Sunday, 10 August 2014

Week just gone.

Update after all below I went out and did another sea watch this time from Gunton cliffs. It started amazingly with a ver close Black Tern, almost missed it under the scope it was so close. After this though just Whimbrel x3, Grey Plover x7 9 Common Scoter, Gannets and Kittiwakes, a distant wader looked like a redshank without the wing panels, think it was a spotted Redshank. That was it really.

August 10th
Early start with a quick run with the dogs a few Swift moved through Corton back on patch it was very quiet just 11 Teal and a few Gannet.
August 9th               

Sunday, 3 August 2014

White Rumped Sandpiper and the weeks dubings

So what's been happening this last week. Well on Monday I found a brilliant looking Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar whilst weeding one of my properties at work.

Back in the garden a few commoner stuff, Blackbird and Great Tit.

Then Friday a cracking Migrant Hawker visited the garden and a Mottled Beauty visited the kitchen.

Migrant hawker

Mottled Beauty

A couple of Seawatchs and walks around the patch were very quiet except for 8 Common Tern and a Little Tern. 2 Bright Terns flew south direct flight with shallow wingbeats but at a great distance, just on jizz I would have said Roseate Terns but I really cant claim to be 100% at that distance. 7 Whimbrel flew south and 3 Common Scoter sat on sea. Best bird of the week however was a fly by Little Egret, patch tick.

Onto Saturday we decided to have a walk to Hickling broad and follow the weavers way to the hide where an Adult White Rumped Sandpiper had been found, it was a shorter walk than I thought but a really nice one. We could hear Cranes as soon as we left the car, this nice Ducky Sallow Moth was in the long grass.

The Heavens opened just before we reached the hide so we stood and shelted till it passed over. Unfortunately by the time we reached the hide the Sandpiper had disappeared. Whilst Stood waiting for the Sandpiper to return or come out into the open again we could hear Sedge, Reed and Grasshopper Warblers, Bearded Tits and Cranes. On the pool a great mixture of Waders, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, LRP, Ringed plover, 40 Ruff, Dunlin and a Greenshank. 3 Little Gull were nice. Eventually the White Rumped Sandpiper appeared out on nowhere and gave reasonable scope views at 55 times zoom, hence the poor shot, its there I promise.


Closeby were my second large Caterpillars of the week, 2 Swallowtail Caterpillars. Returning to the car distant views of 4 Cranes.

Returned home via Breydon water, it always amazes me the amount of Avocets on show with 400+, same with Black tailed Godwits, 7 Whimbrel, and a few Bar tailed godwit. A Juv Med Gull was quiet nice but otherwise it was quiet.

Back to the Patch today, from the cliffs at the old sewage works 1 long staying Knot, 11 Turnstone and 3 Common Sandpiper.
Shep found this Adult Hedgehog and a Painted Lady Butterfly was a bonus, a Buzzard showed really well, otherwise still very quiet.

Another couple weeks and things will start happening hopefully although work will put pay to any day time birding, as Work meant I missed Breydon Waters Franklin gull on Friday, would have been a lifer... cant win em all.

Update.. just had a new dragonfly in the garden female Southern Hawker.
3 Species now, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker and Migrant Hawker, well impressed..

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Well first of all back on the patch Wader movement was going on but that was it. Knot, Curlew, Common Sandpiper and my first for the patch Bar Tailed Godwit.
Back in the garden it was much better a Green Sandpiper was a brilliant surprise as it flew over calling, then a couple days later I was sat watching the news when I heard another wader, a Whimbrel flew over. My garden list keeps growing and growing. Regular stuff include Green Woodpecker, Great Spot Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Goldcrest.  The Tawny Owl keeps calling as does the Muntjack.
The feeders are building up so I hope to get plenty visiting come the winter.

On to today Rach n I headed for Horsey Mill, a great little walk not too far to the old mill but always full of birds. We only just got around the corner when I spotted 2 Cranes in flight, great start. Then a lovely family party of Kingfishers 5 birds flitting in and out the wood, yes the wood. Loads of dragonflies mainly Brown Hawker and Black tailed Skimmer.
What made the day though was Rachel spotting 2 Swallowtail Butterflies, the first ones we had seen in the UK this year. Saw loads in Spain though so we never went out our way to find any.
Did a few other non birding related stuff but then Rach dropped me off at Breydon water whilst she went shopping.
Amazing number of Terns are now roosting here probably 8-900 Mainly Common Terns with smaller number of Sandwich Tern. The Sun was strong so making out anything else other than an Adult Med Gull was impossible.
That's it today.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Med Gulls

Patch birding again today. Started by the Allotments again where I counted 36 Med gulls with many more hidden. rob came along a little later and counted an incredible 71, Wow. So i had another look on my way back and sure enough a minimum 71+. Mainly Adults and mainly in Summer Plumage, cracking looking birds.
Carried on along the patch but it was very quiet, Green Woodpecker, and Bullfinch.

