Friday, March 26, 2021

March oddments

 The number of Chiffchaffs has increased dramatically this week but apart from the odd Blackcap other migrants seem scarce; a few Whooper Swans still passing through and a rare opportunity to get an upperpart shot of a Common Buzzard plus my first Woodlark of the year actually on the ground in spite of several aerial encounters - Pintail from Alkborough Flats 

Orange Underwing moth from the forest

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

a Bittern at last

 it has taken a long time to bump into a Bittern this year locally but finally saw this one a couple of days ago albeit looking very edgy and clearly not happy in the open with humans about

Sunday, March 07, 2021

local birds this weekend

 Good influx of Lesser Redpolls 20+ joined the 40+ Siskins on waters Edge; Jack Snipe passing through 

new content also on in latest section and images from Point Pelee area May 2013 and coming soon Marsh Harrier studies 


Kestrel and Common Crossbill

 Still a few Common Crossbills in the forest and possibly breeding - this Kestrel was catching what I assumed to be Common Lizards but the only time it came up with prey it was totally hidden in the bunch of molinia that it took with it

Saturday, March 06, 2021

male Stonechat on bullrush

 the early passage of Stonechats through the local area seems to have slowed this week but there were up to seven a day in the previous week and many different individuals judging from the flock composition and locations that suggests maybe 25-30 birds were recorded

recent birds at Alkborough

Three White-fronts and a Great White Egret present this week followed the earliest ever Spoonbill in late February at Alkborough; lots of wildfowl including up to 33 Pintail and a Red Kite passed through on the 4th. 

Does this Jackdaw have enough of a collar to suggest it may not be a local bird?