Monday, 29 October 2012

Signs Of Winter

Sorry for not getting a blog post out, but here it is. I will make it sharp, so I better get on with it!

I was shell-shocked that my ears weren't being funny, but believe it or not, a Common Crossbill flew over the front yesterday, making its chip call. This is a first for the area in my times, so that's made me chuffed. Another regular visitor into the Garden this morning and yesterday has been 2 or 3 Coal Tits...


When I wrote this post, we had just came back from a long awaited Patch visit to Bosmere, and we had a very good session. I am going to show as many pictures of the stuff we saw as possible.

The Pair of Resident G C Grebes

One of about 60 Long-tailed Tits around the patch today

My first Tufted Ducks of the Winter

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls

An interesting fungus on the tree

The view of Bosmere Lake

Some of the really good sightings around Bosmere that weren't photographed was my first Grey Heron at Bosmere in the tree tops, then flew over mums and mines heads, and a Goldcrest amongst the Long-tailed Tits. Also, a Green Woodpecker was heard yaffling in the wood, and also my first few Fieldfares of Bosmere, but no Redwings yet. Now I didn't put on the blog about our very late nesting Collard Doves, that nested in September! I have a picture of when they were in the nest...


Well, here he is now!


Hopefully going out to the Norfolk Coast on Wednesday weather permitting, so we will hopefully catch some rares.
Happy Birding!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Little Things!

Since my last post, there has been a lot of signs of winter coming in. Yesterday, I was treated to go up to Manchester and watch Manchester United play Stoke. I am a Man U nut, and we go up to see the red devils play about once a year. The final score was 4-2 to us, and we thoroughly deserved it. But we had organised this trip earlier this season, and we had booked to go on the Man U Galloway Bus to Old Trafford. We went with our friends, and had a delightful day. It was an early start to the day so a bit of sleeping was needed on the bus, but we did see a great Buzzard perched on a shallow post in a field on the road side, and also a few Jays, a Kestrel and more unsurprisingly, a Red Kite. While waiting for the bus to arrive in Coddenham, about 50 Redwing's were flying about the car park, quite extraordinary that the birds have come this far in land. Even better, 2 Redwings were flying over the house on Thursday, so that was great to see. A Sparrowhawk drifted through the close this morning, but disappearing.

Happy Birding.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Lots to Catch Up On!

Sorry for the wait on this post. Homework's just been flying out the window. Not much writing but plenty of pictures. On the Sunday after the last post, it was a late start because of all the fog, so we didn't leave until 9:30am. We got to Cley Beach at 11:45am, and the fog had cleared. We were told to just spend a bit of time on a beach, so that's what we did, and here's what we got.

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Brent Geese

More Brent Geese

A Common Gull

A Common Darter along East Bank

And a Cormorant

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Little Egret

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Marsh Harrier

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And a Gannet fishing

We got some other great things too and these were probably the highlights. We got great views of 2 Juvenile Great Skua out at Sea, plus 3 flypasts of Red-throated Divers too.

We then moved to Warham Greens for a bit in the afternoon, and not much but a fantastic Male Blackcap was a nice find, and also about 70 Golden Plover over the Saltmarsh. 

Yesterday, I played Golf, and we got a great experience of a Muntjac deer running from the trees on the left hand side of the fairway straight towards the tee where we were. Within 10 yards, it turned left, but was a great sight. Also, I got my best ever views of a Jay, 10 yards away, eating berries when I shanked my ball into the trees :(. After that, I played really well, only 1 over handicap.

Happy Birding


Saturday, 6 October 2012

A Big Migration!

You would not believe the amount of Homework I am getting now that I'm in Year 8, its about 2 bits a day! This is why the Blog has been quiet. A lot to mention so I'll get on with it.

Some time ago, Mum was here on her own and got this having it's lunch on the garden!

Sparrowhawk

A pair of Yellow Wagtails over Bacton on Monday was a nice sight, and plenty of Jays around home and school - sightings probably reaching 15! 2 Sightings of the Great Spotted Woodpecker on Wednesday and Thursday. The Chiffchaff is still about but not so regular. A Skylark was over the bus stop also on Thursday, and the Coal Tit put in an appearance...

Past Picture of a Coal Tit in the Garden

An incredible surprise at Cretingham today was a flock of 5 Redwings seen several times going round the golf course with their bell like trill. The first for the autumn. Other birds of note included a Buzzard, a Jay, a Kingfisher, a Long-tailed Tit flock, Bullfinch, Kestrel and Goldcrest, plus several Chiffchaff. 

Going to Norfolk coast for a Birdwatching trip onto the coast, hopefully picking up some lifers. Only things that I think are about are a possible Blyth's Reed Warbler at Titchwell, Caspian Gull at Cley, and a Pectoral Sandpiper at Kelling. Anything else please let me no before tomorrow morning, thanks a lot.

Happy Birding.