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September 2008

 

Sunday 21st September

Just a quick look round Sparham Pools this morning, before heading off to Malawi for 3 weeks. Not much there: 9 Siskins and a Nuthatch the best.

 

Saturday 20th September

Swanton Morley produced a few overhead migrants this morning including a couple of Siskins, a flock of 9 Wigeon (flying around for ages but never quite dropped in) and a few Meadow Pipits. Still at least 1 Reed Warbler singing and loads of Chiffchaffs in full voice like they thought it was spring.

Not sure if I'll have time to update this tomorrow or not - if not then this will be the last update for about 3 weeks or so.

Wigeon, Swanton Morley, 20-Sep-08 Green Woodpecker, Swanton Morley, 20-Sep-08

Wigeon (left) and Green Woodpecker (right), Swanton Morley, 20th September 2008

 

Mallard x Egyptian Geese, Swanton Morley, 20-Sep-08 Hybrid Goose, Swanton Morley, 20-Sep-08

Hybrid Mallard x Egyptian Goose (left) and hybrid Greylag Goose x Canada Goose, with Canada Goose (right), Swanton Morley, 20th September 2008

 

Egyptian Goose, Swanton Morley, 20-Sep-08 Egyptian Goose, Swanton Morley, 20-Sep-08

Egyptian Geese, Swanton Morley, 20th September 2008

 

moth, Bawdeswell, 20-Sep-08  

unidentified moth, Bawdeswell, 20th September 2008 - please let me know if you know what this is.

 

Friday 10th September

Lunch at Thornham again, though a different spot. A Redstart was the highlight - well, actually I think it was the only bird I saw! Pretty sure the thing carrying a mouse or something across the road at Titchwell was a Weasel, though concentrating on the front end to see what it was carrying I failed to see the diagnostic tail pattern. I see Stoats quite often but not many Weasels.

Redstart, Thornham, 19-Sep-08  

Redstart, Thornham, 19th September 2008

 

Thursday 18th September

Still at least 1 Pied Flycatcher at Thornham at lunchtime.

Long-tailed Tit, Thornham, 18-Sep-08  

Long-tailed Tit, Thornham, 18th September 2008

 

Wednesday 17th September

I don't often see them away from the semi-tame herds at parks like Holkham but a Fallow Deer crossed the road in front of me at Syderstone at lunch time. A Kingfisher and at least 3 Snipe were at Coxford.

 

Monday 15th September

Had just a few minutes to look for migrants at lunch time today and found a Pied Flycatcher or two at Thornham. Didn't bother rushing off to Waxham after work to see the reported probable Semi-collared Flycatcher, which was probably a good decision. At least the Pied Fly I saw had pale tips to the median coverts on both wings... Still, it's a first for Britain ready for the taking if you've got enough imagination.

Some nice moths tonight including what I think is a Flounced Rustic, my first.

Pied Flycatcher, Thornham, 15-Sep-08 Migrant Hawker, Thornham, 15-Sep-08

Pied Flycatcher (left) and Migrant Hawker (right), Thornham, 15th September 2008

 

Angle Shades, Bawdeswell, 15-Sep-08 Flounced Rustic, Bawdeswell, 15-Sep-08

Angle Shades (left) and Flounced Rustic (right), Bawdeswell, 15th September 2008

 

Light Emerald, Bawdeswell, 15-Sep-08 Garden Carpet, Bawdeswell, 15-Sep-08

Light Emerald (left) and Garden Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 15th September 2008

 

Sunday 14th September

Drew a complete blank at Sparham Pools this afternoon - should have gone to my coastal patch where I would have drowned in Redstarts.

Wren, Sparham Pools, 14-Sep-08  

Wren, Sparham Pools, 14th September 2008

 

Saturday 13th September

Swanton Morley produced some enjoyable birding this morning. First highlight was a juvenile Hobby providing the best and most prolonged views I've ever had of this species. For over an hour I watched it sitting in a dead tree and making regular forays over the adjacent lake, picking up dragonflies and returning to the tree to eat them. Just before I left it to the dragonflies a second Hobby joined it in the sky.

