Saturday, 3 May 2014

Selection of Photos from the 5 day trip

Day 1: 
Stansted to Gdansk Lech Walesa airport, bus to Wrzeszcz, train to Gdynia, change and train to Reda, bus to Wladyslawowo and 16 mile walk to accommodation at Jastarnia.
Bird species for the Day: 32.
Footpath leading from Wlasyslawowo. Good cover for warblers

white wagtail

Looking back over Puck Bay to Wladyslawowo

retiring and shy male redstart

One of 50+ grey herons present all along the coast

Ubiquitous house sparrow

On occasions the cycle track/footpath was tediously straight. Good bird cover both sides, though. Plenty of willow warblers and redstarts

Mute swan, another bird found in large numbers

Some of the flock of 20 distant goosanders

More grey herons
Day 2:
Completion of the Walk to Hel, arriving in Hel early afternoon after 6 hours of wandering through mixed forest, with plenty of birds present, but many too tricky to photograph on what was basically a walk. Time later to return to get the birds.
Total bird species for the trip: 55.
Jastarnia harbour

hooded crow

harbour based tufted duck drake

male great spotted woodpecker

raven

Great spotted woodpecker in Hel

End of the path, Hel harbour

pied flycatcher, male

female pied flycatcher

flyby greenshanks

willow warbler

blackcap, male

common sandpiper

1 of many lesser whitethroats
Day 3:
I spent the morning around reedbeds in Jastarnia. Highlight, a "singing" savi's warbler, as well as visiting the woods at Kuznica where the Baltic Sea Ringing Group had a camp. Spent time checking nets, but cold and too windy for most birds to be flying. Several buzzards and a goshawk through the conifers whilst plenty of crossbills at the tops of the conifers.
Total bird species: 66
10 of over 100 crane migrating north west over Jastarnia

crane heading north west

shelduck

female redstart

small copper

A very cold Baltic coastline, looking west

The mid point of the peninsula, here The Baltic to the north, and from exactly the same viewpoint........

The Bay of Puck to the south, with road, railway and cycle track

common crossbill

Baltic Ringing Group camp at Kuznica

1 of 150+ willow warblers seen and/or heard
Day 4:
Started with a walk through the harbour area and a walk to Jurata, some 4 miles through woodland. Not too much to be seen in the woodland with only song thrush and goldcrest being trip ticks. Plenty of birds about, mainly regulars like chaffinch, willow warbler, and blackcap. Coffee at Jurata and a walk on to the freezing Baltic shore. Nothing from a sea watch so a walk back to Jastarnia to collect bags and buss to Wladyslawowo.  Check on the conifers and birches in the sand dunes.
Total bird species: 68
Beach jackdaw on the Baltic shore

Good open spaced conifer forest

Evidence of wild boar digging up the ground.

whinchat

reed bunting

Extremely cold beach at Jurata

holly blue

Old type local fishing boats, now built as pleasure craft

Day 5:
A day around Wladyslawowo before return trip via trains and buses, repeating the journey made on Monday.
Total bird species 70
fishing boats on a cold Baltic

male redstart

woodcarvers turning logs into garden statues

The beginning of The Road to Hel

Greenfinch

swallow

None too warm on the beach at Wladyslawowo

Species list; in chronological order, beginning with bus and train journeys
hooded crow, house sparrow, collared dove, herring gull, jackdaw, magpie, blackbird, starling, swallow, white stork, (10 sp) skylark, chiffchaff, wood pigeon, mute swan, whitethroat, willow warbler, house martin,  redstart,  grey heron, goosander, (20 sp) tree sparrow, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, yellowhammer, white wagtail, marsh harrier, great tit, blue tit, hawfinch, chaffinch (30sp) lesser black backed gull, carrion crow, mallard, cormorant, robin, tufted duck, crossbill, pied flycatcher, black woodpecker, lesser spotted woodpecker, (40 sp) greater spotted woodpecker, middle spotted woodpecker, wood warbler, short toed tree creeper, raven, goldfinch, greenshank, dunlin, cuckoo, reed bunting, (50 sp) greenfinch, sparrow hawk, reed warbler, stonechat, whinchat, crane, shelduck, sandwich tern, black headed gull, savi's warbler, ( 60 sp) bearded tit, common sandpiper, nightingale, goshawk, wren, water rail, song thrush, goldcrest, siskin, black redstart (70 sp)
Ones in red are new birds to my Polish list that now numbers 188 species from 5 visits: Szczecin, Poznan x3 and Hel. As can be told by the highlighted new birds, this is my latest visit in the year to Poland, all others have been early April, hence lack of migrants.

