Sunday, January 29, 2017
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
Thursday, January 26, 2017
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
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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
Monday, January 16, 2017
Soil Hill was gash: m Reed Bunting, Crow, 2 Robin.
|It will be very difficult just to get the country of origin with these pics|
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Friday, January 13, 2017
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|
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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
This is a trend thats been going on in January and February for the 10 years I've lived here.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
SH 2 Skylark, ditto Redwing, 1m Reed Bunting, c10 Meadow Pipit, 6/7 small gulls up above, c50 Starling.
* 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
Thursday, January 05, 2017
On the way down c70 Lapwing were flying around the field below the haulage/plant site sth Queensbury.