Monthly Archives: September 2011

Old Moor RSPB

Old Moor seems to be the place for me to be this year and I found myself there again in glorious sunshine on Friday the 30th , might have been a bit too much sun today I believe it reached the 80° degree mark, for late September that’s something. I took along the Macro lens today in the vain hope of a few late Darters there was a load of Common Darters about one even graced the hat I was wearing. Along with the Common were a few Migrant Hawkers


Huddsbirder at Old Moor

The Birds around today from the hides we visited (Family, Wath Ings and Reedbed) were :-

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Tree Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Linnet

The number of Golden Plovers are building up on the Wath Ings site, these had a few waders with them Dunlin, Greenshank and Lapwing. The Ringed Plovers were seen from the Reedbed Hide a little party of six birds

Common Darter

Common Darter

Pectoral Sandpiper

One of these beauties showed up at Pugneys Country Park over the weekend of the 24th September and I was lucky enough to be having the Monday the 26th of work and for once the bird actually stayed. So it was I found myself down at Pugneys after the business I had to do looking at a Juv Pectoral Sandpiper to with in about 50 feet my closest encounter yet, but alas no scope but having said that you really didnt need it, but I did happen to have the Canon SX220 with me so I did manage some video. Full Video Link at You Tube Channel 

September break in Norfolk

Once again we found ourselves heading to Norfolk for a weeks break along the North Coast, stopping again at the  Green Lawn House in Overstrand, Monday the 19th was our travelling day encountering a variety of bird species along the way highlights being Hobby and Common Buzzard. Our first port of call was Cley Spy for a new coat and then back to the coast for tea and cake at the Cley Nature Reserve ending up at Coastguards for a little bit of birding catching sight of a few Gannets and Sandwich Terns passing by with Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Curlews and Black tailed Godwits in the fields.

List for Today no particular order :- Woodpigeon, Hobby, Swallow, Rook, Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, Kestrel, Buzzard, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Curlew, Sandwich Tern, Gannet, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Shelduck, Teal, Linnet, Tawny Owl, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Sparrowhawk

Wednesday the 21st was birding day and we started at Titchwell RSPB reserve by the time we arrived the car park was already starting to get full, the weather was good but a little bit windy. We made our way onto the reserve hearing a Cettis Warbler near the centre. Down near the first hide and viewing from the footpath onto the reserve we picked out a few waders nearby, Ringed Plovers and Dunlins were numerous, but we picked out four Little Stints and three Curlew Sandpipers amongst them but they were not settling and were soon taking flight.

We located the new Parrinder Hide, you can’t miss it, and made our way towards it seeing Grey Heron, Little Egret, Redshank we also saw a Whinchat which someone kindly pointed out to us. Settling in to the new hide area and now out of the wind we picked up a few more birds Ruffs, Grey Plover, Pied Wagtails, Yellow Wagtails (2), a Sparrowhawk went thru, Teal, Mallard, Shovelers, Sand Martin, House martin, Swallows, Knot, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit so plenty to feast upon. We had dinner here before moving off down towards the sea but didn’t see much more down here but a few passing Gannets.

With Titchwell over we called in at Holkham on our way thru to the digs seeing a lot of Greylag Geese here but there were Pink Footed Geese in there as well. We had a walk onto the nearest hide not seeing much bird life but quiet a few Butterflies about in the late sunshine manly Red Admirals and  Commas.

List for Today [Titchwell]  no particular order:- Woodpigeon, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Gannet, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Avocet, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Cettis Warbler, Collard Dove, Sandwich Tern, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Little Grebe, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Knot, Ruff, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Whinchat, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White

List For Today [Holkham] no particular order :- Goldcrest, Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Woodpigeon, Robin, Greylag Goose, Pink Footed Goose, Buzzard, Little Grebe, Lapwing, Dunnock, Comma, Red Admiral, Common darter

Thursday the 22nd we had a day out on the Broads this one being Ranworth Broad mainly for the day out but birds were seen Peregrine, Marsh Harrier,Cettis Warbler and Kingfisher to name a few. Dragonflies especially Common Darter were evident along with a Southern Hawker.

List for Today :- Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Common Tern, Black-headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Greylag Goose, Cormorant, Cettis Warbler, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Coot, Chaffinch, Mute Swan, Common Darter, Southern Hawker, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White

Our last day we stopped of at Cley Nature Reserve on the way back home for a couple of hours catching up with Spoonbill, Green Sandpiper and more Curlew Sandpipers

List for Today no particular order :- Black-headed Gull, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Spoonbill, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Swallow, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter

Full Norfolk List [In Order]                 More Photos at Flickr

Wildlife Centre Ranworth Broad

Wildlife Centre Ranworth Broad


Boating on the Broads

Parrinder Hide

Titchwells Parrinder Hide

Black Headed Gull

Black Headed Gull

Going Batty

Another Batty week again at Old Moor RSPB on Tuesday the 6th, kick off was at 7:30pm, the rain had stopped but the winds were still blowing a gale I didn’t hold out much hope of seeing much tonight but a Noctule put in a brief appearance which I didn’t pick up on and a couple of Soprano Pipistrelle graced us with their presence, but these were found well out of the wind around the back of the Visitor Centre.

Friday the 9th again down at Thunderbridge Meadows in the vain hope of catching a couple of late Butterflies I arrived late morning and the temperature was around the 19° mark there was a stonking fresh Red Admiral about along with a few Speckled Woods and that was about it, birds included Buzzard, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Saturday the 10th turned out to be better weather wise it was a warm still night so with the experience we had gained from the Old Moor bat walks we decided on finding or own locally. Find we did brilliant night with fantastic views and numerous Noctule bats about with Soprano and Common  Pipistrelles too with Sopranos being the numerous a few Owls were out too with Little and Tawny Owls present

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Thunderbridge Meadows

End of the week with a couple of hours to spare I thought I would venture out to a local Butterfly site in the vain hope of seeing something due to the poor week at work, cows are back in the field, I needed a cheer up.

There didn’t appear much at first but when you came across some sunny glades there was one or two butterflies about with the local Buzzards over head and the noisy Nuthatch calling from within the tress and not to be out done a Great Spotted Woodpecker joined in and then a Kingfisher on the stream made its presence known with the high-pitched call.

Back to the butterflies there were Speckled Woods, Comma, Green veined Whites and a Small Tortoiseshell today nothing unusual was seen I was hoping for maybe a Painted Lady to round the year off but no. I also visited  the local ponds finding a single Speckled Wood along with a Migrant Hawker a Green woodpecker “yaffling” and a few Swallows hawking the fields

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell