Sunday, 16 March 2014

Another patch lifer

I headed out to the patch around mid-morning and hopes were high that I would get at least 1 spring migrant either in the form of a Chiffchaff, Firecrest or Black Redstart. However as usual things didn't work out like that, I didn't manage to uncover any of these, instead I saw 2 fantastic Red Kites. Whilst watching the gulls on the pig pool all the birds got up and flew around, instantly I looked up and had 2 low flying Kites that slowly drifted north a rather nice addition to my patch life list.
The collection of gulls held the Iceland Gull I saw a couple of weeks ago but little else, but I cant complain. A few Meadow Pipits heading north hinted that a few other birds were on the move, lets hope that a few spring migrants drop in for my next visit.

The 2 Red Kites over Thorpeness

Sunday, 2 March 2014

March Gold

Having been unable to visit the patch much this year and with an Iceland Gull being reported there a few times I headed over today. As is usual for this time of year there was little about with the sea providing most of the interest. I kept giving the gulls a look that were present on the pig field at the north end and on my 4th visit I picked out the Iceland Gull as it flew in from the north. I kept to the back of the field, hence the bad photo. I also picked out a couple of Med Gulls and a very petite Herring Gull that was only just a little bigger than the neighbouring Common Gulls but it was spooked and flew off south.