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..

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Migrants

Not a bad day at all and with fairly little effort, mind you birding here is pretty easy. Started on the patch watching Gannets and Red Throated Diver going past when 2 largish ducks flew in and landed on the sea a long long long way way. The wing patterns reminded me of Red Crested Pochard. The light was really strong making view the ducks on the sea very tricky until they moved further north when I could just about make out that they were infact a Drake and Duck Red Crested Pochard, gotta be patch heaven. An Auk species Linnet, Rock Pipit and a couple of Chiffchaff was just about it.
Had an early lunch then moved onto Carlton Marsh where a pair of Cracking Garganey were present.







We carried on the circular walk, Male Marsh HarrierCettis Warbler Reed Bunting and a couple of Little Egrets. Then this nice White wagtail dropped in very briefly. That was it after that.


Another nice weekend.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Patching


Spent the morning sorting finances got lots to do with sorting house for the rental market and sorting a deposit for a new home in Corton. So anyway I didn't get on the patch until after lunch, but a few Chiffchaff about and possibly a patch tick in the form of this Grey Plover.


 
After this the birds were very quiet really with just a Green Woodpecker. These Frogs were very evidence though in the New Sewage Works Ponds.