Saturday, August 20, 2005

Norfolk 17/8 - 19/8

Red-backed Shrike, Kessingland, Suffolk, 19.08.05 © Josh Jones

Blimey! Seems ages ago that the wandering birders went birding together; we've barely had any spare time to do so of late what with Josh sunning himself in France during the second week of August and Will getting wet with other RYLA's at Grafham at the beginning of the month, its been hectic!

A gab in the shenanigans towards the end of the month has meant we can concentrate on what we love the most- migration. This past week's weather forecast looked hopefully for Wednesday and Thursday so early on Wednesday morning we headed off to Norfolk for a slice of the action.

We never expected a deluge of migrants, a trickle was we hoped we would be in store for with a tasty scarce drifter such as a Wryneck to make it all worth while. However our morning walk along Blakeney Point failed to produce more than drip of migrants with the highlight actually being a Black Guillemot zooming east on a mill-pond sea.Ruddy Shelduck, Cley NWT, Norfolk, 17.08.05 © Josh Jones

The Ruddy Shelduck were still at Cley, this time hanging around with a dodgey Pink-footed Goose among the honking Greylags.

Titchwell produced a Piedy and Spotted Fly during a couple of visits but the highlights were the waders. Curlew Sandpipes showed well at times and an exceptionally confiding adult Wood Sandpiper was top notch on Thursday evening.
Wood Sandpiper, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk, 18.08.05 © Josh Jones
Wood Sandpiper, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk, 18.08.05 © Will Bowell

The climax to the last few days came on Friday when we headed to Suffolk for a true drifter- a Red-backed Shrike. The directions were naff but we eventually found a birder watching this elusive juvenile and Josh got some mungus shots! For more photos taken during the past few days, see our Bird Gallery by clicking here.

Red-backed Shrike, Kessingland, Suffolk, 19.08.05 © Josh Jones

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dowtwitching and other photos

Long-billed Dowitcher, Rutland Water, Rutland, 09.08.05 © Will Bowell

A one day wonder; the above Long-billed Dowitcher found by Steve Lister yesterday tempted Will out for a quick evening twitch, but the bird appears to have gone now. It remained rather distant for the DLSR set up even with converters so the above is just a record shot of this first official record for the county of this rare American wader.

Below are some other photos taken by the wandering birders during the last two weeks.Ferruginous Duck, Fen Drayton, Cambs, 07.08.05 © Will BowellHouse Martin, St Neots, Cambs, 07.08.05 © Will BowellPectoral Sandpiper, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk, 05.08.05 © Josh JonesMediterranean Gull, Deeping Lakes NR, Lincs, 02.8.05 © Josh JonesCattle Egret, Brampton, Cambs, 30.07.05 © Will BowellCattle Egret, Brampton, Cambs, 30.07.05 © Josh JonesRed-necked Phalarope, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk, 29.07.05 © Josh JonesLittle Gull, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk, 29.07.05 © Josh JonesArctic Skua, Thornham Point, Norfolk, 27.07.05 © Josh JonesYellow-legged Gull, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk, 26.07.05 © Josh JonesLittle Egret, Cley East Bank, Norfolk, 26.07.05 © Josh JonesYellow-legged Gull, Cley NWT, Norfolk, 26.07.05 © Josh JonesCurlew Sandpiper, Salthouse, Norfolk, 26.07.05 © Josh Jones