Thurs am. Marston stw. Had a superb couple of hours ‘vis-migging’ this morning. Flock after flock of redwings, groups of from a few birds to over 100. I reckon I must have seen over 2,000 altogether, all from the same direction (heading SW). … Continue reading Visible migration on the patch
Witham mouth. Chilly, Easterly breeze. Arriving while the tide was in, there was plenty of wildfowl on the move. Several skeins of up to 200 pinkfeet headed over towards Norfolk. A superb flock of 55 whoopers flew over me, heading … Continue reading Bit of an Easterly = seawatching
Well it was sunday morning and my good lady was prepping the sunday dinner, it was not raining so what should I do? Yes you guessed off to local patch Marston to see if I could see the Stonechats good … Continue reading Marston for couple of hours
Fine, sunny, mild.
The res is now at it’s lowest level for forty years while the repair to the walls is underway. Wildfowl doesn’t seem too bothered about all the commotion. A single red-crested pochard is still there, along with around eighty wigeon and fifty coot. Gt crested grebes and little grebes were catching tiddlers easily in the shallow water.
I disturbed a couple of kingfishers from the feeder stream, which flew away noisily. A chiffchaff was in the hedgerow, along with a treecreeper, several bullfinches, a jay and redwings. Still no sign of any fieldfares though.
It seems the locals are up in arms about a proposal for a major quarry/landfill scheme near Denton. The project would involve a gigantic quarry being mined for limestone/ironstone, with the resultant impact of hundreds of lorries coming and going. The site is off gorse lane and borders the Viking way, an SSSI. (There was a great grey shrike there last winter).
There are other quarries in the area, but this site would be different. No happy ending here (like the site being turned into a nature reserve afterwards), Oh no, after the materials have been extracted, the void is to be back-filled with ‘inert’ building waste. TIME SCALE, 30 YEARS!
Arrived very late on Sunday evening at our Limassol hotel, we were all here for my daughter Hannah’s wedding to Neil a few days later but hopefully a little impromptu birding would take place while here for 10 days when … Continue reading Cyprus for 10 days – a rather long blog sorry!!
22/10/2014 Offshore breeze, sun/cloud, cool. A skein of pinkfeet flew inland near Swineshead. Cut End. Brent geese and winter wildfowl now ‘in’, in good numbers. Three whoopers, (2 adults and a juv. flew over, calling). Not many migrants moving, odd … Continue reading Witham mouth
Just spent a week in glorious weather mainly based on the island of Corfu. This wasn’t meant to be a birding holiday but I obviously took along my bins and cameras. Not much close to our base although we did … Continue reading Ionian break
A good walk around the patch this morning, lots of birds around. At least 4 stonechats, this sp can usually be relied upon here in winter, but they’ve been scarce for the last couple of years. 2 cetti’s warblers heard. … Continue reading Return to Marston.
Dashed around one or two sites in N.Norfolk this afternoon. Lots of birds around, many redwings and bramblings. Redstart, yellowbrowed warbler, red kite at Wells. (Won’t mention what I dipped out on!) Great grey and Steppe grey at Burnham. This one … Continue reading Steppe grey shrike (Burnham Norton, Norfolk)
Our last day on the Scillies had me trekking up to the airport where a short-toed lark was performing well, until flushed by a peregrine. Snow bunting, whinchats, wheatears and stonechats there, too. Had some more cracking views of the … Continue reading Best saved till last