Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Birding South Norfolk update.

The following is a list of our sightings for Sunday and Monday. Sites should be added later. Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Brent Goose, Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Common Scoter, Red Throated Diver, Red Legged Partridge, Pheasant, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby, Moorhen, Coot, Common Crane, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Little Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Black headed Gull, Meditteranean Gull, Common Gull, Lesser black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great black Backed Gull, Little Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic  Tern, Guillemot, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bearded Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, Long Tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Robin, Whinchat, Wheatear, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Pied wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.

Tuesday 27th Sept. With the entire South Norfolk coast encased in thick fog we ventured inland but with very limited success. We could only add 10 birds to our list; Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, all at Breydon Water. Canada Goose at Filby Broad. Stonechat at Winterton north dunes. Skylark at Buckenham Marshes. Stock Dove, Tree Creeper and Goldcrest at Damgate Wood.

Weds 28th Sept, 12 birds added to our list today; Great Spotted Woodpecker at Winterton South dunes. Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone, Bar Tailed Godwit, Knot, Shoveler, Merlin, Grey Plover, at Breydon Water. Little Grebe at Bure country park. Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker at Corton. Yelowhammer at Horsey track. Pink footed goose at Stubbs Mill.

Thurs 29th Sept, 6 birds added to our list today; Mistle Thrush nr Sculthorpe, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Spotted Redshank, Sanderling and Peregrine all at Titchwell.

Fri 30th Sept 2011, 3 birds added to our seen list and 1 heard. Siskin and Redpoll at Winterton south dunes. Song Thrush at Burgh Castle. Little Owl heard at Maultby.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

California Sands

Attending eldest daughter's wedding today so limited birding opportunities, although I have taught baby grandaughter to say "pipit".
Off to California Sands with Brendan G and Tony S for a weeks birding in the morning. We did the same last year although a little later in the year. I will try and update blog while I'm away but internet connection was poor last year. Below is a list of last years sightings.
Monday 11th October 2010;
Mute Swan
Pink-footed Goose
Brent Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Stock Dove
Barn Owl
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Meadow Pipit
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Willow Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Great Grey Shrike
Carrion Crow
House Sparrow
Reed Bunting
Tues 12th October 2010;
Velvet Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-legged Partridge
Red-throated Diver
Marsh Harrier
Ringed Plover
Golden Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Collared Dove
Little Owl
Pale Bellied Brent Goose
Red-flanked Bluetail
Black Redstart
Cetti’s Warbler (Heard)
Weds 13th October 2010;
Greylag Goose
Egyptian Goose
Red-crested Pochard
Tufted Duck
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Sooty Shearwater
Grey Plover
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Yellow-browed Warbler
Bearded Tit
Comic Tern
Thurs 14th October 2010;
Canada Goose
Little Stint
Jack Snipe
Rock Pipit
Tawny Owl (Heard)
Fri 15th October 2010;
Lapland Bunting
120 seen, 2 heard. 

Woodoaks Thurs and Fri

A couple of brief visits to Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross. After work on Thursday and Friday this week produced; Wheatear on old barn roof (thurs), Little Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite, Meadow Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Ring Necked Parakeet, Swallow, House Martin, Kestrel (seems to have taken a liking to manure pile).
Friday evening  23rd Sept 2011; 10+ House Martin over parsonage close/abbots road, Abbots Langley.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Paul F's pics from Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes

Pics as follows; Little Stint, Turnstone, Rock Pipit, Sandwich Terns, Greenshank, Wheatear, Dunlin in flight, Knot, Little Egret.

Grafham Water

My birding pal Paul Frost returned to Grafham Water on tuesday evening and connected with both the long staying Sabine's Gull and a lone Grey Phalarope. Paul's pics below, please do not use without Paul's permission.


Today at Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross; Ring Necked Parakeet, Little Owl, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Wader Fest.

