Home | Photo Pages | Trips | Diary | Contact me

November 2008

 

Saturday 29th November

Just had a short visit to Swanton Morley this morning producing 2 redhead Goosanders, 2 Marsh Tits, about 20 Bramblings, Water Rail heard, Redpoll sp. in flight and a Pink-footed Goose heard flying over. Also an impressive flock of 80 Cormorants on Holkham Lake - I'm sure the anglers would have been chuffed to see them. Later on a flock of perhaps 30 Pink-footed Geese seen flying over Fakenham.

Coal Tit, Bawdeswell, 29-Nov-08  

Coal Tit, Bawdeswell, 29th November 2008

 

Wednesday 26th November

This moth came in a few days ago but vanished before I'd managed to see what it was. It reappeared briefly tonight before disappearing back behind a bookcase.

Twenty-plume Moth, Bawdeswell, 26-Nov-08  

Tweny-plume Moth, Bawdeswell, 26th November 2008

 

Monday 24th November

You might have noticed that I've not been seeing and reporting much lately. I've been pretty busy and not least because I came back from Malawi last month with thousands of photos and it's taken me an age to sort them all out. Well, they're all sorted now and if you want to see them, click on the Malachite Kingfisher below:

Malachite Kingfisher, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08

Malachite Kingfisher, Liwonde National Park, 24th September 2008

 

Monday 17th November

A Barn Owl hunting at lunchtime:

Barn Owl, Summerfield, 17-Nov-08  

Barn Owl, Summerfield (near Docking), 17th November 2008

 

Sunday 16th November

Was in Norwich this morning so went to have a look for the Ring-necked Duck at Whitlingham. There was no sign, but it wasn't reported until early afternoon yesterday so decided to go and get some lunch and come back. This I did, and returned to find that it had been seen while I was gone before being flushed by a boat. No further sign while I was there so another wasted couple of hours. Did find a female Scaup, although there was some discussion and doubt about its purity. It sometimes seemed a little smaller than it should have done and didn't have much grey on the back and flanks, but the photos confirm that the grey on the back and flanks was more extensive than I could pick out in the field and if it was small it wasn't by much. Everything else was perfect so I can't really see any reason why it shouldn't be a pure Scaup - certainly a presumed female Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid I once saw at Whitlingham (back in the days when it was a working pit and I watched there regularly) was much more intermediate than this thing.

The only other interesting duck was a Pochard which was carrying a bright blue bill tag - there did seem to be some markings on the tag but they were too indistinct for me to be able to read them.

Scaup, Whitlingham Broad, 16-Nov-08 Scaup, Whitlingham Broad, 16-Nov-08
Scaup, Whitlingham Broad, 16-Nov-08 Scaup, Whitlingham Broad, 16-Nov-08
Scaup, Whitlingham Broad, 16-Nov-08 Scaup, Whitlingham Broad, 16-Nov-08

Scaup, Whitlingham Broad, 16th November 2008

 

Saturday 15th November

Half a dozen Bramblings at Swanton Morley this morning, beneath a tree full of Siskins. Otherwise not a lot: a couple of Water Rails heard calling and a pale Buzzard mobbed by Rooks was about the lot.

Mushroom, Swanton Morley, 15-Nov-08  

Mushroom (Shaggy Inkcap?), Swanton Morley, 15th November 2008

 

Friday 14th November

Pheasant, Docking, 14-Nov-08  

Pheasant, Docking, 14th November 2008

 

Saturday 8th November

After an uneventful look round Sparham Pools I decided to head up to Lincolnshire to see the Steppe Grey Shrike at Grainthorpe. I'm used to Great Grey Shrikes being so shy that I can't get nearer than a mile away so I imagined this would be the same. It wasn't. Nobody warned me I'd need to turn my binoculars round the other way to get the best views but eventually I managed to get far enough away from it to fit the whole bird in my field of view. Anyway, a cracking bird, and a much more enjoyable twitch than the last one. Apparently it's my 450th UK bird, on BOU taxonomy - is there anyone else who's seen 450 species in the UK and still needs Melodious Warbler?

