Friday, 27 September 2019

Grey Phalarope puts on a Show at Grenham Bay

1st winter Grey Phalarope.

On Tuesday 24th September news of a Grey Phalarope in Grenham Bay filtered through the birds news services , i couldn't get there until the afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to see the Grey Phalarope close in the pools near the promenade.

Here are a selection of photos :



Grey Phalarope

The local Black headed Gulls were not to keen on the Grey Phalarope and mobbed it a couple of times which flush it at one point and the Grey Phalarope flew out to sea.

Eventually after approx 10 minutes it flew back into the pool and continued to show well to the small gathering of birders present.

Flying back in.

Coming into land.

Grey Phalarope.

Good to catch up with Steve A,  Chris G (who did well picking out a distant Arctic Tern) & Nigal J.








Wednesday, 11 September 2019

American Golden Plover ....At Oare Marshes plus trip to Dungeness

7th September :  Dungeness Rspb & Arc



On Saturday the 7th September i had spent a very pleasant morning at Dungeness Rspb & Arc pits seeing 2 Black Terns, 2 Great white Egrets & a close Cattle Egret from the Hanson hide on the Arc pit.

Cattle Egret

On Burrowes Pit on the Rspb reserve there were several hundred Sand Martins plus lesser numbers of both House Martin & Swallow.

There was also a very quick fly through of 60+ Knot.


60+ Knot.


OARE MARSHES

American Golden Plover.

On the way back we called into Oare Marshes and had a walk around the East flood and were checking out 11 juv Curlew Sandpipers (including flag ringed individual) in Faversham creek when i received phone call from MW asking if i know anything about a American Golden Plover being on the East flood, from where i was standing i could see David Campbell by the road and i told MW and we both agreed if DC had seen it then it's a great shout.

Dark head with broad white supercillium

We all made our way around to where DC was and sure enough he had found an adult American Golden Plover in with the Eurasian Golden Plover flock, well done DC on a really great find (Good to see you again to) !!!

Here are a selection of photos i took :





Grey underwing

American Golden Plover.

This is only the 2nd record of American Golden Plover at Oare Marshes although it could possibly be the returning bird from 2018 ?!












Friday, 6 September 2019

Brown Booby in Cornwall

                                           3rd September :    Cornwall
                                        
                                                      Kynance Cove

                                                               
1st summer Brown Booby

On Tuesday the 3rd September i travelled down to Kynance Cove in Cornwall with RR & SC in the hope of seeing the 1st summer Brown Booby.

We arrived on site approx 6.15am and made our way down the side of the cove joining the already assembled birders all in a hushed state of anxiety !!!!

After several scans of the cove & sea which resulted in 100's of Manx Shearwaters & Gannets plus good numbers of Fulmar helped quell the anxious wait (just a little bit).

Then the shout went up , ' There it is', you could hear the collective sigh of relief of approx 200 birders as we all enjoyed a close fly by followed by more close fly by's until the  Brown Booby eventually settled down on it's favoured Pyramid shaped rock.

Here are a selection of photos i took of the Brown Booby.





Brown Booby.

Whilst watching the Brown Booby 7 Chough flew over my head , wow , plus there were several Raven's seen.

2 of the 7 Chough


Davidstow Airfield


Buff-Breasted Sandpiper

After spending several hours watching and enjoying the Brown Booby we decided to head to Davidstow airfield and hopefully see the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper and after a short search we were soon enjoying some great views of this superb wader.




Buff Breasted Sandpiper.

Using the car as a hide gave us the opportunity to see the Buff Breasted Sandpiper up close , we also saw a superb White Wagtail.


White Wagtail.

A really great days birding and very lucky to see the Brown Booby on our first and only attempt.






Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Rspb Frampton Marsh

                                       24th August :  Rspb Frampton Marshes


                                                                   
Buff-Breasted Sandpiper

I paid my first visit to Rspb Frampton Marshes on the 24th August and had a wonderful day , we started off looking for the Buff breasted Sandpiper which was on view from the sea wall.

Although it was still quite distant it was showing out in the open and good scope views were obtained.

Digi scoped Buff Breasted Sandpiper

We enjoyed watching this bird for sometime then we headed off to look for the Long Billed Dowitcher , this took abit more finding as it had walked out of view by the time we arrived.

However after a short while the Long billed Dowitcher did the decent thing and showed itself to it's admiring fans.

Long Billed Dowitcher

LBD having a swim.

Once again we spent alot of time enjoying this bird before heading off and exploring the rest of this superb reserve , adding plenty of wader's to our day bird list plus no less than 15 Spoonbills which was a great sight to see.

