Tuesday, 15 May 2012

So birding for a change

15 May 2012
The last week or so has found me on the coast doing a spot of birding. Titchwell has been windy and quiet, West Acre has been incredibly quiet and Pentney has been equally dull. However I did get an invite into a local garden near the shop and managed to slip out of the shop for twenty minutes, and luckily the Bramblings were still present.
 The garden had five Bramblings in the last week and one had a completely black head, but for my twenty minutes I had to suffice with just three birds - fantastic.
Interlude with a Greenfinch
and back to the Bramblings
 Here a picture of a Robin after it's swallowed a golf ball
 The reserve at Titchwell has been quite disappointing for large numbers of birds recently. But perhaps I've just been at the wrong time, only managing a hour before work. Gadwall in flight below.
 However only a couple of days ago and by the visitor centre a true migrant, my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year.
 And finally some migrants moving through Pentney with this Whitethroat appearing in the garden. It is now singing daily from the bushes in the field behind.
 and then suddenly a Hobby belted overhead
 Back down to the coast and Avocets are well into breeding
 In the last two days there has been a major influx of Swifts and House Martins.
 Our garden Robin standing guard
 and today at Titchwell the Bearded Tits were showing reasonably well
 and finally a moderately summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit

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