Sunday, 22 November 2015

Back on patch

So its been at least 2 weeks since I covered the patch in the daylight, last weekend was spent in Amsterdam.
I started with a really good Seawatch again.
3 Little Auk, 1 was attacked by a GBB Gull but managed to get away by diving.
40 Eider
40 RT Divers
35 Common Scoter
6 Guillemot
1 Greenshank
13 Dunlin
1 Knot
2 RedBreasted Merganser
2 Pinkfooted Geese
lots Brents
2 Tufties
2 Mallard
4 Chiffchaff
1 Brambling
flock Siskin
lots of Blackbirds, Fieldfares and Redwings.

This afternoon I spent with a couple of Cranes at Horsey.
3 Barn Owls with 6 marsh Harriers were a bonus.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Crag Martin and a Seawatch.

That's it the early nights are upon us and so no more birding. Although week last Friday I did manage to see the Crag Martin which was a UK lifer up at Chesterfield Crooked Spire on our way to Amsterdam via Hull.  As we were dropping the dogs off at Rachel's mothers who lives in Chesterfield I managed 2 views of the great looking bird.

That's been it for birding until today when sea watching has been brilliant.
I watched from Gunton Cliffs rd.
5 Hours produced......
5 Little Auk
23 Guillemot
1 Pale Bellied Brent Goose
178 Dark Bellied Brent
21 Lapwing
100s Dunlin
9 Knot
1 Bar tailed Godwit
1 Curlew
2 Tufted duck
74 Pintail
2 Mallard
57 Teal
19 Wigeon
28 Shelduck in 1 flock
6 Goldeneye
8 Eider
65 Gannet
30 Common Scoter
1 Red breasted Merganser.
8 Med gulls
19 Kittiwakes

No leach's or Skuas as reported in there hundreds in Norfolk, Strange.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Norfolk and a pain in the ass Lesserlegs.

Firstly the garden has produced the goods this week with a cracking Firecrest Awesome. On consecutive 2 nights a Woodcock low over I think it was roosting in the neighbours garden.

Saturday Rach n I Had a great day out at Cley with friends, its always nice because its relaxed and never serious. Any birds we see are always a bonus however our highlights of a 60 species day were a Black Brant, Ring-tailed Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl, 8 Eider, Common Scoter, GC Grebe and 2 Greenshank.

So nothing amazing but still a few nice birds and an enjoyable day.

We finished at Gt Yarmouth for a quick firework display.


Today it was a quick walk on the patch before heading to Breydon water for a Lesser Yellowlegs that had been around all week. Id tried after work on Wednesday but the bird flew a few min before I got there... So when it turned up again today I thought id give it another go. I arrived and again the bird flew out of site a few min before I got there and then the thick fog rolled it and I had to give up after 3 hours as the Asda carpark limits you to 3 hours. The Fog was a total pain. After lunch the bird turned up again but 3rd time lucky I was able to get very distant views but you could just about see what it was.   Loads of other birds on site and it was great to see massive numbers of waders and ducks. Woodcock was a highlight.
The Yellowlegs flew up Breydon so I decided to try and find it from the North bank but unfortunately the bird had vanished.  3 Bewick Swans were a nice addition though.

The Fog rolled in again and the light was soon gone so home james!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

American Golden Plover.

After yesterdays disappointed dip of the AGP i decided after a quick visit to the patch id head up to Burgh Castle and hoped I bump into the AGP. As I was at Burgh castle and not Breydon bridge I knew there wasn't much chance but id walk the wall anyway at high tide just to see if there was anything about. There wasn't much really, lots of Bearded Tit activity also Marsh Harries and a Spotted Redshank.

After the walk it was lunch time so we headed to our regular Waxham barns café. Again the area was fairly quiet. A few pinks about was it.
On the way home news came out of the AGP which had just been re-found again at Breydon water from the Rugby club and this time I managed good Scope views, but not good for photos. So missing it yesterday by 15 min wasn't important anymore :-).

Whilst scanning the other birds as the plover wasn't very active I managed to find another good gull, Adult Yellow Legged gull. There were a couple of bulky Argentatus Herring gulls on show too. A good site for gulls its seems. A Few Med gulls finished the days birding.

Been a great weekend of finding my own stuff, its just a shame it wasn't all on the patch.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Siberian Stonechat

During the week after work I managed to find a Black Redstart at cosw on the rocks whilst out running.

This morning started on the patch but it was very quiet so I nipped down to North denes to meet up with Danny, Baz, Emma and Gary.  They had a nice Purple Sandpiper on show. Returning to the cars at Ness point a very brief view of a Black Redstart and a couple of Rock Pipits.

We then all headed to Caister and a superb Siberian Stonechat, a very smart bird.


Common Stonechat was showing even better than the Siberian though ;-)

A Short eared Owl showed really nicely as it flew over our heads. A few Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins were still on the move today.
On the way back to the cars I spotted a Great Grey Shrike sat on a tv ariel but all too brief as it dropped out of sight.
Danny dropped me off and I decided to nip to Breydon water for an American Golden Plover. I arrived 15 min after it had flown, bugggger. I picked out a lovely 1st winter Caspian Gull so this made up for my AGP dip.

Other birds on show were a few Med Gulls and a single Spotted Redshank. Lots of waders about.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Local stuff and Fungi.

Today was an excellent day however it could have been so so much better. I started early on the patch which was blumming excellent. Birds were on the move with good numbers of Pink Footed Geese, Siskin, Redpoll, Thrush's and Goldcrests. Bramblings were passing in good numbers too. I then Found/refound a Great Grey Shrike back at the NSW but was then flushed by horse riders.

It was great to get 2 Ring Ouzel on the patch list for the year too. The Little Owl was still along the Dis Railtrack.  A SEO came in off the sea on my way back.
Arrived home for dinner but decided to have lunch over at Minsmere as I wanted to see the Birds Nest Fungi, an amazing tiny fungi what a little stunner.

 We then headed to Bittern hide and within about 15 min one came flying out the reeds showing really nicely in flight.
I wanted to get back to some local birding so we had lunch and a cake and then headed back to Lowestoft, now the phone went of Bloody Penduline Tit Minsmere ARGHHHHH damnit..
Back at North Denes I searched all the bush's, the GG Shrike flew south and there was a Fieldfare on the cricket pitch but the bush's were extremely quiet.


I moved onto the rough area of the denes picking out a Stonechat and then a Lapland Bunting flew over calling and eventually landed close by, unfortunately it was getting dark by now so pics were rubbish.

Light was now virtually gone so we headed home only to find a LEO had been spotting on the slopes about 10 min after we left, so as I say a great day but it could have been that slightly better had my luck been in.