Posts Tagged ‘Migrants

18
May
21

Migration

A few migrants were making themselves known on the coast this last week. Seeing the Lesser Whitethroat was particularly nice.

01
May
21

The Warmth of the Sun

An evening walk paid dividends yesterday.

Sat atop a bramble a ‘freshly-in’ Grasshopper Warbler drank up the last of the suns rays. It must have been such a wonderful feeling to be warmed; after fighting those cold northerlies whipping in off the sea.

This enigmatic, secretive but well traveled bird is one of my favorites. The throat and underparts are washed with just a hint of primrose. The embers of the dying sun brought that alive … and turned it to a rich, burnished gold.

23
May
20

Migrants

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

 

22
Feb
19

Camouflaged

Some large flocks of Snow Buntings along the Norfolk Coast at the moment. These birds were within one of two flocks we saw on a coastal tour last week. Superbly camouflaged against the shingle they are just the pinnacle of evolutionary design; hardly perceptible until they moved.

 

21
Apr
16

It feels like spring

A walk around the hill one evening at the beginning of the week gave me my first House Martin of the year. Sand Martins and Swallows have been well established for a week or longer but the House Martins are arriving in dribs and drabs. Lets hope they find enough warm weather insects to get their breeding season off to a good start.

House Martin

03
Apr
15

Harbinger

Spring. The sound of the Chiffchaff always gives it away.

Chiffchaff

19
Nov
14

A Sweet Desert

Well, it wasn’t a North African dry arid semi-desert but Gorleston promenade was about as close as you can get to it in Norfolk. The Desert Wheatear that visited us mid November chose a mild Southerly wind to travel north and find favour among the grass verges and beaches of our seaside town.

Desert Wheatears are not super rare. They tend to turn up most years, but they always mark the end of migration for me. OK we’ll get the odd very late bird winging it’s way in but the arrival of a Desert Wheatear marks the beginning of the winter drought of migrants. Our only chance now of something pretty good is an unusual weather event. A harsh cold depression over Russia spurring movement from the continent perhaps or something riding on the back of a strong southerly mild wind.  Who knows? There may even be something special already lurking in Holkham Pines … waiting to be discovered.

2014 11 10 Desert Wheatear Gorleston Norfolk_Z5A1378 2014 11 10 Desert Wheatear Gorleston Norfolk_Z5A1491

 

23
Oct
14

Small giant

So small yet so tenuous; this small Goldcrest had no doubt flown the North Sea before refuelling in cliff top bushes. It never ceases to amaze me why birds, especially ones as small as this, put themselves at risk in such a big way.

2014 10 22 Goldcrest Waveney RC Norfolk_Z5A9115

 

25
Apr
13

Hunter

Sat in the dunes was a canny little girl waiting in the sunshine for the first migrants.

Weak with travel migrants make easy targets for Kestrels. This one was eying up a pair of Blackcaps when I took this shot.

Kestrel




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