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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 


Monday, October 22, 2018

October 2018 Regent's Park

Regent's Park first Oct part 1

October up until this point 22nd October has been fairly quiet due to settled weather apart from a couple of days in the early part of the month. There were a couple of days when the wind was more favourable swinging around to the south or south east. This brought a few Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, Redwing, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and 1 Brambling. The skies have often been clear meaning easy flying and at a high altitude for birds heading out of Scandinavia. Wood Pigeon movement has happened on a couple of mornings but not in large numbers. Waterfowl numbers are very low apart from the Shoveler who have exceeded 50+ on a couple of occasions, being joined by the odd Wigeon and Teal.  

Below is a pictorial of bird life in the park

Spot the odd duck out

    Small Wood Pigeon flock

    Redwing (above) Starling(below)

    Mistle Thrush (above) Redwing (below)

    Collared Dove: not a common sight in Central London