Posts Tagged ‘bird tours

30
Apr
17

Craning our Necks

As we stopped for a look around on a tour in north East Norfolk a group of cranes could be heard somewhere in the distance. We waited and they eventually came right above us. Wonderful graceful birds.

06
Apr
17

Resplendent orient

In the Brecks last week listening to a charade of Firecrest song. However it wasn’t that that caught our attention. It was the flock of Mandarin ducks looking resplendent in breeding garb that stole the show. What beautiful ducks these are.

05
Apr
17

Through the square window

The end of the tax year saw me sitting at the laptop first thing this morning.

It was the song of a Blackcap that drew me to the window. Not my first for the year but always good to hear. Under the feeders was a Stock Dove. The iridescence around the neck  was absolutely glowing in the morning sunshine. I had to get my camera. As soon as I moved he flew up and away. I thought I’d set up the camera anyway just in case he came back; or maybe something else would put in an appearance.

I’d no sooner set up the tripod when an absolute carpet of Blackbirds landed in the garden. A spring movement north. Much to the consternation of the local birds that didn’t like interlopers on their patch. As I finished adjusting the camera I noticed something piebald land at the pond.

For the fourth year running Ring Ouzels have visited the pond here. Stunning birds these thrushes. I had a chance to fire off a few shots before the whole flock took off west.

19
Mar
17

Rallying Rail

Everyone knows that Water Rails show well at dusk. This individual had not read the books. Walking alongside the path at Titchwell it was attracting a steady steam of admirers.

08
Mar
17

Breeders?

The first recorded occurrence of Great White Egret in Norfolk was in 1979. Since then they have been regular visitors. On a tour this week we came across three together and another was reported less than a mile away. Do you think breeding is on the cards this year? I’ll be surprised if it’s not.

06
Dec
16

On the lookout

On tour last week this Meadow Pipit was tightrope walking on a gate at BuckenhamFen. I couldn’t help thinking he was looking over my shoulder all the time … at the perched Peregrine!

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09
Sep
16

The Harvesters

It reminded me of a scene from a Benny Hill sketch. Anne, Simon and I were chasing around trying our best to stop them escaping.

I had been told Natural Surroundings (call in for a coffee it’s a great place www.naturalsurroundings.info) had a surplus of their captive bred Harvest Mice. I wanted to start a small colony here at Falcon Cottage so Anne and Simon kindly donated a few mice for me to release here in the wildflower area. I was lent a few containers in which to place them to convey them safely. The mice however had other ideas. That’s when the fun started. They did eventually succumbed to a little persuasion and were temporarily encased. I duly strapped the containers into the front seat of the car for the journey and on arrival home, before I did anything else, I released them.

All immediately ran off into the undergrowth but the last little critter decided he wanted to hang around … literally. I gave him a feed of seeds and a blackberry; although he eventually disappeared I was able to get a few snaps of him before he slowly clambered off.

Harvest Mouse




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