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06
Jul
20

Southward bound

A big movement of Swift South the other day. Marvellous birds.

01
Jul
20

Feeding and Fledging

Feeding and fledging at its height now. Skylark on the cliff-top and Jackdaw in the village pub garden here in West Runton.

21
Jun
20

Sly guy

We’ve been seeing more foxes locally since lockdown. This one was stalking blackbirds along the field edge … but they were having nothing of it.

15
Jun
20

Reedbed Warbler

Waiting for Swallowtails something slunked into view at our feet. It took me a moment to place it. It just wasn’t immediate. It took a couple of seconds. A warbler deep inside a reedbed in June should be one of just a few species. This wasn’t one of them. It was out of context. God only knows what a Chiffchaff was doing trundling about around the foot of reeds but anyways it was. We watched it for a while before it slunk away as silently as it arrived.

 

11
Jun
20

Invaders from the East

As we entered June a series of invaders flew from the East. Birds we wouldn’t see as a norm started invading British Airspace.

The first was a wave of Rose Coloured Starlings. No ordinary starlings these, but starlings bedecked in Librace styled dinner suits of pink and velvet black. As I write this one has just moved through the fields between me and the cliffline 400m to the North. Bedecked in a Elton John styled headdress these spring adult males are worth sparing a wary eye on your bird feeders.

The second wave of Asian explorers are Blyth’s Reed Warblers. These are birds coming up from India that would normally summer in North East Europe. A smattering of birds down the East coast of the UK were augmented by several local birds. One a shy bird overwhelmingly favouring sound than sight, as it sang from deep within bramble bushes on Beeston Bump proved very elusive. Another at the relatively new NWT reserve of Pigney’s Wood at North Walsham was more forthcoming. It performed admirably for a small number of bird watchers within a stand of bamboo and Willow. It sang its heart out to all that would listen and more importantly … showed well as it did so.

04
Jun
20

Stonechat

On our walks along the clifftop during May there’s been a couple of Stonechats that have obviously been holding territory in one of the hedgerows. As we stood on the clifftop looking at the sea, if we were quite still, they’d come alongside us to forage.

26
May
20

Snap me! Snap me!

This little fella just wouldn’t leave us alone as we were sea-watching the other day. He was just so desperate to have his photo taken he even hovered above us repeatedly.

23
May
20

Migrants

A couple of the commoner migrants in the last few days.

 

20
May
20

Wash & Brush-up

Something for the weekend Sir?

15
May
20

All coloured-up

Excellent numbers of Linnet this year. Some of them are now coloured up and looking good in their Sunday best.




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