Monday, 18 September 2017

Patching and Minsmere

So i worked hard for very little on the patch this weekend. A Short sea-watch from COSW Arctic skua was a year tick as was the 2 Pintail mixed in with Wigeon, Teal, Common Scoters, Med gull, RT Diver and 4 possible Goldeneye but everything was very distant.
Whinchat still on fence of COSW Flushed a nice Hobby off the cliff probably waiting for the many House Martin that were feeding over the cliffs.
A Lesser Whitethroat in COSW compound. back on the sea were small numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Common Scoter south. 2 Guillemot on the sea.
Lastly good numbers of House Martin again and Goldfinch. Yellow wagtail over and another Hobby 2 Common Whitethroat in the compoud.

Had the day instead at Minsmere. ill not talk about the Citrine Wagtail that wasn't.
However a Bittern flew over as we were sat in East hide and a magnificent Juv Red Necked Phalarope dropped in as the rain arrived. Greenshank, Green Sandpipers and a Spotted Redshank were the pick of the other Waders.

Other highlights were 2 Drake Mandarin Ducks and a Beautiful Kingfisher.

Poor weekend really. Wont be long before Im on my annual pilgrimage to Majorca :-)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Patching and then another Pec Sand

On the patch a now long staying Whinchat, Wheatears, and a surprise Barn Owl late one evening.
A very brief Sedge Warbler was a cracking bird to find. Swift numbers were now almost nil with a single bird being seen.
Whitethroat a couple in the OSW compound. 15 Released Red Legged Partridge was the highest count id had at the NSW
Lots of house Martins moving but the best bird of the Weekend was a nice Spotted Flycatcher.

Time for a trip over to North Norfolk for the day via the Brecks for 80+ Stone Curlew. Most ive seen anywhere.

Then to Cley, i wasn't going to bother with the reported Pec Sand off Cley but very glad i did, after me cake and coffee anyway :-)

Tonight the Whinchats still around COSW, a sea watch produced Sandwich Terns, a Drak Skua Sp , Common Scoter a few waders and a Good Movement of House Martins.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Early September

The patch was god awful all weekend highlights being Common Scoter, Common Whitethroats Ringed Plover ans the first Meadow Pipit of the autumn. Whimbrel circling the Dis Railtrack.

A walk around Potter Heigham and the Titchwell over the weekend hosted a Pec Sand (In the pic Honestly)

Spoonbill, 6 Garganey and plenty of Ruff.

2 Wood Sand and a few Yellow Wagtails too.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Its been a couple of weeks since my last update but then its still been fairly quiet. so heres an overview of whats been happening on the patch. Hobby has been seen almost everyday and usually 2 . The first Wheatears have started passing again and a nice Whinchat was at COSW.
Swift numbers have reduced dramatically with a flock of 40 being the highest count and now almost all gone.A Yellow Wagtail on a few days where as last year they had bred not this year. Best bird of the year a Kingfisher at the NSW pond. 1st Summer Little Gull was a great bird and showed well too. Pity i didn't have me camera and scope. Some movement in off the Sea with 3 Grey heron. Common Sandpiper have also started passing with at least one on the Sea Groyne daily.
Kingfisher was the bird of the year but now topped with a Distant Osprey (Patch Tick) heading south towards the Blyth Estuary (possibly) where its now taken up residency for a bit.
Over the Garden a little bit of Wader movement, Dunlin and Common Snipe.
Had a little time away from the patch with this nice Juvenile Dotterel at Covehithe.

So i think thats about it, i was hoping this rain today would bring in some goodies but i hardly saw a bird.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Local Terns and Cley!

Monday spent an hour after work then the Dentist down at North Denes Digiscoping the Common Terns.

A distant Juv Little Gull put in an appearance too.

Patching again was quiet and only managed Little Terns, Common Scoters, Teal, Common Whitethroat and a couple of Hobbys. A Greenshank was the best bird of the week as it flew over CNSW.

Yesterday after visiting the patch we had a trip over to Norfolk, Didnt do a lot of birding except to walk down East Bank at Cley. Just a Juvvie Spoonbill and a few Black-tailed Godwits to show for it.

It was getting late but heard about a Glossy Ibis behind Salthouse pond so had a look at that.

Finished  off at Cley reserve looking onto the scrape from the visitor center. Everything kept spooking but i did pick out an Adult Yellow Legged Gull.

On the way home double owl night with Barn Owl and then back on patch a Tawny Owl.

Today again the patch was quiet except this tennis loving Lesser Black Backed Gull. So more Digiscoping flight practice.