Friday, 27 January 2023

20230127 Richardson's Cackling Goose, Brancaster


20230127 Richardson's Cackling Goose
Flock of Pink foot could only be viewed from 0.5Km away and into the light...??
Flock arrived early in twilight from the NE low over Barrow Common.

20230127 Richardson's Cackling Goose
The excellent spotter on the back of his pick up gave directions and 'head-up' alerts... here is the head shot.
Must rank as the worst semi-tick experience along with the 'Normal for Norfolk' concrete
pad parking.

20230103 Russian Greater White-fronted Goose
Holkham Freshmarsh, c70.
Maximum black banding on this birds belly.

20230131 Russian White-fronted Goose
Bayfield Lake.
2 not so mature birds jioned Greylag flock here.

20230131 Canada Goose
Lone bird in Greylag flock.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

20230124 Bearded Reedling, Blakeney Freshes


20230124 Bearded Reedling
Ran into flock of 14 avidly feeding on seed heads in clump of reed.

20230124 Bearded Reedling
Surely Moustached Reedling?

20230124 Bearded Reedling
Female with uniform crown.

20230124 Bearded Reedling
Female variant or 1st winter, with lateral crown stripes, dark lores and dull bill.
Bird also showed minimal dark streaks in mantle.

20230124 Hen Harrier
Female hunting pipit over salt marsh.
Erroneous sightings of Pallid abound...

20230108 Barn Owl
Hunting Blakeney Freshes.
x1.4 telecom due to dull day.

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

20230117 Hen Harrier, Stubbs Mill


20230117 Hen Harrier
Male resting up in water meadow.
'Retrieved the day Eric'.

20230117 Hen Harrier

20230117 Chinese Water Deer
Brazen Old Three Tusks with war scars.

20230117 Hen Harrier
Probably a wintering Scandinavian bird, as the British population is on its last legs...

20230116 Black-legged Kittiwake
Cromer Beach

Thursday, 12 January 2023

20230112 Long-billed Dowitcher, NWT Cley Marshes & Goosander Sculthorpe Moor


20230205 Long-billed Dowitcher
Very grey as adult winter.

20230205 Longbilled Dowitcher
Showing barred Axillaries...
Not of any ID use.

20230112 Long-billed Dowitcher
1st winter plumage...

20230112 Long-billed Dowitcher
Roosted amongst Teal and often below the bank.
Flushed out by MHarriers arriving to roost.

20230112 Long-billed Dowitcher
Flushed with Lapwing flock at twilight and hid amongst them.
Note shape of distal third of bill.

20221021 Liong-billed Dowitcher
Bird at Cley in October...
In bright sunlight.

20230113 Goosander
Selbrigg Pond

20220114 Goosander
Pristine male on new Wetland, SculMoor.

20220114 Goosander
How many past records for the reseve?

Tuesday, 20 December 2022

20221220 Pallid Harrier, Warham Salt Marsh


20221220 Pallid Harrier
Warham Salt Marsh.
A happy bird with a full crop.

20221220 Pallid Harrier
All dark eye suggesting female.

20221220 Pallid Harrier
Outer tail feathers in moult or worn, cf September below.
Broad inner wing as of Hen but with a smaller 4 fingered hand.

20220915 Pallid Harrier
Holkham Fresh Marsh.

20220915 Pallid Harrier
Holkham Fresh Marsh

20221220 Pallid Harrier
Showing all 12 rectrices.

20221220 Hen Harrier
2 males over marsh.

Thursday, 15 December 2022

20221215 Marsh Harrier Orange ND, St Benet's Abbey

202212115 Whooper Swan
Part of flock of 18.

202211215 Marsh Harrier
ND was ringed near Cantley on 23.06.2020 and was one of two in thebrood, the other bird being a female.
A local Norfolk bird now in 3rd winter. Has been sighted at Titchwell, Fritton, 
Berney and Ludham Marshes.
An excusion to Saltfleet in Lincolnshire in September 2022 is the furthest sighting from
his E Norfolk home. Data supplied by PL.

20221215 Marsh Harrier
The CBuzzard was unphased by this attack and stayed put on perch.

20221215 CCrane
Family with 2 mature juveniles.

20221215 CCrane
16 birds on the marsh this evening, all got up and flew off NE,
the direction of the Stubbs Mill roost site...

20221215 Bewick's Swan
Sporting odd neck collar, alpha numeric in black with flanges...??

20221229 Marsh Harrier
1st winter juvenile type into Cley Roost.
Orange 4A.

Thursday, 8 December 2022

20221208 Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler, Brancaster seawall pool


20221208 Hume's Leaf Warbler
Pale base to lower mandible and pale cutting edges, not a mainly dark bill...
Noticable median covert bar...
Pale greenish mid-grey upperparts though.

20221208 Hume's Leaf Warbler
Loud calls repeated in bursts easily heards from across pool... as Yb Warbler.
Only 4 bursts heard very close in, one good for Hume's with a single 'deewoo' note in centre of series.
Other 3 busts as Yb Warbler to fool the big eared birder.
Greater coverts showed dark centres in all shots...

20221208 Hume's Leaf Warbler
Faint central crown stripe...

20111202 Hume's Leaf Warbler
First Hume's at Wyke Regis, Dorset.
Showed an all dark bill.

20111202 Hume's Leaf Warbler
Less green tones in upperparts than Brancaster bird.
This bird was located on call.

20221214 Gadwall
on ice Kelling WM.