Monday, 21 April 2014

Nightingale

So its been a busy bank holiday weekend and I was shattered and didn't really want to get up early this morning so stopped in  bed till 7 and was out door by 7-15 (still too bloody early). Very glad I did though as I walked around the bend at the start of the patch I was greeted with the familiar sound of a Nightingale, I had to listen twice and then make sure no one was using a tape. They weren't it actually was a Nightingale singing BINGO patch GOLD. Managed to get a mini twitch going, always glad when everyone gets to see my birds. First Twitchable one in the area for years and only a 2nd for Corton. James picked up a female Marsh Harrier and a couple of Swallows .
The morning carried on in the same sort of vain as I walked to Radar lodge and back picking up 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Yellow Hammer patch tick and then 2 Greylag geese flew right over my head another patch tick. A Whimbrel flew over and 70-80 Sandmartin were on the cliff top. A cracking male Wheatear was the last bird here.
 Back at Corton church my first Common Whitethroat of the year and another at Corton NSW.
 By now it was 11am so thought id go back see if the Nightingale was still about but in the 15 min I was there no sight or sound.
Home time to sit In the sun writing me Blog... done! ;-)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Bit of everything.

Last week at work was very quiet until Thursday when the  lizards were spotting loads of migrants so I was a bit miffed I was at work missing it all. So I went out after work but couldn't find there migrants so had to find me own. Started amazingly as I spotted a cracking Hobby although in truth I only saw it flying away but put it down as a Hobby but then luckily met Rene who watched the bird fly right over his head.
The other really nice bird was a Common Swift my earliest ever!!!  A Quick story, I was honestly thinking if I saw a swift this early what would it be then in an instance the Swift flew over.. Fate??? who knows ;-)
Anyway I was disappointed that I was heading back to Cumbria tonight to sort my other house out, fit a couple of Storage heaters and do the garden and cleaning so my birding in Suffolk this weekend was going to be limited unfortunately. We stopped over in chesterfield (mother in laws) then headed to Cumbria next morning.
Our only stop was to Bassenthwaite Lake for Osprey which showed nicely. Oh yeh and a Red Grouse over Stainmore Pass.




During Saturday in between sorting the house Tree Pipit, Stonechats and a quick stop into my old patch Soddy Gap 8 Tree Sparrows, 5 Wheatear.


Now to Today. Left Cumbria at 6 am as I was just dying to get home. Dotterel and Ring Ouzel were on my radar for once I got home. These had been found at Kessingland. I didn't really think they would stick but luckily for me stick they did and great views of both. Spent quiet a bit of time with the Dotterel and new friend Danny too. Thanks also goes to the lizards for keeping me updated.
So the weather wasn't great but just good enough for some record shots.
Oh how I love Suffolk! Back to the patch tomorrow.

 


 
And some of the Ring Ouzels 4 males in total.






 
 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Black Redstart

Very late start today, not been on patch all weekend but did walk from home to Ness Point but disappointingly quiet. A Fulmar North, a few Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in the woods and a couple of brief view of a Black Redstart at Ness point in the Turbine compound, very illusive though.
 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Brecks

A really really good day in the Brecks today with almost all target species noted. The drive to Santon Downham produced my first House Martin of the year. Then arrived at Santon Downham and parked up to here Firecrest Singing. Then the amazing noise of what sounded like hundreds of Brambling, through the morning we probably did see hundreds, there were a lot at least, mixed with Redpoll and Siskin. We found Marsh Tit on the walk Downstream then Green Woodpecker singing and just after, our first target singing Lesser Spotted woodpecker. We searched high n low for it but failed in the search to physically see the bleeder, Always tricky ive found em here. 4 More Marsh Tits a Common Crossbill and then 2 Drake Mandarine Duck. On the way back a Great Spotted Woodpecker Drumming, so that's all 3 Woodpeckers heard but not seen.






We then headed for MayDay farm to try for Goshawk, we sat and had lunch near the hide and were rewarded with brief views of a Male and a Female, as well as Sparrowhawks. Crossbills were all around us here.
It was a sort of twitch n run Mayday as I wanted to get to Lynford for the 2 Barred Crossbills. We wernt to be disappointed with a 1st summer Male and then an adult male showing. The young bird even came down to drink from the pool just briefly.
More Marsh Tit and another singing Firecrest. Dipped on Hawfinch again, just couldn't find one, they had been reported too.



