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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Early November in Regent's Park

November 1st to 8th in Regent's Park

The first 8 day's of the month have carried on where October left off. Meaning that it has been very quiet indeed with no really large diurnal bird movements witnessed. There have been a couple of days where Wood Pigeon numbers were creeping up towards a 1000 birds, winter thrush numbers have been low. Redwing when seen are in 1's and 2's with the odd flock of 20 or so birds, Fieldfares are much the same. There have been 3 Skylarks, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Hawfinch, and the occasional small party of Siskins. Mallard numbers are increasing, last month it was hard to find any on the lake.

Below is a pictorial from the month so far.

This is the best time of the day to witness diurnal bird movements.

The October hatched Great crested Grebe chick is progressing well.

One of the Skylarks wanted to land in the park being constantly flushed by dogs and the public. It remained over the park for 20 minutes before heading off to the east.


Water Rail: there are at least 3 birds in and around the reed beds in areas 1 and 2. 

This Cetti's Warbler was present on the 6th and 7th and was only the 2nd bird that I have seen in the park. There was a report of one a few winters ago but it wasn't present the next day.

Can you see the crow? it crept up and goosed the Heron

Common and Black-headed Gull

Monday, October 29, 2018

A blustery showery weekend in Norfolk

Sea Watching in Norfolk

I managed a couple of hours sea watching in between heavy and I mean heavy showers on Saturday and after the overnight had just moved a few miles east on Sunday. Saturday I found a sheltered spot tucked behind the end of a small dune system at Bacton. Then on Sunday I was at the Cley coastal shelter. I chose to stay outside even though there was room inside. I think it was windier in there than tucked around the side where I and a steadily increasing crowd stood. I only lasted 2 hours on both days but it was well worth it. Saturday's highlights were 3 Little Auks, 5 Grey Phalaropes, 100's of Wigeon, Teal, Common Scoter, and Gannets. The commoner ducks were flying just beyond the braking waves, the Scoter much further out. The surprise encounters were Woodcock and Short-eared Owl. Fieldfares were also trickling a shore. On Sunday at a slightly lower level there were still plenty of ducks moving west but the numbers were swelled by a good movement of Eider Ducks. As we were sheltering on the westside of the shelter we couldn't see what was coming until it was in front of us. One kind sole under cover of the shelter kept popping out to say what was coming. These shouts  rewarded us with 9 Little Auks, Pomarine Skua (above our heads), Velvet Scoter and a supposed White-billed Diver. After leaving the beach I popped down to Salthouse to look at an Eastern Stonechat (photos below).

   Eastern Stonechat


   Short-eared Owl


    Common Scoter

    Teal & Wigeon foreground Common Scoter behind

    Common Scoter

   Wigeon, Teal and Pintail

    Brent Geese