Sunday, 13 August 2017

13th August 2017

Headed up to Westhay Moor this evening, a site I haven't visited in several years. The highlights included a single flyover Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egrets and singles of Marsh Harrier, Treecreeper and Kingfisher.

Great White Egrets - Westhay

Little Egret - Westhay

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

4th August 2017 (Norfolk)

Headed to Swaffham Forest this morning hoping to find a willow tit, however no luck.

Chiffchaffs - Swaffham Forest

Headed to Sculphorpe Moor again this afternoon, a site I used to visit a few times annually. A flyover Green Sandpiper was the highlight, but I also had singles of Hobby and Sparrowhawk, several Marsh Tits, Nuthatches and 3 Bullfinches.

Pheasants - Sculphorpe Moor

Collared Dove - Sculphorpe Moor

Dunnock - Sculphorpe Moor

Bullfinch - Sculphorpe Moor

3th August 2017 (Norfolk)

Had a look at Titchwell this afternoon in an attempt to get a few more year ticks. First had a look from the Island Hide and had 10 Spoonbills, 3 Spotted Redshanks and a Little Gull.

Spoonbills - Titchwell

Little Gull - Titchwell

Spotted Redshank - Titchwell

Ruff - Titchwell

Lapwing - Titchwell

I walked onto the beach and a look out to sea produced little more than a single Little Tern. Whilst walking back towards the fresh marsh, another 2 Spoonbills flew over. From the Parrinder Hide, I added singles of Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail - Titchwell

Wood Sandpiper - Titchwell

Little Ringed Plover - Titchwell

Avocet - Titchwell

Black-Tailed Godwit - Titchwell

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

2nd August 2017 (Norfolk)

Had another quick look at Cley and Salthouse this afternoon, producing singles of Yellow-Legged Gull, Hobby and Green Sandpiper and a few Egyptian Geese and Knots.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

30th July 2017 (Lincolnshire and Norfolk)

Drove from Norfolk up to Far Ings in Lincolnshire this morning, where the juvenile White-Winged Tern was showing on arrival. It was distant most of the time I was there, but I'm just glad to have finally caught up with this species.

White-Winged Tern - Far Ings

Had a look at Cley this evening from Dauke's Hide, where my target bird was showing on arrival: a juvenile Caspian Gull. Over the next couple hours, it was joined by an adult Caspian Gull, an adult Yellow-Legged Gull and a single Med Gull. I also had a male Bearded Reedling in front of the hide and flushed a Barn Owl by the car park.

Adult and Juvenile Caspian Gulls - Cley

Adult Yellow-Legged Gull with the juv Caspian Gull - Cley

Med Gull - Cley

Monday, 31 July 2017

29th July 2017 (Cambridgeshire)

Headed up to Norfolk today to visit relatives, and had a Red Kite from the M25 on the way up. Stopped off at the Ouse Washes to look for the red-necked phal, but there had been no sign all day. An hours visit produced plenty of compensation, including a juvenile Cuckoo, Garganey, Hobby, 2 Kingfishers, plenty of Yellow Wagtails and Ruffs and my first Clouded Yellow of the year.

Cuckoo - Ouse Washes

Hobby - Ouse Washes

Swallow - Ouse Washes

28th July 2017

Went out to Sutton Bingham this evening, the first time I've been birding in almost 2 weeks. I was hoping to connect with the yellow-legged gull, however there was no sign of it from the causeway. It was raining quite heavily, so I didn't stay too long, however I did note 2 Little Egrets and a single Great Black-Backed Gull.