Langsett Area

Decided on a run out today to Langsett Reservoir in the vain hope of picking some migrants up on the way over and to see three target species Siskin, Red Grouse and Crossbill.

My travel would take me over via the Ingbirchworth Area were I searched various fields hopefully for a early Wheatear, all I caught up with were plenty of Curlew and Common Gulls with a scattering of Black headed Gulls and a single Meadow Pipit. 

Up on to Brown’s Edge Road were there was a large flock of Starlings, 300+, and mixed in a good grouping of Fieldfares and a pair of Oystercatcher, further on were displaying Lapwings.

Finally then Langsett Barns car park, toilet stop first, then out on to the footpaths, the top footpath was the choice and wasn’t soon before I found a friendly Robin and his friends Chaffinch, Lapwings, Mistle Thrush and Kestrel

Out in the woods I picked up a pair of Siskin, high in the tree top and with the occasional display flight, catching the sunlight in its wings, a joy to watch. On then and down on to the moor where target bird number two was found, eventually, Red Grouse took some finding this time but it did eventually give itself up, however the Crossbill didn’t Id have to leave that for another day

Bird List :

Black headed Gull, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Curlew, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Kestrel, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Oystercatcher, Red Grouse, Robin, Siskin, Song Thrush, Starling, Woodpigeon

Song Thrush

Song Thrush

Blackbird

Blackbird

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Titchwell RSPB

A long break in Norfolk and I had to have a visit out to Titchwell Nature Reserve on the North Norfolk Coast, we were only stopping in a cottage 20mins away for the week it had to be done. Titchwell Map

Arriving at 7:30am to an empty car park and a Red Legged Partridge on the approach road I got my gear together and set sail for the walk down to the beach which would be my first port of call, stopping off at the visitor centre feeders were there was Robins, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Blackbirds, Reed Buntings and a Mallard (waiting in anticipation of dropped seed).

Stopping again at the first reeds (just before the  Island Hide)  in the hope of Bearded Tit but not this time but a young male Marsh Harrier drifted by, looking at the freshwater Marsh on the way down I could see plenty of gulls (I’ll go thru these on my way back), Greylag Geese and Brent Geese out on the marsh, near the beach now so  a quick look on the tidal marsh I picked up on a nice male Pintail.

Out on to the beach I could now feel the cold as the wind went thru me so I decided on camping near the ruins and looked thru the waders collected on the beach, Oystercatchers were plenty as were Bar tailed Godwits, in and amongst were, Redshank, Sanderlings, a single Grey Plover, handful of Ringed Plovers, and a scattering of Dunlin.

Out on the sea I managed to pick up a pair of Red Breasted Merganser , and a few thousand Common Scoter (spectacular site). I was getting cold now with the wind, so I decided on walking back to the parrinder hide for a warm and get out of the wind, on setting off I got the flight call of a Snow Bunting going over head and then a glimpse as it sailed over my head…nice bonus

Now in the relative warmth of the Parrinder hide I started looking around at Avocets, Black tailed Godwits, Redshanks, Black headed Gulls and looking through the Black headeds there was a lot of Mediterranean Gulls (not seen as many before)

Onward and back towards the centre stopping off at the reeds again, this time the stop was worth it, only one mind a quick glimpse as a Bearded Tit gave very brief views flying from one small patch to another and disappearing very quickly.

Back at the centre feeders I managed to pick up a lovely male Brambling before moving onto the Fen Trail where I found my first spring migrant in the form of a Chiffchaff, moving around rather quickly. Around by the hide the Male Marsh Harrier moved thru and it was time for me to move thru but not before catching sight of a Woodcock in the car park bushes

Day List :-  Avocet, Bar tailed Godwit, Bearded Tit, Blackbird, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brambling, Brent Goose, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Common Scoter, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Black backed Gull, Great Tit, Grey Plover, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jay, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pintail, Pochard, Red breasted Merganser, Red legged Partridge, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Sanderling, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snow Bunting, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Turnstone, Wigeon, Woodcock, Woodpigeon, Wren

