Friday, 7 June 2019

I have made a few visits over the past few weeks where a good range of species are normally always to be seen. Highlights have included watching the Great spotted Woodpecker family busily feeding their young and as of yesterday (6th June), the young are being fed at the nest hole as they look out. It can only be a matter of days now until they fledge. Other birds noted included the Nightingale which is still singing intermittingly, various Cuckoos flying around and calling, up to 3 Turtle Dove, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Kingfisher, the Mistle Thrush family feeding their fledged young,  a few Yellowhammer, Blackcap and Chiffchaff still singing and the Bittern was heard 'Booming' early one morning from the Stodmarsh direction. Also seen have been a few Swallow, Swift, Hose and Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier and a few Reed Warbler as well as the commoner species. The Barn Owl has shown on a few evenings and early mornings and I have been able to capture a few more photos of this stunning bird.
 


Barn Owl
 
On the dragonfly front, there have been up to 20 Norfolk Hawker, one of the country's rarest dragonflies and good numbers of Hairy Dragonfly with a few Emperor Dragonfly, Broad bodied and Four spotted Chaser and Black tailed Skimmers. Damselflies noted have been the odd Variable Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly but lots of Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly as well as Banded Demoiselles along the stream. It was nice yesterday to see my first Brimstone butterfly at the site.
 
Norfolk Hawker (Aeshna isosceles) - female
 


Sunday, 19 May 2019

I have just returned from a weekends camping at Nethergong where on both Saturday and Sunday morning, I was up around 5am and spent a few hours birding around the site while it was quiet. I managed to see or hear a creditable 63 species which included 3 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl heard, 1 Barn Owl seen hunting on a few occasions, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker were observed at their nest site and with some patience, I was rewarded with some lovely views and a few photo opportunities. There were a few Swallow, Sand and House Martin, 5 Reed Warbler, c6 Yellowhammer, 1 Turtle Dove heard, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jay, 4 Mute Swan, 5 Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Nightingale, 4 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 adult Mediterranean Gull flew east. Other species I didn't see but would of expected to were Starling, Treecreeper and Reed Bunting.
 


Great spotted Woodpecker - male


Sunday, 12 May 2019

An early morning session this morning between 4:45 - 10am in sunny calm conditions produced a good total of 55 species seen. Birds of note included 1 Nightingale in song, 1 Barn Owl was seen hunting on a few occasions and passed by quite close on a few occasions allowing me to take a few shots. There were 2 Cuckoo, 8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Yellowhammer, 2 Kestrel, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Swift, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Skylark and 2 Reed Bunting.
 




Barn Owl