Bird Observations Day to Day.

Friday, 26 May 2006

The Holiday Bird List.


As promised here is our list of birds for our holiday:-

Tawny Owl, Lapwing, Swallow, Crow, Rook, Magpie, Jackdaw, Swift, Oystercatcher,, Pheasant, Kestrel, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Collared dove, House Sparrow, Cuckoo, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Robin, Wren, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Black Headed Gull, Reed Warbler, Avocet, Starling, Canada Goose, Chiffchaff, Gadwal, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Coot, Dabchic, Cormorant, Bearded Tit, Shelduck, Bar Tailed Godwit, Shoveler, Egyptian Goose, Snipe, Pied Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Ruff, Moorhen, Teal, Mallard, Herring Gull,    Arctic Tern 51 Redshank, White Wagtail, Garganey, Heron, Barn Owl, Dark Bellied Brent Goose, Grasshopper Warbler,Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, Sparrow Hawk, Turnstone, Pintail, Pochard, Sanderling, Marsh harrier, Ruddy Duck, Reed Bunting, Yellow Wagtail, Golden Plover, Red Legged Partidge, Grey Lag Goose Wigeon, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Montygues Harrier, Whitethroat, Linnet, Stock Dove, Turtle Dove, Corn Bunting, Yellow Hammer, Pale Bellied Brent goose, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Willow Warbler, Jay, Whimbrel, Buzzard, Greenshank, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Knot, Little Gull, Gannet, Feral pigeon, Grey Plover,, 101 Stone Curlew, Woodlark, Great Crested Grebe, Hobby, Laughing gull, Bittern, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Curlew 109 in total.


 Could have been better we kept missing a Purple Heron at Titchwell that was there for over a week but other birders were standing for up to 6 hours to see this illusive bird and we were not willing to stand in one spot for that length of time. We also did not see the Golden Orioles this is the third time we have tried without success if nothing else we bird watchers are very patient people.  Hope I have not missed anything out as I am the sole list keeper. Thank you for your interest if you have gotten this far. Love and happy birding as we say.  Love





Well here I am back from our "Summer Holidays" so I have my new mug filled to the brim with decaf so I will endeavour to tell you a little of what we did. We can call it Summer Holidays  thank goodness as we did have some lovely weather so good that the birds all got lazy and went to sleep some of the time.  Titchwell was its usual wonderful self a gentle walk round and you can see over 50 different kinds of birds Marsh Harrier being one of my favourites. It can be very busy on weekends it bit like the High Street as we say but still very quiet and peaceful. During the week there are less people but that mean less eyes looking so less news of what is about. We also visited Weeting one of the last remaining nesting areas for the rare Stone Curlew.Only a short drive from there is Holkwold Marshes at Lakenheath a new reserve which is going to have improvements made to it shortly RSPB are going to build a visitors centre and toilets (I hope) and a hide or two.  It is a great spot for Golden Oriels and Hobby gather there too a great spot and a nice gentle but long walk. Cley next the Sea is another favourite of ours but this year it was very quiet when we visited.  We went back a second time in the hope that there would be something new about but that day Stuart had to go alone as i was confined to the car as I had big blisters on my heals from a new pair of shoes I had worn that morning for a trip to Sheringham shopping it seemed strange as it was the first time Stuart had walked The East Bank (Very well known birding walk even Bill Oddie goes there) alone but I think he enjoyed it without me just. I will list the birds we saw later today but will have to close now. Love Joan.

Wednesday, 3 May 2006

A day to savour.


This morning Stuart and I were out in the garden trying to get everything done before we go away on holiday.  I looked up and there just above my head was the first Swift of the summer.  Quite a good date have seen it much later in the month before they arrive up here.  They are with us for such a short time, arrive the beginning of May have a busy summer breeding and rearing their young and are away again from my part of Scotland by the first week in August  You are fortunate further south Sifts will stay well into September.  I love watching them, they fly in formation like fighter planes. I get a great view of them from our lounge window and from the garden.  Where I stay they are our most common Hirundine. We had our first House Martin on the 1st of May so that is all of that group of birds in now so we can say its summer ha ha. You know the saying 'One Swallow does not a summer make'.

For my records:- Swallow .....6th April

                          Sand Martin.....10th April.

                          House Martin......1st May

                          Swift.....3rd May.   2006.

Thank you for reading my Bird watching tales. Love




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Hi, I'm Joan I live in Scotland with my hubby of 48 years. We are both retired and enjoying life to the full well nearly. We are always out and about doing this and that. We love the countryside and do a bit of birdwatching and even twitch from time to time. We also visit art galleries and hubby does a bit of watercolour painting. Me I read a lot mainly thillers. I have been been keeping a journal for over five years over on AOL but we are being thrown out so this is my new home.