Monday, 30 April 2012
Having to take Jenny to the Garage at Gorleston for 8am today, I confined myself to checking Gorleston Cliffs and the golfcourse, 1 Wheatear seen at the latter plus 3 flying up over the cliff edge, an overflying Swallow plus 3 Whitethroats singing out of view in the scrub at the base. Finally walking back, a male Wheatear flew south over the beach my fifth of the morning. Popping into Yarmouth cemetary after work I headed for the SW corner of the south section, Phil H told me to head for the Hawthorne tree in the SW corner as I was walking there a super immature male Pied Flycatcher (black upperparts with brown in the wing) flew to a bare tree, flicking about it flew to the Hawthorne wheere it was joined by the female Pied Flycatcher. After 10 minutes the sun dipped and I drove to Gorleston cliff trying to see the 7 Poms, no luck. Too windy also at Baker's score (no poms here either) so I joined Andrew E, Paul & Jane and we saw 2 Sandwich Tern flying north 34 Common Scoter (half males) flying north, 2 adult Gannet also north plus a singleton Arctic Skua flying south. Meanwhile on the rock in front of the compass, 3 summer plumaged Purple Sandpipers fed and posed well for the camera. Finally at Gunton I looked in the Church field, no sign of any Thrushes again.
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
On Thursday 26th April walking around a sodden Fisher Row, male Blackcap seen near the stables, A Grasshopper warbler heard on the marsh beyond the railway line and 19 Tufted Ducks on the lagoon. On friday 27th April at Filby Broad at lunchtime, a Blackcap was heard singing in the car park and over the Broad a mass of hirundines around 60 Swallows, 15 House Martins, 10 Sand Martins and high up in the air and screaming 15 Swift. In the evening at Leathes Ham, the female Goosander now in moult was sleeping on the path beside a male Mallard, she swam back and later joining Robert Wil we saw the Goosander again, 12 Tufted Ducks and a Swift flying overhead.
Monday, 23 April 2012
At about 10am today, I was called to the back of Gorleston Library, where a magnificent male Pheasant was on the car park, seemingly unable to fly, by the time I got there he miraculously discovered the power of flight and flown up to the wall, bordering the northern end of the car park, I took some pictures and after a few minutes of looking around, appearing somewhat perplexed by these new alien surroundings, he took off and flew in a north- westerly direction!
After being told rather aggressively by the Vicar not to park at the car park at the top of Fisher Row, I always thought some spaces had been reserved unofficially by the entrance slope for visitors of the SWT reserve, I parked in a nearby road and wondered what else this weekend was going to throw at me? I have never had any trouble parking in 30 years of visits to this site, which used to my regular patch, but I shall now park in Noel road in future. On my return, I noted a newly stapled A4 sheet to the previous blank sign asking people not to park here at weekends. 3 Grasshopper Warblers were heard reeling during the walk one by the horse stable before the railway line, one on the marsh just over the railway line and one by the marsh by the river. walking around to the lagoon, joining an ever cheerful Don, Gwen and Morris. We saw a House Martin fly overhead and north. Several Chiff- Chaff and Willow Warblers were heard plus a Sedge Warbler singing just the over side of the dyke by the parallel path. A Cetti's Warbler was heard singing its explosive song and seen flying away. Morris spotted a Green- veined White that settled in green foliage by the horse stable. Finally, a Chiff- Chaff fed by the side of the path a few feet in front of us.As it turned out the Vicar did me a favour by asking me to move, as I walked back to Noel road, where I had subsequently parked a stunning lemon- yellow Brimstone flew by and towards Fisher Row. carlton marshes, walking towards Whitecast marsh, past the first long dyke by the bush, a male Whitethroat was seen singing initially deep in cover it did show itself briefly. Further along 2 Peacock butterflies were seen on the path. finally a rattling Mistle Thrush flew to the very top of a tree. by the start of the entrance hill/ car park. Willow Warbler heard singing from Fallowfields/ Parkhill Hotel grounds again.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Early morning today, 7.30am, I was down by the east side of the Oval rushing around when I viewed from the western end the Ouzel was out on show, there was a birder looking there but incredibly a noisy spate between 2 dog owners right alongside where the Ouzel was flushed it off for some 30 minutes. Later I saw the fabulous male Ring Ouzel on the grass very close to the wall, only one problem, the views were obscured by the bushes and the nets used for cricket practice but I finally managed some shots. Later it moved to the north east corner of the Oval and fed in a shady area. In the afternoon, a visit to Carlton Marshes, on the way to Spratts water I heard 2 singing Willow warblers, 1 showed well singing from near the top of a bush and seeing Dick we eventually relocated the Great Grey Shrike perched in one of the 3 bushes near the path intersecting the west section of Share marsh. The Shrike was very mobile.
