April round up…one third of the year gone!

Each month seems to get better and April has certainly been brilliant, due in part to our lovely varied trip. So here is a look back at the month followed by the monthly lists.

April began with a beautiful sunny day and for us a trip to the little private hide and plenty of pictures of little garden birds mainly but also our first Swallows of the year. The following days so trips to Titchwell, Cley, and Snettisham the last one with family along for company and birding skills!IMG_0521 (Custom)

The bird count was creeping up and included my favourite bird, the Wheatear, we have seen several since and each one is just as good a the previous one. Other spring migrants were coming back across the sea too and each one is a treat, another favourite the Ring ouzel just reminds me that maybe winter is finished with. Some days contradicted that thought as they still felt a tad winterish especially one trip to Salthouse but it still produced some nice birds.

Most of this past month we have been away from Norfolk, firstly a trip to Godalming with a stop over at the London Wetland Centre. We were pleased we had detoured as we ticked the Ring-necked parakeets, not your usual British looking bird! We spent a couple of days with family in Godalming and had a lovely time catching up with brother Brian and sister-in-law Margaret and also meeting a new great, great-nephew (I know I can’t possibly be old enough for that) a high light was a trip to The Devil’s Punchbowl.

On we went with several days in the New Forrest followed by time near Salisbury before moving on to Weymouth and ending up with a week in Devon. How lucky am I? These trips are all recorded in previous blogs so please read back if you missed them, we had a fabulous time at all places.

I would like to pick a few highlights though beginning with Blashford Lakes near Ringwood in Hampshire. We went there several times and found the staff so friendly and helpful and we got some lovely birds and more there. They included life ticks,  Red-rumped swallow, Emperor moth and several year ticks plus some lovely walks and a very fast Bank vole that allowed me to snap just one photo! We had never visited the New Forrest before but we certainly hope to return, maybe we will see Oliver the calf I got to name, mind you we only have four years for that.

Salisbury was all about the Bustards really and it was something we were glad we did but if we ever go back to that area we will NOT be returning to the accommodation we had there!!! On to Weymouth (lovely accommodation there) and the highlight of that trip for me was the day spent at Portland Bill, brilliant and again I really hope we get the opportunity to return.

Our last week away was spent in Devon with my sister and her husband, Janice and Chris and we had a brilliant time in a lovely holiday home, with an excellent local pub which took the worry of cooking away!!!

Just a few highlights from that week were meeting up with Ian’s sister and all their family, again I thank them for driving up (and crossing the border) from Cornwall. It has been a long time since we had got together and it really was great!

Adventure with J & C of course with plenty of laughs, walks, whistled tunes and of course birds! We discovered a place new to us all, Labrador Bay, a beautiful place aided of course by a clear blue sky. A trip to Haytor was another peak in our week followed by a trip to Dartmeet which brings back many happy memories.


The only sad part of our time away was loosing Richard a very dear friend who we will be greatly missed. We travelled back to Hertfordshire to meet with Tim, Georgie and many others to say our goodbyes and send him off in style!

We thought we were coming home with our list at 199 but we detoured on the way home and got a stunning 200th bird, a Hoopoe, couldn’t have been a better one to reach that number with really! So it is time for list, turn of here if that bit bores you as they are getting long now! IMG_2222 Hoopoe


So here are the facts and figures for the end of April:

We now have 25 moths:

Winter moth, Pale brindled beauty, Mottled umber, Early moth, Common Quaker, Early grey, Common plume (micro), Hebrew character, Small brindled beauty, March moth, Small Quaker, Clouded drab, Shoulder stripe, Double-striped pug, Oak beauty, Brindled pug, Early thorn, Early toothed-stripe, Emperor moth, Brindled beauty, Dotted chestnut, Powdered Quaker, Streamer, Frosted green (plus one micro to be confirmed)

13 Mammals:

Rabbit,  Stoat, Hare, Squirrel, Grey seal, Roe deer, Red deer, Muntjac deer, Sperm whale, Otter, Weasle, Bank vole, Fallow deer

Birds so far…200 the ones in bold are new this month,the underlined ones are life ticks.

