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Sunday, August 30, 2015

22nd–30th August

Norfolk

I have just returned from 8 days in Norfolk which involved a bit of painting, some gardening and if possible at least a couple of hours of birding most mornings. The earlier part of the break saw more migrants on the move but numbers gradually dropped of once the wind had moved around from the SE to the SW.

The main highlight for me was seeing a Booted Warbler that turned up at Grambrough Hill, Salthouse, as this was a lifer for me. I visited the sight twice and on both occasions the bird would only show for a few seconds at a time. I saw the bird quite a few times but never once long enough to obtain a photo. A juvenile Red-backed Shrike that I found at Winterton Dunes, showed well through the scope but would not allow me to get closer than 50 metres.

Below are a few photos that I managed to take.

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70+ Swifts came in off the sea early morning at Cley on the 27th.

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There were good numbers of waders at most sites with exposed mud and shallow water. The RSPB’s Titchwell reserve offering the better views, with an impressive 12 Little Stints showing in front of one hide.

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Can you spot the Little Stints?

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If the whole scrape takes to the air it normally means that a bird of prey is going through. The flock in the top photo were flushed by a Sparrowhawk and the birds below were spooked by a Hobby.

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Looking east from Cley beach.

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Horsey Beach and its seals

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Winterton Dunes

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When my parents were alive this was one of their favourite walks it is a place that my wife and I visit at least once a year. It is Dersingham Bog, an area that has gone from one with banks covered in Rhododendron and a much of the rest pine and Silver Birch. It was always a place to see Nightjars and Goshawk but now has Woodlark and Stonechat and Tree Pipit.

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These 2 birds are puzzling me, does anyone have an opinion? The top one was taken on Grambrough Hill, Salthouse and the other at Winterton.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

18th &19th August

Regent’s Park

Swift: 2 today over the open spaces at mid-day.

Whinchat: present since yesterday in area 39.

Lesser Whitethroat: 3 still in area 39.

Common Whitethroat: at least 7 present; 3 in areas 31 and 4 in area 39.

Willow Warbler: yesterday; 12 in area 31 & 32.

Chiffchaff: yesterday; 14 in areas 31 & 32.

Spotted Flycatcher: one in area 39 today.

Bushy Park

I only had time to check the area just east of Chestnut Avenue. There was a small number of common migrants.

Swallow: 40 perched and feeding in the area.

House Martin: 2 birds were with the Swallows.

Common Whitethroat: 8 in the bracken area close to the channel that feeds the boating lake.

Sedge Warbler: I was surprised to see one appear in one of the Hawthorn trees.

Willow Warbler/ Chiffchaff: at least 10 in the same area.

Reed Bunting: 8 present here, often the phylloscs chased them away.

Whinchat: one was perched on the bracken south of Upper Lodge Road.

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The top Whinchat is from Bushy Park the other is the Regent’s Park bird.

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