Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Maple Cross

Woodoaks Farm; Liitle Owl, Chiffchaff(singing),

Maple Lodge; Green Woodpecker (2 on the cricket pitch, 1 at long off and 1 silly mid wicket).
On the reserve; Little Grebe, Teal, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Wyke Regis and Portland pics

On our recent trip to Dorset Paul Frost captured the images below.
First summer male Woodchat Shrike at Wyke Regis. Pulpit Rock Portland, Rock Pipit, Great black-backed Gull, Wheatear and Raven all at Portland.

Titchwell and the Brecks

Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2012

A day Trip to Titchwell Marshes with Samuel and his younger brother Ephraim.

On route via the M11 a Hobby and a suicidal Stoat were noted.
Near to Titchwell, Grey and Red-legged Partridge also Common Buzzard (2).
The most noteworthy birds on the reserve itself; Spotted Redshank, Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Ruff (50+), Spoonbill (18), Reed Warbler.
Then from the beach; Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Sanderling, Oystercatcher, Great black-backed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Scoter, Eider, Fulmar.
Samuel noticed a Marsh Harrier over the sea and then another raptor close by. On closer inspection the second raptor was an Osprey, drifting slowly towards where we were standing. This sent myself and Ephraim scurrying for our camera's but unfortunately the Osprey did not fly close enough for any pics. It appeared to fly further out to sea and heading north.

From Titchwell we headed homewards with a couple of stops on route.

Santon Downham; Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Swift and Hobby were all we could manage here.
Then our final stop of the day was in the Brecks. Here we managed Stone Curlew (c25). My distant Stone Curlew pic below.

You can read Samuel's and Ephraim's account of our trip via the links below.
Samuel's blog:
Ephraim's blog:

Day List
  1. Hobby
  2. Yellowhammer
  3. Woodpigeon
  4. Collared Dove
  5. House Martin
  6. Swallow
  7. Robin
  8. Chaffinch
  9. Grey Partridge
  10. Red-legged Partridge
  11. Buzzard
  12. Moorhen
  13. Coot
  14. Greylag Goose
  15. Ruff
  16. Shelduck
  17. Tufted Duck
  18. Spoonbill
  19. Avocet
  20. Little Egret
  21. Teal
  22. Mallard
  23. Ringed Plover
  24. Black-headed Gull
  25. Golden Plover
  26. Lapwing
  27. Kestrel
  28. Meadow Pipit
  29. Shoveler
  30. Pied Wagtail
  31. Goldfinch
  32. Canada Goose
  33. Egyptian Goose
  34. Pheasant
  35. Redshank
  36. Grey Plover
  37. Herring Gull
  38. Starling
  39. Dunlin
  40. Oystercatcher
  41. Knot
  42. Turnstone
  43. Bar-tailed Godwit
  44. Gannet
  45. Great Crested Grebe
  46. Black-tailed Godwit
  47. Sandwich Tern
  48. Curlew
  49. Great Black-backed Gull
  50. Common Scoter
  51. Marsh Harrier
  52. Osprey
  53. Sanderling
  54. Cormorant
  55. Fulmar
  56. Eider
  57. Spotted Redshank
  58. Wigeon
  59. Reed Warbler
  60. Magpie
  61. Long-tailed Tit
  62. Blue Tit
  63. Great Tit
  64. House Sparrow
  65. Greenfinch
  66. Coal Tit
  67. Jackdaw
  68. Carrion Crow
  69. Goldcrest
  70. Nuthatch
  71. Stock Dove
  72. Swift
  73. Stone-curlew
  74. Rook
  75. Jay (Chris only)
  76. Green Woodpecker (heard)
  77. Wren (heard)
  78. Blackcap (heard)

  79. Willow Warbler

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Wyke Regis

A trip to Wyke Regis in search of Woodchat Shrike with Paul, Brendan and new recruit Samuel.
After arriving at Wyke Regis we made our way around the perimeter of the ministry of defence training camp or "bridging camp" as it is known locally. We soon enjoyed good views of an adult Woodchat Shrike. Also here a Yellow Wagtail. I took some half decent pics but somehow managed to delete them all! So hopefully Paul managed to capture some image's.
Next stop was Portland where we began with a spot of sea watching; Gannet, Fulmar, Shag, Great black-backed Gull and Balearic Shearwater were noted. Also from our view point several Rock Pipit.
Then a walk around the nearby fields and lanes produced; Wheatear (10), Raven (3), Stonechat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler.
At nearby Ferrybridge; Great black-backed Gull, Dunlin, Ringed Plover.
On our return journey we stopped off at Acre's Down in the New Forest, however, shortly after arriving on the summit of Acre's Down the heavens opened and we all got drenched. All we managed to note here were several Willow Warblers and Stonechats.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Woodoaks Farm

Woodoaks Farm before work today; Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, Little Owl (1 adult and 1 juv)
The adult Little Owl started off here.
Then flew a short distance to here.
The juv Little Owl was some distance away (poor pic sorry!)

