Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Starting with the Western Sandpiper at Cley on Saturday it appears I had uploaded the wrong video so I will get the right one later.
So next is a Lapwing that was also seen at Cley on Saturday.
Also here is a video of one of 15 Waxwings that was at Holt on the 19th November.
And also on the 19th November a video of some of the 40 or so Red-Breasted Megansers at Hunstanton.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Also I recommend visiting the Hume's Yellow-Browed Warbler, I went yesterday and got some amazing views and for those with a point and press camera rather than my digi scoping efforts you would get some amazing shots.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
So this morning I popped to Trimingham and there I had 4 Twite, Lapland Bunting and Kittiwake, Razorbill and a Arctic Tern over the sea.
I also got to watch a juv Peregrine try and catch a Hare the Peregrine kept circling and dive bombing the Hare but each time the Hare would run a little the duck down flat to the ground to miss the Peregrine's dives. The Peregrine did in the end give up and left to Hare to run away.
Monday, 24 October 2011
A real cracking bird that after a hour or so of watching I decided to leave and on the walk back saw it again, and was one of the lucky few that got to watch it catch a Wren. The rest of the birders then got to watch the poor Wren get be-headed, it was awesome!
Yesterday my patch total at Trimingham/Gimingham passed 100 for the year with three new birds being seen a Peregrine and Hen Harrier that came in off the sea (not together) and an Arctic Tern that I spotted miles out to sea and watched it fly all the way in before landing on the beach.
Clearly still plenty of migration happening with all of the below as well as the bits above coming in off the sea. Mistle Thrush 2, Fieldfare 20, Redwing 4, Blackbird 7, Meadow Pipit 8, Pink-footed Goose 300, Redpoll 20, Skylark 35, Starling 110, Pied Wagtail 1, Siskin 15 and Crossbill 4. This was all between 8.00 and 10.30 before I then headed home.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Adam and I arrived at Friary Hills and spoke to Stuart White who had told me that the bird had flown into a tree towards Cley but was viewable still. So we left the car and started to walk to the far end of the hills.
Whilst walking along 3 Crossbill flew over head heading west which was nice to see. We got to the end of the hills and scanned but no sign of the Egret, so I suggested the sluice track to Adam and we headed up there. During the walk back a mini Thrush influx had occurred with at least 5 Song Thrush and a small flock of Redwing around the bushes.
We got to the sluice and walked some way out but still no sign, I then got a glimpse of what I was sure was the Cattle Egret flying behind the hedgerow and landing in the cattle field out of view so this time Adam suggested the Wiveton Hall Farm Shop/Cafe and indeed from here the bird was showing well from the field directly opposite.
After this we headed to Salthouse and did a stint of sea watching, with the highlight being the unmistakable grey hood of a Puffin flying west. Many Razorbills and Guillemots were also flying past as well as many settled on the sea.
From here were walked to the West hill and down the middle track seeing nothing of note. A quick lunch at the Dun Cow I added Grey Wagtail to the pubs list. Then just before leaving I spotted a large Thrush that had come in off the sea and fly behind the hedges to the west of the pub, in what was a brief appearance it had a nice super and its back looked a dark navy in colour, the body of the bird itself looked a mottled mess with no distinctive markings. We then spent over an hour looking for this mystery bird but had no luck in finding what was probably a manky Blackbird.
From here we took the footpath the lead us to the Iron Road, a few Redpoll's flew over and two Siskin flew in off the sea as we walked along the single ridge back to the car. A Swallow also flew through.
After this we spent our last time of the afternoon scanning through the hundreds of birds at Cley from Bishop Hide and below are some pics.
Here is a really good video of a Common Snipe.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
On the boat from Tresco to St Mary's we had Little Egret and two Spoonbill.
We got to St Mary's and out of the guesthouse by around 11am and then headed straight to Lower Moors for our first target bird. We got to the board walk and saw a small flock of Swallows passing through.
At the hide we didn't have to wait long before my first lifer the Wilson's Snipe walked into view.
Some Common Snipe then joined the Wilson's and it was great to get the comparison here you can clearly see how much greyer the Wilson's is next to the Common.
We left the hide and Philip and Adam had gone ahead when a House Martin flew over and a few Chiffchaff were in the bushes with a couple of Goldcrest.
We took a track that had been opened up for birders called Sunnyside Farm Trail, up here we had fly over Siskin but the bushes were alive with Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and a new Scilly bird for me a Brambling.
We continued heading for Borough Farm seeing a Sparrowhawk along the way. Upon arrival at Borough Farm we were told that there had been no sign of the Upland Sandpiper so we started searching all the nearby fields. After 20mins or so, news of possibly two Olive-backed Pipits just down the road had us heading in that direction.
I stopped at the top the hill looking down onto other birders whom were looking along the road below, it wasn't long before I spotted one up a tree and watched as it dropped down into the field next to the second Olive-backed Pipit.
Both Pipits flew over the hedge into the next field where we then went around for a better look.
The masses soon gathered as with all new rarities on Scilly.
