Sunday, 11 October 2015

Bad Weekend

What a really disappointing weekend, it had so much promise with east winds and rain. It started so well with a patch tick, I flushed a Little Owl from the dis rail track, not the best way to get a patch tick. A Yellow Browed Warbler was another nice bird. Unfortunately it went down hill drastically after this. A couple of Corys Shearwater flew past Southwold so I stopped wasting my time looking for migrants in the bush's and headed straight to the coast.
News came out that the Corys was now of Lowestoft but it had now followed a fishing boat out to see and not past Corton where I was watching from. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
It Would have been a lifer. A little while later a Leach's petrel flew north past Lowestoft, again it never came past me or I bloody missed it, P*ss off, now I was getting cross.
Birds I did manage to see were plenty of Auks both Guillemots and Razorbills. Red Throated divers were the commonest sea bird. Common Scoter, Wigeon, Teal, 3 Red Breasted Mergansers and a Great Crested Grebe were the best birds on the watch. Id had enough so headed home checking the bush's on the way, a Redwing feeding North of Corton Church was it really.

Sunday had to be better, afraid not, Started at 7am still in the dark sea watching. Thought my luck had changed when an Eider Flew past thinking it was small and dumpy put news out of a possible Female King Eider so people further south could at least have a look. Luckily the guys in Lowestoft were sea watching but it was just a Common Eider (oh Bollocks) More Divers passed and more auks too. Skylarks were coming in off including a group of 12. Arctic Skua was the only other decent bird with many Brent Geese.
Rob then found a Great Grey shrike at Lowestoft so after another half hour sea watching I decided I would cut my loses and go take a look. so hurriedly walked home picking out a calling YB Warbler in the Vicarage garden. Picked up the car and headed for Lowestoft and yes you guessed it missed the shrike by a couple of Mins.  Had a good look around the industrial site but all I could find were many many Goldcrests and a Wheatear.

Headed for the caravan park for a long staying Snow bunting and yup couldn't find that either. Another Wheatear though. Headed back to patch to see nothing. So had lunch watched the Grand Prix then headed out hoping my luck would change just a little.
Many birds moving again now Redwings maybe 50+ Siskin and loads of Goldcrest. a Couple of flyover Bramblings finished off my day. I did do a short Seawatch but missed a Shortie going south so that was the last straw, I'm going home in a huff.  What a load of rubbish. Fruastrated and Disappointed...
Lets hope my next trip out is a better one....

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Lapland Bunting

So I saw the parents off and then headed out onto the patch, unfortunately it was very quiet today. a Foggy Seawatch produced 3 Red throated Divers, Gannets, Pintails, Teal, Wigeon Common Scoter and a few passerines in off. Skylarks, Meadow pipits, Goldfinches and a couple of Pied and grey Wagtails. A Reed bunting was a patch year tick.
In  the bush's just Goldcrests really, so after lunch I headed to Gunton Beach for this very showy Lapland Bunting.


Back on patch and it was still very quiet so called it a day.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

After Work Patching

What a great week on the patch everynight after work. Almost everyday I managed to find a Yellow Browed warbler and 2 on one day. 5 Firecrest too. A Wheatear and 6 Grey Wagtail roosted at the NSW.

Quick sea watches during the week had Brent Geese, Gannets and some Common Scoter.
Parents here this weekend so birding whilst out n about but a big fall of Goldcrest at Southwold and Thorpness.
Hopefully something good tomorrow.

Monday, 28 September 2015


So we got back from Norfolk on sunday and it was nice to be back on patch, especially as the wind had now turned easterly and I was now seeing more in my first 2 hours on the patch than I had done all week in Norfolk. Id started at Radar lodge rd and picked up a Redwing feeding with 2 song Thrush very quickly. It already felt good. At the end of the track I did a short seawatch, in a few minuets I watched an Arctic Skua attaching an Adult Med Gull. 50 Teal were sat on the water, lots of Gannet movement and a handful of Common Scoter
A walk back along the cliffs produced a nice fly over Snow Bunting then sat on the fence were a Whinchat and Wheatear.

.I reached the Dis railtrack not seeing much more on the way but Rob had found 2 Yellow Browed Warblers... Good lad, managed to lock onto 1 of them at least. I Carried on around to the NSW pond where finally the Willow Emerald Damselfly were now out.

I headed home for lunch but then ventured out again afterwards and finally heard 2 Yellow browed warblers together in the Dis railtrack. Whilst stood there the rarest bird of the day was a fly over Ring necked Parakeet, a patch and Suffolk tick. That's was it for the day.

I went out again after work tonight but it was very quiet until this Pied Flycatcher popped up in the Churchyard.

I did take a few pics of the Blood Moon at 345 this morning.

The winds are getting stronger and stronger through the week so lets hope theres plenty more birds to come.

North Norfolk

Feels like and age since my last Blog post but its probably just over a fortnight.
13th Sept, the garden hosted 2 Buzzard, a nice Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Wagtail some Siskin 2 and a Goldcrest through. 5 Med Gulls catching ants Jay and a Green Woodpecker. Not bad for an hour sat in the garden whilst eating breakfast.
15th Sept Back on patch a Golden plover and flock of 20 Linnet, biggest flock this year.
19th Sept A Leucistic Collard dove that flew over the patch last week was now visiting me in the garden today. Then seen off by a more dominant normal Collard dove.

Sept 19th-25 headed for a weeks holiday at Kelling Heath again in North Norfolk, youll probably realise we love this place. Birding however during the week was really poor. I walked miles covering the usual places, Cley, Titchwell, Stiffkey, Kelling Water meadows. Sherringham, Cromer, Wells etc etc.
Not many highlights but at Titchwell 8 Spoonbills, 3 Little Stint and 3 Curlew Sandpiper and an Adult Med Gull.


Med Gull

Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint

At Cley a nice Short eared Owl.
The heath was great for Pinkfooted Geese this week and many more smaller flocks over Titchwell, Wells and Cley.
Pink Footed Goose
The weather was great so I managed to see the Dartford Warblers on a few occasions and quiet a few Adders, both adults and young. 18 Common Buzzard in one flock and a nice Juv Hobby.


So by the end of the week id only managed 2 Scarce birds really, a Yellow Browed Warbler at Walsey hills and a Barred Warbler at Kelling quags.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

lots and lots of Migrants

Its been frustrating and incredible on the patch this week. Work has got fully in the way of some truly awesome patchwork. However I have got lucky by picking up most species after work. only thing ive missed has been Tree Pipit and Sooty Shearwater. Otherwise ive had 30+ Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 3 Grey Partridge, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser and Common Whitethroat a couple of Pied Fly and Redstarts. Med Gulls were still out in force Found a couple of really nice bird though Wryneck at Radar lodge and a Firecrest in the Churchyard, although probably 3-4 in the area.

On the few seawatch's I've managed I've seen flocks of Teal, Wigeon and my first 3 Brent Geese of the season. Also 4 Black Tern together although 1 may have been an Arctic, 4 little tern and a nice close Arctic Skua, 3 Sandwich Tern also. Lastly and Auk Sp and a Red Throated Diver.
Today on the patch it was hard work, the Firecrest was still in the churchyard and a Redstart and 7 Wheatear were at COSW. So I cut my losses and headed to Winterton for the afternoon to see an incredibly showy Bluethroat and not so showy Wryneck, my fifth of the autumn.

What a week!!!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Record Med Gulls.

On Friday 67 Med gulls was a nice record in the fields by COSW. A Little movement out at sea with a total of 9 Arctic Skuas, some Gannets, and a teal came in off and landed on the rocks in front of me looking fairly tired.
In the Dis railtrack a nice Hobby, a single Swift and a big flock of 50+ Siskin.

Saturday I was doing my Spartan race in Cambridge a 5km Assault coarse which was awesome fun.
If anyone would like to sponsor me heres the link. I'm rasing funds for Bloodwise.
Anyway I completed the course fairly easily with the help of my awesome team of work colleagues.


Anyway at Eaton hall I saw 2 Red kites, always birdin ;-)

So back to today the Med Gulls had exploded to a massive 334 seen by Rob but I did see a hell of a lot myself when I finally got out. Feeling a bit stiff after yesterdays race. On the sea Some Gannets 8 Teal and 4 Wigeon. I decided to head up to Oremsby Broad for a distant White Winged Black Tern, distant but nice.

Lastly a distant flyover Crane at Horsey.