Saturday 14 April I looked down at the Oval, unfortunately the groundsmen was mowing the grass right in the middle, but even worse than this were 2 apparent birdwatchers walking around the edge of the Oval presumably for the ouzel, which was never going to show. 2 Blackcap were seen along Flycatcher Alley, a male and female. Early evening at Leathes ham, I could see the female Goosander was on the water very close to the boardwalker and people came out with bread to feed the ducks and the Goosander was one of the first ducks to leap out of the water and onto the boardwalk, catching a whole slice of bread and swallowing it in one, a very surreal experience for a species which is usually shy and retiring! 3 pairs of Pintail were still around as was the female Wigeon and the male Wood Duck followed 2 Mallard close in to the right with its high pitched rasping call often announcing its presence before it came into view. 2 Swallow also flew south over the water. A male Blackcap was heard singing here too.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
On Tuesday 10th April, leaving Martham Library at 12.50pm, I had a tweet stating there was a Hoopoe at Waxham sands Holiday camp, with just a 1 hour lunch break, ten minutes later I parked at Horsey gap, 15 minutes later having walked over to the Pipe Dump accompanied by Perry F and joining Ricky F and John H we watched the excellent Hoopoe shuffled right and behind a tuft of grass, minutes later it walked left again initially with just the top of the head and crest viewable it walked right again feeding and after 10 minutes I had to leave. 2 Swallows also flew south singularly. In the evening 6-7pm, I visited Leathes Ham, 3 pairs of Pintail seen plus a female Wigeon, by the right side of the boardwalk, eventually the Wood Duck swam out.
Easter Monday 10th April was a day of constant drizzle. Despite this I saw the female Goosander really close to the boardwalk, 3 pairs of Pintails seen also. From the Battery Green car park, I saw the adult Iceland Gull perched on the roof. walking down to get some pics from the car wash, the Gulls flew around but settled with the Iceland Gull facing slightly away on the apex of the roof.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
By walking up the main track at Carlton Marshes this evening from 6- 7pm, I saw the Great Grey Shrike perched on top of a bush and seeing Paul and Jane we eventually walked around viewing from first the turnstyle by the path to Spratt's water and then I made my way solely to the gate and managed to get some reasonably close views and photographs of the Shrike perched on top of the bush.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Arriving at Kessingland Sewage works, good to see Chris M here, I saw 2 White wagtails feeding on the back sewage beds and a male Reed Bunting on the front beds with around 6 Pied wagtails. A Chiff- Chaff was singing and briefly seen. Next up Sotterley, where both Nuthatch and Treecreeper heard by the entrance. A Buzzard seen soaring over the field too. I wandered over to the lake and initially not a lot could be seen. from the bridge from the east side, I saw first the male and then the female Garganey swim out from the southern side of the lake, disturbed maybe by the walking congregation going down the road just south of the lake. retracing my steps to a view of the lake from the north side, the Garganey were seen a little closer, although still distant the male would swim west the female reluctant to follow then the male would double back and join up with the female again. A little later the male Mandarin swam out from the island and then disappeared again just as Chris M joined. Fortunately the Mandarin reappeared. A look around Ellough yet again, failed to reveal any GP's. ealy evening I visited Leathes Ham, i had hit the "golden hour" the sun shining a golden hue over the lake and its avian inhabitants. By walking just right of the boardwalk I managed to get some lovely shots of 2 pairs of elegant Pintail, a pair of Gadwall too. The female Goosander was still around swimming behind the islands in the middle of the lake and even standing on a wooden perch and flapping her wings. Finally the male Wood Duck swam around the side of the lake just 2 feet from me and too close to photograph!