short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Dawn till Dusk Birding.....

   Dawn to Dusk.....
So there I was ,at 3am parked up outside Yorkies house after setting off from my house at " silly hours oclock", waiting for him to come out, I could just work out he was there as it was pitch black . He jumped in the van and we were off to meet the others and make our way down to the Brecks!

leaving off.....


  
  This was of course our annual "big birding day out ", where me,Yorkie ,Steve,phil & Tony head out for first light into the Brecks and finish up at dusk in the North Norfolk coast .This was our 7 th year and previously we had managed to get 135 species so we hoped for as many again but the total is important as its just a bit of fun .
  We arrived at Santon Downham ,( as we do every year )  at 4.15am standing and waiting for what is a birding highlight for me every year.... the Dawn Chorus! 
getting into place..4am


  A Song thrush started to sing with a Robin, Blackbird and Tawny owl calling , it wasn't long before we had Cuckoo, Reed & Sedge warbler , Reed bunting , all 3 corvids on the list . Gt spotted W/Pecker called before a drum and along the river Mandarins & mallards took off in flight . Then Gt Tit,Blue Tit and Long tailed Tit were added with a Wren. A  Pheasent started calling as a Common Buzzard went over against the Inl blue sky which was changing in colour by the minutes.
   What makes this even more special is you are watching the sun rise, darkness given way to light and theres  not a machine or automobile to be heard.  It's just us and nature ....its simply  Magic !



The birds started singing as the sun started to rise....

  By 6 .30 am we were over 50 species and made our way to regular spot nearby . We soon added ,Tree pipit, Meadow Pipit ,Sky lark and Wood lark ,along with Mistle Thrush, Hobby, and a very showy a lesser Whitethroat along with Lesser Black backed Gull& Herring Gull .
  Next stop was Lynford (7.40am)  where we had a quick Coffee and straight on with it . We added Siskin,Goldcrest, Kestrel, Little grebe and a nice family of Common Crossbills . Then as we hoped a Firscrest ( 1 of 2) and a Spotted Flycatcher.



Kestrel

  Next we headed to Weeting Heath (9.55am) where we quickly got on a couple of Stone Curlews. Great views as usual from this place of a Breckland specialty!
   Lakenham Heath was our next stop and immediately we added into the note book :-
 Little Egret, Coot ,Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Headed Gull, Cettis, Redshank and a rather smart Gloosy ibis ....

Glossy Ibis


  As we made our way round a Common tern flew overhead and dropped in and a Marsh harrier hunted over the other side. A Magpie flew across our path & i spotted a pair of Stonechats and a Gt crested Grebe on the water.  Hobby was soon seen along with a few others hawking over the reeds & water . As we walked back I picked out a fling Whimbrel and Grey heron , lapwing and grey lag goose were all seen. Then a bird flew over and dropped onto the waters edge in the distance, which we were unsure off until we could could get closer. Yorkie soon called it... Grey Plover.  A nice bird and not one we were expecting to get here .

Stonechat
 
We left off at mid day and then made our way up to Flitcham , picking up a Red partridge , House sparrow and Egyptian Goose on route .
 By 1pm we were at Flitcham and eating our lunch while watching a couple of Male Tree Sparrows go back & forth to there nest holes ! We added Common Gull, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Bullfinch, Canada Goose and Greenfinch and then the bird you can't leave without seeing a Little a Owl !


can you see it ?.... Little Owl in centre of picture

  We left on 96 species and after a quick stop at Hunstaton for Fulmar, little Tern, Feral pigeon & Med Gull we were on 100 species ! 
 Cholsley Barns was disappointing ( weather at this point not great) as we didn't hear/see a Corn bunting , Turtle dove or a Dotteral . We did pick up Grey partridge so we headed to Titchwell at 3.45pm .
 We soon picked up Avocet, Shoveler, Teal, Brent goose and Little Ringed Plover as we made our way up to the beach to seawatch . Yorkie soon picked up a Eider Duck fairly close in. In the shoreline we had Bar Tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Turnstone ,Ringed Plovers and Knot. Across the sea we had a few flocks of Common Scoter with a few Velvet Scoters too . Plenty of Little Terns ( already had) and Sandwich Terns.


