Saturday, 13 February 2016

Egret day.

Had the day out again with Danny Digiscoper only local but locals really good at present.
First stop was Burgh St Peter where Kayne found a Cattle Egret and it was showing nicely by the looks of others pictures.
On arriving it did show nicely, pity the light wasn't great but nice all the same.

 

 






Also on site were 2 nice Stonechats and turning around to view the tip a Juv Glaucous Gull but too briefly although didn't look properly through the gulls, it was freezing.

Next we moved onto The blyth for the nasal collard Green Winged Teal again, we moved to a view point where the bird was a bit closer than the bridge. It showed nicely if not a bit distant. please read last weeks blog for the info on the Ring.






We finished up at Hen Reedbed for the long staying Great White Egret which was there but always in the reeds and didn't show only in flight.



Took a few pics of a showy Reed Bunting




Another great day out with Danny.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Gulls

Monday 28th Jan after work it was a nice evening and just light enough to do some birding, Firecrest, Woodcock and 2 Tawny Owls were brilliant down at Corton Woods.

During the week the Firecrest was in the garden again, it can only be wintering closeby, we have a large conifer tree two doors away and a conifer hedge in the garden, I can only assume its wintering in these. Awesome....
The patch is still quiet but a Seawatch yesterday had me watching a Fulmar, several Red Throated divers Brent Goose, a Wood pigeon in off, a possible Little Auk and lots of Gannets and Kittiwakes.
Next I visited Blythburgh, and watched a Green Winged Teal on the Blyth although very distant. The bird had a White nazal collar on which marked the bird as one being recorded in Portugal. it was ringed as a juvenile male at São Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve, Aveiro, Portugal on 21/01/2015. Since then it has stayed in the area until at least 10/02/2015 when it was next reported and photographed in Suffolk on 01/02/2016 and was still there today.
First time id watched from here so it was nice to see 80+ Avocets, 25+ Grey plover, 2 Knot along with hundreds of Dunlin and Redshank.
We moved onto Hen Reedbed where we had a few sightings of the Great White Egret, it just wouldn't settle anywhere for photos. I was hoping to photograph the local kingfisher too but the diary stated it had been taken by a Sparrowhawk....
This Little Grebe was the only bird to photograph.







Moved onto Dunwich Rd Blythburgh where I checked the gulls, 5 Yellow Legged and 3 Caspian Gulls were the pick of the bunch.

3rd Winter YLG



 
This bird could have Herring Gull Genes however. Strange bold subterminal anchors in 2nd gen coverts.

 
 
Caspian Gulls
 
Today another Seawatch from Corton but the light made viewing difficult so not much to report except a large Female Peregrine Adult Med Gull, 4 Shelduck and 7 Wigeon.

Back in the garden where I spent the rest of the day mowing and tidying to the sounds of the Firecrest again :-)

A lovely Weekend.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Alton Water Suffolk

I took the day off work to go birding with Danny Digiscoper today, and what a day it was too.
I picked Danny up at half seven and headed for Alton water near Ipswich.
We arrived onsite to find a really good hide with feeders next to it so sat here for a good while taking pics of the birds coming to the feeders.
Pick of the bunch were the 6 Lesser Redpoll.







2 or 3 Common Redpoll



 

 
A really nice Male Brambling.


 
Long tailed tit

 
Chaffinch


From the hide next door our first target bird was found a winter plumaged Red Necked Grebe.







We continued walking along the shore towards the damn, a nice 1st winter Male Bullfinch was our next good bird but then soon after our 2nd target bird was found 2 damn fine Black Necked Grebes.





Finally made our way opposite the damn and our last target species a very nice Great Northern Diver.





 

Kingfishers were continually on the move up and down the waters edge.
We Returned the same way and spent the rest of the afternoon back in the hides practicing digiscoping.
The Red Necked Grebe was still around and we added Siskin to the ever growing list.
Took a couple of shots of the local Tufties too





On the way home we had a quick stop at Iken for the Cattle Egret but it had already gone to roost.
It was a cracking day with all the target species hit! Cheers Danny digiscoper



Today the afternoon was spent at Oulton Marsh watching Barn and Short eared Owls.