Sunday, 19 June 2016


Saturday 19th June.
Typically its the weekend and the weather turns shite again, The Great Knot was still at RSPB Titchwell so thought id go have a look. Guess what it was seen at 7am but not after and yes it was then seen and still is being seen today (Sunday) Well I aint going back stuff it. I did however have a nice trip on the reserve digiscoping in the rain of the local House Martins.

And a few Swallows

The Avocets were much more tricky to get decent shots off.


Also the Gadwall

Other birds onsite were Hobby, Summer Plumaged Spotted Redshank, pair of Red Crested Pochard, lots of Little Terns and 3 Adult Med Gulls.

Lastly another Med Gull hunting for chips in Wells harbour.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Marsh Warbler

Started on the patch as usual but nothing really of interest except the high number of Swifts on site today.
So met up with danny and the his daughter for a trip to Hen Reedbed for a showy Marsh Warbler, it was a cracker.



Whilst watching the Marsh Warbler it was nice to see another small movement of Red Kites with 3 birds seen coming in off along with 2 Buzzards. Other birds of note were a few showy Bearded tits and a very unusual and possibly a first site record of a Nuthatch. 3 Med Gulls were a nice surprise too. Finally a Cuckoo calling a 2 Adult Hobby's.
Great day cheers Danny.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Carlton Marsh.

It was a late start this morning, I was in no rush so a toddle to Carlton Marsh was in order, wasn't expecting too much but it was nice to hear the usual Willow Warblers, Sedge and Reed warblers and a Nice Cuckoo and Kingfisher.
I reached the scrape only to notice a cracking Spoonbill, then a second. Bingo, that will do. Again they were over the far back of the scrape but hay, nice to see anyway, there not common.

Eventually i managed to spot a nice Little ringed plover. Dragonflys were everywhere today with Black tailed Skimmer, Scarce Chaser, 4 Spot Chaser, Norfolk Hawker, Southern Hawker and Red Eyed Damselfly.

A Red Kite and a Yellow Wagtail put in an appearance too .

The final spot of the day was a nice Fen Raft Spider but its that tiny when I went to photograph it I couldn't find it again.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Cuckoos and Blue Winged Teal.

Well its not even the weekend and I've seen some birds. Unfortunately it wasn't on the patch but a nice Blue Winged Teal had been found at Carlton Marshes on Monday so by Wednesday I had cracked and decided to nip down after tea.
On the walk to the pool my first Gropper of the year was singing in the reedbed. Then a Cuckoo started calling and showed nicely in the top of a tree.

Onto the pools and the Blue Winged Teal was showing distantly on the back end of the main pool. Scope views were ok so I was pleased to get an identifiable record shot.

After the bird went to roost I headed back towards the car listening to more Cuckoos, 3 groppers and the usual reedbed birds. Rob was stopped looking for something inn front of me and came over to say they had found a marsh Warbler, after only a few seconds I could hear it mimicking Blue tit. Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Blackbird and Greenfinch, never did get to see it though.

Today there was a movement of Red kites over Carlton Marsh, I was working very close to there but could only pick up one as I glanced into the sky during working.
Back on patch tonight the Tawny Owl was back in its day roost. Bee Orchids are hard to find, usually 300 but only 3 this year.

Birdwise, Hobby, Fulmar, 3 Sandwich Tern and Grey Partridge was it really.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Greenish Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher

So Tuesday evening and one of the local birders found his second Greenish Warbler, it was Singing and calling a little but very illusive so I had 2 attempts at seeing it. It was right on the boundary of my patch so I was originally not enthusiastic about it but it got the better of me. I didn't see it after all that anyway.
So Back to work Wednesday morning and I gave it another go, this time I could hear it singing from about 100 yards away. I ran up to it heard is singing and saw it several times before I had to get to work. A Spotted flycatcher was present too.
Wednesday I was in the garden when I spotted a Hobby chasing Swifts a nice record for the garden. my 3rd or 4th.
Saturday morning I was out on the patch and wasn't expecting much but this Spotted Flycatcher was new in and showing well.

A few Painted Ladies were on the patch and back in the garden another. A cockchafer was a surprise as it flew in. Back in the new pond my first Damselfly's, Large Red and male and female Common Blue.
I took a few Digi shots of the local Sand martins back on patch.

Sunday was spent at Hickling and Horsey but for 2 Common Crane and a Kingfisher it was very quiet.