Sunday, 25 November 2018

With the nights drawing in there is just about enough time after work to drive down to the lake and fill the feeders.
This has yielded some good views of Water Rails and on 22nd a Coot had arrived and was still on the lake this morning.
Friday 23rd a Chiffchaff was found in the ditch at the southern end of the lake and was still around on saturday 24th but not seen today.The ditch also produced three Reed Buntings on saturday.
Today there was a definate increase in bird numbers with lots of Fieldfares(200) and Chaffinches(35+) plus Siskin(40) and 2 Lesser Redpolls in with a flock of 25 Goldfinches.
The real highlites were a LITTLE EGRET,the second this year and a bird not recorded every year and four GREENFINCHES up at the farn house.
Late this afternoon I went to look for local Barn Owls and saw one as it left the box to go hunting.It's great to have them breeding locally again after a few years abscence.Sixteen Yellowhammers were also seen.
With constant grey skies and rain I haven't managed any photos but have added a few from a walk at Shellness a little while ago.
Sanderling(first winter)



Monday, 19 November 2018

My patch walk on Saturday 17th produced 48 species with he highlite being a skein of Dark bellied Brent Geese(106).
Winter thrush numbers remain low but a flyover Yellowhammer was a bonus as very few are recorded over the orchards.A few birds were going over including Skylark, Meadow Pipit and a single Bullfinch.

Mistle Thrush

Down at the lake the Water Rail was near the feeders and a Marsh Tit was behind Lake Cottage.
In the afternoon I took a look around the farm buildings and found a couple of Pied and a Grey Wagtail feeding in the sheltered sunny side.
Grey Wagtail
We recently went to Norfolk for the weekend and were lucky to find the 14 Shorelarks at Holkham.
Some of the Shorlarks in Norfolk

Monday, 5 November 2018

The first Fieldfares of the autumn appeared on 6th October followed by the Redwings on the 11th.
The sunny days in early October produced my first Clouded Yellows of the year plus afew Small Coppers and Small and Common Blues plus Peacocks.
 Clouded Yellows 

As the month ticked by thrush numbers increased as did Siskin and Lesser Redpolls with good numbers appearing on the 20th.
Probably the last Chiffchaff of the autumn was seen on 25th.
A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker flew over me on the 27th and one was seen on 4th Nov.
Distant Lesser Spot

Early on 4th a nice surprise was a Black Redstart(105) around the buildings in Kirkins.
Black Redstart in Kirkins

Friday, 5 October 2018

The last decent flock of House Martins, comprised of 100+ was feeding over the orchards on 25th September with 30 Swallows. A few Chiffchaffs continued into this month and two more Stonechats were seen,with one in the ditch by the lake on 26th and one in Kirkins the following day.All this autumns birds have been males.
Stonechat in Kirkins
The first Skylark for some time went over on 29th and the same day two Siskins were seen.
Good numbers of Mandarins are around the lake daily with the drakes back into their fine plumage.
Mandarins on the lake
And in the air
The feeders are attracting plenty of tits with a Marsh Tit the best.
A Sedge Warbler was a nice surprise on the 3rd Oct and this evening 16 Skylarks were seen .

Always a few Buzzards around.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Well,we're a good way through September and there are still a few summer migrants around the patch but the numbers are dwindling somewhat.
Hobbies have been seen intermittently with the last on 18th.
On the 16th a rather large juvenile female Peregrine was chasing an unfortunate Stock Dove around Kirkins.
There have been good numbers of House Martins pasing through with a lot fewer Swallows with them.
The 14th of the month produced a Whinchat(103) on the fence in kirkins.
The morning of 15th saw a good selection of migrants with 30 Chiffchaffs plus willow,Sedge and Reed Warblers.
The first Meadow Pipits of the autumn went over on the 12th.
Yesterday was a good patch walk with a male Stonechat(104) , two Yellow Wagtails and a Med Gull over.
Yesterdays Stonechat  and one from Mallorca

A Water Rail called from the southern end(two days later than last year).
This mornings walk was a rather wet one but a Spotted Flycatcher and a Willow Warbler were found in a mixed flock and 65 unfortunate House Martins were sheltering on one of the farm buildings with single Sand Martin and a Swallow.
            A couple more from Mallorca
Spotted Flycatcher
Night Heron

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Wednesday 22nd saw 5 Common Sandpipers on the lake early morning.Sadly they had disappeared by the evening.
It was still very gloomy but I managed this distant shot of four of them.
On Friday 24th a Hobby was chasing through the many Martins and Swallows without success.
Two Ravens over north was a great site as they called loudly before one came back south.
One of the Ravens
The following day (25th) there was a good fall of migrants following overnight heavy showers.
These included 20 Willow Warblers,a Sedge Warbler,12 Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat,4 Blackcaps,3 Reed Warblers and best of all 2 Pied Flycatchers (102)(one found in the sheltered corner of the lake and one in birches on the Shirrenden side)Sadly neither could be found the following morning as alot of birds had cleared out overnight.

                                    SOME MORE SHOTS FROM A RECENT HOLIDAY
Purple Swamp Hen
Amazing birds

Juvenile Stonechat

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

A good day on the patch with a Sedge Warbler(101) added to the year list during an early walk before work.Also seen were 14 Mandarins and a couple of Reed Warblers.

This evening there were lots of hirundines over the orchard with 60+ House Martins and 25 Swallows. A whitethroat and 2 Blackcaps were by the pumping station and a Marsh Tit was also present. Two Yellow Wagtails flew from the bean field in swigs.

No photos to add from the patch so I've added some from a July holiday to Mallorca.

         Audouin's Gull 


Little Bittern

I'll try to add a few more images in the future.