Posts Tagged ‘Goshawk

28
Feb
17

February

Some excellent bird tours in February. Around 6 trips into the Brecks and almost as many into the Broads. The tour on the day of storm Doris was a challenge to say the least, but we still managed a few things of interest. Here’s a compendium of photos of just a few birds we came across during the month.

bewicks-swan crane glaucous-gull goshawk great-grey-shrike hawfinch iceland-gull lesser-spotted-woodpecker mediterranean-gullrough-legged-buzzardsiskinsnow-buntingwaxwingwoodlark

 

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06
Mar
16

All preperation

At the moment a lot of my time is being put into organising the tours later in the year. However, the day tours around Norfolk are still happening. The fourth, or is it the fifth, visit to the Brecks in south Norfolk this last week probably gave the best prolonged views of Goshawk I’ve had in many years. A female and two males. I hope they breed but as yet I’ve not seen them in ‘full on’ display just cavorting, so to speak. By necessity the photograph below is taken at (great) distance.

Some good views of Great Grey Shrike too this week but again a little distant to photograph.

Goshawk

 

 

13
Mar
14

Things are brighter than you would imagine

On one tour last month we tried to find displaying Goshawk but the weather was wrong. It had forecast bright and showery weather but it was the dullest greyest day you could imagine. If I was a Goshawk the last thing I would want to do is display. We had some good Woodlark though among many other birds and a magnificent display of Winter Aconite. What a wonderful sight to brighten anyone’s day.

Winter Aconite

01
Feb
12

Breckland

They don’t call the Lesser spotted Woodpecker ‘Ladderback’ for nothing. This uncommon tiny sparrow sized woodpecker inhabits the very outer branches in the tops of tall trees. Its black and white patterned back – the ladder back – is surprisingly well camouflaged. February and March are good months to find them before the trees ‘leaf up’ and they are still calling as they mark out their territories. As well as Lesser spots … Goshawk, Hawfinch, Firecrest and Woodlark are all possible on a Birdwatching Tour to the south of Norfolk at this time of the year. If you are interested in a day out give me a call or send me a mail.




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