Oystercatchers on the Beach

Oystercatchers

Broomhill Flash

It was going to be quality today rather than quantity on a quick visit down to Broomhill which is near to the Old Moor RSPB site. I had a few jobs to do at home first so I didn’t arrive on site till 10:45pm, I had word earlier that the birds I was looking for were still on site, so in with the small crowd that had gathered. Birds started appearing but not the ones we were looking for, Sparrowhawk over, Goldcrests, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch and Wren even a Mute Swan kept coming and going then after about 45 mins target species number one a Firecrest,  put in a brief appearance, brief put great views were had of this small bird before flying over to the other banking of the river, so one down two to go.

I walked up and down the road now looking for target two, another 30 mins later I came across it, right place right time, this one was a Yellow browed Warbler and again gave great views as it flitted around the bush, and again too quick for me for pictures.

On then for number three target, this one hopefully was near the hide but on arrival I could see a few people standing around, after parking up I joined them for the wait this time seeing Reed Buntings, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit , BullfinchRobin and even a Kingfisher thru the car park, then it’s here behind us, it must have been skulking in the bush, target three was a Hawfinch, I’d never seen one this close what a brute of a finch, but I wasn’t going to get to see it for long it flew off and out of sight. I waited around a little longer but no show, I had a quick view from the hide, birds from here Black headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, a pair of Goldeneye, Canada Geese, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe, and Cormorant.

Back outside and I waited again for 30 mins in hope the Hawfinch might return but to no avail it was now time to draw a line under the day, Grandsons Birthday called stronger

The Day List : 26

Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Dunnock, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Hawfinch, Herring Gull, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wren, Yellow browed Warbler

Fairburn and St Aidans

My first of call was down Lin Dike at Fairburn Ings, the plan was to find the Great White Egret  down here,  move on to the centre and take some photos but that changed when a guy told me it had moved onto St Aidians again, so the plan now was to enjoy sometime down here then onto said site.

Down Lin Dike were Canada, and Greylag Geese, and a Pink footed Goose, yaffle of a Green Woodpecker, Great Tit, Robin, ChaffinchBlue Tit and on the waters Teal, Pochard, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, after all that I had eventually  made it to the hide.

From Lin Dike Hide were mainly Black headed Gulls but I also saw Teal , a couple of Little Egret, Shelduck, Pochard, Canada Geese, Moorhen, Coots, and a Common Buzzard over

On then to St Aidans where the Great White Egret hopefully was, after a brief encounter with a fellow birder on arrival I found the egret on the nearby pond near the visitor centre. The egret was at a distance slowly making its way around the edges, it was good to see this species again last time was back in the Gambia in March 2017.

Time for a walk around the place, it was very muddy underfoot wish I’d have put my wellies on, looking over towards the hill Common Buzzards could be seen, 5 in the air at once joined by a Red Kite, great to see a few birds of prey in the air at once. Onward then to one of the smaller ponds where I saw Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, and Pochard.

I then made my way down to the gorse bushes hoping to find some smaller birds, from a distance a Bittern was in flight before settling back amongst the reeds, down at the gorse a pair of Stonechat were playing around giving picture opportunities, with patience. A Ringed Plover was on the nearby pool along with a couple of Pied Wagtails, and a Oystercatcher, Redshank, and a Male Marsh Harrier on the way back to the car to finish off a splendid day

Todays List : Bittern, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red Kite, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Starling, Stonechat, Teal, Tufted Duck,Wigeon, Woodpigeon, Wren

Stonechat

Stonechat Male

Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard

Old Moor RSPB

Once again back at Old Moor, seemed like a good place to be today. Started at the Tree Sparrow Farm were plenty of Goldfinch and Greenfinch  were seen along with Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Reed Buntings, Blackbirds, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tit, blue Tit, Magpie and of course Tree Sparrows

