Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Starting in the garden Brambling and Siskin gave me the Winter feel but Blackbirds collecting worms must mean there is something to feed.
Down on the patch a pair of Mistle Thrush's were a patch year tick.
The next birds were a small flock of 9 Fieldfares that fed for a while before flying north.
The entire wood then went into warning mode as a Buzzard gained height over the tree tops, at the same time a Crossbill flew over which was nice to see.I finished watching here and headed to Knapton and walked down Paston Way. At first it seemed very quiet but after a small deviation to the track I was walking under a singing Chiffchaff this was my first of at least 15 along my walk from Knapton to North Walsham.
Other highlights were many singing Bullfinch's and pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming it out from either side of the track.
I spotted this Muntjac but wasn't quite quick enough to get the picture before he ran off and left a blur.
The walk back from North Walsham to Knapton was also good adding two patch ticks on a small pond in the shape of Greylag and Teal. Arriving back to the spot the Great Spotted Woodpecker were drumming from I spotted this beauty in the trees.
Whilst in the area of Pigney's Wood I got to add to more patch ticks a singing Treecreeper and a Marsh Tit. The bird activity had gone to zero by the time I was back at the car so I headed home.
On Sunday I watched the birds in the Garden at least 3 Bramblings present and 4 Siskins seem to be collecting food so possibly nesting nearby? Took a few pictures below.
Today I was lucky enough to nearly run over a Black Redstart it was on the roadside near the Campsite/Caravan site just NE of Ebridge Mill.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
It started early heading up to Weyborne as the spectacle of 50+ Laplands was much to tempting to miss.
I parked in the beach car park and from here the wind was still and Reed Buntings were singing.
Taking the coastal footpath to check out the sea the only bird spotted in that direction was a Rock Pipit on the shore line. Walking along the track each step seem to spook up a Skylark, with many singing and chasing other Skylarks all the way along.
Arriving at the field with the bales I scanned seeing only Skylark and a single Snow Bunting, but after 10mins the ground seemed to come alive with Lapland Buntings many much closer than I had been scanning.
This male was also in song chatting up the three females nearby.
After around an hour of watching them I managed to count 23 but could not really see all of the field and never did see the Snow Bunting again whilst I was there. The walk back was much the same as the walk there but this time seeing a pair of Stonechats on some cliff top brambles.
The next destination was just as quiet in regards to people but the birds were singing loudly. Dunnocks and Yellowhammers were instantly noticeable and a flock of ten Siskins flew over.
This Yellowhammer was very approachable and never stopped singing not even when the Sparrowhawk passed nearby.
Then as I walked along Woodlarks flew from the ground near to my feet one flew into the sky singing strongly. After a few minutes of watching him sing his heart out in the sky he slowly returned to the ground from where he left. I then saw another two Woodlark on the same piece of ground showing really well.
Whilst taking in the sight of the Woodlark a pair of Stonechat started chating, then the sun started creeping through the cloud and as it came out the distinctive call of a Dartford Warbler was heard as it sat up in a nearby bush.
I then went for a look on the patch, no sign of the Raven at Trimingham but I did see a Common Buzzard, Pied Wagtail and again plenty of Skylark.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Friday, 4 March 2011
My 206 - Wilson's Phalarope to Rufous Turtle Dove
May 06 to Feb 11
60,000 (ish) Birding Miles
Total 348 Species Seen with it
Took me to 40 Lifers
It was also nice to see a large number of Bullfinches in and around the town and in the gardens on the feeders, this is a sight I had never seen before.
We then headed to Rainham and scanned the gulls I found a Lesser Backed look alike but we could not find the Slaty Backed Gull.