Eider Duck

  We started to walk back towards the Hides and I spotted a Marsh harrier  and a Red Kite having a bit of a Scuffle in the air.
   Next we added Ruff, Dunlin and 2x smart Spoonbills. Then everything took up to the sky,this can only mean one thing ... We all looked up and watched as a nice Peregrine Falcon dived down and then across without success . Stunning bird to watch as it had another attempt and then flew off.  As the birds all settled again we picked out a couple of Sand martins of the water & another Hobby.
  We walked to the large screen around the other side and picked up Pochard and Tufted duck ( no red crested pochard ) it was then that we got our Turtle doves ! Just wouldn't be a great day out without these superb looking birds.  Always look immaculate and when singing such a treat to the ears.  As we left a pair of Whinchats were added to the list and off we went to Cley.

Turtle Doves

Whinchat
 

   On route we stopped off and picked up Curlew and arrived at Cley
     Well nothing to report as it was quiet and nothing we hadn't already seen.  It was getting a bit late so we decided to head to the regular spot for Nightingale.  Will we didn't hear or see one but did enjoy  watching a Barn Owl hunt and cuckoo call from the tree tops. 
  Our day had come to an end & we made our way back to Norwich and chatted about the superb birds we had seen and the moments from the day.
 Thanks to Phil for driving and to all the lads for some great banter along with some great birds found
 Happy Birding
  Ricky

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Patch visits ....April into May

The end of April will always be remembered for the day I finally got Common cranes on the Patch list-no.119 species!  But not just 1 but 9 went over east , I quickly put news out on Twitter and was nice to see Steve picked them up near brundell /Buckenham area not long after. A super tick and something I waited 7 years to see so I enjoyed this one !
  Wildfowl numbers steadily dropped and although 24x Tufted ducks were seen on the 9th May it was down to a single pair the following week.Just 3 pairs of Gadwall were seen regularly on the Broad or at rest on the waters edge and Teal had gone altogether .
  On 26th April a highlight was finding 2x Wheatears at Postwick Park &Ride.Stunning birds for sure and nice to find this far up into the Yare Valley .
Wheatear
Back to the patch and on 28th ,2x Little Egrets (one on the deck!) double my best counts for this bird.I regularly seem to being getting one drop into the pools or fly off south but to have 2 was great. Noticeably the Grey Herons were now  more active and every visit throughout May I've had at least 2 and sometimes 3fishing in among the dykes or Broad edges
Little Egret and Grey Heron

watching its prey
Grasshopper Warblers were now up 3 , with 2 on the East Marshes and 1 on the Griffen Fen. A joy to watch as it reels away ! A little video clip below from later in May below to watch as it turns its head left to right sending its song around the marsh!
https://youtu.be/tBo43uOuTVc

Grasshopper Warbler

 The month of May started off as April ended with a single Common Crane over east on the 2nd . On the same day My first Audible evidence of Water Rail young was recorded , I watched the tops of the Sedges move and listened as the Parent contact called to at least 2x Juveniles  
 On the Water I had a  Single Green Sandpiper was seen among the regular 2-3 Common Sandpipers which enjoy feeding along the West  beach edge . But highlight that day and possibly for the summer is the Hatching of young on the Great Crested Grebe nest! First time I've actually seen young on the
broad in my 7-8 years of recording here on the patch , great to see as at least 2x young were seen climbing over parent and in the nest edges.  I made regular visits throughout May and saw the 2x Juveniles make it into the water ( on mothers back) and then quickly go down to just a single bird a few days later.

GT Crested Grebe Young being fed while on parents back

Gt Crested Grebe and young on back


Staying with the subject of Fledglings on the 5th I was treated to something special ! I walked down bungalow lane and after watching Chaffinch and Collar dove young being fed I heard a Treecreeper . I quickly then heard some high calls of young.  


Treecreeper newly fledged
I located a young Treecreeper that had clearly just fledge this day and soon watched 5x young Treecreepers all spread about the dyke edge gather together on the same tree .Love how they go about climbing up the trees and how they use there tail as a support. I watched as both parents spent time going back & forth feeding the young and often whizzing close ,right by me as they did.  I filmed a bit of it to share here -

