Saturday, 8 July 2017

20170708 EDP field sketching article RSPB Titchwell

Many thanks to Carrie for the compiling and editing.
Excellent student sketches and notes from this seasons course.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

20170615 Spotted Flycatcher Glandford

Spotted Flycatcher
Pair nested near the Ford this year in ivy clad tree.
Feeding young in the nest on 15th but by the 21st there was no sign of the family.
Appear to be very thin on the ground this year in North Norfolk and going the same way as Turtle Dove and Nightingale...??
Last summer we came across Spot Fly family of 3 fledglings on the Blickling Hall Estate. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

20170516 Turtle Dove RSPB Titchwell

Turtle Dove
In the car park and very confiding following a long lurking period.
Is this the ultimate TDove shot?

Turtle Dove
Is this the ultimate TDove shot?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

20170502 Turtle Dove & Yellowhammer Choosley

Turtle Dove
Collecting spilt grain on concrete pad.

Turtle Dove
One of 3 birds on ploughed field.
Turtle Dove
3 birds just in from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Arguably the last 3 in Norfolk to make it through the Mediterranean zone.
Turtle Dove

Resplendent male
Corn bunting in song here also.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

20170402 Stonechat Kelling Heath, colour ringed

History of the bird:- Orange/Green; Black/Metal ring no.Z057442;
Nestling 4/4; Home Heath, King's Forest; TL823731; 03/05/2016
Not reported previously so the ringer is especially pleased to learn she
has survived and potentially breeding.

Fortunately saved this shot which clearly shows black ring over the metal, not obvious in previous shot.
She has paired with a very bright black and white male on the Heath.
And by the end of May, John Wagstaff says that the C-R female Stonechat  from Thetford Forest that nested on Kelling Heath had at least three youngsters fledge successfully from her first brood.
1st summer female Stonechat
Kelling Heath
Many thanks to Stonecahat consultant Noel Elms.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Friday, 31 March 2017

20170331 Great White Egret Bayfiled Estate & Cley Marshes

Great White Egret
Non-breeding bill and leg colour.

Great White Egret

Great White Egret
No elongated plumes.
Great White Egret
Bird arriving on reserve high from the East.
Went down West side of Main Reedbed.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

20170328 Gargeney Salthouse Marsh & Little Grebe by East Bank

Male about the East end of the reserve for several days now.
Little Grebe
In Dyke by East Bank.

Monday, 27 March 2017

20170327 Red-flanked Bluetail RSPB Titchwell

Red-flanked Bluetail
Adult female...?
Re-located early on 27th near ground in mossy willow carr.

Red-flanked Bluetail
Fly catching around Dragonfly pond once the day had warmed up by afternoon.
Paul Eele's comments:
I was just on my way back to the visitor centre when a radio message alerted me to say that a red-flanked bluetail had been reported from the Meadow Trail! I was rather surprised by the news and if I am honest, I expected to find a robin. When I got to the Meadow Trail there was a small bird flycatching from the willows. I raised my bins to find there was indeed a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!!
The bird was showing really well and I managed to get some signal on my phone to enable me to broadcast the news. Before long people started to arrive and watch the bird performing well.  It is a migrant species breeding in mixed coniferous forest in northern Asia and northeastern Europe, from Finland east across Siberia to Kamchatka and south to Japan. It winters mainly in southeastern Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. The breeding range is slowly expanding westwards through Finland (where up to 500 pairs now breed), and is a rare but increasing vagrant to western Europe. However, the local robins were not as pleased to see our special guest and started to chase it about causing the bluetail to become more mobile and elusive but still favouring the Meadow Trail. Having only seen them in autumn hopping around on the ground, I was rather surprised to see it flycatching from the tops of the willow bushes.
2016 was an excellent year in the UK for bluetails and Norfolk didn't miss out with two records of its own in the autumn. This represents the first record for the reserve after the single observer record in September 2008 was unproven.
Passing the time of day waiting for a Bluetail to show.

Monday, 20 March 2017

20170320 Colour ringed Avocet RSPB Titchwell

Lt:white/green flag. Rt:yellow/black/pink, BTO.

20170320 Titchwell sketches

Gull-billes Tern
Rare bird at Titchwell in the early days.
Every new bird sketched in those days and added to the Life list...

Head and skull sketches.
Holme Dunes course in 2015.

Monday, 27 February 2017

20170227 Black-tailed Godwit L-YN/W

Black-tailed Godwit L-YN/W
RSPB Titchwell 27th Feb 2017.
islandica race colour ringed as adult female at Holbeach 2002 09 09.
She is now over15 years old and was recorded here in August 2005 but mainly winters at Cley. Although this winter up until now has been spent on the Dee Estuary Cheshire.
She is in Northern Iceland for June and July to breed.
2 months in Iceland is long enough for anybody....
Black-tailed Godwit BRY-LL
Cley 13th Aug 2016 for comparison.
limosa race colour ringed as chick, Netherlands 2015 05 14.
Now 3 years old passes through Cley and found to winter in Portugal.

Monday, 13 February 2017

20170213 Red-crested Pochard RSPB Titchwell

Red-crested Pochard
3 male and 2 female on Paty's Reedbed Pool and ready for the breeding season.
Five pairs bred at Titchwell in 2015.
Birds not seen during winter until this week.

Red-crested Pochard.
Favours dabbling with head submerged but will also dive.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

20170130 Smooth Newt & Woodcock RSPB Titchwell

Smooth Newt
Male crossing the West Bank path.
Hibernates on land till end of January when they return to their breeding ponds for the summer.
They prefer fish free ponds and ditches, therefore nearer the VC than the Freshwater Marsh...

Smooth Newt
Note webbed feet and dark stripe through the eye.
In dyke by West Bank.
After dark by North Foreland Wood Cley.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

20170128 Hybrid Gull Blakeney Quay

LBB/Herring Gull hybrid?
Pale and dull flesh coloured legs.
Upperparts darker grey than Yellow-legged Gull but not as dark as nearby LBB...
Primary projection as long as LBB.

LBB/Herring Gull hybrid?
Feet a tone stronger pink than legs. No hint of yellow.
4th winter bird.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

20170119 Glaucous Gulls Sheringham & Cley

Glaucous Gull
Adult/4th winter bird with extensive pink in the bill and a small dark sub-terminal band.

Glaucous Gull
Well marked dark 1st winter/Juvenile bird.
Glaucous Gull
Juvenile Bird frequenting Blakeney Harbour and Cricket Marsh Cley during February and March.

Monday, 16 January 2017

20170114 Tidal Surge

Salthouse duck pond reclaims the A149.
Swan family really happy.

Debris over coast footpath Stiffkey Saltmarsh.

Checking footbridges for the NT Stiffkey Saltmarsh.

Monday, 9 January 2017

20170119 Mealy Redpoll RSPB Titchwell

Mealy Redpoll
Up to 3 birds feeding on Alder near VC this winter.

Mealy Redpoll
Nominate Scandinavian race.
Noticeably larger than Lesser and lack warm yellow ochre tones.  
Redpoll sp
2001 February 17th, Topsham Devon.