Thursday, 18 November 2010

Norfolk Return

After the Holiday I had two days out first was actually in Suffolk to show Claire a Red-Flanked Bluetail which we saw at Lowestoft, We then headed for Minsmere and saw the Great White Egret my 305th bird of the year.

Then on the Monday (25th October) I headed around Norfolk, Adam was to tired or under the thumb and James was in Wales so I was by myself.

First stop was Salthouse where after an hour or so Sea Watching a clocked up 2 Little Auk (306), 4-5 Pom's, 2 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot, some Kittiwake and more Gannets.

I then went to Cley and found the American Golden Plover tucked away amongst the other Plover, and then spent the next 45mins trying to direct other birders onto it.

After this I went to Welney and saw the Glossy Ibis (307).

Scilly Video Here is the Scilly Video 2010

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Picture Catch Up

The Pictures From the Scilly Trip

Birders Watching the Red-Breasted Flycatcher

The Bluriest picture of a Red-breasted Flycatcher 15/10/2010

Common Rosefinch 15/10/2010

Firecrest Video Grab - 15/10/10
This was one of 5 in the area

Tawny Pipit Birders

Tawny Pipit 15/10/2010

The Big Squeeze for the Melodious Warbler

The Pub Garden Next to the Melodious Warbler

The Melodious Warbler (well a bit of it) 15/10/2010

Wheatear 16/10/2010

American Golden Plover 16/10/2010

Common Snipe 17/10/2010

Jack Snipe 17/10/2010

Greenshank 17/10/2010

Peacock 17/10/2010

Small Copper 17/10/2010

Turtle Dove 18/10/2010

Self Found Wryneck 18/10/2010

Herring Gull 18/10/2010

Lapland Bunting 18/10/2010

Self Found Richard's Pipit 19/10/2010

Green Heron 20/10/2010 (Helligan)

Cirl Bunting 20/10/2010 (Prawle)

Red-breasted Goose 21/10/2010 (Exminster) (unknown escaped Origin)

Lesser Yellowlegs 21/10/2010 (Oxford)

Squacco Heron 22/10/2010 (Angel)

Cattle Egret 22/10/2010 (Withybush)

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Everything After Scilly's

The first day off and we headed for Nanquindo Valley getting out of the car Raven and Buzzard fly over. We spent time looking for the reported Pallas's Warbler but had no joy.

We then moved onto Lizard Point where after a bit of time saw two Chough (298) fly across the path in front of us.

Next stop was the Lost Garden's of Helligan where after the short walk we were getting great views of the Green Heron (299) it crept around the top pool always showing really well. We watched this for an hour or so before moving on to Devon.

It was really tight on light but we headed for Prawle Point, where upon arriving the sun had gone down but we were lucky to see 60+ Cirl Buntings (300) and I achieved my 300th bird of the year.

The next day we had three target birds and first was the Glossy Ibis that had been seen around Exminster Marshes the previous day, after a walk around the lovely reserve we could not find the Ibis I scaned through all the Wigeon inhope for an American but couldn't muster one.

Next stop was Oxford where after working out the bollard system that comes up during school hours we finally found the bird on the flooded field behind the school, we were watching the Lesser Yellowlegs (301) feeding well.

We then headed off and went to Draycotte Water but again with light fading fast we had to make a choice which end we went to search, we had a look but there was no sign of the Lesser Scaup that had been seen previously.

That evening we drove into Wales and stayed in Pembrooke for an early start.

Before first light we were at Angel Bay and after talking to a dog walker we got directions to another road, and after driving down the Squacco Heron (302) flew across in front of the car and landed in the ditch beside up.

We then went to Withybush and saw the Cattle Egret (303) on the airfield.

After this we called into Slimbridge and saw the American Wigeon (304) after an extensive search.

This was then the last bird of the trip as M25 traffic caused a halt to our journey. All in all a great trip. Pictures will be up very soon.