Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Wryneck and bank holiday offerings.

Its been so hot after my days working outside I really needed to sit and recover in the shade so had a couple of days in the garden after work instead of marching around the patch. Med Gulls fly catching are always great.
A Cooler evening had me back on the patch, on the NSW fields a surprise was a Juv Kittiwake. 8 Med Gulls too as they were ploughing the field.
Back at the OSW a nice Whinchat. Soon after I moved further round the OSW only to a brilliant looking WRYNECK Bingo!!!

Back on the beach a Common sand.
I had the Friday off to make a long weekend. The Wryneck was still there a Common Whitethroat seemed new in and 6 Buzzards moved North. A Hobby was still in the area. A Green Sandpiper was a nice flyover bird to get.

Saturday I was up at the crack of dawn, the Wryneck was still in the OSW compound but that was it. Amazingly quiet everywhere else, I covered the hole patch including Radar lodge.
Took a couple of pics of a showy Migrant Hawker.

In the afternoon Rach n I had a trip out to Strumpshaw Fen where a nice Glossy ibis was showing, Also 3 Garganey.

Ive brought a new camera the Panasonic GX8 to digiscope with and I have to say how impressed I am with it so far.
Little Egret.

Back on the track a nice Dark Bush Cricket.

A bit more practice Feral Pigeon

Sunday was Wryneck day again showing the crowds this great bird. A Knot and a Ringed Plover flew inland  whilst watching the Wryneck. 4 Swift were out to sea as were a few Med gulls otherwise nothing special. Back on the patch just after the massive rainstorm where I was hoping for a big fall of migrants, nothing but 8 Common Sandpipers together roosting.

Monday was a great day. Slogged the patch first thing and showed more people the Wryneck which was still present and at times showed fairly well.
After the patch Rach n I headed for minsmere for a lovely lunch and then onto the small pond where we managed views of a young Water Vole. From North wall the Pantaloon Bees were being predated by the Bee Wolfs.

We missed a Glow worm but 3 Stone Curlews were giving good scope views.

The main reason for visiting was the Wasp Spiders that were on the East bank in the dunes and wow what a creature. We managed to find 2 Females and a male.

Onto the Wader trail a nice Green Bush Cricket, huge creatures also a nice Clouded yellow was my first of the year.

Waders were superb with 6 Curlew Sands, 3 Sanderling, a few Spotted Redshanks with the Ruff and a few Green Sands and Greenshanks. 2 Nice Garganey also.

We moved onto West hide where 6 Little Stint were in show along with 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper and I took some more Little Egret shots.

A yellow Wagtail was on site too.

It was a nice but busy weekend which as ever doesn't last long enough.