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Monday, January 30, 2017

Last Yarmouth Pics

Not to great but you should have seen the ones I ditched 😥😜

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Winter Dunlin

I decided to do the bottom bogs and sludge of Soil Hell this morning. At 1010 hrs I was walking along the ditch that drains the N slope hoping for something juicy. A wader flushed from the ditch, flying low until it reached the first slope then rose and headed W. A winter Dunlin and a much appreciated local annual tick.
Other than that it was quiet, 3 Mallard, 2 each Skylark & Meadow Pipit, c35 small gulls. I bumped into CK on the way back and after a brief chat, left him looking for the Little Owl, hope he had better luck than me.
Also top of N slope 3 Roe Deer.

On passing the Raggalds on the return leg, unlike the outward trip, it was full of  Lapwing. There must have been c220 birds in the field between Roper and Green Lane. They were very flighty and after doing 3/4 sweeps of  Perseverance Rd bottom, they all flew of E in direction of Thornton.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mediterranean Gulls

I may be able to work a reading from the black on white ring; black on yellow ring is a given.

Looking forward to seeing a few of them at Ogden Res.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Breydon Water Finale

A cold windy morning eventually numbed my body to the same degree as the solid bone between my ears. The camera was excess baggage; my fingers simply couldn't manipulate anything.
The Med Gulls were now just 150 metres away from the hotel door. They had joined the other Laridaes (and gentlemen) on the grass where a sack load of bread was being offloaded. When they dispersed about 20 settled together on the beach.

Breydon was like Hitchcock's The Birds except it was Waders and Wildfowl in intimidating numbers. Hundreds of Redshank wheeling around and nearly as many Dunlin and Teal. Todays count of Shelduck rose to 29.
Newcomers were: Kestrel, male Marsh Harrier and most welcome 2 Brent Geese. At least one was close enough to be deciphered as Pale-bellied, the other was showing more of its back at distance.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lowestoft Disappoints

I walked down the beach towards the bus station and was greeted by twenty eight (28) Med Gulls. 4 were adorned with unreadable leg rings due to the mist; white single ring, white on red and white on green. The 4th was black on yellow, perhaps  yesterdays bird.
A pr Pied Wagtail were flitting around  aso.

Then I got the bus to Lowestoft, suffered deep depression, stood on the marker UKs Most Easterly Point and galloped back to the station. Several Ron Cormos, 6 Turnstone, 1 Chaffinch, big gulls. Halifax exhilerates in comparison.

Refusing to giive up I banged my head against a stone wall and tried Gorlestone Harbour and nearly got gall stones. Big gulls were stymied by BHGs which were nimbler at nicking food scraps I put down. Turnstones too came to food and I watched one gollop a fragment of quiche. The combination of wind, cold and missing birds called for an early return to the hotel...

where just before dark I witnessed a murderation of Starlings.
Wasn't me occifer, I swear on the barmaids apron.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Yarmouth Ringed Gull

A great session ended with a plus point on Yarmouth beach, 8 Mediterranean Gulls 2 of which were leg ringed. One was black on white E8O9, a Netherlands bird. The other was black on yellow but the ring was unable to be read.

I started off at Breydon Water in a frustrating mix of brilliant sunlight occluded by mist meaning that uggins of distant wildfowl and waders could not be identified satisfactorily. However the crud lifted and revealed most were Wigeon  with a smattering of Teal. This still left the birds at the rear unverified apart from 4 Shelduck.

Because of the danger of waffling away I'm gonna get down to it:
Redshank galore, ditto Dunlin, several Curlews, Lapwings. Peregrine doing several sorties. Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorants. A skein of PFG, pr Mute Swan. 3 Stonechat, 4 Robin, Reed Bunting, 3 LTT, Goldfinches, 2 Chaffinch, House Sparrows.
Not forgetting several Great Big Bad Gulls and the Herring clan.

Pics follow on return home, to rephrase IF etc.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Norfolk Journey

Seen from the coach and a lunch stop twixt Porkshire and Gt Yarmouth. Lets start in reverse order: A very large mass of Pink-footed Geese preceded by c65 Whooper Swan grazing in fields just outside Yarmouth.

At a motorway stop in the vicinity of Kings Lynn scrattin around an agricultural tip were 25 Peacocks! A Kestrel, 1 Common Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, ditto LBBG & 3 BHG also present here.
Elsewhere: 2 Buzzard, 1 each Kestrel & Lapwing, numerous Caawvids and a plague worthy of a feature in a medieval disaster story of Starlings.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Birding My Nemesis

Raggalds devoid of birds.
Soil Hill approx 1145 hrs gash again. 2 Skylark, Reed Bunting, 3 Mallard.
Ogden Res: 25 Canada, c260 small gulls the majority BHG incl star performer VS20 Aus Deutscheland Nord. 

1 LBBG, ditto Dunnock & Stock Dove.
I don't know whether it was the Kingfisher I heard or some pillock blowing a dog whistle.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Low Moor Dams

1110 hrs. 5 Mute Swan on Harold Park Lake and 1 Herring Gull. c60 Coot also plus a load of small gulls. 10 Tufted, several Moorhen, 2 Mistle Thrush also seen.

Park Dam: Goosander down to 4 birds. 3 Cormorant, 1 GC Grebe, ditto Little. 1 each Herring & LBB gull, c20 Coot, 22 Canada. The Kingfisher zoomed down the channel like a topaz rocket at close quarters.
7 Blackbird, 1 each Jay & Mistle Thrush, several Goldfinch, ditto House Sparrow. A few Moorhen and Tufted.

