Monday, 17 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
Rain stopped play after a couple of hours.
Monday, 15 October 2012
With a week off and a long range forecast looking promising I was hoping for a good week of birding on the Suffolk coast. As would be expected there were days that provided some good birds and others that were hard work. The start of the week provided Ring Ouzel, bearded tit, woodlark and the Yellow-browed Warbler at Thorpeness but in truth I was expecting more. The middle of the week was hard going and several sites were covered with little reward. Thursday saw a change in luck with some good birds found. A seawatch from Southwold was rewarded with big numbers of Gannets, auks, divers and wildfowl moving south. Highlights were a short-eared owl in off and pomarine, great and Arctic skuas all headline south. 4 Firecrests were found at various places around Southwold but the best find was a Red-breasted Flycatcher at constitution hill.
Saturday was a relaxing affair at landguard but was filled with plenty of migrants. Highlights included 5 Ring Ouzels, woodlark, tree pipit, and a constant procession of finches and pipits.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Monday, 24 September 2012
An hours seawatch provided a lone Manx Shearwater heading south but little else. With over night rain and strengthening winds forecast overnight I headed home in the hope of tomorrow bring more birds.
Another early morning and the forecast rain stopped just as myself and Lee arrived and the wind was a moderate easterly so a seawatch was first on the agenda whilst we gave the passerines time to wake up. Almost the first bird we spotted was a dark phase Long-tailed Skua heading north relatively close, this was shortly followed by a lone Sooty Shearwater tracking in the same direction. Two large shearwater were picked out heading north and it soon become apparent they were Cory's Shearwaters! these superb birds were also picked up by other observers along the coast as they headed north. Lee soon found a Sabines Gull also heading north showing its tricoloured upperparts well.
Another observer alerted us to the presence of a Hawfinch that he had seen feeding ion the middle section, so being a patch tick I was keen to see it. After a few minutes of fruitless searching the bird was relocated and showed relatively well if a little concealed and seemed happy to gorge on the ripening fruits.
Back to a seawatch and over the next couple of hours I found a juvenile Sabines Gull, whilst more Sooty Shearwaters, Fulmars, Eider, 3+ Long-tailed Skua, Bonxie, Manx Shearwater, and a couple of Arctic Skuas kept us entertained. However with reports of Leache's PEtrels from up and down the cost I was keen to get a second patch tick for the day. After what seemed like ages I finally found one heading north as it sheared and glided over the rough sea, a superb end to a cracking weekend.
|Spot the Hawfinch! 1of 2 patch ticks.|
Monday, 10 September 2012
Next we headed for the Baillons Crake at Rainham and as the sun grew in strength the shorts were very welcome. A long wait at rainham failed to produce the crake but did little to put a damper on a great day.
Monday, 3 September 2012
I was just leaving my house at 5:15pm as I got a message to say the Spanish Sparrow was showing near its roost site, bugger. I was on site within 15 minutes but the bird had already crossed the road and flown in to bushes within the dock complex. A keen eyed birder soon found it roosting within the buddlea and I was able to see the bird as it shuffled around a preened, I hope to get back on another evening a bit earlier and catch it in the open before it dives of to roost.
Having just finished my evening meal the message of the re found Spanish Sparrow had me heading back to Landguard. The flock however seemed to settled for the night and their Spanish cousin failed to show itself in the fading light.
Friday, 31 August 2012
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
|The view from Bradnor Hill|
|The cream of the Crop?|
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
|House Martin, Sand Martins, and Swallows.|
At the next stop, Hollesley marshes, the best we could muster was a lone Spoonbill and more hirundines.
Heading further south Shingle Street added 3 Greenland Wheatears to the days tally but very little else, migrants seemingly all but absent.