Steppe Grey Shrike, Grainthorpe, 8-Nov-08 Steppe Grey Shrike, Grainthorpe, 8-Nov-08
Steppe Grey Shrike, Grainthorpe, 8-Nov-08  

Steppe Grey Shrike, Grainthorpe, 8th November 2008

 

Tuesday 4th November

Little Egret, Brancaster Staithe, 4-Nov-08 Little Egret, Brancaster Staithe, 4-Nov-08

Little Egret, Brancaster Staithe, 4th November 2008

 

Sunday 2nd November

Sheringham Bird Observatory produced a few birds today, though not the hoped for rare. Quite a few thrushes (mainly Blackbirds) arriving, along with some Goldcrests, Bramblings, etc. Also a couple of Short-eared Owls flushed, brief on-the-deck views of a Woodcock, 2 Firecrests, Great Northern Diver, Shag and a couple of Velvet Scoters past. Rarest bird (for SBO) was a Marsh Tit. Before heading off home I popped in to Muckleborough Hill where crowds of twitchers were behaving like idiots as usual. Despite them, the Red-flanked Bluetail eventually showed well. I've seen 5 now but doubt if I'll ever grow tired of them. Unfortunately the crowds of numpties won't either, so viewing them won't always be as pleasant an experience as it might be. I'll have to find my own... (and suppress it, tee hee).

Red-flanked Bluetail, Muckleborough Hill, 2-Nov-08 Red-flanked Bluetail, Muckleborough Hill, 2-Nov-08

Red-flanked Bluetail, Muckleborough Hill, 2nd November 2008

 

Short-eared Owl, Sheringham, 2-Nov-08 Short-eared Owl, Sheringham, 2-Nov-08
Short-eared Owl, Sheringham, 2-Nov-08 Short-eared Owl, Sheringham, 2-Nov-08

Short-eared Owl, Sheringham, 2nd November 2008

 

Goldcrest, Sheringham, 2-Nov-08 Goldcrest, Sheringham, 2-Nov-08

Goldcrests, Sheringham, 2nd November 2008

 

Saturday 1st November

Was helping with a group at Titchwell today but had time to have a quick look round Thornham and Gypsy Lane (Brancaster) beforehand. Quite a few birds in at both places, but mostly Goldcrests, Blackbirds and other thrushes and nothing remotely unusual. Best birds at Titchwell were Water Pipit and Black Brant, while a brief look at the sea produced a distant Long-tailed Duck.

After Titchwell I popped along to Burnham Deepdale to see the Pallas's Warbler. Didn't see it, but Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest compensated well and a Spotted Flycatcher was much more unexpected, given the late date. Nearby at Burnham Overy Staithe there were 13 Waxwings trilling away - it looks like it's going to be a good winter for these.

Black Brant, Titchwell, 1-Nov-08 Black Brant, Titchwell, 1-Nov-08

Black Brant, Titchwell, 1st November 2008

 

Water Pipit, Titchwell, 1-Nov-08 Water Pipit, Titchwell, 1-Nov-08

Water Pipit, Titchwell, 1st November 2008

 

Meadow Pipit, Titchwell, 1-Nov-08 Curlew, Titchwell, 1-Nov-08

Meadow Pipit (left) and Culrew (right), Titchwell, 1st November 2008

 

Spotted Flycatcher, Burnham Deepdale, 1-Nov-08 Spotted Flycatcher, Burnham Deepdale, 1-Nov-08

Spotted Flycatcher, Burnham Deepdale, 1st November 2008

 

Waxwing, Burnham Overy Staithe, 1-Nov-08 Yellow-browed Warbler, Burnham Deepdale, 1-Nov-08

Waxwing, Burnham Overy Staithe (left) and Yellow-browed Warbler, Burnham Deepdale (right), 1st November 2008

 

Waxwing, Burnham Overy Staithe, 1-Nov-08 Waxwing, Burnham Overy Staithe, 1-Nov-08

Waxwing, Burnham Overy Staithe (left) and Yellow-browed Warbler, Burnham Deepdale (right), 1st November 2008

 

Next month: December 2008

Current month

 

Previous months:

2007: Jan ; Feb ; Mar ; Apr ; May ; Jun ; Jul ; Aug ; Sep ; Oct ; Nov ; Dec ;

 

2008: Jan ; Feb ; Mar ; Apr ; May ; Jun ; Jul ; Aug ; Sep ; Oct