Tuesday, 15 September 2015

North Norfolk Day.

Off to North Norfolk again, this time due to predicted weather forecast, ie south easterlies/easterlies Saturday night with some rain. Perfect. Left home after sorting out the moth trap and picked up Gary at his home in Egmere at 8.30 and off to Kelling water meadows. Jumper, trousers, with water proofs in the car boot. Brilliant, 20C, not a cloud in the sky and not a breath of air!
The water meadows, still full of water gave views of a curlew, 2 whinchat, plenty of linnets and goldfinches with a pair of bullfinches over. As we walked towards the pill box on the shingle a caspian gull, 1st year, flew past us, going east as 2 egyptian geese took flight.
Stonechats and reed buntings abounded as we returned to the car, having not connected with the redstart we were told upon arrival was showing near the pine tree.
stonechat at Kelling

mute swan: East Bank, Cley

From here, Gramborough Hill, but the lack of migrants at Kelling and the weather (getting hotter so off with my jumper and Gary's fleece) made us a little wise. Upon parking the car, we scanned the hill, noting several birders, plus a couple returning to the Beach Road. We asked what was about and nothing worthwhile was the reply, so off to Cley East Bank. Here, bearded tit showed well but not too much else. A solitary sandwich tern from the beach and regular waders on Arnold's. Time for a coffee. From the window of the VC  a hobby flew over, putting everything up. We headed for the hides where green sandpiper and snipe were noted whilst from Daukes Hide; spotted redshank, common sandpiper and green shank could be viewed, albeit at a distance towards Bishop's Hide. A wander back to the carpark and off to Burnham Overy track, via Blakeney shop for sustenance.
At BOS we wandered, in colder conditions, some way to the coastal footpath before turning back. Great tit and robin was about all we got although the amount of fruit for warblers and finches was incredible: elderberry, hawthorn, rose hip, honeysuckle berries etc. There is bound to be an excellent day along this track in the next 3 weeks, but Sunday was not it. Back to the car and off to Choseley.
A report of an osprey had come out at 9.30 am so there was a small chance it was still present. We arrived at the drying barns to find 3 car loads of birders sitting in cars with bins. Gary and I got out to scan around and in the far distance, looking east beyond Chalkpit Lane was a bird of prey in a dead tree. It appeared to have light shading on neck and head and looked thin in the neck. Back to the car for the scope. Indeed, an osprey, 1st year lister of the day. We then, in convoy, drove round to Chalkpit Lane for better views, but one of the followers managed to slam the car door and off the bird flew before Gary and I got a chance of even a record shot. Great bird to see and my first osprey for a few years. Very pleased with that.
bearded tit, Cley East Bank

Green sandpiper: Simmonds Scrape: Cley

Snipe; avocet hide: Cley

Gadwall; avocet hide, Cley

same snipe

So, Titchwell which was packed but offered up a chance of a few good birds. We needed to be at Holme before 5 as I had to head home and Gary's wife works there, so I could drop him off and he'd get a lift home.
A bittern, twice, low over the reeds was my 2nd year lister whilst 2 little stints in amongst dunlin were pleasing to see. We had time to check the Freshmarsh having wandered around the autumn trail in search of pied flycatchers and turtle dove, to no avail. Back to the car and Holme.
Upon arrival at the gate we were directed, immediately, to a turtle dove upon the roof of the nearest house. A good find and potential photo opportunities. We were also informed of the whereabouts of 2 redstarts and upon arriving at the konik pony field we found warden Gary. Here, the bird was flushed by a pony before Gary got on to it again, too quick for a photo but good flight views including a flash of red. 3rd year lister and an end to a cracking 88 species day. Traffic home was horrendous, taking over 3 hours to cover the 100 miles, but nevertheless, worth it. Work dictates that it maybe a while before I have another Norfolk day, a chance at the weekend if the weather is right. However, not going to pay too much attention to forecasts, just ring Gary early in the morning!!
common darter: meadow trail, Titchwell

2 dunlin and little stint: Freshmarsh, Titchwell

turtle dove: Holme

same bird


Species list;
little grebe (heard), cormorant, bittern, little egret, grey heron. mute swan, greylag goose, shelduck, egyptian goose, mallard, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, wigeon, teal, red crested pochard, pochard, tufted duck, marsh harrier, common buzzard, kestrel, hobby, osprey, red legged partridge, pheasant, water rail (h) moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, avocet, ringed plover, golden plover, lapwing, dunlin, little stint, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, redshank, greenshank, spotted redshank, black tailed godwit, curlew, snipe, ruff, black headed gull, herring gull, common gull, caspian gull, lesser black backed gull, sandwich tern, stock dove, wood pigeon, collared dove, turtle dove, swallow, house martin, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, redstart, wheatear, whinchat, stonechat, blackbird, blackcap, whitethroat, cetti's warbler (h) chiffchaff (h) goldcrest (h), great tit, coal tit, blue tit, bearded tit, magpie, jay, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, linnet, reed bunting, yellowhammer

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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

My photo
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