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Thursday, August 25, 2011

25th August

A rather wet morning, though a couple of good birds were seen before the rains really arrived.

Golden Plover: 25 birds flew NW at 7.20am just after a short downpour.

Common Swift: three birds over the trees in area 2 at 6.15am.

Northern Wheatear: possibly yesterdays bird was still present on the open spaces area 37.

Pied Flycatcher: two birds were feeding in the SW corner of the Old Golf and Tennis School site, area 39 at 8.40am.

Spotted Flycatcher: two birds also present with the above.

The usual warblers were still present but in much lower numbers.


I am off to Pembrokeshire for a week, hopefully the weather will be kind to my wife and I. If all goes to plan I hope to go on a pelagic trip to see some sea birds and cetaceans.

If anyone should come and bird in the park, they please leave sightings of anything interesting in the comments section. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

24th August

At last an arrival of some decent migrants

Common Buzzard: one drifted slowly NE at 10.40am

Common Swift: three over trees in area 2 at 6.30am and another flew through mid morning.

Northern Wheatear: one was on the open spaces, area 37 mid morning.

Whinchat: a juvenile caught insects in the long grass by area 34. It used the gorse and bramble bushes to watch from.

Common Redstart: male seen in area 31 before moving to area 30.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was in the Cricket Pen area 31 at 8.30am.

Common Whitethroat: 10 birds in area 31, 34 and 41

Garden Warbler: one in area 31.

Blackcap: 22 birds mainly in the area at the NE end of the lake.

Willow Warbler: 24 birds in area 31 to 34.

Chiffchaff: 18 birds also in the same location.

Spotted Flycatcher: 2 birds in the Cricket Pen.


Common Buzzard in the gloom


Northern Wheatear




Monday, August 22, 2011

22nd August

Spotted Flycatcher: there were three birds hawking insects from the line of Lime trees bordering area 40 for much of the day. These were thought to have moved into area 41 near the bird feeders, where at least five were present at 4.00pm



Also present in the usual areas were good numbers of the commoner migrants. The brambles bordering area 41 held at least 5 Common Whitethroats and plenty of Blackcaps.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

21st August

Really nothing different to report, with the areas (31,32 &34) at the NE end of the lake being the most productive.

However there was a Kingfisher present in area 1 sometimes viewable from the blue bridges, particularly the one nearest the open spaces.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

20th August

I am back after five fairly pleasant days spent in Suffolk. I visited Minsmere most mornings, and I have to say I was a little disappointed, due to the lack of waders and terns on the scrapes. I think it was caused by changes that must have been carried out on the reserve earlier in the year.

Fortunately I didn’t miss a great deal in the park, but thanks to Rose and Morg for the information on the Spotted Flycatcher and Garden Warblers that they saw in area 40 on Wednesday evening. Apart from these the rest of the birds were much the same as when i left.

Todays news.


Sparrowhawk sunbathing in area 32


Grey Wagtail: one by the rearing pond in area 1.

Spotted Flycatcher: one on the island at the end of the lake. area 34.

Garden Warbler: one feeding on elder berries at the end of the island in area 34.

Blackcap: at least 26 birds present, area 31 and 34 were very active.

Common Whitethroat: 8 birds in areas 31 and 34.

Willow Warbler: 12 birds present, most in area 31.

Chiffchaff: 14 birds in area 31, 32 and 34.


Below are a few snaps from Suffolk, though the birds were some distance from the hides. The Swallows were taken because I like them and they are a bit difficult to track.


Ruff juvenile


This shows the difference in size between Greenshank and Little Stint.




The difference between Greenshank and Spotted Redshank in flight




This juvenile Swallow appears tempted by a rabbit dropping




The Swallow below has lost most of her breast feathers


Sunday, August 14, 2011

14th August

I am sorry for the lack of bird news recently, there has been a lot going on at work recently. I am off to Suffolk for until Friday afternoon, hoping to finally set foot on the RSPB’s Minsmere reserve. With a bit of luck there will be something of interest for me to find, maybe a;


If not one of the above or something of equal rarity status then a good range of species will do.

Today in the park saw.

Common Whitethroat: 12 birds in areas 31, 32 and 39.

Blackcap: 18 birds present in those areas with brambles or elderberries.

Reed Warbler: 4 birds at the end of the lake in area 34.

Willow Warbler: 8 birds in area 32.

Chiffchaff: 12 birds in area 31 and 32.

Grey Wagtail: 2 birds in area 1 by the rearing pond.

If you should visit the park and see something of interest could you please leave me the details in the comments section.

                  Thank you

Friday, August 12, 2011

12th August

I was away from the park on business today, but birds seen by Dave were;

Common Sandpiper: one was around the lake this morning.

Common Tern: two flew through.

Grey Wagtail: one present again.

Willow Warbler: at least ten birds present.

Chiffchaff: seen in similar numbers to the above species.

Blackcap: 12 birds seen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

10th August


This Little Grebe chick was picked up by a member of public and handed in to one of the eateries. It had been pecked by something possibly a Coot, but wasn’t damaged at all. Having seen a Little Grebe with a chick this morning, that was being pestered by a Coot I returned to that area and waited until an adult appeared. The chick was calling so I put it in amongst the vegetation at the edge of the lake behind the fence that protects a recently extended reed bed. The parent eventually dived under the fence and bonded with the chick again.

Also today.

Grey Wagtail: one by the cascade in area 1.

Common Whitethroat: 9 birds present, five in area 32 and four on the site of the Old Golf and Tennis School, area 39.

Willow Warbler: 2 in area 34.

Chiffchaff: 6 in areas 31 to 34.


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

9th August

Little Grebe: 2 large juveniles today plus 2 chicks with different parents.

Peregrine Falcon: the two juvs from the city were over the centre of the park at 10.50am.

Sparrowhawk: An adult male plus a juvenile male were around this morning.

Swift: 12 birds were above one of the Peregrines.

Reed Warbler: juveniles from two different broods were in the Wetland Pen, a total of 5 birds were seen.

Blackcap: a similar number to yesterday were present.

Common Whitethroat: 6 were present in areas 31 and 32.

Willow Warbler: 4 birds were in area 32.

Chiffchaff: 6 were in areas 31 and 32.


Peregrine juvenile


Sparrowhawk male


Common Whitethroat and sleepy Grey Squirrel


Reed Warbler juveniles(above and below)



Chiffchaff juvenile(above) and adult(below)



Ruddy Darter


Monday, August 08, 2011

8th August

I am glad to announce that I am finally back on line or rather my son has sorted my wireless link problem.

todays news

Garden Warbler: one feeding on berries in area 31 and 34.

Willow Warbler: 10 Willow Warblers, mainly in areas 31 to 34.

Chiffchaff: 8 birds in with the above.

Common Whitethroat: 5 birds in area 31 and 32.

Blackcap: 12 birds in area 10, 31 and 32.

Little Grebe: one pair with one large chick by the southern side of area 7. There was also the arrival of a large juvenile, why couldn’t it have been a Black-necked Grebe.

Just in case you liked the Norfolk photos from 31/7 I am reloading them in the normal style.


8 Spoonbills on Cley NNT Reserve at 6.00am, a great time to be there.


Juvenile Little Egret right outside the hide window


Bit of an arty Black-tailed Godwit


Juvenile Marsh Harrier


6 out of a flock of 18 Bearded Tits




Juvenile Black Tern(above) and juvenile Arctic Tern(below)



Common Tern juvenile(above and below)



Little Gull moulting 1st summer


Turnstone and Knot