We then got very wet in a terrible down poor and walked back up to try to relocate the Upland Sandpiper and with luck as Adam possibly flushed it out from a roadside bush. My second lifer of the day then showed well as it darted between the bulb rows, but it never sat still which proved ark ward for getting many pictures of it.
After this we had only one target bird left and this was to be looked for in the evening so had a little time to kill on the way. We popped into Carreg Dhu gardens where we had great views of a couple of Firecrests and just as we left the gardens news of a Red-throated Pipit at Longstones had us going back up the track.
We then went back for breakfast and packed our things and headed out again taking the 'long way' to the airport.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Adam and I started Friday morning heading to Lowestoft as I fancied seeing the Woodchat Shrike. We arrived at Links Road at around 9am and were straight onto the very obliging bird. It was showing really well when I spotted a bird flying in beside us, at first it looked Crakey, so we walked around to try and find it, no sign where it landed and just as I turned to walk away a Quail flies up and nearly hit me in the face.
We left here and headed for Corton where it wasn't long before a Yellow-browed Warbler called and we got to watch it fly about the tree tops before it flew into the church yard.
We soon left Corton as I was getting a Norfolk itch I really felt that with Thurday's winds something was just waiting to be found. With this we went to Horsey Gap and Walked to Waxham Holiday Camp.
The walk down the track had a tit flock this had a single Chiffchaff within it. We walked along the lower track through the bushes watching mixed flocks of Siskin and Redpoll flying over.
We arrived at the back of the camp and scanned over the bushes towards the pipedump and right in the distance I found a Great Grey Shrike perched near to the 'bend in the road' it was very distant and we did stop for another look at it on the way through.
After the scan round we popped down to see how some ringers were getting on, lots of Meadow Pipits and Redpolls had been trapped during the morning including this one.
With this we walked back but this time taking to the top off the dunes next to the beach. Straight off we spotted a small bird land on the beach up ahead as it flew in off the sea.
We continued walking to get a better look but before arriving a much larger bird flew in off the sea being mobbed by Gulls, this was a Short-eared Owl. It almost crashed into the dunes before spotting us and then it continued inland.
So looking back at the beach we were much closer to our original bird this was in fact a Snow Bunting.
Our next stop was lunch and this was had at our favourite sea watching pub the Poachers Pocket. At first all seemed quiet but slowly birds started to appear, Gannets flew through then Ducks and Geese flew though Teal, Wigeon and Brents.
Then a new pub tick as two Common Scoter flew through. A brilliant summer plumage Red-throated Diver appear on the sea in front of us and another pub tick flew in off the sea and this was our second Short-eared Owl of the day.
From here we then headed for Trimingham and the cliff top wood which as always was quiet apart from a few Goldcrests, we then bumped into Connor and as we were speaking I spotted our third Short-eared Owl as it flew up the cliff and perched on the cliff top.
The rest of the afternoon was spent searching the woods and seeing Brambling, Redwing and Fieldfare.
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Monday, 3 October 2011
Also news on the meowing bird - additional people have heard the bird and reported seeing a large blackcap although it still allueds us was last heard on saturday and not since.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Adam and I left at 2.30am and had a simple drive up to St Combs to Loch of Strathbeg RSPB.
As soon as we arrived we were straight on to the bird, although distant it was still a good view, and you could clearly see all the features.
The bird was on show the entire time along with Greenshanks, Redshanks and Pink-footed Geese. In amongst the Pink-footed Geese were at least four Barnacle Geese.
The view from the hide.
After this we went to Blackdog to search for the Black Scoter a short walk and a wait and after scanning through the 3000+ Eider and Scoter I finally picked it out.
Here is a video of the Crane and other bits.
Monday, 12 September 2011
I collected Philip and driving down the main road 6 large birds were visiable in the distance we pulled over and soon identified them as Common Crane. We then turned around and raced back as they were heading straight for his house.
We then headed up the track to the Parrinder Hide where the Buff-breasted Sandpiper hadn't been seen. I took a quick scan seeing Spotted Redshank and Greenshank then after a minute or two I found the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the back of the marsh.
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper also had a few Wagtails in its proximity including 4/5 Yellow and a White Wagtail.
We scanned the freshmarsh afterwards, seeing 7 Curlew Sandpiper amongst the many Dunlin.
After this we popped to Cley and missed the Dotterel as the had flown past us as we walked down. But we did have on interesting bird here as a Budgerigar flew in off the sea but then failed to stay over the land as the wind got hold of it and took it straight back out, we watched as it struggled to get to land and as it got closer the wind would take in away again, eventually it disappeared on the sea.
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Here is my attempt at getting a picture of two of the birds as they fly past these are all digi-scoped.
Friday, 26 August 2011
After a few wonderings around the Greenish was heard calling this must of been around 5.45 it then stayed quiet and most had given up and gone home.
I manged to find a dry patch to stand in and was joined by another birder he then spotted a bird flitter in front of us, we both saw it a few times briefly before it called to prove it was Greenish. We both hung around till 7pm only hearing the Greenish once more before leaving.
No sign of the Bonelli's the whole time I was there.