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All change!

posted 8 May 2011, 13:09 by Andy Birder

 
Please use the above link for continued access to this site. Its virtually the same address as the original but I had to drop the 'g' in 'birding' because I could n't use the same address.  Hopefully I can contiue to add piccies. Don't forget.....
 
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Harriers

posted 7 May 2011, 13:14 by Andy Birder

After an early morning vigil, with just 2 Snipe & a Whimbrel to show for it, I was sure that my wifes request to visit family this morning before lunch, spelled birding disaster for me, I felt sure something 'big' was gonna go through.  As it was, I did have my cake and eat it (fruit cake).  As we sat on the patio eating a slightly later lunch, a raptor caught  my eye off over to the east.  A quick look through the bins revealed a whisp of a Harrier drifting  then gliding  NW over Hungry Hill, grabbing my scope I raced to the top of the garden just in time to see a fine ringtail MONTAGU'S HARRIER shift out of view. Just a half hour later I picked up a cracking male Hen Harrier, heading in the same direction.  It took just half hour to turn a nothing day into a something day!

May 6th

posted 7 May 2011, 12:22 by Andy Birder

SSE 3 mild, hazy 0630-1130
 
A fine start to the day with a Marsh Harrier east first thing, followed by a couple of geese coming west over Hungry Hill, as they came straight over the garden, I was surprised to see they were Barnacle geese! Garden tick and a TG tick.
A wander along the cliffs at Sidestrand was fairly productive with 21 Crossbill east, couple of flava wags west and a Red Kite that lingered for a while between Trimingham and Sidestrand.  Probably best bird today though was a fine Wood Sandpiper that shared the local reservoir with a Common sand, both struggling to keep a foothold on the sheer plastic banks.  Speaking of struggling, this site has appare ntly reached its optimum capacity for downloads so I am unable to post any pics.  I have tried to create a google apps site which would give me more space but have had  no luck so far. This, coupled with the fact that the 'n' & 'm' keys on my laptop do not work properly, ,means that typing just a few lines has become rather frustrating to say the least!

Lapland Bunting

posted 5 May 2011, 07:50 by Andy Birder

Having not joined the Lap-botherer's down at Weybourne this winter, I had been quite happy with a close fly-by a couple of weeks ago down at Sidestrand.  A pre-work amble this morning, again at Sidestrand, produced an immediate female Ring Ouzel on the cliff face, shortly followed by a delightful 10 minutes or more with a fairly confiding summer plumaged Lapland Bunting, feeding along the cliff top path.  The walk back along the same path produced a new Wheatear, followed by a nice bright Whinchat.  Also my first Common Swift of the year blazed westwards.  Feels like a good day today, well it would wouldn't it, its a work day!
 

Rough-legged Buzzard

posted 29 Apr 2011, 12:10 by Andy Birder

 
A timely phone call from Paul and Tony , " There's a Rough -leg coming your way now" had ,me scuttling around to the back garden where, low and rapid, a fabulous 2c/y Rough-legged Buzzard powered north-west, just beyond our East hedge.  This one certainly was not lingering.
 
  
Rough-legged Buzzard - Pale Common Buzzards are often a pitfall for the unwary, with observers concentrating wholly on the underparts. The extensive whitish bases to the upper primaries are distinct at all distances on young birds.
 

Easter Weekend

posted 27 Apr 2011, 13:07 by Andy Birder   [ updated 8 May 2011, 11:41 ]

On paper, I thought the weekend looked promising, but despite some glorious weather, locally it was pretty quiet, apart fro a couple of Ouzels and 3 marsh Harrier.  There was, however a pleasant distraction just a couple of miles away in the form of a cracking male Citrine Wagtail at East Runton. 
 
 
 

Circle of Life...

posted 21 Apr 2011, 14:32 by Andy Birder

Spring is my very favorite time of the year.  Emerging from the deathly cold darkness of winter the world seems to quickly come alive.  Life bursts out, is born and re-born.  But we all know that what is born to this world eventually has to fade and leave, a never ending cycle.  So with that, on a beautifully warm spring afternoon yesterday we sadly and regrettably had to say a heart felt fair well to Maddy, our family dog.  Maddy was an enigmatic sprite who shared many a bird walk with me. Indeed, if it wasn't for her I would not have seen half of the wonderful sights I'd encountered in recent years, usually early morning before the rest of the world was awake.  She literally was the proverbial 'best friend', and she will be sorely missed by the whole family, and particularly by me.  Whether she will prove to be irreplaceable, or a very hard act to follow, only time will tell, but our house is certainly going to be quieter, and our lives will have a little less sunshine in it with her passing.  So to those of you, like me, who walked their binoculars and took the dog, do yourself a favour,  just once this weekend leave the bins at home, and enjoy the devotion of your dog because believe me, its not the birds you miss when their gone.
 
MADISON 1997-2011

Garden Bird

posted 19 Apr 2011, 13:27 by Andy Birder

Another Ring Ouzel briefly in the garden this evening before scarpering north up the back of the gardens.

Rouzels

posted 18 Apr 2011, 07:23 by Andy Birder

Not sure if its been a 'big' Ring Ouzel day, or I've just been lucky, but I had two flying west over the road between East and West Runton this morning, then as I stood on a customers porch waitinfg for the door to be answered, a cracking pair of males went low over the property in Burnham Overy Staithe.

Weekend

posted 18 Apr 2011, 06:59 by Andy Birder

Saturday April 16th
Cool SE1-2 light drizzle early on heavy rain between 0900-1000
Sidestrand 0700-0930
 
Tree Pipit 1E
Yellow Wagtail1W
Wheatear 14
Wigeon 2W
Ring Ouzel - male on cliff top,then seen at Hall School
White Wagtail 2 on cliff then W
 
Rouzel
 
Northrepps - Sidestrand 0950-1545
Wheatear - 37 counted, including many 2c/y birds
Ring Ouzel - male breifly on Hungry Hill
Lapland Bunting - male west along clifftop
Meadow Pipit - c200 swarming west in approx 1/2 anhour 1000-1130with Linnet and lesser numbers of Goldfinch
Common Buzzard - a definate migrant E 
Grey Partridge - pair
 
Wheatears
 
 
 
Grey Partridge
 
Sunday April17th, misty SE1 patchy cloud 0700-0930
Sidestrand
flava wagtail 15W
Wheatear 4
Peregrine 1
Little Ringed Plover 1 heard over cliff going west
 

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