A trip to Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes in Hampshire with Dave J, Brendan G and Paul F produced the following; Lapwing, Redshank, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Little Stint, Knot, Black Tailed Godwit, Grey Phalarope, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Whinchat, Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Little Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin. Then half an hour seawatch at Milford on Sea; Gannet, Skua sp, Kittiwake. At Keyhaven no sign of Bairds Sandpiper but on the journey home it came through on Brendan and Dave's pagers.
Pic below Sandwich Terns

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Colne Point

A trip to Colne point near St Osyth in sunny Essex with Brendan G produced great views of a Pallid Harrier. Then off to Holland Haven country park for a spot of sea watching; Common Scoter, Gannet, Guillemot, Swallow, House Martin, Common Tern, Great Black-Backed Gull, Curlew, Dunlin. Also noted 2 Grey Seal.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Sublime Sabine

After missing the Sabine's Gull at Grafham Water yesterday I decided to have another bash this afternoon. I arrived at Grafham and walked north along the waters edge for about half a mile. I joined several other birders and enjoyed great views of the Sabine's Gull. Some pics below. Also noted; Dunlin, Little Gull, Yellow Wagtail.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Grey Phalarope.

A late evening visit to Grafham Water with Paul F. We arrived 10 minutes too late for Sabine's Gull thanks to M1. We did, however, connect with 2 juvenile Grey Phalarope showing really well.

Monday, 12 September 2011


I have fallen a little behind with my blogging so here is a brief update. Several visits to Woodoaks Farm in the last week produced; Little Owl, Ring Necked Parakeet, Kestrel, Red Kite, Whinchat, Wheatear, Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail.
On thursday 8th Sept 2011 I went to  NWT Cley Marshes; juv Citrine Wagtail, Cattle Egret, Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Wheatear, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Avocet, Marsh Harrier. On the way back I stopped off at Wilstone Reservoir nr Tring; no sign of Pectoral Sandpiper but 3 Hobby, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper. Fri 9th Sept 2011, a brief morning visit to Wilstone Reservoir; Pectoral Sandpiper, Little Stint, Black Tern, Ringed Plover, Black Tailed Godwit, Whooper Swan (feral).
Paul Frost visted Wilstone on friday eveing and kindly sent me the pics of Pectoral Sandpiper and the feral Whooper Swans.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Funghi forage

Today at Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross; Swallow, House Martin, Kestrel, Wheatear, c10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Owl, Red Kite. Also noted some interesting funghi. It was suggested to me by Lord Geoffrey Laptop of Little on the Green that one of the funghi looks like a phallic symbol. I can't see it myself!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Egyptians at Woodoaks

Sat 3rd Sept 2011. An hour from 08:00 to 09:00 at Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross. No sign of fridays Yellow Wagtails or Whinchat. I saw a Grey Heron catch a rat near the dung heap then proceed to eat it with some difficulty. Also noted; 3 Ring necked parakeet, 2 Little Owl, Sparrowhawk and 12 Egyptian Geese flew from the stubble field beyond the old orchard.

Friday, 2 September 2011

A nice chat at Woodoaks Farm

From the tarmac road that leads up to the farm I noticed a bird on the far side of the cows field sitting on the fence and occasionally dropping down to feed. It was too far away for me to i.d. but i suspected it to be a Whinchat. I made my way round to the farm outbuildings with the intention of moving along the fenceline to get a closer look. It was then that I noticed Sir Geoffrey Laptop jamming in on my bird! I spoke to Jethro and we decided to get my scope then go along the fenceline together to try to get a positive i.d. of the bird. We made our way along the fenceline then viewed the bird from a sensible distance and unbelievably we both identified the bird as a Whinchat at exactly the same time, right down to the milli-second! I phoned Brendan G with the news and Geoff informed Paul Lewis, they both joined us shortly after. Also noted at Woodoaks were; 5 House Martin, 2 Little Owl, 4 Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Red Kite, 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Hobby, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff.

Early evening over Parsonage Close, Abbots Langley; c20 House Martin.