I feel as though I've been neglecting the blog somewhat over the past several weeks so a quick overview to try and bring things up to date.
|My recordings uploaded to the Trektellen site|
If I'm not out birding early doors its breakfast going over the previous nights #nocmig (nocturnal bird recordings), which have been pretty much as you'd expect during the early autumn, with lots of Redwings
and Song Thrushes
moving through the night. The local Tawny Owls
and a single Little Owl
have been quite vocal around the locality but a real surprise in the early hours of the 18th, when a single Whooper Swan
was recorded, possibly the same bird was seen at Draycote that afternoon?
Monday, October 15th....
|Water Rail at Napton Reservoir in the low water|
An early start at Napton Reservoir with Green Sandpiper
, (22) Snipe
, (2) Water Rail
and a Woodcock
inadvertently flushed on the track at the top end of reedbed ~ Then three hours at Brandon Marsh with Jim Rushforth searching many tit flocks for a Yellow-browed Warbler
reported the day before. Best I managed was (3) Chiffchaff
, (2) Willow Tit
and (90+) Wigeon
on East Marsh Pool.
Tuesday October 16th.... Brambling
|Brambling with the Chaffinch at Napton Churchyard|
among the Chaffinch
at Napton Churchyard in the gloom this morning.
Wednesday October 17th....
|Hobby over East Marsh Pool ~ Brandon Marsh|
A cracking morning of #vismig (visual migration) at Brandon Marsh when I noted 50+ Skylark
, 5 Brambling
and 2 Crossbill
over the reserve, along with Siskin
, Lesser Redpoll
. Two Stonechat
from the Jury Hide but the highlight had to be a couple of late staying Hobby
, which performed well over the reserve.
|Yellow-browed Warbler ~ Holkham Pines|
Thursday October 18th....
|Juvenile Hobby at Holkham Pines|
A day visit to North Norfolk with Theo de Clearmont on Thursday 18th wasn't the most prolific of birding days but gorgeous autumnal weather. Highlights for the day included Great Skua
, a flypast of eleven Eider Duck
at Salhouse and a couple of Yellow-browed Warblers
at Holkham Pines, where once again a juvenile Hobby
|Brandon year-tick with a couple of Egyptian Geese|
|Pintail on East Marsh|
Saturday October 20th....
|Dog Otter passing quietly by East Marsh Hide|
Quieter visual migration at Brandon Marsh than of late but time spent in the East Marsh Hide produced a couple of Egyptian Geese
and a Dog Otter
Saturday October 20th....
|Record shot of Ring Ouzel at the marina|
An amazing stroke of luck at the marina on Saturday afternoon while heading off for lunch with Dazza. While walking along the East bank she spotted a small group of Thrushes feeding in the Hawthorn, picking out a lovely male Ring Ouzel
. Unfortunately, by the time I'd gone back for the camera, this was the best I got before it flew off towards Napton Hill.