Well at least one local felt that I would struggle to see the Flame-coloured Starling in Caister this evening. But at least the Rose-coloured Starling was showing well in what I guess was a pre-roost gathering on the wires.
Ha Ha the title got your attention, the gripping head shot probably helps also. Only problem with my Corncrake was that I also got to see, White-headed Duck, Marbled Duck and Bald Ibis...that's right it was at Pensthorpe.
But before my family day out, I had time to nip to Cley early morning and go see the Wilson's Phalarope I had heard it was showing well so felt it would be worth it.
From the moment we arrived the Wilson's Phalarope was showing well, but it did appear to be doing a lot of 'practice' flights taking off on its own accord for lengthy periods, at some points it seemed it never was going to come back.
We then popped to Walsey Hills and saw the Red-backed Shrike which was showing well but seemed to like sitting the wrong side of bushes.
On Saturday (14/9) I got to spend some of the day at the Patch. After a very wet and unproductive morning at Ebridge* I headed for Trimingham for a Sunny yet incredibly windy afternoon. I started with a Sea Watch producing only Singles of Arctic Skua and Great Skua and only a handful of Gannets.
After this a walk along the cliffs and woods. Both quiet so any bird would be a bonus. I spooked an odd looking bird from some Stubble which after 20mins of trying to relocate I realised it was actually a tail-less Skylark.
I then found a sheltered patch of Brambles where around fifty Common Nettle-tap were. I then watched as a Emperor Dragonfly proceeding to pick off well over half of the Nettle-tap moths.
I walked on and spent the rest of the afternoon chasing the bird below. The first time I saw it the bird flew past and the Rufous wings struck me as odd. I then noticed how clean the front of the bird is. Everything kept saying its just a dodgy Skylark in a really bad moult, but it still keeps playing in the back of my mind. I will be honest view the bird was extremely difficult as it was so windy. The bird didn't seem to behave the same as the other Skylarks around it always stuck to the cliff edge and path where as all the Skylark would fly off into the field when disturbed
I have asked a few friends since and they feel the same Skylark but not 100%. I have trawled the Net but couldn't find any pictures of any Skylarks looking like this. Below are some pics.
Note the speckle-less front
the Rufous wing
The Patterned back but more important the tail feathers which would surly mean Skylark?
* The Morning at Ebridge not entirely unproductive as I got to see this Water Vole.
It was fantastic to see and after a little bit of research I realised that I had come across a Nationally Rare moth. Found in the Brecks having a Marbled Clover in the garden would surely indicate a migrant, very confusing as usually found on the wing from June-July but good all the same.
I caught a total of 296 moths of which Large Yellow Underwing were dominant once again with 156 being the count inside the trap. 40 Species were caught 28 Macro and 12 Micro, One brand new moth and Two others new to the garden.
I was playing pitch and put at Mousehold yesterday when a Whimbrel flew over headed towards the City.
Friday night I ran the moth trap a brilliant night with 265 moths trapped. This was with 49 species of which 34 were Macro and 15 were Micro. 2 Brand new species and one new for the garden. The most impressive moth had to be the Large Yellow Underwing with 96 of them in the trap, they were crammed in everywhere.
As always below is the full list, with a few pictures for good mearsure.
Common Rustic 3
Copper Underwing 3
Dark Arches 1
Dot Moth 1
Double-striped Pug 2
Flame Shoulder 23 (Twenty-three)
Flounced Rustic 2
Garden Carpet 2
Heart and Dart 1
Large Yellow Underwing 96 (Ninety-six)
Least Yellow Underwing 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
Lime-speck Pug 1
Mouse Moth 1
Oak Hook-tip 1
Old Lady 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 9
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Silver Y 5
Small Square-spot 4
Square-spot Rustic 29 (Twenty-nine)
Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
Willow Beauty 2
Yellow Shell 2
Yellow-barred Brindle 3
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 4
Barred Marble 1
Barred Smudge 1 (NEW)
Common Flat-body 1
Common Grass-veneer 2
Common Plume 3
Dingy Dowd 2
Dotted Oak Knot-horn 1
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 3
Light Brown Apple Moth 16 (Sixteen)
Mother of Pearl 2
Smoky-barred Marble 1
Spindle Ermine 1
Wainscot Smudge (NEW to Garden)
Welcome to my birding blog. I am Gary and I really enjoy birding and wildlife watching. I love going to see new UK birds and really like it when they turn up in Norfolk. I now aim to find a few more birds and hopefully on my two new patches.
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My List Totals
UK - 438 Norfolk - 368 Garden - 94 Self Found - 259 From the Pub - 131