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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Highlights from a quiet February's

Regent's Park in February

In general it was a very quiet month on the bird front, highlights were; 3 Water Rail (1 in area 2 and 2 in area 32), there were possibly 2m Reed Buntings and late in the month a flock of at least 45 Redwings were feeding on the eastern side of the park. The winds on the 23rd brought down several trees and quite a few branches, it picked up sheets of water from the surface of the lake.

Feb pictorial

Above the male was seen mounting the female and then a couple of days later the rolls were reversed and the female mounted the male.

 The Mute Swan looked impressive with a very blue background

 The blustery day in the park

2 Kestrel boxes were put up in the Wetland Pen, replacing one of the others that had began to come apart. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sea Duck bonanza in North Norfolk

A pleasant weekend in Norfolk

Not that it was teaming with rarities but the numbers of birds on show was really impressive. They were mainly waterfowl and waders with a sprinkling of Snow Buntings and a couple of roadside harriers.

I have been birding in Norfolk for almost 50 years and I cannot remember seeing so many Long-tailed Ducks 200+ and not quite as many but still an impressive number of Velvet Scoters. They weren't that close to shore and were feeding with the large rafts of Common Scoters off the coast at Titchwell. On the water but not as easy to see were Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated and Red-throated Diver and a few Eiders. The reserve also had large numbers of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Knot and Lapwing.

Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck

A line of Long-tailed Ducks

Knot on their way to roost at high tide.

Knot (above), Sanderling (below)

How many species of wader can you see?

Avocets at Titchwell RSPB and later when the sun was out at Cley NNT Reserve.

Brent Geese never stop talking to each other.

This seal has a guilty expression on her face.

This Guillemot may have been unwell, although his plumage looked in good order and his eyes were wide open which are normally good signs.

Ringed Plovers were displaying on the beach.

There were at least 23 Snow Buntings on my local beach.

Spot the "Shingle Bunting" well that might be a more appropriate name for this species.

While driving away from the beach this Hen Harrier was hunting along the roadside ditch and not far away a Marsh Harrier flew past the car.