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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Golden Oriole, Snettisham

Golden Oriole, male, Snettisham Coastal Park

Heavy rain today until 4pm. Decided to go out and look around the coastal park. I thought I was doing well when I glimpsed a Nightingale near the ringing area. There were birds everywhere, a myriad of Garden Warblers, Grasshopper Warblers, Sedge Warblers etc. There was also a Ring Ouzel, some flypast Whimbrel and my first Swifts of the year.

However, they all pale in comparison to the immaculate male Golden Oriole which put on an awesome display for those who saw it.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Snettisham Coastal Park & Roydon Common

Cuckoo, Roydon Common
Spent the morning looking for migrants at Snettisham Coastal Park. Lots of variety today. I had 2 new year ticks with one each of Reed Warbler & Grasshopper Warbler. Also on show were 6 Whimbrel, 1 male Ring Ouzel, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, lots of Sedge Warblers, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs. There was also a steady stream of hirundines passing through.

Willow Warbler, Snettisham Coastal Park
Sedge Warbler, Snettisham Coastal Park

I spent an hour at Roydon Common on the way home to see if there were any Ring Ouzels present. I found 3 nice but timid males. A pair of Stonechats were taking food back and forward to their little hidey hole and a pair of Cuckoos showed well. There were 38 Wheatears on the reserve today.
Cuckoo, Roydon Common
Green Woodpecker, The Walks, King's Lynn

Monday, 16 April 2012

A Cold Day In Lincs!

Black-winged Stilt, Willow Tree Fen LWT, Lincs.

A bit blowy today with a hint of freezing. Took myself off to Spalding to catch up with the Black-winged Stilt. It was a bit distant though. Nothing else to see here but there seemed to be a Bittern booming from the reed filled ditches south of The Delph.

It was then a coin toss to see if I should go home to get warm or head off to Frampton. Luckily I chose the latter. It was still very cold and windy with lots of rain & hail. Lots of Ruff coming into display plumage and a Little ringed Plover.
Little Ringed Plover, Frampton RSPB

The Reedbed pool seemed to have a number of Avocets. A whimbrel was seen with Curlew in the flooded fields. Passerines were represented by a mix of Linnets, White Wagtails, Yellow Wagtails, Reed Buntings and Wheatears around the 360 hide.

Reed Bunting, male
"White" Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail, male.
Wheatear, male

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Mammals, Migrants & Waders. Titchwell 14 April

Sorry, not the Titchwell bird, I stuck it here to remind myself of what I should've seen!

We arrived at Titchwell at 7:45 to the sound of Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs. Charlie & I tried to get to the beach as quickly as possible to catch up with the reported Black Guillemot. However, an obliging Barn Owl, singing Sedge Warbler and Cetti's Warbler conspired to slow us down. When we finally reached the beach all we found was a single Great-crested Grebe & a Long-tailed Duck. We even missed a Ring Ouzel as it flew behind us.

The water levels on the Fresh Marsh is still very high but there were large numbers of Black-tailed Godwit & Avocet plus a couple of Spotted Redshanks. The Fresh Marsh also held my first Little Ringed Plover of the year.
Black-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage.
Spotted Redshank in breeding plumage

The reed beds held a few calling Bearded Tits and quite a few Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins. A Willow Warbler was calling in the carpark and a pair of Bullfinch were visible from the overflow carpark.
The Chinese Water Deer was close to the path on Thornham Marsh.
Chinese Water Deer...
...the Business End!
The mammal highlight was undoubtedly the pair of Water Voles swimming and feeding just a few feet from the path.

Water Voles at Titchwell

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A Bit Of A Scrap!

It's typical, isn't it? There you are, having a lovely, peaceful glide, taking in some rays. All of a sudden the noisy neighbours appear...
Things start to get out of hand...
...and you have to lay the law down to make 'em go away.
Now back to the rays!
Common Buzzards, Pentney gravel Pits, Norfolk
Male Wheatear, Snettisham Coastal Park, Norfolk

Friday, 6 April 2012

Suns, Kites & Migration

Common Sun Star, Titchwell, Norfolk
Chiff Chaff, Titchwell, Norfolk
Northern Wheatear, female, Thornham Point, Norfolk
Ring Ouzel, male, Holme NWT, Norfolk
Red Kite, Titchwell, Norfolk
Rough-legged Buzzard, Titchwell, Norfolk
Linnet, male, Titchwell, Norfolk
Spotted Redshank, moulting into summer plumage, Titchwell, Norfolk