Our final stop of the day provided a bit more interest with 4 Yellow Wagtails, including a grey looking female, Hobby, Wheatear, Common Sandpiper and sunshine (if only for a few minutes). The local Swallows performed well but the light was always poor.
|Grey looking female Yellow Wagtail|
Sunday, 6 May 2012
I headed to Minsmere as the south levels are really starting to look good with all the flooding.
|South Levels from the Eastbridge footpath looking south.|
Walking back 5+ Greenland Wheatears were on the north wall and a Black Redstart flicked around the bushes whilst a large assembled crowd admired the still present Wryneck.
Friday, 4 May 2012
Above is some of the Video obtained of the Black and White Flycatcher (suspected Atlas) at Flamborough. It was first seen at 07:00hrs and it started calling straight away. The commonest call was a high pitched call, similar to Collard Flycatcher. On comparing with a recording of Collard the call of this bird seemed to be of equal, maybe slightly higher, in pitch but shorter in length. What ever it turns out to be it was a superb bird and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.
Monday, 30 April 2012
Over Island Mere a host of hirundines consisted of some 50+ House Martins, 25+ Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin and some 30+ Swifts also joined in. A couple of Otters kept us entertained whilst we waited for the rain to pass.
After the rain had passed we went along the beach and around the sluice bushes. This proved most productive with a 1st summer Redstart, Garden Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, and several each of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff being seen. A Knot was a surprise find on the flooded fields of the levels.
Back at the visitors centre we watched a Black Redstart as it fed up on the bank with a couple of Goldfinches. A Cuckoo called on the way out of the reserve and rounded of a nice day in the field.
|1st Summer male Redstart, note restricted orange on breast, grey rather than black throat, brown wings and less white on forehead.|
Friday, 30 March 2012
|Garganey, the female showing the distinct head pattern nicely.|
|Bittern feeding in the late evening.|
|Feather detail of Pheasant|
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
|Glossy Ibis - Minsmere/Eastbridge|
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
|Wheatear 1 of 5|
|omissis type Herring Gull? (standing in water just below centre, note mantle tone similar to Herring Gulls in flock to the rear) Yellow tops of legs just visible.|
Monday, 12 March 2012
A Lesser White-fronted Goose which flew in from the west was a couple of Barnacles was a very smart individual but had about as much credentials as the White-cheeked Pintail also on the scrape.
A Herring Gull was also found which had probably been rung in Texel, am awaiting details.
|Caspians and Yellow-legged|
|2 more Yellow-legged Gulls, note difference in leg tone.|
|Texel ringed Herring Gull|
|The Lesser White-fronted Goose, no rings and fully winged - must be wild!|
Sunday, 26 February 2012
On leaving the reserve we found the 20 wild Swans, 17 Bewick's and 3 Whopper, at their normal haunt and picked out the neck collard bird.
|Neck collard Bewick's Swan|
Stopping at Eastbridge we had 24/25 Bewick's fly in and land on north levels, presumably different from those at Westleton, but failed to find the Hooded Crow.
Next we stopped at North Warren to try and find the Greenland White-fronted Goose but all but a handful were located in the North east corner making it very difficult to find our quarry. We cut our losses and headed to Hollesley Common in search of Crossbills and Siskins. We soon found a suitable puddle and settled down and waited for the birds to come to us. Singing Woodlarks created a superb background.
|Crossbill - not far to go.|
Sunday, 12 February 2012
We next headed to Lowestoft insearch of the Iceland Gull but after searching Hamilton Dock gave up and went to Leathes Ham, only to find it roosting on the ice. The light was teriible so apologies for the rubbish snaps. Also present were a couple of ringed gulls which I am waiting the return of their details, a female Smew, and a Gadwall x Wigeon hybrid and a Tufted Duck x Ferruginous Duck hybrid.
|Tufted Duck x Ferruginous Duck hybrid|
|Wigeon x Gadwall hybrid.|
Saturday, 11 February 2012
|Bearded Tit - Felixstowe Ferry|
|Red-necked Grebe - Alton Water|
|Bittern - Melton match lakes|