I was hoping to get out for a good birding session today, but remembered that a delivery of wood was coming for the stove so I decided to have a garden watch. Started off pretty well with a Grey Heron high going west, followed by a Whimbrel circling overhead then off west. A group of 22 Cormorant high over the fields west was a fine sight, and the most in one day, let alone one flock! I was hoping (as I do year after year from May through to September!) to maybe get a fly over Honey Buzzard, as they seem to be seen frequently all over Norfolk during migration periods, but despite scrutiny of all the Buzzards I see, I can only manage Commons! Maybe I suffer HB Blindness eh?! Anyway 'broadwings' were non existent, with the seasons first Peregrine off west and a Hobby whipping down the street. Early afternoon I took a stroll over to Felbrigg Lake and shortly after getting to the N.E corner a wader came in high over the lake heading east, it took a second or two for the penny to drop but I realised that it was a RUFF. I think I saw one when we first moved here ten years ago but can't find a record of it, so we'll treat this one as a first! In the garden Maddy dog discovered a family of baby Bank Voles providing some major aaahhh material!
Work took me to Filby this morning so I looked in at Filby Broad. In the brief sunshine Dragonflies were in abundance with lots of Common Darter and Migrant Hawkers. Common Terns still present here, feeding big youngsters on the man-made rafts.
An evening visit here produced just a single Whinchat and a couple of (local ) Whitethroats. Along the clifftop the gull and tern movement west, presumably going to roost on Blakeney Point, was fairly impressive with hundreds of Black-headed Gulls and c250 Common Tern being the main stay. In with the gulls managed to pick out 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls looking smart as ever.
Walking the dog up the track first thing this morning, a plover, black and silver, came flying over the fields heading north, the years' first Grey Plover was respendent in full summer plumage. Shortly after 10 Golden Plover took the same flight line. Late this afternoon a Common Buzzard drifted east and a Barn Owl hunted behind the garden.
Swallow hawking insects over the field
Great -spotted Woodpeckers
click on the picture below, notice the metal ring on the right leg.
Another jaunt down here late afternoon saw little change in the state of play, a Wheatear showed as the rain started, and was then followed by a Whimbrel flying in from the south. Running the trap for moths last night, my first immigrants of the autumn were represented by 3 Silver Y and a single White Point.
Last word today goes to Josh, who tentatively picked up his GCSE results this morning. Despite taking his exams under pressure this spring, he done brilliantly, getting 8 GCSE's. Well done son, we're all very proud.
Went down to Sheringham Bird Observatory straight after work for a wander before tea. No sign of any passerine migrants, a few Swallows were moving west along the cliff, probably going to roost. On the beach half a dozen Ringed Plover were briefly joined by a Sanderling. Just before the heavens opened a Shag flew west in tandam with a Cormorant, giving a good comparison.
1200-1530 SSW 3-4 Heavy showers then fine and sunny.
A filthy morning weather wise saw me kitted out in wet weather gear just as the last of the morning showers had finished! Bits and pieces moving off shore, but nothing to get too excited about, although a movement of Grey Herons looks better than it sounds! All moving west unless indicated.
Grey Heron- moving west were a party of 4, plus a brace and two singles (8)
Greenshank - 3 together
Dunlin - 5
Common Scoter - 5
Eider - female
Teal - 8
Golden Plover - single
Little Gull 1w 1e
Black-headed Gull - a dozen or so birds arriving from out at sea
Common Tern 100, Sandwich Tern 100 Arctic Tern 3
Sparrowhawk - 1 on hedge tree
Willow Warbler- Singles (2)flew in directly off of the clifftop and into the weeds around the pillboxes before hoying it up main hedge and into the wood.
Sparrowhawk presumably a juvenile male
Grey Herons at sea, much better than on a muddy river bank!
A post-work wander over to Felbrigg produced a number of Southern Hawkers along the wooded edges on the way down to the lake along with several Common Darter and a single Banded Demosielle, but little else in the way of Dragonflies. The Lake itself held little, the Tuftie brood has reduced from last weeks six to three, a pair of Gypo Geese are down to their last two ugly ducklings, and even the mega aggresive Mute Swans seemed to have lost two cygnets with three remaining. Two big Mandarin youngsters paddle steamed across the lake from the sandy bank. The Little Owl seemed to fair a little better with two fuzzy topped youngsters out and about feeding from the lower branches of the scattered oaks.
Ran the trap on a cool Friday evening all night. The temperature was reflected in the very small catch but did include my second record of Chocolate tip (3) a couple of Six-striped Rustics and best of all my first White Satin Moth.
Ran the trap 'til midnight last night and many a moth did come! All the commoner yellow-underwings turned up, including Large, Broad-bordered, Lesser Broad-bordered, Lesser and Least. The majority of the rest were Common Rustic but also 3 Black Arches, Poplar Hawkmoth, Angle Shades, Flame Shoulder, Flame Carpet and two new ones for the garden Tawny-speckled Pug and Yellow-barred Brindle