Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
A visit to West Runton revealed the two Lapland Buntings were still present, inevitably showing very well now that I am camera-less, and the Med Gull continues to patrol the car park in its splendid summer attire.
Offshore a flock of 18 Eider was noteworthy, and a Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver were noted moving west. A few Common Buzzards and Sparrowhawks were noted along the ridge circling up high enjoying the warm and sunny weather.
Monday, 21 March 2011
A Black Redstart briefly alighted on the fence along the cliff edge before vanishing, and then as I walked further east to check the rest of the fields I was delighted as three Snow Buntings flew along the field in front of me and began feeding in the ploughed field. After a short while they joined up with the Lapland Bunting and it was excellent to see them feeding side by side, before something flushed everything up from the field and they were lost to view.
Unfortuately at this point my camera decided to develop a terminal problem with completely of its own accord it zooming out to full magnification and jamming in this position and consequently preventing any other button on it from working so I was far from happy! It might be repairable, but as the lens is quite scratched now and the sensor being tempermental especially on the macro setting, its probably time to look at a new one.
Back in the car park a male Wheatear, the first of the year, was briefly seen on the large grassy area before vanishing as everything scattered revealing a Peregrine slowly moving west.
A check of the golf course revealed a number of Chiffchaffs singing in the wood and the undercliff, and other birds noted moving included a few Siskins, alba Wagtails and Starlings.
I then decided to do a bit of raptor watching from Incleborough, with the added bonus of some Cranes hopefully moving east along the coast as per the pager. Unfortunately the Cranes moved through unseen, probably too far inland to see, but a very distant Red Kite more than made up for that. It was undoubtedly the same bird that was seen over Cley reserve then heading SSE over Walsey, and I would guess it was over Kelling Heath when I picked it up before it dropped below the tree line on the Holt-Cromer ridge never to rematerialise.
Different people have different rules when it comes to counting birds for a specific area, for me its as long as I'm on the patch I count it for the patch irrespective of whether the bird is actually outside the boundary, after all its just a bit of fun, and I'm sure I'll have one over the patch in the near future anyway if past years are anything to go by.
A scan of the field at West Runton from the top of Incleborough revealed that there was now two Lapland Buntings in the field, so after I'd finished raptor watching, a few local Common Buzzards and Sparrowhawks were also seen, I went back down to the beach car park for a closer view of them before heading home after a really excellent day.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
I also took some pics of the local Black-headed Gulls with a couple of them below.
With the nice weather, I then took a walk along the golf course in the hope of an early migrant and was rewarded with the first Stonechat of the year in Happy Valley lifting expectatations for the forthcoming weeks and an end to the near birdless last few weeks.
A check of the roosting Gulls on the sea to the east of the pier revealed another(?) adult Med Gull.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Apart from the Dove, a good number of other species were regularly visiting the feeders with Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Bramblings and Bullfinches being the most notable.
On the way back several Red Kites were seen including one low over the car circling a dead Badger on the road.