Monday, December 31, 2007
In Aylmerton I ended up with a parish list of 113 species of bird - a bench mark for 2008. The garden list increased by two (Spoonbill and Little Gull) to a respectable inland total of 128. But its not all about lists and totals. Although not great for moths, Felbrigg Lake was great for Dragonflies, with the highlight being the second breeding record for Norfolk of Lesser Emperor. Birding highlights consisted of the two, yes two! Black Kites, four Red Kites, the gorgeous Spoonbills, Scaup and the latest of sightings, Barnacle Geese. The 'missed' opportunities included Ring Ouzel during the heaviest spring passage for years, Firecrest (inexplicably!) and a list of others which will make me sound like the glass is always half empty!!
But for all the good and not so good the saving grace is that come tomorrow, it can all start over again, with the beauty being, you just don't know what you're gonna see next!
So remember, life is short, break the rules! Forgive quickly, love truely, laugh uncontrollably, but never regret anything that you do!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Barnacle Geese. Notice contrasting white edges to coverts on adult compared to the two presumed first years
Friday, December 28, 2007
Barnacle geese with Grey-lags
presumed adult in fore ground, young'uns behind (latter showing brown fringed upperparts and less defined flanks)
At home, it was nice to see 3 Common Buzzaed in the air together from the bottom of the garden.
PYL 113 Barnacle Goose
Thursday, December 27, 2007
"Oi! get orf my land"
The Water Rail is (are) still screaming from the undergrowth but this time I was right next to one of them. Too dark for pics but some video footage was an improvement on the last one postede of this species!
The pair of Stonechat are still in attendance, no doubt waiting to skit of New Years Eve!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Sunrise over Felbrigg
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Tufted Duck 17
Mute Swan 2
Grey-lag Goose 1
Egyptian Goose 2
Water Rail 1 (my first sight, rather than sound of these here!)
Stonechat (from last weekend)
Water Rail (it was too dark for piccies so I managed a dodgey grab!)
My birding becomes pretty benign this time of year, what with the onset of the festive season and being the busiest time of year workwise. I tend to look back up til Christmas, then start looking forward between Christmas and the new year. As for looking back recently, I have finally started putting together a trip report of sorts for last years holiday Down Under! The start of which can be found here http://wildlifeaylmerton-australia.blogspot.com/