Then briefly at the Withey Beds a Great-spotted Woodpecker showed well.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Hot Birding

A days birding with Brendan, Paul and briefly the artist known as Tony Stride.
The temperature was 30+ all day. Our first stop was RSPB reserve Buckenham Marshes, here we met up with recovering scotch egg addict Tony S. A good selection of waders here including; Little Stint, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe (12+), Green Sandpiper (6), Common Sandpiper (2), Wood Sandpiper (4) and Greenshank. Also here; Little Egret, Buzzard, Sand Martin, Egyptian Goose and a real bonus of a fly through Osprey. My heavily cropped Osprey pics below.

From Buckenham Marshes we travelled further into Norfolk where we were lucky to encounter no less than 4 Honey Buzzards. Good scope views were had but too far for photo's. Tony S left us here and we made our way to Winterton on Sea for a spot of sea watching.
Not too much to report from here but we did manage the following; Red-throated Diver (4), Little Tern (6), Sandwich Tern (c30), Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull,  Grey Seal.

Next stop was Breydon Water; Avocet (c150), Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Curlew, Redshank, Godwit sp.

On our journey home we stopped in the Brecks at Santon Downham; Spotted Flycatcher (12+), Tree Pipit (5), Coal Tit (4), Nuthatch (2), Hobby, Buzzard. First two pics below are my Spotted Flycatchers then next two are Paul's Tree Pipit and Hobby.

Finally, also in the Brecks we encountered; Stone Curlew (2).

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


My son Will took the hedgehog pics below. First one was about a week ago and outside my house. The second one was in my back garden this evening.

Cuckoo flown to Italy in plane for migration 'catch up'

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Birding in Hants

Today Paul and myself spent the day birding in Hampshire.

Keyhaven and Pennington; Night Heron, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Arctic Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Curlew, Ruff.

Briefly at Shatterford; Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Redstart, Stonechat.

Acre's Down; Goshawk, Hobby, Buzzard, Redstart, Stonechat, Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Firecrest.

My pics of variable quality below; First two Dunlin, next three Greenshank, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit. Then after my Godwit pics are Paul's pics;

Paul Frost's pics below; Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Ruff, Firecrest.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Linnet Innit

A wander around the fields near my house this morning; Yellowhammer, Linnet, Green Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard, Song Thrush. Also a Muntjac. Linnet pic below.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sutton Gault

This afternoon Paul and myself paid a visit to Sutton Gault in Cambridgeshire. Our target bird was the Purple Heron, luckily for us as soon as we arrived on site we immediately connected with the bird. We enjoyed good but fairly distant views before the Purple Heron flew about 500 yards further south. Also noted here were; Little Grebe and Little Egret.

On the way back we made a couple of stops in North Herts. Firstly at Deadman's Hill near Sandon; Buzzard (3), Red Kite (2), Kestrel, Yellowhammer.

Next stop was the village of Wallington, here we encountered a family party of Spotted Flycatchers.
First four pics below of dubious quality are mine then next five are Paul's; My pics Purple Heron at Sutton Gault, then next 3 pics Spotted Flycatchers at Wallington. Paul's pics, first two Purple Heron then next three Spotted Flycatchers.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Otmoor and Shardeloe's

A mornings birding with Paul.
First stop was Otmoor; Red Kite, Kestrel, Hobby, Green Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Mistle Thrush, Whinchat.

Then briefly at Shardeloe's Lake; Great-crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Spotted Flycatcher, Red Kite, Buzzard, House Martin, Swift.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Woodoaks Farm

A visit to Woodoaks then the Withey Beds before work today.
Woodoaks; Swift (c20), Buzzard (7), Red Kite (3), Sparrowhawk, Little Owl.
Withey Beds; Great-spotted Woodpecker (2).
Pics below; Lil Owl at Woodoaks and Great-spot at Withey Beds.