Tuesday, 31 December 2019

The end of the year is nigh Hollesley

Yesterday on patch i walked from home to Shingle Street but started in the Garden with a cracking Lesser Redpoll.

Then when i got to the road leading to the screen i could hear the Peregrine in its usual tree, only this time there were 2. Kingfisher was brief and there were 11 Brent Geese on the flash. The Eastern Stonechat was still on Winter Flood from the river bank.

Reached the road heading to Shingle street and walked the river bank to the end picking up the 3 Whooper Swans, finally found were there feeding.

5 Bullfinch was the best after this.  A Report of a Spoonbill back on the flash had me heading back to patch sooner than id like, i did manage to scope it from the prison late morning.

After being on the patch the family headed to Ramsholt fora pub lunch and i managed to check the river for birds. 170 Avocets was a nice surprise.
Onto Felixstowe and Landgaurd point cafe where i picked out 2 nice Adult Med Gulls. pictures taken on my phone.

Onto today, again started in the garden with a nice list of birds .
1 Lesser Redpoll 14 chaffinch 19 Goldfinch 4 Greenfinch 3 Robin 2 Dunnock 5 Collard dove 6 Blue tit 3 Great tit 1 Coal tit 1 GS woodpecker 1 Starling 1 Tree creeper 5 Blackbird 3 Woodpigeon 3 Magpie 1 Grey squirrel.

Moved onto the patch again, surprise surprise.....
Started with a Grey Wagtail, then at least 8 Whitefronts and 2 bar headed geese. 12 Brent geese 25 golden plover. Then 20 Barnace Geese dropped into nearby fields and another 17 flew North. Continued my circular finishing up at the entrance to Warren Prison where all the geese were now. Counted 37 euro white-fronted geese, 20 barnacle geese 7 Brent. Geese and 1 pink-footed goose many Greylag and Canada geese 2 bar headed geese to and 150 curlew. Then thinking id spotted 3 Pinkfeet but two i noticed were different. Realised then i had 2 Tundra Bean Geese... Boom

It was great to see a nice selection of geese. 

A Great finish to the year.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Hollesley 27th 28th

Sea watching produced from the river bank at Hollesley.
13 Eider
4 Velvet Scoter
77 Common Scoter
36 Red Throated Diver
136 Shelduck (26+29 +35) Groups
4 Goldeneye
97 Brent Geese
16 Mute Swan
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Caspian Gull
Many Wigeon, Teal, Pintail Gadwall, Cormorants.

Other Stuff, re-found the Eastern Stonechat in the next field along from usual. Lots of Linnets.
3 Whooper Swans flew South again. flocks of 3,5 and 6 White-Fronted Geese. 2 Bar Headed Geese
1 Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher.
Stoat and a Hare

5 Common Seal

Very productive morning.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

24th and 25th December Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all again.
Been a very long year waiting to move house to Hollesley, been very worth it though as the birds have been brilliant.
Im also glad Christmas is here as i now get to explore the area a little better.
Anyway back on patch yesterday and today Whooper swans are commuting between shingle street and Boyton on a regular basis and Egyptian Goose and Russian White-fronted Goose are making the flash there feeding area and a nice selection of the commoner stuff is great.
Patch tick/garden tick as i was fitting a garden light yesterday in the form of a calling Spotted Redshank. Buzzards, Kestrels and Sparrowhawk all good for the garden, Fieldfare, Miste Thrush, Linnet, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker too.

A Walk to Shingle Street and an added part of the patch with my new seawatching site started well with a Great Northern Diver and several Red throated divers. Ringed Plover and a Surprise Sanderling in a muddy pool in the middle of the shingle.

Did Some Digiscoping today as the sun was finally out.

Hollesley upto 22nd December

Dec 22

Egyptian Goose, Med Gull and Peregrine all on Patch today

On patch Avocets Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. 6 common seal. 37 Dark Bellied Brent Geese, 30 Pintail. 50 linnet, 250 Golden Plover. 34 Dunlin. Lots Redshank. Flock of 27 Stock Dove. Few Rock Pipits.
Came Home to 10 long tailed tits on the feeders.
Hollesley to Boyton, fairly quiet. Shortie. 3 Egyptian geese, 1 adult med gull. Bar tailed godwit. Peregrine 12 barnacle geese. 9 stonechat.

Dec 21
White Fronted Goose and Whooper swans Hollesley this am.

Dec 21
Too blumin wet to tweet in field. So Eastern Stonechat still. 2 Whooper swan flew over then when I got back to Hollesley flash there were 3. 
2 Euro White-fronted Geese still. 2 Water Pipit with 4 Rock Pipit and 50 Meadow south of Stonechat field.

Dec 15
Short eared Owl hunting Simpson salting Hollesley
Just back from being away. Hollesley adult Caspian Gull and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull on flash. Water Rail heard, Kingfisher. Plenty of Lapwing and Ducks.