Moving on then to the Family Hide where Black headed Gull, Common Gull and Cormorants were present along with plenty of wildfowl, especially Wigeon up on the grass bank with Canada Geese and Moorhens, and as always you’ll come across the friendly Robin here as I did when leaving the hide

Robin

On then I marched down to the Wader Scrap Hide flushing up a Green Woodpecker, not seen one that close for a long time, it dropped down on to the nearby banking so I decided to hang around in the vain hope of a picture, I managed a brief glimpse as it made its way along the banking in the hedgerow, if it just made its way a little bit more to the right into the little clearing  I’d have it, I was posed with camera…….it wasn’t to be off it flew over the banking and out of site, into the hide then.

From here I found Goldeneye ♂♀, Tufted Duck, and the Peregrine sat happily on one of the posts, a bit distant for a photo, also Cormorants, Lapwing, Goosander and Gadwall

On then to Wath ings hide Shovelers were encountered here along with Mute Swan, Common Snipes and Green Sandpiper

To finish the day off, after visiting the cafe of course was on to Broomhill Flash and maybe a Hawfinch which has been seen on and off in the car park for a few days now, it was on off whilst I was there, however good birds were seen. A Common Buzzard was lingering on the far side of the lake being harassed by Crows occasionally. Lots of Geese on show mainly Canadas with a few Greylag but looking thru them a smaller goose was on show a Barnacle Goose which was great to see. A covey of Red legged partridge on the far side also, an Oystercatcher on one of the Islands

The Day List :- Barnacle Goose, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red legged partridge, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Frampton Marsh

A 2 1/2 hour journey from home to Frampton Marsh so I was going to be there all day, I wasn’t disappointed, a fantastic place with lots and lots of birds to see and also quality (Frampton Marsh Map).

Parked up at the visitor centre car park, made the toilet visit and checked on what was where, with information the plan was to walk down towards Marsh Farm Reservoir and circuit back round and back up to the centre for dinner then over to the reedbed side and finish down at the saltmarsh for raptors.

So off I went chalking up Goldfinch, Greenfinch and House Sparrows on the centre feeders, Ruff, Black tailed Godwit, Moorhen and Wigeon near the car park field. Down on to the now muddy path along the hedgerow and not finding much really the odd Blue and Great Tit, out onto the road again, where roads and paths met, at this junction I found Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Redwing, heard Fieldfares, and Chaffinch

I finally made it to Marsh Farm reservoir where I could see a good assortment of duck, but the sun made it difficult to see what was on the water, had to re position, then I found Goldeneye, Gadwall, Teal, mallard, Tufted Duck and after sorting thru the Tufties I picked up my first target of the day a Male Scaup, taking a nap at the time but I could clearly see the grey back. I decided then on walking back and down towards the farm barn, I think it was, and viewed the fields, from here I could see a single Little Egret along one of the ditches, a single Fieldfare, lots of Ringed Plover and Dunlin, Lapwings and Golden Plovers in thousands, the odd Curlew, and fly by Black tailed Godwits.

So down along the far bank heading now to the saltmarsh watching Whooper Swans in the nearby field and Skylark doing a short song flight as I made my way along the banking, I took a quick break time when I reached the marsh and here I watched Little Egrets, Curlew and Redshanks

Setting off again I was soon attracted to loud nosiness of the birds taking flight , a quick look around and I soon found the reason why they had taken flight, a female Peregrine hunting, she took a swoop down into the flock of teal now settling back on to the water but was out of luck, she settled down on to the marsh and waited, 5 minutes she was up again came back round and got the ducks back up she looked for height and then wings back took another swoop missed again, up and back round but this time come so close to my stand point I could her eyes without binoculars, she dissapeared flying out over the saltmarsh…..smiles worth coming over 100 miles just for that.

It was dinner, so back to the car , whilst having dinner I watched Black tailed Godwits and Ruff in the nearby field. Dinner over I did another loop this one taking in the reedbeds and again back down to the saltmarsh. Reed Buntings, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet and a yellowhammer was a lovely surprise, Little Egrets and again plenty of Teal, Wigeon, Lapwing and Golden Plover, down near the saltmarsh Greylag Geese, Brent Geese and Cormorants and more waders Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank and a lovely Spotted Redshank. 