List end April

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Bewick Swan
  3. Whooper Swan
  4. Pink-footed Goose
  5. White-fronted Goose
  6. Greylag Goose
  7. Canada Goose
  8. Barnacle Goose
  9. Brent Goose
  10. Egyptian Goose
  11. Common Shelduck
  12. Muscovy duck
  13. Mandarin Duck
  14. Eurasian Wigeon
  15. Gadwall
  16. Eurasian Teal
  17. Mallard
  18. Pintail
  19. Shoveler
  20. Red-crested Pochard
  21. Common Pochard
  22. Ferruginous duck
  23. Tufted duck
  24. Greater Scaup
  25. Long-tailed Duck
  26. Common Scoter
  27. Velvet Scoter
  28. Goldeneye
  29. Smew
  30. Hooded merganser
  31. Red-breasted Merganser
  32. Goosander
  33. Red-legged Partridge
  34. Grey Partridge
  35. Common Pheasant
  36. Golden Pheasant
  37. Little Grebe
  38. Great Crested Grebe
  39. Red-necked Grebe
  40. Slavonian Grebe
  41. Black-necked Grebe
  42. Fulmar
  43. Manx Shearwater
  44. Gannet
  45. Cormorant
  46. Shag
  47. Bittern
  48. Little Egret
  49. Great Egret
  50. Grey Heron
  51. White Stork
  52. Glossy Ibis
  53. Red Kite
  54. Marsh Harrier
  55. Hen Harrier
  56. Pallid Harrier
  57. Goshawk
  58. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  59. Common Buzzard
  60. Rough-legged Buzzard
  61. Kestrel
  62. Merlin
  63. Peregrine Falcon
  64. Water Rail
  65. Moorhen
  66. Coot
  67. Common Crane
  68. Great bustard
  69. Oystercatcher
  70. Pied Avocet
  71. Stone-curlew
  72. Little ringed Plover
  73. Ringed Plover
  74. European Golden Plover
  75. Grey Plover
  76. Lapwing
  77. Knot
  78. Sanderling
  79. Purple Sandpiper
  80. Dunlin
  81. Ruff
  82. Jack Snipe
  83. Common Snipe
  84. Long-billed Dowitcher
  85. Black-tailed Godwit
  86. Bar-tailed Godwit
  87. Whimbrel
  88. Curlew
  89. Spotted Redshank
  90. Common Redshank
  91. Common Greenshank
  92. Lesser Yellowlegs
  93. Wood Sandpiper
  94. Common Sandpiper
  95. Ruddy Turnstone
  96. Grey Phalarope
  97. Mediterranean Gull
  98. Little Gull
  99. Black-headed Gull
  100. Common Gull
  101. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  102. Herring Gull
  103. Iceland Gull
  104. Glaucous Gull
  105. Great Black-backed Gull
  106. Kittiwake
  107. Sandwich Tern
  108. Common Tern
  109. Common Guillemot
  110. Razorbill
  111. Rock Pigeon
  112. Stock Pigeon
  113. Wood Pigeon
  114. Collared Dove
  115. Rose-ringed Parakeet
  116. Cuckoo
  117. Barn Owl
  118. Tawny Owl
  119. Short-eared Owl
  120. Common Swift
  121. Common Kingfisher
  122. Hoopoe
  123. Green Woodpecker
  124. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  125. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  126. Wood Lark
  127. Sky Lark
  128. Shore Lark (horned lark)
  129. Sand Martin
  130. Swallow
  131. Red-rumped Swallow
  132. House Martin
  133. Tree Pipit
  134. Meadow Pipit
  135. Rock Pipit
  136. Water Pipit
  137. Grey Wagtail
  138. Pied Wagtail
  139. Dipper
  140. Wren
  141. Dunnock
  142. Robin
  143. Black Redstart
  144. Common Redstart
  145. Stonechat
  146. Wheatear
  147. Ring Ouzel
  148. Blackbird
  149. Fieldfare
  150. Song Thrush
  151. Redwing
  152. Mistle Thrush
  153. Cetti’s Warbler
  154. Sedge Warbler
  155. Dartford Warbler
  156. Whitethroat
  157. Blackcap
  158. Common Chiffchaff
  159. Willow Warbler
  160. Goldcrest
  161. Firecrest
  162. Spotted Flycatcher
  163. Pied Flycatcher
  164. Bearded Tit
  165. Long-tailed Tit
  166. Marsh Tit
  167. Coal Tit
  168. Blue Tit
  169. Great Tit
  170. Nuthatch
  171. Treecreeper
  172. Penduline tit
  173. Great Grey Shrike
  174. Jay
  175. Magpie
  176. Jackdaw
  177. Rook
  178. Crow
  179. Common Raven
  180. Starling
  181. House Sparrow
  182. Tree Sparrow
  183. Chaffinch
  184. Brambling
  185. Serin
  186. Greenfinch
  187. Goldfinch
  188. Siskin
  189. Linnet
  190. Twite
  191. Lesser Redpoll
  192. Mealy Redpoll
  193. Bullfinch
  194. Hawfinch
  195. Lapland Longspur
  196. Snow Bunting
  197. Yellowhammer
  198. Cirl Bunting
  199. Reed Bunting
  200. Corn Bunting



3 thoughts on “April round up…one third of the year gone!

  1. Another month gone,time flies when your having fun. This is such an enjoyable experience. If you ever get the chance to pursue your hobby for one year,do it. You will find it is so worthwhile.

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  2. Wow, you have seen a lot, and glad you are having such a great time. Just had to tell you we saw one bird not on your list yet (only one!) – puffins at Flamborough Head last week, checking out their burrows. There are supposed to be 2,000 and we saw about 12!

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