On the return journey, c66 Lapwing were circling around High Cross Lane where 3 BHG were present. A bonus came in the form of 3 Herring Gulls flying low down heading W.

Approx 40 PFG over the Withins flying W. - from DW.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ringing Details BHG Ogden

I received an expeditious reply from the ringer of this gull, click this link for the details.

Birdbrain: Raggalds to Mixenden

Monday, January 16, 2017

Raggalds to Mixenden

A catchup for Saturday 14th 2050 hrs. Tawny Owl calling but this time at distance and probably over the frog.

Raggalds approx 1030 hrs today Mon. Nuthin on the flood but big clumps of small gulls and Lapwings on the sports field.
Soil Hill was gash: m Reed Bunting, Crow, 2 Robin.

Ogden Res turned up yet another new ringed BHG. Black on white ring bearing a combo yet to be deciphered from my camera if possible.

EH9F ?
It will be very difficult just to get the country of origin with these pics
Other than that it was deadly: 19 Canada, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Robins, Blue & Gt Tits.
I witnessed a moment when tree fellers dropped a huge pine tree. It crashed down with such force the soundwaves reverberated from the opposite W bank.

3 Goldeneye at Mixenden Res  provided an annual tick. A f Goosander was also present along with 8 dullards and a horde of mainly small gulls with a few big uns thrown in at distance.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Today's Local Birds

Approx 1025 hrs went to Foster Park in the snow and as expected not much doing. 1 each Magpie, Jay & Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Blue & 1 Gt Tit, Dunnock.

Then at 1432 hrs I got a very interesting call from BS informing me of 6 Waxwings at Moor Close Road, Queensbury. I rang DW who probably didn't shut the door as he bolted out of the house to find them; find them he did as these pictures show.

All pictures DW
I am grateful to Brian for the phone call; hopefully they will be there in the morning.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Teesside Pictures

Photo: D Wetherell

Photo: D Wetherell

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Teesside Treasures

Tues 10 Jan courtesy of DW. Arrived at Skinningrove where it didn't take too long before we got cracking views of the Eastern Black Redstart.

Also seen around the wider area: 10 Stonechat, Rock & Meadow Pipit, c40 Tree Sparrow, pr Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting, m Sparrowhawk, 1 Eider  Duck, 4 Red-Breasted Merganser, ditto Shelduck c11 Velvet Scoter.

C36 Linnet, c24 Sanderling, c14 Turnstone, c50 Oystercatcher, 4 Bar-tailed & 1 Black-tailed Godwit, ditto Curlew.

Wed 11 Jan Hartlepool Headland. 3 Red-throated Diver, 8 distant Scoter species, 6 Redshank, 2 Curlew, c22 Eider Duck, 6 GBBG, numerous Oystercatcher, few Turnstone, c12 Purple Sandpiper.
In the wider area on the way back 20 Curlew, c200 Sanderling, several Knot, a few Grey Plover, ditto Turnstone, more Oystercatchers, c10 Linnet, 1 Stonechat.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Garden Annual Tick

Very early this morning when I was forced by nature to jettison some recycled beer, I turned the bathroom light on and triggered off a most welcome loud noise. A Tawny Owl was perched in one of the nearest trees at the back of the yard and sounded off for a good two minutes.
This is a trend thats been going on in January and February for the 10 years I've lived here.

I got a Black-billed Blackbird in the yard a couple days back and about 15 mins ago it was singing. I used to think like many others the black bill indicated a Scandinavian migrant. However when searching the 'net there is an opinion formed by numerous birders that they are probably first winter indigenous males.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Pink-footed Bonus

Tried Soil Hell before going down to Ogden Res via the plantation. Raggalds had produced c75 flying Lapwing but nothing on the flood.
SH 2 Skylark, ditto Redwing, 1m Reed Bunting, c10 Meadow Pipit, 6/7 small gulls up above, c50 Starling.

Having crossed over Coal Lane to the top plantation track, recent history repeated itself and then some. At mid-day 2 large skeins of Pink-footed Geese were flying over from the Keelham/Denholme area heading towards Fly Flatts. I'll try and count birds from the many photos I took but a guestimate is around the 300 mark. The 2 skeins merged, heading beyond FF toward Walshaw Dean, about turned, considered FF again then were off back on the roughly WNW trail.
Ogden Res again was virtually devoid of passerines but had two good points. BHG bearing leg ring X2T6 was showing off on the railings once more. Here are the ringing details.
* Black X2T6 + metal ring Hiddensee IA 133 371 adult, banded in a breeding colony 24-05-2016
RIETHER WERDER, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, North-Eastern Germany
53°42'00" N, 014°16'00" E

A Kingfisher was seen flying over the water close by the W bank (Skirden Clough track) heading toward the main overflow.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Brighouse Environs

3 Bullfinch, 1f Reed Bunting, 2 Coal Tit, few Blue/Gt Tit, 3 Dunnock, c15 Blackbird, c40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10 Fieldfare, similar Waxwing, pr Goosander, 2 Cornorant, pr Mute Swan, 1 each Coot & Moorhen.

On the way back home this delightful creature and I spent a snappy time with the mobile bone.

On the way down c70 Lapwing were flying around the field below the haulage/plant site sth Queensbury.