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.

Sunday, 27 November 2022

20221127 Yellow-browed Warbler, Stiffkey

20221127 Yellow-browed Warbler
Shaded olive-green upperparts.

20221127 Yellow-browed Warbler


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

20221122 Grey Wagtail with BTO ring, Cley Marshes.


20221122 Grey Wagtail
1st winter bird.
BTO ring ...Y26...
Difficult species to catch as they can see the mist nets.

20221122 Grey Wagtail
Most likely ARY2604 rung on 15th September at Walsey Hills.
Information kindly supplied by the NOA's ringer on advise from the ever watchful CBC recorders.

20221129 Footpath up to The Hangs
Now fenced in on both sides.
So much so for permissive paths...
The real state of the countryside.

Monday, 14 November 2022

20221114 Dusky Warbler, Blakeney Spit

20221114 Dusky Warbler
Calling frequently but in the open habitat here sounded quiet and subdued.

20221114 Dusky Warbler
Leggy and front heavey Pitta posture on deck.

20221114 Dusky Warbler
Frequent slow rolling wing flicks and tail dips.

20221114 Dusky Warbler
Flycatching on shingle.


20221114 Chiffchaff
3 abietinus about the point.
No lime green edges  to remiges and dark ear-coverts.

20221114 Chiffchaff

20221114 Chiffchaff
White throat and pale breasted bird as above.

20221114 Black Redstart
3 birds about the point.

Friday, 11 November 2022

20211111 Red kite roost, Mid norfolk


20201107 Red Kite
Nr Docking from a Chilterns tagging project...?
Note carrion in tree.

20221111 Red Kite
Pre-roost gathering of juveniles.
Paler vents and blackish sub terminal band in tail.

20221111 N Goshawk
Juvenile bird.
Flew directly through soaring Red Kite flock and off West just before sunset.

20221111 Red Kite
Adult bird, rufous vent and no band in tail.

20221111 Red Kite
97 birds into roost this evening! Numbers had been building over last few weeks but then within 
2 week had dropped back to about 25 birds....??

20221104 Red Kite
Pre-roost gathering, c45 birds in this evening.

Saturday, 5 November 2022

20221105 Cattle Egret, Mid-Norfolk

20221105 Cattle Egret
Over wintering in Norfolk...

20221105 Cattle Egret
Onto Angus.

20221105 Cattle Egret

20221105 Common Buzzard

Thursday, 27 October 2022

20221027 Alpine Accentor, Aldeburgh Suffolk


20221027 Alpine Accentor
On wall of motte.

20221027 Alpine Accentor
Adult plumage.

20221027 Alpine Accentor
Suitably rocky coastal defences.

20221027 Alpine Accentor
Orange legs shot in great evening light...

20221030 Sparrowhawk
Juv on Sweethearts car.