Monday, 28 April 2014

Spring in Suffolk

At last Spring has sprung. Hawky and I headed north up the A12 yesterday to give some east coast Suffolk sites a bash, and it turned out to be a really good day's birding. Not too long after 1st light we were at Landguard and surprisingly the only birders on site. We gave the site a good bashing but to be honest it was pretty quiet. There was a good number of Wheatear, c20+, and a couple of Lesser Whitethroats, but that was about it. 

We decided to head north, on route we stopped near Aldeburgh for Stone Curlew and managed to find a pair quickly, providing good views. Next stop Kessingland where Shaun and Redsy were staying with their families for the weekend, to the Hoopoe Shaun found the previous day. The bird showed immediately but was very skittish being pushed around by birders/photographers all over the place. With patience I think you could get pretty close to this bird if you monitored it's circuit of the area and waited for it to come to you, alas no one wanted to seem to do that. Still it was great to see my 2nd Hoopoe is 4 weeks and my 5th in the UK.

It was now lunchtime and surprisingly despite a good easterly wind nothing else had been found. We opted to head back south and hit Minsmere. It really was a proper dude-fest down there, but, you can help but like the place. Good views of all the usual suspects and Bittern were had as well as my 1st Hobbies of the year.

I spy with my little eye something beginning with B

 The day was rounded off well when eagle eye Hawky picked out a cracking male Redstart in the gorse by the sluice. Great bins views were had but the bugger wouldn't sit up or out so didn't provide much in the way of photo opps.

It was good to meet Suffolk birder Jonno09Jonno for a chat and finally a shout out to Essex/London birders, Shaun Harvey for finding the Suffolk Hoopoe and Dave "Bradders Jnr" Bradnum for unearthing a Little Bunting at Holme on the north Norfolk coast. Good work fellas.

Monday, 21 April 2014

(Un) happy Ear-ster everyone

As Easter weekends go this one hasn't been one of the best. Usually I'd be away on holiday somewhere exotic or at least at home and getting out birding. This Easter has been spent feeling a bit sorry for myself, in quite a bit of pain,  mostly flagged out on the sofa.  So the long and short of it is I have c30 stitches in my head and it's bloody sore.

To be fair I am glad there's been much about deserved of a twitch as I don't think I would have been up to it.

Hopefully by next weekend I'll be fighting fit and there'll be scarce and rare birds sll over the place to cheer me up.

Oh and by the way it was done under local anaesthetic and was bloody painful at times.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Emporer Moth Rainham Marshes RSPB

I was lucky to see this smart female Emporer Moth yesterday which was trapped at Rainham Marshes RSPB overnight. Eyed Hawk Moth next please.