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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Regent's Park pictorial 1st to 15th August 2018

Halfway through August and migration has slowed.

All the migrants you would expect to see within the first 15 days of August have put in an appearance, though in general numbers have been low. Not that I have seen them all but 3 of our top four regulars have been seen, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Common Redstart, the Redstart showed while I was in Norfolk. There has been 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Common Whitethroats, Willow Warbler day count peaked at 17+ while Chiffchaffs have been very noticeable by their absence, 7 on the 13th being the most seen in a day. Most of these birds have been seen in the Cricket Pen, while the Chat Enclosure has been very disappointing with only a couple of quality birds Lesser Whitethroat and today our 2nd Spotted Flycatcher, the first was in the Cricket Pen on14th.

Below are some images that I have manged to grab.

Pied Flycatcher 10th August

Wood Warbler 1st August in Cricket Pen

Wood Warbler Cricket Pen 12th August

Spotted Flycatcher 14th August

Garden Warbler 1 of 4 seen so far 


Common Whitethroat keeping out of the sun

Cormorants with a Yellow-legged Gull in the background

Sparrowhawk female

Rose-ringed Parakeets are stripping seeds and fruit from trees before they are ripe depriving our autumn migrants and resident thrushes and finches 

Nuthatches are being heard around the park exact number isn't known

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Five days in Norfolk early August

Five balmy days in  Norfolk

Though not a migrant fest particularly on the passerine front there was plenty to see, especially on the north coast. Wader numbers at Cley NWT were building up daily and there was a surprise find by some birders who checked out Potter Heigham Marshes in the form of 2 Spotted Crakes. I didn't put much effort into it as the views were distant but and the wait sometimes were very long. I gave it 30 mins and jammed in. My bird of the trip was a very high flying adult Whit-winged Black Tern that headed west over Cley at 7.05am on the7th. It wasn't hanging about and as normal on the 3 times I visited the reserve there were very few people around and none in view when the bird flew through. In the early morning sun the contrast of black and white underparts, silvery white upper fonore-wings that again looked stunning against the black head and breast on a downward wing beat. It was a shame that at a distance of over half the length of the east bank my camera wouldn't focus on it. 

Below are some of my best or most interesting photos from Norfolk

Black-tailed Godwit's come in off the North Sea at Cley

Sun rising over Daukes Hide

Early morning looking across Pat's Pool from Bishops Hide and below looking from Teal Hide towards Bishops Hide

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Little-ringed Plover

Common Snipe




Common Redshank

Spotted Redshank

Water Rail

Yellow-legged Gull and below a surprise incomer was followed a short time later his mum landed outside Avocet Hide.

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Eccles Beach looking north

Eccles beach looking south

Fulmars used to be seen regularly along this coast, breeding near Happisburgh, I don't see them much nowadays

Little Tern

Gulls were tempted by this shoal of fish but I didn't see one taken