Sunday, 4 September 2022


Been a while so my update is ive got my work life balance back by rejoining Orwell in the Gardening team.  This has given me time and energy back to bird some evenings and all weekends... what i need to do now is update the blog more often. 

All in the Hollesley area unless stated

July 9th 

Garden Grass Snake was a first and Oak Egger in the trap.

Lunar Hornet to lure.

July 16th

Barn Owl, 3 Juv Marsh Harriers and 3 Juv Stonechats. 6 Whimbrel and 4 Ringed Plover.

July 26th 

First trip home to Derbyshire for a few years now. A Nice walk around Chatsworth estate, highlights being several Mandarin Duck, family of  Grey Wagtails, Common Sandpipers, Dippers and Kingfisher.

28th July

Back on patch with several Wasp Spiders and Emperor Moth caterpillars.

August 14th

Stuff moving through the garden now with 3 Willow Warblers, Yellow Wagtails over a Redd Warbler by the pond and Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs.

August 20th.

Holly blue. Grayling. Lsr whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Yellow hammer and Reed bunting all through or over garden.

August 21st
Nicely surprised to see some water in the back corner of the reserve. 2 wood Sandpiper. 8 Greensand 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sand. Plenty common migrants including lsr and Common Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail and 2 Common Snipe already.

August 25th
Excellent evening on the patch after work, a Pied Flycatcher was a great start but it did get better with a Juv Black Tern with Common,  Little,  Sandwich and a juv Arctic Tern on the sea. 1 adult summer Spotted Redshank flew in to the pools. Distantly on the flash, 2 Wood Sand, 8 Green Sand, 6 Greenshank 4 of them flew down the river, 5 Ruff 2 juv. 3 Adults, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear a Hobby, Juv Cuckoo flew over the flash a surprise really, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit,  2 Black tailed godwit, 6 Common Sand on the river, Egyptian goose on the flash and 2 adult and 5 juv Mute Swans on the sea. Lastly a Whimbrel over there was certainly a movement of waders tonight.

August 26th 
Equally as good, had a look at the screen which was shut off to maintenance and flushed my first Hollesley Bittern, other notable stuff was 2 Woodsand, 5 Greensand, 1 Greenshank, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, still 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1st Med Gull.

August 30th
Great morning. Robs team called me up to say they had just caught a Blyth's Reed warbler, a great bird for Hollesley and the patch and i got to go see it, brilliant thanks guys.

September 1st to 4th
5 yellow wagtail. 3 ruff 2 green sand 12 dunlin 31 ringed plover. 2 sedge warbler 3 common whitethroat
3 Lsr Whitethroat, Hobby, 4 Whinchats, 2 Wheatear, few Reed Warblers still, 1 Med Gull. 

Picture of Recent birds.  

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