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Friday, August 18, 2017

Still only a trickle of migrants passing through

A slow week in Regent's Park

Nothing out of the ordinary just a few common migrants in favourable areas. We have seen or heard the first Yellow and Grey Wagtails passing high overhead, there are still the odd Swift and  a handful of of Swallows have already headed south. 

    No not a Desert Wheatear but the first 2 Northern Wheatears of the autumn(summer).

   If you keep your eye's open especially early mornings in the park there is still the chance of a late

    A Spotted Flycatcher has been in the area of the Chat Enclosure all week.

   Willow Warbler numbers have been disappointing and it could be that we have missed their main

    The Little Grebes have lost one of their chicks.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Norfolk 10th to 13th August 2017

A very quiet weekend in Norfolk.

Almost the middle of August and very little in the way of passerines on the move in North Norfolk. The only migrant of note was a Thrush Nightingale at Grambrough Hill,  Salthouse that was helped on its was by birders who flushed it over 10 times  to get what must have been crap views of a small brown bird diving into cover.

As it was so quiet I spent much of the time being a good husband and doing as I was told.

Avocets mob a juvenile Marsh Harrier at Cley NWT

Black-tailed Godwits in the early morning sun at Cley NWT

Little-ringed Plover and Ringed Plover

Redshank (above) Ruff (below)

Spot the odd one out

Greenshank at Potter Heigham Marshes

Wood Sandpiper (above) Green Sandpipers (below)

Dunlin Potter Heigham Marshes, the Baird's Sandpiper that had been present for a week either moved on or was taken by the local Hobby on Thursday.

I nearly had a cracking photo of a Sanderling.

Little Egret

There was only 1 pair of Little Terns left in the Eccles colony, they were feeding a very small chick. I hope he survives which might be difficult as there is a Hobby patrolling the beach.


There was a flock of over 20 Bearded Tits at Cley NWT

A Common Whitethroat was fly-catching by the coast watch shelter near Happisburgh Church

Reed Warbler (above) Cettis Warbler (below) 

Eiders head north past Happisburgh

Sunday, August 06, 2017

August is here and it's migrant time in Regent's Park

Well it is time to knuckle down and find some migrants.

Having just returned from a week in Scotland I popped over to the Chat Enclosure, here are was greeted by a couple of  Lesser Whitethroats, 2 C.Whitehroats, Blackcaps and  a couple of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs. There were a few more phylloscs in area 31 along with a Common Whitethroat.

These 2 photos show the difference in colour tone between Common Whitethroat (above) and Lesser Whitethroat (below).