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Friday, 1 January 2010

Woodcock & Diver

An early morning foray at Fallowfields led to me flushing a Woodcock near the Parkhill hotel fence half way down, it flew south at 9.15am.
A close Oystercatcher stood on the wooden jetty in Hamilton Dock, whilst a Rock pipit flew over. At Ness Point 20 Turnstone were seen but not the hoped for Purple Sands.
Looking from Asda, looking west up the River Waveney I saw the excellent Black- throated Diver, it's rear flank patch was really distinctive. Initially, it was diving frequently but then it became more settled as it started preening. If you'd like to see a picture of a Black- throated Diver look above this blog entry as this is the bird pictured above, although I'm sure most who read would know this anyway! A Grey Wagtail flew over the river and settled on the roof of a commercial building. Whilst 2 Egyptian Geese flew down the river.
At Carlton Marshes, a female Marsh Harrier quartered the fields, 10 Herons stood above a frozen dyke area,  a Barn owl perched on a gate and then flew and started actively hunting being instantly successful on it's first swoop down into the field where it caught and fed from it's prey a vole caught in a field, a male Yellowhammer also perched at the apex of a tree, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed from a nearby tree.
Concluding a mixed day of fortunes on this, the first day of the year.


Paul Woolnough said...

Saw the diver from ASDA too. Pager message wrong caller must have been at railway bridge.

Shag Hamilton Dock

Pre roost gathering of long-tailed tits at Gunton church

Chiffy Kessingland Sewage Works and 70 snow bunts on beach there

(Three, local for me, Norwich ticks in a week at Whitlingham great northern diver, black-necked grebe and smew with a potential fourth ruddy duck dipped)

Peter Ransome said...

Thanks for your comments Paul.
As you will see from my Jan 2nd blog I did v.well at Whitlingham today!