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Monday, September 23, 2019

Lads weekend in Norfolk

Boys September weekend in Norfolk 

This had to be one of the worst long September weekend in Norfolk for passage migrants.
No Wheatears, 1 Whinchat a handful of Swallows. The scarcer waders were represented by 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint and let me think mmmmmm nothing else. I know sea birds 20ish Gannets, 15 Sandwich Terns, 1 Razorbill and 200 Common Scoters. 

What was impressive and is a sight that is hard to beat, that is the spectacle of thousands of Pink-footed Geese that have and are continuing to arrive on the North Norfolk Coast particularly in the Holkham , Brancaster area. It's awe inspiring. It was also nice to finally go and look at the 7 Cattle Egrets that have been present for several months, they certainly like a frog meal judging by the number they were eating. The sad thing and why it's still allowed is the dumping of hundreds of Red-legged Partridges almost on the road, well it might well have been on the road as that's where we kept on seeing them. All so they can be flushed and shot in the coming weeks.

Well as I said nothing special  was seen so here's some of the highlights.



This is not something that I think shouldn't be allowed to happen, fair game not a bloody chance they are clueless.


These trees at Titchwell I am sure have been dead and providing roosting opportunities for birds for at least 50 years at least.



Bearded Tits at Titchwell, over 60 birds were pinging about the reed beds, finally settling into the reeds on the west of the sea wall.









Knot



Curlew Sandpiper


 

Greenshank



Common Redshank


Spotted Redshank



Rumps and wingbars all the same so Dunlin


Spoonbill


Pink-footed Geese arriving from the north west




Cattle Egrets




 





Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Typical mid September parkland birds

September 17th & 18th 

With clear blue skies it wasn't looking promising. I heard the calls of several Meadow Pipits but didn't see the actual bird. There were some lower birds that headed west some even circled and thought about dropping down. To many dogs and their owners soon made them change their minds. I had a word with a couple that thought it was great fun allowing their spaniel to chase a small flock of Pied Wagtails that were trying to feed. I said "these could be tired migrants and you think it's great fun to let your persistently flush them". They walked away calling the badly trained dog who totally ignored them until he was ready to come. Clueless people!

Below are a few images that I managed to capture during the day.

17th Sept

Meadow Pipit


Kestrel male in Wetland Pen



Reed Warbler Chat Enclosure













Blackcap Chat Enclosure









Grey Wagtail





Spotted Flycatcher dropped down onto a perch in the middle of our old rearing pond. A really pleasant surprise













18th Sept


Sparrowhawk 


Song Thrush