  The Patch had that Spring feeling with sedge , Blackcaps and willow warblers singing , fledglings being fed &  the sunshine on my face ,it was  magic!   I made my way to the Broad to see the single young Great crested grebe was doing well , still enjoying the piggy back from mum and the common Sandpipers were still present . Oystercatchers were busy getting angry as a second pair dropped in and the Stock Doves were bathing on the West beach. 
On the 9th a Pair of Common Terns were fishing on the Broad and a couple of young linnets had fledged from the nest on the West of the reserve . Long Tailed Tit family's would be ever present over next week or two as they constantly contact called to one another as they went about feeding .
On the 12th I witnessed a Pair of Jays ( not often seen regularly here on the broads edge)  work there way around the South of the Broad.   They were sitting up on Reeds and watching in checking for any Sedge /Reed warblers Eggs ! I've not seen this before but obviously they we're taking advantage of this hidden food source !  I watched them even go into the brambles /thorns to take a egg from my second pair of Linnets nest! Mixed feelings here as on one hand I admire them for there skills but on the other hand I love my Linnets !

A Crafty Jay waiting, searching for possible Reed or Sedge warblers eggs no doubt
  Water Voles were seen on 4 occasions that week and one sighting I watched 2x water voles sitting on the edge and just ignore me as I stood quiet and still.  Very nice and a good sign I hope that these are doing well here. Staying away from birds of note I had a Munjac Deer was seen as well in May as too the more expected the Chinese Water Deer.
  Also of note was 10 X Stock Doves bathing and drinking on the West Beach. These birds are close to the domestic feral/street pigeon and always remind me of my childhood years of me helping my dad looking after hes Racing Pigeons. I would regularly watch them fly around the house and walk across the Garden floor , with the Cock bird doing he's best to impress the Hen bird.  
Stock Doves
Lapwing
  Lapwings were seen regularly in May but usually only single bird or sometimes 3/4 , Often dropping in and soon leaving 
 Cuckoos had been heard/seen  by local birders , including Justin and Mary who came to visit the Patch with friends on a club outting , she in fact had 2 and one in the trees  along railway so it was nice to finally got to hear my first for the year on the 15th May. That same day I had a pair of GT Spotted Woodpeckers feeding which was nice and a noticeable gathering on the Broad of 27x Herring Gulls
  Cettis Warbler  were as usual very vocal and at least 4 were always heard but 5 on 2 occasions too. 
On the 19th I watched Wren nest and enjoyed seeing the parents constantly returning with food and feeding at the nest . That same day I watched a Fox walk up the patch only to spot me and disappear.  But it wasn't the last I would see of him as in the coming week I saw him in 2 more visits , always a pleasure !
Fox
 The same day (19th) I watched as the second Linnet nest had young fledge . Thet were getting used to there wings with some brief , joyful flights over the Reed and Broad edge .Also my first  Common Whitethroat young to were noticable as they fed out along the Broad edge on the vegetation.  As you can see itd all happening here at the Patch with Breeding and new arrivals. Hope the rest of the month and into  june will carry on providing me these enjoyable moment!
 Happy birding
 Ricky

Friday, 19 May 2017

White Tailed Eagle and plenty of Patching.......

So ive been busy patching as usual but managed to sneak off for some some Twitching! On the 3rd May, local Yare valley birders Justin and Steve found a White Tailed Eagle at Buckenham Marshes, I was at home at the time and playing kids when I got the message so waited till after work the next day. I kept tabs on the Eagle through social media through out the day and by the time I got to Cantley around mid afternoon  it hadn't been seen since 1pm. I scanned the marshes and waited till around 3.30 with only a couple of Marsh harriers and a smart Kingfisher so i decided to go Buckenham. I met Jeremy in the car park and got gassing about the bird and its previous sightings as we walked up the track. We picked up 2x Yellow Wagtails and watched 2 x Common Snipe which displayed over the marsh. Then along with 2 other birders we were lucky enough to see the White Tailed Eagle   take off from the ground and instantly being mobbed by the local Crovids, geese and Lapwings! It was a a beast of a bird compared to corvids who got as close they could as they saw it off . After around 25minutes I left off with only my second White Tailed Eagle sighting (both in Norfolk) and my closest!





