Friday, February 29, 2008
Satellite showing wing detail
A walk up the Track this morning had me dancing a little jig as it was apparent that the hedge that was put in a few years ago and that had grown so high it blotted out the view to the Holt-Cromer Ridge had been hacked back to a reasonable height, and before the breeding season too! A Lesser Redpoll flew west calling.
Dawn over the village
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The lake was really low on wildfowl this morning with just Tufted Duck (8), Pochard (1), Mallard (10), Mute Swan (pr) and Coot (8). However there were a pair of Shoveler on the marshy area to the south, where a pair of Barn Owl were hunting. The Little Owl was seen again, with another heard very close by, and a pair of Oystercatcher came in piping from the west before settling with the Shoveler. The Oicks presumably a breeding pair returning.
Hawthorn breaking out
Marble Gall Andricus kollari (agamic)
Little Owl...."you ain't sin me, right!"
Friday, February 22, 2008
Brambling, apparently being robbed!
...a male, feathers starting to wear through to black on head.
"Felbrigg Water Rails please take note!"
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The lake was partially frozen over but no influx of waterfowl were present, though first thing the bathing gull flock did hold an adult Mediterranean Gull briefly before it was seen to make off. A full compliment of Mandarin were also present, with 7 males and 6 females, also noted were at least 2 Water Rail, one of which was down too 10 yrds but remained expertly out of veiw enough NOT to get any pics, the other gave itself away with its cartoon rooster walk.
Kevin Keegan...sorry my mistake, its a Coot!
Mandarin (check out the obscured right hand male)
After lunch decided to take a walk over to Great Wood (Felbrigg Park) where a sunny spot held lots of Goldcrest (but nothing else!), a few Siskin and at least 2 Lesser Redpolls feeding high in the spruce canopy with the latter. With the tripod at full extension I was able to 'scope one bird which proudly was showing off its heavily streaked brown rump and upperparts, a good bird to clinch in the parish as more often than not they're just fly overs.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
A very chilly walk up the track at about 0830, with the ground hard with frost and a biting breeze. Good count of 430 Golden Plover included a single black bellied bird but little else. At least 3 Brambling remain in the cover crop, along with my first Linnet of the year (!) The Brown Hares seem to be sorting themselves out with mates!
Late morning took a walk over to the lake, couldn't see any Mandarin but a pair of Wigeon were recently new. What was interesting was the rise in Coot numbers with 10 now present after starting with 3 at the start of the year. Why do I never see them arrive (or depart for that matter) thinking back, I have never ever seen a Coot not on a body of water, be it the sea, a lake or a pond, you just never see them anywhere else, but the must fly/walk over fields and stuff if only to get to Felbrigg! Anyway not alot else to report from here, the male Stonechat continues to feed in the orchid bog and, as usual for this species, has become rather bold.
Another fairly close body of water (and where Coots also occur!) to us is Blickling Lake near Aylsham, and with a report of a Great Northern Diver there this afternoon me and Dad took a drive over there and got some good views of this master swimmer.
Great Northern Diver
"ooh its murder getting shoes that fit!"
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The Beeston Bittern, camoflaged to perfection
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Tufted Duck 8
Mute Swan pr
Mandarin 7 (at least)
Elsewhere here the Great Spotted Woodpeckers were out in full force with at least 6 drumming away, and the pair of Stonechat were still present. Best birds of the morning were also the most frustrating, with a flock of eight, silent wild Swans flying west over the Lake. Initially I thought they were Bewick's as they went away and disappeared over the trees. However about 10 mins later they were seen again, going south-east at distance, when they looked fairly hefty and more like Whooper's! This is the second occation I have managed to 'lose' an ID of wild swans in the parish- poor show! To make matter's worse I took a nostalgic trip over to Gunton Park this afternoon, the site of my first Norfolk patch. It was pretty dead, but there were 3 familiar faces over there with the Grey-lag and Canada Geese- Barnacles!!! So now I find I'm going out birding and coming back with less birds on my year list than I went out with-Typical!
Female Mandarin, cute but wary
Marsh Tit, tantilising but no poser!
Lesser Celendine at the pond
time for reflection...
'nother day done gone
Oak Beauty at the moth trap