Friday, 26 April 2013

Rock Thrush

Was a whistle stop tour to Spurn to see the Rock Thrush got to spend an hour watching it at a distance, shame some birders feel the need to pounce on it. As each time they got close it flew away to the other side of the field and away from its favoured feeding spot.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Patch Mega, Moths and Pied Flycatcher

For my North Walsham patch this is a mega. Not found by me but very greatful to see this Sandwich Tern

In the Garden trap this week I have had four new moths this Small Quaker

Common Flat Body

March Tubic

and Hebrew Character

On Friday I couldn't resist on going to Horsey to see the male Pied Flycatcher, Also got to see a Firecrest and Willow Warbler. Also on Thursday three Arctic Terns were on Rollesby Broad.


Friday, 19 April 2013

Glaucous Gull for patch plus Long-eared Owl and Red-flanked Bluetail

The best laid plans never work last weekend I had planned to get out early and hope to find some migrants, but a fish tank with half and inch less water in it on Saturday night left me do repairs first thing Sunday.
I did get enough done in time to go and see some other peoples birds though...and on the way at Walcott my first Swallow of the year.
Not much of a crowed at Horsey surprised me with a rare spring record of a Red-flanked Bluetail.
The Red-flanked Bluetail showed really well but was always on the move so proved difficult to photograph.

The Long-eared Owls at Wintertons showed well also but were not as mobile as the Red-flanked Bluetail.

We then had a look through the scrub in the dunes at Winterton but only saw Chiffchaff.

With the fish tank to finish of I headed home but had a chance to see this Glaucous Gull at Walcott, I think it was the same bird that had been at Sea Palling (the extra pale one). Whilst there a Sand Martin and Sandwich Tern flew over.

And of course as the title of this post suggests I also go the Glaucous Gull for the patch, as the patchwork rules state any bird seen from within you patch boundry counts, and from Witton Church you could clearly see this bird still sitting in the field.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Winters Leaving, Plus patch hits 100

Thank you David for spotting this in Yarmouth, had no scope with me but had a look through someone elses. They also allowed me to get this picture using my phone.
I went back the next morning but there was no sign of the Long-eared Owl, this Pochard looked nice though in the morning sunshine.

Last weekend I got a text about 5 Red Kites I got could get away straight away but got down to Witton later on and got onto another fly through.

Last night I had the Moth Trap out and got this new lifer moth, a Common Quaker.

I also saw this spider, I took the picture as this is the same spider that has been in the same spot since last autumn, does anybody know what species it is? Also lots of Redwing flying over in the night.

Today I didn't really get the chance to do much birding as I had jobs to do in preperation (anticipation) of tomorrows mega arrival.

Although everyone seems to be seeing spring migrants I have still yet to see one, but all day I have seen alot of Thrush flocks, must of seen nearly 2000 of Redwing/Fieldfare heading East. I did come across this flock so managed to get a few pictures.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013


Nipped into Bure Park for a taste of spring, it was a taste but for the eyes only as the wind is still bitter.
A pair of Garganey were showing well on the lake at Bure Park.

This Turnstone is also showing a few signs of summer at Walcott.