 Now onto  the 8th May when I knocked off work a bit  early & nipped up to Walsey Hills NOA to see the Wood warbler which had been reported there.  After 20 minutes I had a couple of brief views before it disappeared for around 30 minutes. Surprisingly only 3 other birders were present and we tried to relocate it.  As I went to leave after an hour and 15 minutes and other then a nice pair of Bullfinches , it appeared again and this time in Gull view in the open.  A striking little bird with its clean white underparts against the  superb bright lemon/yellow upper parts of  it's throat ,with a striking Yellow/lemon  supercilium .....a smart bird indeed and Well worth the journey . This is a bird I've always wanted to get in the past but never been able to get time off to get it or it's never been close enough.  This was a lifer for my British list and no.279!
 Will update with patch sightings soon. 
Happy birding
Ricky ⚒

Monday, 24 April 2017

April at NWT Thorpe Marsh/Broad is all a changing !

                    


Oystercatchers


 So ive been hitting the patch hard again this month as I did in March and have been rewarded!
A quick round up of the Returning birds and those already getting on with preparing to breed at the patch  follows.
  I had some of earliest returning migrants which started end of last month on March 29th, with 2 x Sand Martins over , (a week earlier then my 7 years of previous records.) and by the 11th April I had picked up both  House Martins and Swallows . Speaking of early returning birds I had a single Sedge warbler on the 31st March (very early) which moved on 2 days later  but was yet another sign that things are happening a lot earlier this year. I added Blackcap and Willow Warbler into the notepad on 6th April too with Blackcap being my earliest record here. By the middle of April there were at least 12-13 Sedge Warblers filling the air with there busy songsinging away and showing off to those who wandered by.


Sedge Warblers have returned and fill the air with there busy song

  My earliest Common Whitethroat  on the 8th April was very early again (james informs me he's earliest being the 14th April so nearly a week earlier) I listened and watched as it called and then flew over to Whitlingham CP. I found my self thinking when my Reed and Grasshopper warbler would appear next! Well you probably wont be surprised to read I found my earliest ever  Grasshopper Warbler on the 14th April and enjoyed brief views as it reeled away on and off on the Marsh......magic!
 Linnets were all about with 3 males singing in there territory's and too the vocal Cettis Warblers which were totaling 5-6 birds .Reed Buntings seem to be calling at every corner I turned and will try to get as good as count as I can later in the month.

  Now to the Water! There's been a nice flock of around 70-80 x Tufted Ducks which slowly went down  in numbers to then rise back up to 78 on the 8th April , then dropping the very next day to 8. Obviously Thorpe Broad gets a lot of influx of birds over from Whitligham Broad , perhaps due to a event or boats being on the Great broad I'm not sure. Well the 3 pairs of Shovelers  soon were 2 pairs and then a single pair before disappearing altogether by the middle of April sadly. A bird I was hoping to see hang but ill keep an eye out with hope. A pair of Teal were seen each visit as too was 3x pairs of Gadwall up till middle of April.

  A exciting patch life tick appeared on the Broad on the 11th April ,a Drake  Common Scoter was picked up by local birder Justin Lansdell, who quickly  informed us and before long I was watching the bird in the sunshine as it chilled out in the middle of the Broad . Very nice Patch life tick for me ,no.117 ! I made my way round and noticed on the Flood my first brood of the year ....yes you guessed it...Mallard young! In fact 10 little ones were enjoying the flood and as I watched I checked out the vegetation edge and was pleasantly surprised to see a Jack Snipe bobbing away! Surprised as my only other patch records have been earlier in the year both flying views so this was a proper Brucie bonus! Digi scoped record shot pictures below-


Jack Snipe


Drake Common Scoter
  

 On the Broads edge ,the ever present  Stock Doves were seen every visit and from as low as 3 up to as many as 9 . Also regularly seen were the Lapwings which were dropping off as the middle of the month approached to just a couple of birds dropping in and leaving off south east . Probably the noisiest and most striking of birds are the Oystercatchers .One visit I saw a pair drop in and then to be immediately harassed by another pair...The noise was mega. These birds like to have the Broad to there self and it wasn't long before one pair backed down and  took off & it was back to normal !A smart Green Sandpiper was around for a few days on the 13th April a day later then I had one last year. Also I had another Patch life tick in Redshank ,no116.  A few have been reported here before from local birder James and Justin had seen one on the 24th March this year so I was pleased to finally connect with species.

  On to what's nesting now. A few nests have been spotted ,a  Moorhen nest in a new area for my self, 2x Coot nests and a  Mute Swan nest. Finally it looks like the Great Crested Grebes will actually get to try rear some young this year ! Previously nest building has started but never ended as much more and although I've seen young on the River before I'm certain these are from Whitlingham and not here at Thorpe.  A nice Wren nest was found in the root of a fallen Tree and finally a Crows nest again was evident and possibly a second -Of course over the river there's Jackdaws and Rooks nest but nice to see again the Patch this side holding some Corvids (although some of the birds of the Water wont agree with that !) .

