Sunday, 21 August 2016


Its been a mixed week, very very hard work at the same time. during the week the Wheatears have started to migrate through with 2 on Corton Prom. A cracking Adult Yellow legged Gull flew south and it was amazing to watch a female Sparrowhawk sitting above the Sandmartin nests waiting for the young to fly out. Didn't get the opportunity to see it do that though.

More Wheatears were at COSW on another day and then at CNSW ponds a Willow Warbler and a Reed Warbler was all I could find. Over at Furse Wood the Hobby was still in the area and actually the most bird species were seen here. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk with young, a nice tit flock with Goldcrest and Treecreeper.

Friday was a good evening on the patch, a whinchat was on the COSW fence and eventually 3 cracking individuals. Another or same Wheatear and best of a all a Juvenile Cuckoo flew south over my head. Over in the Dis railtrack a Pied fly finished off a great evening.

Yesterday was rubbish with just the Hobby but this time over the cosw. No migrants otherwise.

Today started rubbish and only saved by a Seawatch. This morning and then again this afternoon, i checked all the bush's, probably 6 hours worth to find nothing, nothing at all!!! I did practice digiscoping on this Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.

So I sat on the cliff at cosw and was surrounded by 4 Wheatears, first migrants of the day.

The Seawatch went well and patch tick Curlew Sandpiper with 18 Dunlin lots of Commic Terns, Common Terns and a Single Sandwich Tern. Then 3 brilliant looking juvenile Black Terns in a flock of 30+ Commics. James had a Marsh Harrier whilst he was watching from only meters away but I some how completely missed it.
Other birds were a Swift going North, Gannets, a Redhsank, a Turnstone and 3 Oystercatchers.
So the Seawatching saved the day.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Local stuff

Well ive not updated for a while but then ive not seen much and even done much proper birding.
last weekend id only done patch work and with just a Willow Warbler to show for it. Well it was a year tick anyway.

However an Adult Hobby has been giving a few good ariel battles with the Sand Martins. The most exciting bird for a few minutes was a pale morph Saker Falcon (type) but on closer inspection it had Jessies on... Doh.
I did do a couple of seawatchers but it was all pretty quiet. Things on the move were Commic Terns, Sandwich Terns, Oystercatchers, 3 Knot, 9 Dunlin and a load of Gannets.
Onto this weekend and no birding done until tonight, had too much to sort out.  I did manage to get out to North Denes where I found this nice Juv Caspian Gull whilst hoping for a Black tern but only 3 Common terns on show.

Whilst watching the Gull a single Sanderling and 7 Turnstone walked very close to me and I didn't realise till late but did take a couple of shots.

So not bad for just an hours birding.
This Herring Gull was a stunner.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

local catch up.

Well the Purple Swamphen took over a little last weekend so ill try to catch up on some of the patch stuff ive spotted.
Firstly at work the giant Old Lady moth in the bin shed of one of works properties, saw one here last year too.

Had the afternoon in the garden, 27th july where I did some vis mig and for a short period it was great. 2 Whimbrel and 3 Crossbill.

Friday was a good afternoon Sea watching from Cosw, the best bird was a nice Adult Little Gull. Commic Terns were now on the move with probably a couple of thousand, counted the biggest group with 67 birds. Just the 1 Sandwich tern though. no luck with any Black Terns although most were so distant they were impossible to ID.
Med Gulls were also on the move with a total of 30 birds. Swifts too were on the move, 37 birds counted but as some were high I probably missed loads. Best of the rest 3 Whimbrel and a Drake Common Scoter.

The Saturday it was very warm and sunny so all the Butterflies and Dragonflies were out giving me the opportunity to take a few pics of the Small Red Eyed Damselfly, Brown Hawker and Emperor Dragonfly. Also a stick of Common Blues.


Before I left it was great to finally see a Reed Warbler at the pond and a Sedge Warbler was here again too.

Lastly a Med Gull on the roof of the NSW and the Redshank was still about at COSW

Onto Sunday and the Purple Swamphen which you can read here :-) Purple Swamphen

Also at Minsmere were a nice selection of Waders, Bar and Black tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshanks, Dunlin 3 Green Sandpipers and lots of Avocets.

A single Little Gull was still about.

The Stone Curlews were still visible from North wall and I decided to take a couple of pics on a little bunny.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Purple Swamphen Minsmere

A quick blog post about the most amazing UK lifer for me this year, (if it gets accepted).
Id had a couple of hours on the patch first thing with just  Common Sandpipers and a Common Tern to show for it. COSW. So had a trip out to the Norfolk Broads and back through Horsey but everywhere was packed so didn't actually get to stop anywhere.
Then this beast the Purple Swamphen turned up at Minsmere so after dropping Rach and the dogs off at home I headed straight for Minsmere. Twitch on.
Arrived on site to 30 or so folk NOT watching it but after only a few minutes the bird appeared at the back of the pool very distantly.

I hung on for a couple more hours and was rewarded with closer views, what a stunning bird and if accepted could be a UK first :-)
I did managed some better record shots :-)

After the bird went into hiding and further away I headed for East hide to watch the multitude of nice waders. ill add pics later.

On the way home I nipped into Walberswick and found a nice Adult Yellow Legged Gull In a hand full of lesser in the pig fields.

Cracking finish to the weekend.... Brilliant.