Sunday, 21 January 2018

Hawfinch

Sotterly park has been for many years one of the few places that hold Hawfinch in the winter, but over the last 3 years they have been very hard to track down. This year there has a been a big movement of Hawfinch all over the UK which has been good for Sotterly as they have now returned with up-to 18 birds present.
Anyway today we planned our first tip here and what a very nice place it is too. You have to park on the side of the road and walk the mile or so to the church but its a lovely walk.
Arriving at the church we stood for a short time before our first of many flyovers until eventually a flock of 5 settled for a short time.
Great birds and just a shame they didn't come down of the tops. the light made photography almost impossible but i got some record shots at least.
The Church is lovely too.





Saturday, 20 January 2018

Suffolk Birding

Rach n I headed through Suffolk picking up a few really nice birds. Firstly heading towards Westelton where Some winter Swans had been reported over new year. Sure enough we finally found 10 birds feeding fairly close to the road although they were a bit wary due to the amount of shooting going on.








Took a few quick shots of a few Red Legged Partridge.


Continued onto Thorpness where i was hoping for some White-fronted Geese and luckily there were at least 12 European White-fronts mixed in with the Greylag geese and 6 reasonably close to the road, it was my lucky day.






Headed then to Hazelwood Common for the long staying Coue's Arctic Redpoll. My second visit to this bird but first this year and it did show much better today, but only cus it was pouring down and there was only me there.


 







At least 1 Common Redpoll with the many Lessers. Lesser Redpoll below.



Finally i remembered there was a Glossy Ibis near Minsmere. I thought it would have been tucked in long grass and hard to see but when i arrived it was immediately visible feeding around the flash and showing well although a little distant.





The Weather hadn't been kind to us today so we called it time and headed home, Very happy though. Wish all birds were as easy as today.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Birds are ticking along nicely.

Friday was a Waxwing day, one had been found in Lowestoft and i was able to have a quick look on my way home from work. I then returned just before it got dark with my Scope and Camera. Lovely bird. 




Saturday 13th it was patch day and actually it was extremely good. Corton Woods was best with 2 Tree Creeper a Rare Nuthatch and upto 5 Firecrest. 2 Bullfinch, a few Siskin and plenty of Goldcrest. Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Chiffchaff best of the rest here. A Rat, Squirrel and a Med gull gave me some digiscoping practice although in terrible light.








Over at Asda Carpark beside Lake Loathing in the afternoon I managed distant views of Great Northern Diver and a Shag. A Female Peregrine was just visible on the side of the Silo.  

Sunday i had a cracking day out with a few friends starting at Waxham for brief views of a Humes Yellow Browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Barn Owl, 6 Crane in distant fields and the best a Barnacle Goose with the 200 or so Pinkfooted Geese.

Onto Happisburgh where we couldn't find any Shorelark but a Fox dashed across the field onto the beach and back. A Stonechat appeared from the beach and a Short seawatch had us ticking Red Throated Divers, Gannet, Wigeon and Pintail.

Then onto Cromer where it was hard work finding the 1st winter Iceland Gull but whilst searching we again looked on the sea to find many Red Throated divers and a handful of Guillemots.  Danny picked up the Iceland Gull as it flew in off and we went in search of the bird within the Golf coarse. We refound it by the main road and it did show quite well for a short time.









Lastly we finished at Sherringham for a mobile but very nice Black Redstart, oh and a great fish n chip supper. 






Great Day with Great Company.