Great Crested Grebe

Coot on Nest

 

 Also of note Kingfishers were seen on most visits. As in previous years March and April are always good months to get views of these smashing little birds as they make there way across the water and along river banks or dropping into dykes.These beautiful birds can make any visit here special with a glimpse of there electric blue plumage as they whiz along the water.
 Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers were noticeably more vocal and good views of both speices were seen on many visits. Always heard but not always seen, this Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker appeared at the bridge and gave me a chance to digi scope him .

Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

 And finally I have make mention to the Marsh harriers which ive seen 8 out of the last 10 visits here ,watching the Male (a lot less the female for obvious reasons) as he hunts over the Marshes is something I never grow tired of and never take for granted neither. You sometimes remind yourself that you are only a stone through away from the city of Norwich , its a special moment for me every time. A digi scoped video clip (not the best but shows you what you what views you can get here)
https://youtu.be/xIQPJRHaH1U


 So there you have it a quick round up of what ive seen at my Patch ,NWT Thorpe Marsh/Broad.........Until next time,
 Happy Birding,
  Ricky

 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Trip to the Brecks....

  So as March came to an end I accompanied good friend and fellow birder Matt to the Brecks. A few of the target birds that brecks holds were seen , including Willow Tit, Goshawk ,Crossbill and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker . (No site locations will be mentioned on here ).
A few pictures attached of a what was a superb day out .

Crossbill
 
 

Grey Wagtail

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker


Happy birding ,Ricky

 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

EXTENDED LUNCH BREAK BRINGS A LIFER......

 


So on the 10 th April I sat and had breakfast & saw that the Kentish Plover at Breydon water was still present through Twitter, after being seen the day previously by number of birders including good friend Matt who informed me of how nice it was but also of how tricky it could be to see it as many didn't see it ,as it was moving with tides and also from the north side to the south side in turn being lost to view. After some thought while busy cleaning the windows of a school I decided to have a extended lunch break and head up there.
 On route I saw that Norfolk birder Murray Smith had the bird in view still from just past the hide so all good I thought but also I  got my self prepared for that message saying "its now took to the air and not been seen since..." but thankfully when I arrived I could clearly see the handful of birders were still on it and quickly made my way round past the Hide and up along the North Wall.
 Murray gladly pointed the Kentish Plover out which was at rest and surprisingly close. As we got gassin the bird did eventually wake up a bit and start to move about along with 3x Ringed Plovers .
As the sun got out, it showed the stunning colours ,especially the Rufus,Ginger caramal crown cap and those neat Black bars that sit either side of its breast (like a broken band unlike the ringed or little ringed). This was my 278th British Bird and celebrated it with a Chocolate Chip Muffin, and insisted Murray had one as well ,which he did.

Kentish Plover (centre with Ringed Plovers either side)



 I enjoyed watching it for about 25 minutes before it took off with the 3x Ringed Plovers into the mud flats much  further out. With that the 6 of us  walked back to the cars.
 A very nice lunch break indeed and a super bird!
 Happy birding
 Ricky

Monday, 10 April 2017

As March draws to an end at the Patch theres still time for some goodies


  As March comes to an end I decided to get to the patch as much as I could to see if I could catch the early returning migrants from south or even a species moving back into its breeding ground or just passing through. I was hoping for a LRP, Gargany , a Wader SP ,Blackcap or a early Hirundine?
  Well there was a noticeable change at the patch as the month drew to a close. The Reed Buntings seem to be calling from every side of the marsh and the Linnets seem to have returned with at least a couple of pairs this time.The male`s giving a nice song as i passed with each visit! The Great Crested Grebes have gone a step further this year as a nest has been built nice and early & were seen sitting tight on it with every visit( fingers crossed they actually breed on the broad this year)

Great Crested Grebe on nest


Linnet




 A  pair of Grey Wagtails were getting all over the place, busy feeding on the 27th and a single bird was seen along the River each visit up until the month finished .
  Now to the Broad :-
  Of note was early returning/passing LRP on the 28th my earliest record since 2012.The single bird looked at home along the shingle beach among a pair of Oystercatchers. On  30th there was a hell of a racket when 2 Pairs of Oystercatchers were giving it large to each other along the "Arm". A charismatic bird to watch .
 Between 3-7 Lapwing were present on each visit and a total of 7x Stock Doves were seen on the 27th and at least 5 seen on each visit after. Pleased to count a total of 72 Tufted Ducks on the broad on the 30 th which seemed a high count , along with 4-10 Gadwall and up to 12 x Teal were recorded and just a Pair on the 31st . A total of 4x C Snipe were seen at rest along the vegetation on the "Arm" and at least a single bird seen on most visits.