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This is me

This is me
At the end of another Norfolk Coastal footpath walk. 47 miles, 3 days 99 species of bird

Caley Wood view

Caley Wood view
sunshine through the canopy 29.05.08

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007
Best birds on this walk: black and middle spotted woodpecker and short toed treecreeper

About Me

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A primary school teacher for 30 years, I retired from teaching in July 2009 to set up my own science enhancement and communication company. The Primary Works offers science clubs, workshops and staged science shows nationwide. I have always been interested in bird watching since my early years. Apparently my first tick was after inquiring about a chaffinch and then receiving the Observer book of birds. By the age of 9 I had moved on to Tory Peterson's collins guide and was now involved on YOC birding holidays to Northumbria, Essex coast, Slimbridge and Yorkshire. My twitching rule is that I will willingly travel 1km for each gram the bird weighs. However, I have had many rarities just by being in the right place. I have travelled widely throughout Europe and also visited Australia and Sri Lanka. Further European destinations are planned and a bigger trip to The Crimea was planned for 2014 but now not possible. so 2014: Sri Lanka in January, Poland in April, Madeira in June and The Camargue in July. So far 2015 has been Sri Lanka in Jan, Poland in Feb, Sri Lanka in April and The Camargue coming up in 1st week of September.

Grey heron

Grey heron
Over the allotment 28.09.08

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
Ridge footpath 27.08.08

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)
Note the stripes, denoting a bird fledged this year.

common blue

common blue
Ash Valley G.C. 15.08.08

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)
River Ash

azure damselfly

azure damselfly
River Ash 28.07.08

marbled white

marbled white
Discovered at Westland Green 22.07.08

ruddy darter

ruddy darter
Bush Wood 21.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08
growing in hedgerow in Chapel Lane

cinnabar moth caterpillar

cinnabar moth caterpillar
Photographed on ragwort 19.07.08

Bittersweet

Bittersweet
Study of petals 11.06.08

male yellowhammer

male yellowhammer
08.06.08

common blue butterfly

common blue butterfly
06.06.08

River Ash

River Ash
looking south from the bridge at Hadham Ford

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)
in rape field 29.05.08

Caley Wood sunshine

Caley Wood sunshine
29.05.08

Millenium Wood fox

Millenium Wood fox
24.05.08

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)
06.05.08 banks of the River Ash

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)
flowers, leaves and fruit edible . Good in salad and pesto

April showers

April showers
Double rainbow 30.04.08

Caley Wood bluebells

Caley Wood bluebells
22.04.08

Yellow Archangel

Yellow Archangel
Chapel Lane (20.04.08)

sunlight 16.04.08

sunlight 16.04.08
looking south west from Bush Wood

snowy buds

snowy buds
06.04.08 in Bush Wood

Looking north west

Looking north west
05.04.08 evening shower approaching

Back Garden

Back Garden
Easter Sunday (23.03.08)

Brick Kiln Hill

Brick Kiln Hill
Looking east (23.03.08)

No play today

No play today
The 2nd hole at Ash Valley golf course

Teasel head

Teasel head
Bush Wood (21.03.08)

Reflections

Reflections
daffodils at Bush Wood pond (21.03.08)

Swollen River Ash

Swollen River Ash
The river at the bottom of Winding Hill 16.03.08

Daybreak over the chapel

Daybreak over the chapel
Thursday 13th March

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)
growing in Bush Wood

January snowdrops

January snowdrops
Banks of River Ash, north of Much Hadham

Good Moon

Good Moon
From garden 24.01.08

Village Green

Village Green
Looking east towards Acremore Street

Looking south before Hadham Ford

Looking south before Hadham Ford
rare January blue sky

Useful sites

The following are some useful websites that may interest readers of this blog.
Firstly, Bishop's Stortford Natural History Society http://bsnhs.webplus.net/

Fellow birder, Gary Whelan's blog. Gives reports from our trips out together plus reports from his trips abroad. http://hairybirders.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.hertsbirdclub.org.uk/ The official herts bird club website. Frequently updated, listing bird sightings around the county. Offers links to many other websites. Both of these sites also offer links to yahoo discussion groups.
http://www.birdforum.net/ An international site. You can enter as a guest but become a member( free) to post comments, bird sightings and just about anything to do with wild birds. Good news updates, classified section for binoculars, cameras etc.
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com/ A new site set up where you can contact people worldwide who will help you find good birds in their country. UK section being set up presently.
http://www.britainsbirder.co.uk/
Fellow birders blog. Strtford resident, Graeme Smith regulary birds the area south of Stortford as well as around Spellbrook and the River Stort from Spellbrook to Twyford Locks. Some superb bird photography: Graeme uses a digital camera attached to his powerful telescope to get detailled images of the birds he sees. Well worth a browse.
Two local sites that may be of interest can be found at
http://www.thehadhams.com/ www.thepelhams.net/content/section/12/139/

South Easterly walk

South Easterly walk
black, normal, red extended walk

South Westerly route.

South Westerly route.
Black usual, red extended

North Easterly walk

North Easterly walk
black short, walk. Red, extended

North West Patch

North West Patch
black route regular. Red route the extended wander