Finished the day at Weeting Heath with great views of Stone Curlew.



It was getting on now so headed home after a very good day.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Ouzel

 
 
Out on patch again early this morning and first time ive been really disappointed. 3 White Wagtail, Sandmartins, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps was it. Gave it a right good going over too.
So Came back had some breakfast then nipped out to Winterton Dunes. firstly covering South Dunes but just a Willow Warbler. Then on to the North side where some Ring Ouzels had been found. Struggled initially so just sat on a hill and waited. 30 minutes went by when finally I spotted a cracking male in the distance, then 2-3 and finally 4 birds together. Don't think ive ever seen 4 together. Went for a closer look and they showed fairly well but in deep cover. Amazing how they disappear into the smallest bush. Finished here and moved onto Horsey for a late lunch and then home. Cettis calling at Horsey.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Local Migrants.

Yesterday I picked up another White Wagtail a couple more Wheatear and my first singing Blackcaps of the year.





Today was excellent went out first thing and picked up 30+ Sandmartins, a Swallow flew North and South. A couple of Groups of Common scoter on the sea with half a dozen Red throated Divers. An Adult Med Gull distantly and plenty of Gannets.
In to the woods no less than 5 Blackcaps singing.
Came home had lunch relaxed Watched a Swallow and 2 Buzzard from the balcony and then went out again this evening. Amazing the movement here. Now 5 White wagtails and a rare Willow Warbler singing.
Nice day had.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Local Migrants

Now Monday the birding instinct kicked in, covering the patch and walking the Disused railway my eye was drawn to a flying insect. With only bins I was lucky enough to see the insect land on a tree branch. I wouldn't normally look at insects really but for some reason this one drew my eye. It was a Beefly my very first one ever wow. I knew it was a Beefly because I had seen Minsmere report one a week before and in my curiosity I googled it.. im very glad I did. Now your turn to google it :-)

So the rest of the week on the patch has been very quiet but it was all go today, sort of. Started on the clifftop and picked out a very nice White Wagtail, then soon after a Northern Wheatear.




Moving onto the Disused railway a Blackcap was happily singing away. Chiffchaff all over the place and then a flock of 5 and 7 Fieldfare landed in trees by the New Sewage works.
2 Herons in my new heronry ;-)
Green Woodpeckers, Linnets and a Common Buzzard was the pick of the rest.
Till Tomorrow, I feel a Rare in the Air...


Monday, 31 March 2014

Garden Tick

Woke up to the sound of Red Legged Partridge this morning only to find it sat on a roof opposite the house.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

North Norfolk

Our kind friends let us have the caravan at Kelling again for the weekend and as we hadn't been away since Christmas it was nice to get away. Even better as it was our favourite place.
Got to site after dark Friday so it was just a case of getting tea and a couple of pints before bed.
Next Morning I was out early watching Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks and once the heath had warmed up, no less than 6 Adders. What a Place.









After this we had a walk around Wells and had a sandwich down at the cafĂ© at Wells Woods, on the walk someone's dog flushed a Snow Bunting from the beach beside the path, it took off never to return. A few Brent Geese on the sand, 3 stunning Adult Med Gulls a wader flew over head that sounded like a Little Ringed Plover, and a Juv Shag in the Harbour.
We then had a good walk around Holkham Hall but overall it was pretty quiet. A Kestrel showed nicely.



 
I scoped the pools on Holkham fresh marsh and got excited when I thought I had an Iceland gull, on zooming up I realised it was a bloody Leucistic Common Gull my excuse is it was a long way off ;-)


Finished the day going to see friends.
Today I was out early again, watching the Woodlarks and Dartfords again. a Group of 4 and 9 Common Crossbill was the pick of the birds.









We Nipped into Cley where there where many more Avocets today. On Cley eye a couple of Wheatear was it really..
Back home Rach dropped me off on the patch but it was still quiet with a few Chiffchaff and this Spar..