Once again loads of butterflies, mainly Gatekeepers. On the ponds Brown Hawkers, Emperor and Red and Small Red Eyed Damselfly.

Red Eyed Dam
Small Red Eyed Dam

Back at Corton old sewage works young Song Thrush, 3 Yellow Wagtails.

Got home and spent the afternoon in the garden. Peacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper butterflies.

Birdwise the Great Spotted woodpecker finally showed really nicely and I even got to watch it on the feeders :-). A female type Blackcap and Whitethroat again then I practiced a bit of digiscoping on the other birds in garden.



Friday, 18 July 2014

Ont patch

Gave the patch a really good grilling this morning covering all the boundaries and everything within.
A look on the sea produced a Mallard, 4 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone and a couple of Kittiwakes.
Then 2 Yellow Wagtails in the turnip field an Adult with a very young Juvenile.
Oh just before all this 4 Adult Med Gulls in the fields by the allotment.
7 More Med Gull flew over going north. Had a walk around Radar lodge but only the hybrid Hoodie.
On the way back an incredible 22 Adult Med Gulls flew over in 1 group. Covered the rest of the patch but nothing to write about so I gave the Dragons and Damselfly's a good grilling. Loads and I mean double figure Brown Hawkers, 4 Emperor Dragonflies, many Common Blue Damselfly, I managed to see Small Red Eyed Dam and Red eyed dam and lastly I think a Migrant Hawker.
The Skykarks were looking rather different now. Loads of Butterfly's but nothing special.
It was getting rather hot so home for some dinner.


Common Blue


Red Eyed Dam

Small Red Eyed Dam

Small Red Eyed Dam

Too Sunny!!!!!

Ive decided to take a couple of days off work just to do some birding alone, bit of twitching you may say, so I found myself heading to Stiffkey for a Black Winged Pratincole. It Was either this or the Collared Pratincole at Minsmere. The Report came out of the Black winged first so that made up my mind. I arrived on site to no new updates but was told it was still there not doing much. Brilliant I thought its gonna be showing well. I arrived and no one had seen it for a while, it was hiding. Damn..
The heat haze was awful, so I tried to scan the hundreds of waders on site first. Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Little Ringed Plover and Spotted Redshank were the pick of the bunch. Looking behind us a Hobby shot past. looking back on the pools 4 or 5 Med gulls were hidden in-between all the black headed gulls and 6 Spoonbills were great. Eventually after a lot of scanning I spotted the Pratincole half good scope views through the haze and the photos aren't even worth publishing but here it is anyway, you have to look very carefully ;-)

I Watched this bird coming in and out of view till about half 12 when I decided as there was nothing else worth looking at Id head for Minsmere, mad I know.
Passing Walsey hills I spotted a long tailed bird sat on the wires here so turned around when I could headed back and had a good scan, it looked to me like a shrike but I couldn't find it and it bothered me all day, another one that got away. Whilst looking for the unknown bird the vantage point enabled me to count 22 Spoonbills on Cley making this a total of 28 for the day, incredible.
I arrived at Minsmere for around 3 oclock, and headed straight for the East hide for the Collared Pratincole, again the bloody heat haze was a real pain and the bird was doing exactly what the Black Winged Pratincole did by hiding behind islands and vegetation. Eventually after some hours the bird showed fantastically well but photos were still impossible.

You tube video Ive uploaded

Additional birds to Minsmere were 40 Little Gull, most in stunning summer plumage, 4 Spotted Redshank, 6 Green Sandpipers, Ruff, Little Ringed Plovers, a Med Gull, Water Rail and at least 22 Little Egrets.

You tube video Ive uploaded
I stayed on till about 8pm when I decided I better make my way home. A great Days birding, double Pratincole day Wow.
I had planned on more photos but the haze made it impossible.