short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Woodchat shrike , Minsmere ,Winterton & buckenham marshes

 A quick round up of what ive been seeing this past week or so. Me and Matt popped down to Suffolk to get my first Woodchat Shrike . We got to Westhall around 11 am and had just missed it by few minutes but were told it had just gone down among the dung heap ( nice!) . We got set up , chatting to the locals and waited. After around half hour( in which time 4 or 5 birders had been and gone) a birder had it above him on the telegraph wires . What a bird . I mean who wouldn't love seeing such a striking colourful bird . With it's White and black body , super black eye band & that it's rusty red crown. Superb ! After a few more pictures and views we decided to head to Minsmere.


Woodchat Shrike(226)


Woodchat Shrike(226)

 Minsmere-  At entrance we pulled in to the known area of bushes to see if we could get a Nightingale . Well after a few minutes I spotted a singing Nightingale  out in the open for around half a minute before dropping down to the next bush.With that in the bag we headed down to the Island Mere Hide . We were greeted with noisy Reed warblers and a stunning male Marsh Harrier over the reeds..A common Snipe in front of hide and I saw a flying Bittern over reeds(always nice) . I then spotted a Hobby . A quick shout and a few others got on it too . First of the year and good sign that spring is well under way! We decided to head back and on doing so a few Red deer on the Heath were grazing. Before heading straight home  I headed to Whitlingham cp for a butchers over the broad and  was rewarded as i got my first Swift !  4 in fact . I had wanted to see one by end of  April but this was 1 st May ( so hopefully a day earlier next year!)
  Next trip out was to Winterton for hoopoe . I didn't see it but did get White Wagtail and cracking Kestrel on a fence post which made for some good pictures.

 On to the beach and Sheducks overhead and a Hobby through the south dunes. Seawatch brought me 2x Sandwich Terns and 15+ Bar tail Godwits going East along the shoreline. As usual i nipped into Buckenham marshes on my way home  for a quick butchers but  not much from hide until I went outside and searched along the fence line and was rewarded by finding a female Black Redstart ! Beautiful bird just around the cattle enclosure area. It soon flew off further along the fence line. I headed home and  checked to see if a Swift had made it as far as my street ..... not yet but its just a matter of time no doubt!
 Shaky

1 comment:

  1. Hello Shaky
    Glad you are getting about and seeing plenty of good birds. We have met, the first time at Buck. last year and the early part of this year when it was brass monkeys at the fen by the Yare. Just enquiring as to whether you have a date for the Black Redstart at Buck. for the reserve records and it would be good to write it up on the whiteboard at reception. As it is a bloody good record and find.
    Cheers, Mark (aka Chippy) RSPB volunteer.
    mark.circus@yahoo.co.uk

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