2X Pairs of angry Oystercatchers



LRP


 A good count of 6x Shovelers (3xpr) seen on few days and down to a single pair by the end of month ,a super bird to watch and will be hoping to continue seeing this pair throughout April(please!). On the 28th a nice Shelduck dropped in and happily stayed on the the "Arm" for a while before taken to the water on the Broad which was a welcome year tick for the patch as this isn't a easy bird to find here and only my 3 rd record here myself and first on the deck.
 Now turning to the sky I had my earliest ever record for Sand Martin when 2 flew west over on the 29th, a nice sight and was a able to share it with long time local patcher Mike.
  On the Marsh :-
  A nice male Marsh Harrier was seen hunting on 2 occasions. Both times were rather brief but at the same time rewarding. Love to watch this raptor in action as it quietly drifts over the Reeds and marsh, always a Pleasure and sometimes its easy to forget I'm only a just over a mile from Norwich itself!
 Now if this wasn't enough March still had some more to give me! A Sedge Warbler was heard and briefly seen on the 31st March my earliest record for the patch and no doubt was passing through as wasn't heard again during the first week of April.  Cettis were heard singing on every visit as always at least 3 -4 were recorded. Now that just leaves me the final highlight ...a couple of showy Water Rails. This bird often heard but rarely seen. My usual views are a brief flying ones or in a cold winters day especially when the dykes/broad is partially frozen over so when I saw one appear on the 30th almost next to me I was beaming ear to ear! I had stood my self in one of my favorite spots to just watch out over the Marsh quietly and after 10 minutes I heard a rustle in the waters edge and there it was just partially out in among the vegetation, superb! It got even better as on the next day I had a calling Water Rail behind me and in front of me a single bird walking out along the vegetation ! I managed to take a record shotbelow.

Water Rail

 


If April is half as good as this end to March ill be happy boy!
  Happy Birding, Ricky



Monday, 27 March 2017

2017 Patching......

So its been a bit quiet on the blog of late but now planning to be back to normal with regular updates.
   Not too much to write as end of December ,January and February was mainly taken up with family stuff, busy with work and plans for a loft extension, but enough of that! Main highlights being the Scaup that was around Whitlingham and was lucky to be on the patch the day it dropped in on the broad (114). Also the Black necked grebe I got on the patch on the 3rd Feb with good friend Yorkie. A cracking bird for the patch and my 115 patch species which was a pleasant surprised!

Black neck grebe no.115




 Away from the patch I picked up the Tree Sparrow that's been see in Hethersett  mixing with the local House Sparrows. Also a trip to Strumpshaw Fen to get great views of the Jack Snipe outside of the Reception Hide. Watched it for around 45 minutes bobbing away as it fed, superb bird!

Jack Snipe

 March meant more visits to the patch as things starting to move from and to.On 23rd I was joined by fellow birder Matt who brought the luck with him as we were soon watching a Male Marsh Harrier which I picked up from the Bridge,quickly added 2x C Buzzards and Sparrowhawk as we made our way to the Broad.As Chiffchaffs sung from the trees we spotted a pair of Oystercatchers and drake Wigeon. Wigeon not a easy bird to pick up here and although I'm sure the odd bird appears here throughout the year this was only my 3rd sighting .

Drake Wigeon and 2x Oystercatchers


It was thren that Matt said he spotted a small wader on the West shingle beach and quickly said it was  a Dunlin! Another cracking bird for the patch.5xStock Doves and a couple C Snipe were soon added to the day list before a couple of Grey Wagtails dropped in! A great bird to watch ,as the sun hit its beautiful colours .

1 of the pair of Grey wagtails


Dunlin


As we made our way back to the Bridge a pair of Kingfishers flew across the path in front of us....Magic !
 Happy birding,
 Ricky