Meanwhile birders at the coast were busy logging an extraordinary influx of Honey-Buzzards and with the pager barely going a minute without bringing news of another one I started to think I was the only birder in Norfolk who hadn't seen one. At that point I looked up to see a flock of Rooks mobbing a large raptor which, sure enough, turned out to be a Honey-Buzzard. It seemed to be heading straight through but three minutes later I picked up a Honey-Buzzard once again, also seemingly heading straight through and in the same direction. Pretty sure it was a second bird, but I can't be 100% certain of that.

Other bits and pieces included a Common Sandpiper, 2 Wigeon, a Shoveler, 3 Teal and for those of you who like placcy wildfowl, the Wood Duck, Blue-winged Goose and hybrid Mallard x Egyptian Goose still present.

Fortunately I resisted the temptation to rush down to Kent to see the Fan-tailed Warbler (it disappeared before I would have got there). I may well see a few in a couple of weeks anyway, though I shall be more interested in the other 15 or so species of Cisticola if I can find (and identify) them...

Hobby, Swanton Morley, 13-Sep-08 Hobby, Swanton Morley, 13-Sep-08

Hobby, Swanton Morley, 13th September 2008

 

Wood Duck, Swanton Morley, 13-Sep-08 Blue-winged Goose, Swanton Morley, 13-Sep-08

eclipse male Wood Duck (left) and Blue-winged Goose (right), Swanton Morley, 13th September 2008

 

Grey Heron, Swanton Morley, 13-Sep-08 Grey Heron, Swanton Morley, 13-Sep-08

Grey Heron, Swanton Morley, 13th September 2008

 

Small Square-spot, Bawdeswell, 13-Sep-08 Burnished Brass, Bawdeswell, 13-Sep-08

Small Square-spot (left) and Burnished Brass (right), Bawdeswell, 13th September 2008

 

Thursday 11th September

For the first time since I've been watching the gull flock at Houghton recently, there were as many adult or near-adult Herring Gulls as Yellow-legged Gulls, but there were 2 Yellow-legged Gulls still.

Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 11-Sep-08 Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 11-Sep-08

Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 11th September 2008

 

Tuesday 9th September

Most of the gulls at Houghton were distant so I wasn't able to positively identify any Yellow-legged Gulls, although there were up to 5 candidates. An adult Mediterranean Gull on the other hand was easy enough even at a distance.

Square-spot Rustic, Bawdeswell, 9-Sep-08  

Square-spot Rustic, Bawdeswell, 9th September 2008 - at least I think that's what it is, but it was distinctly smaller than two others present

 

Monday 8th September

No pics worth sharing but at least 1 and probably 4 Yellow-legged Gulls at Houghton today. Moths this evening included an Engrailed.

 

Sunday 7th September

Highlight of a wander round Sparham Pools this morning was a Hobby perched in the open.

Reed Bunting, Sparham Pools, 7-Sep-08 Hobby, Sparham Pools, 7-Sep-08

Reed Bunting (left) and Hobby (right), Sparham Pools, 7th September 2008

 

Red-eyed Damselfly, Sparham Pools, 7-Sep-08 Red-eyed Damselfly, Sparham Pools, 7-Sep-08

female Red-eyed Damsefly (?), Sparham Pools, 7th September 2008

 

Lesser Yellow Underwing, Bawdeswell, 7-Sep-08  

Lesser Yellow Underwing, Bawdeswell, 7th September 2008

 

Saturday 6th September

A good morning's local birding. A first-winter Mediterranean Gull flew over - I nearly overlooked it as Common Gull as it wasn't a particularly well-marked one, but a clean white underwing and clear grey greater-covert panel were clearly visible. Not a species I never expected to see round here, but my first in the 5 km circle nonetheless. Another personal first for Swanton Morley was a Spotted Flycatcher. This was my first of the year, a sign of how scarce they've become now.

Most of the summering warblers have departed now - still lots of Chiffchaffs amongst the tit flocks but apart from that just 1 Blackcap. A resident Cetti's Warbler is still singing though. Other signs that winter is approaching came in the form of a Wigeon on Curly's Lake and 7 Golden Plovers flying over. In the same area as last week there were still at least 4 Buzzards.

Nearby a quick stop at Bylaugh produced Little Owl and 2 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrids. A Grey Wagtail was in the puddle in the road at Sparham Hole and then I returned to Bylaugh to check the gulls at the pig farm, producing a very satisfying 4 Yellow-legged Gulls.

Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley, 6-Sep-08 Red Fox, Swanton Morley, 6-Sep-08

Great Crested Grebe (left) and Red Fox (right), Swanton Morley, 6th September 2008

 

Mediterranean Gull, Swanton Morley, 5-Sep-08 Mediterranean Gull, Swanton Morley, 5-Sep-08

Mediterranean Gull, Swanton Morley, 6th September 2008 - not the most convincing photos perhaps!

 

House Martin, Swanton Morley, 5-Sep-08 House Martin, Swanton Morley, 5-Sep-08

House Martins, Swanton Morley, 6th September 2008 - note the dusky breast band on the left hand one

 

Yellow-legged Gull, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08 Yellow-legged Gull, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08

Yellow-legged Gull, Bylaugh, 6th September 2008

 

Yellow-legged Gull, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08 Yellow-legged Gull, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08

Yellow-legged Gulls, Bylaugh, 6th September 2008 - at least I think that's what they are: let me know what you think

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08

Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Bylaugh, 6th September 2008

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08 Carrion Crow?, Bylaugh, 6-Sep-08

Gulls sp. (left) and Crow sp. (right), Bylaugh, 6th September 2008 - not certain what the gull is; the crow was among Rooks so most likely to be juvenile Rook, however I'm not convinced. What do you think?

 

Setaceous Hebrew Character, Bawdeswell, 6-Sep-08 Kingfisher, Swanton Morley, 5-Sep-08

Setaceous Hebrew Character, Bawdeswell, 6th September 2008

Kingfisher, Swanton Morley, 6th September 2008 - something I can identify at last!

 

Friday 5th September

Hardly any gulls at Houghton at lunchtime today.

Square-spot Rustic, Bawdeswell, 5-Sep-08  

Square-spot Rustic, Bawdeswell, 5th September 2008

 

Thursday 4th September

Not so many gulls at Houghton again but at least a couple of Yellow-legged Gulls.

Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 4-Sep-08 Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 4-Sep-08
Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 4-Sep-08 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton, 4-Sep-08

Yellow-legged Gull (3rd winter?) (upper two & bottom left) and juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull (bottom right), Houghton, 4th September 2008

 

Wednesday 3rd September

Lots of gulls at Houghton again today and no shortage of Yellow-legged Gulls amongst them. Difficult to be sure how many as they kept moving around but at least 5 and very likely several more. I'm getting a bit more confident with the ID now, now I realise that there really are more Yellow-legged Gulls than Herring Gulls here.

Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 3-Sep-08 Yellow-legged Gull, Houghton, 3-Sep-08

Yellow-legged Gulls, Houghton, 3rd September 2008

 

Tuesday 2nd September

I think this one's a Lesser Yellow Underwing but didn't see it's underwing so might be something completely different. Please get in touch if you can confirm/correct.

Lesser Yellow Underwing, Bawdeswell, 2-Sep-08  

Lesser Yellow Underwing, I think, Bawdeswell, 2nd September 2008

 

Monday 1st September

A couple of nice moths in tonight: an Angle Shades and my second ever Light Emerald.

Update: the tatty thing I couldn't identify at first is a Mouse Moth, my first.

Light Emerald, Bawdeswell, 1-Sep-08 Mouse Moth, Bawdeswell, 1-Sep-08

Light Emerald (left) and Mouse Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 1st September 2008

 

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