So now I had arrived back at the saltmarsh I settled in again on one of the seats and waited and at about 3:45pm in from the NE a single female Marsh Harrier, at about 4pm a Merlin came in and settled on one of the fence posts and remained for quite a while, about 4:15pm and again in from the NE, the star of the day a male Hen Harrier, drifting slowly over the marsh has he made his way down to the SW and was lost to sight, 10 mins later he was back again and went to ground. I hung on for another 15 mins hoping for an Owl to finish the day, but I suppose the Harrier was the END

A fantastic day and  if you’ve never been to Frampton  put it on your list to day to do so

List of the day :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Hen Harrier, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Linnet, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pochard, Redshank,Redwing, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Ruff, Scaup, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Song Thrush, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Teal, Tufted Duck, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Woodpigen, Yellowhammer

Overlooking the Saltmarsh

Frampton marsh

Rosy start to a New Year

Out to Easington (near Spurn) to the start the New Year and to try to locate a new bird species for me, a Rose coloured Starling, this one had been lingering for a number of weeks now, so I decided it was time to go a finding.

Arrived at Easington at about 9:30 to hear that the starling hadn’t been seen so far, then I heard a bird call that I was more familiar with in the Gambia and on looking up I caught the sight and sound of a Ring necked Parakeet flying thru, a nice surprise haven’t seen one in this country out of the London area. I strolled the streets looking for the Starling to no avail, chatted with someone who was also drawing a blank, they wondered off to try to find the waxwing that had been reported, I persevered for the Starling and focused on a group of Blackbirds feeding in a nearby garden and then there it was, perching in the nearby tree . The Rose coloured Starling, the bird was being active flying down into the garden, out of sight, and back up into the tree again, I spent a while with the Starling managing even to get a couple of pics.

Rose coloured Starling

Rose coloured Starling

Moved on the to find the Waxwing which turned out to be a lot easier to find, I spent a few moments with this bird taking a few snaps before moving on down to Kilnsea Wetlands

Waxwing

Waxwing

Turned up at Kilnsea to the news of a Green winged Teal which had moved on to the sea and was now distant, I didn’t bother and stopped off at the first hide to find, Male and Female Goldeneye, Teal, Lapwing, Brent Geese, Curlew, Little Egret, Redshank, and Shoveler. On then to the estuary around the Crown and Anchor for a quick scan here I found Black tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank, Golden Plover,  and Sanderling.

The plan now was to go on to Blacktoft sands for the Harrier roost and a hopped for Hen Harrier, I stopped off first at along the way near Pasture Farm were in a nearby field were a group of Swans holding 7 Whooper and 2 Bewick. After viewing the birds then on to Blacktoft were I was greeted by a Robin as I parked up, on the reserve things were quiet but that broke when a flock of Greylag Geese went over as I walked up to Marshland Hide for the start, here was a single Redshank and Pied Wagtail, then I found a small raptor stood on a fence post, Merlin, that was an unexpected bonus. I picked up a Green Sandpiper, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Goldfinch as I made my way down to the Singleton hide ready for the Harriers, from here I saw about 9 Marsh Harrier from the a couple of these were Male birds but no Hen 😦

Robin

Robin

 

Spurn List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Collard dove, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Great Black backed Gull, Great Tit, Herring Gull, House sparrow, Knot, Lapwing, Little egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Redshank, Ring necked Parakeet, Robin, Rose coloured Starling, Sanderling, Shelduck, Shoveler, Starling, Teal, Waxwing, Woodpigeon,

Blacktoft Sands : Bewick Swan, Blackbird, Crow, Goldfinch, Green Sandpiper, Greylag Goose, Little Egret, Magpie, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Robin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Tree Sparrow, Whooper Swan, Woodpigeon