Spoonbill's in flight


Spoonbill overhead.

We had some really close views of Black tailed Godwit, Knot & Ruff.


Close view of a Ruff.

We also saw nesting Swallows and 3 migrating Whinchats on our walk around the reserve with the constant back drop of  Yellow Wagtails calling & flying overhead.



Nesting Swallows

1 of 3 Whinchat.

A really enjoyable day at Frampton marshes, great to meet Toby.C. who has boundless enthusiasm and knowledge for Frampton marshes & nature in general.










Monday, 12 August 2019

Squacco Heron & Little Bustard in the Same Week

                                            
                                   5th August 2019 : Halsey's Farm Pagham

                                                                   
                                                                
Adult Squacco Heron.

I teamed up with a couple of birding friends and headed to Halsey's Farm in Pagham in the hope of seeing the Adult Squacco Heron, news was positive , the Heron had been seen in flight but only one of our group had seen it !!! (not me) !!

We had to wait a couple of more hours before the Squacco Heron re-appeared (whilst i was at the car getting supplies !!!) but fear not i got back in time to see the Squacco Heron very well indeed thankfully.

Squacco Heron.

A really great looking bird and one of my favourite Heron species, this was a new bird for 2 of our group.

The Squacco Heron was busy feeding and walking through this field for quite sometime before it decided to fly off towards a nearby pond and out of view.

Squacco Heron in flight.

Other birds of note were 2 adult Cattle Egrets in a nearby field plus several Little Egrets & Grey Herons plus 15+ Whimbrel overhead.

We also saw at Siddlesham ferry Wood & Common Sandpiper.



8th August 2019 : Mickletown Ing's


Little Bustard.

A trip to West Yorkshire to hopefully see the ♂ Little Bustard was taken on Thursday 8th August and thankfully news was positive on the journey , we arrived in good time and saw the Little Bustard straight away as it strutted about in it's favoured field.

Distant but great scope views.

The Little Bustard would often disappear down into a small ditch at the back of the field but with patience it would eventually come out into the open and show us all how great it looks.

Digi scoped Little Bustard.

I think this bird is believed to be the one from Slimbridge (I have no idea myself ??) however it certainly showed much better than it did at Slimbridge , just like to thank the local bird group and the farmer who arranged and allowed access to see this superb bird.






Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Great Wader Day at....Dungeness

                                   27th July 2019 :  Dungeness Rspb & Arc

                                                Firth & Hanson Hides

                                      
                                                                             
4 Wood Sandpipers

A trip to Dungeness on Saturday proved a very good choice as the overnight bad weather had grounded good numbers of waders on the reserve, i missed the early birds but through the day i managed to catch up with most of them.

One of the main highlights for me was Wood Sandpiper which are one of my favourite waders and i managed to see at least 9 birds together on the Arc pit from the Hanson hide .

8 Wood Sandpipers

The most i could get in one photo was 8 birds , here are a few more photos.

5 Wood Sandpipers.

Being spooked by a Tern.

Wood Sandpiper in front of Firth Hide.


Wood Sandpiper.

Later in the day 2 Temminck's Stints were located in front of the Firth Hide.


2 Temminck'c Stints.

I really enjoyed watching these smart birds as they fed busily in front of the hide, Little ringed Plover & Common Sandpiper were keeping these birds company.

Other highlights through the day were 6 Spotted Redshanks (Firth hide) & 3 Curlew Sandpipers (Hanson hide).

6 Spotted Redshank.


Curlew Sandpiper.

A real wader spectacle with my personal total of 17 different wader species out of 22 reported , add that to the several Great white Egrets and hundreds of Sand & House Martins , a single Hobby plus several Marsh Harriers i would say Dungeness was a great place to be on Saturday.

Wader Totals

  Oystercatcher  10+

                     Little Ringed Plover  2 (Firth)

Ringed Plover  2 

                     Golden Plover  50   (over Arc)

Lapwing  500+   

                         Temminck's Stint  2 Ad (Firth) 

                                Curlew Sandpiper  3 Ad (Hanson) 

                           Dunlin  2  (Firth & Hanson)        

                           Ruff  10+    (Firth & Hanson)      

                      Black tailed Godwit  3+ (Firth)

          Whimbrel  1  (over Arc)

       Turnstone  3+  (Firth)

                                  Spotted Redshank 6+ (Firth & Hanson)

                          Redshank  300+ (Firth & Hanson)

                          Greenshank  11+  (Firth & Hanson)

                              Wood Sandpiper  9+ (Firth & Hanson)

                                    Common Sandpiper  10+  (Firth & Hanson)


Great white Egret & Common Tern.