Fraser Simpson 2009


January 2009

• Night Heron photographs from West Hythe, Kent uploaded to my bird photography site:


• Ayrshire Winter Bird Race report from The Drift Migrants team and the species logged on the day



December 2008

• Demoiselle Crane photographs of captive birds from London Wetland Centre

Demoiselle Crane 


November 2008

• United Arab Emirates 2008 trip report uploaded




• Turkey 2008 trip report uploaded



• Green Heron sketch uploaded

Green Heron © Fraser Simpson


October 2008

• Grey Heron sketch uploaded

          Grey Heron © Fraser Simpson



September 2008

• Ayrshire Bird & Butterfly Report 2007 now available

Front cover, ABBR 2007Rear cover, ABBR 2007Page 69, ABBR 2007




August 2008

• New Sketches page started


Sketches © Fraser Simpson




June 2008

• Trip Report for Kindrogan, Scotland uploaded


Kindrogan Field Centre, Perthshire  Chickweed Wintergreen (Trientalis europaea)  Kindrogan Hill trip point


• Sonograms uploaded for:

Woodcock  Scolopax rusticola

Cuckoo  Cuculus canorus

Tree Pipit  Anthus trivialis

Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs


May 2008

• Field Vole photos added



April 2008


• Trip Report for Hornborgasjφn, Sweden uploaded


Eurasian Crane  Grus grus  Trana


• Trip Report for Costa de la Luz, Spain uploaded



• Several sonograms uploaded including Blyth's Reed Warbler, Spotted Crake and Cirl Bunting


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