Monday, 17 April 2017

Bank Holiday Birdng

Its so nice to have some quality time at home, even better when i get to cover the patch daily.
So although I didn't see anything scarce it was nice to get a few migrants at least. Willow Warblers were evident on one day only a fall of 6 birds, I'm lucky to get 1 a year at the NSW. They were all over the patch this year. 2 Wheatear in the OSW was nice and also meant a small fall. Sand martins were all over now and up to about 100. Swallows most days too.
A Common Whitethroat was quite early and unfortunately again a passing bird not one of the breeders, that was at COSW. A female Peregrine was a great record for COSW.
An evening in Great Yarmouth had my first Sandwich Tern of the year past.
Goldcrest one morning seemed everywhere in the village, all singing there hearts out, not many on the patch itself though, not much of anything actually. the wind had swung more Westerly and any migrants had cleared out and no new ones in.

Nipped out to Hickling broad and the main reserve, the camera didn't need to come out except for this Hoodie hybrid, nothing else of note except a Booming Bitten and a few distant Common Cranes.

The patch was again quiet so nipped out with Danny for a few hours over at Boyton and Hollesley Marsh's, it was actually really good with 2 Jack Snipe, plenty of Avocets, Black tailed Godwit, Ruff, 3 Sedge Warbler and a Common White-throat at Boyton.


Over at Hollesley it was even better with 2 Whimbrel, a cracking male Yellow Wagtail, 2 Adult Med Gulls a few Pintail and my first Reed Warbler of the year and more Sedge Warblers, a cracking site.

Today it was just a quick look on the patch before heading into Gunton Woods for a few plants, the Snakes head Fritillary and not flowering yet the early Purple orchids, maybe they will be in flower next week.

Then onto Horsey for a walk to see the Grey Seals, although that wasn't the plan, I was just drawn that way. Never bothered before but it was well worth the fight with the tourists. The seals don't seem fazed by the amount of numpties getting too close to them whilst on the beach.
Cant resist a whole series of shots. 

A Ringed Plover was the only bird to show well with the Seals.

Lastly a nice Common Dog Violet in the dunes.

So a really nice long weekend locally.

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