Sunday, October 29, 2006
Cormorants on the verge of being issued an ASBO
'Calm Down Calm Down' (add scouse accent for effect!)
Shortly after arriving back home I got a tip off from a neighbour that saw me tearing down the front drive just in time to see an ever fantastic Red Kite drift high south-eastwards over the village. Not a bad way to end a fruitful couple of days!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
All but the Sugar Beet has been harvested from the fields, and the depressing sight of a sea of Winter Barley already shoots skyward, ok for the very short term but generally lifeless come spring. All's not completely lost yet, only half of the old potato field is Winter Barley so far, and the beet field may be the saving grace.
Winter Barley= Wildlife desert
In the short term the fields are being used by the usual gulls(a few in the pic above) some Lapwing and about 180 rather skittish Golden Plover.
Golden Plover coming in to land
The last two mornings have seen me down at my coastal patch near Sheringham, and despite the constant SW wind the birding has improved at last. No pics, but yesterday moring the highlights of a busy period included a smart, schreeping Richard's Pipit, single Shore Lark flying west, Lapland Bunting, Merlin, Marsh Harrier and a chacking Ring Ouzel. This morning the sea was very lively here with literally hundreds of Little Gulls offshore(probably over a thousand!), presumably the same Black Guillimot flew east, and shortly afterwards two seperate Little Auks whizzed east among many Razorbills, all in all a good couple of days!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Whiskered Tern jigsaw (just put the bits together!)
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Finally felt the chill breeze of an easterly on the face today, although the constant greyness of the day was somewhat replicated by the birding down on the coastal patch this morning, apart from the obvious highlight being a clockwork Black Guillimot, winding its way eastwards just offshore first thing before 'pitching in' in the distance. Summer migrants left only in the form of Sandwich and Common Terns plus a single Wheatear at Salthouse.
Ran the trap all night last night, with a mild 12 degees and complete overcast I thought it was worth a go, and so it proved : Mervielle du Jour 2, Large Wainscot 1, Beaded Chestnut 3, Gem* 1, Feathered Thorn 2, Green-brindled Crescent 2, Rosy Rustic 4, November Moth* 1, Spruce Carpet 1, Red-line Quaker 2, Yellow-line Quaker* 1, Chestnut 1 GYL 219 ...definately!
Gem...sparkly name, dull looking moth! This is another immigrant that is by no means common.
November Moth... one of a small group of moths which are really tricky to ID
Yellow-line Quaker...I think!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
I've mentioned before how in Norfolk we are blessed with 'Big' skies, and the veiw from the bottom of our garden often enhances this, but Monday evenings dusk was a bit special, almost spiritual, enjoy!
Another excellent piece of work by Mother Nature...
Sunday, October 08, 2006
This morning saw me down my coastal patch near Sheringham. A beautiful morning with a light southerly breeze, the birding by 'North Norfolk coast in October' standards, was somewhat uneventful. The highlights included Great Northern Diver E, Little Egret W, over 200 Gannets east and west and over 300 large auks with 99% of those identified being Razorbills some of which were not too far out on the sea. Also of note were Marsh Harrier 1E and 1W, a Little Gull over the fields and summer migrants still evident in the shape of Sandwich and Common Terns, Swallow 1W and a Chiffchaff.
A Gillette of Razorbills
Although the moon was as bright as it could get last night I still stuck the moth trap out had a grand total of 11! :
Merville du Jour 2, Beaded Chestnut1, Lunar Underwing 2, Green-brindled Crescent 2, Red-lined Quaker* , Red Green Carpet, Chestnut 1, and Rosy Rustic 2 GYL 182
Another Merville du Jour (coz I love 'em!)
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
This morning the trap was a little bit more interesting, full catch: Large Yellow Underwing 3, Common Wainscot 2, Merville du Jour 2, SHC 1, Green-brindled Crescent 3, Shuttle-shaped Dart 1, Blair's Shoulder-knot 1, Lunar Underwing 3, Beaded Chestnut 2 and, best of all, another immigrant in the shape of a Vestal* GYL 179