Saturday, 28 November 2015

A blustery and cold day on the Levels

TODAY we ventured out, in-spite of the uninspiring weather forecast - which unfortunately was cruelly accurate...

Before the rain and wind fully set in, we visited the RSPB's Grey Lake reserve - open, wild and wet.  The highlight was the enormous flock of green and golden plovers; disturbed by some hidden or perceived danger they wheeled around in the grey sky, filling the air above our heads with flapping wings and scything shadows.


Near the hides, where the willows provide a muddy carr, a number of water rails tiptoed and skulked, seeking out a tasty morsel 

In the car park the bird tables, stocked with seeds by visitors, attracts multiple buntings, tits, robins, starlings and finches.

Reed bunting
We then headed off to RSPB Ham Wall, before the rain came.  At the brand new Avalon Hide two or three marsh harriers were seen hunting over the reeds and occasionally dropping down out of sight - maybe making a kill.  A single great white egret hunted from the edge of the reeds and winter ducks slept, upended or dabbled.


 It was great to be out, but we were quite glad to call it a day at 3pm.

Monday, 26 October 2015

North Norfolk: Cley & Titchwell

A wonderful week on the fabulous north Norfolk coast has just recharged our batteries.  The quaint villages contrast with the rugged coast of shingle and sand, facing out to the North Sea.  Based in Cromer, we headed out west each day and visited the NWT and RSPB reserves bathed in sunshine and the areas in between and along the coast.

Whilst we did not see any rarities (in spite of looking) we did see an array of more common species, which were a delight in themselves.


Yellow-horned poppy

Little egret

Cromer pier


Black-tailed godwit

Golden Plover
Brent Geese




Saturday, 24 October 2015

New Forest alive with small birds

Amongst the trees near a small pond, the birds are fed regularly by visitors and are quite tame; marsh\willow tits, nuthatches, coal tits, great tits all mix with the occasional robin and numerous chaffinches.  Squabbling ducks fuss around on the ground below.