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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Norfolk long weekend and many missed birds.

Norfolk 20th -23rd October

This time of year is a fantastic time of the year to be in Norfolk, this year even more so as the winds have been from the east for a couple of weeks.  I was there for 3 or so days most of it doing bits and pieces in the house, which means disappearing for hours isn't on, even my early morning joints are out of the equation as it doesn't get light enough to bird until 7.30ish. This meant I kept pretty much on the east coast of the county looking for migrants of my own. I did see quite a few recently arrived winter thrushes, skylarks coming in off  the sea and in some cases birds flying parallel to the coast but deciding to stay out there rather head for the safety of the land. Something that I really didn't want to happen was a text message from my friend saying that an Isabelline Wheatear a scarce vagrant  had been found on the other side of Norfolk. If I chose to get up early between late spring to early autumn the drive can be done in an hour and a half, followed by a 30 minute and hoping the bird is on show. If that all goes to plan it is a 5 hour jaunt. Did I see it? of course I did, that was the only bird that persuaded me to put the paint brush down.

Below are a few photos taken while away and I didn't take many

    Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes

    Common Buzzard over an old coastal watch point, great views unfortunately this lump
    flushed 3 Lapland Buntings before I could get a photo.

    These 2 Buzzards were mewing over theshouse
    This Hedge Accentor came in off the sea but wasn't accompanied by a Siberian Accentor. It 
    is a shame that this species unseen in the UK until 3 weeks ago and now recorded 9 times
    with all records north of  Spurn Point has not been found in East Anglia.

    Goldcrest and Continental Blackbird on the walk to the coastal watch point

    Starlings leave their reed bed roost
    These skeins of geese flew over the house daily

    These Pink-footed, White-fronted, Barnacle and Brent Geese were in fields near the 
    Isabelline Wheatear

    Guess who?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Regent's Park pictorial from 12th October - 19th

Regent's Park

Things have quietened down considerably, Redwing's pass over most mornings in small number as do Siskin's and Chaffinches. A Tree Pipit flew SW  on the 17th our latest date for this species. Waterfowl numbers are still low but careful searching may turn up a couple of Teal.

    Adults are still feeding young in the nest, even though the juvs can fly strongly.

    There are still a few Little and Great crested Grebe's on the lake.

   Sparrowhawk's and Kestrel's are still hassled by Magpie's and Crow's in area 32.

   Mute Swan's are still squabbling on the main lake, thankfully nothing to serious yet!

   A pair of Peregrine's were over the park one afternoon.

    A 4cy Yellow-legged Gull was found by the kiddies boating pond on the 12th and is still 
    present in that area.

   Herring Gull taking a dive.

    A BH Gull does the same

    A female Stonechat was in the small triangular pen just NW of Longbridge in the 
    company of a Goldfinch  on the 19th. 

    Meadow Pipit
    Rook, the rarest common member of the corvid's to be seen in Central London.