Monthly Archives: April 2019

Old Moor RSPB

Sunny again and a few hours spare so nipped down to Old Moor and meet up with a friend. Plan was to tackle the Green Lane end first and move on to reedbed side, first highlight was a single Gorse Shieldbug on the approach to Family Hide. No Mediterranean Gull was not located but lots and lots of Black headed Gulls along with Herring, Lesser Black backed and Common. Wildfowl seen were Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard, Gadwall, and finally located the Male Garganey tucked up way up the back of the pool.

On to the Wader Scrape hide where we were lucky enough to share in the excitement of 2 Black Terns. There were a few Butterfly species down Green Lane namely Brimstone, Orange tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.

We finally made our way around to the Reedbed Hide where we could hear the Bittern booming better but we never got the pleasure of seeing it, we pick up on a calling Sedge Warbler near the Bittern Hide on our way back to the Visitor centre.

Bird List :- Bittern (H), Black Tern, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Garganey, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Litte Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pochard, Redshank, Sedge Warbler, Shelduck, Stock Dove, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigen

Butterflies :- Brimstone, Orange tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

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Grand Tour Day 3

The final stop was at Rutland Water at the Osprey Viewpoint on the way back home after a brief family visit into Dorset. Around the visitor centre feeders Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, and my first of the year Willow Warbler calling. The walk down to the viewing hide and once again there now seems to Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs a plenty, the Ospreys were easily seen, the female was on the nest site and the male was nearby, he soon gave flight and gave a few dives, but no fish were caught so it seemed he was having a wash off before he gave flight off the reserve. As this was only a stop off on the road to home I didn’t hang around for long and I was soon on the road again, always like Rutland maybe next time it will be a day visit

Birds at Rutland Water :- Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Great crested Grebe, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Mute Swan, Osprey, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Reed Bunting, Rook, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon (29 Species)

Osprey

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The Grand Tour Bird List inc seen on Travels (85 Species)

Avocet, Barn Owl, Bar tailed Godwit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Garganey, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Plover, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jack Snipe, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Knot, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Long tailed Tit, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Osprey, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Pintail, Pochard, Red Kite, Red crested Pochard, Red legged Partridge, Redshank, reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rook, Ruff, Sand Martin, Sanderling, Sandwich Tern, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Swallow, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren

 

Grand Tour Day 2

Todays plan was to motor up to RSPB Titchwell (MAP) and then call in at RSPB Lakenheath on my way back to the B&B

Arrived at Titchwell at about 10am to the sound of my first Blackcaps (later to see) of the year and Chiffchaffs, from the car park I headed on to the reserve and my attention was drawn to a Muntjac Deer in the ditch that runs along the side of the path, undisturbed by us looking on it went about its business feeding away, I stayed watching on until it quietly disappeared in to the undergrowth.

My first port of call  was the beach and from the dunes I could see nothing on the sea but many waders at a distance  along the shoreline. I made my way over and kept myself at a safe distance watching, Oystercatchers, Bar tailed Godwits, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Knot and Redshanks.

Back on to the I passed a couple of Red Crested Pochard on the Tidal Marsh and the calls of newly arrived Sandwich Terns overhead, Curlew, Redshank and Avocet were on the Volunteer Marsh as I made the Parrinder Hide my next stop. From the hide my highlights were Mediterranean Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Little Ringer Plovers, Pied Wagtail, Avocets, Redshanks, Ruff, SnipeBlack tailed Godwits and a distant Marsh Harrier.

Birds at Titchwell :- Avocet, Bar tailed Godwit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Curlew, Dunnock, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Grey Plover, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Knot, Linnet, Little Ringed Plover, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Red crested Pochard, Redshank, Robin, Ruff, Sanderling, Sandwich Tern, Shelduck, Shoveler, Snipe, Teal, Woodpigeon, Wren (43 Species)

My allocated time at Titchwell was over, too short a visit maybe next time a bit longer, on then and down to Lakenheath were I was greeted by a calling Green Woodpecker as I entered the car park. A calling Cettis Warbler bowled me over as I left the car park alas I couldn’t find it. A quick look from the Washland viewpoint and I saw Redshank, Little Ringed Plovers, and  Lapwing

I walked all the way down to Joist Fen Viewpoint were there was many a Marsh Harrier and little else on view in the late afternoon sun. A stop off at the Mere gave me the Male Garganey, Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler and Tufted Duck.

The last visit was around the Visitor Center and on my way there I picked up a Sparrowhawk over the woods, around the center I watched Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Robin and Reed Bunting

Birds at Lakenheath :- Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Garganey, Goldfinch, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Green Woddpecker, Greenfinch, Greylag Goose, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Littel Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Long tailed Tit, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Robin, Rook, Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Tufted Duck, Wren (36 Species)

Butterflies:- Peacock

Muntjac

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Grand Tour Day 1

Three days away taking in RSPB Frampton Marsh (That Long billed Dowitcher), RSPB Titchwell (because i like Titchwell),  RSPB Lakenheath (Common Crane) and Rutland Water (Ospreys).

I was staying at a new Bed and Breakfast, Westgate House and Barn at Spalding, a good choice, set in a nice quiet location, great food and the room was a good size and clean.

First site was Frampton and it was blowing a gale, hat and gloves were in order, the field near the car park held a few Oystercatchers and Ruff, Brent Geese seemed to be everywhere in the fields in the air and constantly calling, quite a sceptical to see so many.

On then to the last location of the Dowitcher, a bit of a walk as it was at the furthest field of the reserve (why does it always seem to be!!), not here but it was nice to pick up my first Little Ringed Plovers of the year. The walk back passed the saltmarsh showed no raptors but only Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. Back at the Dowitchers favourite field,supposedly, there was a couple of Spotted RedshanksRinged Plovers and a single Dunlin to brighten up the day thou, across the pathway/road there were a few Golden Plovers, Pied Wagtails and Great Crested Grebes.

My next stop was around at the East Hide from here the Black tailed Godwits could be seen and I don’t think I’ve seen so many in one place, amongst them were more Redshanks, Curlews, Lapwing, Ruff and a couple of pair of Pintails were a nice surprise.

Back out into the wind and a walk back around to the Dowitchers favourite field, still not seen, but more Little Ringed Plovers and Spotted Redshanks. The visitor centre was my next stop back to the car and here I managed to see the immature Little Gull and a few Swallows and Sand Martins and a pair of Goldeneye, around at the feeders House Sparrows, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Great TitBlue Tit and Reed Buntings.

Always a great visit at Frampton….dispite missing the Dowitcher always plenty to see

Birds seen at Frampton :- Avocet, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Coot, Curlew, Dunlin, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Greylag Goose, House Sparrow. Jack Snipe, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pintail, Pochard, Red legged Partridge, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Ruff, Sand Martin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Swallow, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon (43 species)

Spotted Redshank

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