Monday, 31 October 2016

Triple Wheatears

With some leave off during october during a good spell of east winds decided to head to norfolk around Burnham Overy Dunes had a nice walk along the sea wall towards the dunes with plenty of birds with a few Ringed Flovers, Dunlin and Redshanks feeding in the mud as the tide was out and lots of Curlews calling from around while a big flock of geese was feeding in the field mainly Brent Geese but a few Pink Footed as well while nearby a few Cettis Warblers were calling even a brief view of one and a nice Northern Wheatear was feeding up before heading south.
Pair of young Ringed plovers

Redshank in flight
Posing Northern Wheatear
Decided to explore the dunes where came across a late Wall Butterfly before coming to the female Desert  Wheater which was showing reasonable well feeding down in the grass.
Desert Wheatear Down on the Grass
and showing its tail features
Then decided to go a for a walk in the dunes to look for the Isabelline Wheatear which had been seen after a while it was found in the dunes but due to flightly nature certain photographers decided to try and chase the bird at which point I decided to head back to the Desert Wheatear.

Isabelline Wheatear

Spent sometime with the Desert Wheatear which was flycatching alot with the added bonus of a flyover Waxwing which was heard first but it then flew over our heads. 

Desert Wheatear on the Shed

Desert Wheatear flycatching

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Day out at the head

With a certain bird (Siberian Accentor) at Essington headed up there at the weekend as had a free day. Once at the wardened car park had a nice walk to the viewing area with good numbers of Goldcrests around with a few odd firecrest which I had one good view of and the first of a few failed attempts to see a Yellow-browed Warbler and good numbers of Redwings and Fieldfare over all the time.

One of many Goldcrests


Then got to the garden where the Siberian Accentor was showing well with its distinctively marking but at a little distance to start off with feeding with a few Robins and two nice looking Bramblings. It then came a bit close allowing some nice views before heading back into the hedge.

Siberian Accentor
After a little while decided to came back later when the light would be better so headed off to Kilnsea for a bit where there were a few warblers where in the church area had a couple of Pallas Warblers, some beautiful Siskins, Yellowhammers, 23 flyover White Fronted Geese and a flyover Woodcock a real star bird for me.

Female Siskin

Fly over White Fronted Gooses
Then after lunch headed back to Essington where a nice male Redstart was putting on a nice show in the village

Redstart in the field



Then headed the day with the Siberian Accentor (and another Redstart) as the Accentor was making its way down a scubby track so was not giving views as good as in the moring but it did pop up on to the metal fencing to show well briefly.

Accentor on the Fence post